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Design Psychology: 12 Ways to Convert Users into Buyers

Applying psychology to design is a powerful tool. Companies are increasingly studying how customers think and behave, and are tailoring their …

Focus: Japan's Don Quijote rides high on rule-breaking reputation

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese discount retailer Don Quijote Holdings Co Ltd was once the industry's enfant terrible, overturning standard retail practices with its cluttered and chaotic stores that sell everything from faux leopard-skin rugs to designer watches.<p>These days, however, Donki - as it …

eCommerce

100 Questions Investors Will Ask Entrepreneurs Seeking Funding

Before you walk into an investor meeting or on stage to present your startup, you need to know the answers to the questions listed below.<p>Don’t expect to skate through only on the strength of your slide and a well-practiced speech. Investors want to know all the things you left out, and how you came …

Venture Capital

Why Songs of the Summer Sound the Same

No one can agree on this summer's anthem, but here's the data that shows that the contenders are not all that different.

Rotated Volumes Cleverly Maximize Space in a Tiny Shanghai Apartment

In space-strapped Shanghai, local architects look to rotating boxes and playful pops of colors to create a delightful modern home.<p>When TOWOdesign was asked to remodel a 517-square-foot apartment in the heart of Shanghai, creativity was crucial in meeting the client’s long list of programmatic …

Food & Dining

With or without Amazon, asset management is getting disrupted

If Amazon makes a serious move into financial services, it will be one of the most talked about pivots in tech history. Finance executives regularly discuss a potential invasion by the likes of Apple, Google, and the Seattle e-commerce giant. There are good reasons to think this could eventually …

Hedge Funds

Four New York Entrepreneurs Launch A New Type Of Venture Fund

Matthew Brimer builds things. In 2011, he cofounded General Assembly, an early coworking company that evolved into tech and programing school. (Fifteen campuses strong, it sold to the Adecco Group for more than $410 million in April.) Passionate about music, in 2013, he helped launch Daybreaker, a …

Venture Capital

Drip Offers a Perfect Pour-Over by Way of Robotics

Robots are already making us hamburgers and bowls with automated consistency, so why not coffee? Bubble Lab’s under-the-counter coffee system Drip …

Coffee

This is the Amazon everyone should have feared — and it has nothing to do with its retail business

The fast, profitable growth of the online commerce giant’s cloud computing and ad businesses should scare rivals.<p>Amazon’s $52.9 billion of revenue in the second quarter of the year came in a tad below what Wall Street analysts expected — and that doesn’t matter whatsoever.<p>That’s because the massive …

Profit

How To Fix Stagnant Wages: Dump The World's Dumbest Idea

We’re all drunks looking under the lamppost.”<br>—Aviv Nevo, professor of economics, University of Pennsylvania, speaking at the European Central Bank’s annual gathering of leading economists in Sintra, Portugal.<p>Today’s <i>New York Times</i> tells us that wages should be rising, since we live in a world in …

Economics

The $42 Trillion Bubble

Over the past few weeks, financial media has focused almost solely on one thing, a U.S trade war with China. On Friday, the United States enacted its …

Confessions of a messy eater

From the full Jackson Pollock across my chest, you'll know exactly what I’ve just had for my tea<p>Recently, in a restaurant, I saw something astonishing. It’s not an uncommon something; I see it regularly. It just always astonishes me. What I saw was a middle-aged man in a white shirt, rising from a …

Jackson Pollock

The AudioKit Synth One is a pro-level iPad synth that’s completely free

No ads, no in-app payments<p>AudioKit Synth One, a free and open-source iPad synth, is now available for download in the Apple App Store, developer Matthew Fecher has announced. The Synth One, which Fecher describes as “the largest free and open-source iOS music project in history,” is a …

This AI Just Beat Human Doctors On A Clinical Exam

The lights were dimmed in an auditorium packed with doctors on Wednesday night at London’s Royal College of Physicians. They were there to find out how AI might fundamentally change the way they work.<p>On stage Dr. Mobasher Butt, a director at digital healthcare startup Babylon Health, stood before a …

Artificial Intelligence

Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles

For over 50 years, Disneyland and its sister parks have been a showcase for increasingly technically proficient versions of its “animatronic” characters. First pneumatic and hydraulic, and more recently fully electronic, these figures create a feeling of life and emotion inside rides and …

A hot startup raised $66 million in 5 days using these 24 slides

Tech investors are throwing money at Front, a five-year-old startup that aims to change the way teams get work done. The startup makes a shared-inbox app that lets teams handle messages from email, texts, Slack, and social media, all in one place.<p>This year, Mathilde Collin, the 28-year-old …

Startups

Meet Atoms, the minimalist startup shoes you’ll actually wear

Step aside, Allbirds. Atoms come in quarter-sizes you can mix-and-match. Emerging from stealth today in a TechCrunch exclusive, this shoe startup’s obsession with satisfaction allowed it to replace my Nikes. I’ve spent the last two months wearing Atoms every day. They’re the first sneaker …

The podcast business is still teeny tiny. Which is great news for podcasts.

A whopping $314 million last year. Let’s hope it stays small for a while.<p>Do you like podcasts? Me too. It’s sort of nuts to imagine a time before podcasts, right? Podcasts are the future. Podcasts podcasts podcasts.<p>You know who’s not sold on podcasts? At all?<p>Advertisers. They’re spending close to …

Spotify is starting to compete with the music labels by signing direct deals with music acts

Just like it said it would.<p>Spotify gets almost all of its music by cutting deals with the music labels, which have cut their own deals with musicians. Now it is starting to cut out the middle man.<p>Per Billboard, Spotify has started licensing some songs directly from artists and their managers, …

The world is running out of Japanese people

Japan is shrinking. Fast.<p>The health ministry recently announced that only 946,060 babies were born in Japan in 2017, the fewest births since official statistics began in 1899. At the same time, 1,340,433 Japanese people died last year. This means that the non-immigrant population declined by nearly …

Demographics

Escape into the glass rivers and lakes of these beautiful wood tables

1/16<p>River Collection by Greg Klassen<p>If getting lost in a coffee table sounds improbable, you may change your mind once you see these beautiful …

A closer look at RED's audacious Hydrogen One phone

In a van sitting between the high school from <i>Pretty Little Liars</i> and the Stars Hollow gazebo from <i>Gilmore Girls</i>, RED founder Jim Jannard takes out his smartphone — the Hydrogen One — and starts whipping through demos with me. We're at AT&T's Shape entertainment conference at Warner Brothers Studios …

Hydrogen

Former journo Alexia Bonatsos unveils her new venture fund, Dream Machine

Five years ago, Alexia Bonatsos, née Tsotsis, was co-editor of TechCrunch, a job that made her renowned in startup circles and familiar with a wide number of startups and their founders. What she really longed to do, in fact, was invest in some of them.<p>“I was among the first people to write about …

Back to the future: Artisan bakers, sushi chefs and personal assistants - the extreme lengths supermarket giants are taking to lure online shoppers back into stores

In an age where time-pressed people are shopping from the comfort of their sofas more than ever, supermarkets need to step up their game.<p>And step up …

eCommerce

The $7 gadget that butchers use to make perfect burgers for the grill

There’s a school of thought among kitchen nerds that single use gear items—like an avocado slicer or an egg separator—are a waste of space. There are a few exceptions to that rule, though, like the $7 burger press that goes into heavy rotation in my house come summer grilling time.<p>My husband, Tom …

10 Modern Barn Door Ideas You Wouldn't Expect

These clever uses of barn doors will have you looking at these rustic accents in a whole new light.<p>From their humble, rustic origins, barn doors have become a highly sought-after interior feature. Available in a range of styles with exposed mounting hardware, barn doors have a big visual impact on …

Dining Rooms

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

Equations

New Retail Jobs Analysis Ignores A Lot

I have been very interested in the potential impact of automation in retail, not least because of Amazon Go. While I do believe that there are a lot of inconveniences about the in-store experience that can be addressed with automation – and standing in line to pay is a big one – I also believe that …

The Definitive Guide: How to Value a Stock

Investors need to have several tools in their toolbox when it comes to properly valuing stocks.<p>Investors who want to sport market-beating returns …

Nike debuts its first SNKRS stash drop at a concert with Kendrick Lamar and SZA

On a mild Thursday night at the Los Angeles Forum, Nike’s public relations team and a group of journalists from some of the country’s leading lifestyle, tech, and general interest websites gathered to see the debut of Nike’s first concert-based SNKRS stash drop.<p>Launched in conjunction with Kendrick …