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Austin is piloting blockchain to improve homeless services

While the vagaries of the cryptocurrency markets are keeping crypto traders glued to their CoinDesk graphs, the real potential of blockchain is its capability to solve real human challenges in a decentralized, private, and secure way. Government officials have increasingly investigated how …

Homelessness

This 3D-printed house aims to end homelessness. Could it work?

A printing company and a nonprofit think they’ve found a solution to global poverty: 3D-printed houses. But activists warn the solution might not be as simple as it sounds.<p>New Story, a charity dedicated to providing shelter for impoverished and distressed communities, and printing company ICON …

Globalization

BitGuild launches blockchain games portal and incubator

In recent times, we’ve heard a lot about successful ICOs and the millions being raised to create new economies and fund decentralized projects. But we often don’t hear about what happens next.<p>After successfully raising $20 million in under six hours, BitGuild is releasing something tangible and is …

Sending a Pitch Deck to Investors? Make Sure It Has These 12 Things

Don't send your deck with lots of tracking tools attached--let investors view it at their leisure.<p>I know you have your document-sending tool to send your fundraising deck to VCs and track who read your deck, which pages they read, and how much time they spend on each page. I know that you can use …

Bananacoin is the latest crazy cryptocurrency you've never heard about

Don't understand Bitcoin? Prepare to vaguely understand Bananacoin, the latest cryptocurrency to hit the market. Simply put, it's the world's first option for investing in the production of organic bananas. As of Wednesday morning, around 3.4 million bananacoins had been sold at $0.50.<p>Basically, …

Los Angeles

Where'd You Get That Token? 7 Platforms Managing ICOs

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) are evolving into an industry unto themselves.<p>As in any growing business, you can tell this is happening when new …

Cryptocurrency

The CEO of a simulation startup backed with $500 million thinks we're going to start living 'multiversal lives'

Improbable cofounder and CEO Herman Narula said on Thursday that he expects us to start living multiversal lives we cannot yet imagine.<p>The Cambridge-educated tech entrepreneur said at the Wired Live event that artificial realities built on the distributed computing systems that Improbable is …

Gaming Industry

Build your own token sale with CoinLaunch’s CoinCreator

Building a token sale is at once quite simple — you build a token and sell it — and quite complex. A number of issues crop up immediately, including, but not limited to, the need for an expensive team of lawyers, marketers, social media experts and, until now, an expensive crew to build your smart …

Blockchain

Dual Universe is a massive online game that’s one world — and the players create it

Dual Universe is ambitious. It’s a massively multiplayer role-playing game that promises a single shared universe, one where potentially millions of people can gather to engineer ships, create organizations, develop miniature economies, and build virtual lives. After raising over $660,000 on the …

Solar System

‘The Social Contract Is Broken’: Inequality Becomes Deadly in Mexico

MONTERREY, Mexico — Viewed from above, greater Monterrey, with its corporate headquarters and golf resorts, appears as one city stretching between the mountains that surround it.<p>Closer up, though, it becomes clear that invisible walls enclose Monterrey’s wealthy core, creating a dividing line …

Mexico

Thousands of Millennials are Opting Out of Renting Their Own Apartments and Going for This Instead

Community is the name of the game.<p>Millennials are notorious for moving around. We job-hop like no other generation in history, partly due to economic realities outside our control. Where 18% of the total workforce switches jobs every 1-3 years, 42% of Millennials do.<p>Switching jobs often comes with …

There's an easy way to strengthen a struggling marriage — and too many people ignore it

I'd reached the point in the book where Finkel, who is a psychologist at Northwestern University and a professor at the Kellogg School of Management, talks about ways to strengthen a struggling marriage — temporarily or permanently. The bit that really got me was Finkel's simple directive to <b>ask</b> …

Relationships

What it's like to have the best job in America right now

Data scientists have the best job in America, according to Glassdoor.<p>The field may be relatively new and occasionally vaguely defined, but one thing's for sure — it's also growing.<p>That's because, in the digital age, the amount of data available is only going to continue to grow exponentially. And …

Employment

This 25-Year-Old Just Launched A University-Focused VC Firm Out Of A Rental Car

As students went back to college in the fall of 2016, Eric Tarczynski started a road trip to visit 55 schools. At some, he’d ask to sleep on a spare couch; more often, he’d spend the night in the back seat of his rental car. Each stop had one purpose: to meet with the most connected students on …

20 Books Every Parent Should Read ASAP

Parents, you are NOT alone.<p><i>The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.</i>

The 24 best Netflix original shows of all time, according to critics

You'd have to spend 41 days binge-watching Netflix non-stop to see it all. So if you're like us, you're having trouble keeping track of which Netflix shows are worth your time.<p>To create a cheat sheet for you, we asked reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to tell us which Netflix shows had the highest …

Entertainment

Moonfrog taps FarmVille creator to build epic Baahubali mobile game

<i>Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,</i> a major film from Indian director S.S. Rajamouli, debuted this week. And it is accompanied by a new mobile game from Moonfrog Labs, dubbed S.S. Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Game.<p>The mobile game is a major release on Google Play and the Apple App Store. To create it, the …

How Venture Capitalists Really Assess a Pitch

Justyna Stasik<p>Before Lakshmi Balachandra entered academia, she spent a few years working for two venture capital firms, where she routinely witnessed a phenomenon that mystified her. The VCs would receive a business plan from an entrepreneur, read it, and get excited. They’d do some research on the …

Startups

Project Sand Hill: Google’s Unknown Campaign to Track the World’s Hottest Startups

Google calls it Project Sand Hill.<p>Since 2012, Suman Prasad and his team have worked with various Silicon Valley venture capital firms to identify …

Disruption for Good

Until recently, someone making a small gift—whether placing a few dollars in a collection basket, sending a check in response to a mail solicitation, …

The 10 Essential Mobile Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Use

An organized entrepreneur is a successful entrepreneur.<p>Below you will find short reviews of 10 mobile apps every entrepreneur should use. These apps will help organize your business no matter the trade. An organized entrepreneur is a successful entrepreneur. Because these apps all offer different …

Starbreeze plans a virtual reality arcade in L.A.

Payday 2 developer Starbreeze Studios said today that it will set up a virtual reality arcade in Los Angeles as part of a bid to expose more people to VR — and make it popular.<p>The Swedish company disclosed the plan at the VRLA Winter Expo event in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles area has become a …

Virtual Reality

Marketers Need To Shift from Crafting Messages to Creating Experiences

The majority of a company’s value is intangible, so a strong brand is a significant competitive advantage. As Philip Kotler wrote, “The art of …

The Most Philanthropic Business Leaders on the Planet

Generosity that gives us hope and makes us realize that there is a greater reason to pursue success in the business world.<p>It's commonly said that money is the root of all evil--and this is certainly true in many instances. When you look at atrocious crimes, legal issues in business, jealousy, rage, …

Entrepreneurship

This Giant 3-D Printer Prints Entire Houses

WASP makes smaller printers with essentially the same design. They’re cabinets with three arms that run up and down the three edges of the box. By …

3D

The DeanBeat: How to get game developers to save the planet

Erin Robinson Swink is a seasoned indie game developer and founder of Ivy Games, and she’s trying set the world on fire. But in a good way.<p>She’s a Phoenix-based neuroscientist-turned-game-creator and developer of games such as Gravity Ghost and Puzzle Bots. She’s worried about global warming. In a …

Fossil Fuels

Egyptian researchers developed a cost-effective method for cleaning saltwater in just minutes

Finding ways to create clean drinking water where there is none is a field of constant innovation. Desalination, the process of filtering seawater to …