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BBC Radio 4 - The Educators, Salman Khan

Sal Khan worked as a hedge-fund analyst before he set up the Khan Academy, almost by accident, when his cousin in another city needed help with her maths homework. Since then, his online video lessons have been watched half a billion times, and he's been described by Bill Gates as 'the world's …

Talkdesk grabs $3.15M for its 'call center in the browser'

Funny what can happen with a small project you hack together just to win a laptop.<p>For Portugal-born startup Talkdesk, it turned into a full-fledged business, and today it’s announcing that it has raised $3.15 million in a new round of funding.<p>Born out of a contest that cloud communications company …

With $7.9 Million In Funding, Workpop Launches As A Job Marketplace For Hourly Workers

There are plenty of tools out there for recruiting and hiring professionals, mainly led by industry stalwart LinkedIn. But what if you’re looking for part-time or hourly workers? In the service industry, where quality workers can be hard to come by and turnover is significant, new jobs marketplace …

Smart Shopping Tool PoachIt Scores An Additional $1.8 Million

One of the challenges with online shopping is worrying that you’re not getting the best deal. Customers abandon shopping carts regularly, thinking they’ll spend just a few more minutes researching the product in question, but then never return. A company called PoachIt, which has now closed on an …

3 Ways to Boost your Startup

Let’s start with a simple truth: three out of four startups are destined to fail. The scariest thing is, the line between success and failure is a fine one. Even if you’ve got a killer product and your startup is ‘off the ground,’ if you’re not getting your fair share of capital, coverage and …

Product Hunt Raises $6 Million From A16Z

Product Hunt, the aggregation site that many people consider a direct competitor to TechCrunch and other tech blogs due to its ability to surface new tech products and startups, has raised a hefty series A, we’re hearing.<p>We’ve heard that Andreessen Horowitz led the round, and that Product Hunt …

3 Signs You Should Not Become an Entrepreneur

<i>Jeffrey Lyon is the founder of Black Lotus.</i><p>Everything looks easier on TV. From the safety of your couch, you know you are a better singer than the contestants on “The X Factor.” You are a tougher cook than those on “Hell’s Kitchen,” and you would be a far better entrepreneur than those …

What I Wish I'd Known About Running a Startup

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>I knew building a startup would be hard. I knew it would be slow. I knew we had to do lots of customer development and build something people want.<p>But there were things I didn’t know.<p>A lot of the work is actually email<p>Someone asked me recently what a …

Good Eggs Raises $21 Million From Index Ventures To Deliver The Farmer’s Market To Your Door

Organic food delivery startup Good Eggs wants to change the way people eat, making it easier for customers to buy organic foods produced by independent farmers and vendors nearby. With plans to bring its marketplace of locally sourced sustainable foods to more users, it’s raised $21 million in …

FreeCharge, Which Gives Users Coupons For Charging Their Mobile Plans, Raises $33M Series B

FreeCharge, an India-based online platform that lets user earn coupons when they add money to their prepaid mobile phone plans or pay utility bills online, has raised a $33 million Series B from returning investor Sequoia Capital, as well as Sofina, and RuNet.<p>The money will be used for marketing …

Wizeline, with a fresh $6.7M, wants to create a 'corporate brain' to boost product dev

Sixty percent of R&D budgets are wasted on features that are never used. That’s the inefficiency startup Wizeline — which grabbed $6.7 million last week — intends to disrupt with data.<p>The Series A funding, representing the total amount the company has received thus far, was raised from Lowercase …

This Smart Cooler is Now the Most Successful Kickstarter Project Ever

Experts say wearable technology is the next big thing, but now the people have spoken. And the people don’t want smartwatches — they want a cooler …

Crowd Funding

The Internet of Things Is the Hackers’ New Playground

A new study finds new Internet connected gadgets tend to lack the most basic security.<p>Excited about the promise of the shiny new Internet of Things? Good. Because hackers are too. Or at least they should be, according to a study by computing giant Hewlett-Packard.<p>The company’s Fortify application …

This may be the greatest invention in the history of water balloons

37 balloons. One hose. Game over.<p>If you've ever had the pleasure of participating in a water balloon fight, you will concur that the most frustrating part of battle is reloading. You think you've got an uninflated balloon securely attached to the end of a garden hose, and then as soon as you turn …

Fixed fights parking tickets on your behalf, raises $1.2M

An app that fights your parking tickets for you. What’ll they think of next?<p>The San Francisco-based company, Fixed, with an app of the same name, asks only that you take out your iPhone and snap a pic of your parking ticket. Then the company checks for errors on the ticket, and sends an letter of …

Top 33 Most Creative Camping DIY Projects and Clever Ideas - DIY & Crafts

Going on a camping trip is such an exciting adventure. Getting back to nature can be very refreshing and spending time in the great outdoors, away …

Crafting

Curated Food Delivery Startup Caviar In Talks To Be Acquired By Square For $100 Million

Curated food delivery startup Caviar is in talks to be acquired by Square in a deal that could be worth at least $100 million, according to several sources. While we’ve heard the deal is slated to take place over the next couple of weeks, these things could always fall apart.<p>Caviar is one of many …

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Secondary Drowning

Over the weekend, I experienced one of the worst things to have happened to me since becoming a mother. After the shock subsided, a thousand memories, regrets and things that I wish I had done differently that day flashed through my mind.<p>I tend to hesitate when it comes to sharing super-personal …

Mind

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

My mom turned some of my ticket stubs into pillows for my new apartment.

The Pillows<p>I'm moving into a new apartment and love going to the movies, and my craft-y mom saw an idea on Pinterest and thought it would be cool. So …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness

Spoonrocket Confirms $11M In Funding From Foundation, Expands Lunch To All Of SF

In what’s becoming an ultra-hot market for food delivery, Spoonrocket wants to corner the market by providing high-quality meals delivered to your door in minutes — all for just $8 each, with no delivery fee. To make that happen, it has confirmed an $11 million round of Series A funding and an …

Lix, A More Precise 3D-Printing Pen, Passes Its Kickstarter Goal In 2-Hours

This embed is invalid<p>The 3Doodler 3D-printing pen, as my TC colleague John Biggs recently pointed out, is a fun toy but a silly tool. It’s big and its output is frustratingly wonky. But then it was created by a pair of veteran toy makers so focusing on the fun was clearly the primary intention.<p>Now …

50 Influential Photographs That Changed Human History

1 of 51<p>Family members pass Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at an Albania camp, March 1999.<p>2 …

Surprising uses for baking soda include a 13-cent facial scrub

Strange, but true: Baking soda is the starting point for some smart budget beauty and style tricks. Read how that lonely yellow box in the back of …

Raise Now: VC Funding For Startups At Highest Point In More Than A Decade

There is a reason it feels like everyone and anyone is raising money to build a company: They are. According to two studies, capital raised from venture capitalists by growing, private companies is at its highest point since 2001.<p>A study by MoneyTree pegs the total sum raised in the first quarter …

The inventor of everything

It’s a sunny morning in Camarillo, California, and the fields along Pleasant Valley road are full of berry pickers in colored sweatshirts moving swiftly to gather ripe fruit. I take a left turn down Calle San Pablo into an unassuming industrial park, the research and development center for Cool …

The 39 Most Valuable Startups In The World

Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal released a report of more than 30 startups from the U.S., China, and Europe that are valued at $1 billion or more.<p>These companies range from familiar firms like Pinterest and Uber, to more-recent billion-dollar startups like messaging app Tango and events …

Venture Capital

Andreessen Horowitz Raises Massive New $1.5 Billion Fund

Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz just announced that it has closed its Fund IV. And it’s a massive $1.5 billion fund for all sorts of investments from seed rounds to late-stage rounds.<p>Previously, Andreessen Horowitz had raised $300 million in 2009 (Fund I), $650 million in 2010 (Fund II), …