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Microsoft Checks Startups Ready to be Enterprises

Here are the key takeaways from their analysis:<p><b>1. 50 percent of the enterprise ready startups are in the healthcare, retail and banking sectors</b><p>Driven …

Warren Buffett's Single-Best Piece Of Advice

When it comes to investing, you can’t do much better than Warren Buffett. He’s the financial equivalent of the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs (at least the 2016 version).<p>Although most of us will never come close to Buffett’s record on stockpicking — nor should we try — we can pick up on …

Investing

Political strategist Bradley Tusk on his fast rise in Silicon Valley

Bradley Tusk has long been known in political circles. He was once deputy governor of Illinois, working for the now-incarcerated former governor Rod Blagojevich. He also worked for Michael Bloomberg during one of his tenures as mayor of New York City and in 2009 ran Bloomberg’s successful, third …

The inside story of the rise and rise of Uber

Brad Stone’s new book, The Upstarts, recounts the surprising rise – and possible fall – of the sharing economy. By looking at Uber and AirBnB, Stone brings life and drama to the origin stories of how a few lucky guys made the right decisions at exactly the right time. What follows is an excerpt …

Reserve raises another $10M and plans new software for restaurants

Reserve, a startup offering table and customer management tools for restaurants, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding.<p>When the company first launched in 2014, it billed itself as a “digital concierge” that would make it easier for diners to get reservations at top …

Here's How to Tell If Your 'Impossible' Idea Will Really Work, According to a Billionaire Entrepreneur | Inc.com

You have what you think is a brilliant new idea for a product, company, book, or other project. You've shown it to a bunch of experts, and they've all told you the same thing: It'll never work. Are they smarter than you? Or just too set in their ways to see the big opportunity you do. Wouldn't it …

High Blood Pressure

Here's what the charts say about JPMorgan

I like buying stocks that are going up. If there is anything that the market has taught us over the past hundred years is that market prices trend. The major averages, individual sectors, stocks, commodities, currencies, interest rates, they all trend. Sometimes these are uptrends that last years …

Suiteness raises $5M to expand their hotel suite booking platform

Suiteness, a YC company that makes it easy to book hotel suites for groups, has raised $5M in Series A funding. The round was led by Bullpen Capital & Global Founders Capital, with participation from HVF (Max Levchin’s personal fund), YC’s Continuity Fund, Kima Ventures and Altair Capital.<p>The …

Deal Breakers, Part 1: A Red Flag List from Top VCs

Often times VCs write their thoughts on various spaces or what quality traits they <i>look for</i> in companies and Founders. However, not too many VCs have …

Zesty, facing stiff competition, replaces its CEO and restructures

TechCrunch has learned that there has been a management shakeup at Zesty, a business catering service that’s health-minded and tech enabled. Funded by Index Ventures, Founders Fund, Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator, Zesty has raised $20.7 million in venture funding to-date.<p>Cofounder Chris …

Panasonic's home of the future will blow your mind

Kitchens are still a ways off from cooking and cleaning by themselves, but perhaps these few innovations might just make the home a little bit closer to the world of tomorrow.<p>The high-tech home of the Jetsons just got a little closer to reality.<p>Demonstrated at this year's CEATEC 2016, Panasonic …

Dining Rooms

Just Eat backs Flypay to help restaurant and pub chains consolidate their tech

Just Eat, the online takeout ordering behemoth, has invested in U.K. startup Flypay, which has built a platform to help restaurant and pub chains consolidate their various and disparate technology solutions. The size of the round is £3.5 million and serves as an extension to the company’s previous …

Donald Trump Got a Tax Break For Stiffing Contractors

Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, N.J., nearly flushed Forest Jenkins’ company Triad Building Services down the toilet.<p>In 1988 and …

Learning when to say “no” to an idea

<i>If your reason for launching a product is because “everyone else is doing it”, don’t do it</i><p>Saying “no” to an idea is probably one of the hardest …

Yellow taxis have a new weapon in their war against Uber: gadgets

Touchscreen tablets, biometric readers, and Wi-Fi<p>Riding in a yellow taxi used to be a miserable experience, which helps explain why Uber and Lyft were able to swoop in and so thoroughly disrupt the industry. Fed up with unreliable and dirty taxi rides, passengers migrated en masse to ride-hail apps …

5 Unique Books That Are Loved by Successful Entrepreneurs

From an Elon Musk biography to Deep Patel's A Paperboy's Fable, these five books are must-reads.<p>Elon Musk built his career by reaching into the future and pulling it into the present. But before he started bringing futuristic ideas to the present day, he mined the past for ideas.<p>Musk exemplifies …

Peak Design and building a company on the Kickstarter platform

Most startups toil away in stealth mode on new products and services with an Apple-esque fear of news leaks.<p>Peak Design decided to go to the other extreme, building a company in full view of its audience — and in the face of its competitors. Because they eschewed traditional investors in favor of a …

Startups

Diving Into the Andreessen Horowitz Disclosure Debate

I spent a decent portion of yesterday on Twitter, discussing venture capital fund performance, in the wake of a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> article that …

Technology is finally changing the apartment rental experience

The real estate rental market is a highly localized, relationship-based industry driven largely by individuals living and working in their own cities, causing many to acknowledge the longstanding difficulty of streamlining disruption to this market.<p>In recent years, however, that hasn’t stopped a …

All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

Farm drones, autonomous security guards and next-generation tampons were among the products presented at today’s Y Combinator startup accelerator Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. You can check out write-ups of all 44 below. And here are TechCrunch’s picks for “The top 7 startups from YC Demo Day 1”, plus …

12 simple facades for small homes

<i>Dynamite</i> <i>comes in small packages</i>, is a popular saying that is perfectly embodied in these twelve facades of houses designed by talented homify …

How Drake can help you understand your business

The startup world is full of crazy metrics, monolithic frameworks and over-engineered tools — all claiming to measure the impact of everything. It’s getting tiring; and frankly, a lot of these theories are too far from reality to be useful.<p>As a founder or someone working in a startup, the main …

Nike is facing unprecedented headwinds

But after the company's most recent earnings reports, investors and analysts are getting worried about the future of one of the world's most dominant retailers.<p>Even though revenue grew 6%, the earnings report for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 "confirms headwinds are strengthening," Morgan …

2016 Internet Trends Report

The 2016 edition of Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report covers today's Internet growth and an in-depth look at the following:<p>• Global Internet users have surpassed 3B; India has supplanted the US as the world’s second-largest Internet market.<p>• Internet user growth remains consistent (led by …

Internet of Things

This Facebook bot will pick your next movie for you

As we’ve discussed, Facebook’s bot platform is still in its early stages, and most apps aren’t ready yet to become part of your everyday life. This is mainly due to shortfalls in natural language processing and the trial-and-error process of developers actually figuring out how users are going to …

A Facebook Sixth Sense

15 May 2016<p><b>Update June 9, 2016: In compliance with a Cease and Desist letter from Facebook, I have removed the extension from Github and the Google</b> …

Ride sharing deals between Detroit and Silicon Valley may offer new way to sell cars

<i>(Reuters)</i> – A flurry of deals between big automakers and ride hailing and transportation startups is rewriting the playbook in the contest to control the future of personal transportation.<p>Automakers now recognize they may turn ride-hailing services and car sharing companies into steady customers …

The future of payments: Keep your wallet in your pocket

Fintech is as old as finance itself. And throughout history, technology has always sparked innovations in the way money is used and perceived.<p>Think of the groundbreaking impact the introduction of money would have had in traditional barter economies – where each party in an exchange must want what …

Digital Currency

Can two leftwing gurus save Europe? Chronicles by Thomas Piketty; And the Weak Suffer What They Must? by Yanis Varoufakis – review

Piketty on real-time economics is a revelation and Varoufakis is illuminating about the far-right threat – but the fate of their cherished democratic Europe seems dire<p>At the battle of Gettysburg, the defence of the Union army’s flank was entrusted to a man whose biggest responsibility until then …

Europe

How Tomas Gorny Promoted Innovation as CEO of Nextiva | Inc.com

One thing that all bosses and leaders have in common is they never stop learning. And that includes from other people running companies. Tomas Gorny is the CEO of Nextiva, and has been in that position for the last ten years. During his tenure, he has led the company through the cloud revolution …

Innovation