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The 25 fintech 'unicorns' worth over $1 billion ranked by value

Valuations in the sector are also sky-rocketing as more money floods in. Many companies are now reaching the fabled "unicorn" status — the term in the tech industry for companies worth $1 billion (£640 million) or more.<p>Earlier this year conference organiser Finovate pulled together a list of all …

Peer-to-peer

A top VC claims Uber's CEO said he would buy 500,000 self-driving Teslas

This person isn't a celebrity owner or safety advocate, but rather the CEO of the preeminent ride-hailing company Uber.<p>If Tesla can build a fully autonomous car by 2020, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says his company would buy the vehicle. In fact, he would buy every one Tesla builds.<p>Yes, all 500,000 …

Tesla

How Peter Thiel is trying to save the world

Since childhood, the two best friends had been incubating a shared dream of using computer science to cure diseases. They had first pitched investors on their vision six years earlier, as seniors studying computational biology at Carnegie Mellon University, but the door hit them on their way out of …

Peter Thiel

Google’s buy button could give Amazon a run for its money

Amazon is the undisputed leader in online retail, but Google’s introduction of its own buy button on mobile may give the eCommerce giant something to worry about.<p>Google’s plan, revealed last week, is to provide buy buttons to those who search for products on mobile devices. Buy buttons will be …

Japanese ecommerce startup Origami lands US$13M from SoftBank, Credit Saison

Tokyo-based ecommerce startup Origami today announced a JPY 1.6 billion (US$13.3 million) series B funding round led by SoftBank Group, Credit …

Walmart And Target Being Crowded Out Online By Amazon Prime

As Amazon Prime debuts its one- and two-hour delivery program in cities across the U.S., new data suggests the e-commerce giant’s annual subscription service is starting to crowd out online competitors like Walmart and Target, despite the best efforts of these big-box retailers.<p>Market research …

eCommerce

Globalization in a nutshell: A pharmacy in Paris is a Korean tourist attraction

For many Koreans, a small pharmacy in the Latin Quarter of Paris has become as much a tourist attraction as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. According to M (link in French), Le Monde’s magazine, the Pharmacie de Monge gets around 1,000 customers a day—a third of its total—from Asia, mainly …

France

With Primary, Trend of Vertically Integrated E-Commerce Brands Comes to Kids' Clothes

Primary is founded by CEO Galyn Bernard and COO Christina Carbonell, who both spent several years at Diapers.com parent company Quidsi.<p>What brands like Warby Parker and Everlane are doing for eyeglasses and adult clothing, respectively, a new startup called Primary wants to do for kids’ …

Amazon Launches Pinterest-Like Site for New Gadgets and Gear From Inventors

Amazon wants to work with more startup products, and it is leveraging its giant customer base to get exclusive deals from the inventors making them.<p>Amazon wants to work with more startup product brands, and it is leveraging its giant customer base to get exclusive deals from the inventors making …

The Truth About Workplace Discipline

A new skill that we are learning together as we step into the Human Workplace is the ability to listen to our bodies. Your body is a better barometer for the rightness or wrongness of things going on around you than your conscious brain is.<p>Your body sends you signals, but a lot of us – maybe all of …

The Workplace

What's Missing in Enterprise Mobility? Context.

Many companies miss what is different about mobile. One critical difference is that mobile provides essential data sources and functionality for creating of contextual services. These contextual services are derived by combining data from internal resources, third-party accessible data sources …

The One Thing That Can Transform An Idea Into A Phenomenon

Do you enjoy picking groceries up in your electric car? When you get to the store, do you prefer to pay with bitcoins? Do you have solar panels on your house? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you’re in the distinct minority. So much so, that a lot of people probably think you’re …

Innovation

One vision of tomorrow’s college: Cheap, and you get an education, not a degree

<i>Higher education — increasingly unaffordable and unattainable — is on the verge of a transformation that not only could remedy that, but could change the role college plays in our society. Can you imagine the benefits of colleges having little bricks-and-mortar overhead, of each student being</i> …

Higher Education

What I Wish I Knew in My 20s as an Entrepreneur

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Enon Landenberg, Small Factory of Big Ideas. Enon Landenberg, Small Factory of Big Ideas<p>In 2015, one thing is clear, startups …

Inbound 101: 3 Major Inbound Components

Let's begin by defining what inbound marketing is at a basic level. At its core, inbound marketing is marketing that is focused on getting found. …

Marketing

Forget Big Data -- Small Data Is Driving The Internet Of Things

When people talk about the Internet of Things (IoT) they tend to think about big data technologies like Hadoop where petabyte size datasets are stored and analyzed for both known and unknown patterns. What many people don’t realize is that many IoT use cases only require small datasets. What is …

Dave McClure in Tokyo: how to build a startup, an investment strategy, and an ecosystem

Last week, Peter Thiel gave startup tips to students in Tokyo and today Dave McClure did the same for a bunch of young entrepreneurs. I don’t know if …

Sensory Marketing: What It Is and Why You Need It

Although mobile marketing and the ad technology that accompanies it have grown by leaps and bounds, there is still a lot of unrealized potential. …

Marketing

The Question Every CEO Should Ask The Company's HR Leader

What do CEOs and their HR chiefs talk about? With luck, they talk about everything — about hiring, and the state of the organization, and upcoming events. I hope they talk about who’s getting promoted and who’s leaving and what’s new and how the team is holding up.<p>There’s one question every CEO …

7 Things You Need to Know About New Dynamic Facebook Product Ads

Facebook recently announced the launch of their new dynamic Product Ads, a mobile-friendly ad format that enables retailers to sync their catalog …

Social Media

Japanese robot bear nurses soon to care for rapidly ageing population

Robotic nurses with cute bear faces developed by Japanese engineers could soon be the future carers of the nation's growing elderly …

How-To Content: The Customer Service Secret Weapon

Is how-to content part of your small business’s content marketing strategy? If you aren’t creating content that shows customers how to do something, …

Some Career Advice for Aspiring Tech CEOs

A shortened, better edited and with nicer pictures version of this post first appeared on TechCrunch. But if you want it in it’s full V1 glory read …

The Believers

• In-depth articles about current issues faced by universities<br>• Data and analysis on the latest higher education trends, statistics, and salaries<br>• Special …

There's A Payoff In Being A Lifelong Technologist

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: Is staying a software engineer your whole life a good career choice?</i><p><i>Answer by Michael O Church, functional programmer and machine learning engineer, on Quora</i><p><b>You’ll</b> <b>probably</b> <b>want to go into management or, at least, some sort of technical and architectural</b> …

How Marketers Can Leverage Instagram And Other Visual Sites

LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Reddit, etc. The number of social media outlets is proliferating and yet, each one has a different audience, a different way to engage, and different measures of success. To better understand how to tap into the potential of Instagram, one of the …

Google Bans Adult Material On Blogger

In a sharp policy U-turn, Google is warning users of its Blogger platform that they must remove all graphic images and videos or face having their blog yanked from public view.<p>Google blogs – which have “blogger” or “blogspot” in their URLs – number in the many millions and include topics from …