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I'm always amazed by the interesting and inspiring people and organizations located within the Triangle's entrepreneurial ecosystem, and a flurry of videos published recently seem to exemplify the cool stuff happening on so many fronts in our community.

Check out this roundup of short films showcasing the uniqueness of the Triangle's (and specifically Durham's) entrepreneurial ecosystem:

Duke U Girl on Moving to Mars

It might not happen until 2024, but Duke University is close to getting a graduate on Mars. Senior physics and pre-medicine major Laurel Kaye is one of 100 people around the world to make the finals of the Dutch-founded Mars One mission which plans to send 24 people to establish the first colony on a planet besides Earth. Duke produced this cool video to showcase Kaye's ambitions and the reality show she'll compete on to win her spot:

Credit: Duke University

Laughs and Learnings on behalf of LinkedIn (and American Underground)

Not only is this video highly-entertaining, but it's pretty helpful if you're planning to shoot your own video any time soon. It also features many of the folks building companies at American Underground @Main. Produced and filmed by Durham's KidEthnic on behalf of LinkedIn, check out this awesome "How to" video:

Credit: Kidethnic/LinkedIn

Bronto's Banner Year

Bronto Software's 2014 year in review by CEO Joe Colopy showcases its new status as the No. 1 email marketing provider to the top 1,000 Internet retailers and 40 percent annual growth, including international expansion with an office in Sydney. Check out the full details on its fast growth, both in sales and in staff:

Credit: Bronto Software

RTI's Techie Toilets

In partnership with Duke University and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RTI International has developed a new toilet and technology that changes the way waste is treated. Watch the video to learn how it separates solid waste and converts it to fuel, and then disinfects the liquid before it enters waterways. The goal is to find a solution for the 2.5 billion people around the world who don't have access to toilets.  Here's a story about the toilets by Research Triangle Park Foundation and check out the video the foundation created:

Credit: Research Triangle Park Foundation