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How not to regret your career, from the head of Silicon Valley's greatest startup factory

Y Combinator President Sam Altman looked onto the room of 3,000 interns at Internapalooza in San Francisco on Thursday night, and delivered good news — to only one person.<p>"Someone in this room I am very confident is going to found a multi-billion dollar company that will change the world in a very …

How littleBits Engineers Turn Their Ideas Into DIY Kits

From concept to FaceTime tank<p>Every electronic module in a littleBits kit is, well, little. Their small size and ability to snap together in nearly any combination make them useful prototyping tools: Engineers often use them to build rough versions of a new product. In order to pack a variety of …

Prototyping

The One App You Need On Your Résumé If You Want A Job At Google

Average pay at Google is $141,000.<p>It's relatively easy to get a job at Google, too.<p>The company is so large and has such a massive need for talent that hiring for Google is something of a headache, so if you have the right skills, Google is really enthusiastic to hear from you.<p>Especially if you know …

We Have Entered The Golden Age Of Hardware Hacking

Hardware is the new hotness. This has been true for some years now: but today, the acorns planted by Arduino, TechShop, Kickstarter, lean prototyping, etc., are finally beginning to sprout into oaks. The best thing about this year’s Disrupt SF conference was that its Startup Alley boasted far fewer …

The Man Who Literally Built 'Star Wars'

Set decorator Roger Christian tells us what it was like making George Lucas's dreams out of scrap metal<p><b>PLUS: The Art of Star Wars: See Exclusive Storyboards from the Original Trilogy</b><p><b>One of the most memorable elements</b> of the original <i>Star Wars</i> in 1977 wasn't the story, or characters, or even the …

Prototypes

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Stop missing updates from friends on Facebook

Instead of scrolling through your entire Facebook timeline for updates from your closest friends or family, try using this list instead.<p>If you have a lot of friends on your Facebook profile, then you know how crazy it can get when trying to keep up with everyone's status updates. You may have tried …

Six Reasons VCs Won't Back Your Deal

<i>The following guest post is by</i> <i>Eric Schiffer, chairman and CEO of Patriarch Private Equity and CEO of Digitalmarketing.com.</i><p>It might look like anyone who’s got a pulse can get funded in Silicon Valley these days, with venture capitalists injecting $9.99 billion into deals the first quarter of 2014 …

A new mathematical model can cut jet-lagged time in half, study says

Looking for a jet-lag cure? A new mathematical model may help you overcome jet lag faster than anyone thought possible.<p>And scientists need your help to test it out.<p>A research team from the<p>University of MichiganandYale Universityhas released a free iPhone app that loads a complex, jet-lag conquering …

Jet Lag

How IBM Is Using Watson And An Innovative Workspace To Crunch Big Data For Big Solutions

At the Accelerated Discovery Lab, the company is trying to create “strategic serendipity,” with an open workplace and lots of cross-collaboration (and, of course, a genius super computer). The first task: Finding new cancer drugs.<p>IBM loves Big Data. The bigger it gets, the more servers, storage, …

Upverter Raises $2.3M To Be The Online Collaboration Layer For Hardware Engineering

Toronto-based startup and online electronic design automation platform and hardware hacker community has raised $2.3 million in seed funding, the company revealed to TechCrunch today. The funding is from Boris Wertz’s Version One Ventures, and includes Tom McInerney, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, Amol …

NuoDB launches cloud-friendly database

Startup NuoDB is hoping to position itself as having the ideal database for the post-cloud world, now that its Cloud Data Management System is …

Databases

CAD giant Dassault leads new $14.2M investment in NuoDB

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Dassault Systèmes, the French tech giant behind the 3D CAD products used to design most of the planes, trains and automobiles …

We Are Approaching The Economic Singularity

<b>The 2014 Strategic Investment Conference: Investing in a Transformational World Stuck in a Liquidity Trap</b> <b><br>The Economic Singularity</b> <b><br>The Minsky Moment</b> <b><br>The Event Horizon</b> <b><br>The Glide Path</b> <b><br>Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Argentina, and South Africa</b><p>I fully intended to write today about a recently released …

Economics

The Long, Strange Challenge Facing Marijuana Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

"There are a lot of hurdles to get through if somebody wants to do this, but the opportunities are there too," said Ryan Cook.<p>Indeed the opportunities are there: $30 billion worth, in fact. That is the approximate amount of money marijuana users spend on the drug annually, according to the RAND …

Cannabis

MIT builds intelligent programs for robots that could help with the smart home

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Pond5/boscorelli<p>Researchers at MIT have figured out how to make multiple robots talk to each other and collaborate in …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Artificial Intelligence

Michigan Tech scientists build a $1,500 DIY metal 3D printer

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>More and more, it’s clear that 3D printers aren’t just for printing plastic. A team at Michigan …

Analyst Predicts Bitcoin Will Go Over $1000 This Week: 'This Is A Classic Bubble'

As Bitcoin’s value continues its ridiculous climb, into the $600s and $700s on popular exchanges, a price forecasting analyst states the obvious, “This is a classic speculative bubble.” Based on its current momentum, he predicts that it may go as high as $1,700 within the week.<p><i>Disclosure: I own</i> …

Your Great Idea Doesn't Matter: This Guy Just Doubled His Business Thanks To A Product Built By Accident

Sometimes, though, you have an idea, build a company around it - and then stumble upon another, much better idea.<p>Sometimes it's that accidental idea that turns a startup into a success.<p>One example of this phenomenon is New York-based start Yext. Yext was going to be a pay-per-call online ad …

Bublcam Is A 360º Camera That Can Stream Immersive, Spherical Video In Real-Time

Meet Bublcam: a 360 degree camera made by Canadian startup Bubl that lets you capture spherical panoramas of what’s going on around you — either as still photographs or spherical video that allows you to swipe around and explore the scene. The camera can even stream video in real-time over Wi-Fi, …

Save Money and Your Sanity: Price-Track Your Online Holiday Gifts

Like it or not, the holiday shopping season is almost upon us. That means jostling for parking spots and dealing with some of the worst aspects of …

What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on …

Unlikely Multiple Sclerosis Pill On Track To Become Blockbuster

There aren't very many drugs that are also, essentially, industrial chemicals available in railroad-car volumes, pharmaceutical chemist Derek Lowe noted on his blog, In The Pipeline, this spring.<p>But there are a few. One is lithium carbonate, a staple of glassmaking and ceramic glazes and also the …

Why Proprietary Big Data Technologies Have No Hope Of Competing With Hadoop

Big Data is not new. For decades companies have been leveraging massive data warehouses and other proprietary Big Data tools to optimize business processes, improve customer targeting and more. That, however, was the problem: proprietary. Today Big Data is so big precisely because it’s so open: …

12 Awesome CSS3 Features That You Can Finally Start Using

If you are like me, when you see an impressive demo of a new CSS3 feature, you can't wait to start using it in websites. Of course, then you see that …

The Other IPO Roadshow: Design Your Initial Product Offering To Attract Fortune 500 Enterprises

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Deepak Jeevan Kumar is a Principal at General Catalyst Partners, a Venture Capital firm with offices in Palo Alto, Boston and New York. He focuses on funding and launching big data, cloud computing and cybersecurity startups. Follow him on Twitter @DJKHacker.</i><p>Getting to a successful …

The Super Mario Of Resumes Unlocks A New High Score In Job Seeking

Web designer Robby Leonardi‘s resume is unlike any other we’ve seen. It’s a side-scrolling <i>Super Mario</i>-esque video game adventure that sees our hero–one R. Leonardi–run and jump through various levels until the climax: his contact details. Go ahead and play it yourself.<p>How does it compare to other …

Sqrrl gets $5.2M to give you easy access to a data-processor created by the NSA

Sqrrl wants to help regular private-sector enterprises take advantage of the majorly scalable and powerful NoSQL database created by the National Security Agency.<p>The company, which was created by contributors to that NSA database project, received $5.2 million in funding today.<p>The NSA database was …