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Lean Startup Lesson # 3: Work In Small Batches

The idea of working in small batches is to conduct short experiments and iterate quickly. In the Lean Startup book, this is illustrated by sending …

Lean Startups

If you have a great idea for an app, learning to code through this course can help bring it to life

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Justin Sullivan/Getty Images In June 2015 Apple announced that over 100 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store to iPhones …

Apps

Don’t build a mobile app (a message from the app graveyard)

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, something called Birdly Mobile used to exist. It was a mobile app: something you could download on an App Store and use on your smartphone just by tapping on an icon.<p>The app did something really cool: You only had to take a snap of a receipt and tap a …

One Month launches 30-day startup bootcamp course and competition

Educational startup One Month promises to help build coherency and knowledge in certain areas of programming and business in just 30 days’ time. Now, the company is expanding on that idea by helping aspiring entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground in just four weeks.<p>The company’s new bootcamp, …

A Message From Blocks: Why Modularity makes a lot of sense for smartwatches? After nearly two years in development, we finally launched our kickstarter campaign for the world’s first modular smartwatch, BLOCKS. We are so excited and amazed by the level of support we have got! We reached around $1,000,000 in pre-orders in just one week on kickstarter and now we are getting close to be in the 15 highest funded technology kickstarter campaigns of all time! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2106691934/blocks-the-worlds-first-modular-smartwatch But why do we think modularity is the future consumer electronics and what is the story behind BLOCKS? BLOCKS was started by us, Ali Tahmaseb and Serge Didenko. We are both bioengineers and we are both very passionate about bio-sensors and wearable technology. Two years ago, we were working on a new type of a smart wrist-band which could detect finger and wrist gestures. The goal was to control the music on your phone and manage phone calls by subtle finger taps and small wrist rotations. Approaching our friends with this idea, we realized our device needs to have many other features and sensors to appeal to more people. Ali was interested in gesture control, contactless payments and access, and cellular connectivity while Serge was more into health, sports and medical applications of this smartwatch. Other people had their own needs and requirements for an ideal smartwatch as well! Obviously, it was not possible to put all these sensors and functionalities in one device. It is not technically feasible to fit all these hardware functionalities in one device. The battery life would be short and the production cost would be very high. We wanted to optimize this and make a smartwatch which would appeal to most users. Sending out surveys to more than 1,000 people, we understood that there is no single smartwatch that can work for everyone. Each person has a unique lifestyle, with various hobbies, sports, activities, and requirements, and therefore they need to have a different type of smartwatch. We were struggling to find the features in an ideal smartwatch until … In December 2013, Ali had this idea of making our smartwatch modular. We soon became aware of Phonebloks and Dave Hakkens. We were absolutely delighted by seeing the idea of a modular smartphone and the large community that Phonebloks had gathered. Phonebloks totally made sense to us, and of course a lot of other people. We keep on changing our phones, just for incremental upgrades or because a broken part can’t be repaired. Later on, we got to talk to the people in the Project Ara team and see how Dave’s idea is becoming real. We think modularity makes a lot of sense for smartwatches as well. By spreading the technology around the wrist, we can increase the space of electronics and give more features to users. Also, we can make the watch less thick and more beautiful. The display Module (we call it the Core), already has all the standard features of any other smartwatch, like phone notifications, activity tracking and voice control. The small links in the strap of the watch, Modules, can add to the functionality of the Core. There is a wide range of possible Modules: extra battery, GPS, heart rate, payments, access cards, cellular connectivity, gesture control, body temperature, outside temperature, pressure, humidity, air quality, memory, fingerprint, and many more. Not only BLOCKS can offer more in functionality, but also it will not get obsolete and will save the planet earth! The technology for smartwatches is advancing every few months, and the users of smartwatches will need to get a new one every year just to keep up with the always evolving technology and they will end up wasting of lot of electronics. With BLOCKS, we keep what still works, like the Core, and a lot of the Modules, and then we can add the new technologies and sensors, in the form factor of new Modules. All Modules will be compatible with each other. You can add or replace new Modules when they become available. Last but not least, BLOCKS is an open

<b>A Message From Blocks:</b><p><b>Why Modularity makes a lot of sense for smartwatches?</b><p>After nearly two years in development, we finally launched our kickstarter …

Wearable Tech

How a Top Startup Expert Turned a Book Into a $50M Company

Picture a circle.<p>Imagine it represents your future startup, transformed into a wildly successful company.<p>The circle contains every critical element needed to make it all work.<p>Now -- what do you think sits at the center?<p>Your ideas? Your capital? Your unique way to solve <i>this</i> or <i>that</i> problem?<p>No. It's …

Entrepreneurship

International Business Machines Bets Big On the Internet of Things

Image source: Flickr.<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) -- which entails essentially "connecting" the world around us -- was a seemingly far-fetched idea just a couple of years ago, but has quickly become a legitimate, fast-growing new market. In fact, some pundits have predicted it could become a $1.7 …

This Cambridge-approved startup says it can make you smarter in just 8 hours — and it's now raised $30 million

There are plenty of startups that have promised to disrupt education using technology, and an almost equal number that have crashed and burned, unable to either get users to finish their courses or provide them any tangible value. In particular, MOOCs, "massively open online courses" that bring …

Startups

Your Strong Dollar Buys You A Luxury Retirement In These Top Overseas Havens

If you're shopping the world map, trying to choose where to live, retire or invest in a second home overseas, you don't want to make your decision based entirely on currency exchange rates. However, you do want to pay attention to them. The U.S. dollar is now so strong against currencies in some of …

Real Estate

How I chose the right programming language for Data Science

<i>Which programming language should I learn for getting started in data science?</i><p>That’s one of the most popular question for anyone who is getting …