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Don’t upload that selfie to Instagram — make a gift wrapping pattern out of it instead

This holiday season, you should give the gift of ultimate vanity: Stick a loved one’s face all over the wrapping paper you use for their gift.<p>Thanks to the fine folks who built Gift Wrap My Face, you can now do that — or chose gift wrap with your own face, or with the faces of completely random …

500 Startups-backed CareLuLu raises $1.7M to grow its daycare search engine

Why should you pore over dozens of Yelp reviews to find a daycare provider you can trust with your most precious possession, your child?<p>Well, you shouldn’t have to, according to CareLuLu. The company recently graduated from 500 Startups’ accelerator program, and today it’s announcing that it has …

Start Smart: Many Ways To Build Your Investor IQ

Angel investing includes a lot of very smart people. But it’s also very complicated. That’s why the wisest angel investors are always on the lookout for smart ways to avoid doing stupid things. And there are many people who are new to the field and need knowledge fast. That’s why I’m pleased to see …

UK Startup miDrive Scores £2M For Its Learn To Drive Mobile App And Instructor Marketplace

miDrive, the UK startup that offers a mobile app to help you learn to drive, has closed a £2 million Series A round, adding to the £1 million previously raised. Investors include MBM Capital Partners and Holiday Extras, while miDrive says it plans to use the money to expand its current 10-person …

We talked to the man who knows more about Alibaba's beginning than any other American

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is expected to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on September 19.<p>Most people know next to nothing about the huge company (which employs more people than Facebook and Yahoo combined), but American manager-turned-filmmaker Porter Erisman watched it …

How teaching can make you a better programmer

Learning how to code in San Francisco has become as hip as learning to how to DJ or eating $4 toast. From investment bankers to artists, everyone wants to beef up a skill that now seems as necessary as knowing how to read in this city’s startup fueled economy. With coding schools boasting job …

Seed Is Creating A Truly Idiot-Proof Internet Of Things

In the vast panoply of potential home networking protocols, there are only a few worth worrying about. Wi-Fi works well but it can go down and ZigBee and the like are sparsely supported. But Bluetooth Smart is local, secure, and easy to use. And that’s what Seed Labs is using to connect our lamps, …

Meet the five Google.org-backed startups that are part tech startups, part non-profits

When New York City teacher Charles Best started DonorsChoose — a nonprofit that lets teachers crowdfund projects and supplies for their classrooms — in 2000, philanthropy was still done the old-fashioned way: Wealthy folks went to charity galas, local organizations held food drives in parking lots, …

Entrepreneurs need a framework for finding the crucial germ of a business idea

The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. They succeed by getting out of the building, testing those hypotheses and learning by iterating and refining minimal viable products in front of …

The China wave

MANAGEMENT thinkers have paid surprisingly little attention to how Chinese firms are run. They routinely ascribe those firms’ rapid growth in recent …

Innovation

Google Offers Early-Stage Startups $100,000 In Cloud Platform Credits For 1 Year

If you are an early stage startup, Google wants to give you $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits for one year so you can host your applications on its servers (and not on AWS or Azure). This offer is part of Google’s Cloud Platform for Startups initiative, a new program the company’s senior vice …