Vikas Iyer

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Uber starts self-driving car pickups in Pittsburgh

Beginning today, a select group of Pittsburgh Uber users will get a surprise the next time they request a pickup: the option to ride in a self driving car.<p>The announcement comes a year-and-a-half after Uber hired dozens of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics center to develop the …

By Applying This Rule, You Can Overcome Procrastination In 2 Minutes

A lack of productivity leads to a lack of happiness.<p>When you can’t see yourself making progress or getting things done, you get anxious and become …

7 Things Steve Jobs Said That You Should Say Every Single Day

What you do is based on what you think. So borrow a few thoughts from Steve.<p>He came, he saw, he conquered...and he left behind some words to live by:<p><b>1. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."</b><p>Ideas without action aren't ideas. They're regrets.<p>Every day, most people let hesitation …

How to Spend 5 Minutes in the Morning to Supercharge Your Whole Day

These activities offer an outsize impact with a short time investment.<p>Which investment would you take, one that costs a dollar and returns 100, or one that costs 20 and returns 25? This problem isn't a head scratcher. We all instantly recognize that the 100X payoff is the better bet. But when it …

4 Millennial Men with 4 Very Different Incomes Open Up About the Lives They Can Afford

From an overnight grocery stocker to the founder of a public-relations firm.<p><b>The median income for American millennials is $35,300.</b> That's according to the Federal Reserve's 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances, conducted every three years, which also finds a generation—roughly those aged 22 to 35—who …

Ford and Baidu put $150M behind LiDAR for self-driving cars

Carmakers continue to look to the Valley for help paving the way for the future of cars – Ford has teamed up with Baidu to jointly invest $150 million in Velodyne, a company making LiDAR sensors in California’s technology hotspot. The money will help Velodyne quickly ramp up efforts to make its …

Elon Musk's Artificial Intelligence Project Just Got a Free Supercomputer

An Elon Musk-backed artificial intelligence research group just got a brand new toy from chip maker Nvidia.<p>Nvidia (nvda) said on Monday that it had …

Psychologists spent a month tracking the moods of 28,000 people, and what they did when they were the happiest surprised them

We like doing things that feel good because, well, they feel good. It's something psychologists call the "hedonic principle." Basically, the principle goes, we try to do pleasurable things whenever possible and avoid un-pleasurable things whenever we can.<p>Given our pleasure-seeking track record, …

Happiness

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Getting Into Venture Capital

Dozens of the world's best VCs share their advice for those aspiring to follow in their footsteps.<p>If you want to become a doctor, you go to medical school. If you want to become a lawyer, you go to law school. But how do you become a venture capitalist?<p>Paths into the profession of investing in …

Audi to sell cars that talk to traffic lights

Select models sold in US will show countdown to signals turning green – and warn when it’s too late to beat a red<p>The German carmaker Audi is rolling out technology that will allow its vehicles to communicate with traffic lights.<p>Audi of America, which is owned by Volkswagen, said select 2017 Q7 and …

Autonomous Cars

Swift 2.0: Protocol-Oriented MVVM

Ever since the mind-blowing Protocol-Oriented Programming in Swift WWDC Session, I’ve been thinking a lot about using protocols. But in reality, I …

3 Engineering Decisions That Took This Start-Up From $0 to $100M

Smart decisions and adherence to the Lean Startup framework is taking Sharethrough to its $100M milestone.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but …

The 'time blocking' productivity hack changed my life — here's how it works

Email, phone calls, meetings, interviews, driving, answering questions, tech support, coding, hosting webinars, and whatever else you have to accomplish during those hours that you've defined as "work."<p>Interruptions abound and productivity drops. Your day is spent playing catch-up on a million …

Time Management

Silicon Valley vs Motor City: regions compete to test self-driving cars

A 2,100-acre former military base near San Francisco or a 32-acre fake town? Both sites have won interest from automakers and technology companies as they seek to develop the future of transportation<p>Silicon Valley thinks it has the answer to everything. No wonder, then, that it also has the answer …

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

It is an idea that every small child has had at some point. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift.<p>Now a Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more …

There Is Now a Brain Implant that Can Control Emotions Wirelessly

But can human beings be trusted to be in complete control over their emotional reality?<p>Current methods for improving your mood are wildly inefficient. Recreational drugs can make you crazy, pharmaceuticals can erase your personality and damage your organs. Sugar and alcohol make you fat and …

The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst

Euphoric reaction to superstar tech businesses is rampant — so much so that the tech industry is in denial about looming threats. The tech industry <i>is</i> in a bubble, and there are sufficient indicators for those willing to open their eyes. Rearing unicorns, however, is a distracting fascination.<p>The …

Venture Capital

Engineering Reverse Innovations

Slowly but steadily, it’s dawning on Western multinationals that it may be a good idea to design products and services in developing economies and, after adding some global tweaks, export them to developed countries. This process, called “reverse innovation” because it’s the opposite of the …

The rich get richer: Venture capitalists are pouring money into India’s elite startups

Indian startups are attracting billions of dollars from global venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) firms, but a lion’s share of these investments is flowing into a handful of large companies in the consumer internet space.<p>Startups in the country attracted a total of $4.9 billion (Rs31,414 …

Venture Capital

This new site keeps track of failed startups and why they flopped

A new website — Autopsy.io— just launched to keep those failures all together in one neat place, complete with a summary of why each company flopped, in hopes of providing a lesson for others to learn from.<p>In a simple spreadsheet format, the site lists each startup name, its basic idea, the …

Startups

Five Top VCs Predict The Future

Robocars, the hyperloop and universal broadband are nearly here – or so some top venture capitalists think.<p>On Thursday night, five of the world’s best-known venture capitalists each went to bat for two trends they think will be the most explosive over the next five years, but aren’t overly obvious. …

High-speed Rail

4 Reasons to Teach Kids Entrepreneurship Principles

Getting children involved in school and learning could be as easy as teaching them how to be entrepreneurs. The skills learned in starting a business …

9 Ways Mentally Strong People Prevent Self-Pity From Sabotaging Their Success

Whether you’ve failed to close a major deal, or you’re overwhelmed by a looming deadline, throwing a pity party won’t help. In fact, feeling sorry for yourself can become downright self-destructive. It makes overcoming adversity difficult – if not impossible – and it keeps you stuck.<p>Mentally strong …

You could have gotten an MBA's worth of venture capital education from a few VC Twitter exchanges yesterday

What is more exhilarating than venture capitalists, angel investors, and Silicon Valley talking heads spending a nice little Friday in May debating …

Looking Ahead as Moore’s Law Turns 50: What’s Next for Computing?

On April 19, 1965, Intel cofounder Gordon Moore (then of Fairchild Semiconductor) published a paper on the fledgling technology of integrated …

The shift of power in America as Wall Street bows to Silicon Valley | Will Hutton

Ingenuity and energy abound in tech companies, but they are trapped within traditional financial power structures<p>American capitalism is in the midst of a remarkable transformation. For decades, Wall Street has been the beating heart of the American system. Its great investment banks have driven the …

4 Things Every High-Growth Company Should Know In Its Search For Capital

Entrepreneurs who are looking to take their companies to the next level face a potentially unlimited number of options. Does your company need cash to accelerate growth? Is venture capital the answer? Is now the right time to seek private equity funding and expertise? Does it make more sense to …

How To Work Faster And Smarter

It’s a depressing adage we’ve all heard time and time again: <i>An increase in technology does not necessarily translate to an increase in …

Economics