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ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects educators to students’ parents, and helps them communicate consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development at school.<p>Communicating throughout the year, and even throughout the …

Apple rolls out a new App Store developer site with guides and videos for growing app businesses

Apple today is unveiling an overhaul to its App Store developer website, a resource available to the 11 million registered developers worldwide who have helped grow the App Store to now more than 1.5 million applications. The updated site will include new articles and videos aimed at helping …

HotelTonight expands its in-app concierge service, Aces, to 30+ cities

Last summer we reviewed Aces, the in-app concierge service from HotelTonight. And while we enjoyed using the service, our main gripe was that it was limited to just five cities, and even there it was only limited to select users.<p>But today that changes, as HotelTonight has announced they are rolling …

23 surprising things that can make you successful

From the month you were born to your comedic timing, the weirdest quirks can affect how successful you'll ultimately be.<p>We combed through research on success to identify 23 surprising things that can influence your career trajectory. While some factors can be sought out, others are beyond your …

Psychology

Augmented Reality For Trying On Makeup Is A Booming Business

“Sure, that looks great on a model, but how will it look on me?” Now you can find out thanks to ModiFace, an augmented reality startup that’s quietly grown to power apps for 55 of the top makeup brands like Sephora, P&G and Unilever.<p>Fire up the camera on your phone or a store makeup counter’s …

10 Social Media Mistakes That Small Business Owners Make

These days, it’s hard to find a company that doesn’t have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn—but small business owners beware! Just because everyone uses social media doesn’t make it a useful marketing tool. In fact, without a smart strategy, committing human and financial resources to a …

Public Relations

This Product Is the Greatest Innovation at CES

You’ll want to own one right now. Plus, 12 other show-stealers to round out an exciting week of innovation at CES 2016 in Las Vegas

7 Hottest Startups Coming Out of DC Area Universities

It should be no surprise that universities are often epicenters of innovation. The colleges and universities in the DC area are no exception. The DC …

What is going to happen in 2016

But what will happen this year that we are now in? That's a bit trickier. But I will take some shots this morning.<p>Some of these predictions border on the ridiculous and that is somewhat intentional. I think there is an element of truth (or at least possibility) in all of them. And I will come back …

Tim Cook

If you want to work for Airbnb, get ready to answer these 27 ridiculous interview questions

If you want to work there, you might have to answer some tricky questions first.<p>Using Glassdoor's information about Airbnb, we've compiled some of the most ridiculous questions that people say they've been asked while interviewing for the company.<p>No matter if you're looking for a customer-service …

Employment

7 Ways to Bootstrap Your Business to Success

Veteran startup mentor, executive, blogger, author, tech professional, and Angel investor.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most first-time entrepreneurs seem to believe the myth that they need a minimum of a half a million dollars to start a business. At least that is …

Small Business

12 Insider Funding Secrets I Learned From Interviewing VCs

In my experience as an entrepreneur and investor, I’ve learned that most startups have little knowledge of how best to approach and win over investors. Even if an entrepreneur has pitched to investors and has first-hand knowledge, there are still workings behind the scenes that can be perplexing to …

Venture Capital

Sound Like a Leader With These 5 Simple Sentence Starters

What you say at work directly impacts what others think about your leadership potential.<p>You're not sure if others see your leadership potential at work, and you don't know why. You work hard. You have the skills. You follow the rules, but you still haven't been recognized for your contributions. …

5 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

Ask yourself these questions before launching a business.<p>Entrepreneurship is on the rise--this year, the U.S. saw a 10 percent boost in new businesses being formed, which resulted in more than half a million new companies every month in 2015. As the New Year approaches, it's often a time when …

Best startups that launched in 2015

Marc Lore, CEO and founder of Jet.comJet<p>They may be only months old, but these startups changed technology in 2015.<p>Take live-streaming app Periscope.<p>It was acquired before even launching to the public, then capped off the year being named Apple's iPhone app of the year. Meanwhile, Jet had a splashy …

Digital Currency

5 Steps to Skyrocket That Great Idea Into Market Launch

President of Learning and Strategy, Simulation Studios<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to choosing between creativity or productivity, most companies consider them to be mutually exclusive. In reality, they shouldn’t be. In a study by Adobe Systems, 80 …

Money Back Guarantee

10 Ways to Spot an Exceptional Employee

Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A recent international study surveyed more than 500 business leaders and asked them what sets great employees apart. The researchers wanted to know why some people are …

Self-improvement

Video News Startup NowThis Raises $16.2M Led By Axel Springer

NowThis just announced that it has raised $16.2 million in Series D funding.<p>The round was led by German media company Axel Springer — which, in addition to previously investing in the startup’s $6 million Series C, recently bought Business Insider and invested in Thrillist. Previous backers Oak …

Employment

Here's where Google's venture arm sees the startup market going in 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, that industry now is nearly one third of Google Ventures investments and is only going to grow larger, says the president and CEO of Google's venture arm, Bill Maris.<p>"The technology is moving quickly for the benefit of a lot of patients, which is the most exciting part of …

Venture Capital

The 27 best up-and-coming startup CEOs in America right now

To stand out, startup CEOs are getting creative by launching innovative products and raising tons of money — and they've got the world talking.<p>We've found the CEOs of some of the hottest startups in the US. We picked the CEOs by buzz, accounting for things like how much money their company raised …

Venture Capital

Farm In A Box: A Boston Startup Transforms Shipping Containers Into 'Leafy Green Machines'

Freight Farms, a Boston-based startup, can turn almost anyone into a farmer – assuming you’ve got the capital, some business smarts and a few days to get trained. You don’t need a tractor or any soil, for that matter.<p>The company’s “Leafy Green Machine” is a high-tech hydroponic farm built inside a …

Aquaponics

SMSNav.me Sends You Local Directions Without A Data Connection

James Hitchcock and Moti Ferentz, along with the rest of their team, were visiting London for the TechCrunch Disrupt London hackathon, but they didn’t quite have access to the data they needed in order to find their way around using apps like Google Maps.<p>So, as part of the hackathon, they built …

Reverb.com’s Marketplace For Musicians Tunes Up With $25 Million

It’s been a long strange trip for serial entrepreneur David Kalt on the road to raising $25 million for his two-year-old music gear marketplace, Reverb.com.<p>Kalt, whose first company was an online options brokerage, founded the company in 2013 after forsaking money markets to buy and run a …

5 ways mobile can help brands boost customer loyalty

iStock In today's device-driven age of texts, tweets, and Snapchats, it's hard to grab consumers' attention. So brands looking to build customer loyalty should consider one of the most popular marketing trends: mobile.<p>Mobile strategies may include push notifications about in-store sales and mobile …

Customer Experience

A psychologist told us why 'creating a village' is so important for being happy in cities

At the last place, where I lived for three years, it was all sorted out: best burrito spot is there, comfy cafe over there, and yes, I'd love to meet for a beer at the beloved local bar.<p>In my new neighborhood, I have a shorter commute and a nicer morning jog, but I'm no longer a regular at any …

Happiness

The Many Ways Of WeChat: How Messaging Is Eating The World

In February 2011, I visited my friend Bill Huang who worked for Tencent in Shenzhen. Bill was telling me about their new messaging app, called WeChat, that had just launched. At the time, I had been using WhatsApp for more than a year. I asked Bill why they would build a copycat. His reply? He …

Help TurboRoo & His 3D-Printed Pawsthetics Project

Some of us, four-legged friends included, hit some bad luck once in a while. Some have it harder than others. A good friend of mine, TurboRoo, has an interesting story to share and a new campaign to help others in his situation.<p>Turbo was brought into a vet in 2014 to give up for adoption. He was 4 …

Here's what Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and 22 other successful people ask job candidates during interviews

That's why they steer clear of these cliché queries and instead ask more meaningful ones.<p>Many top execs have their one favorite go-to question that reveals everything they need to know about a job candidate.<p>Here are 24 of them.<p><i>This is an updated article originally written by Alison Griswold and</i> …

Employment