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The Secrets of Unicorn Companies

And the 100 Most Scalable Organizations<p>We are in era of unprecedented value creation, and its symbol is the Unicorn — a company that rapidly gains to …

Ready For Its Global Solar Flight, Solar Impulse With Omega Show How Innovation Can Change The World

It all started in 1999, as Dr Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss scientist and aeronaut, completed his non-stop around-the-world balloon flight with Brian Jones in a record-breaking 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes in the air – a challenge that aeronautic experts had deemed impossible. Their flight, the …

Solar Impulse

Michael Gelb on How To Be More Creative

In his writings and presentations about being creative, <b>Michael Gelb</b> addresses many topics, including being sensitive and creative:<p><i>“Every sound and</i> …

East Africa

Booker Raises $35 Million To Bring Small Business Scheduling Online

You’re looking for a local spa for a treatment, so you turn to the digital equivalent of the yellow pages, Google and Yelp. In seconds, you’re scanning a range of choices for high reviews, convenience and price. You pick a winner. But there’s a problem. It’s after dinner and the only way to make an …

Startups

Claesson Koivisto Rune's Gate sofa provides public charging points

<b>Stockholm 2015:</b> Scandinavian studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has designed a modular sofa system for public spaces that allows sitters to recharge their …

Artist Amusingly Adds Strange Details to Old Photos

Artist Colin Batty puts an amusingly strange spin on photographs of the past. Taking cabinet cards from the early 1900s, he uses acrylic paint and crafts entirely new and surprising scenes directly on the image. His additions are often hilarious but also creepy, and he does a fantastic job of …

Art

Smarking Drives Big Data To Parking Industry

Y Combinator-backed Smarking found a technology gap in parking industry, and the three founders decided to fill it with a smart parking solution.<p>Designed for parking garages, the Smarking service, makes use of big data, analytics and the cloud, to help parking managers maximize pricing and …

Big Data

Steven Spielberg: A Profile in Failure

<i>The greatest people in history have been failures. Certainly, we remember these individuals as successes--success stories--and we treat those stories</i> …

Movies

Be Honest About Whether Your Product Really Makes A Difference

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Mark Suster is a 2x entrepreneur and VC at Upfront Ventures. Follow his blog at</i> <i>BothSidesoftheTable.</i><p>Startups in a world of massive markets can be confusing. The law of large numbers; platforms that can make your company blow up unexpectedly and the trendy nature of tech markets are …

Productivity Apps

Nasa has released the most mind-blowing picture of space. Seriously. Holy cow.

Look what the folks at NASA/ESA just did.<p>They've released the most incredibly detailed panoramic picture from the Hubble Space Telescope of one of …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Architizer

Architizer

Oddball USB stick offers infinite iPhone storage

Slo-mo videos have become my favorite new thing to shoot with the iPhone 6 Plus now that Apple added the ability to spit out gorgeous vids at 240 FPS, but my slo-mo addiction comes at a heavy cost: storage space.<p>The best smartphone camera in the world doesn’t mean jack if your 16GB iPhone can’t …

Architizer

Furniture

Future contraceptives will let women remote-control their fertility

Contraceptive implants are nothing new, but the current generation of progestogen-releasing devices need to be replaced every three years and have to be removed if you want to try for a baby. That may change soon, however, now that the Gates Foundation is backing a Massachusetts biotech company to …

Apple competes with its own ad agency – and loses

It's been a little over a year since Apple Computer started creating its own, in-house advertising agency to compete with Media Arts Lab, the unit …

IPad Air

Smart skin patch knows when you need your meds

Scientists developed a patch that could help patients receive drugs the minute they need them<p>A lot can go wrong when doctors prescribe drugs to patients. For one thing, there's always a chance that someone might forget to take their pill or refill their prescription. And then there's also the risk …

The Bike Design Project: How Do You Design A Better Urban Bike?

This spring, Co.Design and Co.Exist are partnering with Oregon Manifest’s Bike Design Project, which has tapped teams of top designers and bicycle craftsmen in five major cities to create the Ultimate Urban Utility Bike. Starting on March 24, we’ll be publishing the designers’ process diaries to …

San Francisco

Funding Daily: Big dollars for Lightspeed and Actifio

You asked for funding news. You get it, right here on VentureBeat’s Funding Daily.<p><b>Lightspeed Venture Partners reels in $950M for new fund</b><p>Lightspeed Venture Partners has raised a big new $950 million fund. The venture firm has previously been interested in making early-stage and expansion-stage …

What Project Ara could mean for the future of mobile customer service

When we first heard about modular phone projects like PhoneBloks, initially mobile tech publications like <i>Android Authority</i>, industry experts and even tech enthusiasts were skeptical about whether such a concept could ever be anything more than just a pipe-dream.<p>Although a smartphone that can have …

Mobile

Google Glass getting more style from Oakley, Ray-Ban, Luxottica

The Google Glass team says it's teaming up with the world's biggest maker of stylish specs to improve the device's design and distribution capability.<p>There should be little reason left to doubt Google's intentions to finally bring Glass forth as a regular consumer product. On Monday, a post on the …

Wearable Tech

Box Files For $250M IPO On Full-Year Revenue Of $124M, Net Loss Of $168M

The Box S-1 is out at last. The cloud storage company is looking to raise up $250 million in the flotation. That sum is less than its competitor Dropbox recently raised from the private markets.<p>Box has long been rumored to have quickly growing revenues and large losses, which has proven to be the …

Intuit Buys Docstoc to Round Out Small Business Services; Price Could Hit $50 Million

Intuit has acquired Docstoc, the electronic document service aimed at the sale and storage of a wide variety of documents for businesses.<p>While the …

A new reversible USB plug is finally on its way

A new reversible USB plug is likely to hit the market next year.<p>The next generation of USBs is currently being developed, according to a press release by USB 3.0 Promotor Group. The new connectors, known as Type Cs, will sport a number of new features, including a smaller and thinner design, but …

Mobile Devices

Electrified Vehicle Hackathon in SF Bay Area, Sept 6-8

On the heels of our exhilarating Boing Boing Ingenuity: Data Driven hack day, our partners at Ford are hosting another hackathon at TechShop Menlo …