Jasmine Braxton

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How This Online Design Company Got Google Ventures Funding -- On The First Pitch

Umaimah Mendhro (oo-my-ma mend-ro) is one of the few entrepreneurs who can say she won funding on her first pitch. It sounds like a lucky break, but she’s been piecing together an ambitious plan since childhood.<p>Mendhro’s earliest memory is wanting to build and lead a large, multi-national company. …

Entrepreneurship

Google grabs Apple as a cloud data customer from Amazon

According to industry sources, Google’s cloud data platform has secured a major new customer this week – tech rival Apple. The news is a significant boost for Google, as the company looks to close the gap on Amazon Web Service (AWS), the leading cloud data service provider in the market. Apple has …

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates Agree—This Factor Was Most Important for their Success

Focus is one of the most important traits of successful people.<p>Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates have all attributed their success to one …

17 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes You Never Hear

While best known for his "I Have a Dream" speech, King's legacy included much more than that.<p>If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don't want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hype Or Not, Peach Hit The Top 10 Social Networking App List Fast

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about social networking/messaging app Peach. Some say it’s dumb, some say it’s great, and a lot say something in between. What do I feel about it? It feels fresh. Fresh in a way that Twitter, Path, WhatsApp and Messenger doesn’t feel.<p>Mind you, it’s on a massive …

10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

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7 Things Really Successful People Never Do

Great leaders don't give in to these bad habits, and neither should you.<p>There are good habits, and not-so-good ones. Then there are habits that will actually prevent you from achieving success. That observation comes from the personal finance site GOBankingRates, which recently used Stephen R. …

The 12 most innovative countries in the world

But for that to happen, a country must create an environment conducive to creative activity that is supported by both the public and private sectors.<p>More concretely, we're talking about having high-quality scientific research institutions, sufficient investment in research and development, and …

7 Important Points In Preparing For The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things sounds more like J.J. Abrams’ next sci-fi thriller than a major inflection point in business technology. Which makes the fact that IoT is about to invade the business landscape on a massive scale somewhat ironic—and wholly appropriate.<p>Enterprises have been tossed by some …

Five Reasons Why Silicon Valley Won't Partner With The Pentagon

Last week, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited Silicon Valley in pursuit of closer ties with America’s premier center of technological innovation. Carter told executives at Facebook and other tech companies that the Pentagon wants to fashion a partnership enabling the military to leverage …

Great Entrepreneurs Share These Six Traits - And Some May Surprise You

What does it take to be successful as an entrepreneur? It’s a frequently asked question. Common answers are passion, smarts, audacity—not to mention the ability to work 70-hour weeks with no end in sight.<p>However, there are other traits that can be just as advantageous but might not fit into our …

Aereo will pay $950,000 to the TV broadcasters that put it out of business

The Aereo saga is over. Long after the company's crushing Supreme Court defeat and the sale of its assets to TiVo, Aereo has agreed to pay broadcasters $950,000 over copyright claims, bringing a permanent end to their legal war. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, that money will be directed to ABC and other …

We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership

It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership. Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don’t own them. Not …

Spotify wants to monetize your mood with ads based on your favorite playlists

Music streaming service Spotify is taking its advertising tactics up a notch, with a new feature that will place ads based on the tone of your playlist.<p>The product, called Playlist Targeting, leverages Spotify’s listener data to push ads. In a press release, the company wrote:<p>Brands can now target …

Jay Z and Tidal’s 1 percent backlash: Who decides the value of streamed music?

<b>Jay Z (AP/Evan Agostini)</b><p>It’s been 15 years since Metallica sued Napster — the free streaming “revolution” has happened. What now?<p>Annie Zaleski<p>April 19, 2015 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Jay Z's premium streaming music service, Tidal, launched in late March with plenty of high-profile celebrity support and promises …

Escaping the ‘posers’: Why these founders left San Francisco to build a startup in Seattle

It’s only been a few weeks since Kori Handy and Mitchell Porter moved their startup from San Francisco to Seattle, but the founders are already …

HBO says Periscope could be a tool for "mass copyright infringement"

HBO isn't happy with everyone who used Periscope to rebroadcast <i>Game of Thrones</i>, but it's even less happy with Periscope for not having the tools to stop them. According to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>, HBO has sent takedown notices to Periscope for recordings that include Sunday night's premiere of <i>Game of</i> …

The real reason Guitar Hero Live traded graphics for live video footage

We have to go back!<p>Surprise! The reboot of popular plastic instrument franchise <i>Guitar Hero</i> looks like a full-motion video game from the 1990s. FMV blurs the line between movie and game and is best known for B-grade cult hits like <i>Sewer Shark, Corpse Killer</i>, and <i>Night Trap</i>. The format looks both …

The battle to save the free Internet is just getting started

Cable industry lobbyists are already trying to kill net neutrality's promise of an open internet.<p>The new net neutrality regulations are only two …

Net Neutrality

Venture capital deals slow as start-ups turn to new money wells

Venture capital activity slowed in the first three months of 2015, according to one report, but that doesn't mean start-ups have pulled in less money than they have in the last few quarters.<p>Private companies that have raised venture capital at some point received a record $17.7 billion from January …

6 IoT Startups That Make Connecting Things To The Cloud A Breeze

The ubiquitous network connectivity, affordable compute power combined with rich insights make IoT valuable for enterprises and consumers. The convergence of devices, cloud, and analytics is creating an opportunity for independent software vendors and system integrators. Developers are preparing …

20 Smart Apps For Enterpreneurs To Use

Running a successful business is hard, especially if you don’t have the right tools at hand. Razor sharp time management skills and keeping your …

Pocket introduces a new responsive web design and raises another $7 million

The save-for-later service hints at coming changes<p>Save-for-later service Pocket introduced a redesign of its web client today, making the site responsive for the first time and allowing it to scale more easily from smartphone screens to desktop monitors. The web version now includes a persistent …

Apple gets sued for licensing allegedly plagiarized art

A Brazilian neo-pop artist is suing Apple for ripping off his artwork for the company’s “Start Something New” marketing campaign. Is Apple guilty, or is it just a mistake?<p>The artist in question is Romero Britto, a 51-year-old artist who has lived in Miami, Florida, since 1989. His work is known for …

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5 Boundaries You Can Set That Will Help You Boost Your Creativity

Think you’d generate more ideas with more time, more money, and more opportunities? Think again.<p>Several years ago, I joined a small group visiting the set of <i>Saturday Night Live</i> after its Friday-night rehearsal. During the visit, executive producer Lorne Michaels discussed <i>SNL</i>’s creative …

Spotify, Tidal, Taylor Swift, And The Coming Streaming Music Wars

The battle for listeners is about much more than one star’s catalog.<p>Once upon a time, on-demand, unlimited streaming access to a huge catalog of music for a monthly fee was an amazingly exciting idea, and Rhapsody was the only company doing it. Now services like Spotify and Deezer have dominated …

Obsessive Data Quality Drives 'Golden Goose' For Customer Acquisition

“The beauty of content marketing is that the content sticks around,” explains Anand Sanwal, CEO and Co-Founder of the data analytics company CB Insights. In an extensive interview, Sanwal discusses some of the company’s marketing tactics and philosophies in the data information business of tracking …

Startups

Linkedin Just Dropped $1.5 Billion to Acquire Lynda.com

LinkedIn announced today that it has acquired Lynda.com, an online learning company, for $1.5 billion.<p>The acquisition is a combination of 52 percent cash and 48 percent stock, and is expected to be closed in the second quarter of 2015. A statement from the two companies says that “most” of the …