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PS Dept makes shopping for clothes as simple as sending a message

The fashion industry isn’t necessarily racing into the future, but some startups and even some big brands are taking steps toward technology that not only help end-users but also help the brands and retailers themselves.<p>One such startup is PS Dept, founded here in New York.<p>PS Dept turns the idea of …

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Mark Zuckerberg is officially the new Bill Gates — and he could rain on Snap's $3 billion parade

If you're not a "Star Trek," fan, trust me, it's a sick own. Before the Borg attacked, they would issue their famous warning: "Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile."<p>It was a warning that resonated with the tech industry of the day.<p>Under …

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DigitalBridge lets you “try on” home décor products before purchasing

A few years ago I redecorated my house and experienced first-hand what those in the home décor industry call the ‘imagination gap’: the inability to imagine what new home furnishing will actually look like in your own home. It’s a problem that retailers have tried to solve digitally, most commonly …

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Lessons from Dharamsala on business and life

<i>Setting a goal to connect with the oneness everyday through daily meditation will ultimately advance us to the next level of evolution and get us unstuck from the current level of misguidedness and selfishness in the daily optics of living, working, and achieving.</i><p>We live in an interrelated and …

Start thinking like a startup

Shifts in a rapidly changing retail world and dramatic changes in consumer behavior continue to be a challenge for some traditional retailers. Legacy retailers that have remained stagnant with their old-guard ways are struggling to maintain sales and stay relevant with today’s consumer.<p>The …

New York City Gets A Dashboard

A new platform lets the mayor’s office visualize the city in real-time across dozens of agencies.<p>In cities today, all data is political. Politicians use it as ammunition. Companies use it as leverage. And citizens use it to advocate. Yet while the open data movement has made it far easier to plunge …

Understanding Machine Learning

Learn how you can modernize your data warehouse with Apache Hadoop. View an on-demand webinar now. Brought to you in partnership with …

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How A Chinese Automaker Can Clone Porsche And Still Get Away With It

Zotye Auto has launched the controversial new SR9 SUV on the Chinese car market. Why is it so divisive both in China and abroad? Because it’s a near-perfect clone of the Porsche Macan.<p>I went to a Zotye dealer in Beijing to check it out and luckily, there was a shop selling secondhand Porsches …

How To Find Chinese Manufacturers If You Don't Know Anyone In China

A client recently had me source a new Chinese supply chain for injection-molded plastics. In this series I’ll explain how we were able to go from having no contacts in China to successfully receiving quotes from several injection-mold manufacturers. There are many steps to building a supply chain …

Tend.ai raises $2M for robot arms that operate multiple 3D printers and workshop machines

Back in June, Tend.ai came out of stealth with its versatile system allowing a robot arm to tend to a dozen or more printers, laser cutters and other modern workshop tools. Now the company has raised $2 million to continue its work, courtesy of True Ventures.<p>Tend.ai’s software allows a robot arm to …

LG Shows How Hard It Is To Make Money From Android Smartphones

LG is a top smartphone component maker, supplying display panels and camera modules to flagship phones like Apple’s iPhones.<p>But LG’s own smartphones have been struggling.<p>LG Electronics’ mobile division lost 436 billion won ($382 million) during the third quarter, the company said last week. Not …

Keynesian Or Austrian? How China Should Have Solved Its Economy

October 21st saw the commemoration in Beijing of the 80th Anniversary of the Long March Victory. Inevitably it was a hugely symbolic occasion, such is the significance of the Long March in modern Chinese history, particularly for the Communist Party. But it also seemed to accompany a mood shift in …

Turing Invents Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Microsoft Announces Windows

<b>November 8, 1991</b><p>The first Turing Test (a.k.a Loebner Prize Competition) is held at the Boston Computer Museum. Joseph Weintraub, president of Thinking Software, Inc., wins the competition by fooling 5 of the 10 judges into thinking his software, “programmed to make whimsical conversations,” was …

Welcome to the hardtech era

Good news, my friends! The day we have all ostentatiously longed for has arrived. I come to announce that the days of sugar water are over. The era of SoLoMo photo apps, messaging copycats, new niche social networks, “Uber for X”, and on-demand delivery of artisanal civet coffee is behind us at …

To IP or not to IP, that is the question

The rise and fall of Pokémon GO begs us to ask many questions regarding how to launch a game to position it for success. One specific question it raises is whether branded intellectual property is something game makers should consider prior to launch.<p>Branded IP is one of the most time-tested ways …

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Our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 18th class

500 Startups’ 18th demo day wrapped up this afternoon in San Francisco. The companies that presented ranged from financial technology all the way to yet another attempt to try and fix conference calls.<p>500 Startups has to compete with a lot of other accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator, and …

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