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The Fintech 50: The Complete List 2015

<b>For the 2016 edition of the list click here.</b><p><i>Reported by Samantha Sharf, Laura Shin, Lauren Gensler and Maggie McGrath</i><p><i>See our complete coverage of fintech and our first list.</i><p><b>ACORNS |</b> Irvine, CA<br>App links to debit and credit cards, rounds up each purchase to nearest dollar, investing extra pennies in …

Venture Capital

Death to the supermarket: 8 startups changing how we buy groceries

In the 1930’s there was no such thing as a supermarket. Back in those days the grocery market was dominated by ‘corner stores’ – specialized establishments that saw the rise of the supers, but failed to compete on their level.<p>At the time, it was convenience and pricing that made the difference. …

Internet Marketing

On Second Thought: An Innovative Startup to Watch

Hey, On Second Thought (OST) is a mobile messaging app that lets you take back text messages <i>before</i> they get to the other person. Co-Founder Maci Peterson came in first place at the Women Startup Challenge live pitch competition last month. The judges were excited about her product, and she had a …

Social Media

15 Books You Should Read Before Starting Your Business

When my first company failed, a young startup I founded right after college, I wanted to know why. I spent the next year reading and working like an …

Self-improvement

35 explanations of Silicon Valley lingo that the rest of the world doesn't understand

But that could create a big gap in the language they use from the rest of the world.<p>In order to bridge the gap, entrepreneur and engineer Kilim Choi, Mathew Hui, and Zeeshan Javed created a site called Silicon Valley Dictionary, an Urban Dictionary for Silicon Valley jargon.<p>"The other day while …

Silicon Valley

How to build a happy and productive remote team

It’s no secret that it’s hard to find top technical talent in Silicon Valley. The problem has been exacerbated as more and more founders have bought into the belief that they need to build an in-house team.<p>Another issue is that the rising cost of living makes it almost impossible for growth-stage …

The 15 best questions to ask in an interview if you want the truth about company culture

Years ago when I worked at Microsoft, my cousin, who was a private investigator in DC, came out for the holidays.<p>He asked how we could really be serious and get work done while wearing a fleece and sneakers. I told him we worked long and hard, and therefore had to be as comfortable as possible: …

Employee Engagement

5 dangerous UX myths debunked

However, it’s still important to craft content above the fold so that it tells the user that there’s more to be found below. This is obvious due to the presence of the scroll bar, but you can leave further clues and it’s always better not to assume anything about your users.<p>With this in mind, you …

6 ways to make your customer service unforgettable

It’s hard to imagine that less than a decade ago, customer service was still perceived as an organizational support function. Today, it’s evolved into an important driver for growth, engagement, and retention. If your customers get frustrated, they’ll not only churn—they’ll publicize why they’re …

Startups

Bill Gates made these 15 predictions in 1999 — it's scary how accurate he was

In the book, Gates makes 15 bold predictions that at the time might have sounded outrageous.<p>But as business student Markus Kirjonen pointed out on his blog, Gates' forecasts turned out to be "eerily prescient."

Social Media

California Street Signs Tell Pedestrians to 'Cross the Street, Then Update Facebook'

"It's a speed limit, not a suggestion."<p>City officials in Hayward, California are hoping a little snark will get people to follow the law. They've set up street signs that crack wise about speeding cars and oblivious pedestrians.<p>Frank Holland, the city's public information officer, created the signs …

21 Best Apps for Business Travelers

The days of paperless travel are upon us, with digital boarding passes, e-confirmations and online travel booking on the upswing. Business travelers …

Apps

As Vertical Marketplaces Rise, Craigslist Faces Its Demise

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jeremy Levine is a partner at Bessemer Ventures Partners and serves on the boards of MindBody, Pinterest, Raise, Shopify, Wikia and Yelp. Rafi Syed co-authored this article as an associate at Bessemer Venture Partners, working closely with Jeremy Levine. He is now COO at Maven, a</i> …

Startups

Your entire computer in the cloud

Paperspace provides a revolutionary new way to access limitless cloud computing resources, on any device. We offer a range of products powering …

Kombo Ventures

Behind Every Startup<p>Learn more about us<p>Is A Great Team<p>Meet the founder<p>Kevin Gould<br>Founder / CEO<p>Kevin developed extensive entertainment and media …

Square starts offering gift cards (the plastic kind)

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Square<p>As virtual wallets and NFC payments start taking off, Square hasn’t given up on the plastic card. In fact, it’s …

Two Tap raises $2.7M to push its universal shopping cart

Two Tap wants to be a quick and easy shopping cart for e-commerce sites, and it just raised $2.7 million.<p>More wallet than check-out processor, Two Tap purports to complete purchases for registered users with just two taps (or clicks) on web browsers and mobile. Users can register independently with …

Google's smart home springs to life: Mercedes, Jawbone, & more tap new Nest API

Google today debuted the Nest smart thermostat developer API with launch partners Mercedes-Benz, Jawbone, IFTTT, Logitech, LIFX, and Whirlpool.<p>Nest announced plans to debut a developer program last year. At that time, Nest senior product manager Greg Hu stressed that Nest always intended to offer a …

Editing Services Startup WritePath Nabs $525,000 In Seed Funding

WritePath, an editing company that serves college applicants, technical writers, and academic researchers, has raised $525,000 in seed funding led by B Dash Ventures. The Singapore-based startup will use the capital to set up offices in Japan, Korea, and the U.S. WritePath operates three online …

Famo.us Part II: Javascript Platform Breaks Down Barriers For Web 3.0 App Makers

The world of apps is changing quickly and this makes app making a very exciting but nerve wracking business to be in. Every week there are new libraries, frameworks and platforms to assess and learn. Along with the big native app platforms (iOS and Android) you might need to figure out how to build …

Context Design: How to Seize the 'Magic Moment'

<i>Ami Ben David is the co-founder of EverythingMe. A seasoned veteran with experience as a founder, an executive and a VC, Ami is in charge of EverythingMe’s marketing and strategy.</i><p>Following my first piece contextual mobile product design, I want to talk about designing mobile products in an …

Restaurant Waitlist Platform NoWait Raises $10 Million Series B

Mobile wait listing service for restaurants NoWait has raised $10 million in Series B funding, the company is announcing this morning. The new round was led by Drive Capital, the $250 million Ohio-based fund focused on Midwestern companies, and co-founded by former Sequoia partners, Mark Kvamme and …

Empathy for the User: Experience Design Secrets from an Expert

<i>Jo Plumridge is a UK-based photographer, writer and lecturer. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission.</i><p>User experience (UX) designers are among the unsung heroes of the digital world. They make the tools, sites and apps we use simple, …

DataPad emerges to let everyone at your company create and play with charts

DataPad emerged from stealth mode today and plans to demonstrate its cloud-based software for visualizing data at the Innovation Showdown competition at VentureBeat’s DataBeat conference in San Francisco.<p>The startup also revealed a $1.7 million round of seed funding that will help it invest in …

This marketing platform helped Samsung beat Apple … and predicts the future with 78% accuracy

Facebook wants to be the social layer for the web. Google wants to be the discovery layer, and PayPal wants to be the financial layer.<p>Networked Insights, however, wants to be the consumer intent layer.<p>In other words, a crystal ball — that works — for marketers.<p>Google knows a lot about the world, …

Why Entrepreneurs Should Focus On Building Just One Product

<i>JT Marino and Daehee Park are the founders of Tuft & Needle, an e-commerce mattress startup cutting out the industry gimmicks and markups.</i><p>As a startup, every day is a battle against distractions—meaningless or nice-to-have ideas from customers, team members and advisors—that may throw you off …

Inspired by Dropbox & Uber, MakeSpace may be the future of physical storage

MakeSpace thinks physical storage should work more like Dropbox.<p>The New York startup provides a substantially better user experience than traditional self-storage offerings, argues CEO Sam Rosen. The company will drop off bins for your stuff, come back later to pick up those packed bins, and use …