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Bots are about to get better at customer support than humans

In 2018, AI-enabled bots will provide a better customer experience than human-to-human chat exchange, following the explosion of messaging services …

Chatbots

100 Franchises You Can Start For Less Than $50,000

Be the boss with just $50K.<p>This story appears in the March 2017 issue of <i>Startups</i>. Subscribe »<p>This story appears in the Spring 2017 issue of <i>Startups</i>. Subscribe >><p>Interested in finding a franchise that fits your budget? The following are the top franchises that can be started for less than $50,000, …

Startups

Augmented reality startup Blippar raises $54 million to infiltrate the physical world

Blippar has raised $54 million in funding to “power the future of visual discovery,” the augmented reality (AR) company announced today. The round was led by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the investment fund of the Malaysian government, and comes nearly one year after Blippar raised $45 million last …

Augmented Reality

Meet goTenna, a Gadget That Lets You Text Without a Cell Signal

Even in a place like New York City, there are times when we find ourselves disconnected, unable to reach a friend or to get help in an …

San Francisco

Warren Buffett Attacks Wall Street Over 'Phony' Earnings

Warren Buffett thinks more and more companies are faking it, and Wall Street is helping them do it.<p>In his annual letter to shareholders, which was …

Investing

6 Web Design Trends That Are Here To Stay

From artificial intelligence to wearables, here are some of the biggest ideas shaping web design today.<p>Web design thrives on two things: innovation and imitation. Unfortunately, there’s often a lot more of the latter. We all like to seize upon the latest trends, use them until they’re ubiquitous, …

UI Design

8 habits of awesome UX designers

One of the fables that floats around UX teams is that of the US space program and its quest for a pen that could be used in anti-gravity.<p>They reportedly spent million dollars developing a high-tech writing utensil with ink that remained solid until the flow of writing and a pressurized chamber that …

13 Of The World's Most Colorful Lakes

These 13 colorful lakes are like something out of a dream.<p>These naturally bold beauties are like something out of a dream.

Obama Administration To Open Wearable Tech R&D Center In Silicon Valley

The White House and the Department of Defense are working with the private sector to build flexible, wearable electronics.<p>The Obama administration and the Pentagon are giving the wearables industry a big push. On Friday, defense secretary Ash Carter will announce that the Department of Defense is …

Silicon Valley

The Future Of The Internet, According To Its Father

Geeking out with Vint Cerf<p>The Internet has changed a lot over its 30-something years. That terrible dial-up noise is gone; the Ethernet cord has been cut; Tinder happened. What’s next? If anyone knows, it’s Vint Cerf, Google’s vice president and chief Internet evangelist. He is considered a “father …

Why the startup investing market is headed for a bust

The startup investing market is headed for a bust. I don’t like to say this; I’m a connoisseur of startups, so I really hope I am wrong. But we ARE …

Venture Capital

Eventbrite - Local Events & Fun Things To Do Near Me - appPicker

Discover popular local events, get event recommendations just for you, and see which events your friends are going to! Get tickets and quickly access …

The Limits of 3D Printing

Contrary to what some say, 3D printing is <i>not</i> going to revolutionize the manufacturing sector, rendering traditional factories obsolete. The simple fact of the matter is the economics of 3D printing now and for the foreseeable future make it an unfeasible way to produce the vast majority of parts …

3D Printing

This is Microsoft's ambitious plan to own virtual reality

With nascent Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the company is heading in a new, unified direction. The objective: create a cohesive Windows ecosystem across all devices. Whether you're using Windows on a PC, a Surface tablet, an Xbox One or a Windows Phone device — Microsoft wants you to be able to …

Virtual Reality

How consumers choose a destination – an untapped opportunity for travel startups?

Web 1.0 travel services tend to start with a website homepage with the question: “Where do you want to go?”The next generation of services, primarily …

Startups

Want Millennials As Customers? Learn These 6 Key Values That Matter To Them Most

Millennials, also known as Gen-Y, are the largest generation by far in U.S. and world history. As customers, millennials (born 1980-2000, give or take) will soon have the largest spending power–eclipsing, within a few years from now, even that of the Boomer generation.<p>Millennials, more than …

Demographics

How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up

Finally the SMS arrived:<p><i>“Tomorrow morning 5am, flight number AZ610 from Rome to NewYork.”</i><p>An SMS hitting my BlackBerry on Sunday evenings used to …

A Great Chief Marketing Officer Can Make All the Difference. Here's How to Snag One.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Very few startup founders have backgrounds in marketing. As a result, many new companies hit a wall early on where their ability to promote their companies effectively on their own comes up short. The solution -- at least in theory -- is …

Marketing

No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people.<p>It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama's …

11 Tiny Design Features That Show Apple's Insane Attention To Detail

Many of these details go unnoticed by the average Apple user, or are only useful to a relative handful of people using the product.<p>Some features are handy while others are purely cosmetic, but Apple included them anyway.<p>Here are the best of these little design flourishes.

MacBook Air

Miami Art Week 2014: Smears, Swipes and Strokes

Regardless of the movement within contemporary art, process and technique translate to scene and sensation. The following works found across Miami Art Week all invoke sustained strokes, be that caked-on smears stretching across a canvas to petite tip-of-the-brush swipes. Altogether, they …

Street Photography

The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google Maps

The maps we use to navigate have come a long way in a short time. Since the '90s we've gone from glove boxes stuffed with paper maps to floorboards …

7 Things No One Told Me About Being an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many people become entrepreneurs because they want to take charge of their financial future and enjoy the freedom entrepreneurship can provide. While the allure of entrepreneurship is strong, there are some realities you should be aware …

Entrepreneurship

The 14 Steps Needed to Recruit Your Early Startup Team

This story originally appeared on FounderDating<p>By far the hardest and most exasperating part of launching a successful startup is recruiting an all-star team. At first, it will seem near impossible, as there is a limited number of truly exceptional people out there. Of those people, only a small …

Employment

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>…

Self-improvement
Digital Advertising

5 Tech Tools that Help Businesses Compete With the Big Guys

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the past few decades, the Internet has been touted as "the great equalizer," and small businesses have found some great successes in virtual spaces. However, the realities of online business haven't consistently allowed independent …

Small Business

How to Organize Your Office for Maximum Productivity | Inc.com

<i>Where</i> you work affects how you work. Working in a cluttered, messy, or distracting environment will affect your work, and probably in a negative way.<p>If you're like the average knowledge worker, you spend most of your time sitting in front of a computer screen. Even though your work revolves around …

Productivity

Google Just Made Another Smart Move In Its War With Microsoft

It is rolling out a better, more sophisticated program to attract partners, called "resellers," to help it sell.<p>And one big thing it will do is paying its most successful resellers a bigger commission.<p>Currently, the standard commission it pays is 20%, sources close to Google told the Wall Street …

Customers