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This startup is betting you want to live on borrowed furniture

If that fabric sofa has hung around in your living room for too long, go for a plush leather alternative – for just US$7. Or why not re-furnish the …

Domino's makes ordering pizza dangerous with 'Easy Order' button

With more than half of its customers now ordering via its mobile apps, it's fair to say that Domino's has pizza delivery down to a fine art. But in this modern age, there's always room to shave a couple of seconds off the purchasing process. That's where "The Easy Order" comes in. Domino's has …

M-Pesa

<b>M-Pesa</b> (<b>M</b> for mobile, <i>pesa</i> is Swahili for money) is a mobile phone-based money transfer, financing and microfinancing service, launched in 2007 by …

From 0 to $1B - Slack's Founder Shares Their Epic Launch Strategy

“HELL YEAH WE'RE USING @SlackHQ AT WORK I. LOVE. SLACK.”<p>“Dear @SlackHQ, I love you. Yours, Dan”<p>“@SlackHQ YOU COMPLETE ME”<p>You’ve probably heard about …

Product Management

What Consumers Want in PFM Tools (Hint: Not Pie Charts)

The 21st century called — it's over the Quicken-like personal finance management (PFM) user experience that originated nearly four decades ago.<p>"The …

Banking

Bank Switching Increases As Consumers Seek More Mobile Features

<b>By Jim Marous,</b> Co-Publisher of <b>The Financial Brand</b> and Owner/Publisher of the Digital Banking Report<p>After a period of relative stability, the primary …

Starbucks Designs To Monetize WiFi

Starbucks is one of the biggest providers of free Wi-Fi in the U.S. With over 11,000 locations, they have created their own portal and a basket of news site access and other resources for those who log on to their network. I’m a frequent user of their service, and I’ve watched it evolve over the …

Savings.com launches Favado mobile app, aims to solve grocery savings once and for all

The best technology solves the problems that we encounter the most frequently. And while these may not always be the sexiest problems, they more than …

How Domino Magazine Resurrected Itself As An E-Commerce Startup

Domino, the cult magazine that folded in 2009, is back–this time, as a scrappy startup ready to tap the e-commerce market for home décor fanatics.<p>Warby Parker, NastyGal, Fab, and Birchbox are all familiar names within the new wave of e-commerce startups that have cropped up in the past five years. …

Digital Loyalty Platform Pirq Launches Nationwide, Gives Up On Daily Deals

Seattle-based Pirq, a digital loyalty and deals platform provider, is now moving away from the deal space entirely, the company says. In addition to deals, the startup had earlier been testing a digital loyalty program which includes smartphone apps that allow consumers to earn rewards at nearby …

Apple set to introduce Apple Pay in Britain: Telegraph

(Reuters) - Apple is planning to introduce its mobile payment system, Apple Pay, to Britain this summer, The Telegraph reported on Saturday, citing industry sources.<p>An Apple iphone 6 with Apple Pay is shown in this photo illustration in Encinitas , California June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake<p>Apple …

Tim Cook's attacks on Google and Facebook reveal a giant problem for Apple's future

"Our privacy is being attacked on multiple fronts," Tim Cook said earlier this week. "I'm speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information. They're …

Tim Cook

A Five-Mile Radius Is All It Takes For Effective Mobile Ads For Retail, CPG

Consumers are increasingly “mobile-first” when it comes to making offline purchasing decisions, as a NinthDecimal industry report found shoppers were …

How Airbnb Uses Big Data And Machine Learning To Guide Hosts To The Perfect Price

Airbnb wants its hosts to set their own prices. But the home-sharing company, armed with billions of data points, is nevertheless starting to nudge hosts toward prices that earn them — and Airbnb — more money.<p>Price Tips, a feature that the company announced Thursday at its OpenAir conference in San …

Google Appoints Sissie Hsiao as Mobile Ads Boss

The nine-year company vet steps in for VP Jonathan Alferness, who's jumping to the commerce division.<p>Google has a mobile problem. It’s a well-known one: Search ads on phones make less money (although Google has not revealed how much less), and social media foes, chiefly Facebook, have better …

Apps

Mobile ads boost physical store visits by 80 percent in first day of viewing

Since mobile advertising began, marketers have wondered about its effectiveness.<p>After all, it’s a small screen, you’re on the go, and, until recently, connections were often spotty and slow.<p>A new report from San Francisco-based mobile intelligence firm NinthDecimal, released today, shows that …

7 Ways Entrepreneurs Stay Motivated

Motivation comes in countless different forms, and in the entrepreneurial world, staying motivated is required to succeed.<p>Motivation comes in countless different forms, and in the entrepreneurial world, staying motivated is required to succeed. Below are seven tips for staying motivated in the …

Adblocking And The End Of Big Advertising

I have a confession to make as an internet writer: I block ads. It’s not a habit I formed recently – I have pretty much blocked ads my entire life, in every medium that I can. In middle school, I bought the first-generation TiVo in order to skip television ads (my mother may have helped with this …

Digital Advertising

Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation

Want to know what’s in Google’s secret sauce? Chief social evangelist Gopi Kallayil dishes out the tech giant’s success recipe.<p>Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity? There’s no magic in the drinking water at the Mountain View, CA company. The tech giant …

Seven lessons I learned from the failure of my first startup, Dinnr

by Michal Bohanes<p>(<i>Background: Dinnr was an ad-hoc, same day ingredient delivery service. Select a recipe on our website, and we deliver everything</i> …

Scientists have discovered a personality difference between entrepreneurs and employees

Steve Jobs said you need a broad "bag of experiences." Justin Sullivan / Getty Around 13% of Americans are starting or running their own companies.<p>Almost everyone else is an employee.<p>We may have found out the difference between the two types.<p>According to a 2013 Swiss-German study, the difference …

Entrepreneurship

Microsoft just bought a startup to boost one of its most important new products

Microsoft today announced the acquisition of Datazen, a startup that took the concept of business intelligence and tried to make it more user-friendly with sharp design. Microsoft did not disclose what it paid for the startup, but indicated that the entire Datazen team of around 15 employees will …

Power BI

Spring, a department store in an app, raises $25 million and launches on Android

A glossy feed of your favorite brands<p>Last summer we wrote about Spring, an app that envisioned bringing the experience of strolling through a mall to your mobile device. The service has struck a chord with shoppers, who the company claims come back to make a second or third purchase at roughly four …

Number26 Grabs $10.6 Million To Bring Its Bank Of The Future To Everyone

It feels like Number26 opened its doors yesterday, but the young startup just raised a $10.6 million Series A round (€10 million) from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, with Daniel S. Aegerter and existing investors Earlybird and Redalpine also participating. This represents Valar Ventures’ second …

Peter Thiel

Coin, The One Credit Card To Rule Them All, Is Finally Shipping

The Coin (promising to let you combine all your credit/debit/loyalty cards into a single piece of tech) has delayed for so long that you might have forgotten that you ordered one. In November of 2013, the YC-backed company blew past its $50,000 pre-order goal in forty minutes, but despite a promise …

Airlines in India could soon offer Wi-Fi to passengers: Report

In a positive turn of events, DoT is warming up to the idea of in-flight Wi-Fi for passengers. The <i>Economic Times</i> reports that a senior civil aviation …

Amazon Formally Launches Handyman and Installation Listings With Help From TaskRabbit

Amazon has long sold you products. Now it wants to help you fix your sink, clean your home and mount your TV, too. Four months after the e-commerce behemoth quietly began posting listings for services such as TV installations, Amazon is formally announcing the new category of listings in …

An API is only as good as its documentation.

Your APIs are only as good as the documentation that comes with them. Invest time in getting docs right. — @rubenv on TwitterIf you are in the …

Software Development

How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models

As the Internet of Things (IoT) spreads, the implications for business model innovation are huge. Filling out well-known frameworks and streamlining established business models won’t be enough. To take advantage of new, cloud-based opportunities, today’s companies will need to fundamentally rethink …

This Entrepreneur Got $1M From All 'Shark Tank' Investors

If you’re a fan of <b>Shark Tank</b>, you know that it’s pretty difficult to get one of the investors to fund an idea. It’s even harder to get all investors …