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A man who's building the hyperloop claims it's going to be cheaper to ride than the subway

The hyperloop is envisioned to be a system of low pressure tubes that allow "capsules" of people to travel at high speeds across long distances, similar to a way a bank uses pneumatic tubes in drive-thru lanes. The long five-hour drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco, for example, could be …

Giphy’s New Tool Makes It Dead Simple To Create GIFs From Video

Earlier this month, Giphy COO Adam Leibsohn told me that Giphy has a bunch of new tools up its sleeves to help people make their own GIFs in a matter of seconds. Well, GIF Maker must be one of them. The tool, which launched today, gives you a super easy way to make GIFs from YouTube videos and …

Why Nasdaq wants an exchange for startups

With startups staying private longer—whether because they want to avoid the scrutiny of being public or because they simply aren’t ready to go that route, financially or operationally—it’s been harder for shareholders in private companies to access any returns. That’s created a boom in secondary …

Venture Capital

How a startup that makes fake meat from plants caught the attention of Bill Gates and the founders of Twitter

That's the idea behind Beyond Meat, a startup that aims to manufacture fake meat using a patented technology and plant products.<p>Founder Ethan Brown grew up in Washington, D.C., with a professor father who had a real passion for agriculture.<p>On the weekends and over the summer, he and his family …

Agriculture

Freight Startups Attract Silicon Valley’s Attention

Investors are funding dozens of startups with plans to take the low-tech business of arranging cargo shipments online<p>By<p>Erica E. Phillips<p>Erica E. Phillips<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@eephillips_wsj<p>Erica.Phillips@wsj.com<p>Silicon Valley investors are piling into companies that want to drag the …

Venture Capital

Making It Through The Startup 'Trough Of Sorrow'

<i>“The Struggle is where greatness comes from.”</i> - Ben Horowitz<p>Startups are hard, but they’re especially hard when things don’t go as planned. And that’s not a distant possibility, no matter how strong of a product/market fit you have. It’s a foregone conclusion that something will go wrong at some …

San Francisco

17 cartoons that perfectly describe life in Silicon Valley

Liz Fosslien, a freelance designer who previously worked at Genius, runs a cartoon blog that pokes fun at Silicon Valley's culture.<p>"The industry/culture can be very magical but also slightly absurd. It's entertaining to take that absurdity to an extreme in comic form," Fosslien tells us. "I work in …

Silicon Valley

5 Types of Remote Workers

For more and more workers, going into the “office” simply means having a laptop and a Wi-Fi connection. Telework arrangements are growing at an …

This community college dropout went from working at Chick-fil-A to making $90,000 as a computer programmer after 6 months of 'coding bootcamp'

At the time Collier, now 22 years old, was making a half-hearted attempt at community college and just trying to pay the bills. He was studying nursing while working full time, but eventually dropped out of school without earning his associate degree. He had simply lost interest.<p>Collier had started …

Student Finance

Jet, a buzzy startup that raised $225 million to take on Amazon, just officially launched

Jet.com, which has raised $225 million to take on Amazon, officially launched Tuesday after welcoming beta testers in April.<p>The site promises to offer prices that are 10-to-15% lower than anywhere else.<p>Products start at about 8% cheaper right-off-the-bat, but the site then offers additional …

Plastic roads may put asphalt to shame

The days of putting up with crumbling asphalt streets might just come to an end. Construction company VolkerWessels has revealed plans for recycled plastic roads that are both more sustainable <i>and</i> more practical than old-fashioned blacktop. Besides reusing material, they'd last about three times …

Intel's Skylake chips: What you need to know about the next big CPU change

Move over, Broadwell: the sixth generation of Intel Core i-series CPUs are almost here. Here's how it will -- and won't -- affect your PC and Mac buying choices.<p>If it seems like only months ago that we were talking about Intel's fifth generation of processors for laptops, desktops, hybrids and …

Computer Hardware

New Aftermarket System Makes Your Car Self-Driving

Cruise RP-1 takes over highway driving duties<p>Self-driving and autonomous cars are being tested by tech companies like Google and auto manufacturers like Audi, and almost every new car on the market has some kind of driver-assist systems. Now Cruise Automation promises to bring that bleeding-edge …

Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In Latin America

Omar Téllez Contributor<p>Omar Téllez sits on the advisory boards of Moovit and Solomoto. He was formerly president of Moovit.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Top VCs Are Chasing Digital Companies In Latin America<br>• Producing Unicorns In The Land Of Fútbol, Samba And El Dorado<p>The past three months have …

The 13 fastest-growing economies in the world

China’s crazy growth has been one of the biggest stories over the past several decades.<p>But the Chinese economy certainly isn’t the only one posting …

Economic Development

Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force

Windows 10 to ship on USB drives

Windows 10 is to ship on USB drives from the end of August, instead of traditional DVD<p>Windows 10 will ship on USB drives at the end of August, and is available to pre-order through Amazon's US branch.<p>Priced at $119 for the Home version and $199 for the Pro, the drives will go on sale on August 30. …

Windows 10

9 Austin startups every entrepreneur should know about

We’ve done the digging<p>The Austin tech scene is a thriving and lush landscape of edutech, biotech, tech-tech, breakfast tacos, South By, and …

26 startups in Asia that caught our eye (12 July 2015)

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us. …

Walmart suppliers grapple with challenge of 'Made in USA' labels

Years ago, the company had 18 competitors in the United States. Today, there are only three left, says John Avgoustis, head of marketing and sales.<p>"Walmart and others were a fundamental force in getting many companies to go the way of the dodo," he said.<p>Avgoustis was among some 2,000 executives …

Google is investing $100 million in a security company, CrowdStrike

CrowdStrike was founded by two ex-McAfee execs in 2011.<p>It offers a cloud tool that helps governments and enterprises discover and stop an attack as it it occurring (that can be harder problem to solve than it sounds).<p>While security companies tend to not talk much about the customers that use their …

Venture Capital

When Should You Move to Silicon Valley?

The question continues to come up often in our work with global entrepreneurs, so further to my earlier Harvard Business Review piece, I will add more color to it. First, here's a recap from the HBR piece:<p>My take on the subject is that if you're going to move to Silicon Valley, be prepared. It's …

Startups

11 Things Ultra-Productive People Do Differently

When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge—there are only 24 hours in a day. Yet some people seem to have twice the time; they have an uncanny ability to get things done. Even when juggling multiple projects, they reach their goals without fail.<p>Time is really the only capital …

Time Management

Y Combinator’s Big Future

There’s been a lot of talk in venture circles lately about “signaling risk” and seed-stage investments. The gist: When earlier backers are high-profile venture firms, and these firms decide not to participate in a startup’s next round, it hurts the company’s ability to raise a Series A …

Google Apps vs. Office 365

Google and Microsoft, two of the world’s biggest companies, are battling to win in the workplace, but which company has the upper hand? Our latest …

China bans major shareholders from selling their stakes for next six months

Regulator seeks to slow stock market plunge with threat to punish those who flout ban as other markets continue to suffer<p>China’s securities regulator took the drastic step of banning shareholders with stakes of more than 5% from selling shares for the next six months in a bid to halt a plunge in …

Stock Markets

This one thing about Google Apps for Work should seriously scare Microsoft

BetterCloud is about to release another survey that shows Office 365 doing extremely well.<p>BetterCloud is a cloud service that works with both Google Apps for Work and Office 365 helping IT departments secure and manage them. It regularly surveys its users to uncover cloud usage trends. This time, …

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

There's a lot of discussion these days about the entrepreneurial mindset. But what exactly is it? Is an entrepreneur someone who starts a business? Not exactly. Entrepreneurship is less about a job description and more about a state of mind. It's an attitude that shapes how you live and work.<p>I was …

Entrepreneurship