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5 of the worst security missteps by major tech companies in 2018

2018 marked the year that governments, businesses, and other organizations around the world started implementing GDPR — not just in Europe but worldwide. However, even as businesses have clamored for enhanced data protection, there have been major missteps along the way, many of which resulted in catastrophic compromise of important user data. Why does data hold such importance? Firstly, I need to discuss why data has become the currency of today’s businesses. This not only includes customer or ...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Contributors


How to implement OKRs to jumpstart your year

For some weird reason, January is the time most leaders start thinking about how to improve their goal setting systems and get better, more focused results from their team. One wonders, why. However, like with most other new year’s resolutions, these upgrades to team’s goal setting process fail. And people will be back to the safe, known way of doing things. Because new is always scary and hard. And unless things are going really bad, there is no point in reinventing the wheel. If you want to be...
Tags: Startups, Contributors


Why most of 2018’s tech predictions were wrong

At the beginning of each year, tech journalists and everyday consumers love to speculate about the types of technology that the future will hold. And I’ll admit, I like to partake in these activities as well. But as I look back on predictions for 2018 (which started emerging at the end of 2017), I couldn’t help but notice the sheer quantity of missed or overzealous predictions. The fact that tech journalists are constantly overestimating the rate of progress in the tech industry is symptomatic o...
Tags: Startups, Contributors


8 digital New Year’s resolutions to improve your personal and work life

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can also get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! By now your New Year’s hangover should be over, and you’re finding out how difficult it is to maintain your New Year’s resolutions. Good for you for giving it a try anyway. I figured the first weekly column from me this year could start with some good digital adv...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneur, Contributors, Boris


Why data privacy is hot and machine learning is not

Looking back on the past twelve months, we will all remember cybersecurity scares, revelations of data malpractices, and countless large-scale data breaches. Allegations ranged from Google’s non-consensual tracking of user location data to (unlikely) instances of China covertly installing microscopic spy chips on US tech hardware. It’s clear that data privacy will underpin innovation and technological advancement in 2019, while the latest buzzword tech is set to go the way cryptocurrency went la...
Tags: Google, Startups, China, US, Contributors


Why it’s a no-brainer to have women in your startup’s exec team

While women have made strides toward better representation in leadership roles over the last decade, the progress has been slow and labored. According to a recent Global Gender Gap Report via LinkedIn and the World Economic Forum, women continue to hold under half of the leadership positions across fields – in many industries, we make up less than 20 percent of upper management. The problem is, closing the gender gap in leadership won’t happen overnight. The solution starts with hiring more wome...
Tags: Startups, Linkedin, Contributors, World Economic Forum


Governments need to embrace AI for the good of the people

AI has already taken the private sphere by storm, with massive corporations, dynamic startups, and even our own living rooms playing host to intelligent machine learning software. It’s no big surprise, then, that the world of government is starting to turn to AI to improve its effectiveness in serving populations large and small. The staid, often congested nature of government bureaucracy is a deeply ingrained image in the national consciousness. The reason this image exists is simple: it’s most...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Contributors


The only way to stop fake news is for you to take responsibility

Trump has made a lot of things buzzworthy, but perhaps none more than “fake news.” Everyone has strong opinions about who is at fault for spreading lies in the press. It’s “the media’s” fault. It’s Trump’s fault. Before Trump, it was the National Enquirer’s fault. It’s Facebook’s fault. You name a source, and they’ve probably been blamed. And while all of those entities have played their part in this epidemic, I’m going to tell you something that might be hard for you to hear: it’s your fault. O...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Media, National Enquirer, Contributors, Trump, Before Trump


Uber’s 3 grand ambitions and what they mean for us regular folks

Uber has plans to eliminate car ownership, take over the public transportation systems, and even fly you across cities. Say bye to being stuck in traffic? Uber says this dream can become reality in just few years’ time, as it rolls out plans to become “Amazon of transportation.” While last few years have been tough for Uber – it’s been plagued by toxic company culture and accused of avoiding regulations and ‘gaming’ the system — the new CEO is making sure Uber is on its best behavior. And it’s p...
Tags: Startups, Contributors


Personalized marketing will be huge in 2019

Personalization has come a long way since Amazon started leveraging personalized book recommendations in 1999. Half of companies worldwide have identified it as a priority investment, and globally 92 percent of marketers believe there’s value in 1-to-1 marketing technology. If you’re part of this majority but haven’t figured out how to advance your personalization efforts, you’re not alone. Personalization has gained popularity in recent years, but not all marketers feel like their activities in...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Business, Contributors, Marketing and SEO


December in Africa: Ghanian healthcare drones and Cameroonian separatist cryptocurrency

December is an expensive month for anyone, and tech companies across Africa went on a fundraising spree in advance of the festive period last month. Companies from across the continent, in a variety of sectors, raised funding in December. Most notable was pan-African e-commerce company Jumia, which raised strategic investment from the alcoholic beverage brand Pernod Ricard. Another major fundraiser was infrastructure firm Liquid Telecom, which secured a $180 million USD cash injection from CDC G...
Tags: Startups, Africa, Tech, Contributors, Liquid Telecom, Jumia, Wakanow, Jumo, CDC Group


12 tactics for engaging and retaining your mobile app users

As more and more businesses create stand-alone branded mobile apps, competition for user attention is fiercer than ever. You can’t simply create an app for the sake of it and expect your customers to download and engage with it. You need to design something that truly adds value to a user’s life — something that gives them a reason to keep using it every day. The experts of Young Entrepreneur Council know it’s not easy to keep mobile app users for the long haul, but there are some key tactics th...
Tags: Startups, Contributors, YEC


Facebook “owns” my family: a cautionary fable

I hate New Year. I don’t do resolutions and am generally “bah, humbug” about the whole hullabaloo. This year, my curmudgeonly attitude was dramatically amplified by social media in general, and Facebook in particular. And finally, after years of railing against the privacy invasive nature of the machine, I decided to quit. I suppose it says something about me that it wasn’t the data tracking, the endless scandals, the cavalier approach to laws, fundamental rights and disregard for users’ dignity...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Contributors


Did you #DeleteFacebook? Shady players can still exploit your data

Caring about our online privacy might be popular right now, but on a wider level, it’s not as easy as we think to escape the hole we’ve dug ourselves into.
Tags: Startups, Contributors


3 New Year’s resolutions that might help thaw the ‘crypto winter’

As 2018 draws to a close, many members of the crypto community will be happy that they made it through to the end of another volatile year. Many can still be heard repeating their mantra of “I believe in the tech” to anyone that will care to listen. The battle scars of 2018 will ensure that this year will be remembered for all the wrong reasons by crypto enthusiasts. For example, there was the infamous $520 million crypto hack, and more recently another Japan-based crypto exchange was hacked, lo...
Tags: Startups, Japan, Contributors


Tech stocks are overvalued and it’s killing innovation

We’re entering an unprecedented era of advanced technology and behemoth tech companies driving its development. Earlier this year, Apple became the first company to reach a one-trillion-dollar valuation, and Amazon followed suit, reaching a one-trillion-dollar market cap in September. Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Facebook, and Netflix are similarly dominant over the S&P 500, together providing an enormous proportion of the technology we use on a daily basis and influencing the direction o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Netflix, Contributors


3 surprising ways social ‘neighborhood’ apps could boost your business

Have you ever logged onto Facebook, only to be inundated with mundane status updates from your ex-high school classmate or photos of your great-aunt’s cat? The impersonal, irrelevant news that seems to clog up most our newsfeeds is turning people away from traditional social networks and toward a new breed of local network that allows you to tune in to your neighborhood gossip. Apps like Nextdoor, Neighbors, GoNeighbor, and Hoodi are creating private feeds for individual neighborhoods that are s...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Contributors


Strategies top SaaS apps use to capture new market segments

Startups fail for many reasons, and if you were to ask founders to tell you what they think is most responsible for startup failure you will most certainly get a diverse range of answers. However, when data on failed startups is crunched, data tends to agree that startups mainly fail due to market-related problems. Image Credit A particular study by CB Insights listed the following among the top reason why startups fail: 42 percent of startups fail due to lack of market need for what they offer ...
Tags: Startups, Contributors


8 PR trends that will actually happen in 2019

As PR professionals, we have all nearly done a good job surviving another year in this industry, and yes, I consider “you’re breathing” to be about the only standard I can hold our profession to reliably. It’s been a banner year for some of the dumbest things in public relations with blunders including H&M’s insanely racist shirt, the Victoria’s Secret CMO being a huge transphobic asshole, and this extremely ‘correct’ usage of #MeToo by a PR person. In reality, the PR trends that were meant to h...
Tags: Startups, Contributors, Secret CMO


Depressing lessons 2018’s endless data breaches taught us

In the days after Facebook‘s September announcement about a bug that may have compromised 90 million users – yes, that was three months and several earth-shattering Facebook headlines ago – someone asked me what consumers could have done to avoid being caught up in yet another data breach. “They could not use Facebook,” I said. Every time a major breach occurs, we look for answers about what consumers can do differently. What can I do to protect myself? Can I stop criminals from stealing my data...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Contributors


We’re missing the ‘Skynet’ to complete our connected robot future

Throughout history, innovators have strived to create automata, or robots as we now know them, to augment labor intensive and dangerous human jobs. As far back as 322 BC, Aristotle predicted that fleets of mechanical automata could finally rid the world of the scourge of slavery by taking over backbreaking manual roles forced upon human workers. However, over time as robotics has advanced, Hollywood and the media have become skeptical — and even fearful — of the risks of empowering robots too mu...
Tags: Startups, Hollywood, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Skynet, Aristotle, Contributors


Rise of foreign stars in Chinese social media marks the beginning of a new trend

China’s internet celebrity economy has expanded exponentially in recent years. According to a report released by iResearch, the number of online celebrities in China with more than 100,000 followers has increased by 57.3 percent since 2016. With a single embedded ad in a WeChat post worth up to $145,000 USD for influencers with dedicated followings, and a total market estimated at $14 billion USD in 2018 by Beijing-based research agency Analysus, it’s a sizeable, attractive market for internet p...
Tags: Startups, Asia, China, Beijing, Contributors


Now’s the time to bridge the gap between female health and technology

I recently watched a stand-up show in which comedian Michelle Wolf made a cunning observation: “It’s our fault we’re not further along in period technology, because we’re ok that our best solution is a rolled-up piece of cotton.” Whether it really is women’s fault is debatable, but she does make a valid point. You would assume for a problem that affects half of the world’s population every month, we would have come up with something a little more innovative by now. Yet only little progress has b...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Contributors, Michelle Wolf


An entrepreneur’s guide to navigate the changing global tech scene

As the New Year approaches, tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs will take a moment to reflect on what has been an eventful year in the world of innovation. The tech universe has been rocked by big news equally scandalous and exciting – from the autonomous vehicles racing to hit the streets to the ethics of tech titans under fire – with the reverberations felt worldwide. While stories of big funding announcements, acquisitions, gadgets, and controversies have grabbed our attention, they are in par...
Tags: Startups, Contributors


2018 proved that computer vision is the most powerful manifestation of AI

You probably use computer vision every day and don’t even think about it. Enjoy checking out the latest Snapchat filters? That’s computer vision. Unlock your iPhone with your face? That’s computer vision, too. Use your phone to deposit your latest paycheck and get some cash in your bank account? Well, that’s also computer vision. Computer vision as we know it is at a tipping point. Thanks to industry-wide development efforts and advances in deep learning algorithms and graphics processors, we’re...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Contributors


2018’s political mess is a boon for VR escapism in 2019

As the late screenwriting legend William Goldman famously said; “nobody knows anything” so predictions – especially about technology – always run the risk of making people look silly in the not-so-distant-future. That said, I’m going to go out on a limb and say in the next few years we’re going to see more people becoming “Virtual Reality Refugees.” By which I mean immersive technologies will provide increasingly attractive alternatives for those wishing to escape the dreamlike madness that has ...
Tags: Startups, Contributors, William Goldman


See You in the New Year for our wegginar® with Laurel Delaney!

wegg® wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday! We will see you in the New Year, with wegginar® NO. 34 on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. This wegginar® will be presented by  Laurel Delaney, President, wegg® and Founder, GlobeTrade.com. Join us at 11:00 am CST, noon Eastern for Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2019. wegginar® […]
Tags: Technology, Networking, Education, Free, Inspiration, Sales, E-commerce, How-to, Global Economy, Innovation, Event, Economic Growth, Announcement, Contributors, Business Development, Laurel Delaney


Why the CEO is actually the CMO

Scrappy business people are fantastic people to work with — lean, mean, execution machines. But there comes a point where all scrap and no strategy results in a hard working team that are running to stand-still. Many small company CEOs lean too far into the COO role, at the expensive of setting — and ensuring execution of — the strategy. If anything, CEOs need to lean more into the CMO role. A good marketer is invaluable (and hard to find), but CEOs need to be careful not to think marketing and ...
Tags: Startups, CMO, Contributors


Apple Watch brought attention to tech needs of the elderly, but we can do better

The launch of the latest Apple Watch in September was accompanied with the customary buzz that comes with every new Apple gadget. What really caught my eye and  generated extra curiosity this time was the watch’s new fall detection feature, aimed at both senior citizens and the general public. One news outlet even enlisted a professional stunt double to demonstrate that fall detection ability. For me, Apple’s entry into this space is certainly good news for elderly care and the growing number of...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Apple Watch, Contributors


Revisiting Ukraine’s startup ecosystem: Confidence, ambition, and aspiration

Since my last trip to Ukraine in 2017, the country’s intoxication with the startup bug has grown, driven by local success stories such as Grammarly and GitLab. I returned to IT Arena in Lviv this year (on the Polish border), where last year conversations typically turned to Ukrainian entrepreneur’s inadequacies. This year was different, with more international attendees, speakers, and exhibitors, the conversation had moved beyond being just “great engineers” to vastly improving their communicati...
Tags: Startups, Ukraine, Contributors, Lviv, Kiev UNIT City