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This 21-Year-Old's $10 Million Business Is Just Nuts (Literally)

Daniel Katz started his first business at the age of 12. Nine years later, he's on his way to building an empire.<p>Daniel Katz isn't good at sitting still. He gets up each day at 2:30 a.m. to do what he calls an hour-long "heavy workout," which, depending on the day, consists of lifting weights, …

Selling

Dropbox's CEO reveals 4 of his favorite books on how to be a successful leader

Drew Houston always knew he wanted to run a tech company.<p>"I really admired all the great tech companies and even as a little kid, I admired the tech …

Procter & Gamble

Google has made it official: The internet is now mobile-first

This may go down in history as the week the mobile web became <i>the</i> web.<p>On Monday, Google began indexing and ranking pages on its search engine based on the mobile versions of websites rather than the desktop ones, the company announced. The change may seem minor, but it underscores how Google views …

Digital Advertising

San Francisco Is No Longer the Startup Capital. Here's Where Startups Should Look Next

Innovation is exploding in America's Heartland, and investors are taking notice.<p>Tech companies are feeling the weight of rising costs in cities like San Francisco and New York City. More and more people are leaving the coasts in favor of opportunities in less expensive areas. Meanwhile, many cities …

Startups

These apps will help you make the most out of your Apple TV

The Apple TV may not have topped our list of the best streaming boxes you can buy, but it’s still a great product, especially if you’re all-in on the …

Smart TV

Microsoft Pix can add business card info to your contacts

Microsoft's AI-powered camera app Pix just got a new feature. Now you can use it to upload all of the information on a business card into your iPhone Contacts as well as check out the person's LinkedIn account. All you have to do is open Pix and point your phone's camera at the business card. Pix …

China is dominating the App Store

The note said that China is "now in a league of its own among the top app markets," according to App Annie's data. The Chinese app store is now double the size of the US and Japan when you look at the amount of revenue it generates.<p>The Asian market as a whole is dominant when it comes to revenue …

App Store

Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay

As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. On Android, however, the Android Pay app stuck with its existing brand. That’s changing today, though, with the launch of Google Pay for Android. With this, Google is rolling out an update to …

Android News

MoviePass adds 500,000 subscribers within a month

MoviePass' $10-per-month subscription service was a hit from the start, enough to crash the company's website when it was first announced. It looks like demand isn't slowing down anytime soon either: it has gained 500,000 more subscribers merely a month after it reached 1.5 million users. The fact …

'It is a very lonely job': Mark Zuckerberg and other top CEOs reveal what their jobs are really like in 'Freakonomics' podcast series

A podcast series focused on illuminating the "hidden side of everything" is setting its sights on the corner office.<p>"Freakonomics Radio" has revealed to Business Insider that it will be launching a new six-part series called "The Secret Life of CEOs" on Thursday, January 18. The series features …

CEOs

An early stage startup investor made its term sheet public to increase transparency in tech investment

Early stage startup investor Forward Partners has published its pre-seed term sheet, giving entrepreneurs a detailed look at what they can expect from a funding deal.<p>You can see the term sheet below.<p>A term sheet is a non-binding agreement between a startup founder and their investor, and covers …

Venture Capital

How a Laid-Off Computer Engineer Built the Most Successful Product on Amazon | Inc.com

This is a story about initiative, opportunity, true success--and just maybe how it can inspire you to do something similar yourself.<p>Nearly a decade ago, when Robert Wang was 44 years old, he was laid off from his job. He'd dreamed of working in artificial intelligence, but this was the height of …

Computer Science

How a 23-year-old turned a $500 loan into $570 million company

In less than four years, Brandon Evertz, a 23-year-old Australian, has built a massive social media review site worth an estimated $570 million, from a small loan that his father gave him.<p>“The very first proof of concept money I got was $500 from my dad and with that I tested out the idea I had and …

Startup Tracker helps you track startups

Startup Tracker is the startup company engine!• Search for startups by name or filters<br>• View one page summaries for companies with links to their …

Startups

A look through TransferWise’s early pitch deck

Nearly seven years ago, TransferWise was readying the launch of its international money transfer service with bated breath. Co-founder Taavet Hinrikus would later tell me that he wasn’t entirely sure at the time if anyone would use the product. It certainly put the minimal in MVP.<p>The startup’s …

Startups

POINT-OF-SALE TERMINALS: How evolving merchant demands are pushing POS terminal providers to up their game in an increasingly competitive environment

The downfall of US brick-and-mortar commerce is overblown — despite sharp gains in e-commerce, which will nearly double between now and 2021, the lion's share of purchasing continues to take place in-store. And that's unlikely to change anytime soon, since the online environment can't yet …

eCommerce

A $423 billion investor explains why tech stocks are defying a warning sign

Some of the closely followed measures of tech valuations show they are over-expensive, and for some investors, they point to trouble ahead.<p>They include the cyclically adjusted price-earnings ratio, which takes the price of the S&P 500 and divides it by ten years worth of earnings. For the broader …

Stock Markets

Microsoft commercial cloud, Azure vs. Amazon Web Services is nice storyline, but misguided comparison

Microsoft Azure vs. AWS is a fun comparison, but Microsoft's commercial cloud is more akin to Oracle and Salesforce.<p>One storyline following earnings …

Amazon Web Services

Arrests in UK over Microsoft scam calls

<b>Four people have been arrested in the UK following an investigation into scams involving calls from fraudsters pretending to be IT support staff.</b><p>It follows two years of work by City of London Police and Microsoft, who teamed up to tackle the problem.<p>The perpetrators commonly pretend to be phoning …

Tyneside

Fiverr launches a Pro tier and acquires video production marketplace Veed.me

Freelance marketplace Fiverr has for years worked on connecting buyers and sellers of online services that range from writing to design to programming to digital marketing. Today the company is launching Fiverr Pro, a new offering that highlights a curated group of professional freelancers on its …

Startups

Apple hires developer who made 3D virtual reality plugins for Final Cut Pro

Tim Cook and other Apple executives have been chatty about the company’s interest in virtual and augmented reality in past months. There have been several reports that Apple is exploring an AR smart glasses product internally.<p>To add some fuel to the fire, Apple has recently hired prominent Final …

Is this the end of venture capital as we know it?

We are in a perverse moment in the global venture capital industry: VCs are fast coming to resemble private hedge funds, and the more money they are able to raise, the worse off startups are becoming.<p>Capital is flowing into funds of all types, yet the rate of investment is shrinking rapidly. This …

I tried the science-backed 7-minute fitness routine and was blown away by how well it works

It isn't.<p>Designed by exercise physiologist Chris Jordan, the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout gets your heart pumping and helps build muscle.<p>The app is a great introduction to a trendy type of fitness routine called interval training, and it's ideal for weekends or days when I can't make …

Exercise

Facebook is a goldmine for startups. Here’s how you can tap into it.

Given the fast evolving business landscape, social media platforms like Facebook have never been more important for startups to leverage on to …

Facebook Ads

Scheduled is a new app that lets you schedule your text messages

Want to remember to tell a friend happy birthday, good luck or congratulations? Had a follow-up question for a client that just occurred to you at 1 AM? Want to write a heartfelt thank you to be texted at a later date? Unfortunately, neither SMS nor most messaging apps – including iMessage – allow …

Apps

Netflix is swapping star ratings for thumbs up and thumbs down

When you finish watching something on Netflix, do you rate it? Maybe you'll sit (or stand) there, with all of that responsibility on your shoulders, for much longer than you need deciding whether that movie or TV show really deserves the coveted five stars. In the coming weeks, there will be a …

A UK startup that collects all your loyalty cards in one app is raising £25 million to expand to the US and Europe

Bink cofounder and CFO Greg Gormley told Business Insider that the firm will seek venture capital for its Series A round, which it hopes to close by July.<p>The firm intends to use the capital to open an office in New York by September and take the app live in the United States by spring in 2018.<p>It …

Credit Cards

Chris Hemsworth goes full beast mode in intense workout video

Thor is unbelievably buff. You knew that. But did you know how much goddamn work it takes to <i>look</i> like that?<p>The answer — thanks to a new Instagram …

Construction

Telefonica is set to acquire UK geolocation data startup Statiq for $4.2 million, sources say

Spanish telecoms company Telefonica is in talks to acquire the British mobile geolocation data startup Statiq for $4.2 million (£3.5 million), according to multiple industry sources.<p>Not all the paperwork has been signed but deal is likely to be announced as soon as this month once all the legal …

Startups