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You’ve probably never heard of New York’s most valuable startup—and it’s worth $1.2 billion

<i>This piece has been corrected.</i><p>For the digitally savvy, startups founded in New York’s “Silicon Alley” such as Tumblr, Foursquare and Etsy have become household names. But ever heard of MongoDB? The open-source, document database company, backed by high-profile investors like Altimeter Capital and …

Databases

It doesn’t always pay to be first

<i>This is a guest post by Erik Severinghaus, founder & CEO of SimpleRelevance.</i><p>Being an entrepreneur is a weird profession.<p>As technology entrepreneurs, we’re often seen as visionaries who can see further than others, a reputation for which there’s at least some truth. This is what puts us ahead of the …

Use Employees to Improve Your Company's Online Presence

There’s an unfortunate truth about business websites in general. Actually, two of them: (1) usually the only person who realizes the power of being …

Online Life

So long Nokia Siemens: Nokia takes control of its networks venture

After a six-year hiatus, Nokia(s nok) is back in the network equipment business. The Finnish mobile phone maker on Wednesday officially took over the …

Apple’s iPhone charger take-back program is genius PR—and it may even boost the bottom line

It wasn’t too long ago that a scandal like the Chinese woman who was killed by a faulty, probably counterfeit iPhone charger would have been met with total silence by Apple, a notoriously close-lipped company whose crisis management playbook was usually to stonewall as long as possible, then …

Remember Bebo? Yeah. That's why the founder is killing the site

Bebo is dead. At least in its current form.<p>Michael Birch, the founder of the one-time Facebook rival, bought back the social network only to have his company shut down the site on Wednesday as it prepares to relaunch the business.<p>Birch explained the move in a video posted to the Bebo landing page, …

Instacart, Birchbox Men And The Prowl Take E-Commerce Three Big Leaps Forward

While many of us are slogging through the midweek slump, three companies are sailing over consumers’ pain points with innovative solutions to shop online.<p><b>Real Community Shopping Online</b><p>CafeMom launched The Prowl today adding to their portfolio of online destinations such as TheStir.com and …

50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now

Who rules the road in 2013? To find out, <i>Rolling Stone</i> asked a panel of writers, industry figures and artists – from Lars Ulrich of Metallica to …

Why it's Hard for VCs to Say ‘No’

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Andrej Kiska is an associate at Prague-based Credo Ventures. Prior to Credo, Andrej worked at an early growth fund Benson Oak, the first backer of AVG Technologies</i><p>“VCs are arrogant. VCs are cowards. They speak about how they love to help entrepreneurs build successful companies, yet …

Three things you need to understand about 3D printing to talk about it intelligently

Several of the biggest brains in 3D printing joined Quartz for a discussion about the future of the technology at General Assembly in New York City on July 16. Here are the three most interesting things we learned.<p>1. Customization is effectively free with 3D printing<p>The upsides of 3D printing are …

Southeast Asia: Where Companies Fill the Series A Gap?

Earlier today, Singapore-based online grocer Redmart closed a Series A round of more than $3 million to take its total investment to $4.6 million. That deal was significant not only because it was such a large amount for a company based in one (small) market, but also for a more interesting reason: …

High-End Stores Use Facial Recognition Tools To Spot VIPs

When a young Indian-American woman walked into the funky L.A. jewelry boutique Tarina Tarantino, store manager Lauren Twisselman thought she was just like any other customer. She didn't realize the woman was actress and writer Mindy Kaling.<p>"I hadn't watched <i>The Office</i>,"Twisselman says. Kaling both …

Cable TV to the rescue: Will the “quality” subscription model work for books, movies, music?

Movies are dying, bookstores disappearing, radio’s awful — but it’s a golden age of TV. Can we all learn from HBO?<p>Scott Timberg<p>July 21, 2013 11:00am (UTC)<p>Like a state covered by a range of microclimates, the culture world is a baffling and contradictory place these days. The last decade or so has …

Who is this American Girl who is outselling Barbie?

<b>Name:</b> American Girl.<p><b>Age:</b> Between nine and 11. Or 27, if you go by the year they came into existence.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Plastic, 18in tall, doll-like.<p><b>Because</b> …

7 Steps To Outstanding Sales Growth For Your Startup

“If you build it, they will come.” It’s a line from an old movie “Field of Dreams” which is still leading to the demise of too many startups, led by entrepreneurs who really started their business to build an exciting new product or service. Most struggle with the idea and practice of marketing and …

How online shopping boosts in-store sales

Shopping online makes it easy for customers to find exactly what they want without scouring store shelves for elusive gadgets, dishware, or toys.<p>The downside is that customers have to wait several days, and often pay, for delivery. Alternatively, customers who head to an old-fashioned, …

eCommerce

3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann …

3D Printing

How To Create The Best Retail Experience [PSFK SEATTLE] - PSFK

Dr. Nadia Shouraboura talks about how online and offline retail can come together to create the perfect shopping experience<p>At last month’s PSFK …

How Millennials Are Changing The Face Of Retail Shopping

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are not your parents’ generation; they do things differently and in a big way. Millennials also happen to be …

eCommerce

Can Coffee Shop Noises Make You More Creative?

Science says yes. And a new app offers creative clamor sans the $4 latte.<p>Turns out there's a good reason to work out of a coffee shop other than the free wifi.<p>A study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Virginia suggests that moderate ambient noise--70 …