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The mercurial nature of P2P lending

The meteoric rise of e-lending platforms attracted a lot of interest among investors and entrepreneurs. Lending Club and OnDeck have already become public companies, and their competitors, such as Funding Circle, SoFi, Prosper, RateSetter, Zopa, Avant, Kabbage and others continue to develop and …

Neuron-Based Chips Will Soon Become Commonplace, This Startup Founder Says

What does it mean to be alive? This question has been haunting us since the beginning of time. Thousands if not millions of novelists, philosophers, scientists have tried to answer.<p>However, for practical purposes, you don’t really need to know: you just live. You just learn to move in this world …

Neuroscience

Modern Sculptural Fish Tanks

Misawa Design Institute, a Japanese studio, imagined a collection of amazing fish tanks, modern, architectural and sculptural at once. Entitled</i> …

How Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reinvented The Washington Post, the 140-year-old newspaper he bought for $250 million

A lot of people were surprised when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million in 2013.<p>At the time, The Post was a legacy media company facing years of decline, while Bezos had no prior experience in the newspaper business.<p>But in less than three years, Bezos has completely …

Harriet Gibsone, Stuart Heritage, Gwilym Mumford, Louis Pattison, Jack Seale, Bella Todd & Hannah Verdier

Mad Men

Managing the market’s reaction to M&A deals

Announcement effects are a good instant measure of market sentiment but a poor indicator of longer-term value creation.<p><b>Nothing supports the</b> …

The Top 10 Most Mysterious Shipwrecks of All Time

Photo: Paul Vinten/iStock<p>On March 23, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Navy ended a 95-year-old mystery when they announced the discovery of the <i>USS Conestoga</i>, a Navy tugboat that disappeared in 1921 with 56 people on board while en route from San Francisco to …

How consolidations will play out in the transportation, food and entertainment industries

Arthur O'Keefe Contributor<p>Arthur O'Keefe is the CFO at Movile.<p>Out of the ashes of its predecessor the phoenix is born. People forget that the Hype Cycle exists because rational people with good vision see opportunity. Often the vision is “spot on,” but expectations of velocity of transformation and …

A Data Visualization That Presents A Continuous Mix Of 60 Years Of Billboard's Chart Topping Hits

Matt Daniels created a brilliant data visualization that presented 26 years of hip-hop history in a scrolling timeline. I ended an article on the hip-hop timeline with a recommendation that listeners who can’t handle hip hop hang in there and wait because Daniels was working on a timeline covering …

Data Visualization

Kiwi Businesses are Investing in New Opportunities with Big Data & Telco

Big data has long been touted as a tool for success in the enterprise, though Australasian businesses of all sizes can benefit from the ability to access customer data. Recently, small business owners in New Zealand have also been able to benefit from aggregated data. This comes as a result of …

New Zealand

Benchmarking CrunchBase's Top 25 CRM Startups

Apttus, Weimob, Insightly, Infer, Salesnet, Classy, SoHalo, TinderBox, Oro Inc. and MindTouch are the top 10 CRM startups based on an analysis of CrunchBase data today.<p>Reflecting how diverse the startup CRM ecosystem is right now, the latest CrunchBase data has 71 different categories and …

Startups

The UX Of Ethics: Should Google Tell You If You Have Cancer?

Big data can spot things we’d never see coming. But are companies like Google and Amazon responsible for telling us the bad news?<p>“If I’m on a park bench, and I’m next to someone, and I hear them talking about symptoms of cancer, am I obligated to turn around and tell them they might have …

From Dungeon Master to Scrum Master: 15 Software Development Lessons from Dungeons and Dragons

I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in about the 5th or 6th grade. I didn't get good at it for a while, but once I did, I didn't play much longer (insert reference to "The Best Days of My Life" here.) Dungeons and Dragons taught me a few lessons that I didn't realize would turn out to be great …

How This Entrepreneur Came Back After Losing Millions | Inc.com

It started out of frustration while traveling abroad: Difficulties getting connected, unreliable service, roaming charges that were more than a mortgage payment--all these hassles finally took their toll. As for Ravi Rishy-Maharaj, he saw an opportunity. He was presented with a problem that would …

In Search of the Long Wow

<i>What happened to the e-reading revolution that would shape the way we think about text?</i><p>If it’s possible to draw my life onto a timeline then every …

China printed more money in January than it did for the post-2008 rescue package

China's economic growth is slowing down, and the People's Bank of China has come up with a policy to deal with that. And by "deal," we mean either "possibly help in the short term" or "blow everything into little bits."<p>Basically, it's creating a housing/property bubble.<p>Anyone selling a house in the …

Digital globalization: The new era of global flows

Soaring flows of data and information now generate more economic value than the global goods trade.<p><b>Conventional wisdom says</b> that globalization has …

How companies succeed through radical engagement

The authors of <i>Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society</i> explain why organizations must look beyond …

Innovation

Our Economy Is Obsessed with Efficiency and Terrible at Everything Else

Who <i>doesn</i><i>’t</i> want to be more efficient? Pay someone else to do your grocery shopping — and clean your house, walk your dog, take that package to the post office. Blend your food so you don’t have to spend time chewing it. Don’t waste time remembering to buy toilet paper; just sign up for an Amazon …

Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy was found in a private collection in 2014 and is part of exhibition at National Museum of Western Art<p>A long-lost painting by the Italian master Caravaggio is being shown to the public at an exhibition in Tokyo.<p>Related: 'Restitution of a lost beauty': Caravaggio Nativity …

Art

Coolest Cooler is flat broke and looking for an investor, but backers are pissed off

Coolest Cooler has burned all the way through its $13 million in funding, and is now searching for an investor to help bail them out.<p>The second most funded project in Kickstarter history has hit a wall, and tells backers it now needs more money to help get things back on track and get products to …

Meeting growing Asia–Pacific demand for medical technology

There’s a need for better access to medical technology in the region—a forward-looking approach will help companies reach more patients.<p><b>More than</b> …

The next generation of infrastructure

Sustainable projects will add trillions to the world’s infrastructure costs. Our report finds that private-sector investors must look at new ways to …

Jack Gilbert's Experiments in Erotica

By Dan Piepenbring February 18, 2015<p>Department of Sex Ed<p><i>A poet’s misadventures in erotica.</i><p>GILBERTI’ve written prose. I’ve written several novels that no one has seen. Well, one was published.INTERVIEWER<i>My Mother Taught Me</i>, an erotic novel, wasn’t it?GILBERTIt’s about sexuality. You have to …

Big data: Getting a better read on performance

The benefits match those of earlier technology cycles, but companies must scale up their data-analytics skills to reap the gains.<p><b>Over the past</b> …

A $7 smartphone is about to change the game in India

The Freedom 251 will be accompanied by a price tag of under Rs. 500, around $7, as NDTV reports. For Indian people living on a very low income and unable to come close to affording a pricier smartphone, the device could prove to be a game changer.<p>Ringing Bells hasn't revealed much about the phone …

The future of bank risk management

Banks have made dramatic changes to risk management in the past decade—and the pace of change shows no signs of slowing. Here are six initiatives to …

Venezuela raises gas prices 6,200%

Prices will now increase more than 60 times — to 6 bolivars a liter up from 9.7 centavos, a 6,200% increase according to Bloomberg's Javier Blas.<p>Using the weakest exchange rate of 202.94 bolivars per dollar, Venezuela's announced increase translates to about $0.11 a gallon, according to …

Venezuela

Woman iMessages people she's met in Dublin bars, gets jaw-dropping replies

An American woman pulled a Valentine's Day prank on Sunday by texting 17 random people she'd met in bars in Dublin to see if they'd respond.<p>Victoria …