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Here's what one top VC firm predicts will happen to tech startups in 2017

This November, we gathered our global founders and CEOs in San Francisco for our Accel Connect event. For part of the day, we discussed the current environment, independent of founders' stage, as well as the changing requirements for building great, enduring companies. It's a day we look forward to …

Venture Capital

How To Build A Global, Scalable Company - This Entrepreneur Has A Formula For It

Over the past few years, the discussion in Israeli tech has shifted. No more talk about innovation that leads to small exits, where both entrepreneurs and investors settle for less. Less talk about products that tackle very specific problems that result in smaller market opportunities. A lot more …

Sustainability

Spellbinding look at self-help guru Tony Robbins. Lifeline or snake-oil salesman? You decide

He had directed some of the most acclaimed documentaries of the contemporary era, but Joe Berlinger was just a regular guy grappling with personal issues when he decided to attend a Tony Robbins seminar in 2012.<p>Robbins had reached out to Berlinger after seeing the filmmaker's Metallica documentary …

Tony Robbins

InMobi CEO Naveen Tewari interview

Naveen Tewari, InMobi founder and CEO. InMobi<p>India-based InMobi is the huge mobile advertising network with an estimated $2.5 billion valuation, which, in the words of Forbes, "is giving Facebook and Google a run for their money" thanks to its impressive reach to more than 1 billion monthly app …

Silicon Valley

How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps

It’s 2:00 p.m. Your lunch sits snugly in your stomach causing fog to settle over your brain. Your energy is low. Thought processes stop mid-stream. …

Procrastination

What Apple And Starbucks Taught Me About Building A Brand

Alessandra Ghini shares insights from her work in marketing at Apple and Starbucks on the precipice of each company’s second golden age.<p>When we see an energetic advertisement from Apple that inspires our sense of adventure, or exchange hellos with a Starbucks barista in a way that feels like we’re …

Lead developer quits Bitcoin saying it ‘has failed’

<i>(Reuters, Jemima Kelly)</i> – Bitcoin slid by 10 percent on Friday after one of its lead developers, Mike Hearn, said in a blogpost that he was ending his involvement with the cryptocurrency and selling all of his remaining holdings because it had “failed”.<p>Hearn, one of five senior developers who has …

Bitcoin

Sorry, Marissa Mayer. You're No Steve Jobs

Yahoo's CEO employs a familiar management style, but she lacks the thing that made Apple, Amazon, and Tesla great.<p>Some of the world's most innovative companies were built by people whose bosses told them they were failures. Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk all were or are known as the kind of …

Marissa Mayer

Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy

A Google employee teaches his colleagues how to block out interruptions and set aside “make time.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response …

Billion-dollar startup CEOs get trapped by their own success, says one unicorn CEO

Unicorn is the tech-industry term for startups that have raised huge sums of venture capital money and are valued at $1 billion or more.<p>Benioff believes that unicorns aren't really worth their valuations, but that "they've manipulated the private markets to achieve these valuations." He says he's …

Venture Capital

CARL ICAHN WARNS: I think the meltdown is only just beginning

The sell-off in high-yield — aka junk — bonds, issued by companies with relatively low-credit quality, comes in the wake of Third Avenue Management telling clients that they would not redeem money from a bond fund due to, among other things, "a general reduction of liquidity in the" bond …

Markets

These 15 startups didn't exist 5 years ago — now they're worth billions

We've decided to rack up a bunch of these billion-dollar startups — Cowboy Ventures' Aileen Lee first referred to them as "unicorns" — that didn't exist five years ago, and that are now valued at $1 billion or more.<p>For the purposes of this list, we zeroed in on US-based companies that were founded …

Venture Capital

This $3 billion startup with no outside investors could turn out to be the most successful tech IPO of the year

Atlassian set its IPO price range between $16.50 and $18.50, giving it a $3.8 billion valuation at the high end, according to its latest paperwork filed with the SEC. That's slightly higher than its last private-market valuation of $3.3 billion from last year.<p>That means Atlassian could turn out to …

Venture Capital

Watch Jeff Bezos Lay Out His Grand Vision for Amazon's Future Dominance in This 1999 Video

Many smart people attribute Amazon's success to the consistent vision that Bezos had for it from the start. Here's proof.<p>Many smart people attribute Amazon’s success, in part, to the consistent vision that founder and CEO Jeff Bezos had for the company even from the early years. Here’s some proof.<p>I …

eCommerce

NASA's new spaceship looks sleeker than a sports car

SpaceX already has a contract with NASA to deliver supplies to the ISS, but now it has finally convinced the space agency that its Dragon spaceship can safely transport humans.<p>Take a look inside the sleek new space capsule that future astronauts will travel in.

Space Travel

How this high-net-worth venture capitalist is investing his money

Venture capitalist Boris Wertz got the investing bug as a teenager growing up in Germany when he entered the local bank's stock-picking contest. He didn't make much virtual money, but the wins and losses were intriguing enough for him to start following the stock listings in the local …

21 books by billionaires that will teach you how to run the world

That's why we've rounded up 21 books by self-made billionaires. From the business insights of Bill Gates to the leadership lessons of Richard Branson, the wisdom collected in these pages extends far beyond the classroom.<p>Learn how these masters of industry achieved the impossible, in their own words.

Blackstone Group

Macy's shoppers developed a habit during the recession — and it's haunting the brand to this day

Two months after opening the first three stores in a new discount chain called Macy's Backstage, Macy's is ramping up the rollout with plans to open 50 new stores within the next two years, the company said Wednesday.<p>The stores sell Macy's merchandise and clearance items at discounts of up to 80% …

Macy's

12 Books That Jeff Bezos Thinks Everyone Should Read

Brad Stone details as much in "The Everything Store," his book about Amazon.<p>"Books have nurtured Amazon since its creation and shaped its culture and strategy," Stone writes. "Here are a dozen books widely read by executives and employees that are integral to understanding the company."<p>We've listed …

Books

Faraday wants you to believe it’s not a front for the Apple Car, but probably is

Billion dollar car companies don’t pop up overnight.<p>Well, except<p>Apple Faraday.<p>It plans to release its first vehicle in 2017, and claims it’ll have 15 percent more range than the Tesla Model S. Bold.<p>It’s also spending some serious loot.<p>According to a recent blog post,<p>AppleFaraday plans to spend $1 …

Tesla

Morgan Stanley's Tesla analyst keeps asking crazy questions that make Elon Musk laugh

But he's also the guy who asks the crazy, out-there questions on conference calls after quarterly-earnings announcements.<p>Other analysts ponder the numbers with Tesla; Jonas asks whether Tesla is preparing for a world where cars drive themselves and Uber takes over.<p>As I've noted before, his ideas …

Tesla

Inside Verizon's big plans for the Internet of things

Verizon has made $495 million revenue so far this year from connected devices, or the so-called Internet of things, but it wasn’t enough. “None of us …

The future is the Internet of Things—deal with it

Welcome to Ars UNITE, our week-long virtual conference on the ways that innovation brings unusual pairings together. Today, we examine the …

Internet of Things

Is Internet of Things Market Worth $19 Trillion?

<i>By Pete Carey, San Jose Mercury News</i><p>Running shorts that talk to you. A dress that adjusts to your mood. A clip-on that acts as a posture …

Jasper aligns with IBM on IoT platform

Jasper's Control Center platform will be integrated into IBM's applications and cloud.<p>IBM will integrate Internet of things management platform …

Internet of Things

What Uber’s CEO taught me about successful entrepreneur’s (and the reason startups fail)

I somehow manage to get into the sold out event to hear Travis Kalanick, the CEO and co-founder of the all encompassing and controversial Uber…<p>As I …

This is why Tesla always overpromises and underdelivers

Analysts at Morgan Stanley, Baird, and Barclays all lowered their price targets. Tesla target share prices among the analysts community are all over the map, with some banks offering bullish expectations while others think the stock will slide from its current level of about $220.<p>From the outside, …

Tesla

Steve Jobs used to ask Jony Ive the same question almost every day

When Ive remembers his friend and coworker four years after Jobs' death, what stands out is the Apple cofounder's ability to stay fully focused on whatever he was working on.<p>Ive says he never managed to achieve the same level of focus as Jobs had but a daily exercise helped him realize how …

Product Design