Matthew Vogts

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Top 11 Innovative Products And Services Of 2014

At the end of each semester, I ask my business school students to share what they think are the best new products or services of the year. Given how international, digitally savvy, and current the students are, it’s a great way for us all to learn about standout innovations. Here are 11 of my …

Near Field Communication

Pick Aims To Take The Frustration Out Of Finding A Meeting Time For Everyone

Pick is a desktop and iOS app that aims to help you find time a good meeting time for a group of people. Instead of blasting an email out to everyone with a bunch of random times in hopes one of those works out, it collects info from all your calendars and determines when everyone has time to get …

These 20 companies achieved $1B+ valuations in 2014 (updated)

<i>Update 12/29: We’ve added AdYen.</i><p><i>Update 12/30: We’ve added IronSource.</i><p><i>Update 1/6/2015: We’ve added Credit Karma.</i><p>It is really, really difficult to create a company and grow it to the point where investors believe it is worth $1 billion or more. That milestone is so difficult to achieve, in fact, that …

Minecraft creator Notch buys Beverly Hills mansion for record-setting $70M

Markus "Notch" Persson recently set a new record, this one outside of the gaming community: The <i>Minecraft</i> creator just bought a sprawling mansion in Beverly Hills, California, for $70 million.<p>It is the "highest price ever paid for a home in Beverly Hills," according to a press release from John …

Don't Waste Your Mornings On Email and Social Networks

We're well aware that checking email first thing in the morning is a bad idea, but in a Reddit AMA, psychology and behavioral economics professor Dan …

Being Beige

German Pedestrians Can Now Play ‘Pong’ With Each Other While Waiting At The Crosswalk

Whenever the words “traffic” and “pong” come to mind, I imagine a <i>Frogger</i>-like situation with real people. A few German students had a different game in mind when they initially proposed their “StreetPong” concept back in 2012. Give or take a few European adjustments (i.e. “pong” = “soccer”), it’s …

Grocery Delivery Startup Instacart Raising $100 Million-Plus at $2 Billion Valuation

Instacart is capitalizing on concerns among big grocery chains about Amazon.<p>Instacart, a grocery delivery startup that whisks orders from brick-and-mortar stores like Whole Foods to customer homes, is raising a $100 million-plus investment led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, according to an …