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These Tips Can Help You Launch Your Consulting Startup | Inc.com

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Consulting

4 Myths About Innovation That "Gurus" Love To Tell | Inc.com

Go to any innovation conference and you're sure to be amazed. Someone will stand up on stage and show you how to unleash creativity in your organization, develop pathbreaking products and run circles around your competition. Step by step, you will be walked through the principles by which you will …

Innovation

40 Key Computer Science Concepts Explained In Layman’s Terms

To make learning more fun and interesting, here’s a list of important computer science theories and concepts explained with analogies and minimal …

African start-ups are securing more investment—but there’s still room for growth

Data from VC4Africa’s new Venture Finance in Africa 2016 report shows that venture capital funding and angel investments secured by the 462 African ventures tracked has more than doubled from $27 million last year to $73 million. But despite the uptick in funding secured, venture capital funding …

Futuristic device is helping scientists break solar-efficiency record

Looking a little like the world-saving stones from sci-fi classic <i>The Fifth Element</i>, a new device is expected to have a big impact on renewable energy.<p>…

How Blockchain Technology Can Reinvent The Power Grid

A power pole collapses at 8 p.m. on a hot night in the remote outback of Australia. This is a problem for William and Olivia Munroe, who raise sheep …

Looking To Integrate Blockchain Into Your Business? Here's How

Companies in financial services, healthcare, energy and other industries are sprinting to begin adopting blockchain — the technology behind Bitcoin that promises to improve efficiency in numerous processes, plus create new business opportunities. But many are doing so simply because of fear of …

Blockchain

Opinion: 4 blockchain companies that could change everything from accounting to money transfers

The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation — powered by blockchain technology — is …

Blockchain

Four things to know about Africa's pay-as-you-go solar energy market

<b>The pay-as-you-go model has taken off in East Africa’s energy sector, enabling low-income rural households to rent, and later own, home solar power</b> …

Small Turbines Can Outperform Conventional Wind Farms, Stanford Prof Says, With No Bird Kill

Decades ago, engineers largely dismissed vertical-axis wind turbines—which spin around a central axis like a top—because they could not match the efficiency of the propeller-like turbines common today.<p>But researchers have found recently that clusters of vertical-axis turbines, arranged to take …

This New York Project Fuses Energy Microgrids With Blockchain Technology

A microgrid using TransActive Grid’s model could let you directly sell energy generated from your rooftop solar panels to your neighbor.<p>If in the future you find yourself selling your excess solar panel energy to your neighbor via secure blockchain, you’ll have one startup’s actions on President …

Dispatchable Solar Runs 24/7 For 14 Days In South Africa

<b>Published on</b> April 30th, 2016 | <i>by Susan Kraemer</i><p>102<p>April 30th, 2016 by <b>Susan Kraemer</b><p>ACWA Power has now demonstrated fully dispatchable solar for when …

Sell stories, not tech: 8 steps for pitching a hard-to-describe startup

<i>This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital</i> …

The 40 coolest people in UK fintech

British fintech startups raised $962 million (£676.9 million) in investment funding last year, according to KPMG. London alone accounting for $743.7 million (£523.3 million) of that.<p>Business Insider has been covering the sector closely and has rounded up the 40 most exciting people in the scene …

Power dense zinc-manganese power unit as cheap as a car battery

A team of scientists working on analyzing energy flows in prototype zinc-manganese batteries have stumbled upon a new way to make these power cells …

The new FinTech Bank - Chris Skinner's blog

I launched <i>ValueWeb</i> in Singapore yesterday and my friend Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner at FinTech VC Fund Life.SREDA, hosted the evening. He …

New metamaterial could allow us to generate solar power from heat 24-hours a day

You’ve probably heard of photovoltaic cells, but what about thermophotovoltaic cells? These cells utilize heat from infrared radiation to generate …

Money keeps pouring into blockchain startups

Fintech startups used to be focused on making traditional banks obsolete. Now, it seems like they just want to sell them services.<p>Among the young companies going that route is itBit, a blockchain startup that has a regulatory license in New York state that allows it to deal in digital currencies …

These 5 battery companies want to take you off the grid

At-home batteries combined with advancements in solar technology have the potential to provide people with a whole new way to store and control the energy used in their home.<p>It's for that reason that an increasing number of companies are working on at-home batteries to change the modern home into a …

Ray Kurzweil: Here's Why Solar Will Dominate Energy Within 12 Years

Ray Kurzweil has made a bold prediction about the future of solar energy, saying in remarks at a recent medical technology conference that it could …

How To Build A Global, Scalable Company - This Entrepreneur Has A Formula For It

Over the past few years, the discussion in Israeli tech has shifted. No more talk about innovation that leads to small exits, where both entrepreneurs and investors settle for less. Less talk about products that tackle very specific problems that result in smaller market opportunities. A lot more …

Startups

London fintech startup Revolut is raising £10 million and signing 1,500 new customers a day

CEO and founder Nikolay Storonsky told to BI that the 10-month-old startup is currently raising its Series A funding round: "We hope to close very soon we've already had a few offers from investors, it's just a question of getting the right price and the right investors. We will be raising £10 …

Nigerian News, Nigeria Newspapers

Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

Wind and solar have grown seemingly unstoppable.<p>While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in …

Renewable Energy

These are the hottest 50 fintech companies right now (and half are from London)

London continues to dominate the world of financial technology with more than half of the hottest fintech startups located in London.<p>Of the 50 …

MVPM: Minimum Viable Product Manager

You’ve probably seen this diagram before. It elegantly shows that product management is the intersection of a diverse skill set.<p>Its simplicity has …

20 cognitive biases that screw up your decisions

You make thousands of rational decisions every day — or so you think.<p>From what you'll eat throughout the day to whether you should make a big career move, research suggests that there are a number of cognitive stumbling blocks that affect your behavior, and they can prevent you from acting in your …

Cognition

There Is a FinTech Startup for Almost Any Bank Service

<i>Originally published:</i> <i>There Is a FinTech Startup for Almost Any Bank Service</i><p>FinTech companies around the world have now reached the potential of …

Profit

Largest solar farm in southern hemisphere launched

Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA<p>This launch of the facility is the culmination of a two-phase project. The first phase has a capacity of 85MW and the …

22 FinTech Companies in Africa Enabling Financial Inclusion on the Continent

RainFin is an online lending marketplace that connects borrowers seeking transparent, cost effective loans with lenders wanting great returns.<p>22Seven …