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12 Things to Know About Raising Money From Angel Investors

When you need funding, angel investors can seem like a godsend. However, raising money from angels isn’t as easy, or as simple, as it might seem.<p>To learn more, I asked 12 successful founders from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question:<p>I’m thinking of raising money from angels. What …

Big Moves for Shane Smith: Vice Media Is Set to Raise $500 Million and Get Its Own Cable Channel

Vice is set to get its own cable channel -- along with a bunch of cash -- from two new investors.<p>Cable TV viewers have had a chance to watch Shane Smith and his Vice Media reporters, via an HBO series that’s now in its second season.<p>But they’re very likely to see a lot more of Vice in the …

Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

After eight years of studying best practices for expanding a business, a pair of Stanford professors are scaling up the size of their classroom with their first foray into massive open online courses (MOOC).<p>Huggy Rao and Robert Sutton, the authors of “Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without …

See the gorgeous luxury submarine made by a former James Bond villain

It turns out that James Cameron is far from the only wealthy individual who likes exploring the oceans. For the past 18 years, a company called DeepFlight has specialized in creating high-end, recreational submarines for well-off aquatic adventurers. As the company proudly notes on its website: …

When Should You Delegate? A Helpful Guide for Control Freaks

<i>Ilya Pozin is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and investor. He is the founder of online video entertainment platform Pluto.TV, social greeting card company Open Me, and digital marketing agency Ciplex.</i><p>Are you killing your employees or coworkers with your controlling behavior? Delegating doesn’t come …

How to Design Your Startup Office for a Productive Workforce

Having a good balance between collaborative space and quiet space gives employee the option of being in a socially creative atmosphere or a peaceful area to crunch out the work.<p>“We have an open floor plan with glass conference rooms, and monitors throughout the office displaying company metrics and …

Ebola Outbreak Emerges In Central Africa

Two Ebola-related deaths have emerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country's health ministry says. If confirmed, it would be the first time in the present outbreak that the disease has killed outside of a handful of West African nations.<p>But Congo Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi …

Amazon Goes After Square in the Way It Knows Best: Pricing

The long-awaited release of the device will mark just the beginning of Amazon's expansion into offline commerce.<p>Amazon unveiled its long-awaited credit card reader on Wednesday, pitting it against Square and other companies in the battle to provide small businesses with an easier and cheaper way to …

Meet OpenReflex: a 3D printable camera

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Last summer, 3D printing enthusiast LeoM developed a 3D printable film camera and posted it on 3D design repository …

StepUp Lets You Easily Chop YouTube Videos Into Bite-Size Chunks

Online video is limbering up. The volume of video content already being watched online is massive. Here’s just one stat to boggle the mind: ComScore reported close to 50 billion online videos watched by Americans alone in just the month of January this year. But really you ain’t seen nothing yet.<p>As …

NeonGrid offers an IMDb-esque directory for web videos

There's no question how useful the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is for gathering info on a costume designer or the complete list of Ray Liotta films. Unfortunately, hasn't been a similar for works published on sites like Vimeo or YouTube... until now. Thanks to co-founder and former IMDB exec …

These 3 startups are using IBM's Watson supercomputer (as a service)

More early-stage companies are signing up for IBM’s fancy Watson supercomputing technology for processing lots of text and then making decisions on the fly.<p>But they’re not rolling in big racks full of servers and hard disk drives to do this. They’re tapping into Watson-as-a-Service.<p>On Friday, IBM …

Stealth startup alert: Skype co-founder ventures into health and wearables with Project Florida

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Annette Shaff / Shutterstock<p>Skype’s co-founder Janus Friis is looking to take on Fitbit with a new data-heavy health …

Lots of People Would Do It With a Robot

The future is now! Remember when people were afraid to admit they were online dating? Well, that's child's play! Now people aren't even afraid to admit that they'd boink a robot (Danger, Will Robinson!) with 17 percent of 2,000 British people recently surveyed saying that yeah, they'd totally put …

Man vs. Machine: Which is Better at Converting Sales?

<i>Ofer Yourvexel is the CEO of WRNTY, developing leading order taking apps and sales management software.</i><p>Technology replaces people – that’s a fact. The things that made our society more productive could now be contributing to its decline as humans are less in demand. But have we arrived at the point …

Twitter’s TV business is all talk, says NBC exec: ‘The emperor wears no clothes’

Twitter has yet to produce meaningful results for major broadcast network TV shows, reports the Financial Times.<p>Over the last couple years, Twitter’s business strategy has been to grab a chunk of the massive multi-billion dollar TV advertising budget by making its social network more appealing to …

How Did Canada's Middle Class Get So Rich?

America's coldest neighbors now have the highest-earning middle class in the world. They have their homes to thank for it. For now.<p>America's middle class has been richest in the world for decades, but as David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy write in the <i>Times</i>' new site The Upshot, we've lost that …

Putin Just Called The Internet A 'CIA Project' — Here's Why

The comments sound paranoid, but they actually serve Putin's aims well.<p>Today, Russia is leading the charge for breaking up the Internet as it currently functions by running Web traffic through servers in each respective country.<p>"In two years we may get a completely different Internet," Russian …

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Content Recognition Tech Company Enswers Receives $2M From Samsung Ventures

Enswers, a Seoul-based content recognition tech company that recently launched in the U.S., has received $2 million in funding from Samsung Ventures. Enswers has provided automatic content recognition for Samsung Smart TVs sold in the U.S. since 2012, as well as “Imideo,” a technology that finds …

In Aereo hearing, Supreme Court expresses concern for cloud computing – but doubt over tiny antennas

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Is Aereo, a service that lets consumers stream over-the-air TV, akin to a cable company or a hardware provider like …

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 Will Finally Take Over Video and Web in 2014

<i>Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media.</i><p>Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, …

This tiny generator can power wearable devices using your body heat

Many wearables have decent enough battery life, but you know what'll make them even better? If we never have to recharge them at all. That's why researchers have been developing small power sources that can generate electricity using body heat, including a team from the Korean Advanced Institute of …

Will the new MetaWear board make wearables the next big thing?

People have been predicting wearables would be the next big thing for about as long as I’ve been involved in technology. But lately the predictions have become louder and more frequent, and there are a growing number of micro-controller platforms aimed at the wearables market.<p>My belief is that the …

Princeton Whiz Kids Create Open-Source API For Voice Control Assistant, Runs On Raspberry Pi

Charlie Marsh and Shubhro Saha are a couple of undergrads from Princeton University that could have a major league opportunities in front of them and I’m betting there are a few talent scouts looking to draft these boys in the first round. While Apple may be planning big things for Siri and …

Intel Releases $99 “Minnowboard Max,” An Open-Source Single-Board Computer

Not to be outflanked by rivals, Intel has released the $99 Minnowboard Max, a tiny single-board computer that runs Linux and Android. It is completely open source – you can check out the firmware and software here – and runs a 1.91GHz Atom E3845 processor.<p>The board’s schematics are also available …

Google's Project Loon balloon goes around the world in just 22 days

One of Project Loon's hot air balloons just completed a journey 'round the world, but unlike Vernes' Phileas Fogg who took 80 days to do so, Google's creation took but a mere 22 days. That far exceeds Mountain View's expectations (the team thought it would take around 33 days), all thanks to data …

Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing? More Competition And Limited Attention

Every Page on Facebook wants everything they post shown to everyone. But people only read a limited amount of News Feed per day. There simply isn’t room for everything, and the competition for feed space is intensifying. The total number of Pages Liked by the typical Facebook user grew more than …

Prepping the cloud for the internet of things

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Estimates vary about the number of connected devices there will be as the internet of things shapes up — a recent Gartner …