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ICOs won’t replace venture, they’ll benefit from it

The latest oversimplification of the story around initial coin offerings, or ICOs, is that the venture capital industry might eventually find itself replaced by this hot new form of cryptocurrency-based fundraising.<p>As much as ICOs are a fascinating innovation, as are the blockchain technologies …

Cryptocurrency

Free: 355 Issues of Galaxy, the Groundbreaking 1950s Science Fiction Magazine

Along with <i>Astounding Science Fiction</i> and <i>The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction</i>, <i>Galaxy Magazine</i> was one of the most important science fiction …

Banking startup Curve raises $10 million

The round brings its total investment to $13 million (£10.14 million).<p>The funding comes from a wide range of global banks, venture capitalists and industry veterans, including Santander InnoVentures, Investec and Henry Ritchotte, former COO of Deutsche Bank.<p>Curve aims to combine all a customer's …

People are raising hundreds of millions selling digital coins online — it's either the future of funding or a 'bubble'

Over half a billion dollars has been raised through so-called "Initial Coin Offerings" (ICOs) since the start of the year, according to Richard Kastelein, a partner at the Cryptoassets Design Group, a company that helps launch ICOs.<p>It's an incredible amount considering that ICOs were unheard of …

Here Are (Approximately) 3000 Free Data Sources You Can Use Right Now

If you need data about government activity, the welfare of Mother Earth and her children, finance, economies, industry, weather and climate, or any of a myriad of social and scientific concerns, you can get it right now, free of charge.<p>Thousands of municipal, state, and national governments now …

Open Data

Cabin secures $3.3M for its ‘moving hotel’

Cabin recently announced it had secured $3.3 million in seed financing for its sleeper-car buses. (I’ll explain that concept in a minute.) The funding was led by Founders Fund’s FF Angel, with participation from half a dozen other investors. This new round of funding will enable Cabin to expand its …

Powerhouse: the startup making solar the most accessible energy in the world

It’s one of the only incubators focused on solar companies – but Powerhouse is part of a larger movement to nurture new companies in the low-carbon future<p>It started with a crowdfunding startup, an investment from Prince, and the idea to help new solar companies tackle business challenges that can …

Startups

14 Innovative Startups That Prove We are Living in the Sci-fi Future

I was one of those <i>Back to the Future</i> kids who has always dreamed about hoverboards and flying cars and everything else we were promised in movies from 20 to 30 years ago. When you think about it, 20 to30 years is actually a great timeframe for tech predictions. It’s far enough in the future that …

The Universal Hunt for Meaning: 11 Memoirs to Read Now

It’s difficult to pin down exactly what makes a memoir great.<p>Having read my share of (non-celebrity) memoirs over the years, as well as written one …

Books

FLYR raised $8 million to change the way we buy plane tickets

Travel tech startup FLYR raised $8 million in Series A funding for technology that predicts the price of airfare by applying artificial intelligence to a database of both open industry data and a proprietary collection of years of past prices and fluctuations.<p>The funding round was led by a Peter …

The 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Decision

Moving to a new city. Asking for a promotion. Starting a side hustle. Hunting for a different job. Trying online dating. Breaking up with your …

4 Powerful Ways To Awaken Your Life's Purpose

Nietzsche said, "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."<p>If you're feeling tired, burned out, or just stuck, awakening your sense of "why" can be a powerful way to build resilience and thrive. A strong sense of purpose is the everyday awareness and conscious acknowledgment that you …

Talking Brazil with Accel’s Kevin Efrusy

As you might have noticed, things aren’t going so well in Brazil. Its economy shrank 5.4 percent in the first quarter, according to government figures released yesterday. Its president, Dilma Rousseff, was temporarily suspended by a congressional impeachment vote. Brazil is also home to much of the …

The 6 Internal Motivations of Pure, Unadulterated Ambition

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ambition is that ignitable energy within you waiting to be touched upon and utilized. I have always experienced ambition as a fuel. All I have to do is gently touch upon it and a Ferrari of passion, desire, drive and conviction within me …

Life, by subscription

The American dream is no longer for sale — but it is for rent. We are slowly going through a subtle shift in how the economy is owned and operated, with massive implications. On an average day, you may wake up, shower, dress, drive to work and return home. But the way you do it is changing: Where …

We are nearing peak bearishness in commodities

Commodities have been crushed in the last 5 years. Gold is down over 40%, silver is off 70%, copper is down 45%, oil is down 55% and the Bloomberg Commodity Index is down 60% from its 2008 peak.<p>We all know by now that many of the theories for owning commodities ended up being dead wrong. Anyone …

Investing

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

British Columbia

5 Secrets to Happiness

Like love, happiness is often spoken of like a physical object we must find and snatch up. Yet, also like love, happiness is something we are more …

Why your things need the cloud

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Scott Bedford/Shutterstock<p>Every few years there is a new “next big thing” in the fast-changing computing industry. …

10 magnificent minimalist GIFs by Florian de Looij

GIF: gif.flrn.nl<p>Here are some of my favorite very simple animations by artist and GIF-master Florian de Looij.<p>More from him: portfolio, and GIF …

GIF Animations

People Don't Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves

There is the famous story about Steve Jobs when he invented the iPod and everyone in the news and the rest of the tech industry scratched their head …

Techstars helps startups get a little more corporate

Techstars, the startup accelerator network with programs across the country, has launched a new feature to help startups connect better with large …

You Can Now Buy 100% Nuclear Energy -- In Germany!

In Germany, you can now go to a company called <b>MAX</b>ATOMSTROM to purchase electricity that was produced completely from nuclear energy.<p>Starting last week, <b>MAX</b>ATOMSTROM offers a 100% nuclear power plan, a first for Germany. Timed to coincide with the 20th United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate …

These Are The Most Creative Techie Resumes We’ve Ever Seen

And these days, a traditional resume often just won't cut it.<p>We've found cool, eye-catching resumes on Instagram and Pinterest, but these are the most creative techie resumes we've seen over the years.

A Startup That Will Come Over And Blow Dry Your Hair Just Raised $7 Million

The New York City-based startup can be ordered on demand to come to your home, office, or wherever else is convenient, and either blow dry your hair for $50 or do your makeup for $75. GLAMSQUAD recently hired Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson to be its CEO.<p>The startup is capitalizing …

India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce and therefore very expensive. That's why India is copying Japan's (pictured) idea of building floating …

Osper: a Mobile-first UK Banking Service for Kids

Keeping control of your finances can be a challenge at the best of times. Keeping control of your finances as a child is something that probably doesn’t even enter your mind.<p>Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that kids <i>shouldn’t</i> have financial tools at their disposal if they are inclined to keep an eye …

MIT iPhone App Makes You Intimate With A Stranger

Over 20 days, MIT’s new app gives you a peek into someone’s life. Caveat: You never speak.<p>20 Day Stranger, an iPhone app by MIT Media Lab’s Playful Systems group, wants to burst the sociographic bubble of our “friend” network.<p>Our social media world, after all, is highly curated–it’s filled with …

LAPD has a new tool for crowdsourcing photo and video evidence

Citizen-provided evidence is clearly on the up. With the amount of cameras knocking about, this is hardly surprising. However, when something goes down at a large public event, the mass of well-meaning user-submitted evidence can cause data bottlenecks, or a stretch of resources making sense of it. …