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Why Chicago Is A New Hot Spot For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial hubs are popping up all over the country — from Seattle to Boston to Las Vegas. This week, I attended Techstars Chicago Demo Day, and the city’s incredible ecosystem for entrepreneurs proved that it should set the standard for any town wanting to create an entrepreneurial draw.<p>Here …

UniKey Founder Talks About The Future Of Access Control Ahead Of October Ship Date

The UniKey Kevo has been a hot topic for the past year, its touch-triggered unlocking amazing the likes of investors, TV shows and retailers alike. The auto-lock system first appeared on an episode of “Shark Tank”, and shortly thereafter received a round of funding which brings the company’s total …

This Startup Wants to Heat Your Home With Computers

Dutch startup Nerdalize is seeking investment for technology that will help heat your home with computer power.<p>This isn’t a new concept of course. Microsoft has previously published a research paper, in which it argues that servers can be sent to homes and office buildings and used as a primary …

Where do we find the big data skills?

Recruitment company Hudson has released a report called <i>Tackling the Big Data Talent Challenge</i>. It says the report is intended to provide employers …

Big Data

YC-Backed One Month Rails Teaches You How To Build Your Startup While You Learn To Code

If you build it, they will come. But what if you don’t know how to build it?<p>That was the problem facing Mattan Griffel, founder of a new YC-backed startup called One Month Rails that is launching today.<p>“I didn’t study computer science or anything, but I had this great idea for a startup,” he said. …

Google logic: why Google does the things it does the way it does

<i>Michael Mace is co-founder of Zekira, and author of Map The Future, a book on how to create better business strategies. He was previously chief</i> …

Has this Startup Come Up with a Way to Get People Paying for Apps?

With app pricing having become a race to the bottom (i.e., free, albeit often with in-app purchases), how can publishers encourage customers to spend some cash? Dutch developer Innovatio thinks it has a plan…<p>The company published a public transport app for iOS, SnelTrein, last week at a price of …

4 reasons why your startup should not raise capital

<i>Eran Laniado is managing director of BMN!</i><p>Raising capital keeps many startup founders busy. They approach angel investors, seek VC funds, attend conferences (hoping to randomly meet financiers), and endlessly polish their investment decks, business plans, and executive summaries.<p>To novice …

How To Decide What Ideas To Prototype

Instead of defaulting to groupthink, writes Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp, make sure you have the buy-in of the higher-ups–or you might regret it later.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second</i> …

Yahoo buys video app Qwiki

Yahoo has bought Qwiki, an app for creating videos on iPhones, as part of its push into the mobile market.<p>The app, which allows Apple iPhone users to turn photos, music and videos into slideshow videos, is the latest in a series of purchases for Yahoo.<p>Yahoo did not reveal how much they paid for …

The Night the NBA Draft Got Drunk

Thursday night in Brooklyn was the first time I’d ever been to an NBA draft, and it was the year the entire draft experience sort of one-upped …

Unda Plans to Challenge Skype in Video Messaging

Unda is the brainchild of Nao Tokui and Oscar “Akira” Yasser, who had a gut feeling that mobile video sharing was set to explode.<p>“It’s actually funny it took so long,” Yasser told TNW. “We all knew that mobile video was happening, with video becoming one the main drivers of data consumption. After …

Startups Compete To Win The Mobile App CRM Battle

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ankur Jain is an investor at Nexus Venture Partners. Nexus invests in early stage companies across sectors in India and US, and manages $600 million in assets. Follow him on Twitter @Ankur_Jain_VC.</i><p>The rapid growth of mobile device use has created major gaps in CRM capability. As …

New Developments Threaten To Burst China's Staggering Housing Bubble

With real rates on deposits remaining in negative territory for years, there were few places to turn for wealthy savers. Property became one of the primary vehicles to put away excess cash to escape inflationary pressures. Moreover, municipal governments made large sums of money selling land to …

House Prices

China Foreign Debt Approaches $1 Trillion

The amount of debt China owes foreign lenders — to those who are inclined to believe what the government says — is approaching the $1 trillion market. It will be there, if it is not already, before the end of the year.<p>As of March, it hit $764 billion, up from $736 billion in February, the State …

Girls' Legos Are A Hit, But Why Do Girls Need Special Legos?

Two years ago, in 2011, <i>90 percent</i> of Lego's consumers were boys. A tough statistic to swallow for those of us who grew up playing with Lego's gender-neutral buckets of bricks. But the statistic came straight from Lego, which was then focused on boys with franchised sets based on properties like <i>Star</i> …

33 Startups That Died Reveal Why They Failed

However, this survivorship bias is problematic. Jason Cohen of Smart Bear Software does a nice job articulating this issue stating:<p>Luckily, the startup community often courageously shares their stories — even when things don't end well.<p><i>This list was compiled by ChubbyBrain and was suggested by</i> …

Tech News & Analysis - Wall Street Journal

Dow Jones, a News Corp company<p>News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information …

News Corp

Palantir is helping California police develop controversial license plate database

Throwing more light on the controversial use of police license plate readers, a new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals the development of a new California database under development with the help of Palantir, a Silicon Valley firm whose data analysis technology is in wide …

Apple trademarks new FaceTime logo, settles on green

There's certainly been a lot of brouhaha surrounding the new design language Apple introduced for iOS 7 at WWDC. Some (ourselves included) feel it's modern and fresh while others loathe the brighter palette and simpler, flatter icons. A lot can change between now and the launch of iOS 7 this fall, …

Bright Sun Group’s data analysis can help investors find ‘diamonds in the rough’ (exclusive)

Venture capitalists can no longer rely on outdated statistics and gut feelings.<p>As we reported, a Moneyball-style revolution is taking place in Silicon Valley, and other tech hubs around the world. Venture capital firms are investing in data science teams and quantitative tools to track the private …

Six Reasons Your Best Employees Quit You

There’s a saying that employees don’t leave companies, they leave managers – and today they are leaving more often than ever. According to recent Department of Labor statistics, the average tenure of an employee in the U.S. is now only 1.5 years. What do these numbers mean? Are managers doing that …

The College Connection: 7 Career Questions to Ask Alumni

If you’re struggling with career decision-making, or looking for a new direction in your job search, solid advice and mentorship may be closer than …

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CE Week’s Startup Pavilion Serves Up Bikes, Hydroponics, And Rotary Phone Photo-Sharing

In the Startup Pavilion at CE Week, there’s just as much diversity as there is similarity among the new flock of products and services hitting New York. We saw a number of bikecessories, bike services, and reached the other end of the spectrum by visiting a cloud-based hydroponics monitoring …

First Round Capital wants to be Harvard Business Review for startup founders

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Ruggiero Scardigno<p>First Round Capital is announcing Friday that it’s going to be taking the insights …

Ask A VC: General Atlantic’s Brett Rochkind On Spotting Startups That Have IPO Potential

In this week’s Ask A VC episode, General Atlantic Managing Director Brett Rochkind joined us in the studio to talk about international investing and more.<p>Rochkind, who makes growth-stage investments on behalf of the firm, talked about how he evaluates whether a company has the potential to be …

Gigaom | Why the startup Wibbitz could wipe out some publishers’ video businesses

Advertisement<p>Every so often you stumble upon a concept or service that makes it clear that major change is afoot. In this case, if you’re a …

Why New York’s rise as a startup haven is sustainable

Foursquare, Mashable, and 10gen.<p>What do a major social network, happening news website, and a rising database company have in common? They are all ‘Made in New York.’<p>Just a couple of days ago, Techcrunch announced that famous incubator AngelPad was opening up a large office in New York City. The …