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100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs

Whether you're seeking advice on raising capital, scaling your business or looking for general industry insight, these sites are worth reading.

Entrepreneurship

How to create a minimalist site people won't hate

Minimalist design has risen in popularity over the past few years with plenty of beautiful sites around that reflect its content-focused design …

An Early Look At The Apple Watch App Ecosystem

With the Apple Watch now officially on the market, and soon to be on the wrists of several million customers – possibly as many as 20 million this year, according to some estimates – there’s a lot of curiosity about what kind of app ecosystem will spring up around the new device. Will Apple Watch …

Apps

P2P Lending Site Funding Circle Raises $150M Led By DST At A $1B+ Valuation

Time to make way for another startup juggernaut out of the financial world. Funding Circle — a London-based peer-to-peer platform for small businesses to get loans, and investors to put up money to finance those loans — is today announcing that it has raised $150 million in venture funding, in a …

The Year Of Mobile Payments

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alix Murphy is a mobile telecommunications industry professional with experience in electronic and mobile identity, mobile payments and international development sectors. She is a senior mobile analyst at WorldRemit.</i><p>Ask most people what the state of mobile payments is today, and …

FinTech

How The Facebook Bubble Is Driving Online Startups Into The Arms Of Offline Advertising

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Morgan Hermand-Waiche is the founder and CEO of e-commerce lingerie startup Adore Me.</i><p>I’ll be the first to admit it: Facebook advertising played a big part in my startup’s rapid growth. So big in fact that in our first two years of operations, all other online advertising platforms …

Advertising

Pinterest bought a tiny startup to help people find what they didn't know they were looking for

Jason Shellen and Mike Demers launched Hike in June 2014 to build social-focused mobile and web products. Since, the team had debuted an app called "Drafty" that tries to make mobile blogging a lot easier.<p>For Pinterest, the acquisition means adding Shellen and Demer to its product and engineering …

Five Steps to Securing your Next Venture Capital Funding Round

Maximize your chances of raising money from the right investors and on the right terms<p>You wouldn't know it from all the funding announcements these days, but raising capital is tough. Even for those entrepreneurs that do raise, the process is time consuming, risky and can result in mistakes that …

Venture Capital

Israel VC Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders

Israel is racking up a growing list of startups that have either exited to big buyers or gone public, and this trend is driving yet more investment into the country. In the latest development, Tel Aviv VC Singulariteam is announcing that it has closed its second fund — $102 million from LPs that …

Venture Capital

This Startup Will Rent You A Box Of Fitness Trackers For A Week

Like a "Warby Parker for wearables," the company will let you try each tracker risk-free.<p>Each band comes packaged in a small plastic bag containing a short description of what the device is, who it might be suited for, and what kinds of biometric readings it gathers, Gayomali writes.<p>If you want to …

“Native Commerce” Platform Okanjo Raises $1.7 Million

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based startup called Okanjo, which offers publishers an alternative to native advertising with what it calls “native commerce,” has raised $1.7 million in new funding in a follow-on round from local angel investors, bringing the company’s total raise to date to $3.2 million. …

startups

Borrowing From Snapchat’s Playbook, Curated Film Platform MUBI Raises $15M

MUBI, the global curated film streaming service, has closed a new $15 million funding round, bringing the total amount it’s raised so far to $20 million.<p>Meanwhile, MUBI launched a few days ago on PlayStation 4, after being on PlayStation 3. It’s had over 5.5 million downloads to date, and makes …

Venture Capital

Facebook Acquires Wit.ai To Help Its Developers With Speech Recognition And Voice Interfaces

Facebook today acquired Wit.ai, a Y Combinator startup founded 18 months ago to create an API for building voice-activated interfaces. Wit.ai already has 6,000 developers on its platform who have built hundreds of apps.<p>Wit.ai’s platform will remain open and free, which makes it seem that Facebook …

Snapchat Has Raised $485 Million More From 23 Investors, At Valuation Of Up To $20B

Back in the day, we reported that messaging app Snapchat* was raising over $100 million in a round led by Kleiner Perkins. And then the WSJ reported that it was $20 million, which left us wondering why a growth round would be so small in terms of total principle. Well, it turns out it’s …

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

Why Did Google Decide To Split Inbox From Gmail?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Marat Ryndin is a UX/visual designer, writer and app/tech/soccer/music junkie. He worked for Google and various startups and climbed to Everest base camp.</i><p>A couple of years ago, right around the time Google’s Gmail team decided to start working on a standalone email app — the recently …

Vizrt To Be Acquired By Nordic Capital For $370M

Israeli VR Platform Wins TLV Hackathon For Benefit Of Holocaust Survivors<p>May 24, 2018 | Israeli entrepreneuers hosted a hackathon this month for the …

Israel’s Universal Flu Vaccine Nears Worldwide Patent Approval

Microsoft Leads Tel Aviv Pride Parade With Vibrant-Hued Truck<p>Jun 7, 2018 | Multinational tech giant Microsoft will lead the annual Tel Aviv Pride …

RAY: The Israeli Smartphone For The Visually-Impaired

The visually impaired may have been using phones adapted for them for years, but access to smartphones and more specifically apps, is still beyond …

After Waze And Mobileye, Israelis Now Reinvent… The Deodorant.

Microsoft Leads Tel Aviv Pride Parade With Vibrant-Hued Truck<p>Jun 7, 2018 | Multinational tech giant Microsoft will lead the annual Tel Aviv Pride …

Israeli Startup Could End World Hunger With Natural Produce Preservation

Microsoft Leads Tel Aviv Pride Parade With Vibrant-Hued Truck<p>Jun 7, 2018 | Multinational tech giant Microsoft will lead the annual Tel Aviv Pride …

The 100 Most Desirable Employers

LinkedIn shares the 100 workplaces where nearly everyone on the planet wants to work.<p>Some of the world's biggest brands have earned a reputation among job seekers as the best places to work on the planet. It might be their benefits, the work environment, room to grow within the company or other, …

Employment

The Steve Jobs Guide To Manipulating People And Getting What You Want

Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a "distortion field" that could persuade people that his personal beliefs were actually facts, which is how he pushed his companies forward.<p>And he also used a blend of …

Messaging App And Voice Calling Provider Viber Is Now Blocked In China

According to a number of reports out this morning, the latest service to become blocked in China is Viber, the free service that lets users make calls, text and share photos with friends, family and others. When reached for comment, the company told TechCrunch that it’s looking into the matter and …

uBeam Nabs $10 Million In Funding From Upfront Ventures To Make Wireless Charging A Reality

Wireless power seems like one of those things everyone always dreams about. I mean, how great would it be to have your phone just charge while it’s sitting in your pocket with no need to plug it in? That’s the premise uBeam is setting out to deliver on, and to do so, it’s raised $10 million in …

Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain

A blockchain tinkerer named Chris Ellis has created a system to build an actual digital passport that, through use of the Bitcoin blockchain and some encryption, will allow you to identify yourself online and off. Called World Citizenship, the project just launched on Github and shows some definite …

Lyft’s Former VP Of Ops Stephen Schnell Defects To Uber

Uber’s putting that $1.2 billion in funding to good use poaching execs from its top competitor. After hiring former Lyft COO Travis VanderZanden earlier this month, Uber has now scored Lyft’s former VP of Operations Stephen Schnell to work on international supply growth, according to Schnell’s …

Estonia’s Jobbatical, A Job Site For Work Sabbaticals And Career Breaks, Raises Seed Round

Unbeknown to me, ‘work sabbaticals’ are increasingly becoming a thing, whereby skilled employees are given sanctioned leave to travel and work for somebody else. Or so says Karoli Hindriks, co-founder and CEO of Jobbatical. The Estonian startup operates what it calls a marketplace for ‘short-term …

NaturalCycles Expands Its Contraception App Subscription Service In Europe

Swiss founded startup NaturalCycle, which has been testing its contraception app in the Nordics since last December has now opened it up to the U.K. market, making its first move to scale the subscription service which aims to offer women an alternative to hormone based contraception methods such …

User Replay, A ‘Black-Box Recorder’ For E-Commerce Sites, Scores $3.2M For U.S. Expansion

User Replay, the ‘Customer Experience Management’ startup that offers software akin to a ‘black-box recorder’ to help e-commerce sites track user journeys and ultimately improve the bottom line, has beefed up its own balance sheet with a new round of funding. It’s closed a $3.2 million Series A led …