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16 Startups That Have Reached 'Unicorn' Status in 2018

From marijuana retailers to cloud-based solutions, here are some companies you should watch out for.<p>Amid the tech landscape, "unicorns" are few and far between. Last year, CB Insights tallied the odds of becoming a unicorn -- a company valued at $1 billion or more -- at under 1%.<p>But already, within …

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The 5 Best Exercises For Burning Belly Fat

A flat belly is a badge of honour. It’s an outward sign that you keep fit and watch what you eat.<p>And beyond the vanity aspects, a more chiseled torso …

This Superfood Cheatsheet is Your Guide to Health

This Superfood Glossary is the Ultimate Cheatsheet to Health<p>Save this link on your phone and you'll never be confused at a juice bar again.<p>October …

Flexport’s epic plan to build a freight empire with its $110M raise

“We’re actually out here trying to create value, not just give venture capital money away” says Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen. “It’s counterintuitive. The more the business works, the more cash it needs.”<p>That’s because Flexport doesn’t ship bits, it ships atoms. Lots of them. Flexport is a freight …

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ProsperWorks raises $53M for its G Suite-centric CRM service

ProsperWorks, a service that offers a set of Google-centric CRM tools, today announced that it has raised a $53 million Series C round led by Norwest Venture Partners, with participation from GV (the fund you probably still remember as Google Ventures). This new round brings the company’s total …

CallDesk raises $2.5 million for its AI agent for customer support calls

It’s time to put an end to these dumb automatic customer support calls that ask you to press 1, then press 4, then press 2, then say “yes”… CallDesk is working on a virtual agent for customer support calls. Think something like Siri for customer calls. Point Nine Capital and EQT Ventures are …

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Varsity Tutors acquires First Tutors in the UK to start expanding internationally

Varsity Tutors, the education platform that connects students with tutors, has today announced the acquisition of First Tutors in the UK.<p>This marks the first major international expansion for Varsity Tutors, which has raised $57 million since launch in 2011.<p>The terms of the deal were not …

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8 Business Books Entrepreneurs Must Read to Dominate Their Industry

Whether you're a rising executive or someone just starting out, these great books can help you reach your goal.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every time you pick up a book -- or download one to a device -- opportunity knocks at your door. A good book …

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Bharat QR Code: Here’s everything you need to know about India’s new digital payment system

The Indian government has been making a big push for digital payments since demonetization of old currency notes. In a move to promote Digital India …

Bhim Aadhaar payments platform has potential to revolutionise Indian economy, says Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the BHIM-Aadhaar digital payments platform has the potential to revolutionise the Indian economy while …

The 52 startups that launched at Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 1

Today was Y Combinator’s 24th Demo Day, where the accelerator shows off its fresh companies to investors. International, AI and hardware products were the emergent themes of the 52 companies that launched on Day 1. You can check out our picks for the top 7 startups from today.<p>“The international …

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Go cashless and cardless with mobile payment technology Ultracash

Merchant payments in India is still considered a cash-driven space. However, one can start reverse counting to see the world going cashless and …

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The Abs Workout That'll Make You A Better Runner

An abs workout for runners? Believe it. While the best way to become a better runner is to—you guessed it—actually <i>run</i>, the workouts you do when …

PayItSimple integrates with Stripe

PayItSimple allows ecommerce merchants to add instant, interest-free consumer financing to their checkout process.<p>Ecommerce merchants using Stripe's …

These three companies will dominate the payments industry

At their most basic, payment processing companies handle the transactions between two parties, most often a customer and a merchant, by transferring payment information (such as a credit card) from the customer to the merchant's bank account of choice.<p>Hundreds of companies offer this service, but …

France’s Convargo wants to connect shippers with truckers

A new startup from one of the founders of Rocket Internet’s beauty and wellness marketplace Vaniday is de-cloaking today. Convargo, launching in France, is the latest attempt to bring Uber-like convenience to the shipping industry, by connecting shippers with truckers.<p>The young company is also …

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Tesco Mobile will cut your bill if you agree to view ads

Smartphone contracts can be expensive, especially if you want a deal with a sizeable data allowance. To help you save money, Tesco is offering an unusual deal -- put up with ads on your lock screen and in exchange, you'll get £3 off your monthly bill. The offer is being handled by Unlockd, a …

TravelPerk gets $7M Series A to take the pain out of booking business travel

Barcelona based TravelPerk, a business travel booking platform founded last year by a team of ex-Booking.com employees, has closed a $7 million Series A round of financing led by Spark Capital. Additional investors including Sunstone Capital and existing backer LocalGlobe. As part of the financing, …

EquipmentShare raises $5.5 million for peer-to-peer marketplace for heavy equipment

To grow its peer-to-peer marketplace for construction equipment, Columbia, Missouri-based EquipmentShare has raised $5.5 million in a venture funding round led by Romulus Capital.<p>Earlier, the “Airbnb for construction” raised $2.1 million in seed funding and participated in the Y Combinator …

Unlockd raises $12M to offer ad-funded discounts on your cell phone bill

Unlockd, an ad startup that helps you get discounts on your phone bill, has raised $12 million in Series A funding.<p>We’ve written about other startups that show advertising on your smartphone lockscreen, but the Unlockd model is different in a couple of key ways. First of all, as the name implies, …

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Why Cushion Compact Foundation Is a Total Game Changer

It's hard not to be completely starry-eyed about the flood of products coming in from South Korea, which has in the past few years (and counting) established itself as the epicenter of cool beauty. And the imports (essences! Mists! pH-balancing toners!) totally live up to the hype. But the instant …

12 Genius Recipes for Pasta—Featuring Vodka, Bolognese & Friends

It's Italy Week here at Food52, and despite the fact that we've already given you the classic Roman canon of pastas and Sara Jenkins' wrestle with finding her best cacio e pepe technique—and you'd better believe there's more noodlery to come—I thought I'd gather up the 12 pasta recipes that have …

21 Recipes We're Bookmarking Just for the Marinades

These recipes all have one thing in common: Awesome, versatile mariandes.<p>These recipes are perfect as-is—but we'll be honest: Most of the time, we just use them for the versatile, crazy-flavorful marinades.

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Bfonics set to disrupt location-based marketing with right mix of hardware and technology

Most of the brick-and-mortar stores (irrespective of the type of business) are feeling the pressure from the growing online sales. Customers are …

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Fropcorn: Providing entertainment on the move

A bus journey from Mumbai to Bangalore takes about 18 long hours and the bus operators play at least five to six movies on the big screen. Not …

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Popular fitness app makes U.S. debut in time for New Year’s resolutions

You have a gym membership, but you’ve talked yourself out of going. You paid for a personal trainer and found reasons to cancel.<p>Maybe fitness can be achieved through your smartphone or smartwatch, but the excuse that now grinds the revolution to a halt is too many apps from which to …

Salido Raises $2M To Build An Operating System For Restaurants

Restaurant software-maker Salido has raised $2 million in seed funding.<p>The round was led by High Line Venture Partners and its managing partner Shana Fisher. Also participating were a number of big names from the restaurant world, including chef (and longtime “Top Chef” judge) Tom Colicchio, …

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Kash Now Offers Faster And Cheaper Alternative To Old Payment Networks

Payments, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Kash whose multi-year mission is to “clear financial transactions instantly (like cards) and have much lower fees and fraud rates (like ACH.)” Her captain, Kaz Nejatian, wants to reduce transaction costs – for retail payments, …

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Spacio Pro Plans To Supercharge Open House Showings With A Smart App

If software is eating the world, it’s also eating our houses. The real estate market changed radically when companies like Zillow unpacked the data around house sales. In theory you’d think there wasn’t much to do on house sales, but there remains a relatively untapped area. One of the next areas …