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This Startup Will Sequence Your DNA, So You Can Contribute To Medical Research

Will the opportunity to contribute to disease-ending medical research convince more people to get their DNA sequenced?<p>The price to sequence the human genome has dropped from $100 million in 2001 to just a few thousand dollars today. It’s now cheap enough that some people are starting to get …

Genetics

Munchery’s Struggles Show How Hard the Food Delivery Business Is

<b>Munchery, a San Francisco startup that cooks and delivers meals to hundreds of thousands of customers in a handful of U.S. cities, has begged its</b> …

Startups

Here’s why Microsoft is giving nearly a third of its New York employees memberships at WeWork

The company plans to take 300 We memberships — WeWork's basic, flexible membership plan — in two WeWork spaces in New York. Those 300 employees make up 70% of Microsoft's global marketing and sales teams in New York.<p>The company also has 40 employees working in a private office in an Atlanta WeWork …

Startups

After being in news for firing nearly 300 employees, Foodpanda automates its order flow to be more efficient with lesser staff

Share6<p>Tweet<p>Share<p>+11<p>Shares 7<p>Foodpanda, the online food ordering platform which was in news recently for firing over 300 employees, has implemented a …

Goldman Sachs

Goodbye accountants! Startup builds AI to automate all your accounting

Smacc, which uses AI to automate accounting, has secured a $3.5 million Series A round from Cherry Ventures, Rocket Internet, Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures, Grazia Equity and business angels.<p>Smacc offers small and medium-sized enterprises a platform to digitize and automate accounting and …

Small Business

Plant Prefab raises $3 million from Obvious Ventures for durable, sustainable homes

Plant Prefab wants to make it easier for people to build homes within urban neighborhoods and cities, and it has raised $3 million to do just that. The investment, led by Obvious Ventures, will go some way toward helping the company scale, bring on more talent, and improve existing systems.<p>A …

Twitter doesn't want to be a 'Social Networking' app anymore

If Facebook is an apple, Twitter wants to be an orange<p>It's very tempting to read into this: on the iOS App Store, Twitter is now categorizing itself as a "News" app instead of a "Social Networking" app. So excuse me while I give in to temptation. Sarah Perez over at <i>TechCrunch</i> has a very cogent and …

Social Media

Man builds working homemade hoverbike, doesn't die

Do not try this at home<p>YouTube sensation and inventor Colin Furze is used to making insane things like retractable wolverine claws, working versions of the hidden blade and rope launcher featured in <i>Assassin's Creed</i> games, and even a homemade Iron Man suit. But this time he decided to do something …

Homemade

On-demand private chef startup Kitchit shuts down

Kitchit, the startup that brought chefs into your home to cook for you, is shutting down because “investment runways are finite, and unfortunately ours reached its end at a moment of substantial upheaval in the food-tech world,” Kitchit founders Brendan Marshall and Ian Ferguson wrote on the …

Startups

Chinese teenager dies while unplugging phone at Internet cafe

An 18-year-old teenager met with an untimely death at an Internet cafe in Wuhan, China, when he unplugged his mobile phone from a computer he was …

Activist trolls patent trolls, builds algorithm that publishes ideas for all possible inventions

In an open-source effort to democratize ideas, artist, engineer, and internet activist Alexander Reben has created a clever new project called All …

Machine Learning

Topless dancers, champagne, and David Bowie: Inside the crash of London's $2.7 billion unicorn Powa

The CEO and architect of Powa Technologies usually stayed above, on the 35th floor of Heron Tower in London, where the company's salespeople and executives sat. But here he was, making an unusual visit to the engineering and product guys on the floor below.<p>And he was clearly angry.<p>Upstairs, Wagner …

Startups

Nest Has Released a Better Dropcam Called Nest Cam

Nest introduces a $199 wireless camera and $10-a-month home security service.<p>Nest, the prized home automation company acquired by Google, is showing off its own acquisitions.<p>It’s another indication that the five-year-old company, led by its ambitious CEO Tony Fadell, is trying to cement itself as …

Home Automation

Unicorn sugar crash

It's always interesting to know when a company gets a $1 billion valuation. But, as Pando has written time and time again, a valuation is not the …

Internet Of Things: 6 Obstacles

A report from McKinsey and the Global Semiconductor Alliance finds excitement and uncertainty among companies building the pieces of the Internet of …

Internet of Things

7 API-in-a-Box Startups for Connecting to the Internet of Things

While undoubtedly one of the most hyped buzzwords in recent times, the Internet of Things (IoT) remains a tantalizing opportunity for many …

DHL, Cisco claim Internet of Things will give $1.9tn boost to supply chain, logistics

Deutsche Post DHL and Cisco are looking at how IoT will unlock extra value in the supply chain and logistics sectors<p>DHL and Cisco, which are …

Internet of Things

How Can MBaaS Players Get Ready for Internet of Things?

The concept of mobile backend was very impressive in 2012. However, with the entry of over 30 companies in the last couple of years, the market not only became crowded but also fragmented. Today, MBaaS has almost become a commodity for mobile developers. The market consists of pure play MBaaS …

Internet of Things

Businesses Report a More Uncertain Funding Future in 2015 | Inc.com

Despite last year's full-throated thirst for tech-company investments, this year could be downright ho-hum, possibly taking the wind out of the sails of those who suggest we're in bubble territory.<p>The latest survey of technology executives for Silicon Valley Bank reports some increasing uncertainty …

Venture Capital

Accelerate Your Business With A Budget For Proof-Of-Concept Marketing

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a growth consulting, advisory and executive staffing firm based in Chicago.</i><p>It is a sad, but familiar, story in startup land. An entrepreneur raises a limited amount of funds, plows it entirely into building out their product, …

Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center Led By Former Apple Engineer

Ford is ready to get a little cozier with the tech industry. In an event today, Ford took the wraps off its brand new research center located in the Stanford Research Park.<p>At the 25,000-square-foot facility today, Ford CEO Mark Fields was there to made it clear the car maker was hunting for the …

Silicon Valley

Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australian architecture firm ArchiBlox recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and …

What's The Future Of Cognitive Computing? IBM Watson

We are entering a new period of computing history — the cognitive computing era.<p>Cognitive computing offers fundamental differences in how systems are built and interact with humans. Cognitive-based systems, such as IBM Watson, are able to build knowledge and learn, understand natural language, and …

Cognitive Computing

The Internet Of Things' Best-Kept Secret

“The Internet of Things is more about the things than about the Internet,” Jim Heppelmann, President and CEO of PTC, told me recently. “The Internet is not going through a radical transformation,” he explained. “It’s evolving. But the step-function change is happening in the things.”<p>PTC may well be …

The Scout Alarm Is Always Prepared To Keep Your Home Safe

I live in a fourth floor walkup in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The building is old — I have to hide from hot water in the shower whenever a neighbor flushes their toilet and my floor is legitimately slanted toward one side of the house. My across-the-hall neighbor has come home to a broken-in, robbed …

The da Vinci 1.0 AiO Is The Future Of All-In-One 3D Printers

As we enter the second half of this, the Decade of 3D Printing, we are coming to a crossroads. On one hand the Rebel open source RepRap crowd are clamoring to keep 3D printing free, man, while the Imperial forces of 3D Systems and Stratasys – along with countless imitators all attempting to …

'Enchanted objects' will kill the internet of things in 2015

Smart objects that blend fashion and our everyday lives will kill off the internet of things in 2015, according to Cedric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. …

Bullying The Bullies

Humans haven’t quite gotten the hang of human rights, let alone social media. Combined ignorance of the two leads people to spew hate from the safety of an Internet connection, writing their bigotry into the public record.<p>Now these moments are being put display for public shaming by a Tumblr …

The Spider Of Silicon Valley: Inside 'Zuck & Friends' Secret Billionaire Fund

<i>Not all financial advisors are created equal. Meet Divesh Makan, consigliere to Silicon Valley’s brightest billionaires.</i><p>In the hierarchy of the investment business, stockbrokers have long occupied a spot near the bottom of the food chain. They are the hunters and gatherers, knocking on doors to …