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Boom's supersonic jets will pick up where the Concorde left off

Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl wants passengers to break the sound barrier. Since the demise of the supersonic Concorde passenger jet, commercial airlines haven't offered a quicker alternative to fly from point A to point B.<p>The Boom team wants to resurrect the speed of the failed Concorde …

What's hot and what's not in fintech, according to a VC with $100 million to spend

Santander InnoVentures has spent just over 50% of the $100 million initially allocated to the fund, which started out in 2014. The rest of that first tranche of investment capital will be reserved for follow-on funding rounds for companies already invested in.<p>InnoVentures, based in London but with …

Chatbots

3 Ways Great Product Managers Prioritize Feature Requests

Product managers are busy people. And while meetings with marketing, sales, engineering, design, and support teams may fill their weekly calendars, it is the work of managing ideas and feature requests that most commands their attention.<p>To offer maximum value to customers, great product managers …

9 Useful Apps for Product Managers

If you are a product manager, you know just how important great tools are for planning and managing your team’s progress on a daily basis. If you’re …

Big-thinking electrician wants to be the Uber of home services

By Thomas Heath<p>, Reporter<p>Sometimes it seems every businessman these days wants to be like the founder of Uber.<p>Take Sean Murphy, 35, an electrician-entrepreneur in Winchester, Va.<p>Murphy owns tiny Murphy Family Electric. But he has big ideas — and a new app called SuperHandy, with which he hopes to …

Home Improvement

7 books to read before you quit your job

You have a great business idea. You have a passionate need to escape cubicle life. You even have an outstanding work ethic and a healthy dose of risk tolerance. You're all set to quit your gig and be an entrepreneur — except for one thing.<p>You don't have an MBA. Or any idea really about the nuts and …

Self-employment

Big Data For Humans Secures $1.2M Seed Funding For Data Science-As-A-Service

Big Data For Humans, the U.K. startup that offers a data science-as-a-service for the retail and travel sector, has picked up seed funding.<p>The Techstars London alumni has raised a $1.2 million round led by London’s EC1 Capital, with participation from Firestartr, Scottish Investment Bank, and …

Fundbox Secures $50 Million More To Power Small Businesses

Less than six months after announcing a $40 million Series B investment, alternative lending startup Fundbox has closed on another $50 million in funding to provide small businesses with the immediate cash they need to stay afloat.<p>Spark Capital Growth led the round, which brings Fundbox’s venture …

Venture Capital

This startup just raised $81 million to sell your used clothes

The startup then pivoted to swapping kid's clothing — after all, they outgrow it faster — and that got the attention of a few investors.<p>"When we launched in 2009, we were really the first company to try to tackle second hand. It was a crazy idea. Airbnb and all of these companies were using the …

Startups

The Life Of Yogananda: Guru, Author Of 'Autobiography Of A Yogi'

The spiritual teacher is credited for introducing millions to the practices of yoga and meditation.<p>Paramahansa Yogananda was a renowned yoga teacher, guru and author of the beloved spiritual text, <i>Autobiography of a Yogi.</i> He founded the Self-Realization Fellowship, a spiritual center in Los …

Los Angeles

Understanding Aperture for Beginners

Aperture is just one setting that makes up your exposure, but once you understand it you can drastically change how your image looks. In this video …

Landscape Photography

6 Things Every Parent Should Know About 529 College Savings Plans

Earnings on 529s are tax-free, so long as you use them for qualified expenses.<p>If you’re saving for your child’s higher education, you probably have a …

7 Best Drinks That Shrink Belly Fat

<i>Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. a specialist in holistic and integrative medicine, shares how she helps her patients lose belly fat with drinks crafted from</i> …

This is What You Need to Know About Camera Aperture

One of the most commonly cited reasons that people give for wanting to transition from a point-and-shoot camera to an interchangeable lens system …

How Formula E can overtake F1 and help save the world

The future is going to be a fascinating one, and I'm taking my pills so I can live to see it.<p>Sir Richard Branson<p>It's absolutely the future.<p>Danny King, Virgin Racing engineer<p>"Formula E has raised the flag around the world that these cars are a viable alternative to fossil fuel dependent …

Running with Apple Watch, a beginner’s guide

If you bought an Apple Watch hoping it would help you get fit, but you haven’t been on your first run yet, maybe you need of a little more encouragement. So here’s some advice from a reformed couch potato.<p>The first workout is the hardest. It gets progressively easier and more rewarding from there. …

Apple Watch

Can game theory explain the Greek debt crisis?

<b>The Greek finance minister is an expert in game theory. Could this help predict how the Eurozone negotiations will turn out, asks Marcus Miller, professor of economics at the University of Warwick.</b><p>Game theory is what its name implies. It's the use of games to study behaviour and decision-making.<p>The …

Europe

Thanks to IBM, a hot startup called Databricks is poised to dominate a vital new market

IBM called Spark "the most significant open source project of the next decade."<p>This was very good news for a two-year-old startup called Databricks, founded by the people that invented Spark, and who, today, officially launched their commercial version of Spark.<p>Spark is a free and open source …

Machine Learning

How a 10-month-old startup's founders convinced investors to give them millions of dollars to buy a 93-year-old German razor factory

But Jeff Raider and Andy Katz-Mayfield, the cofounders of shaving startup Harry's did just that — and then they used the money to buy a 93-year-old German factory.<p>Raider and Katz-Mayfield became friends more than a decade ago, when the two were interns together during college. Raider then went on …

Startups

15 Sentences That Can Change Your Life

The dangers and opportunities facing real estate’s $5 billion ‘unicorn’ startup

The deal valued WeWork at $1.5 billion and catapulted it into the limelight. It was suddenly a "unicorn," Silicon Valley-speak for a company that races to a $1 billion-plus valuation based on fundraising.<p>Over the next few weeks, there was little news from the startup, save for a couple of …

Real Estate

23 Short Stories You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

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American Inflation Soon To Be Every Central Banker's Worst Nightmare

In the closed door offices of central bankers from Brazil to Moscow, there is a growing concern that the currency wars of QE I, II and III will eventually take a turn for the worst. And there is not much they can do about it.<p>While it might not be a surprising turn, the problem is no one really …

China's new silk road could change global economics forever

Beginning with the marvelous tales of Marco Polo's travels across Eurasia to China, the Silk Road has never ceased to entrance the world. Now, the ancient cities of Samarkand, Baku, Tashkent, and Bukhara are once again firing the world's imagination.<p>China is building the world's greatest economic …

Silk Road

How Steve Jobs Botched Things Up For His First 20 Years - And Why Nobody Cares

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What was Steve Jobs wrong about?</i><p><i>Answer by Jonathan Brill, Steve Jobs amateur historian, on Quora</i><p>Every business leader should feel better after learning two things about Steve Jobs:<p>For most of this life, he was very bad at running things that involved …

The Complete Guide to Backing Up Your Computer The Best Way

There’s a reason people don’t bother backing up their computer: thinking about the task of doing it properly becomes too <i></i>difficult. The thing about backups is that it’s not a question of if data loss will strike you, but when and how severely.<p>Backups have long been considered to be incredibly …

Here’s One Thing All the Billion-Dollar Unicorns Have in Common

Do you believe in magic? How about something better: The liquidation preference.<p>They’re called unicorns — young companies valued at $1 billion or more — because at one point they were rare. Now, they’re much less so.<p>In the last two weeks the sector has seen several land large investments: Zenefits …

Six Useful Entrepreneurship MOOCs

The Six Best Entrepreneurship MOOCs<p>It can be challenging for budding entrepreneurs to know how to get started with setting up and building a …

Get More Done with These 5 iPhone Apps

Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, for better or for worse, are sources of infinite distraction. We have too many candies that must be …

Apps

Can Apple's Expanded Strategy Push It To $1 Trillion Market Cap?

Your car, your home, your TV, your health, your payments and your personal assistant all connected through your iPhone; that is the expanded vision that Tim Cook sees for Apple. Properly executed, this new strategy could push the company to a $1 trillion market cap, says tech analyst Ben Thompson …