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Cluttered Inbox? 6 Hacks To Organize Your Email

Office workers, as well as freelancers, receive a bunch of emails every day. Whether it is a promotional email from another business, an urgent task from the boss or an inquiry from a potential client, the typical worker’s inbox can be quite a mess. In order to avoid spending hours catching up with your emails, you will need to use the right email management strategies. Here are 6 hacks to help you organize your inbox like a pro! 1. More Than One. Here’s a fact: No one can stop you from creat...
Tags: Startups, Gmail, Email, Workplace Productivity, Others, Email Management, Personal Productivity


[Interview] Troy R. Underwood, Author Of “How To Launch Your Side Hustle”

Once you’ve dug up enough pennies from between your couch cushions to start a new business, you’re going to need a plan. In the new book “How to Launch Your Side Hustle: Start and Scale a Business with Minimal Capital“, serial entrepreneur Troy R. Underwood shows you how to start, scale, and sell a business — step by step. Using his previous company as a model of what to do — and sometimes what not do to — Underwood candidly takes you through the steps of building your business using low-cost t...
Tags: Startups, Interview, Interviews, America, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Chamber of Commerce, Underwood, Steve Ells, Ells, Denver Colorado, Entrepreneur Advice, Side Hustle, Troy Underwood, Troy R Underwood


How Your Business Cards Can Be Designed To Impress New Contacts

There’s a famous passage in Brett Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel American Psycho, and its cinematic release of 2000, whereby the main antagonist Patrick Bateman and a bunch of his colleagues share their latest business cards. The tension created as they compare, although compounded by satire and the bizarre nature of the fictional characters depicted, does prove one thing – business card design is crucial. True, business cards may often end up stashed in the bottom of a bag or behind a couple of cred...
Tags: Startups, Business Networking, Business Cards, Others, Patrick Bateman, Brett Easton Ellis, Duplo International, Networking Tool


A massive cache of stolen OnlyFans videos have been dumped online

Someone has leaked terabytes of content stolen from OnlyFans, a subscription site popular among influencers, sex workers, and pornographic actors. Photos and videos of specific users and performers is now out from behind the site’s paywall, meaning content creators are no longer able to profit from their work. And it doesn’t seem like there’s anything they can do. If you’re unfamiliar with OnlyFans (be honest with me now), it’s a site where viewers can pay a fee to view photos and videos put up ...
Tags: Startups, Media


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Citefull

Citefull Co-Founders: CSO Crystal Houston and CEO Kyle Grone The Forrest Four-Cast: February 27, 2020 According to a Pew Research Center study, Americans rate fake news as a larger problem than racism, climate change, or terrorism, one that is eroding people’s confidence in government and each other.While the survey found that a majority of the respondents thought that journalists should take responsibility for fixing the problem, Phoenix-based Citefull can play an important role in fixing fa...
Tags: Startups, Media, Trust, San Francisco, Startup, Earth, Starbucks, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Short, Pew Research Center, Dick, Sean Parker, Sxsw, Phoenix, Valley


How to find the secret surfing game in Microsoft Edge

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Microsoft is continually improving its browser, Edge. One of its latest updates is the permanent addition of what was formerly an easter egg: a surfing game that you can access offline. The game was originally part of an elaborate reveal of the new Edge logo, but now it’s available for everyday play. Side note: at the moment, the game is only available in the ...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Basics


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Flugauto

Flugauto Co-Founders (left to right): Frank Noppel, CEO, Gerrit Becker, CCO, and Alexander Xydas, COO. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 27, 2020 A B2B tech company, Flugauto is developing a world-class UAV platform for aerial delivery of industrial cargo for the energy industry. For businesses that want to transport cargo, they offer the benefits of a helicopter, including speed and access to remote locations, but at the cost of ground transportation.They have an end-to-end solution, from oper...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Transportation, Stanford, San Francisco, Startup, Earth, Austin, Middle East, Mobility, Mars, Sxsw, United States Europe, Hugh Forrest, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups


SeeHow helps cricketers train smarter

Like baseball, cricket relies on grass, dirt, wood, cork, spit, spin, drop and rise en route to either victory or loss. And like baseball — and just about any other sport, really — cricket coaching staffs and their players worldwide are looking for more ways to track every move. Tracking statistics is nothing new. With each action, a player produces a stat that can be used to track improvement or struggle over a given period of time. But as players get stronger and stakes — financial and otherwi...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Microsoft, Youtube, India, Sports, Tech, Sensors, Cricket, Shane Warne, MEMS, Anil Kumble, Behera, Spektacom, SeeHow, Dev Chandan Behera


SaaS earnings bump Dropbox, Box and Sprout Social

A quick hit as we have a podcast to record, but a few public companies in the broader SaaS market reported earnings in the past week. Their results are worth unpacking as they paint a good picture of what the markets are hunting for in modern software companies. Of course, we’re covering the firms’ share-price movements in the context of an epic selloff stemming from global conditions that are already impacting earnings. But, hey, not all the news out there is bad. In fact, for our three compani...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Dropbox, Box, Sprout Social, Cloud Applications


Stem is offering cash advances to help musicians stay independent

Stem, a startup that helps independent musicians get paid, is expanding with a new financing program called Scale. Co-founder and CEO Milana Rabkin Lewis described the company’s core offering as a way for collaborators to “memorialize the split” of the proceeds from a song — once they’ve uploaded a track, Scale can automatically handle splitting the payments among those collaborators. It also offers a broader suite of tools, including revenue data, to help musicians manage the financial side of ...
Tags: Startups, Media, Stem, Tech, United Talent Agency, Scale Co, Milana Rabkin Lewis, Rabkin Lewis, Brent Faiyaz Justine Skye, Lil Donald Rabin Lewis


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Winding Tree

How Winding Tree works to improve travel bookings. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 27, 2020 Winding Tree has created the world’s first open marketplace for travel.One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, Winding Tree drives the development of open source protocols for the travel industry, starting with ORG.ID, a global registry of business entities that streamlines access to APIs in an automated and secure way without the need for third parties.Last summer, Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emi...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Earth, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Mars, Blockchain, Sxsw, Etihad Airways, Swissport, Hugh Forrest, Hansson, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups


Etsy’s new mandatory ad policy cuts into sellers’ profits

Etsy this week revealed a new promoted advertising policy that essentially allows them to take a generous cut of sales, and sellers with successful stores won’t be able to opt out. The new measure will add yet another mandatory fee for sellers — if the advertising works, of course. According to Etsy’s announcement, it’s instituting a new Offsite Ads program, in which it’ll promote items on sites like Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Whenever a buyer clicks on an ad and buys the produc...
Tags: Startups, Money, Etsy, Google Facebook Instagram


Facebook just canceled its F8 developer conference because of coronavirus

Facebook today announced the cancellation of its annual F8 developer conference due to fears over the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The annual conference was scheduled to take place in San Jose, California on May 5-6. Facebook announced the cancellation in a blog post Thursday morning. The company’s platform partnerships director, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, wrote: This was a tough call to make — F8 is an incredibly important event for Facebook and it’s one of our favorite ways to celebrate a...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, World, San Jose California, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis


Leaked EU legislation would force Apple to use removable batteries in its iPhones

There was a time when virtually every phone had a removable battery – and then the iPhone was announced. As Apple’s trend-setting powers would have it, in 2020 there are virtually no high-end phones with removable batteries left. But if the EU has its way, those tides may soon be turning – Apple may have to make an iPhone with a removable battery for the first time. In leaked documents seen by Dutch publication Het Financieele Dagblad, the European Commission is shown to be pursuing the return o...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Eu, European Commission, Insider, Het Financieele Dagblad, Plugged


Spotify’s new iOS design makes it easier to navigate

Spotify is rolling out a new design for its mobile app today, starting with iOS. Though the changes are relatively minor – don’t expect a major redesign – they should make the app a little simpler to navigate. The key aesthetic change is that Spotify is foregoing text on its buttons for larger, more prominent buttons. This makes the app a little more accessible and language-independent while looking a little cleaner too. For example, instead of the big ol’ ‘shuffle play’ button that would appear...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Spotify, Insider


Quick notes on the DoorDash IPO filing

Earlier today, during an eye-popping market selloff, DoorDash announced that it has privately filed to go public. The decision to file privately will allow the high-valued startup to get its S-1 documents in good order with the SEC before showing the rest of us what it has up its sleeve. The move to announce its private filing is more interesting and could be related to prepping demand for its shares, providing some PR-cover for backer SoftBank, which could use the assist, or, perhaps, to dam...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ipo, Softbank, Tech, SEC, Gig Economy, Doordash


James Currier, Sarah Nahm, Arun Mathew and Vlad Magdalin to speak at Early Stage SF

Early Stage SF goes down on April 28 and we are more excited than ever to introduce this brand new event to the community. The day-long event is meant to give early stage founders the chance to pick their own adventure, hearing from a wide variety of experts in fundraising, marketing and operations in a more intimate, Q&A-centered environment. Unlike our other events, which usually center around a single, large stage, Early Stage will feature speakers in breakout rooms fit for ~100 people, who w...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, Paypal, Sarah, Accel, James Currier, Kabam, Jiff, Currier, Webflow, Arun Mathew, Sarah Nahm


Eric Schmidt says big tech needs government help to keep up with China

Eric Schmidt has called on the US government to “get back in the game in a serious way” so that the country can maintain its lead over China in the AI arms race. In an op-ed for the New York Times, the former CEO of Google argued that Americans had put “too much faith in the private sector” to drive technological advances — giving China the chance to catch up. Schmidt said his time as chairman of both the National Security Commission on AI and the Defense Innovation Board had shown him how this ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Politics, China, US, Artificial Intelligence, New York Times, Eric Schmidt, SCHMIDT, National Security Commission, Neural, Defense Innovation Board


Newlab and The Boston Globe team up to launch AI tools startup Applied XLabs

Applied XLabs is a new startup building tools that can automate data-gathering for journalists — and eventually, for knowledge workers in other industries. The company is emerging from Brooklyn-based Newlab, with The Boston Globe as its launch partner. It will be led by Francesco Marconi (pictured above), who was previously R&D chief at The Wall Street Journal and head of AI strategy at the Associated Press. Marconi told me that there’s a tremendous amount of data out there that could be useful ...
Tags: Startups, Media, Navy, Tech, Brooklyn, Salesforce, Globe, Wall Street Journal, Rhode Island, Eric Eldon, The Boston Globe, Francesco Marconi, Marconi, Mehra, New Lab, Applied Xlabs


Daily Crunch: DoorDash files to go public

DoorDash prepares to go public, Roblox raises $150 million and Reddit’s CEO takes aim at TikTok. Here’s your Daily Crunch for February 27, 2020. 1. DoorDash, the $13B on-demand food delivery startup, says it has confidentially filed for an IPO The company said that its Form S-1 (a draft registration statement) was filed with the SEC and is now being reviewed. It did not say how many shares it would potentially sell, nor the price range for the IPO, nor what the timing of its next steps would ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Ecommerce, Finance, Ipo, India, US, Tech, Reddit, SEC, Silicon Valley, Minecraft, Andreessen Horowitz, Donald Trump, Latin America, Steve Huffman


LaunchPad Lift Spotlight: ElecTrip

Highlights of student-led ventures participating in LaunchPad Lift, a program of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship network. During the summer of 2017, ElecTrip co-founder and CEO, Mandeep Patel recognized an opportunity to more efficiently and effectively serve the city-to-city travel needs of large corporate employers. Executives at BP, his employer at the time, explained the issue: flights were too expensive and time-consuming, buses and trains were inconsist...
Tags: Startups, Austin, Houston, Blackstone, TechStars, Accelerators, Mandeep, Blackstone Launchpad, Eliott, LaunchPad Lift, Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, LaunchPad Lift Cohort series, ElecTrip, Mandeep Patel, Eliott Lee, GSEA U S Nationals at Startup Grind


L’eggo My Ego! Ten Ego Needs That Squelch A Leader’s Influence

by Karen McGregor, author of “The Tao of Influence: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Leaders and Entrepreneurs“ If you’re a leader, everything you say and do is amplified. Others in the company take a cue from your behavior. When you inspire others, help employees grow, and keep people connected to their passion and purpose, performance soars. When you micromanage employees, steamroll over everyone, or focus on what you can “get” from others rather than how you can serve them, performance withers. Thi...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Leadership, Karen, Professionalisms, Leading People, Karen McGregor, Tony Robbins John Gray Deepak Chopra


$1 million per hour: Major music labels hit streaming milestone

Streaming persists as a major money maker for music’s fat-cats. Not only did it account for 80% of the entire music industry‘s profit in 2019, streaming collectively earned Universal, Sony, and Warner almost $1 million per hour — per fucking hour. In fact, booming subscriber bases led to increased streaming revenues for the industry’s “Big Three.” Music Business Worldwide reports they hit $3.73 billion, $2.4 billion, and $2.21 billion respectively, down from 2018, but still impressive. This soli...
Tags: Startups, Spotify, US, Warner, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Universal Sony, Hard Fork


London-based Gyana raises $3.9M for a no-code approach to data science

Coding and other computer science expertise remain some of the more important skills that a person can have in the working world today, but in the last few years, we have also seen a big rise in a new generation of tools providing an alternative way of reaping the fruits of technology: “no-code” software, which lets anyone — technical or non-technical — build apps, games, AI-based chatbots, and other products that used to be the exclusive terrain of engineers and computer scientists. Today, one ...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, UK, London, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Oxford, Gartner, Forrester, Ministry of Defense


If you want to win everything, you have to be prepared to lose everything

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! At a dinner I hosted this week I had a discussion about preparing food. I enjoy hosting dinners and regularly cook for a dozen people at a time, and I’ve even cooked for groups of up to 150 people at my house. Someone asked me what my trick is and I repeated w...
Tags: Startups, Boris, Podium, Growth Quarters


Robot uses AI to personalize teaching of autistic children

Researchers have developed a new personalized learning robot for autistic children that uses machine learning to adapt its lessons to each kid’s changing needs. The University of Southern California team put a “socially assistive robot” called Kiwi in the homes of 17 autistic children and set the two-foot-tall, green-feathered robot to give each child personalized classes. Over the course of a month, the children played space-themed math games on a tablet device while Kiwi provided feedback and ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Kiwi, The University of Southern California, Neural


The 6 levels of autonomous driving, explained as fast as possible

Welcome to Shift Basics, a collection of tips, explainers, guides, and advice to keep you up to speed with mobility tech. Autonomous driving isn’t quite as clear cut as it sounds. Despite many vehicles claiming to have self-driving capabilities, they aren’t all the same. As it happens, the industry (Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE) has settled on separating self-driving cars into five classes or levels — six if you include cars that have no automation at all. [Read: These idiots shot a porn...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Shift, Society of Automotive Engineers SAE


NASA’s InSight lander discovers active faults in Mars’ crust

Most space missions investigate the surface or atmosphere of a body. But NASA’s InSight probe, which landed on Mars in November 2018, is different – it is the first mission dedicated to studying the interior structure of the planet and whether it gives rise to “marsquakes.” Now the results from its first ten months on the Martian surface have been published in a series of papers in Nature Geoscience and Nature Communications (see an overview here). InSight touched down via parachute and retroroc...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Nasa, Mars, Nature Communications, Gale Crater, Syndication, Elysium Planitia, Elysium Mons


The coronavirus begins to impact US tech earnings

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we’re starting on a somber topic, so I’ll hold off on our usual jokes and attempts at puns. The impact of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 is starting to show up in U.S.-based technology earnings, and it’s something we need to discuss. We’ll get back to SaaS multiples, the IPO market, and riffing on startups later today, but first, some bad news from the public markets. L...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Microsoft, US, Tech, Opentable, Nutanix, Microsoft Nutanix, Booking Holdings, Coronavirus


Baby monitor exploit allowed hackers to creep on your toddlers

You might want to hold off copping this baby monitor to keep an eye out on your newly born — unless you’re fine with unknowingly streaming your toddler to total strangers on the internet. A severe vulnerability in iBaby Monitor M6S allowed hackers to snatch any saved pics or footage, access a live feed of the camera, and even glean your personal information, an investigation by PCMag and Bitdefender has found. The worst part? Anybody with an M6S and the necessary network skills can breach cloud-...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Bitdefender, Plugged