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A new app wants to help you beat the credit card companies

Our increasingly automated world should make driving safer. It could also make things safer for your checkbook.<p>And just like with cars, it takes a …

Is a PayPal payment protected?

I want to book a Spanish villa and this is the suggested method of payment<p><b>I’m thinking of booking a villa in Spain for a week in July. It’s advertised through a third-party website and I am advised that payment to the owner can be made by credit card using PayPal.</b><p><b>Can you advise what protection is</b> …

There's a Brilliant New Way to Pay Less for Your Flights

There are probably worse travel planners than me, but I doubt it. I’m a procrastinator, and always fretting that I didn’t find the best deal. So a …

As apps make it easier to seek refunds, Amazon limits its reimbursement policy

Many online retailers promise price protection to customers, but after making a purchase, few shoppers take the time to compare prices across the Web and file claims for partial refunds.<p>So a handful of start-ups have built business models that involve doing that legwork and taking a cut of the …

Apps

Startups to watch: Our favorite pitches from Techstars Seattle Demo Day 2016

We just watched nine great pitches at TechStars Seattle Demo Day, taking place at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle’s South Lake Union …

Tech CEO Shares Difficulties of Raising Venture Capital in a Down Market

Blendoor founder and CEO Stephanie Lampkin is learning how tough it is for tech startups to raise money these days. While it’s never easy for seed stage companies to convince investors to bet on them, the current decline in venture capital funding makes for an even tougher sell.<p>Lampkin has been on …

After analyzing 200 founders' postmortems, researchers say these are the reasons startups fail

It’s a common adage in Silicon Valley that 90% of startups ultimately fail. To understand why that’s the case, a pair of researchers meticulously pored over 193 blog posts—startup postmortems, if you will—written by founders examining what went wrong.<p>It was a heartwrenching experience for Kerry …

Startups

10 Entrepreneurs Who Started a Wildly Successful Business After 40

Whether it’s Jack Dorsey or Mark Zuckerberg, America loves the story of the scrappy, young founder. Lost in that narrative is the fact that many …

Home Depot

One of the best interviews with online entrepreneurs

Travis <b>Kalanick</b><p><b>Travis Kalanick is the co-founder of Uber.</b><p><b>Travis Cordell Kalanick</b> (born August 6, 1976) is an American entrepreneur. He is the …

Why your Amazon delivery sometimes comes in a Walmart box

And why some Amazon customers are pissed.<p>When San Francisco resident Catherine Lelong recently received a delivery from Sam’s Club, she was confused: She didn’t remember having placed an order with the membership club.<p>She was right. Lelong hadn’t placed an order from Sam’s Club, but she eventually …

eCommerce

Google's chief futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks we could start living forever by 2029

Kurzweil is one of the biggest believers in The Singularity, the moment when humans — with the aid of technology —will supposedly live forever.<p>He's chosen the year 2045 because, according to his calculations, "The nonbiological intelligence created in that year will reach a level that's a billion …

Singularity
Entrepreneurship

35 Outstanding Podcast Picks From Entrepreneurs Like You

These favorite podcasts were chosen by the real experts (a.k.a. the entrepreneurs who love to listen).<p>I thought it would be fun to create a list of popular podcasts, but download numbers can be skewed so who's to say what's popular? With that in mind I reached out to my list of peers, clients, and …

Truebill launches to help find and cancel your forgotten subscriptions

It has happened to all of us at one time or another: You scan your credit card bill and notice some phantom $7.99 monthly charge for some service you had signed up for months or maybe even years earlier.<p>Now you face a dilemma: Do you sink the time into tracking down the website, remembering how to …

Recommended Reading for Startup Founders, Part I

I frequently receive requests for recommendations on quality reading material for startup founders. Over the years I’ve put together a list of books …

Peter Thiel

The 15 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Do you want to make your commute or lunch hour more productive? Then you should give these podcasts a listen.<p>Podcasts have become a very useful tool for the busy entrepreneur. They're easy to create, are quick to digest (especially for those with longer commute times or who use public transport), …

‘Data Is the New Oil’ and More from SXSW

Collaboration, artificial intelligence, conversational commerce and the rise of Generation Z emerged as key themes at this year’s SXSW.<p><b>AUSTIN, United</b> …

Cognitive Computing

This Company Raised $6.5 Million to Help You Find Out If You’re Underpaid

Jason Nazar wants to discuss the one issue he says no one is comfortable discussing: Your salary.<p>How much money do you make? Is your salary …

The Rise of Modern Product Discovery

I love that Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton have long been advocates of dual-track development. Their efforts have helped to shape the ongoing …

Bill Gates And Mark Zuckerberg Recommend These 3 Books To Entrepreneurs

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are two names that have become synonymous with innovation in the technical world. And of course, everyone knows these …

Bill Gates

Google just published a free, three-month course on deep learning

Get ready to do some deep dreaming of your own<p>Google wants to teach you deep learning — if you're ready that is. The tech giant has launched a free course explaining the machine learning technique that underpins so many of its services. (Google uses deep learning for everything from speech …

Four Books That Every Entrepreneur Must Read in 2016

With a new year upon us, there is no better time than the present to start actually abiding by that New Year's resolution to start reading more. If you are an entrepreneur, chances are you may feel like you simply don't have time to read for fun, but it is very important that you do what you can to …

Entrepreneurship

Project Tango: Google is building it, but will they come?

Google’s Project Tango allows mobile devices to gain awareness of the space around us. Could the technology be as game-changing as the iPhone was, or is it just another shot at the moon?<p>In early 2014, Google made an interesting announcement. The company had a new product in the pipeline, one that …

Why Your TV Screen Could Be the Next Big E-Commerce Battleground

Now that retailers and e-commerce companies are finally starting to get a handle on mobile, they may have to start embracing yet another channel -- …

8 Big E-Commerce Trends to Look for in 2016

<i>Editor's Pick: Originally Published Wednesday, Dec. 23</i><p>As the year comes to a close, it's time to both reflect on the past and look ahead to what's in …

eCommerce

14 mobile marketing trends that will dominate in 2016

There's no doubt that mobile marketing is the future; 2015 proved to be the tipping point. But as both brands and technology continue to evolve, what …

Marketing

The 5 Most Innovative Trends in Ecommerce to Watch for in 2016

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Next year, 2016, is only a week away. Were you able to hit all of your goals in 2015? As New Year's approaches, many people begin to review what they've been able to accomplish in the past year, and to think about what they want to see …

eCommerce

Nike has a big plan to boost its ecommerce sales from $1 billion today to $7 billion in 2020

It's an ambitious target for the world's largest sportswear business but by no means unrealistic. Not when considering Nike's broader bid to more than double its direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales by 2020, from $6.6bn to $16bn. The reason is mainly an economical one; DTC revenues earn higher margins …

eCommerce

Membo Is The Yik Yak For Trendy Local Discovery

A lot of local discovery apps are great at telling you what’s been popular in an area for years, but they aren’t so great at helping you find the cool speakeasy that opened up last Tuesday.<p>Membo is a bit of a fusion between neighborhood social networking apps like Nextdoor and local discussion apps …