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4 Reasons Africa Is the Rising Star of the Tech World

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With the world’s youngest, fastest growing population, Africa is also the world’s largest source of untapped talent. But that talent pool is starting to be tapped as tech employers, large and small, turn their attention to the …

South Africa

Why SMS is the new channel for customer support

This week, I received a text from my bank with my weekly balance. My driver texted me the location where he was parked. I booked plane tickets and …

Chatbots

Bill Gross, the guy who invented Google’s business model, tries again with IdeaMarket

Bill Gross is far from being a household name — at least not in the sense that Mark Zuckerberg is, or Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates — but he came up with …

BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

LaunchBit, an ad startup focused on helping software-as-a-service businesses find new customers, is announcing that it has been acquired by ad platform BuySellAds.com.<p>The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. LaunchBit co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Yin told me via email that the …

BrightFunnel Raises $2.5M For Its Marketing Prediction Software

Marketing startup BrightFunnel is announcing that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding.<p>I last wrote about the company in January, after it raised an “advisory round” totaling what co-founder and CEO Nadim Hossain said was just under $1 million.<p>At the time, Hossain told me that his goal was to …

Quip, The Microsoft Word Killer Created By Facebook’s Ex-CTO, Is Now Going After Excel

The new spreadsheet features are built within the Quip app, so you don't have to download a separate app to use it. That means you can now create Microsoft Excel-type tables and embed them right into any document you're working on in Quip. It's like having Excel in a word processor.<p>Taylor said the …

The exit: Someone probably wants to buy your company. Get organized!

While knowing the basics of building a successful tech business with an eye toward getting acquired is important, what it comes down to is organization. Now is the time that you need to prepare carefully in order to exercise as much control over this process as possible. Things you do in the early …

DWNLD Gives Web Publishers A Platform For Building Affordable, Customizable Native Apps

Last week, we reported that Pinterest investor Fritz Lanman was pursuing the company builder model for creating startups and working on two different companies simultaneously. Today one of those companies, called DWNLD, is launching to help web publishers quickly, easily, and affordably build …

Flywheel Raises $1.2M For Its Designer-Centric WordPress Hosting Platform

The open-source WordPress software runs a huge chunk of all of the sites on the Internet, so it’s no surprise that there’s also a massive ecosystem that has sprung up around the platform. These days, there’s a specialized WordPress service for virtually any niche you can think of.<p>Omaha-based …

Why Corporate America Could Learn A Thing Or Two From Millennials

Take note, “been there, done that” crowd. The younger generation has a few lessons to teach.<p>If you’ve walked around an American office recently, you might have noticed that anywhere you looked, you were likely to see someone really, really young.<p>According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, …

Living Rooms

One Unbelievably Simple Trick for Getting Paid More

This tiny tweak can significantly boost your income while keeping customers happy, with basically zero effort.<p>Have you heard of Swan Vesta? The matchbox manufacturer saved thousands upon thousands of dollars simply by embracing a clever idea that came from one frontline employee: putting the strip …

Customers

9 Elements of an Irresistible Business Pitch

The standard business pitch has not changed in decades.<p>The process usually entails face-to-face interaction at the offices of one of the companies. The company that is seeking a partnership will create a presentation, a.k.a. "pitch deck,'' containing relevant and concise information about the …

Demonstration

Product Hunt: The App That's Grabbing the Startup World's Attention

With a new app, $1 million in funding, and high-profile users like Mark Cuban, Dennis Crowley, and Anil Dash, Product Hunt may be the best place to keep your finger on the pulse of the tech world.<p>If you're a techie and you build stuff, you likely know Y Combinator's Hacker News, a crowdsourced …

Startups

10 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America | Inc.com

The Real Price of Fast Growth

Every scrappy startup dreams of getting big. But a significant turning point at men's clothing retailer J.Hilburn illuminates the immense strain a growing company's transformation often entails.<p>J.Hilburn was a startup that had beat the odds.<p>In 2012, the company, which sells custom high-end men's …

Startups

10 Brilliant Marketing Stunts That Put Startups on the Map

8 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>A strong marketing stunt can be a valuable tool for any company. Last week, Microsoft employees released a ridiculous "Sexy And I Know It" parody featuring the Surface tablet, and despite the horrible lyrics and dancing, it actually made …

Startups

'Kickstarter For The Homeless' Raises Investment From Some Of The Biggest Tech Investors, Including Marc Benioff

Some of the biggest tech investors have joined the seed round, including Salesforce's Marc Benioff, SV Angels' Ron Conway, and Reddit's Alexis Ohanian.<p>Poverty is a serious issue in America, with approximately 46 million people living below the poverty line and 3.5 million of them homeless. In San …

How to Write a Killer Sales Email

Customers are more likely to respond to emails that are short and sweet and get right to the point.<p>Most sales emails have a response rate of around 1 percent. In other words, if you send out an email to 100 potential customers, only one will get back to you. Let me explain how to write sales emails …

Demonstration

Weave is a Tinder for LinkedIn, minus the sexy parts

It seems like these days, every app is using the swiping-interface dating app Tinder made popular, and most of the time, it feels like an unnatural me-too attempt — except maybe in the case of Weave.<p>Weave is a networking-meets-social-discovery mobile app, and it’s just raised $630,000 in seed …

Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

Fixed, the clever mobile application that helps you fight your parking tickets just by snapping a photo of the ticket with your mobile phone, has now closed on $1.2 million in seed funding. Investors in the round include Y Combinator, Merus Capital, Scott Banister, John Cobbs, Mark Randolph, Matt …

Google, Cisco, Samsung circle NYC’s plan to turn payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots

New York’s long-time proposal to reincarnate nearly 10,000 payphones as free wireless internet kiosks is only a winning bid away from becoming …

One Entrepreneur's System for Getting the Same Amount Done in Half the Time

A formerly frazzled founder claims he managed to squeeze 40-plus hours of work into just 16.7. Could his system work for you?<p>What if I told you there's a way to get exactly the same amount of work you're now accomplishing done in less than half the time? You'd probably respond that you have some …

Time Management

REIGN23: The Crowdfunding Headquarters For Fitness, Technology And Innovation

Through crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, innovative ideas that normally would not have come to life, are finally given the opportunity to be created.<p>And yet, while the funding of such projects is an integral part of them reaching the market, it is only part of the battle. …

Design Platform Canva Launches Plugin for Third-Party Sites

Users seeking to make their marketing posts more beautiful or prettify their own website headers could now have an easier method, after Australia-based Canva launched a plugin to let users on third-party sites create graphics without having to leave their page.<p>Canva launched in August last year as …

Project Fixup Plays Matchmaker In The Digital Age

There are almost as many singles in the U.S. as there are singles who’ve tried online dating. But all those winks, pokes, nudges and swipes are a waste of your precious time in looking for love, according to new dating site Project Fixup.<p>This new “digital matchmaker” site aims to use online dating …

Invention That Turns Roads into Power Stations Raises $1 Million

An American invention that turns road surfaces into solar power plants has raised almost all of the $1 million in funding it is seeking on a …

What Your Logo’s Color Says About Your Company (Infographic)

Understanding the science behind color could increase the effectiveness of your company’s branding methods.<p>When it comes to identifying your brand, your logo is probably the first thing your customers will think of.<p>While honing the narrative and message behind your logo should of course be your …

Customers