Mark Iafrate

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11 Best Mobile App Development Frameworks

Android, Apple, Apps, Google, Tools<p>A+ A-<p>Email Print<p>https://www.fromdev.com/2015/02/mobile-app-framework-html5.html<p>Looking for best html5 mobile …

Retail could do to health care what Uber has done to taxis

The Huawei Watch Brings Serious Style To Android Wear

A somewhat unlikely suspect might just have revealed the best-looking Android Wear-powered device: The Huawei Watch, from the gadget-maker of the same name, made its official debut onstage today at Mobile World Congress, and it’s easily one of the best looking devices ever to sport Google’s …

Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday

Tinder Plus, the dating app’s first step into the wonderful world of freemium monetization, will launch on Monday for $9.99, according to sources familiar with the matter.<p>Tinder Plus includes at least one highly requested feature and a few others that are meant to add broader functionality to the …

Angel Investors Invest $27 Million In African Startups Listed On VC4Africa

VC4Africa is the largest online community of venture capitalists, angels and entrepreneurs dedicated to building businesses in Africa. The platform, which was founded in 2008, connects Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs with the resources (knowledge, network and capital) they need to realize …

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How GE Applies Lean Startup Practices

We are all lean now — or soon will be. As the world becomes more digitized, generating more information surrounding products and services and speeding up processes, large and small companies in every industry, even manufacturing, are starting to compete more like the software industry, with short …

7 Warning Signs Before Your Startup Fails

<i>Andrew Condurache is the founder of Closed Club, a startup that archives closed down startup products and key lessons learned</i><p>A startup can be seen as a series of trials and errors – some things work others do not, but you keep pushing on. Sometimes you think you are on the right path and everything …

Creative Ways To Raise Money For Your Startup

You have an idea and are willing to put in plenty of sweat equity but you need capital. Now what? Raising seed money is the first challenge entrepreneurs face. However, finding the right source of capital is far more complicated than just getting cash to fuel your business idea. Some entrepreneurs …

Google joins Facebook in launching an Ebola donation campaign, will match contributions 2:1

<i>*Update 11/13: Google raised $7.5 million three days after the launch of its Ebola donation campaign and is now no longer matching donations. The company still encourages people to donate to its partner organizations.</i><p>Google is launching a “giving” campaign today to help raise money for …

President Obama Calls For A Free And Open Internet, Wants It Reclassified As A Utility

President Barack Obama has come out in favor of net neutrality in a special website and video announcement wherein he lays out his plan for protecting the freedom and openness of the Internet. In a video and letter, he lays out in no uncertain terms that he believes no cable company or access …

Venture Investors Get Moving With Fitness Tech

<b>Editor’s Note</b>: <i>Christine Magee is an analyst for CrunchBase.</i><p>Fitness tech startups are off to the races in the second half of 2014, as venture investors seek to revolutionize the way we work out.<p>Seed fundings for fitness tech startups have been rising at a consistent pace, and later stage rounds …

DogVacay, Airbnb For Dogs, Nabs $25M In Funding

DogVacay has just raised $25 million in Series B1 funding, according to a report from Fortune. DogVacay confirmed the funding to TechCrunch.<p>The company, which provides a service to replace kennels for dog owners, has been operating since 2012 and has now raised a total of $47 million. In October …

Mooltipass Is A PIN-Locked USB Box That Stores All Your Passwords Offline

Meet Mooltipass, a device taking aim at the password problem — the problem being we desperately need better passwords to secure our digital stuff but our feeble human minds have trouble remembering enough complex strings to maintain robust security across a range of services.<p>Mooltipass’ makers …

Stockholm is the 'most prolific' billion-dollar startup hub behind Silicon Valley

Sweden lacks the scale to be Europe's main tech hub, but that hasn't stopped it producing the most billion-dollar online companies over the past …

Startup Challenges Yext and Moz for Your Local Search Dollars | Inc.com

For years now companies like Yext and Moz have served as a kind of online central hub for businesses as they look to make products more easily accessible to local customers. With so many social networks, online directories and search engines out there, it can be extremely hard for an entrepreneur …

How Prezi Helped Turn Budapest Into Europe's Newest Startup Hub

Talk of the hottest startup scenes invariably revolves around cities like Berlin, Stockholm, or London. Rarely does it touch on Central Europe, yet it is from here that a new generation of entrepreneurs has been emerging and creating some extraordinary startup success stories like Prezi.<p>Founded in …

Taylor Swift Explains Why She Knew Spotify Was Trouble

Taylor, I’ma let you finish but… Spotify is still one of the best music streaming services of <i>all time</i>.<p>Now that I got that off my chest, let’s take a look at tall musician Taylor Swift, and her thoughts on the “grand experiment” of Spotify, where she explains why she pulled her entire catalog off of …

Do You Feel Pressure Or Do You Apply Pressure?

<i>To whoever think their words affect me is too stupid</i> <i><br>And if you can do it better than me, then you do it</i><i>—Kanye West, “Cold”</i><p>One obvious yet under-appreciated law of business physics is:<p><i>For any given company, the larger the company becomes, the more opportunities emerge to screw it up.</i><p>Another obvious …

Lexalytics Acquires Semantria To Bring Sentiment Analysis To The Masses

Sentiment analysis is an important tool for businesses looking to get a better understanding of how their customers feel about their products. Instead of surveys that offer abstract ratings, it lets companies look at the emotions underlying how users talk about their goods or services.<p>Lexalytics …

The FAA Is Deciding If Planesharing Apps Are Legal

The Federal Aviation Administration is formally deliberating on whether amateur pilots can use apps and websites to trade extra seats on flights they’ve planned in exchange for gas money. Amateur pilots aren’t allowed to profit from flying passengers, but several startups like Flytenow have set up …

Google’s Dart Language Is Now An Official ECMA Standard

Google’s Dart language is now an official ECMA standard with the catchy name of ECMA-408. ECMA may not be a household name, but if you’re reading this, your browser is using ECMAscript to render at least some parts of this page. That’s because ECMAscript is the official standard body behind …

This 'invisible security layer' for your Dropbox files now lets you email attachments without fuss

Google Play is now Google's biggest cash maker after advertising

It’s only been two years since Android Market was officially replaced with the re-branded Google Play store, and it’s been a wild ride for the company and its app store. With Android kicking butt and taking names, it was only a matter of time before Google Play became one of Google’s most …

Google Now Has 1B Active Monthly Android Users

At its Google I/O developer event today, Google provided us with an update on current Android activations. Instead of announcing the usual cumulative numbers, however, Google’s senior VP for Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai, announced that there are now over 1 billion 30-day active users on the …

Amazon’s Fire Phone Introduces Firefly, A Feature That Lets You Identify (And Buy!) Things You See In The Real World

With the debut of the Amazon Fire Phone this afternoon, the company introduced a new feature called Firefly, which is largely designed to let you identify — and then, of course, buy — things you see out in the real world. Firefly takes advantage of the smartphone’s camera to let you identify things …

Facebook’s New Open-Source Data Switch Technology Is Designed For Flexibility And Greater Control

Today Facebook announced new modularized top-of-rack networking switch technology and a new Linux OS to control these switches. The company will eventually share this technology as part of its Open Compute Project.<p>Jay Parikh, Facebook’s VP of Infrastructure Engineering, made the announcement at …

Shasta Ventures Raises $300M Fourth Fund

Shasta Ventures, a firm whose investments include Nest, Mint and Turn, announced today that it has raised a $300 million fourth fund.<p>The firm has now raised more than $1 billion. Each Shasta fund has been larger than the one before it, and Shasta Ventures IV was no exception — the firm raised its …

Secret Finally Lets All Your Freaky Friends Have Their Own Feeds

No more “I love my wife” or “I love my husband” posts from Montana for those of us using Secret on iOS. iPhone users can finally separate the hum-drum secrets of Midwestern life from their freaky friends involved in the Silicon Valley tech scene.<p>The update, which happened this morning, allows …

The Tesla Model X SUV Is Coming In Early 2015 With Gull-Wing Doors

Reservation holders for the Tesla Model X received notice today that the electric SUV will hit the production lines early next year. Best of all, Tesla confirms in this email that the gull-wing doors will make the production model and all models will feature all-wheel drive and there will be an …

Prime Music’s Clunky Interface Should Make Customers Feel At Home, Says Amazon

Spotify has nothing to worry about. Prime Music is not going to eat its lunch yet. But not because of the lack of available tracks: The interface is from a bygone era, yet Amazon says it should be familiar to its Prime customers.<p>The retail giant launched its first music streaming service today. …