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South Korea launches first Internet of Things network

<b>South Korea has launched its first commercial, low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) network aimed at making the country even more connected.</b><p>The network would allow smart devices to talk to each other via the network.<p>Phone carrier SK Telecom is behind the initiative, which uses technology that will …

Internet of Things

8 Smart Home Devices That Will Make Life Easier

Technology giants like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple are all vying to coalesce the still-nebulous array of smart home technologies available …

Smart Homes

Graphic Design Startup Canva Raises $15 Million Round, Doubling Its Valuation To $345 Million

Canva, the Sydney, Australia-based online graphic design platform, raised a new $15 million round of funding, the company announced on Wednesday.<p>The latest funding valued the startup at $345 million, more than double the company’s $165 million valuation a year ago. Canva’s latest round was led by …

Venture Capital

Dozr raises $1.9 million to become an Airbnb for bulldozers and excavators

A startup called Dozr Inc. has raised CAN $2.5 million (or $1.9 million USD) in seed funding to help contractors rent heavy industrial equipment from other construction professionals who have it, but aren’t using it.<p>Based in Kitchener, Ontario Dozr’s marketplace lets builders rent equipment, like …

Seed Funding

A New Prize Challenge for Virtual and Augmented Reality Learning Tools

<i>Summary: The Administration has launched a new competition for virtual and augmented reality developers to create learning tools to support career</i> …

Augmented Reality

Knowing the Value within your Business Model is vital

<b>Knowing where to start in designing a business model or simply just even trying to describe it to others can be difficult. You need to explain its</b> …

7 Business Model Personalities | Inc.com

A well-defined business model should clearly articulate your function in the market, including how you make money, what inputs you depend upon, who your target customers are, and what value you are creating for them. It is a structural representation of how your business functions that concisely …

Product Management

The Pace of Technology Adoption is Speeding Up

Many people suggest that rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up, but is it really, across the board? The answer seems to be yes. An automobile industry trade consultant, for instance, observes that “Today, a typical automotive design cycle is approximately 24 to 36 months, …

The 15 hottest New York City startups you need to watch

In just the last few months, we've seen the $3 billion-dollar acquisition of Jet and talks of IPOs on the horizon for Blue Apron. Silicon Valley giants like Google continue to hire in the region, and West Coast giants like Uber and Lyft are expanding their presence and fighting for turf in New York …

Startups

15 Business Models to Copy (+ PDF Download with all cases)

We’ve seen plenty of companies that get stuck in a rut after years of implementing the same old, same old strategies and failing to capture (or …

From Business Model to Value Chain Impact: Revisiting the Nespresso case

Nespresso is a machine-and-pod coffee concept for making espresso, developed by the food multinational Nestlé. By fitting an aluminium coffee pod …

WHOLE FOODS CEO: We're Facing More Competition Than Ever Before

And future outlook isn't great for the grocer.<p>Whole Foods CEO John Mackey blamed the slowdown on other retailers wisening up and offering healthier, organic food in record numbers.<p>"Food retailing is more competitive than ever and with the growing demand for fresh healthy foods, it seems like …

Whole Foods

10 Best Mail-Order Meat Companies

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Sell Your Product Before It Exists

There’s crowdfunding and then there’s crowdfunding. While most startups who set up pages on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or a host of other crowdfunding sites are looking to hit a specific goal and then get started making their project a reality, a new crop of businesses are using the platform for as a …

The “Netflix For Books” Business Model, And How It’ll Change The Way You Read

Mark Coker of Smashwords, which recently inked a major content deal with Scribd, weighs in on how the all-you-can-read model changes the way we read, how authors make creative choices, and how everyone gets paid.<p>Is a “Netflix for e-books” nearing viability? Yesterday, Smashwords, the largest …

Writing

OpenTable By the Numbers: From Launch to $2.6 Billion

Today travel reservations giant the <b>Priceline Group</b> announced they'd acquired online restaurant reservations leader <b>OpenTable</b> for <b>$2.6 billion</b>. That is an astronomic amount of money. Of course, that's nothing in the tech world, where WhatsApp went to Facebook for $19 billion, but it is in the …

Travelers Can Now Pay For Flights Via Social Media

Passengers can now pay for their flights via social media on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The company announced Tuesday that passengers will be able to use Facebook and Twitter to book flights, reserve seats, arrange for extra baggage, and pay for these services.<p>Customers who wish to use social media …

Air Travel

Google Wants To Build The Ultimate Personal Assistant

Google Search is changing rapidly. Given the company’s love of small, rapid-fire updates, its sometimes hard to keep track of where the company is going, but earlier this month, at the LeWeb conference in Paris, Google Engineering Director Scott Huffman presented a pretty compelling overview of the …

Uber Will Launch Courier Service in New York on Tuesday

Uber, the popular driver-for-hire company that has made waves for the threat it poses to traditional taxi and limo companies, is setting its sights …

Transportation

"Real" Sustainability: The New Disruptors

<b>By David Wilcox</b><p>The CSRwire community recently participated in a Twitter chat in response to this query: “What will disrupt your year?” Leading …

The Rise of Big Data Brings Tremendous Possibilities and Frightening Perils

Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns.<p>In my mind, there is no doubt that data …

Big Data
Transportation

Invasion of the Taxi Snatchers: Uber Leads an Industry's Disruption

Ray Markovich started driving a taxi in Chicago three years ago after shuttering his struggling wireless phone store. Driving a cab wasn’t …

The WhatsApp Story Challenges Some Of The Valley’s Conventional Wisdom

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil</i><p>Silicon Valley and the tech world at large are filled with a variety of conventions. These conventions are now created, captured, and …