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SkiLynx: the Best New Ski App for Keeping Track of Your Crew on the Hill

Say you’re at Squaw Valley, out with friends for a day of skiing. You somehow split from the group, and trying to text or call your buddies proves pointless. Nobody is checking their phones. They’re skiing, after all.<p>A new app called SkiLynx, which debuts in the iTunes store Thursday for $2.99, …

Skioo raises $1.5 million from Norwegian ski champion

Aksel Lund Svindal, an Olympic gold medal winning skier from Norway, has invested $1.5 million in online ski ancillary service provider Skioo.<p>The …

Skiing

Here's a look inside the Facebook app that only famous people can use

It's called Facebook Mentions.<p>Mentions is a better way for influential people to "keep in touch with their fans," according to the company. It's accessible only to verified Facebook users, a privilege that was previously reserved for celebrities, sports stars, and musicians. Users are verified if …

A master list of free tools for lean startups

Any entrepreneur worth their salt will be excited at the thought of accessing free yet functional tools. Been there, done that, and having run from …

startups

This photo-sharing app adds voices to your photos

Dave Keene had colon cancer and wouldn’t be sure until after surgery whether it would kill him. What he did know for sure was if it did, his young son would eventually forget the sound of his voice.<p>Keene, a veteran engineer in the gaming industry, used his time before surgery to develop an iOS app …

Startup Stories Series: Do Accelerators Really Help Travel Startups?

<i>Editor’s Note: In our Skift Startup Stories series, we document travel startup issues, solutions, and lessons from a variety of angles, hoping to</i> …

Google Ventures Joins $60M Round For Members-Only Travel Site, Secret Escapes

U.K.-based members-only luxury travel site, Secret Escapes, has pulled in a $60 million funding round, with investment coming from new investor Google Ventures, along with existing investors including Index Ventures and Octopus Investments.<p>Google Ventures’ partner Tom Hulme noted Google’s …

Startups

Consumers want privacy … yet demand personalization

Consumers want more personalized messages … but also increased data privacy.<p>Those seemingly paradoxical findings come from Gigya’s 2015 State of Consumer Privacy & Personalization report, published today.<p>The two trends are not new, yet continue to be at odds with one another: Personalization …

How To Raise Money For A Startup

This new site keeps track of failed startups and why they flopped

A new website — Autopsy.io— just launched to keep those failures all together in one neat place, complete with a summary of why each company flopped, in hopes of providing a lesson for others to learn from.<p>In a simple spreadsheet format, the site lists each startup name, its basic idea, the …

Travel-focused newsletter startup Daily Secret raises $2.2M

New York-based Daily Secret, a newsletter and blog that helps travelers find “secret” events, restaurants, and bars around the world, announced today through a public filing that it raised at least $2.2 million in a new round, and could receive $550,000 more by the time the round is completed.<p>The …

The nine coolest ski gadgets this season

of<p>of<p>of<p>of<p>of<p>of<p>of<p>of<p>of<p>of<p>of<p>You may also like these photo galleries<p>Photos: Japan launches pink, Hello Kitty-themed bullet train<p>Ten amazing places you can …

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It’s Time To Take Flickr Seriously Again

After trying to be a wanna-be Instagram, a new redesign makes Flickr more magical and powerful than ever.<p>Yesterday, Yahoo pushed out the biggest update to Flickr, maybe ever. An update two years in the making, Flickr 4.0 is a total redesign on every platform that uses magical backend algorithms and …

Mobile Photography

Twitter will die if it doesn’t fix its ‘noise’ problem, says early investor Gary Vaynerchuk

If Twitter fails to fix its “noise” problem, it doesn’t face a prosperous future — that’s according to entrepreneur and early Twitter investor Gary Vaynerchuk.<p>Speaking at the Guardian Changing Media Summit in London today, the “storytelling entrepreneur, video blogger, self-trained social media …

Introducing the Best of CES 2015 finalists!

CES 2015 is finally here and boy, have we been busy the past few days. Engadget's editors have been hard at work pounding the show floor here in Las Vegas to bring you what we think should win the coveted Best of CES awards. Now, we're ready to announce our finalists for all 15 categories, which …

How to Get Your First 1,000 Followers on Every Social Network

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>You’re taking the dive into a new social network, or you’re itching to grow your existing profile. You’ve got a social media strategy in place and a plan in mind. You’re raring to go.<p>What would be one of the most encouraging signs when you’re first …

20 Incredibly Useful Free Apps From Microsoft

Here's a collection of useful free Microsoft apps for all sorts of devices — not just Windows PCs, but also Macs, iPhones, and even Android devices.<p>These apps will help you take photos, share them, give you access to your documents, notes, organize your travel and more.

Keyssa’s “kiss connectivity” technology could make cords obsolete

A lot of time is often spent debating what the next big breakthrough in smartphones and computing will be, and while some ideas are certainly bold and ambitious, the fact remains that “breakthrough” technology often comes in the forms of “faster,” “bigger,” or “more power efficient” (i.e …

Gear & Gadgets

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

Photo-sharing application Memoir, launched last fall to make it easier to rediscover your photo memories through a combination of advanced search features and a time-capsule-like function, similar to competitor TimeHop. But one of the app’s more interesting features was a way to request photos from …

Predictive First: How A New Era Of Apps Will Change The Game

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Vik Singh is CEO of Infer.</i><p>Over the past several decades, enterprise technology has consistently followed a trail that’s been blazed by top consumer tech brands. This has certainly been true of delivery models – first there were software CDs, then the cloud, and now all kinds of mobile …

How to Evaluate Your Startup Like a VC

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you build a startup, the most important thing to understand is how venture capital firms evaluate companies. That is the litmus test for any business. After all, they're the pros. They’ve been doing this for decades. And …

Intellectual Property

When Angel Investors Reject Your Plan

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You worked hard on your business plan before submitting it to investors. You crossed all the Ts and dotted all the I’s, or so you thought. Yet several investors have already said no.<p>What’s wrong? Maybe nothing but this filtering …

Entrepreneurship

5 big takeaways on growing your mobile business from MobileBeat

Our seventh annual MobileBeat conference is over, but the ideas we discussed live on.<p>After exploring the intricacies of mobile design and experience at our last two conferences, this year we honed in on mobile growth opportunities. And from those discussions came some truly useful takeaways. [Check …

PictureLife Aims to Replace Native Photos App and Become the Smart Home for Photos

If you’re familiar with the native Photos app in iOS, then you know that in terms of photo management and storage, it’s pretty standard fare: you can …

Apps

How Satellite Trackers Save Lives

In early May, Kevin Boniface was riding his new motorcycle in the Colorado Front Range, along an open off-road area not far from the site of infamous Haymen Fire. The ride was going great—until a friend, Tom, who was also riding that day, leaned too sharply, caught his handlebar, and went down.<p>When …