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French IoT Startup Actility Raises $25M From Foxconn, Orange And More

Startup activity in France around Internet of Things continues to heat up. Following yesterday’s news that Samsung had taken an investment in Sigfox, today another IoT startup, Actility, announced that it has raised €22.5 million ($25 million), led by Ginko Ventures, the European investment arm of …

How to Give the Most Motivating Pep Talk

‘I want to be here for you. What can I do?’; stay away from cliches like ‘Time heals’<p>I recently told a friend I needed a pep talk. “What kind?” he asked.<p>He had a very good point. Everyone wants to be the type of person who gives the pivotal talk that turns around a friend’s outlook or makes a …

Motivation

The Little Boy Who Should’ve Vanished, but Didn’t

He was 12 years old. He was a slave. He’d had no schooling. He was too young, too unlettered, too un-European; he couldn’t have done this on his own. That’s what people said.<p>Edmond (he had no last name—slaves weren’t allowed them) had just solved a botanical mystery that had stumped the greatest …

The Real Silicon Valley

Greg Sands Contributor<p>Greg Sands is founder and managing partner at Costanoa Venture Capital.<p>Every time I hear people talking about unicorns, I think “all hat, no cattle” or “another person living in the land of style over substance.” I’ve found myself blurting out, “F$&@ Unicorns!”* twice …

The Best Conditions For Building A Unicorn

If you were looking to build a company, and you were looking to build a unicorn, what conditions should be present for the best chance of success?<p>Based on current unicorns, your best chance is to start a business that is revenue-growth based, rather than user-growth based. It has to move money from …

Consumer Tech

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AT&T CEO: "Half of our mobile network traffic is video"

<b>What’s the most exciting thing happening in your industry right now?</b><p>You’re going to find this horribly boring, but it’s this concept called …

Rdio's CEO doesn't fear Apple Music, but he probably should

With Apple’s launch of Music this week, all its rivals have naturally gone on the defensive.<p>Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek quickly tweeted, then deleted “Oh OK” as Apple Music was announced. Deezer’s CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht reportedly said “the jury’s out on Apple Music.” and Rdio put out a statement …

Big science: the major projects already underway - graphic

As the Large Hadron Collider is booted up again, we look at some of the other huge, multi-million-pound projects taking place worldwide, including an alient-hunting telescope in South Africa, and Japan’s remarkable magnetic railway.

Large Hadron Collider

Beacons & Mobile Payments for the Masses

For mobile commerce technologies to really hit the masses, they need to be deployed where the masses are.<p>For example, beacons in a store, or even 100 …

Mobile

Metromile's Tag uses Apple iBeacon tech to track your driving

For almost three years now, Metromile has offered a pay-per-mile insurance service that tracked your trips via an OBD-II reader (a device that plugs into your car's data port) called the Pulse which also provided other useful info like your mileage, parked location and fuel costs. Today, Metromile …

5 Ways Location-Based Services Are Transforming The Retail Industry

<b>Reebok</b> is one retailer leading the way. The athletics company last year used such technologies to help it drive conversions at a pop-up store in …