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Sold first startup at 20, binged on Counter-Strike for a year — now he’s reimagining social media analytics

Taiwan-based social media analytics startup QSearch pulled in $73,000 in revenue last year. This year, the ten-person team is on target to make $300,000 — and next year, cofounder and chief executive Roger Do is forecasting $1 million.<p>That’s completely bootstrapped, with no outside funding, to date.<p>…

Social Media

A Low-Tech System Gives Your Dirty Shower Water A Second Life

The Gris is made up of four interlocking cells that slope gently down to the center. Water is funneled into one cell at a time, filling each …

Second Life

Indian Entrepreneur Taps into a Global Offline Market

Some companies see value in spilling the beans. That is, sharing their secrets.<p>Earlier this year, Tesla announced that it would open up its blueprints, enabling innovators across the world to see the design behind their famous electric car.<p>Deepak Ravindran, a young entrepreneur, and founder of …

10 Startups to Watch in India's Tech Boom

With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India has obvious potential to become the world’s leading tech ecosystem. Unfortunately, that opportunity …

Shopping app lets you beam payments to old-fashioned cash registers

Remember Mobeam's barcode scanning trick? It looks like it just found a new home: the Clutch app. The digital shopping app can now beam credit card loyalty card numbers, ticket info, coupons and gift card data to the regular laser scanners used at most retailers. The catch is, of course, that this …

Why Flow, Amazon’s Magical Search Tech, Won’t Kill Off Retail

Flow lets you to compare prices of items you see in retail shops just by waving your smartphone at them–and then buy those items from Amazon instead. But that doesn’t mean brick-and-mortar stores are dead.<p>Yesterday, Amazon quietly updated its official iPhone app with Flow, an augmented-reality …

What You Need to Know About Online Gift-Card Exchanges

Chances are you received at least one gift card this week.According to the National Retail Federation, gift-card spending this holiday season was …

Personal Finance

Startups Scrape Your Financial Data for Good. (No, Really!)

If you’re willing to give a startup access to your financial transactions, there might be some nice side benefits for you, and possibly your …

Personal Finance

Rocketrip Lets Your Boss Pay You For Saving Money While Traveling

Your boss says “You’ve got a budget of $300 a day for this trip.”<p>You hear “Go spend $300 dollars a day! Have fun!”<p>Rocketrip, a company out of the latest Y-Combinator batch, wants to save companies money by <i>paying the employee</i> to find ways to travel on the cheap.<p>The idea behind Rocketrip: for every …

The American-style start-up takes root in India

Sam White, center, co-founder of Promethean Power, during his morning train commute in Mumbai.<p><b>Mumbai:</b> India has built a reputation as a notoriously …

Entrepreneurship

Mexico holds a mirror to India

“If an award could be given in 2013 for Country of the Year, Mexico might deserve it. No other country has done more this past year to put reforms in …

Mexico

Best Interior Design Posts of 2013

10. London Studio Becomes a One Bedroom Apartment<br>A London studio apartment that came with a small sleeping platform was renovated into an airy one …

Vertical lunch: To increase food production, crowded Singapore looks up

<i>A new super-efficient vertical farming system in Singapore is producing greens for the 5 million residents of the crowded city-state. The system is helping increase Singapore’s food security, while also helping cut down on the climate impact of food production. Sam Eaton reports, in the first part</i> …

Why the New York Times needs to think less about products and more about relationships

Over at the Nieman Journalism Lab, media analyst Ken Doctor has a good overview of what the <i>New York Times</i> has in mind for “Paywall 2.0,” or the …

Nextdoor Aims at International With New $60 Million Investment From Kleiner Perkins, Tiger Global

Nextdoor, the locally driven private social network for neighborhoods, announced on Tuesday that it raised a round of funding, adding another set of …

Venture Capital

A smartpen to rival Livescribe: the $150 Equil JOT that lets you use any paper

While Livescribe's offerings might be popular among those who wish to marry their pen and paper habits with the digital world, the eponymous smartpen does require users to scribble their notes on Livescribe-approved dot paper. If you'd rather use your own precious Moleskines or all you have on hand …

Nextdoor, The Facebook For Your Neighborhood, Lands $60M From John Doerr, Tiger Global And More To Go International

The “local space” has long held sway over the imagination of entrepreneurs, who have produced everything from travel apps to city guides, neighborhood news sites and event planners in pursuit of local dollars. But local is a tough nut to crack, with many high-profile companies stumbling along the …

The Spring Is a Combo of Yelp, Loyalty Programs and Kickstarter for Social Good

The concept behind The Spring is meant to be simple — “dine out and do good,” as CEO Brent Schulkin puts it. The way it works is a little more of a …

Loyalty

Meet The Company That Tracks More Phones Than Google Or Facebook

Picture this scenario. A bored woman sits waiting in an airline lounge. She scrolls through her iPhone and taps on a brightly colored square to launch a free mobile game. In the instant before the app loads something extraordinary happens behind the scenes: an auction for her eyeballs, run by a …

Google Fiber app comes to iPhone, adds ability to schedule and watch DVR recordings

Google Fiber's mobile app, which first launched for Android and later arrived on iPad, is now available for iPhone and iPod touch. Aside from expanded availability, Google is also bringing broad DVR management functionality to the app. Fiber subscribers can now schedule, organize, and control …

Why No Nike+ FuelBand App for Android? Here's Why.

It’s been twenty months since we went hands-on with Nike’s first FuelBand, and despite assumptions at the time that the accompanying FuelBand app would land on Android in the not-too-distant future, the activity-tracking wristband remains compatible with iOS for now, even as we approach the brand …

With world watching, Google's mystery barge sits in limbo

Google's mystery project on a barge in the San Francisco Bay, which has piqued the interest of media the world over, sits in limbo day after day, in full view of anyone close enough to see it.<p>Last week, CNET was first to report ties between Google and the structure, a four-story-tall building made …

The Secret Magic Behind Netflix Customer Service

Pretending to be a fictional character or offering dating advice would probably get you reprimanded -- or possibly fired -- from the customer service department of most companies.<p>At Netflix, taking on the persona of a Star Trek captain during a live chat with a customer gets you on national TV, a …

The State Department Partners With Coursera To Support Free Education In Over 30 countries

International learners get in-person help with free online college classes, courtesy of the U.S. government.<p>You’re a smart kid in a poor country with subpar universities. Option #1: Leave to attend college somewhere else, like the US. Option #2: Go online and try to teach yourself.<p>Now, there’s a …

Incredibly Detailed Illuminated Fish Lamps by Frank Gehry

Along with his innovative, contemporary architecture designs, prize-winning architect and designer Frank Gehry also develops smaller, but still spectacular, concepts like these glowing <i>Fish Lamps</i>. The large fish sculptures are covered in jagged scales, which, when softly illuminated, cast glittery …

Architecture

Phonebloks: The New Open Source Experience to Replace All Phones Forever? Motorola Thinks So.

We've seen at least a couple of modular phone concepts before, as well as a few projects by Dave Hakkens, but Phonebloks takes both to the next …

Forget the Beanbag, Meet the Greenbag!

The PP Capsule is a distant relative of the beanbag chair that is composed entirely of post-consumer materials. The lightweight yet durable outer …

Surface Inspired Phone

How I love the creative genius of Phone Designer aka Jonas Dähnert! Inspired by the original 2012 Surface, this concept phone has all the elements of …