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Here‘s How Entrepreneurs Go From $0 To $5M in Funding

During the writing of my book, <i>The Art of Startup Fundraising</i>, I tried to distill all of my learnings during my years connecting startups with …

Now Anyone Can Become A VC. Thinking of Trying It? Here Are The Risks

<i>Be sure to read the related story, “Want To Invest In A Crowdfunding Deal? 7 Tips For Doing It Right.”</i><p>All the trials and triumphs of building a business – delivered to your inbox.<p>If you’ve always dreamed of getting in on the ground floor of the next Facebook or Google, it seems your opportunity has …

Alcohol measuring wristband wins government competition

BACtrack Skyn detects alcohol levels from your sweat.<p>BACtrack is a San Francisco company known for making breathalyzers for both law enforcement and ordinary people. But it won the $200,000 grand prize at a National Institutes of Health-sponsored competition for a different kind of blood alcohol …

Alcohol

Startup bank Tandem took just 15 minutes to raise £1 million in its first crowdfunding round

Tandem smashed its £1 million fundraising target in just 15 minutes on Friday, raising £850,337 in just 10 seconds.<p>Hundreds more investors entered what's known as "overfund", pledging money in case Tandem decided to take on more money.<p>Tandem's pitch page reveals that just five investors contributed …

Exercise Can Lower Risk of Some Cancers By 20%

You know the virtues of regular physical activity: it can lower your risk of becoming overweight and can keep diseases like heart problems and …

DEA could reclassify marijuana, allowing doctors to conduct more research

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect states in which Pazoo Labs operates marijuana testing labs. They are Colorado and Nevada.</i><p>DENVER — Marijuana users, researchers and investors are eager to hear whether federal officials will remove pot from the same …

Cannabis

How to sync all your passwords using Google

Passwords – none of us like them, but we must live with them if we want to keep our private information secure. It’s also a good idea to make safe passwords, which involves creating unique, hard-to-guess keys that no one will ever decipher.<p>Because passwords should be one-of-a-kind, it is paramount …

Brain scan could detect Alzheimer’s in earliest stages

Scientists have developed an imaging process that for the first time, they say, can identify and track the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people’s brains, even when there are no symptoms — a development that could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment for a disease that has become more …

These researchers have figured out a new way to kill cancer cells

How do you get a cancer cell to gobble up a ball of anticancer drugs and for a direct kill? Cancer researcher Mauro Ferrari says he and his team have finally figured out how to elude a tumor cell’s defenses.<p>And he says the method works well on hard-to-target metastatic tumors, too.<p>“The vast …

B2B payment service Payoneer acquires escrow-as-a-service platform Armor Payments

Payoneer helps businesses and B2B marketplaces move money across borders. It’s one of the biggest companies in this space; its customers include the likes of Amazon, Fiverr, Airbnb, Upwork and Taboola.<p>Today, the company announced it has acquired Armor Payments, a digital escrow-as-a-service …

Smart savings app Clinc is a new fintech startup from ex-CEO and founder of Numbrs

Last April, Julien Arnold quietly left his role as CEO of Numbrs, the mobile-first banking app he co-founded with Swiss company builder Centralway. Now, almost a year on, he’s on the verge of launching his next project: Clinc, a mobile app to make it easier to save money for a future purchase or …

Futuristic eyeglasses adjust your prescription on the fly (Tomorrow Daily 331)

VR developers use photogrammetry to create ultra-realistic location renders; also, an Israeli startup shows off a concept for high-tech "omnifocal" eyewear.

New Windows 10 update adds Cortana languages and simpler reminders

Fast ring testers can try it out now<p>Microsoft is today rolling out a new Windows 10 update to its "fast ring" testers that's largely focused on Cortana, the operating system's built-in personal assistant. First, Cortana is expanding its list of supported languages to include Spanish (Mexico), …

Thoughts On Investing In Chinese Startups From A Big Foreign VC Fund

For brave outsiders, China represents an outsized opportunity. It’s a long-term play that requires patience and extreme adaptation and appreciation of the local culture.<p>According to CB Insights, investments in China fell 29% over Q3 to Q4 2015 from $10.3 Billion to $7.3 Billion. 2016 is projected …

New Japanese glasses are designed for bedtime smartphone browsing

Who uses their smartphone or tablet in bed? All of us, that's who. Most of us know this habit is the cause for many a disrupted night's rest, but a new set of glasses from Japan may give us the protection we need.<p>J!ns' Screen Night Use glasses claim to be able to reduce blue light exposure by 60 …

Luxe Could Be Getting $50M From Hertz At $110M Pre-Money Valuation

Luxe is in talks with a strategic investor that will infuse the company with “tens of millions” in new financing from Hertz, our sources tell us.<p>One source tells us that the round could be around $50 million at a pre-money valuation above $110 million. This source also suggested that existing …

San Francisco

Only-In-U.S. Lyft Continues Global Investor Expansion With Saudi $$ Infusion

Will this new investment by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal give car-sharing service a lift? (Get it?)<p>It’s now starting to get a tad ironic that the car-sharing service Lyft — which I often call Not-Uber (sorry, nice Lyft guys, but true!) — has added yet another international investor to its list, even …

Venture Capital

Alibaba To Invest $1.25B In Restaurant Delivery Service Ele.me, Says Report

Alibaba will reportedly invest $1.25 billion in Ele.me, a food delivery service based in Shanghai, says financial news site Caixin (link via Google Translate). The deal would Alibaba the startup’s biggest shareholder, with a 27.7 percent stake.<p>According to Crunchbase, Ele.me has raised about $1.09 …

eCommerce

Amazon Brings Restaurant Delivery To L.A., Will Expand To All Prime Now Markets In U.S.

Amazon’s debut of its restaurant delivery service through its one-hour delivery app Prime Now, is no longer looking like an experiment. Since its debut in Seattle this September, the company has been adding support for new cities at a rate of about one per month. Last month, restaurant delivery …

Unseen Art Is Crowdfunding An Open Source Platform To Make Fine Art Accessible Via 3D Printing

Making art more accessible to blind and visually impaired people is founder Marc Dillon’s new mission. After almost a quarter century working in the mobile industry — latterly at alternative mobile OS maker, Jolla, from where he finally departed this fall — he says it’s time to give back.<p>“I was …

Fiverr CEO On Raising $60 Million in Fresh Funding: “It’s a Land Grab Right Now”

This week, Fiverr, an online market for small services, announced $60 million in new financing led by Square Peg Capital. Earlier backers Bessemer Venture Partners, Accel Partners and Qumra Capital also chipped into the round, which brings the company’s total funding to a pretty significant $110 …

Digg Raises $4M Series A From Betaworks Backer Digital Garage

More interesting developments for Digg, the Internet curation site founded way back in 2004 that was acquired and relaunched by Betaworks in 2012. The site has announced a “Series A” of $4 million, and it has named its COO Gary Liu as new CEO, effective immediately.<p>This is essentially Digg’s second …

White Star Capital Closes $70M For Its First Institutional Transatlantic Fund

White Star Capital, which bides it’s time between London, New York and Montreal, has been active in the market for a couple years but until now has not ‘opened the kimono’ much on its backing. Today that changes with the news of its the close of its first institutional fund with $70 million in LP …

Snoop Dogg launches marijuana lifestyle site

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>For the longest time, I've considered High Life merely the British Airways magazine that I always forget to read.<p>These days, though, there's a whole new meaning to the high lifestyle. This is something …

Why Everyone Should Stay in Downtown L.A.

The city's historic downtown is going through an incredible rebirth right now, with boutique hotels riding the next wave of revitalization.<p>For the last several decades, Downtown Los Angeles was never a part of L.A. where visitors would linger. People would typically go there to go to work, or to …

Los Angeles

Salesforce Analytics Cloud gets Wave Actions, Lightning reports, embedded dashboards

Salesforce today announced new capabilities for its Analytics Cloud, a cloud-based business intelligence tool that Salesforce launched almost a year ago. It’s becoming possible to embed dashboards from the Analytics Cloud into other parts of Salesforce, and new Wave Actions allow salespeople to …

Microsoft's Edge beats Internet Explorer, but it's not the perfect Windows 10 browser -- yet

With the launch of Windows 10 comes Edge , Microsoft's new built-in browser that's meant to replace Internet Explorer. Though IE will still come with Windows, the older browser is being relegated to "legacy compatibility" duties. Microsoft is urging everyone to use Edge for its faster performance …

Batch forward emails with Multi Forward for Gmail

We could all use a little help, I would imagine, with keeping up with our email inbox. If you use Gmail and frequently or even occasionally find yourself with the need to forward a bunch of emails, you don't need to forward them one by one. Grab the Multi Forward for Gmail Chrome extension and you …

How to See Only the Notifications That Are Important to You

If important notifications keep getting buried under less significant ones in Notification Center, you can easily change the order they are shown to you, and even determine whether you see them at all.<p>Go to Settings > Notifications and then select Sort Manually. Then tap Edit in the upper right …

When 'Free' Windows 10 Becomes Expensive, You Must Know This

Welcome to the question that will not die: <i>Windows 10 is only free for one year, so what happens after that?</i><p>For those who know the answer, they get irritated every time it is asked. That’s understandable, it comes up a lot. But for those who don’t know it isn’t their fault, the blame lies squarely …