Sasha Kazantseva

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Flux, a fintech startup founded by ex-Revolut employees, wants to make paper receipts obsolete

Flux, a London-based fintech startup founded by three early employees of foreign exchange and banking app Revolut, is on a mission to make store receipts truly digital.<p>The company, which is de-cloaking this week with a pilot in East London, has built a software platform that bridges the gap between …

FinTech

Starbucks rolls out a more personalized mobile app along with a revamped Rewards program

Starbucks this morning announced the overall of its mobile application, now used by 17 million people, in an effort to create a more personalized experience for its customers. The changes rolled out alongside an overhaul of the company’s popular customer loyalty program, Starbucks Rewards, which is …

Virtual Marketplace Aims To Change The Ratio of Women On Boards

TheBoardlist aims to be a source of vetted professional women to help solve the so-called pipeline problem for female directors.<p>Two findings about gender and leadership bookended 2015.<p>In January, the Pew Research Center found that men and women agree that honesty, intelligence, and decisiveness are …

Pew Research Center

13 Jobs That Now Matter The Most, From A Digital Perspective

Every organization, regardless of size or industry, is looking for people that can help bring about greater digital acumen.<p>If you’re looking to shift your career into more of a digital mode, or if you are an executive charged with building a more digital-savvy organization, Hiring Hub has compiled …

This startup you've never heard of is an expert at predicting what you want to do next

The B2B startup specializes in making apps talk to each other, and it has booked big-name clients like Uber, FourSquare, and Airbnb.<p>The key to Button is linking your intent with what comes next.<p>"Let's say you go to FourSquare and open up a venue," says CEO Mike Jaconi. "We understand that not only …

Apps

Uber Is Testing an On-Demand Helicopter Service

Airbus Group (airbus-group-n-v) has partnered with Uber (uber) to offer an on-demand helicopter service.<p>The European airplane manufacturer will be …

Film Festivals

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto probably Australian entrepreneur, reports claim

Investigations by Wired and Gizmodo point to Craig Steven Wright as true identity of cryptocurrency’s creator – but questions still remain

Bitcoin

Google-backed Lost My Name has sold 1m children's books in two years

British startup has shipped to 160 countries, based on its mantra of being ‘a technology company that happens to make physical books’<p>British startup Lost My Name has sold more than 1m of its personalised picture books for children since launching its first title two years ago.<p>The company’s The …

Children's Books

Social media companies step up battle against militant propaganda

<i>(By Joseph Menn, Reuters) –</i> Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants, but the Internet companies are doing it quietly to avoid the perception that they are helping the authorities police the Web.<p>On Friday, Facebook said it …

Social Media

Billionaire CEO and investor Marc Benioff says unicorn startups manipulated private markets and he's done investing in them

Its billionaire CEO Marc Benioff loves working with entrepreneurs and often serves as a mentor for a lot of them, too.<p>But Benioff isn't too thrilled with all the high valuations going on in the private markets, and says he's now done investing in "unicorn" startups, or companies that raise at a …

Venture Capital

Gmail Ending? Google Starts Migrating Users

Something rather interesting is happening at the Gmail.com domain right now. Google has started notifying users of its experimental ‘Inbox By Gmail’ service that this has replaced their Gmail account…<p>The pop-up appears when Inbox users login and states “Thanks for trying Inbox! To make it easier …

Gmail

An ex-Facebook exec just launched a $70 million fund for tech startups

It's White Star's first institutional fund and has been raised from backers including the Canadian government, the chair of auction house Christie's, and the founder of Cirque du Soleil, among others.<p>White Star will invest between $500,000 (£428,500) and $5 million (£3.3 million) in tech startups …

Venture Capital

What Apple employees say about the company's secretive internal corporate culture

We know it's intense.<p>But we wanted to hear what it was like from the employees themselves, and not just those picked to be at the centre of its flagship projects.<p>What is it like in the cafeteria, walking the halls? Are staff really encouraged to let their creativity flow?<p>Luckily, there is a Quora …

Corporate Culture

Alibaba is dominating — but the retailer still has a $161 million problem that founder Jack Ma compared to cancer

But the retailer is still working to tackle one huge problem: counterfeit goods. Since 2013, Alibaba spent $161 million to eradicate the problem, which founder Jack Ma once called "a cancer we have to deal with."<p>Alibaba has been plagued by issues with counterfeit goods for years.<p>In May, a lawsuit …

eCommerce

Tesla needs the one thing only rival carmakers can give it

Tesla's market position is solid right now. True, the company is facing challenges, from perfecting its manufacturing processes to ensuring that it can deliver enough vehicles in 2015 to keep Wall Street happy.<p>But Elon Musk's startup has money in the bank, has just debuted its much-anticipated …

Tesla

Salesforce billionaire and angel investor Marc Benioff says unicorn startups are 'making a huge mistake'

So he told attendees Tuesday at the Fortune Global Forum conference taking place in San Francisco.<p>"Marissa and I are part of a dinner group. And every month we have dinner with a dozen entrepreneurs," he says.<p>"And if you ask me why I would take time to do that, it's because I love it. I love …

Venture Capital

Jet Lag Doesn’t Have to Ruin Your Business Trip

<i>FERIDUN AKGÜNGÖR</i><p>When business is conducted globally, we often have to travel long distances to launch projects, meet with partners, negotiate deals, address crises, manage customer relations, and engage in a variety of other activities on the behalf of our organizations. And if you have to cross …

Daylight saving time: The myths and the truths

<b>(CNN) —</b> Loved by some, loathed by many, daylight saving time has wide-ranging and often surprising implications.<p>From energy use to our very health, here's a look at some of the mythology and facts surrounding DST.<p>MYTH: It saves energy<p>One of the most commonly offered rationales for daylight saving …

Banks' approach to bitcoin is 'cynical', says an ex-Barclays tech chief

The technology has the potential to make money transfers faster and cheaper, as well as having potential revolutionary applications for everything from stock issuing to the diamond trade .<p>22 of the world's leading investment banks have formed a partnership to look at how the blockchain can be used …

Blockchain

Some tech investors sure seem to be getting defensive lately ...

But lately, some of Silicon Valley's big tech investors seem to be particularly upset that journalists are questioning some of the valley's hottest startups.<p>There's a fundamental difference in point of view here. The funders see first-hand how hard it is to build something and sympathize with the …

Venture Capital

'Steve Jobs' writer Aaron Sorkin says 'my conscience is clear' on film's accuracy

LONDON--Defending the accuracy of the new movie " Steve Jobs", writer Aaron Sorkin said Sunday that his "conscience is clear." The film's star, Michael Fassbender, and director Danny Boyle also described what they saw as the truth contained in the film, with Fassbender hailing Sorkin's screenplay …

A banking app for migrants has 56,000 people on its waiting list

Monese has built a platform that allows it to check the identity of anyone in the European Economic Area, letting people open bank accounts quickly even if they are new to a country.<p>The startup is specifically targetting migrants, who can find it difficult to open accounts when they arrive in a new …

FinTech

The Neverending Workday

A pervasive cultural norm of work devotion leaves many employees with little time for family, friends, or sleep.<p>A spate of suicides among employees of Wall Street firms has focused attention on the pact between white-collar ambition and endurance. Young male bankers, seemingly with very successful …

Employment

The Triumphant Return of the Email Newsletter

“No one cares about traffic anymore,” says Stacey Ferguson, founder of the social media community and conference Blogalicious. “Everything is so divided up — you’ve got your blog, then Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest.”<p>What matters instead is influence, and one way to build it is by guiding audiences …

The Conference That’s Trying to Reinvent How We Network

<i>C2 Montréal’s outdoor plaza at night. Courtesy of C2</i><p>This past May, I found myself at a conference unlike any other I’d ever attended. What made it so different was the way people were interacting. One group sat in a circle of chairs suspended from the ceiling, a net beneath them in case anyone …

CITE: The $1 billion city with no residents - CNN Style

Written by Kieron Monks, CNN<p>In the arid plains of the southern New Mexico desert, between the site of the first atomic bomb test and the U.S.-Mexico border, a new city is rising from the sand.<p>Planned for a population of 35,000, the city will showcase a modern business district downtown, and neat …

Dalai Lama says that any female successor would have to be 'attractive'

Tibetan spiritual leader courts sexism row by saying that an ugly woman couldn't do the job<p>TO his millions of fans in the West, he is the living, breathing embodiment of humanity and compassion.<p>But if stepping into the Dalai Lama's shoes was not a tough enough act already, he has now laid down an …

Yoogaia’s Home Fitness Platform Gets $3M To Push For International Growth

Finnish fitness startup Yoogaia has pulled in a $3 million seed to stretch its home exercise platform into more markets. Investors in the round are Nokia Growth Partners, Inventure, Sanoma Ventures and Point Nine Capital.<p>Although Yoogaia announced a $630,000 ‘seed’ round last October, it now terms …

Mobile Devices