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5 Fintech Startups To Watch In 2017

After a glum 2016, look for startups tackling massive opportunities like insurance and real estate to reenergize the fintech sector.<p>For fintech, 2016 was a year of reckoning. Scandals and layoffs killed industry buzz, and deal activity took a mid-year nosedive. Regulatory uncertainty in the U.S. …

Startups

N26 expands its bank of the future to 17 European countries

Berlin-based startup N26 got its own banking license a few months ago. As N26 is building a mobile-first bank without any physical branch, the startup can expand to new countries much more easily. N26 co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf is announcing on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt that the startup is …

Startups

Bangkok Street Photography by Riccardo Magherini

Riccardo Magherini is an professional advertising and commercial photographer currently based in Firenze, Italy. Riccardo shoots a lot of still life, …

Startups like Casper are using Silicon Valley flash to make us forget their products are actually boring

Today’s startups are masters of pithy copy and appealing logo design. But if you look past the Silicon Valley flash and examine what they’re actually offering, it’s hard to ignore a simple reality. A lot of startups are masquerading as tech companies in order to cover up the fact that what they do …

Silicon Valley

This Silicon Valley lab is the brains behind most of the tech innovations of the last 50 years

Initially founded in 1946 by Stanford University as The Stanford Research Institute, it's now separate from the university and goes by SRI International.<p>But it's always been a non-profit dedicated to research and development.<p>With 4,000 patents to its credit, SRI is fairly well-known in Silicon …

Artificial Intelligence

How Wall Street's unrealistic expectations created a crisis for Twitter

The stock market is freaking out over a report that Google is dropping out of the race to buy Twitter. Other rumored bidders, including Apple and Disney, are also expected to pass, according to Vox.com sister site Recode. That could mean that only one company — Salesforce.com — makes a formal bid …

Social Media

Microsoft Ventures makes 13 investments in first five months — here are the startups it’s backing

Microsoft Ventures has invested in 13 startups since launching in late May as the Redmond company’s first formal venture fund — backing up-and-coming …

Venture Capital

This Sports Startup Has a New Way to Let Fans Obsess Over Their Team

Live streaming app Sportle wants to change the way people watch sports. A new partnership could pave the way to that goal.<p>A startup in Los Angeles is inching closer to its goal of changing the way people watch sports.<p>Sportle, a company founded by former NFL Network and MySpace execs, wants to …

AC Milan

How Chobani's New Incubator Will Shake Up the Food Industry | Inc.com

"Together we are going to fuel the food revolution," Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya explained in the program's video, referencing the business and consumer shift to natural, additive-free food that is shaking up the industry.<p>The startups were chosen for the incubator based on their business idea, shared …

Startups

Why Brand Stories Must Move From Fiction to Nonfiction

Storytelling in business is all the rage.<p>Companies of every shape, size, and description now seek to sell goods and services via heroic tales in …

Southwest Airlines

Dear Data: You're a useful tool but 'some stones should be left unturned'

Data is the new gold. We're either creating it, collecting it, or making money with it. But can it help us get to know other people? After an …

Data Visualization

IFC's Venture Capital Head Nikunj Jinsi: "We Are at a Critical Moment in History"

While Silicon Valley is finally recognizing the market potential and talent pool of emerging markets - witness Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's recent trip to Africa or top VC firm Andreessen Horowitz' investment into a fintech play in Africa -- the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has …

Venture Capital

How We Turned A Fun Idea Into A 6 Figure Business In Just 1 Year

by <b>Maxwell Finn</b> on September <b>14, 2016</b><p><b>UPDATE: This post has gone viral so we want to give every reader 15% off their first order as a special thank you!</b> …

Film Review: ‘Forever Pure’

With:Eli Cohen, Arcadi Gaydamak, Ariel Harush, Ramzan Kadyrov, Dzhabrail Kadiyev, Itzik Korenfine; Ofir Kriaf, Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin, Zaur Sadayev. …

Israel

Project Sand Hill: Google’s Unknown Campaign to Track the World’s Hottest Startups

Google calls it Project Sand Hill.<p>Since 2012, Suman Prasad and his team have worked with various Silicon Valley venture capital firms to identify …

Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns Trail Venture-Capital Elite

Rare look at startup investors’ performance shows Andreessen Horowitz lags behind Sequoia, Benchmark, Founders Fund<p>By<p>Rolfe Winkler<p>Rolfe Winkler<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@RolfeWinkler<p>Google+<p>Rolfe.Winkler@wsj.com<p>Andreessen Horowitz’s first three venture funds have nearly doubled their …

Venture Capital

Tech Veteran Departs Silicon Valley’s Grilled Cheese Play

One of the most outlandish ideas to spring from Silicon Valley’s most recent tech boom was an attempt to disrupt the $200 billion a year U.S. …

grilled cheese

Would You Fast for 36 Straight Hours If It Increased Your Productivity?

It's kind of bananas, but some in Silicon Valley swear this improves their focus.<p>On the streets of Silicon Valley, free food flows like water. The cupboards filled to their brim with snacks, the fridges overflowing with with LaCroix, the catered lunches and on-site chefs.<p>That doesn't matter much to …

Silicon Valley

This company is trying to reinvent venture capital for the millennial era

It's a huge distraction from actually running a company, during the days where your involvement is most needed.<p>This is a problem that Alex Mittal and Boris Silver are very well acquainted with, as former startup founders themselves.<p>"It's a very repetitive, inefficient process," Mittal says.<p>That's …

Venture Capital

Photofocus | Photofocus Podcast August 28, 2016 — Mirrorless with Scott Bourne & Marco Larousse

On this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show Scott and Marco will discuss these new products and mirrorless topics:<p>Photokina is just around the …

Cameras

Open Benchmarks gives a live view into the revenues of 600+ startups

Any fledgling startup founder perusing the press for useful data on what kinds of numbers they should be hitting will likely be overwhelmed by a deluge of articles on over-valued “unicorns” or doomed ventures teetering on the edge. But garnering useful data on benchmarks that “normal” startups are …

How VR is rewriting the rules of storytelling

We recently caught up with two of the most progressive minds in field of VR storytelling at the Melbourne International Film Festival symposium on …

Virtual Reality

Y Combinator's Top 10 Co-Investors

<b>Y Combinator’s Top 10 Co-Investors by PitchBook</b><p>Yesterday kicked off Y Combinator’s three-day-long Demo Day event for its Summer 2016 class. Often …

Social Media Storytelling Arms 'War Dogs' For Box Office Victory

<i>As studios shift more of their precious marketing dollars away from traditional marketing methods and towards digital campaigns,</i> <i>social media is taking on ever greater importance – so what clues did online activity give us about the box office potential of this weekend’s wide releases?</i><p><b>War Dogs (WB)</b></b> …

Film Industry

Seafood Chorizo Paella | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Chock-full of three kinds of seafood plus spicy chorizo, this Spanish paella will satisfy a hungry crowd for a Sunday supper. The recipe calls for Bomba rice, a short-grain Spanish rice that is prized for its ability to absorb almost three times its volume in liquid, while the grains still remain …

45 VCs offer advice on getting a job in venture capital

We thought it would be useful to see how some experienced VCs, and newbies, did it and what they have to say on the matter. This is not a detailed how-to on becoming a venture capitalist.<p>In fact, if there's anything that these VCs agree on, it's that there's no single path or guaranteed way to …

Venture Capital

The best VC returns are created at Series A.

Venture capital is a business of funding milestones. Companies raise capital to take themselves from point A to B. And most VCs invest at a dedicated …

Venture Capital

Big companies are doing less investing in startups

Corporate venture capital firms have closed fewer deals and raised less money over the last few months, with activity level at a 9-quarter low, …

The Creative Architect – An iconic '50s creativity study finally comes to light in book form

See sample pages from this book at Wink.<p>In 1958 and '59, an unprecedented study was conducted by the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research …

Creativity