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Social is dead: What 146 startup pitches showed me about the next wave of tech companies

Over the past two weeks, I have listened to 146 startups pitch in rapid-fire succession at demo days for Y Combinator and 500 Startups.<p>Of those startups, probably five or six will emerge as the next Airbnb, Dropbox, or Reddit. The founders of the next billion-dollar startup have probably run …

Startups

The medical abortion works — so why aren't more women using it?

And why aren't doctors more vocal about it?<p>I found out I was pregnant during a routine gynecological exam after I mentioned my period was a few days late. My doctor told me she’d need to collect a urine sample anyway, so they’d test it just to be sure. I wasn’t worried. I’d only been off hormonal …

Feminism

When to use maps in data visualisation: a great big guide

Matt Bierbaum’s zombie map allows you to simulate outbreaksWhen it comes to data visualisation, everyone loves a map. More exciting than a chart, …

Data Visualization

Why This Tiny European City Is a Hotbed For Entrepreneurship | Inc.com

When hiring, he adds, you can bring on top-notch engineers in Stockholm and surrounding locations for a fraction of the cost you would pay in another area, like Silicon Valley. Those savings can then be reallocated to other areas of business.<p>Sweden's government has also matured by investing in …

Startups

This New Mapping Tool is a Data Lover's Dream

If you've ever wondered how your neighborhood compares to the rest of New York City, look no further. PlaceILive—a new Lithuania-based startup—seeks to quantify quality of life by mapping census data along with, as Untapped Cities puts it, "just about every social identifier imaginable." All of …

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Operating Systems

Data Visualisation / visualisation literacy

Yesterday I attended a workshop on <b>visualisation literacy</b>. This was part of dissemination from the <b>Seeing data</b> research project.<br>I'll skip straight to …

56% Of Enterprises Will Increase Their Investment In Big Data Over The Next Three Years

70% of IT decision-makers consider their organization’s ability to exploit value from big data as critical to their future success.<p>65% say they risk becoming irrelevant and/or uncompetitive if they do not embrace big data.<p>64% are seeing big data changing traditional business boundaries, enabling …

Big Data

Data Analytics Dominates Enterprises' Spending Plans For 2015

Companies will spend an average of $7.4M on data-related initiatives over the next twelve months , with enterprises investing $13.8M, and small & medium businesses (SMBs) investing $1.6M.<p>80% of enterprises and 63% of small & medium businesses (SMBs) already have deployed or are planning to deploy …

Big Data

The Architecture of

<b>a Data Visualization</b><p><b>Multilayered Storytelling through “Info-spatial” Compositions</b><p><b>Information Design</b> is playing an increasingly critical role in …

Maybe this is the real reason Apple made the iPhone bigger

Many of tech’s largest firms reported fourth-quarter earnings this week, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Yahoo, and Facebook. For the most part, results were as expected—nothing exceptionally high or embarrassingly low. That is, except Apple, which beat analysts’ sales estimates by a …

iPhone

Macy's Lends Entrepreneurs A Hand With The Tools And Confidence To Scale A Business

Psychelia Terry, was an entrepreneur with a dream of starting an intimate apparel company for women with curves. In 2009, she acted on her desire and launched Urban Intimates, offering affordable and luxury lingerie, and skin care products. In just a couple of years after her launch, Terry says she …

Business Development

Top Ten Most Funded Big Data Startups January 2015

These are the top ten most-funded startups in the big data space:<p>Cloudera $1040 Million Hadoop-based software, services and training<p>Palantir Technologies $950 Analytics applications<p>MongoDB $311 Document-oriented database<p>Domo $250 Cloud-based Business intelligence<p>Mu Sigma $195 …

Big Data

Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free

Today Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Google Earth was created after …

Google Earth

100 Years of Earthquake Data Becomes an 8-Day-Long Orchestral Arrangement

David Johnson created a program that built an orchestra composition from a century of seismic waves.<p>If the Earth's tremors were performed by a full orchestra, it might sound like creative technologist David Johnson’s “data auralizations.” Using 100 years of global earthquake data—a set that …

What You Need to Do Before Quitting Your Day Job | Inc.com

When a mentor asked Microsoft software engineer Steve Fernholz how much money it would take for him to quit his day job, he had a ready answer: $100,000. She wrote him a check on the spot for $25,000, which was enough. He left his job to work full time on Droplet, a yard sprinkler system. The first …

Business Development

Why Big Data Has Everything To Do With The Price Of Oil

The current malaise in the oil and gas industry commenced well before the falling price of oil started to dominate headlines and caused upheaval in currency and stock markets.<p>Take the Digital Oil Field (DOF) – a.k.a. Integrated Operations of the Future, the Smart Field, Intelligent Field, or …

Oil & Gas Industry

30 Under 30: The Young Tech Stars Turning Your Iphone Into Your Life's Remote Control

The 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 Tech founders are on the move.<p>This year the most promising young entrepreneurs in consumer technology are out to mobilize your life—and make themselves millions in the process. Two-thirds of this year’s Under 30 class are building companies focused on helping you manage …

Remote Controls

CES 2015: Shure Announces Line of Portable Digital Microphones for iOS and Mac

Audio electronics company Shure today announced its new line of MOTIV digital microphones, which are intended to make it easy for users to record audio both at home on their computer and on their iOS devices.<p>Portable plug-and-play no longer means sacrificing sound quality. From the brand trusted …

Music Production

CES 2015: Hexoskin Debuts Line of Connected Biometric Shirts for Kids and Teens

Biometric shirt manufacturer Hexoskin today announced its new line of smart shirts for kids and teenagers at CES 2015, allowing coaches and parents to track physical metrics in real-time through an iOS app.<p>The Hexoskin Junior features built-in sensors inside of a lightweight, water-resistant shirt, …

CES

DJI’s $2,800 camera drone was a hit at CES Unveiled

LAS VEGAS — DJI’s new drone, the Inspire 1, is an impressive combination of intelligent aerodynamics and photographic power.<p>The Inspire 1 was one of the most popular products at CES Unveiled, a media event that kicks off the weeklong extravaganza that is CES.<p>A camera hangs down from the front of …

Drones

The First 21 Apps To Download For Your New iPhone 6

Every iPhone 6 comes with Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system pre-installed, which is capable of some great features like app extensions, widgets, and better-than-ever graphics.<p>We've collected the best apps to get your iPhone 6 ready for action.

Judge suggests Amazon, not Apple, is e-book monopolist

Apple was found guilty last year of colluding with publishers to raise ebook prices, but now that the antitrust case is being heard by the Second U.S. Court of Appeals, two out of the three appellate judges are starting to see things Apple’s way.<p>The appeals case kicked off this morning with Deputy …

Here's What Venture Capitalists Want To Fund In 2015 - And What They Don't

It’s a head-spinning time for venture capitalists. This year, they’re continuing to get disrupted by upstarts from angel investors to new giants like Andreessen Horowitz, yet they also enjoyed the most initial public offerings since 2000, including several this week. Then late this year, things …

Charted – A Tool for Automatically Visualizing Data

Advertise here via BSACharted<b> is a tool for automatically visualizing data</b>, created by the Product Science team at Medium. Give it the link to a data …

Drawing and Data Visualizations: A Tool To Allow Connections To Be Made

<i>Editor's note: This #TableauDesignMonth guest blog post was written by Giorgia Lupi of Accurat.</i><p>Information Design is playing an increasingly critical …

Want to make data scientist money? Learn data science tools

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Ponsulak/Shutterstock<p>O’Reilly Media released the results of its second-annual data science salary survey on Thursday …