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Top European investors are betting the crazy $3 billion US scooter trend will go global

Top European investors Atomico and Index Ventures have separately made bets on two US electric scooter startups, hoping to win big on the buzzy trend before it takes off globally.<p>Atomico has invested an undisclosed amount in Lime, while Index Ventures led Bird's $100 million Series B round earlier …

San Francisco

Best (and Free!!) Resources to understand Nuts and Bolts of Deep learning

The internet is filled with tutorials to get started with Deep Learning. You can choose to get started with the superb Stanford courses CS221 or …

The Genius Problem-Solving Method Elon Musk Learned From Aristotle

How do some entrepreneurs manage to come up with solutions for the toughest problems? They borrow this method from an ancient philosopher.<p><i>"All great Acts of Genius began with the same consideration: Do not be constrained by your present reality."</i><p><b>Leonardo Da Vinci</b><p>Obviously, I have never met …

Design Driven Development — Using Design as a Tool for Teamwork

What is Design-Driven Development?<p>Design driven development uses design as part of a process to learn and better define requirements in order to …

UX Design

How to Build a Multi-Million Dollar Business (Without Inventing Anything at All)

Don't re-invent the wheel, just use it differently.<p>Spoiler alert: most of today's top companies are based on old ideas. Uber is a modern twist on the taxi industry; Airbnb has done the same with hotels. Tesla's electric vehicles are just another incarnation of a centuries-old idea. And yet the …

5 Ways That Companies With Small Budgets Can Test Out New Ideas Before Bringing Them to Market

Even if you don't have a giant R&D budget, these five techniques can help you prove out concepts before you bring them to market.<p>A few weeks ago, Jeff Bezos voiced a dirty little secret about disruptive innovation: it's not just about creating groundbreaking new products and services, it's about …

Warby Parker Grew to $250 Million in Sales Through Disciplined Growth. Now It's Time to Get Aggressive

Warby Parker's founders are doubling down on deep tech and retail stores to vault their beloved startup into the next phase.<p>If Wes Anderson made a movie about startups, Warby Parker's New York City headquarters would be the set.<p>Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, the bespectacled and boyishly handsome …

Perceived Value Is Key To Customer Experience. Can It Be Computed?

We’ll be discussing the United passenger ejection for years, the incident was that bad. Worse, it was unnecessary. Circumstances were stressful, but …

What is brand essence — and brand essence exercises

<b>What is Brand Essence?</b> At the core of your brand strategy is your Brand Essence — your Brand Essence is what you stand for. Brand Essence is often …

Customers

Want a Billion Dollar Startup? Try These Industries, Says VC who Bet on Dropbox and TuneIn

Sequoia Capital Partner Bryan Schreier shares his vision of the future for entrepreneurs.<p>Do you dream of launching a startup and having it become a multi-billion-dollar "unicorn" like Snap or Uber? If you do, there are few better people to listen to than Bryan Schreier, partner at the legendary …

20 Best UX Patterns Tutorials

Are you a UX designer looking forward to creating professional-looking designs or just wanting to learn more about user experience? This amazing …

UX Design

Five Ways To Attract More Customers To Your Website

In a sea of never-ending changes to the digital landscape that we call the internet, there seems to always be a new way to market your business and attract new customers to your website. While newcomers to the field of online marketing seem to chase one strategy after another, the veterans in the …

Marketing

The ‘Terminator’ of startups says he’s seeing two to four wind-downs a week

For the last 25 years, Marty Pichinson and the firm he co-founded, Sherwood Partners, have specialized in selling off the assets of startups when they fail, as well as helping them extend their runway so that if they have to close down, they can do it the right way — in slow motion, versus at high …

A Japanese ad agency invented an AI creative director — and ad execs preferred its ad to a human's

LONDON — In 2015, ad agency McCann Japan's creative planner Shun Matsuzaka set himself a task he called the "creative genome project": he wanted to create the world's first AI creative director, capable of directing a TV commercial.<p>And last week, Matsuzaka showed off his creation at the UK …

Advertising

Will Retail As A Service Take Off In 2017?

In an age where in-store retail visits are plunging by the billions, many retailers have forgone simply putting exceptional products on its shelves. Additionally, retail operations have become overly taxing and complicated.<p>It’s no wonder that retailers have had to find other ways to reach …

eCommerce

10 Effective Strategies To Leverage Social Media For New Customers

Social media is a powerful channel for engaging and connecting with current customers. It allows you to show your more personal side, quickly address customer concerns and prove that you’re an expert in your field.<p>However, social media can also be a key driver of new leads to your business. And as …

6 Proven Ways to Spot an Emotional Intelligent Leader

Directing attention toward where it needs to go is a primal task of leadership.<p>Leadership is ultimately about holding yourself responsible for the people you lead--not just their productivity but their teamwork and imagination and commitment. And the more responsibility you have for others, the …

A minimalist explains how a psychological trick called 'the beginner's mind' could make your life easier

A lot of joy could be found with the same practice.<p>And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner's mind.<p>I'm stealing this of course from Zen Buddhism's shoshin and Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind," and I've written about it numerous times. But it's more fundamental than most …

Meditation

10 Free Online Marketing Courses to Try Today (Infographic)

Boost your marketing skills with these online resources -- for free.<p>An abundance of free resources are available online today, especially when it comes to marketing. Although sometimes it can be tricky to weed through them and get to the good stuff.<p>Look no further, because marketing software …

Marketing

Top UI Design Trends to Expect in 2017

Serif Combos by Marina Matijaca for Spelar<p>This guest column is authored by John Stone, SEO Consultant at Nirmal Web Design<p>The last couple of year saw …

UI Design

What You Should Know About The App Design Process

16 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

UX Design

14 Growth Hacks To Get 20 Million Views

Growing your business can be tough.<p>In the past you cold called, built business networks and advertised in print. If you were into guerilla marketing …

UX Design Portfolio

Research | Wireframe | Prototype | Brand Development | Creative Design | Front-End Development<p>My Process<p>Sketch | Wireframe | High-Def Wireframe | …

Networking with People You Can’t Meet in Person

These days, most professionals work with clients or colleagues across the globe — which means you’re at a serious disadvantage if you limit your networking efforts to local industry meet-ups or inviting people out to coffee. In order to develop solid professional relationships with contacts outside …

NYC home improvement startup Sweeten launches in Philadelphia

Hey, <b>ServiceWhale</b>. A competitor is coming to town.<p><b>Sweeten</b>, a New York City startup that raised $3.5 million in venture capital last fall, connects …

7 Unsung Habits of Highly Respected Managers

I used to be skeptical of people who claimed that they loved their jobs.Upon graduation from college, the sum total of my “relevant” work experience …

Leadership

[30 Days] What is a Lean Startup? - Lean Startup Co.

Today is Day One of our new series, “30 Days of Lean Startup”. We are starting with a very simple, but important question: <b>what is a Lean Startup?</b><p><b>Read</b> …

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Target Pilots Movement-Tracking Beacon Technology In 50 Stores

Target, much like Lord & Taylor and Macy’s before it, is embracing beacons, which use Bluetooth to communicate with smartphones. The retail giant is introducing the technology in 50 stores across a number of cities, including Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, San …