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Fun Friday: How Do You Message On Your Phone?

It’s time for a fun friday. I want to know how people message on their phones. Here’s how I do it: Kik – I use Kik to message most of my family, my co-workers, and a few friends iMessage – I have to say that iMessage is great. I use it to message with my […]

Sequoia Leads $8 Million Funding in Vehicle-Rental Startup in India

Sequoia Capital has invested $8 million in Zoomcar, an Indian vehicle-rental startup, along with other investors. While small in value, the deal is the latest sign of investors’ growing appetite for startups focused on urban transportation needs in emerging markets.

Autodesk Creates $100 Million Fund to Back 3-D Printing Technology

The Spark Investment Fund will find and fund hardware, software, materials and marketplace startups.

UBeam Investors Plug In $10 Million to Get Rid of Device Chargers

Investors including Upfront Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Ludlow Ventures and Mark Cuban are backing a company that started as student project.

Realtime Payments Innovation: BBVA Connects to Dwolla's FiSync

A lot of technology gets built through layering new systems on top of old ones to the point where some stacks look like an archeological dig at Troy. There is nothing wrong with that approach per se, except that over time some of the lower layers become a constraint on what can be done above them. Show More Summary

Brad Feld to Startups: Make Yourself Useful to Corporate Investors

Startups should align with the self-interest of their corporate backers, the investor says.

The Best and Worst Places in the World to Run a Business, Ranked by the World Bank

You’d have to be heroic to start a business in Venezuela, Afghanistan or Libya. They're among the lowest-ranked economies in the World Bank’s latest “Doing Business” report, which scores 189 nations based on how hard it is to run a company there.

Female-, Minority-Run Startups Have Tougher Fundraising Road, Study Says

Female and ethnic-minority entrepreneurs are significantly less likely to raise venture capital or private equity funding than their white, male counterparts, a new study from Pepperdine University’s Graziado School of Business and Management...Show More Summary

Capriza Raises $27 Million to Bring Unwieldy Business Apps to Mobile

The Series C round comes from current investors Andreessen Horowitz and Charles River Ventures and new investors Tenaya Capital, Harmony Partners and Allen & Co.

David Cohen: The Risks of the Crowd

DAVID COHEN:  there are risks for businesses employing crowdsourcing without remaining mindful of its challenges. The most common risks include low-quality output resulting from an unvalidated crowd and concerns over the degree of difficulty in managing a large community of participants. Show More Summary

Multisig

A few days ago, I got an email from a reporter asking me this: What is needed to help bring Bitcoin security and ease of use to mainstream Bitcoin users? I was in a hurry, trying to get through my email, and wrote back this: i think wider use of multisig would be a good […]

In Tough Digital-Advertising Market, Visible Measures Seeks to ‘Grow Up’

The recent venture financing brings total outside funding to $70 million and will likely be the final infusion from private investors.

Chris Myers: Small Business, Startups and the Wisdom of Crowds

Chris Myers, co-founder and CEO of BodeTree: The idea that the collective wisdom of a large group could prove superior to the expertise of individuals is powerful. It has been proven out to a great degree by experiments both large and small. Show More Summary

Shared Equipment: 3D Printer Innovation (Shapeways & HP)

Historically when a new and initially expensive piece of technology became available, all we could do was admire it from a distance and hope that some day in the future a cheaper version would be available for all of us to afford. Now...Show More Summary

Ex-Googler Sees Opportunity as Credit Cards Lose the Magnetic Stripe

In the coming year, Americans will ditch their old magnetic-stripe credit and debit cards for new plastic embedded with chip-and-pin technology. To Osama Bedier, former head of Google's Wallet mobile payment business, the shift is a once-in-a-lifetime opening.

Whisper’s CEO Answers Allegations of Violating Users’ Trust

What’s happening with Whisper? Did the anonymous messaging app betray its users’ trust to build its business? Or did the Guardian newspaper get the story wrong?

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