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The 2 things people who sell information for a living must remember

1. No one will steal your ideas: Those that could steal them successfully never do it, while those that need to steal your information, rarely get traction. 2. Insights of themselves have little value:  There are two types of insights. (A) Historical philosophies – these never change, just the packaging does. And there are (B) New insights – which you […]

These 8 Groups of People Will Never Start a Business

Every entrepreneur I know is dismayed by the number of friends who approach them with a line such as “I have an even better idea that will change the world, and one of these days I’m going to get around to starting my own business.”Show More Summary

Attention 2015 College Graduates: Not Everything Is Shareable

May 24, 2015: It’s commencement season for those graduating into the ever more sharing economy, and a few thoughts on that are timely. I must have read a dozen articles on that subject this week, the most striking being a prediction that the auto industry would be displaced by a smartphone-dependent transport system. Show More Summary

9 Key Tests For Innovation Potential In Your Startup

The entrepreneurs I see are always talking about “disruptive innovation” ideas, but the plans I read are more often linear extensions of a current hot offering, like one more social network with the best of Facebook and Twitter, one more dating site dimension, or another “must-have” accessory for smartphones. Show More Summary

Tech Weekly: Elemental Design

In classical thought, the four elements were considered to be earth, fire, wind and water. These essential components once made up everything in the known world. Today we know better of course, but that didn't stop these incredible Technology projects from using the classic elements to great effect. Show More Summary

Chef’d Raises $5.25M To Help You Prepare Meals From Your Favorite Chefs

Recipe-and-ingredient delivery service Chef’d ran a successful Indiegogo campaign last year, but that’s not the only way the team is funding its growth — the company is also announcing that it has just raised a new round of $5.25 million. Show More Summary

Fixed’s App Can Now Fix Your New York Parking Tickets

Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets on your behalf, has now arrived in New York City – its first new market outside of California, where the company already operates. New York is one of the biggest markets for parking tickets in the U.S, Fixed founder David Hegarty notes, as it issues 10 million parking tickets per year. Show More Summary

So Your Project Blew Up. Now What? (Part One)

Many successful projects follow a pattern: first, there's an initial burst of excitement from backers in the few days surrounding the start of the project. After that, momentum slows down a bit, and the pledges steadily rise through the middle weeks of the project. Show More Summary

Some Spider Adds Salon’s Blake Zeff To Its High-Profile Hires

Some Spider, the digital media startup created by Quidsi co-founder Vinit Bharara, has been bringing on some big names from the media world, including The New York Times’ chief technology officer Rajiv Pant and its digital head Paul Smurl. Yesterday it announced that it has hired Blake Zeff, former political editor at, to be the editor in chief of Read More

LaunchKit Now Helps Developers Keep Track Of Their App Store Sales

LaunchKit, which aims to give developers a toolset that makes launching new apps easier, announced its newest service this week. The free LaunchKit App Store Sales Reporter helps developers track the sales they generate from Apple’s App Store (just like its name implies). Read More

Izberg Marketplace Turns Any Website Into An E-Commerce Marketplace

Meet Izberg Marketplace, an interesting French startup that has been flying under the radar for a while. The company recently grabbed $1.7 million from Alven Capital (€1.5 million) — and it’s already profitable. Izberg provides one of...Show More Summary

CrowdJustice Wants To Bring Crowdfunding To Public Interest Litigation

CrowdJustice, a London-based startup founded by ex-United Nations lawyer Julia Salasky, is a crowdfunding platform for “public interest” litigation. The idea is to bring the Kickstarter model to legal cases that would otherwise find it hard to get funded, in a bid to widen access to justice. Read More

The “Death” Of Anything Is Overrated

In the tech world, everyone aspires to “kill” something. At least, that is what you would think from the media coverage. “The death” of gamification. Of cable. Of video games. Of the Detroit auto industry. Real estate, car dealers, money, paper – all the victim of business homicide. However you cut it, we love slaughter. Read More

Tinder Partners With Zedd To Offer His New Album For $3.99

Tinder is launching a new partnership with musical artist Zedd to offer his upcoming album, True Colors, for an exclusive price of $3.99. Not unlike past partnerships with artists like Jason Derulo, Tinder and Zedd are working together to create a special profile for Zedd that is pushed across Tinder’s network of U.S. Show More Summary

This Week in Kickstarter

Recapping isn't just for soda bottles too big to finish. It's also what we do here every week, as we share a look inside Kickstarter HQ. Enjoy! Fire up the grill and dust off the lawn darts, because—here in the States, at least—it's Memorial Day weekend. Show More Summary

Gobble Says It Has Delivered 230K Easy-To-Cook Meals Since Launching Last Year

Back in September, Gobble unveiled a new kind of food delivery. It doesn’t offer a fully prepared meal or or a box of ingredients and recipes — instead, it delivers “dinner kits” where much of the prep work is already done, and the cooking can be finished in just 10 minutes. Show More Summary

Qwilr Gets Seed Funding To Turn Business Documents Into Attractive Websites

Qwilr is a tool for anyone who has sent out a PowerPoint deck they spent hours creating, only to wonder if anyone is even going to bother downloading it. The platform makes it easy to turn business documents into webpages, which in turn gives users access to analytics and other helpful tools. Read More

Stripe In Talks For Up To $500 Million In New Funding

Stripe is raising a new round of funding, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. One source with direct knowledge of the talks tells us that one of the leading investors in the deal is Yuri Milner’s DST Global. Read More

With Its First Startup Awards, Cornell Tech Turns Class Projects Into Companies

Cornell Tech is introducing a new way for its master’s students to transform their ideas into real companies — those students can now compete in the Startup Awards, with winners receiving $40,000 in seed funding, as well as a year of free co-working space in The New York Times building. Show More Summary

Metabiota Pulls In $30 Million In Funding To Help Predict The Global Spread Of Disease

Disease outbreak prediction startup Metabiota has raised $30 million in Series A funding to help build out its offerings to government organizations and insurers on a global scale. The San Francisco startup uses computer modeling to predict and prevent disease outbreaks in populations throughout the world, including Africa and Asia. Show More Summary

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