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This new incubator is a kitchen, and all its startups are in food

A 10,000-square-foot kitchen officially opened last week in Bed-Stuy with the goal of helping food startups make it.<b>The FoodWorks</b>, located in the old</b> …

Banking's 'Uber moment' is already happening — 100,000 bankers lost their jobs in 2015

The "Uber moment" in finance that the former CEO of Barclays warned about recently is already happening — 11 big banks have cut a combined 10% of their staff this year.<p>Analysis by the Financial Times shows that almost 100,000 banking jobs were cut this year, equivalent to 10% of the combined staff …

These 15 startups are out to disrupt one of the oldest industries in the world

A cluster of startups are looking to disrupt one of the oldest industries in the world: insurance.<p>Insurance has been around for thousands of years.<p>The earliest instance of insurance law is believed to date to King Hammurabi, about 1700 BC.<p>Business Insider spoke with venture capitalists, CEOs, and …

Will Fintech Upstarts Do To Banks What Uber Has Done To Taxis -- Or Will Banks Win?

For better or worse, the meteoric rise of ride-hailing giant Uber has become shorthand for startup success in America. Beyond the meme’ed and mocked “it’s Uber for X” description of many a new business these days, Uber’s $50 billion valuation — and the manner in which it has crippled industry …

Wall Street

A Former Google Recruiter Reveals The Biggest Resume Mistakes

You learn to spot mistakes fast when you review 3 million resumes a year.<p>Between September 2013 and 2014, Scott Bacon worked as a recruiter for Google in its network operations division. He was responsible for recruiting people to work as software and network engineers, but also in marketing and …

FinTech Is All The Rage At Venture Atlanta

There was tremendous energy and a ton of content covered this week at Venture Atlanta. The star of the show this year was the booming FinTech category. Here are some particulars about why the space is spawning so many startups and why one leader in the space, Worldpay, has invested in the FinTech …

Startups

Venture Outlook 2016

There is a lot of uncertainty about the state of the private, high-growth technology markets and the venture capital markets that underpin them. On …

Google is 're-thinking' all of its products to include machine learning

During CEO Sundar Pichai's prepared remarks, he went out of his way to point out that investments in machine learning and artificial intelligence were a continued priority for the company moving forward.<p>Pichai even went as far as to say that Google was "re-thinking" all of its products to include …

Whoop, a wearable for athletes, raises $12 million

<b>Whoop</b>, a Boston-based wearable company working on a device for athletes, announced an additional $12 million in funding as it prepares to officially …

mHealth

The 11 biggest fintech investments in London so far this year

London's pedigree in finance has combined with the booming technology scene of the last few years to turn the UK capital into a petri dish for financial innovation.<p>Eileen Burbidge, the government's fintech envoy, told Business Insider: "The UK is emerging as the fintech centre of the world and …

Obama Administration To Open Wearable Tech R&D Center In Silicon Valley

The White House and the Department of Defense are working with the private sector to build flexible, wearable electronics.<p>The Obama administration and the Pentagon are giving the wearables industry a big push. On Friday, defense secretary Ash Carter will announce that the Department of Defense is …

Report: $1.9 Billion Invested In Space Travel Startups Since 2014

A new report says space travel startups have raised a staggering $1.9 billion since 2014. Venture capital database CB Insights released the report, titled “Future of Frontier Tech,” which also says that drone startups have raised $285 million since 2014 and virtual/augmented reality companies $1 …

How Google Stealthily Prepared Users For A New Smartwatch UI

In order to add new functionality to Android Wear smartwatches, Google first had to take some of it away.<p>A traditional watch face is the logical homescreen for any smartwatch. After all, we’ve worn watches specifically to glance at the time for over a hundred years. But thus far, Apple and Google …

YC Answers The Questions You Ask (“A Lot”)

Earlier today, Y Combinator President Sam Altman posted the type of numbers about which he gets asked “a lot” — calling them (humbly and probably rightly) “very imperfect indicators of success.”<p>Here’s the lowdown, if you missed them: Excluding companies like Quora that didn’t get their start with …

Secretary of Defense unveils $75-million investment in Silicon Valley venture

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter landed Friday at Moffett Federal Airfield for his second appearance in Silicon Valley in four months to reassure technology industry leaders that the Pentagon views their work as vital to the future of national defense.<p>"I've been pushing the Pentagon to think outside …

Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

All messaging apps are the same no more. A few years ago, there were few differences between SMS and a slew of chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Line, KakaoTalk and Facebook Messenger. But each have slowly defined themselves differently, whether through simplicity, connections to businesses, …

Klaus Hommels steigt mit 350 Millionen Euro in die erste VC-Liga auf

Update. Star-Investor Klaus Hommels sammelt für seinen VC Lakestar 350 Millionen Euro ein – dabei hätte das Investoren-Interesse sogar für 600 …

Wirtschaft

“Autonome Maschinen werden unweigerlich Schaden anrichten”

Maschinen werden zunehmend flexibel und können eine immer größere Bandbreite an Aufgaben erledigen. Das führt dazu, dass sie auch immer enger mit …

What the China stock market crash means for startups

The China stock market downturn and currency changes have started to impact the global market. With 50+ startups in my firm’s global portfolio and a fast growing startup of my own, I thought it would be very timely to discuss what is happening in China and it’s potential impact on startups.<p>So I …

Collaboration with Israel will boost Japan’s innovation mojo, says VC firm

When we talk about startup activity in Southeast and East Asia, countries that readily come to mind are Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. While …

Traitify, an expert in mining your personality, finds $4.2M for itself

It’s one thing to send you advertising based on the websites you visit or even the places you go. But a freshly funded startup called Traitify has in mind a different idea: Maybe ads can be more successful if they’re tailored to your personality.<p>Traitify has developed tests to pick up on character …

Lookout snares $150M to build out massive anti-malware network for mobile devices

Things are really looking up for mobile security player Lookout.<p>Lookout, based in San Francisco, has raised $150 million from a bevy of well known investors, it announced Wednesday, including lead T. Rowe Price, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Goldman Sachs, and Bezos Expeditions.<p>Lookout’s …

Amazon Launches Local Register, A Square Competitor With Lower Transaction Rates

Amazon has launched a Square and PayPal Here competitor called Local Register, which provides users with a free app and a $10 card reader, and charges merchants and anyone selling services who use it just 1.75 percent per swipe on both credit and debit transactions, so long as users sign up before …

Lookout Lands $150M To Bring Mobile Security Product To Enterprise

Lookout, a mobile security product that to this point has been mostly geared towards consumers, announced today they had snagged $150M in Series F funding to begin focusing on enterprise customers.<p>The round was led by investment funds managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and includes …

European seed fund explosion – what does it mean?

BrightSun have just published research on the number of seed funds in Europe. As you can see from the graphs below the number of seed funds is …

Safaricom: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

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The Yin and Yang of Product Engineering

For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. When I do a quick mental query of headcount across our entire …

Indoor Mapping Startup Meridian Adds Notification Zones To Their Strategy

Indoor mapping software startup Meridian, continues to evolve their product strategy with a recent update to their offering.<p>Called <i>Zones</i>, the company’s newest update to their indoor mapping platform — and <i>indoor</i> is the key word here — allows geo-fence style app push notifications to be scheduled, by …

Guide to Evaluating Startup Ideas

<b>How deeply do you think the startup will effect people’s lives?</b> Can you imagine them using it every day? Can you imagine them being royally pissed if …