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This Silicon Valley sleeper hit app just got $52 million to do for spreadsheets what Microsoft did for computers

Airtable, a spreadsheet app that has become one of Silicon Valley's sleeper hits, has raised $52 million in new funding in a round led by Caffeinated Capital and CRV to bring its total to $62.6 million.<p>When it was founded in 2012, Airtable was a small, business-focused spreadsheet program. It has …

Startups

'GrayKey' iPhone Unlocking Box Used by Law Enforcement Shown Off in Photos

Last week, news of a previously-unknown iPhone unlocking device called GrayKey surfaced, and today, MalwareBytes shared photos and additional information about the product, which is designed for law enforcement officials.<p>Created by a company named Grayshift, GrayKey is a small, portable gray box …

How To: Use Kismet to Watch Wi-Fi User Activity Through Walls

Your home has walls for privacy, but Wi-Fi signals passing through them and can be detected up to a mile away with a directional Wi-Fi antenna and a …

Thinking About Design Thinking

I had a great morning convo with my Automattic Design colleague Mike Shelton that took me down the rabbit hole of successive Google image searches …

Blockchain technology could be even more disruptive than Amazon was 2 decades ago

I feel blessed because travel allows me to meet and speak at length with some truly fascinating and successful people, from CEOs of firms both large and small, to deal lawyers, to audit partners.<p>Hearing varying opinions on global issues and politics has helped expand the scope and depth of my …

Cryptocurrency

Habito, an app that helps you find the right mortgage, raises £18.5M Series B led by Atomico

Habito, a London startup that is bringing the entire mortgage process online, has raised £18.5 million in Series B funding. Atomico, the European VC firm founded by Skype’s Niklas Zennström, led the round, with participation from existing investors Ribbit Capital, Mosaic Ventures, and Revolutionary …

Participation

How hardware startups can find a good OEM in China

In 2006, Fellowes, one of the world’s leading paper shredding companies, established a joint venture with a manufacturer in China. Fellowes would bring in its technology and IP while its partner would contribute land and labor. The relationship quickly soured when the Chinese partner seized the …

10 of the best new cycling holidays in Europe

This pick of pedal-powered tours for riders of all abilities takes in some of the continent’s best scenery, from Sweden’s forests to the lagoons of the eastern Algarve – and Provence’s iconic climb<p><b>Fruitful seasons for riding the Algarve</b><p>The summer heat would make southern Portugal particularly …

European Travel

Disrupting Banking: Anybody Can Dance

Industry experts, clairvoyants and everyone else with an opinion on the subject, have talked about banks being disintermediated for the better part …

Stripe, the US fintech firm founded by two Irish brothers, is now worth more than $9 billion

Stripe cofounders Patrick and Jon Collison.Stripe<p>Stripe, a US fintech firm founded by two Irish brothers, has raised $150 million (£121 million) in a funding round that values the company at over $9 billion (£7 billion).<p>The investment round, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, was led by …

Venture Capital

Smart, beautiful and award-winning packaging from around the world

From multi-coloured beer cans to illustrated coffee cups that reflect how the drinker is feeling, a new book is celebrating how clever design can …

Graphic Design

This story about Warren Buffett and his long-time pilot is an important lesson about what separates extraordinarily successful people from everyone else

Warren Buffett is the 3rd richest man in the world and he's considered to be the greatest investor to have ever lived.<p>But what's funny is that Buffett has achieved all of his success <b>NOT</b> by doing <b>MORE</b> than his peers… but by doing <b>LESS!</b><p>Seriously.<p>For example, Warren Buffett:<p>Reads most of the day;<br>• Keeps a …

Self-improvement

The Growing Rivalry Between Google And IBM

In the PC era, the big rivalry was between Microsoft and Apple. Apple’s products were considered to be better, but Microsoft’s ability to leverage its operating system across a number of manufacturers proved to be the stronger model. By 1997, Apple was in such bad shape it needed an investment from …

Quantum Computing

New Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

A SPORTING BOND

The innovative Oysterflex bracelet, developed and patented by Rolex, combines in a singular way the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap. At its core lies a superelastic metal blade overmoulded with high-performance black …

George Soros didn't bet against the pound this time

"George Soros did not speculate against sterling while he was arguing for Britain to remain in the European Union," a spokesman for Soros said on Monday. "In fact, he was long the British Pound leading up to the vote."<p>His spokesman said Soros did profit from other bearish bets because of the Brexit …

George Soros

The top 5 fintech predictions for 2016

BI Intelligence<p>Technology is upending established workflows and processes in the financial services industry. Tasks once handled with paper money, bulky computers, and human interaction now are being completed entirely via digital interfaces.<p>Given how pervasive financial services are across the …

FinTech

Alphabet's spin-offs are struggling to repeat the Google success story

When Google’s boss, Larry Page, announced last summer that his company, once a scrappy internet search engine but now a sprawling technology behemoth, would be restructured into a new conglomerate named Alphabet, even the company’s employees were left scratching their heads.<p>Almost a year later, …

Berkshire’s $1 Billion Apple Bet Suggests Faith in Product Pipeline

Given all the pessimism about Apple Inc. these days, one might wonder why Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is betting $1.1 billion on the …

Investing

A Conversation With Panama's Suddenly Notorious Offshore Lawyers

For decades now, Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca have been the go-to guys in Panama for international investors looking to put their money in …

Corruption

The new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Start-up London: Tech City on cusp of its first $1bn Google success story

The first "billion dollar" start-up is on the cusp of bursting out of Tech City, heralding a golden era of innovation out of Silicon Roundabout . The …

The long-awaited tech correction is here

But in 2015 the talk peaked, as private company valuations grew to the point where Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of 13-person company Instagram in 2012 now looks cheap, and privately held Uber with no published financial returns and massive losses is supposedly worth more than Ford and GM.<p>On …

Venture Capital

Cold Sore Fix? Inside Billionaire John Paul DeJoria's Next Bet

Billionaire John Paul DeJoria, the once-homeless entrepreneur who built a fortune from hair care products and still more money from booze thinks he’s hit another goldmine. But instead of plying clubs with his pricey Patron tequila or supplying hair salons with his Paul Mitchell plant-based shampoos …

Profit

Apple: How To Generate 10% To 21% Annualized Return

Apple’s shares were up last week when the overall markets took it on the chin. Its stock was up 0.2%, essentially flat from $96.96 a week ago vs. closing at $97.13 on Friday. This compares to the S&P 500 losing 2.2% and the NASDAQ down 3.3%. A slew of analysts have cut their forecasts but some have …

Investing

Three Chinese banks are using lie detectors on customers — and they have no idea

The Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China and China Construction Bank were among a number of financial institutions that have been collaborating with the Chinese Academy of Sciences on implementing the latest polygraph technology in financial services to improve "marketing", "efficiency" and …

China

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The 12 members of the 1896 Dow Jones Industrial Average

When the Dow Jones Industrial Average was created in 1896, it had about a dozen industrial stocks.<p>Apple's addition to the current list of 30 American conglomerates back in March 2015 shows just how far the index has come.<p>Apple took the place of AT&T, which was popularly known as American Telephone …

Dow Jones

EatStreet, An Online Food Ordering Platform For Smaller Cities And College Towns, Picks Up $15M

While Amazon expands Prime Now restaurant ordering and delivery to more places, a startup has picked up funding to go head to head with it and the many others in the crowded food-on-demand category. EatStreet, a platform for restaurants mainly located in smaller cities to take orders online or by …

Startups

This Dutch startup is designing a plan to beat Dropbox — and it's already profitable

His company, WeTransfer, is still small, but biting at the ankles of companies like Box and Dropbox. Further down the road, his competitors are Apple, Google, and the email attachment.<p>But along the way, Nalden wants to be distracted by the view.<p>The key to the Dutch startup's success are large, …

Startups