Alex Rowe

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Leaf Is A “Plug N’ Plant” Box To Automatically Grow Pot In Your Home

Marijuana is a sticky subject. Twenty-three states (and D.C) have legalized some form of medical use, but possession, growth and distribution are still illegal in the majority of the United States.<p>However, as is the case with most new industries, slow regulation hasn’t stopped innovation.<p>Leaf, a …

Cannabis

Luxe is expanding quickly, but how are its margins?

Image copyright Luxe.Valet parking app Luxe, one of the newer on-demand entrants, is growing fast. On Tuesday it announced its most recent funding …

Wall Street

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

Death has always been considered one of life's only real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption<p>Humanity has long been in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth, from Alexander the Great to knights of the Crusades.<p>But now Silicon Valley scientists …

Unwinding The Swatch Group Smartwatch Announcement

The Swatch Group dropped a bombshell – in its staid way – announcing plans to release a smartwatch in the next three months, potentially to coincide with the April launch of the Apple Watch.<p>First, understand that watch companies don’t know how to market to tech consumers. As I wrote here, Swatch is …

Smartwatches

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits …

Self-improvement

Economist Says Best Climate Fix A Tough Sell, But Worth It

We often talk about climate change as a matter of science. But the biggest questions are really about money. How much would it cost to fix the problem — and what price will we pay if we don't?<p>The man who invented the field of climate economics 40 years ago says there's actually a straightforward …

Smoke-Testing your Apps 101: A Guide for the Non-Techie

<i>Denis Duvauchelle is CEO and co-founder of Twoodo, helping you organize everything and anything using #hashtags.</i><p>It’s doubtful that if our team collaboration startup had as many bugs as iOS7 did that the reaction would be to write a nice article on Lifehacker explaining how to solve the problems …

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Lays Out His Plan For The Future Of Media

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams has an ambitious new plan: to shift our daily reading habits away from consuming incremental news bites and towards engaging with enlightened ideas curated by an intelligent algorithm. Ordinarily, such a goal would seem utopian, were it not for the fact that …

Nymi bracelet uses your heartbeat as a password

Forget eyes and fingerprints. The Nymi bracelet wants the future of biometric password protection to be your own unique cardiac rhythm.<p>Future authentication methods need to be a lot harder to hack. That's the idea behind the Nymi from startup Bionym. Instead of passwords, Nymi relies on your …

Wearable Tech

The Double: Toronto 2013 - first look review

Jesse Eisenberg stars alongside himself in Richard Ayoade's adaptation of a Dostoyevsky story about a meek office worker who is confronted by his confident, aggressive doppelgänger. It's a brilliant copy of a great original, says Henry Barnes<p>Dank and depressing, spurred by impotent rage and …

Nymi Is A Heartwave-Sensing Wristband That Wants To Replace All Your Passwords & Keys

Passwords could be passé if this Toronto-based startup has its way. Bionym, which was founded in 2011 and closed a $1.4 million (CAD) seed round last month, has devised a biometric recognition system in the form of a wearable wristband — called Nymi, just launched as a pre-order for $79 for early …

The 3 Different Strategies of Venture Funds

As I wrote about in a post on aligning founder and VC incentives, it’s important for entrepreneurs to understand their own ambitions and the …

Venture Capital

Google shows how Project Loon could ride wind currents to keep balloons evenly spaced

Anyone looking to poke a hole in Project Loon — Google's ambitious project to use balloons to bring internet access to remote regions of the world — would likely point out that you can't keep a balloon in one spot. Google has an answer for that, of course. The Project Loon team says it could use …