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Following a record year, Illinois startups kick off 2019 on a strong foot

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Global VC market sees highest-ever concentration of supergiant dollar volume in Q4 2018 SoftBank’s Vision Fund inches closer to $100B Illinois’s startup market in 2018 was very strong, and it’s not slowing down as we settle into 2019. There’s already almost $100 million in new VC funding announced,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Boston, Softbank, Tech, Walmart, Chicago, Venture Capital, SEC, Lincoln, North America, Illinois, Crunchbase, Bringg, Bay Area


How IoT-enabled scooters, bikes, and cars are making streets safe

The flurry of anti-dockless electric scooter headlines reached critical mass last summer. “This town seriously hates electric scooters,” screamed the link to a story focused on Santa Monica, Calif. “San Francisco Is Fighting the Scooter Trend With Poop and Vandalism,” blared another. There’s even an Instagram account devoted to images of destroyed rideshare scooters. And, of course, “bike share” bashing is old news by now. Chalk it up to predictable, initial backlash to disruptive technologies. ...
Tags: Startups, San Francisco, Tech, Contributors, Santa Monica Calif


Twitter Link Roundup #355 – Terrific Reads for Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Marketers, and Designers!

By now, the entire Netflix indulging world has heard of the diminutive-yet-formidable Mari Kondo. The tidying-up mania is literally and figuratively sweeping the nation as overwhelmed homeowners seek to create a little breathing room for themselves. The premise itself is a good one – a minimalist attitude toward stuff is healthy, and there’s something to be said for living with less. However, hidden beneath those shiny plastic bags stuffed with unused junk lurks an ugly reality. Each one of tho...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Design, Small Business, Inspiration, Marketing, Sales, Entrepreneur, Strategy, Netflix, Jeff Bezos, Jason, Ross, Branding, Twitter link roundups, Ross Kimbarovsky


Best Bosses Have These Three Skills

​You are responsible for leading people. But so much of your energy is wasted in shepherding people that often you as a leader are overstretched in your own work. This leads to inefficiencies and resentment. So, how you do create an engaged high performing team that you don’t have to micromanage? Here are three practical things you can do to be a better boss and leader:1) Give People Permission To ActNo manager really wants to do the job of their employees. With increasing demands on time and o...
Tags: Startups, Leadership, Wisdom, Management, Austin Startups, Leadership-development, Talent-development


Recycling the world’s plastic garbage could buy you the NFL, Apple and Microsoft

This year, I served on the judging panel for The Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Year. On Dec. 18, we announced the winner: 90.5 percent, the amount of plastic that has never been recycled. Okay – but why is that such a big deal? Much like Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” competition, the international statistic is meant to capture the zeitgeist of this year. The judging panel accepted nominations from the statistical community and the public at large for...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Tech, World, Royal Statistical Society, NFL Apple, Syndication


Here’s what Google, Strava, and more will reveal at TNW2019

The best way to learn what to expect at any conference is to check out the speaker lineup. At TNW2019, our diverse list of exciting speakers attract everyone in tech – marketers, developers, designers, and everything in between. For those in the dark, TNW2019 is our annual technology festival in Amsterdam. 17,500 people come to hear industry-leading speakers, join in-depth workshops and roundtables, and network in our uniquely intimate atmosphere. You should join us on May 9 and 10 – you can sti...
Tags: Startups, Events, Amsterdam, Insider, Google Strava


AI isn’t here to steal your job, it’s here to make it better

The belief that AI will displace jobs has been well countered with arguments that AI actually empowers workers to focus on higher-level thinking and creating. It’s an advantage in the workplace, not an obstruction. But there’s another, less discussed advantage of adopting AI at work. One with the potential to level the playing field for underrepresented groups at the very top levels of many corporate environments.   I see a not-too-distant future in which AI enables new voices and perspectives t...
Tags: Startups, Future Of Work, Artificial Intelligence, Contributors, Marketforce, Pega of top


The security threats of neural networks and deep learning algorithms

This article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try to) disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI. History shows that cybersecurity threats evolve along with new technological advances. Relational databases brought SQL injection attacks, web scripting programming languages spurred cross-site scripting attacks, IoT devices ushered in new ways to create botnets, and the internet in general opened a Pandora’s box of digital security ills. Social media created new ways to man...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Pandora, Syndication


Why Customer Satisfaction Is The Foundation Of Business Success

Dozens of aspects contribute to the success or failure of a business; customer satisfaction is one of them. It is therefore critical for companies to monitor their customer satisfaction rates and integrate measures to ensure that clients are not just happy with the solutions they receive, but are also willing to refer other clients. One thing is sure – if you don’t go the extra mile to show the clients you care, don’t expect them to care about your solution. So, why is customer satisfaction so ...
Tags: Startups, Others, Customer Satisfaction, Customer feedback, InfoQuest


How To Start Publishing From Scratch on Instagram

To start off with good standing, publish between 5 and 10 photos right after creating your account. This way you do not lose any opportunity and the first visitors that arrive at your profile will know what it is going and what kind of content you are going to publish. Instagram posts consist of: 1. Photo or Video (get attention). The image or video that you post is the main element and, therefore, the one that should attract the most followers. Post content that  draws the attention of the n...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Marketing, Online Marketing, Others, Digital Marketing


Ethereum devs reschedule Constantinople hard fork for late Feb

Ethereum core developers have now said they will activate the proposed Constantinople upgrade in late February. The upgrade was delayed earlier this week following a code audit, which revealed that the fork would introduce security issues affecting Ethereum’s smart contracts, potentially resulting in the theft of users’ funds. As previously reported by Hard Fork, the initial delay was announced on Tuesday – less than 24 hours before the hard fork was due to take place.   This latest change of sc...
Tags: Startups, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Constantinople, Vitalik, Hard Fork


Facebook docs reveal a predatory policy for dealing with kids’ accidental purchases

A federal judge this week ruled Facebook must make public internal documents that reveal the rather unsavory ways the company allegedly profits off of unsuspecting children — as if the company’s history with kids wasn’t dubious enough. The whole shebang started in 2012, with a lawsuit against Facebook in which the plaintiff claimed it’d profited off of a child’s unwitting transaction. The child, referred to as I.B., said they didn’t know Facebook was storing their parent’s credit card informatio...
Tags: Startups, Facebook


Zipwhip Gets $51.5M for Software That Lets Businesses Text Customers

Texting has grown well beyond person-to-person communications. To remind customers about upcoming appointments or notify diners their restaurant tables are ready, for example, text messages have in many businesses replaced phone calls and light-up buzzer systems.But text-based communications between businesses and their customers are becoming more of a two-way dialogue, with organizations increasingly allowing people to send them texts to do things like schedule appointments and place orders—me...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Facebook, Email, Imessage, Trends, Tech, E-mail, Smartphones, Sms, Mobile Apps, Vc, Software, Facebook Messenger, Goldman Sachs, Texting


Four Ways To Expand Your Startup

Expansion is a great word for new companies, because it means that you have done something so right in your business model that you have been deemed worthy by the general consumer. Expanding, however, can be a mighty step to take. Expanding when you do not have the right systems in place can result in your downfall. You need to know that you are ready, and then proceed to take the necessary precautions and preliminary steps to expand on your own terms. Don’t go over budget, and instead follow t...
Tags: Startups, Business Growth, Others, Business Advice


Facebook docs reveal a predatory policy for dealing with kids’ accidental purchases [Update]

A federal judge this week ruled Facebook must make public internal documents that reveal the rather unsavory ways the company allegedly profits off of unsuspecting children — as if the company’s history with kids wasn’t dubious enough. The whole shebang started in 2012, with a lawsuit against Facebook in which the plaintiff claimed it’d profited off of a child’s unwitting transaction. The child, referred to as I.B., said they didn’t know Facebook was storing their parent’s credit card informatio...
Tags: Startups, Facebook


For $40, Appz helps you win at Instagram without lifting a finger

Since you probably don’t want to stay tethered to posting 24/7/365, enlisting services like the Appz Instagram Assistant are practically a must. Right now, TNW Deals is knocking over 90 percent off the price of a lifetime Appz subscription, cutting your cost to only $39.99.
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Offers, Appz, Appz Instagram Assistant


How 3 Detroit Founders Built Tech Startups Despite City’s Bankruptcy

On July 18th, 2013, the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, becoming the largest city in American history to do so. Just four years earlier, Chrysler and General Motors—automobile companies that were long a staple of the Detroit economy—had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.“You hear stories about the Great Depression in the ‘30s, I can only imagine what we experienced here in Detroit matched that. It was a scary time with so many negatives. There was no credit, the auto companies were...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Trends, General Motors, Cisco, It, Vc, Software, Ford, Auto Industry, Innovation, Venture Capital, Chrysler, Google Ventures, Detroit


How To Host A Successful First Meeting With A Potential New Client

Securing clients is something that every business in every industry needs to do. Without your customers, you have no profits, which mean the business won’t be able to succeed. Businesses and entrepreneurs tend to put a lot of time, effort, planning, and budgeting into appealing to new customers, securing them, and then keeping them loyal. So what happens if you’ve gone ahead and caught the attention of a potential new client and now you have set up that first meeting with them, where you will g...
Tags: Startups, Meetings, Client relationships, Others, Business Meetings


Government use of blockchain will shape our digital identity

To be honest, I hate the word “identity.” There’s a lot of talk about this now, but if anyone is telling you they’re building “identity” on a public network, you should run immediately. Why? Because it’s probably the worst thing to do. The irony of this all, is that the more we advance into the future – with devices, IoT, blockchain technology, and hyper-connectivity – the more data is going to be brought into the ecosystem. And the more data that is brought into the system, the more we’ll find ...
Tags: Startups, Contributors


Why Your Startup Needs To Monitor Who Can Access Your Network

There’s a fundamental difference between the sensitive data that your business stores, and the publicly accessible information that you hold. For hackers, that difference could be the key to gaining access to everything that you store, and your business will be at major risk of disruption. Access is one of the most important factors to consider when looking at online security, and monitoring who can access certain levels of data sensitivity can go a long way to boosting your security levels. Wi...
Tags: Startups, Information, Cyber Security, Data Protection, Online Security, Others, Business Data, Network Access


Hiveage streamlines your freelance and small business invoicing for just $50

Hiveage is trusted by 60,000 small businesses and freelancers around the globe -- and with this offer, you can get a lifetime of access to their suite of invoicing features for only $49.99, hundreds of dollars off the regular price.
Tags: Startups, Offers


Growth Hacks To Take Your Content Marketing To The Next Level

by Prince Kapoor It can be difficult to develop a content marketing strategy that best suits your needs. Additionally, you will have to understand the type of audience your business caters to. It is also important to develop high-quality content for that audience. Ideally, content must be engaging, so that people get interested in reading and sharing them. The only drawback in this, otherwise perfect process, is that it is time-consuming. Plus, if one does not do it the right way, chances of ge...
Tags: Google, Startups, Instagram, Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Others, Digital Marketing, Kapoor, Jonah Beger, Create Better Content For Better Ranking While, Prince Kapoor


ShapeShift forced to ‘help’ police with 60 cryptocurrency inquiries last year

Prominent cryptocurrency exchange service ShapeShift has disclosed the number of times it been forced to give up information about its users to international authorities. In a blog post, ShapeShift revealed it has “assisted” law enforcement agencies with 60 different inquires last year, 30 percent of which came from the United States. A significant number of enquiries made by authorities from Germany, the UK, and France were also recorded. The FBI and the SEC were noted as the most common US age...
Tags: Startups, UK, France, Germany, US, Fbi, United States, SEC, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, ShapeShift, Hard Fork


Popular travel app hands out Trump-shaped stress balls to anyone who books a trip to Mexico

Travel app TRVL is offering Trump-shaped stress balls to travelers heading to Mexico, as a reward for those visiting in spite of damaging rhetoric from the US president. The item looks about how you’d expect: a recreation of the President’s head in squishy foam form. The company has 1,000 balls to give away, and they’re available to any traveler who books a trip to Mexico via TRVL’s site or app. For those who don’t know, TRVL is (as the name implies) a booking and travel app that allows anyone t...
Tags: Startups, Mexico, US, Insider, Trump, Trvl


The hidden secrets of insect poop

Insect defecation may not seem like one of the pressing scientific inquiries of our time, but in fact the faeces of these wee creatures serves an extraordinary variety of functions in bug and human life. Unlike most animals, many insect species actually use their excrement. They utilize it as their home, for feeding, in predator-prey interactions, for hygiene, habitat location, shelter construction, for reproduction and physical or chemical defense against natural enemies. (Kids: don’t try this ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication


Microsoft is euthanizing Windows 10 Mobile in 2019

Just a few days after announcing it would stop supporting Windows 7 soon, Microsoft is sounding the death knell for another of its products: Windows 10 Mobile. Starting December 10, 2019 your devices will no longer be able to receive security or software updates on the OS, and Microsoft will no longer provide support should issues arise. It’ll provide a bit of extra time for backups and such after that date, but Windows Mobile is basically dead. Of course, this was expected. Microsoft stopped wo...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Insider, Plugged


Facebook’s secretly working on LOL — a meme hub meant to lure teens from Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok

Facebook hasn’t given up on attracting teens. After numerous failed products aimed at teens — including LOL, Facebook Watch, and IGTV — the company is now hard at work on LOL, a meme hub of sorts meant to win the hearts and minds of teens fleeing for greener pastures at TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram. First reported by TechCrunch’s Josh Constine, LOL would bridge the gap of a traditional News Feed with meme-focused content that Facebook hopes will attract teen attention. For the 100 or so high ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Social Media, NDA, Josh Constine, Snapchat Instagram, Instagram First, IGTV, LOL Facebook Watch


4 Twitter Profiles That Young Entrepreneurs Should Follow

If you’re a young entrepreneur, you probably have a few highly successful entrepreneurs that you follow to the T. After all, if we want to attain incredible success, it’s a good idea to follow in the footsteps of those who already have. I’ve found quite a bit of value in following successful Twitter profiles. The character count limit ensures that the message is received quickly. While some aren’t so good at making use of the minimalistic approach to communication, some are incredible, and give...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Entrepreneur, Zuckerberg, Rose, Randi, Randi Zuckerberg, Stanford Berkeley, Steve Blank Blank, Advice For The Young At Heart, Entrepreneur Advice, Zuckerberg Media, Harv, Tony Hawk Foundation


The #AmazonShitCarShow is some of the best crap on Prime

Amazon Prime‘s marketing team recently fired some shots when it called one of the most popular automotive shows on the air today a “shit car show.” Even crazier is that the “shit car show” in question is one of Amazon‘s hit car shows – unbelievable! Amazon’s hit car show returns. Watch #TheGrandTour now only on Prime Video. #amazonshitcarshow — The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) January 17, 2019 If you’re a petrol-head (we think that means “car enthusiast” in whatever language they speak in Great Br...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, UK, Opinion, Great Britain, Distract


7 Common Mistakes Made By Newly Founded, Fast-Growing Startups

Launching a startup is not easy – at any phase. Founders have many things to think about and decisions to make, most of which need to be made on a dime. It is not rare for entrepreneurs to buckle under the pressure and start to make poor decisions, some of which set their plans back or critically hurt the company’s potential. There is not some magic solution to obtaining small startup success. However, one can avoid several common and debilitating errors countless other new and seasoned busines...
Tags: Startups, Jack, Business Mistakes, Advice For The Young At Heart, Business Advice, Startup Advice, Not Pacing the Company



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