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Tech’s 5 biggest players now worth $3 trillion

Tech’s most valuable players today crossed the $3 trillion aggregate market cap mark according to Google Finance data. It’s a feat that marks a new threshold for tech amidst the current boom.<p>As “Nasdaq 5,000” was a critical moment in the dot-com rally, the $3 trillion result for the firms that we …

Wolfram Alpha

Meet the Artist Who Visualizes the Thoughts of the World's Greatest Innovators

Imagine it's your job to creatively synthesize think tank conversations. Here's what you'd know.<p>Imagine you can listen in on all the best "think tank" sessions around the world.<p>You have access to leading innovators and thinkers, in industries from pharmaceuticals to financial services, from …

Innovation

How GE Built an Innovation Lab to Rapidly Prototype Appliances

Many large companies yearn to rekindle the innovative magic of entrepreneurship, but very few actually succeed. The reasons have been well documented and include:<p>Large, established companies answer to investors who value predictable, consistent financial results, and so are intolerant of the risks …

Innovation

Robots Are Replacing Workers Where You Shop

Wal-Mart and other large retailers, under pressure from Amazon, turn to technology to do workers’ rote tasks<p>Last August, a 55-year-old Wal-Mart employee found out her job was being taken over by a robot. Her task was to count cash and track the accuracy of the store’s books from a desk in a …

Robots

DCS latest

DCS latest<p>Latest<p>For more than 250 years the fundamental drivers of economic growth have been technological innovations. The most important of these are what economists call general-purpose technologies — a category that includes the steam engine, electricity, and the internal combustion engine. …

Machine Learning

Ironhack raises $3 million for its coding bootcamp

As the focus on new educational models and coding bootcamps continues to attract attention (rightly or wrongly) as a cure for the world’s economic woes, Ironhack, a coding bootcamp with campuses in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and Miami, has snagged $3 million in financing.<p>Madrid-based JME Venture …

Startups

How to Raise Your First Round of Funding

As an entrepreneur, raising capital is a skill that you must have.<p>It’s tough running a startup on little capital. One of the biggest reasons why companies fail is that they run out of money. As an entrepreneur, raising capital is a skill that you must have. If you are unable to successfully raise …

Venture Capital

Greylock and SoftBank are leading a $159 million round into a driverless-car tech startup

Greylock’s Reid Hoffman and SoftBank’s Shu Nyatta will join Nauto’s board as part of the investment.<p>Greylock Partners and SoftBank are leading a $159 series B round into auto-tech startup Nauto. As part of the investment, Greylock partner and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman as well as SoftBank …

Startups

7 insights from Elon Musk about innovation and the future

Over the weekend, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made headlines with his question and answer session at the National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island.<p>He talked about the threat he sees from unchecked artificial intelligence, Tesla's stock price and his failed attempt to work with …

Elon Musk

Here's How Long A Top Global VC Firm Spends Doing Its Due Diligence

You just spent the entire night redoing your pitch deck, double and triple checking for typos and formatting errors before hitting the send button to the large VC firm that a close friend just connected you with. You sit back and double check your mail tracker program a few times before settling in …

Venture Capital

How To Tell If Your Actually Winning At Business Of If You're Fooling Yourself

Are You "Winning" or Losing?<p>According to best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, and business expert, Richie Norton, there are "7 Deadly Wins" in life and business.<p>Norton argues that a common practice in business is to create the facade of winning, while in fact, the bottom-line is losing.<p>Not …

Entrepreneurship

How a Second-Place Company Can Be a Winner

Any industry can have only one top dog at a time, of course. But what does it take for a No. 2 company to establish itself as a viable rival for the …

Burger King

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

Google spent years studying successful teams and discovered insights that could forever change how teams are assembled.<p>Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data and spent millions trying to better understand its people. One of their most interesting …

Google

1 New York Investor Did More For Startups in 1 Tweet Than Most of Silicon Valley This Year

Josh Kopelman got 15% female applicants for his new position. Then, he did this.<p>Josh Kopelman, one of the general partners at New York early stage venture capital firm First Round, is looking for talent. News is, he knows how to <i>not</i> stop looking when he's exhausted his immediate network. Mr. …

Venture Capital

Inside the secret Brooklyn 'farm' where Adidas is creating the future

In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in an unassuming warehouse space just across the street from a stone supplier, Adidas is plotting the future.<p>That's where the company has built its Brooklyn Creator Farm, a relatively secret location where Adidas hosts a small team of designers from studios around the world.<p>…

Adidas

Google’s New Feeds Show You the Internet You Want to See

Google's search box may be the internet's most powerful tool. Type a few words and you can find information on any topic ever considered. The box …

Google

10 Companies That Apple Doesn't Have Enough Cash to Buy -- The Motley Fool

The tech titan's cash pile alone is greater than most companies' market caps.<p>With a market cap of about $784.5 billion, <b>Apple</b> (NASDAQ:AAPL) is by far …

Stocks

13 Vibrant Communities For Digital Nomads And Remote Workers

Freelancing is transforming the way people work and live. Rapid technological progression enables millions of people to work from anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection.<p>No matter where you work you must get stuff done. Being in remote places can cause severe technical and …

Digital Nomads

Smart Leaders Know the Difference Between Complex and Complicated. Do You?

The default mindset of leaders sets them up for failure. This b-school professor explains how to fix it.<p>You probably use the words 'complex' and 'complicated' interchangeably. Most of us do. Heck, most dictionaries use complex to define complicated and vice versa. There's just one problem: If …

Leadership

Mangrove raises $170M for its new fund to invest in Europe and Israeli startups

Luxembourg-based Mangrove Capital Partners, one of Europe’s leading early stage venture capital firms, has raised $170 million for its latest fund.<p>Mangrove V will be used to invest across Europe and Israel. The amount matches that of its previous funds, and was completed inside two months with 90 …

Venture Capital

The Answer to Short-Termism Isn’t Asking Investors to Be Patient

Short-term corporate behavior is a major problem in the 21st century firm. Too many companies prioritize quarterly earnings over long-term innovation, human capital investment, and brand development, and many people believe short-term shareholders are to blame. The popular argument goes as follows: …

Governance

A Study Shows How to Find New Ideas Inside and Outside the Company

Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, was famous for saying, “Not all smart people work for you.”<p>Companies know this. That’s why many seek to tap the potential of “open innovation” by encouraging their employees to scout for new ideas among external partners, such as universities, research …

Innovation

How Startups Can Be Invited to the Big IoT Party

Small businesses need the right game plan if they hope to compete in the IoT space.<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) is billed as a multitrillion-dollar party, and thousands of startups are knocking on the door. But, who will be let in and invited to stay?<p>In my experience, too many startups are locked …

Internet of Things

40 Austin startups raised $385.9 million in Q2

Second quarter venture investment in Texas once again reflected a common trend: Austin nabbed the most amount of investment dollars while Dallas and Houston trailed (significantly) behind.<p>Venture capitalists pumped $385.9 million into Austin startups across 40 deals in the second quarter, according …

Venture Capital

Research: Writing a Business Plan Makes Your Startup More Likely to Succeed

When asked about an opponent’s plan for their impending fight, former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson once said: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”<p>It is a school of thought now fashionable in entrepreneurship circles. Advocates of “learning by doing” approaches such as …

Entrepreneurship

These are the 10 most promising startups in South Africa

Seedstars South Africa recently held its grand final, selecting the 10 best startups across South Africa.<p>The event forms part of Seedstars World, a …

South Africa

Learn the secret to turning your million dollar idea into a business

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>These days, it seems like everyone is coming up with billion dollar ideas for businesses: S’well water bottles, fidget spinners, Uber for piggy back rides. But most of us have to let our great …

Lean Startups

How to Become A 2018 World’s Most Innovative Company

Fast Company’s step-by-step guide for creating a top-notch entry.<p>Innovation is everywhere. So how do we cut through the clutter to name our annual Most Innovative Companies Top 50 and Top 10 industry lists?<p>Our team of dogged and dedicated reporters and editors spend months culling research on the …

Innovation

The Financial Industry Needs to Start Planning for the Next 50 Years, Not the Next Five

Despite rapid innovations in data processing and machine learning, many businesses have yet to make the leap from the Industrial Age to the Information Age, and the gap between technological and organizational progress is widening. Closing this gap requires much more than short-term fixes, like …

FinTech