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6 Startups And Popular Websites You Didn't Know Started As Side Projects

The common thread shared by the most successful startups today, from Uber to Facebook, Slack, Stripe and others, is that they all solve very real, meaningful problems for their users.<p>Yet still, more than 42% of failed startups cite a lack of market need as their primary reason for eventually going …

2016 Was the Best Year for Strategy Games Ever

You can’t ignore this genre anymore.<p>Ah, December. The time when the video games press' thoughts turn to Game of the Year awards, arguing about which 8-12 hour big-budget action-adventure deserves the award most. But all of the <i>Dooms</i> and <i>Uncharteds</i> and <i>Titanfalls</i> aren't the biggest story of gaming in …

80-Year-Old Grandmother Loves To Play Skyrim, Has Over 200k YouTube Subscribers

Video games are assumed to be a young person's pastime, but more and more seniors are embracing the awesomeness of video games, and soon the kiddy …

Gaming

This Gadget Can Help Save You Big Bucks On Your Power Bill

My electrician had his doubts — and I have to admit that I did, too. As he looped a pair of clamps around my home’s main electrical lines, he told me …

Smart Homes

The one and Leone: What made Red Dead Redemption so special?

<i>Editor's note: It's happening! Rockstar has just announced a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, imaginatively titled Red Dead Redemption 2 and scheduled</i> …

Walmart and McDonald's are suddenly copying one of Chick-fil-A's winning strategies

Now both companies are investing billions of dollars in wage increases and training for their workers, following in the footsteps of companies like Chick-fil-A, and they are already seeing positive results.<p>Walmart last year committed to investing $2.7 billion over two years in wage increases, …

Paul McCartney: I was depressed after the Beatles broke up

McCartney spoke about Kanye (‘I love him – he’s a monster’), writing a love song for John Lennon and Wings (‘we were terrible’) before a star-studded Mastertapes audience<p>Paul McCartney has revealed that he started drinking heavily and came close to quitting music altogether after the Beatles …

Music

Subway is facing 2 problems that are wrecking its business

The sandwich chain's revenue fell 4.3% to $1.11 billion last year, following a 2.6% drop the previous year, according to a franchise disclosure document cited by Bloomberg.<p>It also recently lost its status as the second most popular fast-food chain in the US, based on systemwide sales. Starbucks …

A Corvette Engineer Founded This Compendium of Vehicular Knowledge

DIYAuto is an ambitious collection of nearly every automotive project on the Internet.<p>Engineering consultant Steve Balistreri and his brother Nick set out to create a compendium of automotive knowledge. A repository of nearly every vehicle project out there, for nearly every vehicle: homebuilt …

How Microsoft spent $1 billion on a simple mistake with its best game console

But only one mistake cost $1 billion.<p>In May 2007, Bach writes in his book, "Xbox Revisited: A Gameplan for Corporate and Civic Renewal," a group of Xbox team leaders met in his basement to argue about a huge problem: widespread reports of dead Xbox 360 game consoles.<p>"At the end of a long, difficult …

8 Free and Cheap Tools Every Web Startup Should Use

It's not easy to launch a brand new company, especially when you have little to no funding. For so many startups it's important to have access to top quality software and resources, but a lot of that software can have heavy costs associated with them. A huge struggle for many startups is …

Mark Zuckerberg Makes a Power Grab at Facebook

After Facebook (fb) announced stupendous results Wednesday – revenue up 52%, profits tripled, both measures leaping from already high bases – who …

Why This Shaving Startup Made a $100 Million Gamble on a 100-Year-Old Factory

The co-founders of New York City's e-commerce startup Harry's are taking an unconventional path to category disruption--purchasing a nearly century-old factory in Germany.<p>The smell of dying unicorns is in the air on a gray February day in downtown Manhattan. The Nasdaq has just fallen to a 15-month …

Startups

Walmart Wants A Few Good Startups

Walmart has joined a growing list of retailers issuing looking for a few good startups to help solve some sticky technology problems and create more compelling shopping experiences.<p>The world’s largest retailer is hosting an open call, inviting startups to its Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters to …

Any of these 7 gadgets will make your desk a more productive place

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Polk Audio If you're going to spend most of your time working at a desk, you might as well do what you can to make the experience less …

Amazon

Goldman Sachs Offers Free, 'High-Yield' Savings Accounts

This is not an April Fool's joke. $1 minimum deposit.<p>Goldman Sachs—yes, the bank Rolling Stone called a “vampire squid”—is now offering free online …

Goldman Sachs

5 awkward situations you'll have to navigate as a first-time entrepreneur

<i>This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital</i> …

How This Guy Grew 6 Million Dollar Companies Before Turning 35

Here are David Cummings' 4 controversial moves to making million dollar companies<p>94% of companies never hit $1 million in revenue in a year. Those that cross the million dollar mark are doing something that the others aren't.<p>Building million dollar companies from scratch<p>If anyone knows how to …

Venture Capital

38 Startup Pitch Decks From Companies That Changed The World

To celebrate the launch of my book The Art of Startup Fundraising, I thought it would be interesting to put together a blog post with a good amount …

Lessons From The Epic Fails Of Well-Funded Startups

Funding doesn’t always guarantee success. These five startups failed after raising close to $100 million and more each from investors.<p>In the startup world, failure is a given. Fail fast is the founder’s mantra. Make a mistake, learn from it, move on, say the experts. When startups are well …

Startups

Donald Trump's celebrity will fade: Column

When the candidate is forgotten, billions will still gather to celebrate a leader who found strength in meekness, not meanness.<p>I’m a Millennial, part of the generation that has overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest voting block in the U.S. electorate. Among my Millennial peers, few know who Barry …

Paul McCartney

Video games in 2016 would be unrecognizable to someone in 2006

If you stepped away from video games for a decade, would you recognize them when you returned?<p>Over the weekend, I received an email from Murali Ramanujam, who hasn't played video games in earnest since 2007. Returning to the medium after nine years, he feels lost.<p>As he puts it:<p>I simply cannot …

The Competitive 'Smash Bros.' Documentary Looks Really Good

Kickstarter-backed documentary details the behind-the-scenes lives of some of greatest Smash Bros. players.<p>Some people laugh when I tell them there's a huge competitive scene surrounding Nintendo's <i>Super Smash Bros.</i>, the series of outwardly casual fighting games starring Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, …

Here's how easy it is to get past an iPhone's fingerprint sensor

Business Insider met with fingerprint sensor company Vkansee at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to find out how to get past an iPhone's fingerprint sensor.<p>Vkansee produces tiny optical fingerprint sensors that it says capture more detail than the sensors in an iPhone.<p>To prove how different a …

Elon Musk’s snarky response to a Koch-brothers plan to kill electric cars

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk is rolling his eyes over a secret new project by conservatives that's reportedly aimed at undermining the electric car market.<p>His tweet comes in response to a Huffington Post report suggesting that the billionaire Koch brothers want to kickstart a major lobbying …

Here's how much sugar is in your favorite Starbucks drinks

That's about as much sugar in three 12-ounce cans of Coke and more than three times the maximum adult daily intake recommended by the American Heart Association.<p>"This is yet again another example of scandalous amount of sugar added to our food and drink," Action on Sugar Chairman Graham MacGregor …

This radical aircraft design is already a hit in Silicon Valley

Aircraft buyers are notoriously conservative when it comes to new design, preferring tried-and-true models that have remained relatively unchanged for decades. So why is this upstart such a hit?<p>"Because it's beautiful," David Loury, CEO of Cobalt Aircraft and the Valkyrie's designer told Business …

Uber is losing more than $1 billion a year in China

Uber is racking up tremendous losses in a high-stakes bid to make a dent in China's car-hailing market, its CEO revealed this week.<p>"We are profitable …

Tesla partnered with an iconic toymaker to create a driveable Model S for kids

Radio Flyer, the American toy company known for its red toy wagons, partnered up with Tesla to create a kid-sized Model S. And it comes equipped with some of the perks you find in the grown-up version.<p>You can even customize the car's color and wheels online.<p>For example, the car comes standard with …

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Beatles’ Songwriting In One Cool Infographic

Which band member wrote the most of The Fab Four’s 310 songs? How many Beatles songs <i>weren’t</i> written about love? And how much did Ringo <i>actually</i> …