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A retail startup that allows people to try on clothes digitally just got a £10 million boost

The round was led by TAL, a leading Hong Kong-based clothing manufacturer which also led the 2014 funding round. The company had already raised £12.5 million ($16.1 million) since setting up in 2008.<p>Metail presents customers with a simulated version of themselves that takes into account their size …

Innovation

Renewable energy could thrive in spite of Trump

Many of Trump's views on oil, gas, coal and clean energy - or, at any rate, those views enunciated during his presidential campaign - are very different from what's in place now. And if his plans are implemented, they'll change a lot of things.<p><b>The biggest winners will be oil and gas</b><p>"America First" …

Barack Obama

Egyptians are losing patience with President al-Sisi over the tanking economy

The cartoon captures the mood of desperation and anger among Egyptians clobbered by tax rises, soaring food price inflation and cuts in state subsidies. Some fear a repeat of the mass street protests that drove Sisi's two immediate predecessors from power.<p>Core inflation is at seven-year-highs, near …

Tanking

5 Plants That Can Help Purify Indoor Air, According to Science

New research shows these common house plants all absorb harmful chemicals.<p>Dracaena (Dracaena frangas)<p>All five plants did a good job removing acetone …

Fewer homes for rent, as landlords move flats onto Airbnb

<b>Landlords are taking their flats off the open market, and advertising them instead on holiday websites like Airbnb, warns an industry report.</b><p>The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) claims the trend will mean fewer homes for rent, exacerbating the housing shortage.<p>It claims that rents could rise …

Housing

GOLDMAN: These 10 themes will dominate world markets in 2016

In a client note on Thursday, they outlined what they believe will be the top-10 themes across global markets in the new year, which inform their various forecasts for stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, and everything else in between.<p>"Growth has consistently disappointed over the past several …

Markets

One thing all junior bankers who want to work at hedge funds should know

That is the simple message that one former Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst tells every junior banker he mentors.<p>"They may seem like it — they may try to convince you that they're your friends — but they're not," he said.<p>"They are there to place quality candidates, keep the relationship, and …

Markets

Why Nature is Good for Our Brains

When was the last time you enjoyed some time outside? Three reasons nature is good for your brain.

Ecology

The cloud wars explained: Why nobody can catch up with Amazon

Even as the startup craze starts to cool in Silicon Valley, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all reported bang-up earnings last quarter, not least because of their big bets on the cloud.<p>What exactly are these companies selling? Who's buying it? And why is one company that wasn't even in enterprise …

Amazon Web Services

30% of the world's copper is used to get 'free money' from Chinese banks

You can call it "phantom inventory" or the "carry trade" but it relates to the same thing - no-one knows how much copper China is really using.<p>It's because copper, like other metals, is used as collateral for easy financing deals in China.<p>Businesses get funding from banks at a low interest to …

Stock Markets

The exact pitch deck strategy I’ve used to raise $125M since 2011

The right way to create a killer pitch deck and get funded — from someone who has raised $125M since 2011.<p>Creating a pitch deck is hard, especially …

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Are Listening to These 10 Podcasts

Want to become a better entrepreneur? Start listening to one or all of these 10 podcasts.<p>The rumor mill says Apple and major car manufacturers are in talks to have podcasting be the new "car radio." While I won't speculate, there is no doubting that podcast listenership has grown over the …

16 Startup Metrics – Andreessen Horowitz

We have the privilege of meeting with thousands of entrepreneurs every year, and in the course of those discussions are presented with all kinds of …

Product Management

A prominent VC firm just released a great cheat sheet to help you see through startup hype

Last night, the firm, which was cofounded by Netscape inventor Marc Andreessen and has invested in big names like Airbnb, Buzzfeed, Facebook, and Twitter, put up an excellent list of 16 metrics that every startup — and would-be startup investor — should understand.<p>For instance:<p>Have you ever been …

Marc Andreessen

20 cognitive biases that screw up your decisions

And you might think you approach all those decisions rationally.<p>Yet research suggests there are a huge number of cognitive stumbling blocks that can affect our behavior, preventing us from acting in our own best interests.<p>Here, we've rounded up some of the most commonly cited biases that screw up …

Critical Thinking

Watch Stephen Colbert Shut Down Same-Sex Marriage Haters

Justice Scalia may actually be on fire after Colbert’s roast.<p><b>Stephen Colbert</b> is taking over the <i>Late Show</i> in September, but he his response to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States should fill the void in the heart of any fan of <i>The Colbert Report.</i><p>“Time moves so …

Stock Markets

Japan is building huge solar power plants that float on water

Unlike coal-fired plants, solar power stations don’t produce smog but they do take up land. Or, at least they did.<p>In Japan’s Hyogo prefecture, a solar station was recently launched that floats on a reservoir and will produce about 2,680 megawatt hours per year—enough for 820 typical households. …

Renewable Energy
Stock Markets

Burned Out? 12 Powerful Ways To Transform Your Life

You know the feeling: It’s 10 a.m., you’re jittery from that third cup of coffee, and your mind feels like glue. You’re drained -- physically, mentally and emotionally -- and dispassionate about things that once brought you joy. Motivated? Forget it. Irritable? You betcha. All regards for personal …

China is reportedly creating an oil company that's twice the size of ExxonMobil

China, the fourth largest oil producer in the world (behind the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia) is undoubtedly one of the biggest stakeholders in the global oil and gas markets. Low oil prices and slowing domestic economic growth have compelled the second biggest global consumer of oil to accelerate …

Oil

31 Quotes To Inspire You To Live For Meaning Instead Of Money

Is money everything that you need to make you happy? This young generation, more famously known as the Generation Y, thinks not. These teenagers and …

Motivation

How to win any argument: pseudo-scientific neuro-gibberish

Research has revealed that so-called neurobabble is surprisingly convincing – here’s a quick guide to harnessing its persuasive powers<p>If you’re hoping to win an argument this week, try talking neuro-gibberish. Irrelevant neuroscience information – or “neurobabble” – makes for the most convincing …

JAMIE DIMON: 'There will be another crisis'

<b>Some things never change — there will be another crisis, and its impact will be felt by the financial markets.</b><p>Dimon adds that the trigger of the next financial crisis will not be the same as the most recent one, but no matter — another crisis will come.<p>And how it unravels will not be as unfamiliar …

Markets

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Key Concepts

The first in a comprehensive series to help you craft the perfect business plan for your startup.<p>Some entrepreneurs succeed without a business plan. With great timing, solid business skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a little luck, some founders build thriving businesses without ever creating even …

Small Business

17 interview questions that are designed to trick you

One way they do this is by asking seemingly simple questions that get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal — queries that break through the traditional interview noise and clutter and get to the raw you.<p>In other words: questions designed to trick you.

Employment

"The Risks Are Very High" Swiss Billionaire Warns "Global Financial Markets Have Never Been This Distorted Before"

<b>Risks and Opportunities</b><p><i>Investors started off 2015 with a slow global economy, low oil prices, a strong Dollar, and a deflationary Europe with great</i> …

How the world's youngest self-made female billionaire is shaking up the healthcare industry

If you haven't yet heard of Elizabeth Holmes, you soon will.<p>She is the founder and CEO of Theranos, a Silicon Valley company with a $9 billion valuation that has developed an inexpensive, comprehensive blood test using a simple pinprick. At age 31, she owns more than half of the company, making her …

Genetic Engineering