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Amazon just bought a startup that models people's bodies in 3D

Amazon is about to get a little bit more familiar with the shapes of its customers' bodies.<p>The online shopping giant just acquired a startup called …

Startups

Do Women-Only Networking Groups Help or Hurt Female Entrepreneurs?

This new breed of groups offer a lot to Instagram. But will they change the equation for women entrepreneurs?<p>In a small loft space in downtown New York City, 13 women sit cross-legged on cushions. A noise machine hums in the background. Small succulents and crystals line the room, along with …

Pinterest opens up more than 5,000 interests for advertiser targeting through its Taste Graph

Pinterest builds itself around visual discovery — the idea that you can come to the site or app, see something you like, and immediately dive down a rabbit hole. The company has built an extensive suite of tools internally to figure out which rabbit hole to divert users to, and now it’s opening up …

Advertising

How to announce a funding round

Attracting investment is a milestone for any startup – it’s a vote of confidence from a respected outside expert in your space and a signal that your company is positioned for the future, which is important to prospective partners and customers, as well as future investors.<p>Beyond that, new funding …

Public Relations

Do Things that Don't Scale

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>July 2013<p>One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that …

What Listening To 124 Startup Pitches In Two Days Taught Me About What's Next In Tech

Twice a year, a new cohort of startups takes the stage at Y Combinator for Demo Day. The presentations follow the same cadence: a two-minute pitch on why their startup will be the next billion dollar business.<p>It’s not a total fantasy that some of the companies could end up as the next Facebook or …

Startups

3 Super Effective Marketing Techniques You May Be Overlooking

Sometimes the most effective marketing strategy is all about the little details.<p>In my role as a business coach and teacher, I'm often asked about marketing. More specifically, I get asked about how to build a compelling brand that turns social media followers into fans and then buyers.<p>In my …

9 Things Ridiculously Successful Content Marketers Do Every Day

How do you stand out from the pack with your content? Start with this playbook.<p>By this point, you might have heard of Intercom, the business messaging platform connecting 17,000 companies with over one billion customers.<p>But, many fans might be more familiar with the company as a content marketing …

This 3D-printed robotic arm is built for sign language

While we usually see robotics applied to industrial or research applications, there are plenty of ways they could help in everyday life as well: an autonomous guide for blind people, for instance, or a kitchen bot that helps disabled folks cook. Or — and this one is real — a robot arm that can …

Robotics

What It's Like to Be an Intrapreneur at a Large Corporation

Microsoft's Jim Brisimitzis discusses his experience building the Microsoft Startup Program.<p>Entrepreneur Network partners Scott Duffy and Alan Taylor are back at Quinn’s Pub for another round of Seattle’s most unique burgers. Chef Scott whips up a Korean version of Quinn’s Signature Burger, and …

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs Need More than Funding. They Need a Community.

Sometimes entrepreneurs need something more valuable than someone else's money.<p>With the exception of my Uncle Steve, I was well into my 20s before I ever knew an entrepreneur personally. And Uncle Steve's litany of troubles with the IRS--and tendency to borrow money for smokes from my dad--weren't …

Entrepreneurship

Why Most Hardware Companies Fail--and How to Make Yours Succeed

It's time for entrepreneurs to think beyond gadgets.<p>An aspiring entrepreneur recently asked me how to win as a consumer hardware company. My advice? Don't do it.<p>Most investors want nothing to do with hardware. It's expensive, has lower margins than software, and production and iteration cycles take …

Startups

How to Build the Best Advisory Board for Your Tech Company

One of the best-kept secrets of highly successful tech companies, uncovered.<p>Now more than ever, startups have a ridiculous number of resources at their disposal when it comes to support for growing their companies. In cities all over the world, startup accelerators and incubators are popping up to …

73% Attracted To VR Ads Related To Travel

When it comes to accessing advertising on virtual reality and augmented reality platforms, consumers say they want to experience travel destinations, …

Dutch households will use servers to heat their showers for free

A small trial for a clever idea<p>You know just from using a laptop that computers give off a lot of excess heat. For data centers containing tens of thousands of servers, this is a big problem, wasting energy and money. To try and mitigate this, companies have experimented with moving facilities to …

Arctic Circle

How To Power Through When Your Startup Is Going Under

With the inherent pressures of being an entrepreneur combined with the harshly competitive nature in achieving excellence in business and startups, it’s no wonder that entrepreneurs often find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the continuing operation of that startup.<p><b>Watch</b> …

Startups

Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists

A lot of startups are pitching ways to put us to sleep lately. In response, investors are perking up and writing big checks.<p>Call it Big Sleep. After decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep (see: streaming video, gaming, social networks and 24/7 online shopping), the …

Venture Capital

Backed By Ashton Kutcher, Lemonade Lands In California

Eight months after launching in New York and 6 weeks after launching Illinois, Lemonade, the insurance company powered by AI and behavioral economics, launched across California.<p>It’s pretty fitting for the insurance disruptor to count California, the tech capital of the world, as its third state to …

Ashton Kutcher

How to Convert Those Instagram Followers Into Customers

Instagram now has more than 600 million monthly active users worldwide–more than Twitter, Snapchat or LinkedIn.<p>According to a Forrester study, the …

Social Media Marketing

How to define your Minimum Viable Product? – Better World – Medium

Minimum Viable Product, or if I say “Minimum Buy-able product”<p>Sounds good ?<p>If not lets go deeper with what it actually means.<p><b>Minimum viable product</b> …

Validate or Bust: Testing New Feature Product Ideas Before You Build

<b>23</b> Flares <b>23</b> Flares ×<p>One of the greatest product management sins is wasting your organization’s time and money developing a product or feature that …

4 Ways to Start a Business With No Money

<i>May 25, 2015</i><p>A lot of entrepreneurs get caught up on the old cliche -- "you <i>need</i> money to <i>make</i> money."<p>Thanks to the "lean startup" paradigm, much of …

3-Step Guide For Telling a Compelling Brand Story

When you're looking for solid advice for launching a successful startup, it makes sense to turn to experts like Gary Vaynerchuk for advice.<p>Gary is a serial entrepreneur and New York Times best selling author. In the book Foundr V1.0, when asked to share his top tip for startups, Gary says to focus …

Marketing

Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2016: Part 3

This is the final installment of Ace Burpee's selection of the great people doing fantastic things in our province.<p>This is the final part of my 2016 …

It's no Christmas No 1, but AI-generated song brings festive cheer to researchers

‘Neural karaoke’ program can take any digital photo and transform it into a computer-generated singalong<p>It will not, if there is any certainty left in the world, top the charts this Christmas. But what it lacks in party hit potential, it more than makes up for with its unique, if vaguely …

Artificial Intelligence

7 Steps For Bouncing Back After Getting Turned Down For VC Funding

Getting rejected can help point the way forward. Here’s your guide for going back to the drawing board.<p>So you made a plan to raise a round of financing and were greeted with a resounding yawn. You’re not alone. Raising money for a startup is really hard and usually takes much longer than you think, …

Entrepreneurship

6 Important Lessons to Teach Your Kids

Even if your kids don't become entrepreneurs, having an entrepreneurial mindset can take them far in life.<p>We all want what’s best for our children. We want them to live long, prosperous and happy lives, but unfortunately, there’s no one way to guarantee that.<p>Though I may be biased, being an …

Entrepreneurship

The Napkin Business Canvas

I’m a big fan of both Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and Ash Maurya’s Lean Canvas, but sometimes both can be a bit unwieldy.<p>At Weld …

Investing Options When the Investment is Your Own Startup

Starting a small business requires an investment of time, energy, and capital. And, according to the SBA, 60% investments will go bust within two years. It begs the question, is this an investment worth making? For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, the question is often moot. So perhaps the …

Startups