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UI design — 10 steps for great user interfaces Pt2

Welcome back in the next post from UI design series focused on creating great user interfaces with ten, sometimes simple, steps. In the previous part …

UI Design

The Yachtsetter – Branding by Anagrama

The Yachtsetter – branding, print and graphic design by Anagrama.<p>The creative people of studio Anagrama were approached to develop a brand identity …

Y Combinator President Sam Altman Is Dreaming Big

The Silicon Valley startup factory that birthed Airbnb and Dropbox has grown even more ambitious under its new leader.<p>“¡Este sábado, a la una de la tarde Pacific time, a las cuatro de la tarde en Colombia, a las tres de la tarde en México, a las diez de la noche en España . . . ”<p>I’m sitting in a …

Silicon Valley

A $10 billion Chinese drone company could soon be here

Forget the $1 billion valuation and the mere “unicorn” status it brings. The new high benchmark in tech is a valuation of $10 billion. The companies …

Venture Capital

Three Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Future of IoT

I might have found a solution to my vexing fitness problem. As with so many of my personal breakthroughs, the answer was obvious in retrospect. But had it not been for a series of technology purchases and a mistyped URL, it is unlikely I would have discovered it.<p>The series began when I purchased a …

Internet of Things

What Is Value? The Costco Value Proposition

One of the greatest truths in business came from Red Skelton, a comedian whose wisdom rings true even today. He shared a triangle with the words price, quality, and speed and said pick any two.<p>Price and quality are obvious, but in the age of mobile and the Internet, speed of service may be the new …

Customer Service

Top 15 IoT Takeaways From South By Southwest

South by Southwest is best known in the tech community for the new social media technologies, products and services. Twitter received its first big dose of notoriety as attendees posted which sessions they were attending and which parties they were at. Over the past few years, the Internet of …

Internet of Things

The Fuzzy, Insane Math That's Creating So Many Billion-Dollar Tech Companies

Snapchat, the photo-messaging app raising cash at a $15 billion valuation, probably isn't actually <i>worth</i> more than Clorox or Campbell Soup. So where …

Venture Capital

Swaying A VC In Your Favor: Five Questions That Can Make Or Break The Deal

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>BECO Capital has been associated with some of the most successful technology venture capital (VC) transactions in the region. The firm is a hands-on …

Venture Capital

Early-stage venture capital: More regions get in on the action

I recently posted an analysis at the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> that demonstrates an increasing geographic dispersion of early-stage venture capital (VC) …

Venture Capital

Here's the rigorous 5-day design sprint Google Ventures' 'SWAT team' puts startups through

One of the venture capital fund's biggest draws is its design team, which acts as a "SWAT team for startups," according to Bloomberg's Katrina Brooker.<p>The five design partners — Daniel Burka, Jake Knapp, Braden Kowitz, Michael Margolis, and John Zeratsky — have helped build some of Google's biggest …

Startups

Want a Job in Silicon Valley After Yale? Good Luck With That

Max Nova, a technology entrepreneur, graduated from Yale University, as did his father and grandfather. Yet Nova couldn't convince his sister or twin …

College & University

Tax-Shelter Tech Takeovers

<i>Buying Minecraft allowed Microsoft to deploy billions in cash parked overseas (and far from the U.S. taxman). Here are other tempting targets.</i><p><b>Spotify</b> <br>Valuation: $4 billion<br>Amount raised: $540 million<br>Potential buyer: Google<br>Google already tried to buy the Stockholm-based music streaming service but …

Venture Capital

The Driverless Car, Officially, Is a Risk

How to set prices for casualty losses when the driver’s age and experience doesn’t matter?<p>Self-driving cars have crossed an important milestone on the road to reality: The securities filing.<p>Three insurance suppliers and an auto parts maker have warned in their most recent annual reports that …

Autonomous Cars

Uber acquires mapping startup deCarta

Uber, the popular ride-sharing startup, is acquiring the mapping and search startup deCarta for an unspecified amount, <i>Mashable</i> has learned.<p>The deal, …

thetoptenz.net

Meet the Mercedes tech guru who defected to Apple

Johann Jungwirth is a new Apple employee with one of the world’s most unbelievable job titles.<p>Until the middle of last year, Jungwirth headed up the big Mercedes-Benz R&D facility in Silicon Valley that, among other things, is responsible for the futuristic self-driving car you see below. (The …

Fortune.com

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Print Media

16 Startup Trends That Will Be Huge in 2015

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has invested in some of today' most talked-about startups, including Slack, Buzzfeed, and Instacart.<p>Andreessen Horowitz has its finger on the pulse of what's happening in tech. Over on the firm' website, its …

Home Depot

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Social Media Benchmarks

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>If I were to tell you that a recent tweet of mine received 20 clicks, what would you think?<p>Maybe 20 clicks sounds like a lot based on what you’ve found for your own accounts. Maybe 20 clicks sounds rather lean, considering what you know about …

VC funding in China skyrocketed in 2014, doubling previous record

Venture capital investing in China went white hot in 2014. How hot? According to a new report from Down Jones VentureSource, venture investments in …

Venture Capital

How To More Effectively Market To Millennials: An Interview With CMO Paige O'Neill

Optimistic. Diverse. Overly self-confident and self-absorbed. According to a review by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the image of Millennials, born between 1980 and 1999, is not altogether flattering. Articles describe this generation, the largest cohort in history, as one with which most people …

Customer Experience

Why the Tech Elite Is Getting Behind Universal Basic Income

Why not give money to people just for being alive?<p>As if Silicon Valley hasn't given us enough already, it may have to start giving us all money. The first indication I got of this came one evening last summer, when I sat in on a meet-up of virtual-currency enthusiasts at a hackerspace a few miles …

Venture Capital

Chauncey Shey Tops New Forbes China List Of Best Venture Capitalists

Chauncey Shey, the founder of Softbank-backed SBCVC of Shanghai, has topped the latest annual list of China’s best venture capitalists published by Forbes China. Shey captured the top spot in part for an early investment in Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant whose huge New York IPO last …

Venture Capital

4 Tech Trends That Will Define 2015, Selected By Frog

The death of the pedometer, 3-D printers in the kitchen, and wearable fitness AIs: here’s how four Frog designers see 2015 playing out.<p><i>Update</i>: Frog Design has just unveiled their complete list of Tech Trends for 2015. Make sure to check it out for 11 other trends Frog thinks will hit big this …

Trends