6 Great Ways To Make Money Using Just A Laptop

by Hasib Howlader, director of Hudson Weir  If you’re an entrepreneur, after a side business or looking to go self-employed, all you need to make money is your laptop. Though once it was considered a pipe dream, today there are many things you can do, using just your laptop, to make money without ever needing to leave the house. So whether you’re looking to start your business or are experiencing financial difficulties and seeking additional means of income, here are some excellent positions th...
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Lonzo Ball Fires Big Baller Brand Business Partner Alan Foster After $1.5 Million Went Missing

It be ya own people. This simple, yet profound, phrase belies much wisdom.And if there’s one thing people who achieve fame and success learn in their journey, it’s that those in their close circle are usually among the first to betray them.If you’ve watched the Facebook Watch series Ball in the Family at all, then you should be familiar with Alan Foster. He is the face that you usually see next to LaVar Ball on the show when anything goes down, whether it’s business or personal. He was most tigh...
Tags: Business, Celebs, Pop Culture, Sports, Alan Foster, Ball in the Family, Fired, Fraud, LaVar Ball, Lonzo Ball, Money

4 ways social media platforms can stop hateful content after terror attacks

The deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed and many others critically injured, was streamed live on Facebook by the man accused of carrying it out. It was then quickly shared across social media platforms. Versions of the livestream attack video stayed online for a worrying amount of time. A report by the Guardian found that one video stayed on Facebook for six hours and another on YouTube for three. For many, the quick and seemingly unstoppable...
Tags: Social Media, Syndication, Tech

Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1

Y Combinator’s incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It’s so large, in fact, it’s had to change the way it does Demo Day. Rather than all pitches happening on one stage, they were split across two stages (the “Pioneer” and “Mission” stages) running in parallel. So even if you were in the building, you couldn’t see all the pit...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Hbo, New York, Instagram, Navy, China, India, Nigeria, Africa, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco

How to Know When Index Funds Aren't a Good Deal

Index funds are the gold standard of retirement investing, because of their (typically) low cost, built-in diversification and tax efficiency. But not every index fund is created equal.Read more...
Tags: Index Funds, Indexing, Retirement, Investing, 401k, Ira, Money, Personal Finance

Apple News jitters, Instagram goes shopping, and chatbots rise again

Hello! Thanks for subscribing. If you got this newsletter forwarded, sign up for your own here. In less than a week, Apple is set to announce a range of services including an all-you-can-read subscription news bundle, and it’s causing a lot of angst for publishers already worried about big tech eating media. I talked to publishers who were pitched by Apple, and they say the phone maker is basing the business model on a flawed comparison between news and music. To date, The New York Times and Th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, Washington Post, North Korea, Trends, Comcast, New York Times, Alex Gibney, Wall Street Journal, Xfinity, Lance Armstrong, Elizabeth Holmes, Alaska Airlines

'It helps Facebook further fortify its walled garden': Instagram is testing in-app checkout to make shopping more seamless, but experts say it has a bigger agenda

Instagram is rolling out a checkout button to make it easier for people to shop from the platform. The function is being beta-tested with 20 brands, including Adidas, Burberry, MAC Cosmetics, Michael Kors, Nike, Warby Parker, and Zara.  It shows how Instagram has been making shopping a bigger priority in recent months and is also an attempt by the company to gather more data, say experts. The move could threaten companies like Curalate that have built businesses on bridging the gap between br...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Zara, Warby Parker, Michael Kors, Facebook Instagram, Instagram Instagram, Instagram for Shopping, Huynh, Phillip Huynh, Essence North America, Adidas Burberry MAC Cosmetics Michael Kors Nike, Meghan Myszkowski, Linz Shelton

French yellow vests protest amid enhanced security

PARIS (AP) — Yellow vest demonstrators gathered in Paris and other French cities for a 19th round of demonstrations as authorities issued bans on protests in certain areas and enhanced security measures in an effort to avoid a repeat of last week’s riots in the capital. Authorities banned protests Saturday from the Champs-Elysees avenue in […]
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Origins: How One Loan Officer Got his Reverse Mortgage Start

Reverse mortgage originators are on the front lines of the industry every day pursuing leads, talking to potential borrowers and directly dealing with any changes that may affect the ways that reverse mortgage products work. RMD is proud to introduce the new regular feature “Origins,” question-and-answer sessions with originators to learn about what led them into the reverse mortgage industry, what they see happening in the business now, and what they would like to see in it in the future. ...
Tags: Featured, Finance, Lenders, REDDING Calif, HUD FHA, Rich Pinnell, Guild Mortgage, Rich Pinnell Guild

AIs are being trained on racist data – and it’s starting to show

Machine learning algorithms process vast quantities of data and spot correlations, trends and anomalies, at levels far beyond even the brightest human mind. But as human intelligence relies on accurate information, so too do machines. Algorithms need training data to learn from. This training data is created, selected, collated and annotated by humans. And therein lies the problem. Bias is a part of life, and something that not a single person on the planet is free from. There are, of course, va...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Science, Syndication, Tech

Machine learning academics are flocking to tech giants and that might be a problem

The die is very much cast when it comes to the growth of machine learning. With the expansion of tech companies like Google, Amazon and Uber, artificial intelligence-based research and products is a growth industry that’s only just getting started. Research from the International Data Commission forecasts that spending on AI and ML will rise from $12 billion in 2017 to $57.6 billion by 2021. The skyrocketing research funding into these fields is mirrored by the resulting patents being filed, wit...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Science, Syndication, Tech

Financial Literacy is the Key to Protecting Your Finances

Let’s play a quick game of true or false: Imagine you have $100 in a savings account that earns 2 percent interest a year. After five years, you would have $102. True or false? (It’s false). Let’s say you have another savings account with an interest rate that earns 1 percent a year while the rate of inflation is 2 percent a year. After a year, the money in your savings account would buy the same amount as it does today. True or false? (It’s false, again). Are you starting to sweat? You wouldn’t...
Tags: Personal Finance, Marketing, Financial Literacy, FDIC, FINRA, Standard and Poor, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Financial Literacy Month

The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1

Electric vehicle chargers, heads-up displays for soldiers, and the Costco of weed were some of our favorites from presitigious startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 1. If you want to take the pulse of Silicon Valley, YC is the place to be. But with over 200 startups presenting across 2 stages and 2 days, it’s tough to keep track. You can check out our write-ups of all 85 startups that launched on Demo Day 1 here, and come back later for our full index and picks from Day 2. B...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Apps, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Hardware, Enterprise, Education, Microsoft, Developer, Navy, US, Tech, Air Force, EVs

The Most Common Professions of Skilled Freelancers Working for Businesses

We're often asked what the most popular professions are for freelancers and independent workers. This is not as easy a question to answer as it seems. Independent workers serve all industries, work with both businesses and consumers and participate in pretty much every job type and profession. They also tend to self-identify in very specific and often idiosyncratic ways. This makes grouping them into categories difficult. To help with this problem, the MBO Partners 2019 Client of Choice stud...
Tags: Sales, Gig Economy, Self-employment, MBO, Independent workers, MBO Partners, Emergent Research

Apple, Amazon, and Uber are moving in on health care. Will it help?

Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have been busy investing in health care companies, developing new apps, and hiring health professionals for new business ventures. Their current focus appears to be on tech-savvy millennials, but the bulk of health care expenditures goes to the elderly. Big tech should look to integrating its most promising health care devise, the smartphone, more thoroughly into health care. None Health care spending in the United States reached $3.5 trillion in 2017, ro...
Tags: Health, Technology, Business, Data, Medicine, Social change, United states, Google, Uber, Health care

Brex, the billion-dollar startup backed by Peter Thiel and Y Combinator, plans to launch a new card for more mature fintechs

Brex, a startup that issues corporate credit cards to early-stage companies, plans to launch a new offering in April with more mature accounting features. The new card, which has yet to be named, will allow companies' financial departments to review and approve purchases made on the card. With the launch of the product, Brex is aiming to meet the evolving needs of its startup client base, some of which want more accounting controls. Startups' needs evolve quickly.  Brex understands that bette...
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What Are the Most Relevant and Valuable Web Directories for 2019?

Web directories play a different role today than they did historically. They originally were used to direct Internet users to sites by category and topic on the Internet. They also made it easier for users to find what they were looking for when searching for specific products, services, answers, or information. Before modern search engines took over online queries, web directories were “THE INTERNET”. The way web directories are used has changed significantly. However, they are still helpful a...
Tags: Google, Business, UK, Bing, Local Search, Business Directories, Google Places, Google My Business, SEO / Google / Organic Traffic, Botw, Bing Places for Business, DirJournal, Brownbook Brownbook, Aviva Directory Founded, Jayde Jayde

Pilots who fly for Amazon are underpaid and overworked, and it may doom the e-commerce behemoth's aspirations to edge out FedEx and UPS (AMZN)

Business Insider spoke with 13 pilots who work or have worked for Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide, where they fly or have flown planes for Amazon Air. Those pilots and transportation analysts said the rapid growth of Amazon Air, coupled with low pay, has led to inexperienced pilots in the cockpit and a lack of qualified applicants.  But, analysts said that the low pay at Amazon Air's contractors is a key reason Jeff Bezos' air venture can stay profitable.  ABX Air, one con...
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Apple is pitching its new subscription service as a savior to journalism, but publishers say its logic is flawed

Apple is set to launch a new all-you-can-read news subscription service along with other services at a big event next week. Critics of the plan say while Apple is pitching itself as a savior to the publishing industry with the new service, its logic is flawed. They say Apple is pointing to Apple Music as evidence of its subscription know-how. Big news publishers are said to be sitting it out because Apple’s financial and data-sharing terms are seen as unfavorable to them. Conversely, a publish...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spotify, Washington Post, US, Trends, New York Times, Times, Meredith, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Apple Music, Apple News, Hearst, El Chapo

South Africa’s FlexClub raises $1.2M, partners with Uber Mexico

FlexClub, a South African startup that matches investors and drivers to cars for ride-hailing services, closed a $1.2 million seed round led by CRE Venture Capital. The company will use the financing to add team members and expand off the continent through a partnership with Uber Mexico. The move comes as Africa’s tech-transit space continues to produce unique mobility solutions shaped around local needs. FlexClub touts itself as a “gig economy investment platform” that is creating new asset ...
Tags: TC, Uber, Indonesia, Mexico, Finance, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Economy, Uganda, South Africa, Transport, Venture Capital, Carsharing, Taxify, Startup Company

Increased Minimum Wages Require Hour Cuts to Compensate, Whole Foods Example Shows

Amazon recently began a $15 minimum wage for its employees at Whole Foods, but then the grocery store began cutting workers’ hours, according to the Guardian. The multinational e-commerce company enacted the increased wage in November for all U.S. workers, in response to public pressure and criticism over its pay for employees. The same wage increase that the supermarket chain employees fought for, however, has lead to widespread cuts across stores, Whole Foods employees told The Guardian. “My ...
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NRMLA Western Conference to Highlight Path to Success in Today’s Market

Creating a path to success in today’s reverse mortgage marketplace will be a major theme for the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association’s spring conference this year. NRMLA’s Western Regional Conference, taking place March 25-26 in Huntington Beach, Calif., features a programming schedule consisting of discussions around collateral risk assessments, marketing best practices and economic factors, as well as face time with a prominent new official from the Department of Housing and Urba...
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Instagram launches shopping checkout, charging sellers a fee

Instagram is opening a whole new revenue stream. Now the 130 million people who tap Instagram’s product tags on shopping posts will be able to buy those items without leaving the app thanks to stored payment info. “Checkout with Instagram” launches today in the US with more than 20 top brands including Adidas, Kylie Cosmetics, and Warby Parker who’ll no longer have to direct customers to their website to make a purchase.. An Instagram spokesperson confirms to TechCrunch “We will introduce a s...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Tech, Paypal, Payments, Warby Parker, Instagram Shopping, Instagram Payments, Facebook Buy Button, Adidas Kylie Cosmetics

Lonzo Ball Fires Big Baller Brand Co-Founder Alan Foster After $1.5 Million of His Money Went Missing

It be ya own people. This simple, yet profound, phrase belies much wisdom.And if there’s one thing people who achieve fame and success learn in their journey, it’s that those in their close circle are usually among the first to betray them.If you’ve watched the Facebook Watch series Ball in the Family at all, then you should be familiar with Alan Foster. He is the face that you usually see next to LaVar Ball on the show when anything goes down, whether it’s business or personal. He was most tigh...
Tags: Business, Celebs, Pop Culture, Sports, Alan Foster, Ball in the Family, Fired, Fraud, LaVar Ball, Lonzo Ball, Money

What We're Reading ~ 3/20/19

T. Rowe Price: The Man, The Company & The Investment Philosophy [Cornelius Bond]How to take the outside view [McKinsey] Pitch on short Tesla [Dropbox]What is Amazon [Zack Kanter] Allen Zhang on the key product principles of WeChat [WeChat]KKR is too cheap [Yet Another Value Blog]Buying is easy, selling is hard [Bloomberg] In 12 minutes, everything went wrong: LionAir crash [NYTimes]The SaaS [Matrix Partners]How an app for gamers went mainstream [The Atlantic]The risk of low growth stocks: Pres...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Finance, Tesla, Bloomberg, Netflix, Atlantic, TSLA, Espn, Jack Dorsey, Ba, KKR, Vanity Fair, What We're Reading, Mckinsey, NFLX

These ad execs have a venture fund they’d like to sell you

Mike Duda comes from the world of advertising. In fact, he spent 13 years at the renowned ad agency Deutsch, becoming the youngest partner in the company’s history until another creative, Brent Vartan, came along and stole the title. Little wonder that in 2010, when Duda struck out on his own to create Bullish (formerly known as Consigliere Brand Capital), he stole Vartan, later making him the firm’s second managing partner. It isn’t that the two wanted to outgun their former employer exactly. I...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Palo Alto, Portland, Venture Capital, San Diego, Patagonia, Silicon Valley

[Infographic] Reinventing The Internet With Blockchain

The real mission of the blockchain revolution, for many experts, is to re-decentralize the internet. Believe it or not, the internet was decentralized at one time. To launch a website then, you had to buy a server and host your website on your own. This means that for each website, there may have been a separate server. Fast forward to current day, we now use centralized hosting services to host our websites, and other services from large corporations such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and othe...
Tags: Startups, Internet, Infographic, Blockchain, Facebook Google Twitter, Thinking Aloud, Blockchain Technology

Full moon patents: Uber’s pick-up AR, Microsoft’s crime scene AI, and Boeing’s toilet

Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This March-ish roundup lands on the icky Worm Moon ! Since my last post, the US patent office issued over 13,028 patents and published over 13,113 patent applications. Each patent asset adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As I cannot l...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, US, Tech, Boeing, PatentYogi, AR Microsoft

Here’s how much ‘Bitcoin Twitter’ loves presidential candidate Andrew Yang

The hype surrounding the US presidential election in 2020 is growing palpable, and one candidate, Andrew Yang, is getting significant attention from the cryptocurrency community. Yang, a Democratic Party candidate, is absolutely the favorite of internet memelords, but he isn’t the only one appealing to the blockchain crowd. Hard Fork investigated the Twitter feeds of every confirmed presidential candidate (as well as a few rumored ones) to figure out  who the cryptocurrency community prefers mos...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, US, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Trump, Democratic Party, Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, Hard Fork

Netflix loves 10-episode TV seasons and reportedly doesn't see the value in longer original shows

Netflix is increasingly favoring 10-episode seasons for its original series. Deadline reported that Netflix sees little value in shows that exceed 10-episode seasons and 30 episodes overall, which is one reason many Netflix shows get canceled after two or three seasons. Netflix canceled "One Day at a Time" last week after three seasons, and all of its Marvel shows recently after two or three seasons. There's a reason you're seeing TV shows with shorter seasons on Netflix. When Netflix serious...
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