SydStart Pitching TournamentA little over two weeks ago rbutr was revealed to have made it into the top 10 pitches for SydStart’s pitching tournament. We were very excited to be given the opportunity to pitch on the main stage of SydStart, Sydney’s largest and most important startup conference and expo.

That pitch took place on Tuesday the 2nd of September and I am very happy to reveal that rbutr placed 3rd overall. Out of 220 applicants, 80 semi finalists, and then 10 finalists, rbutr came in 3rd overall. An Amazing result for a startup which is nearly always met with the question “But how will that make money…?” whenever talking to people in the startup community.

First and second place were very deserving of their positions, with first being taken by Go Far, a fantastic startup which sells a small unit which connects to your car in order to monitor your fuel usage to encourage more economical fuel use and gamify your efficiency with others in the network. Read more about Go Far here. Stockspot is an online platform which helps individuals manage their own investment portfolio without all of the usual costs associated with large managed funds, while achieving similar returns. Read more about Stockspot here.

We came in third, I think, because people love the idea behind rbutr, and they really understand our vision. rbutr doesn’t have cashflow, and may not have any for a long time. We don’t have clients ready to give us money. rbutr is a vision based startup. And that vision speaks to everyone.

Misinformation hurts all of us. Errors, Lies and spin can cost money, health, livelihoods, and even lives. Finding a way to stop the spread of misinformation across the world wide web is an important task. Especially when you consider the fact that the world wide web is only going to become more and more important in everyone’s lives as we move into the future.

You can watch the pitch in the video below. The opening line (which was missed in our recording) was : “rbutr is a community driven system which gives people access to content that critically responds to whatever webpage they are currently viewing…”

There were cameras at the event, so hopefully the professional versions of all of the pitches will be released soon with the final announcement of the winners too.

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Technology
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Awesome! Kickstarter for AA sized lithium ion capacitor battery which recharges in 30 seconds! Or is it…?
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30 Second Charging, Rechargeable Battery – kickstarter.com Graphene / Lithium Ion Capacitor Kickstarter BS – eevblog.com
Someone has created a capacitor based battery which recharges in 30 seconds but lasts as long as a normal AA battery and they need some funding to manufacture them for retail sale. The capacitor will be graphene, not lithium ion, the creator hasn’t shown actual test results for the battery, the best known graphene capacitor can’t do what he claims his does, and most importantly, the maths simply doesn’t work out.
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NASA and the creation of propellantless engines. Are they possible or not?
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Nasa validates ‘impossible’ space drive – wired.co.uk Don’t Get Too Excited About NASA’s New Miracle Engine – io9.com
A team from NASA presented evidence that “impossible” microwave thrusters seem to work. This actually repeats the results obtained by a Chinese team last year. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and there isn’t enough evidence yet that this extraordinary claim actually works.
Gaza–Israel conflict
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Are Israel’s recent actions defensible? A look at why some don’t want to criticise Israel’s actions, and why others think they are inexcusable.
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Why Don’t I Criticize Israel? – samharris.org Sam Harris defends his silence on Gaza slaughter (or tries to anyway) – mondoweiss.net
Harris doesn’t think Israel should exist as a Jewish state, but also thinks that Israel has handled the conflict with extreme restraint and tolerance for the genocidal desires expressed by Hamas. Harris’ arguments are severely one sided, focussing on the negative aspects of Hamas as if that is all that exists of the Palestinians, and ignoring the negative aspects of Israel, such as the Gaza blockade and land grabs on the west bank.
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Media presentation of the Israel-Gaza conflict vs the numbers. What does Terrorism really mean?
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Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear – nytimes.com Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza – firstlook.org
Hamas has been building tunnels into Israel for years now, and Israelis fear that they will be used for terrorist attacks and kidnappings. If terrorism is to mean the killing of civilians as a means of furthering political or military goals, then who are the real terrorists in this situation? Hamas, having killed 3 Israeli civilians, or Israel, having killed 826 Palestinian civilians?
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Who will benefit from increasing our healthy lifespans?
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This is thrilling life-extension news – for dictators and the ultra-rich – theguardian.com Ageing revolution must benefit us all – theguardian.com
As science approaches the possibility of extending our lifespans, it isn’t as easy to dismiss the concerns it raises as some would like to think. Ageing is a global problem and interventions that extend healthy lifespan would be cheaper than treating age related diseases. As for dictators – most die from violence, not old age.
Religion
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Issues of race and diversity within the atheism movement
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Atheism has a big race problem that no one’s talking about – washingtonpost.com Atheism, Race, and Social Justice – atheistrev.com
The atheist movement needs to do more than trot out black speakers to talk about equality – it needs to start actively working on issues of inequality between the races and sexes. As important as those issues are, they are not the mission of secular and atheist groups. People are free to join multiple movements and can participate in social activism for racial and sexual equality AND a secular society without needing to get everything in one organisation.
Politics
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Why are Obama and the Democrats talking less about income inequality after previously identifying it as a top concern?
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With Democrats split on inequality issues, Obama shifts talk away from income gap – washingtonpost.com Obama, Inequality and Wall Street Donors – fair.org
Despite identifying inequality as a top concern while campaigning, Obama has shifted discussion away from talk of inequality as minimum wage and gender pay gap are thought to resonate with a broader group of voters. The Post frames the issue as a debate between left-leaning populists and “moderate” Democrats trying to avoid “class warfare.” But the piece offers no real evidence that people are less concerned with inequality or measures that might fight it.
You may have noticed the long delay in releasing this email. This is why… Leonardo Greenup was born on the 21st of July, 2014
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George Clooney, organic food and computer games. The best of rbutr #7

July 9, 2014

Welcome to our seventh Best of rbutr email. This week we have George Clooney, feminism, computer games, Antarctica, Amazon, e-readers, organic food, terrorism, potato salad and orange is the new black! Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. The internet and the world wide web made instant access to all […]

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SydStart Pitch Slides

July 1, 2014

I didn’t get to film my actual pitch on the SydStart second qualifying day, so decided to do a quick version of it on my computer. I think my live version was a bit smoother and came across better, since I had an actual audience to talk to (talking to a computer feels weird). But […]

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Student debt, editing Wikipedia, and healthcare rankings. The best of rbutr #6

June 30, 2014

Welcome to the slightly-delayed best of rbutr email #6! Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. rbutr makes the internet correct itself. Source Articles Response Articles Technology If Wikipedia editors use private forums to discuss their editing, is that a bad thing? WikipediaSkepticismTechnology Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project – A […]

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Sex, revolution and warp drive technology. It’s been a crazy week at rbutr. The best of rbutr #5

June 19, 2014

Welcome to our fifth instalment of The Best of rbutr. Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. It is always better to be unsure, than to be sure but wrong.Why rbutr must share misinformation Source Articles Response Articles Politics What did the Las Vegas shooters believe in? Whose revolution were […]

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Why rbutr must share misinformation…

June 18, 2014

Yes, you read that heading right. We admit to sharing misinformation over rbutr. We admit that things which we know are not true, are being shared with people who may have never encountered the erroneous claims and arguments. We admit it, and we stand by the claim that it is absolutely necessary. Necessary for what? Necessary […]

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Nanoparticles in your food, the Turing test, a Sydney shark attack and more – The best of rbutr #4

June 13, 2014

Welcome to our 4th issue of the best of rbutr. Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. rbutr maps inter-website discussions and makes it super easy for you to follow them. Remember: Anyone can submit claim-rebuttal connections, and rbutr doesn’t discriminate or take any position on the issues being discussed. […]

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This week in rbutr… 9 June 2014

June 9, 2014

Subscribe to receive this post via email. Note: The articles on the right (below) critique the articles on the left, but that does NOT mean the articles on the left are necessarily incorrect, or that the articles on the right are necessarily correct. rbutr just shows the discussion; we don’t tell you what to think. […]

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The best of rbutr… 2 June 2014

June 2, 2014

Welcome to our second issue of “The best of rbutr”. See the first issue in our blog here, with a bit of an explanation of what it is all about and the inspiration behind this idea. Subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. “One of the basic premises which lies behind the rbutr […]

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