Ryan Keahukai Vaspra

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How I Left A 12-Year Career In Silicon Valley To Work On A Beach In Belize

Three months ago, Jeanna Barrett traded a beige office in San Francisco for a palapa on the Caribbean. This is how she pulled it off.<p>Three months ago, I worked in San Francisco as a marketing leader for a unicorn startup. I earned a salary that let me do, eat, and buy whatever I wanted. Now, I live …

Silicon Valley Legend Creates Pitch Deck Template For Entrepreneurs

Peter Thiel cofounded Paypal with Elon Musk and Max Levchin in 1998. They sold this company to eBay in a deal worth over $1B. He then founded several …

Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo

A new iPhone application launching today called Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo. The goal with the app is to offer something designed for mobile, that’s also more convenient than using a bank’s online bill pay feature. And more importantly, it …

Here Are the Stocks to Buy if Donald Trump Becomes President

Big change in the land’s highest office can mean big changes in the economy. In general, promises are broken or only half kept. Still, we get clues …

Can robo advisers replace human financial advisers?

Do investors need people anymore?<p>The past few years have seen the rise of robo advisers, a category that includes not only fully automated investment …

Serviced apartments site MetroResidences raises funds from investors led by 500 Startups

To save on costs, many companies are looking at serviced apartments rather than hotels when sending their staff on business trips. But the search can …

Startups

Researchers Pilot a Drone Using an Apple Watch

Innovation<p>Far from science fiction, the ability to seemingly control things with your hands is no longer the fantasy that stories like Star Wars once imagined, thanks to a research team in Taiwan that has created technology akin to using The Force.<p>The Taiwanese technology researchers at PVD+ have …

Drones

Urban.us Raising $10 Million Fund To Invest In Startups That Impact City Living

Venture fund Urban.us is gearing up to close a $10 million fund to continue investing in startups focused on impacting urban city living across mobility and logistics, environment, utilities and local government. Urban.us expects to close the fund later this year, but it has already committed some …

Big banks are suddenly looking hard at the weed industry

Twenty-three states currently allow some form of legal marijuana and voters in four states and Washington, D.C., have voted to allow recreational use. Next election day, California and between five and 10 other states are likely to vote on recreational legalization.<p>In 2014, legal marijuana was the …

Cannabis

1 Billion Matches Later, Tinder Can Trace Its To-the-Moon Growth to Signing Up Sorority Girls

<i>Join us at Entrepreneur magazine’s Growth Conference, Dec. 15 in Long Beach, Calif. for a day of fresh ideas, business mentoring and networking.</i></i> …

Where to Eat and Drink in Havana, Cuba

Cuba got you curious? You’re going to need a few pointers. Our guide to the top home restaurants, must-try cocktails, and which currency to buy will make you an expert first-time traveler in no time.<p>If you’ve always wondered what Cuba was like beyond cigars and vintage cars, start packing: It’s …

Cuba

Sleek Valkyrie Private Plane Lets You Fly in Style

So you're thinking about buying yourself a private plane — but who wants a dusty old Cessna or Mooney? Anyone who's anyone is getting a Valkyrie. This ultra-fancy new private plane from Cobalt looks more like a spaceship than a propeller-driven aircraft, and if it comes to a race, the Valkyrie …

Aviation

Leonardo DiCaprio just invested in a startup that claims it can 'grow' real diamonds in weeks — here's the science behind it

Or do they?<p>The Santa Clara-based startup Diamond Foundry claims it can grow diamonds in a lab that are as high-quality as natural gems, minus the exploitation of the mining industry.<p>Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, along with 10 billionaires, have already invested in the company, which says it can make …

Foundries

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Brendan Kennedy might look like the world's most boring drug dealer but he's one of the biggest names in legal marijuana sales

Kennedy is hoping that it is precisely this normality, this whiff of corporateness, that will give him the edge in the burgeoning global cannabis business. Five years ago, the push for the legalisation of marijuana was led by "people who were well intentioned, but weren't interested in creating …

Cannabis

This is how startups make money

Going the startup way is riskier but more straightforward than working a job. Here there’s no boss to decide what happens to you. You’re the boss. …

How to take a screenshot or record video on your Apple TV

Whether you want to preserve a picture of your epic battlefield results or want to build an app walkthrough for your mother, the fourth-generation …

The next Silicon Beach? Orange County wants to build its tech community

On a recent evening, a crowd of entrepreneurs, investors and tech consultants gathered at an office building near UC Irvine, drinking Heineken, playing pingpong and watching the San Diego Chargers take an early lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers.<p>But the socializing was just background for the main …

How Common Is A Stock Market Crash?

A crash is defined as an index dropping at least 50% from some previous high.<p>Smaller drops in the market between 20% and 50% are called “Bear Markets.” Larger drops of at least 80% are called “Depressions.”<p>The S&P 500 Price Index is the most common representation of “the market” when measuring …

Proof success has nothing to do with a high IQ

<i>MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for:</i> …

19 startups that could make you a millionaire if you got hired there today

Find Scholarships for College with Scholly App

So you got into college; now, how do you pay for it? Millions of dollars go unclaimed in scholarships every year and the app <b>Scholly</b> <b>($0.99)</b> aims to help students claim their share by using the top eight criteria for scholarship requirements to bring applicants an individual list of opportunities to …

College & University

Collective Health Closes On $81 Million, Adds Google Ventures To List Of High-Profile Investors

Enterprise health insurance services platform Collective Health has raised a healthy $81 million in Series C funding to help the startup continue to grow its team, as well as cover the U.S. market.<p>Ali Diab co-founded Collective Health with his friend Rajaie Batniji, a physician and political …

This startup will tell you how much experience a doctor has treating your condition

Amino analyzed health insurance claims from 188 million Americans<p>Choosing a doctor can be a real pain. Besides looking at a physician’s credentials — where they went to school, for instance — or checking for online reviews that may not be truthful, there aren’t many resources that can help someone …