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Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

Want a High-Performing Team? Create an Atmosphere of 'Relaxed Intensity'--Here's How

The term "relaxed intensity" may seem contradictory but it sure as heck isn't counter-productive.<p>We're all looking for an edge to boost team performance or experience based secrets to success. One thing's for sure, any formula for success requires an intense commitment.<p>But this is trickier than it …

Leadership

My Biggest 10 Lessons After My Startup Got Acquired For Millions

For the past six years, I’ve had the privilege of building CoFoundersLab (largest network of entrepreneurs), which has been a true labor of love, and I’m proud of what the team and I achieved together. In this regard, we recently announced that CoFoundersLab has been acquired by Business Rockstars …

Entrepreneurship

Here's How Old You Should Be When You Start a Company, According to Science. (It's Not What You Think)

The National Bureau of Economic Research used Census data to find the average age of super-successful founders.<p>Company founders can be as young as in their teens or as old as in their 80s. But is there an ideal age you should be when you start a company? It turns out there is, and it's older than …

VCS

8 Keys to Coming Off as the Expert in Whatever You Sell

Solve their problem instead of simply selling them something.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The most successful salespeople in the world don’t come across as salespeople at all. Instead, they carry themselves as experts in their industry who can solve key challenges …

Selling

Foundation is a touching documentary series on tech entrepreneurs

A year and a half ago, Station F and Le Studio Next teamed up for a documentary series about building a startup — and the result is called Foundation. It’s a personal and honest documentary series and I had a lot of fun watching it.<p>You might be familiar with Shark Tank, HBO’s Silicon Valley, …

Startups

Tentrr is turning private land into glampgrounds, with the help of VCs

If you’ve ever gone camping and found yourself thinking it kind of sucks, likely because you’re too close to other campers, you might be interested to learn about Tentrr, a three-year-old, 47-person company that’s promising to make it “dirt simple” to enjoy the great outdoors. How: by striking …

Startups

Grabr gets $8M to connect travelers with luggage space with those longing for products abroad

You might get to actually save money while you’re traveling if you just leave some free space in your bag — or not pay for that travel at all — if Daria Rebenok’s plan plays out.<p>As avid travelers, and ones longing for products from home they can’t get abroad, she and Artem Fedyaev decided to start …

San Francisco

Chargebee raises $18M to help businesses manage subscriptions

The subscription model is growing in popularity as a way to monetize a service, netting in trends in SaaS, media, e-commerce and other verticals that are in search of more predictable, recurring revenues. Now, a startup built to provide a subscription platform to businesses has raised a round of …

Startups

Neighbor, a p2p self-storage marketplace, bags $2.5M seed

Neighbor is another startup with designs on your spare space. Not for letting to guests to bed down in, like Airbnb, but for self-storage. The 2017 founded, Salt Lake City based startup is announcing $2.5 million in seed funding today, raised from Peak Ventures and Pelion Ventures.<p>The core business …

Salt Lake City

BlaBlaCar is optimizing its service for small cities and has a new visual identity

When you reach BlaBlaCar’s scale, you need to find customers who are hard to reach — literally. The French company announced an effort to optimize its ride-sharing for long-distance rides for people who don’t live in major hubs. BlaBlaCar now has 60 million users.<p>When you list a ride on BlaBlaCar, …

App Store

HackerRank raises $30M to match developers with jobs

HackerRank, the skills-based recruiting platform and online coding challenge community, today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series C funding round led by JMI Equity, a fund that specializes in helping software companies scale. Existing investors Khosla Ventures, Battery Ventures, …

Employment

Camera rental startup KitSplit raises $2.1M

KitSplit, which operates an online rental marketplace for creative equipment, is announcing that it’s raised $2.1 million in seed funding.<p>The equipment available can include cameras, lights and lenses, but also VR gear and drones. Renters get access to this equipment for a lower price (CEO Lisbeth …

Startups

Anchor’s new app offers everything you need to podcast

Broadcasting app Anchor, which helps anyone record and share audio, is relaunching its app today with a new focus on serving the larger podcaster community. While in the past, Anchor was carving out a niche for itself in the short-form, social audio space, the new version – Anchor 3.0 – aims to be …

Apps

Former Dropbox exec Ilya Fushman is joining Kleiner Perkins from Index Ventures

Ilya Fushman, a former Dropbox executive most recently at Index Ventures, is joining Kleiner Perkins as a general partner and managing member, the firm said today.<p>Fushman is a big pickup for Kleiner Perkins, who also brought on Social+Capital’s Mamoon Hamid in August last year. All these hires give …

Venture Capital

Airtable raises $52M to give non-coders tools to build complex software

A massive company probably has plenty of engineers on staff and the resources to build a complex backbone of interconnected information that can contain tons of data and make acting on it easy — but for smaller companies, and for those that aren’t technical, those tools aren’t very …

B2B

The Myth of the Sharing Economy and Its Implications for Regulating Innovation | Emory University School of Law | Atlanta, GA

The Myth of the Sharing Economy and Its Implications for Regulating Innovation<br>Abbey Stemler ∗Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Kelley …

B2B 'Work' Tools Can Also Organize Your Personal Life

Ditch the Post-its, the paper lists, the 'mental notes.' Get organized with these cool new tools at home as well as at work.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Online tools and software products are used by companies from small business to enterprise. They’re powerful, …

Productivity

Neuroscience Says Doing This 1 Trick Can Help Your Children Feel More Fulfilled

It takes just a couple of minutes, but studies show this mindfulness exercise can boost compassion, resilience, and positive emotions. And it's not just for kids.<p>Say you get a nasty email from a client. Or you have to fire an employee. Or you're pitching to investors on zero sleep.<p>Entrepreneurs …

Mindfulness

Many Entrepreneurs Define Competition All Wrong--and It's the First Step to Startup Failure

Knowing your landscape is the single most important step to building a differentiated product, and most entrepreneurs skip it.<p>There are endless necessary steps needed to start a venture. Some of them are enjoyable. Others, like competitive analysis and the construction of a sound financial model, …

Entrepreneurship

Managing Your Personal Finances as an Entrepreneur.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) When you make the decision to break free from the corporate world and start your own business, you’ll likely use at least some of …

Introducing C.A.R.E. – a simple framework for user onboarding

A well considered and well maintained onboarding funnel will grow your business. A leaky one could kill it.In software, when you think of …

Product Management

Want a Side Hustle That'll Actually Make You Rich in 2018? Read This Book Now | Inc.com

The podcast Don't Keep Your Day Job with Cathy Heller showcases creatives who make a living doing what they love. It tells the stories of people who have figured out how to pursue their life's purpose and get paid for it (it was also, incidentally, the #1 podcast in the "New Year, New You" podcast …

Entrepreneurship

25 Lessons From Running a Profitable, Venture-backed Start-up For Six Years

Six years. The tweet below from Jason M. Lemkin pretty much sums it up. You start, you hustle, you make progress, you grow, the market shifts, you …

Cargo raises $5.5M to let Uber drivers sell snacks and essentials nationwide

Cargo, a startup that wants to let every rideshare driver open their own convenience store in their car, has just raised $5.5 million in a round it’s calling seed preferred financing.<p>Over the summer we covered the company’s $1.75 million seed round, at which point they were just getting started. …

Top 10

Dorm Room Fund has built a CRM for founders raising a seed round

First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund just released VCWiz, a tool to help founders find investors and raise money from them.<p>The platform is one part VC directory and one part CRM tool, essentially letting you find the best investors for your startup then begin the process of reaching out to them.<p>New …

Venture Capital

Jeff Bezos Says The New York Times’ Amazon Expose Got It All Wrong

This weekend’s must-read story from the world of tech is this lengthy <i>New York Times</i> report on the working culture. (Go ahead and read it if you haven’t yet.)<p>Described as a “bruising workplace,” authors Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld interviewed over 100 current and former Amazonians, pulling …

Tech Industry

One game in, realities of Lamar Jackson’s Heisman repeat bid set in

Back in July at ACC Kickoff, when asked about the unfair expectations that come with being a Heisman Trophy winner, Louisville's Lamar Jackson …

Two Cambridge grads and a MoneySupermarket veteran raise £1 million to build the Airbnb of marathons

Let's Do This, founded 13 months ago, secured the seed funding in June but it has not yet been publically disclosed. The London-based startup raised money from:<p><b>Mike Miller:</b> The CEO of the World Olympians Association and the former head of BBC Sport and sport at Channel 4;• <b><br>Brian Schuring:</b> The founder …

Startups

Learn to Code: Harvard's Free Online Computer Science Course

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C, SQL, PHP, and More<p>Harvard’s “Introduction to Computer Science” course is widely regarded as the best computer science …