Feb 20 7:29am Startup Buzz
Hello Startup Geeks, Welcome to a fresh new week! Get updated with the posts published on Startup-buzz media last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way to catch up with the entire buzz through weekly roundup! Technology : Five Startups to get you excited The post Startup Buzz weekly Roundup of 19 February appeared first on Startup Buzz.
Feb 20 6:42am Startup World
According to an Israeli business news site, Calcalist, Apple has acquired a Israeli startup called RealFace, which makes facial recognition software which starts off users by simply showing their mug, instead of having to type a password or fingerprint. Apple did not comment on the acquisition, but the Startup Nation Central, which a database for Israeli tech companies, said that Apple acquired RealFace earlier this month. Moreover, RealFace’s website was offline as of Sunday morning and their contact information was made unavailable. RealFace was started back in 2014 and their first app was called Pickeez. The app was programed to The post Apple Reportedly Acquired Israeli Facial Recognition Software Building Startup, RealFace appeared first on Startup World.
Feb 20 6:37am Startup World
About an year ago Amazon raised its free shipping minimum to $49 for non-prime members. However, Amazon decided to drop that price back down to $35 this weekend. Prime members get free shipping on their orders and non-prime members have to spend $35 minimum to get free shipping on eligible items. The minimum order for books remains unchanged at $25. Amazon is also working to compete with traditional retailers that are trying to make some space for themselves online. When Walmart introduced free two day shipping on orders above $35 and over, Best Buy also introduced its own $35, two The post Amazon Drops The Free Shipping Minimum Back To $35 appeared first on Startup World.
Feb 20 6:26am Startup World
The Mobile World Congress, the year’s biggest smartphone show is around the corner and we are now getting all the last minute teasers from major smartphone developers , Some companies have been very secretive about their big unveil, but there are companies like LG that have given out most of the details regarding their latest smartphone. Oppo, has new updates for us, the upcoming smartphone maker of China is showing off few of its cards. Oppo has recently become China’s top selling smartphone, with a 122 percent increase in sales year after year. The company used the opportunity to announce The post Oppo Teases New Features As the Mobile World Congress Approaches appeared first on Startup World.
Feb 20 6:20am Startup World
Amazon is going is create over 5,000 jobs in Britain this year, the e-commerce giant said on Monday. As the company plans to boost its investment in the country as the country prepares itself to move out of the European Union. Other tech giants such as Google and Apple, have increased its involvement in Britain over the last one year, they believe that Britain’s referendum decision to the leave the European Union will not affect their plans. The plan to add 5,000 jobs in 2017 is a record for Amazon in Britain, in the past the company has at least The post Amazon Plans To Create More Than 5000 Jobs In Britain This Year appeared first on Startup World.
Feb 20 6:15am Startup World
It’s happening again, Reuters reported that Sprint’s parent company, Japanese SoftBank is thinking to approach Deutsche Telekom about a T-Mobile merger. Instead of completely acquiring T-Mobile, this time around SoftBank is offering to “give up control” of Sprint, agreeing to sell most of the telecommunication company to Deutsche Telekom in order to merge the two wireless carriers. Reuters reported citing sources familiar with the matter. The rumors regarding the Sprint and T-mobile have been going around since 2013, when SoftBank wanted to acquire T-Mobile, but Sprint had to drop these plans because the FCC regulators made the deal hard to The post Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Rumors Resurface appeared first on Startup World.
Feb 20 6:00am Xconomy VC, Deals, & Startups
Bipartisanship hasn’t exactly been the watchword in Washington over the past month as the new Trump administration grapples with stalled nominations, court battles over its travel ban, and investigations of campaign contacts with Russia. But deeply divided politicians may still find some common ground over education policy—in ways that could be good for educational technology […]...
Feb 20 3:00am 500 Startups
What is Marketing Hell Week? MHW is Growth Marketing 101 Bootcamp 500Startups puts together for every one of their seed stage cohorts. The event is also livestreamed free. Join us for Sales Hell on March 1-2, 2017 here: http://www.growth.500.co/ — Below are notes on what’s in the talks and some key takeaways written by Tyler Tate, founder of Crema. If you found the talks useful we would appreciate it if you shared them with your friends! — Growth for Pre vs Post P/M w/ Chandini Ammineni Chandini Ammineni, Distribution Partner at 500 Startups talks about: – Pre vs Post P/M fit startups: differences in goals, process, type of data, important metrics – The need for process to achieve ... Read More...
Feb 20 2:00am Silicon Canals
One year ago I started working on my startup idea, Skilla; a bot that connects people to collaborate on projects and work on startup ideas based on competences and interests. Just like for every other startup, the first year has been a rollercoaster for us with a lot of ups and downs, good and bad choices and […] The post Guestblog: Brace yourselves, bots are coming appeared first on Silicon Canals.
Feb 20 12:52am StartupSmart
Remember to email that client, call the supplier back, respond to that investor on LinkedIn, give your developer a ring about the site issue, chase up the invoice, prepare notes for your upcoming presentation, check your to-do-list, and yikes, that major proposal’s due tomorrow. The list can go on and on when you’re an entrepreneur The post Is your to-do list turning into a list of to-do lists? Maybe it’s time to try a “focus day” appeared first on StartupSmart.
Feb 20 12:42am StartupSmart
If you have no job: “Do you have meaning? Are you useless?” These are the words billionaire Elon Musk asked an audience of 4000 people at the World Government Summit in Dubai, according to The Sun. In a live interview with Mohammad Abdulla Alergawi, the United Arab Emirates’ minister of cabinet affairs and the future, Musk The post Elon Musk reveals the “dangerous situation” the world now faces with artificial intelligence appeared first on StartupSmart.
Feb 20 12:33am StartupSmart
Prominent members of the Australian startup community say a potential tightening of arrangements for 457 visas would have serious ramifications for the country’s ability to keep up with the world. Highly skilled talent from overseas plays a crucial role in supporting and strengthening Australia’s local labour force, according to Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, while Shark Tank The post Tech leaders warn against crackdown on 457 visas: “We do not graduate enough skilled people” appeared first on StartupSmart.
Feb 19 11:56pm SaaStr
Probably some variant of the 10x rule WhatsApp sold for $20 billion by the time the deal closed, and at that point, was on a a perhaps $40m-$60m revenue run rate: WhatsApp’s First Half Of 2014 Revenue Was $15M, Net Loss Of $232.5M Was Mostly Issuing Stock It was still a start-up at this point,...
Feb 19 11:47pm SaaStr
Of course. But to really go the distance — I do think you need to be young at heart. I’ve founded 2 successful venture-backed start-ups, 1 self-funded “events/media” company, and 1 venture firm. I also served as a VP at 2 venture-backed start-ups before that. At this point, what I do know is that it’s...
Feb 19 11:02pm StartupSmart
“Diversity is a critical success driver for every business—not just tech and startups,” says Aubrey Blanche, head of diversity and inclusion at multibillion-dollar tech giant Atlassian. The company, which has a market capitalisation of $8.5 billion ($6.5 billion) and recently acquired Trello for $577 million, is working hard to address the tech sector’s diversity problem The post Atlassian head of diversity Aubrey Blanche on how your startup can transform the tech sector today: “The ripple effect can be massive” appeared first on StartupSmart.
Feb 19 10:24pm BRYCE DOT VC
“What’s your end game?”, I asked This particular founder had just raised a mid eight figure round of funding. And, after hearing about struggles with their board, struggles with the new investors and watching their ownership drop from mid double digit percentages to high single digits I couldn’t help but wonder. What’s your end game? Seemingly surprised, the founder shot back that this round was a step towards the next nine figure round and another brick in a world domination strategy to upend a market longing to be disrupted. But is that really what they wanted or is that what investors wanted to hear? Upon reflection, this founder acknowledged that they would likely be replaced or leave by the next round. A disruptor disrupted. We see this all the time with startups and fundraising. How much do you want to raise? $2M. How much do you really need to raise? That...
Feb 19 10:23pm Om Malik
As someone who suffers from G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome) when it comes to cameras, I spend a lot of time reading camera reviews. And when I am done reading, I watch YouTube videos. And after I am done with each one of them, I realize I am still no closer to making a smart buying...
Feb 19 10:04pm Startup Daily
As part of our initiative focused on building a stronger connection between metro and regional-based startups and business owners the team at Startup Daily will be launching a new podcast this Friday called Paddock Chat via our Silicon Paddock initiative. Related posts: Messaging app Yap Chat hopes to succeed in crowded market by focusing on visual content Incubate @ 35 degrees program launches in Wagga Wagga to support regional startups Simple Pixels is helping regional business owners embrace the digital economy...
Feb 19 10:03pm Startup Daily
The excitement of a new cabinet or new leadership is waning for the startup ecosystem - we’ve been here before. Folks it’s groundhog day. Related posts: Wyatt Roy: Bridging the gap between startups and politics Five key lessons for corporates from an Entrepreneur in Residence It’s encouraging that both sides of politics are recognising innovation in the FinTech space...
Feb 19 9:52pm Startup Daily
Australian edutech accelerator EduGrowth has announced the five startups that will be participating in its first full-time accelerator program. Related posts: H2 Ventures announces third intake of its fintech accelerator program Melbourne Accelerator Program announces intake for 2016 program Griffin Accelerator program announces 2016 intake with a focus on diversity...
Feb 19 9:27pm StartupSmart
At first glance, it looks as though the group of young adults is building Lego. But these are actually students at the University of Cape Town’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking, and they’re using the colourful blocks to design a prototype. It represents policy reform ideas around transitioning from informal to formal economies. It’s The post How “design thinking” can prepare graduates for the real working world appeared first on StartupSmart.
Feb 19 9:15pm StartupSmart
Trust is the unseen but vital glue in all areas of life, and most certainly in business. But is it being eroded by the online world of disruption and snappy virtual interactions on social media? Trust is more essential than ever. It forms the heart of great work relationships and underpins every business and societal The post “Trust is more essential than ever”: How to build and sustain it at your startup appeared first on StartupSmart.
Feb 19 9:03pm StartupSmart
Businesses are warned to be careful when it comes to swearing in advertising after an ad from Anytime Fitness Australia was found to be in breach of the advertising code of ethics. The nationwide gym chain sent out a series of advertisements across various mediums during January and February, including SMS adverts, flyers, and posters. The post “F*CK UNFIT” text campaign deemed unfit by advertising watchdog: A lesson on shock factor marketing for your startup appeared first on StartupSmart.
Feb 19 7:48pm Startup Daily
OurSay is a Melbourne-based startup working to facilitate transparency and communication between organisations and civilians using an online platform. Related posts: Startup CrowdLottery boasts greater transparency and better odds than traditional government-controlled lotteries POSMusic is offering retail brands commercially licensed streaming and analytical tools MindHive.org is a collaborative strategy platform used to help create government policy...
Feb 19 6:14pm The Startup Magazine
Do you want your products or services to enjoy immense popularity among customers? I mean, come on, is that even The post How To Market A Start-Up To A Colossal Audience Without Investing A Single Dollar? appeared first on The Startup Magazine.
Feb 19 5:35pm Startup Daily
Bard is particularly passionate about the small to medium businesses that make up the bulk of the 200,000 clients using Campaign Monitor. Related posts: Campaign Monitor launches app store and certified partner program to help boost customer marketing efforts Campaign Monitor announces new Sydney headquarters, community service programme and recruitment plans Campaign Monitor develops automation tool to help send personalised email...
Feb 19 4:00pm Andreessen Horowitz
The hardest thing about pivots (major shifts in company/product direction) isn’t just the actual pivot. It’s the courage to make the decision… and being honest with yourself as a CEO. Especially since, no matter how great the team or board …...
Feb 19 9:46am Points and Figures
There has been a lot of talk about diversity in entrepreneurship. I am all for it. I am also reminded of Thomas Sowell’s brilliant observation. “The next time some academics tell you how important ‘diversity’ is, ask how many Republicans …...
Feb 19 2:38am OurCrowd
The image above – one of around 400,000 mammograms belonging to Zebra Medical Vision – shows what a breast looks like to AI. It has been colour-coded to make it easier for a self-teaching neural network to identify breast cancer. Using this technique, Zebra Medical claims to have been able to detect cancerous cells with […] The post [Zebra in Wired] Radiology by robots: this is what breast cancer looks like tumour-hunting AI appeared first on OurCrowd.
Feb 18 8:57pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Wednesday! Yes, we’re very late. Just know we did not forget you! Top News in the A.M. So much for the first big tech IPO of the year. As you’ve likely heard, Cisco has snapped up software developer AppDynamics for… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: January 25, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
Feb 18 8:49pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Hi, happy Tuesday, everyone! We’re still running a fever over here, so if we aren’t responding to your emails, this is why. We fully hope/plan to be back in top shape for our upcoming StrictlyVC event on February 8. We… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: January 24, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
Feb 18 8:42pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Hi, everyone, what a weekend! We weren’t able to march on Saturday, but we’re still amazed and moved by the siblings, cousins, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, (grandchildren!), friends and readers who joined marches all over the U.S. and the world.… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: January 23, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
Feb 18 8:35pm StrictlyVC, LLC
That was some inauguration speech. So much for trying to unify the country. No column today as we coughed our way through the night and are now officially zonked. Superfluous pro tip: Do not, whatever you do, let a seven-year-old… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: January 20, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
Feb 18 8:19pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Hi, everyone! Is it Friday yet? No?:) Top News in the A.M. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its full findings following the investigation into last year’s fatal crash involving a driver’s use of Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature,… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: January 19, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
Feb 18 8:12pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Hi, everyone, happy Wednesday.:) Top News in the A.M. The Department of Labor just filed a lawsuit against software giant Oracle for discriminatory employment practices. More here. Facebook Agreed to Pay More for Oculus Than We Realized; Here’s Why Facebook… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: January 18, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
Feb 18 8:04pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Hi, everyone, welcome back.:) Top News in the A.M. Amazon was just awarded a patent for a highway network that controls self-driving cars and trucks. Recode has the story here. Joe Lonsdale Moves Forward with 8VC’s New Fund and More… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: January 17, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
Feb 18 4:43pm
The newest bill introduced in the Lok Sabha looks to regulate the expenditure on weddings by putting a cap on the budget, the dishes served and number of guests that are invited. The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill 2016, has been introduced by Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan. According to the bill, […]...
Feb 18 4:00pm
The chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani, claimed that their newest venture in the telecom industry, Reliance Jio, recently crossed the mark of 100 million customer base.
Feb 18 1:22pm KillerStartups
Sometimes business can be slow, and there is often a reason behind it. Unfortunately, some business owners choose to blame other people or situations instead of figuring out why their business is failing. Below are some common excuses people use when business is bad and how to avoid them. The post 5 Common Excuses People Use When Business is Bad appeared first on KillerStartups.
Feb 18 1:21pm SaaStr
We’re coming up on Initial Capacity at the new SaaStr CoSelling Space. It’s a fairly unique place to work — a great bunch of high-quality SaaS start-ups in the $100k-$2m ARR range. With 125 plug-and-play high-end desks, 14 conference rooms, 4 phone rooms, a high-end board room, Wine Wednesdays, in-building parking, and more. After we finish...
Feb 18 12:50pm Successful Startup 101
What I do is I constantly post ads for people, so I am talking to – and interviewing – people all the time. If I find someone who I feel is a good fit, I’ll always let them know upfront that most of the work I have coming in is project-based. If they are OK with this, I will bring them on board and have them work on a few things for me personally, to see how they do. I’m much more comfortable doing tests on my own things than on client projects. It’s a great way to test out their writing level, and it also gives them a comprehensive view of my standards and if they can adapt to the quality I require them to deliver. This “test run” also answers some important questions: Does the quality of what the freelancers deliver match what’s in their portfolio? Are they good at adhering to deadlines? Do they ask questions if things are unclear? How close to the f...
Feb 18 11:30am Andreessen Horowitz
The product/market fit (PMF) concept was developed and named by Andy Rachleff (who is currently the CEO and co-founder of Wealthfront, and is a co-founder of Benchmark Capital). The core of Rachleff’s idea for PMF was based on his analysis …...
Feb 18 10:07am Gotham Gal
We went back down to Hauser & Wirth in the arts district because Guerrilla Taco truck is there on Fridays. An essential LA must try….and then figure out where they are all the time because it is so good. This area will soon be spreading its wings with more shops and galleries. Across the street […]...
Feb 18 9:21am Points and Figures
One of the things about Midwestern people that people find they like is their work ethic. Midwesterners were farmers that broke the prairies. That hardscrabble work ethic is ingrained in their DNA. Former football commentator John Madden would describe them …...
Feb 18 8:59am AllTopStartups
With communication so easy today, many people with the entrepreneurial yen are deciding to strike out on their own without ever leaving the house. The ability to operate a business within the four walls of one’s home is nothing new. Careers from beauticians to accountants have been doing it for years. What is different now […]...
Feb 18 6:01am Startup Buzz
Story Of Ellen DeGeneres Every TV geek knows who Ellen is. She is funny, smart, intelligent and gets all the famous personalities on her show; her top catch being Mr. Barack Obama. Well definitely this success looks glorious today but she had to endure lot of difficulties and struggle to The post Story Of Ellen DeGeneres appeared first on Startup Buzz.
Feb 17 11:31pm SaaStr
Don’t worry. They will change it for you. If you talked to seasoned “M&A” (mergers and acquisitions) executives, they will tell you this is actually the hardest part of acquisitions. What they called “levelling”. I wasn’t told my new title until almost the day our acquisition closed. And I wasn’t asked. View original question on...
Feb 17 11:29pm SaaStr
In both my start-ups, I was the only co-founder that invested cash. It didn’t matter. First, you can get reimbursed in the first venture round — if amount is small — if that’s what you want. This is what I did the first time. As the amount I put in exceeded my savings. Second, you...
Feb 17 11:27pm SaaStr
The entire user experience isn’t there yet. The “hardware” itself is great — the Spectacles themselves. You press the button, you record. People know they are being recording. The circular format is fun. It all works great, the Spectacles themselves. but then .. It all falls apart once you need to get it to the...
Feb 17 11:23pm SaaStr
A few that are easy to fix: Not standing (when you present to > 2–3 folks). When you stand, you present better. Period. Standing turns you into the center of the audience, into the owner, the presenter. Sitting is great for a small convo, but sucks all the energy out of a 3+ person audience...
Feb 17 8:03pm Om Malik
Many of us in California are bracing for a long windy and wet weekend. And if you’re like me, you will holed up at home and need something to do. I have a handful of stories that might be worth reading. A few of which are especially “smart takes” about recent developments in the technology industry. ...
Feb 17 5:34pm Xconomy VC, Deals, & Startups
Here’s a quick look at news from the Northwest innovation economy this week, including a warning about the future of the life sciences industry in Washington; new funding for the University of Washington’s computer science expansion project; 2016 investment totals from Keiretsu Forum Northwest; fresh funding for ReplyYes; and an important new facility for cleantech […]...
Feb 17 4:35pm Startups – AlleyWatch
A historical look at the largest rounds of NYC AdTech startup funding. These startups have built businesses across the advertising spectrum and several have been acquired.
Feb 17 4:03pm danprimack
Private equity firm Bain Capital today completed its $500 million purchase of online diamond and jewelry retailer Blue Nile, which had been one of the first e-commerce companies to go public after the dotcom bust. Ryan Cotton, a Bain managing director who helped lead the buyout, spoke with Axios about the deal: Why Bain is buying Blue Nile From a thematic perspective, if you look at where consumers are moving to and want to shop, there are very few businesses more closely aligned with those trends than Blue Nile. Personalization and customization on an endless aisle with lower prices, more transparency and deeper value than bricks-and-mortar retailers. It's really the same model as a Warby Parker or Harrys or Dollar Shave Club, in that it's cutting out the markups related to bricks-and-mortar infrastructure and supply chain. A...
Feb 17 4:00pm Silicon Prairie News
blabfeed, a digital signage startup led by Keith Fix-Knudsen, was acquired today by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Fix-Knudsen said that the acquisition of blabfeed opens the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska up to being commercially competitive, especially when it comes to obtaining the first successful federal government contract in the history of the tribe. “This... Read More The post blabfeed announces acquisition by Osni Ponca appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
Feb 17 3:56pm Latest posts - Benedict Evans
Where Facebook is surfing user behaviour, Snapchat is trying to create entirely new experiences all the time, around camera, touch and mobile - around what makes mobile different to the PC. So it's a swing of the pendulum from order to joy and chaos, and from passive consumption to joy, but it also wants to be a rejection of the algorithm as product manager. ...
Feb 17 3:47pm danprimack
MuleSoft, a SaaS integration company valued at $1.5 billion by venture capitalists, this morning filed for an initial public offering. The deal: San Francisco-based MuleSoft plans to raise $100 million, although that's likely a placeholder figure that will increase later. It plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol MULE, with Goldman Sachs serving as lead underwriter. Financials: MuleSoft reports a $50 million net loss on $188 million in revenue for 2016, compared to a $65 million net loss on $110 million in 2015 revenue. It raised over $250 million in total venture capital funding, from firms like Lightspeed Venture Partners, Hummer Winblad, NEA, Sapphire Ventures, Bay Partners, Morgenthaler, Meritech Capital and Salesforce Ventures. Why it matters: Snap is sucking up all the tech IPO headlines, but MuleS...