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How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software

John Sung Kim Contributor<p>John Sung Kim is the founder of Five9 and DoctorBase (acquired by Kareo).<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>What’s Really Killing Digital Health Startups<p>I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just …

EPFL's printing technique hides one image behind the other

Just tilt the photo to see the secret picture.<p>Remember those holographic cards that give off different colors when you tilt them a certain way? Well, in the video below the fold, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne demos metallic cards similar to those, except they're much, much cooler. …

Inkjet Printers

Apple buys an AI startup with eye on better photo management

Apple's acquired a startup with a keen focus on developing artificial intelligence systems that run locally on your device rather than at an offsite server farm. In Perceptio's case (why does every start-up sound like Aviato now?), it's using deep learning for photo classification rather than other …

Startups

Fear Of Failure May Ensure It

Ben Narasin Contributor<p>Ben Narasin was an entrepreneur for 25 years, a seed investor for 8 and is now a VC as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>While the IPO market roars back, venture remains leery<br>• The importance of science fiction to entrepreneurship<p>At the dawn of …

From Plaxo To Docker, Ben Golub Talks Innovation And Mentorship

[tc_contributor_byline slug=”Navin-Chaddha”]<p>Ben Golub, CEO of Docker, has run companies before including Gluster and Plaxo and held leadership positions at others such as Verisign.<p>In this podcast, Golub talks about picking apricots in Silicon Valley, learnings from the challenging Plaxo journey, …

A Case Study Of Startup Failure

Bo Yaghmaie Contributor<p>Bo Yaghmaie is the head of Cooley LLP's Business and Technology practice in New York and an active participant in the New York startup and venture capital ecosystem.<p>Startups fail. In fact, startups often fail. Anyone who has spent any time in the startup and venture capital …

Google can spot friends nearby and tell if you're glad to see them

Are you happy that Google's new Play Services software for Android developers is out? If not, one of the new features may tell you to turn that frown upside down. Google's latest APIs for Android apps include "Mobile Vision" face detection and "Nearby Messages" notifications. Mobile Vision works …

Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice”

Startups often ask VCs for pre-pitch meetings. These requests usually are positioned along the lines of, “We aren’t looking for money yet, just advice.” Of course, we all know this is just a nice way of getting your foot in the door for a soft pitch. And that’s ok; these meetings enable both sides …

A Fundraising Template Every Entrepreneur Can Use

Sunil Rajaraman Contributor<p>Sunil Rajaraman is the co-founder of Scripted.com<p>Raising massive rounds these days is so commonplace that most of us tune out fundraising news altogether. The fundraising environment has changed so dramatically over the past four years, it’s almost incomprehensible to …

How Do I Know If I Should Take A Job At A Startup?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book is “Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth”</i><p>Imagine if someone asked “would you invest in this company?” Your answer is going to be similar. With a few additions.<p>Here’s the checklist I would …

Getting Into An Accelerator Is More Than Just Luck

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Stuart Logan is CEO and founder of UK start-up Clowdy, a platform connecting the creative industries. He and his company participated in Seedcamp Week in February 2015 and are now part of Seedcamp.</i><p>Everyone is familiar with Y Combinator and TechStars, but not as many people know about …

Startups

7 Smart Ways To Boost Your Testosterone

It's no secret that testosterone is the holy grail of male hormones. Here's how to boost your T-levels naturally and safely.<p>The power of testosterone …

Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, …

Startup Mentors — How Do You Filter Out The Good, The Bad And The Ugly?

In light of the recent brouhaha over the actions of a particular European investor who had a habit of attaching himself to accelerators as a ‘mentor’, it seems an appropriate time to do a quick rundown on the kinds of things entrepreneurs need to look for in genuine potential mentor to them and …

Do Startups Stand A Chance Against Valley Incumbents?

A few weeks ago, I was talking with an entrepreneur in the search space who had a simple question: “Can Google ever be beat?” The question is actually quite profound, and is at the heart of everything we do in startups. Is it possible to defeat the incumbent players, even when they are essentially …

The concept restaurant of the future: iBeacons, motion detection and smartglass service (video)

An invitation to see a "future restaurant" covered in highfalutin tech concepts was shaping up to be a highlight of our week. According to Recruit Advanced Technology Lab's teaser, it was going to encompass smartglasses, augmented reality, gesture interfaces, customer face identification, avatars, …

Percolate Raises $24M Round Led By Sequoia To Help Brands Create Social Media Content

Percolate, a startup that helps marketers create content and share it on social networks, is announcing that it has raised a $24 million Series B led by Sequoia Capital.<p>Co-founder James Gross told me that the big round from Sequoia is an endorsement of Percolate’s claim that it’s not just another …

Build More Muscle: Training Intensity – Fitness Volt

Increase Your Training Intensity To Maximize Muscle Gains<p>The casual gym body may not understand the need to constantly increase their intensity, but …

Hypertrophy

The Truth About Metabolic Damage

Here's what you need to know...<p>Struggling with lack of motivation, low libido, or just feel you've done all the right things but can no longer …

Flypay Raises £1M To Make Settling Your Restaurant Bill “Waiter-Free”

Never mind poor service or the food itself, the experience of actually paying the bill at the end of a meal is often cited as the biggest pain-point for restaurant goers. Or so says Flypay, a new UK startup whose app wants to make settling the bill “waiter-free” and a lot speedier in the …

Google’s 10th Summer Of Code Is Now Open For Applications

For 10 years now, Google has been bringing together open source software projects and students who are looking for a challenging summer project through its Summer of Code program. Starting today, Google will accept applications for this year’s program. Applications close on Friday, March 21 at 12pm …

Success, Reality And The Myth Of “Up And To The Right”

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jeff Richards</i> <i>is a managing partner at</i> <i>GGV Capital</i><i>, a $1.6 billion venture capital firm investing across the US and China. He was on the board of BlueKai and Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce), and led GGV’s investments in Appirio, HotelTonight and Percolate.</i><p>Despite what many are led …

8 Amazing Fat-Burning Intervals

Dash Restaurant Payments App Nabs $1.2 Million In Funding, Launches iOS 7 Update

Dash, the mobile payments service for bars and restaurants, has today secured a $1.2 million seed-2 round from Mike Germano, CEO of Carrot Creative, as well as existing investors like New York Angels, Caerus Ventures, and founder and CEO of the One Group, Jonathan Segal. Along with the funding, …