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Time Inc-owned Viant acquires mobile ad company Adelphic

Viant, the ad tech company acquired by Time Inc. last year, just announced an acquisition of its own. The company has reached an agreement to buy Adelphic, an ad startup focused on mobile and cross-device targeting. “Adelphic will bring...Show More Summary

Let’s meet this week for a Micro-Meetup in New York

In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique ten pitches on January 25 at 6:30pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 3rd Floor. This...Show More Summary

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires and will free up science search engine Meta

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s $45 billion philanthropy organization is making its first acquisition in order to make it easier for scientists to search, read and tie together more than 26 million science research papers. The Chan...Show More Summary

UpKeep gives companies an app to speed up the maintenance work order process

As a process development engineer, Ryan Chan was used to trying to make incremental improvements to the development process in manufacturing. Those changes would improve efficiency by around one to three percent, which would net hundreds of thousands of dollars, but Chan wanted to figure out how to get things moving even more efficiently. Show More Summary

The What, How & Why of Hiring a Business Development Lead at Your Startup [Traction #35]

Kristen Craft is VP of business development and marketing at Ovia Health. For this episode, Jay sat down with Kristen while she was head of biz dev at video platform company Wistia. They talk about what business development roles actually...Show More Summary

Hanson Robotics built a Professor Einstein toy to teach kids science with a familiar face

Hanson Robotics is making its first foray into the consumer electronics market with an educational toy called Professor Einstein. The device is a pint-sized, shuffling Albert Einstein that uses natural language processing, and other artificial intelligence capabilities, to comprehend and answer kids’ questions about science. Show More Summary

8 Ways to Cure the Procrastination Habit in Business

If you are a chronic procrastinator, or your work partner is one, there is never enough advance notice to get things done without a crisis. You can’t get things done on time unless you get started on time. Otherwise, your business and your career suffers, and you may never even see it coming. Show More Summary

Pitchero, a platform for amateur and grassroots sports, scores £3.1M Series A

Pitchero, a U.K. startup that makes it easy for amateur and grassroots sports clubs to build a web presence and brings its community online, has scored £3.1 million in Series A funding. ICM, a global fund manager with numerous other sporting interests including Harlequins Rugby Club, led the round. Read More

Maker Bre Pettis talks about the way forward for tech in this new century

On this week’s episode of Technotopia I talked to Bre Pettis, former CEO of Makerbot and the founder of Bre&Co. Pettis has been thinking about new manufacturing chains, the rise of the local maker, what what happens when a country falls into disrepair. Show More Summary

8 Success Drivers Define A Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Until the recession a few years ago, market research indicated that as many as 90 percent of the roughly 20 million American small business owners were motivated more by lifestyle than growth and money. More recently, the desire for extra income has become the key driver in new startups, according to a 2015 study. Show More Summary

FLYR raised $8 million to change the way we buy plane tickets

Travel tech startup FLYR raised $8 million in Series A funding for technology that predicts the price of airfares by applying artificial intelligence to a database of both open industry data and a proprietary collection of year’s of past prices and fluctuations. Show More Summary

FishTaco can analyze your microbiome before or after you eat a fish taco

Our microbiomes: who understands them? Scientists? The bacteria colonizing our guts? The guy who made the Mexican food we just ate? Wrong. It’s our computers. Researchers have tasked them to create a new way to analyze and understand our microbiomes electronically. Show More Summary

Quixey alums launch Sigma, a platform to bring merits and certifications online

A new company named Sigma, founded by alumni of mobile app search engine Quixey, aims to take records and certifications currently trapped in the analog world and bring them online. To do so, the company has raised $4.35 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and other investors. Show More Summary

In a tech-saturated world, customer feedback is everything

I’ve found that the most valuable design tool in the 21st century is rather old-fashioned: customer feedback. Technology has produced huge breakthroughs in design. A product can be ideated, prototyped and finalized with little more than a keyboard and code. But the ingenuity of modern design often leads to product teams neglecting the basics. Read More

Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidation

New York City startup Slidejoy has been acquired by a South Korean competitor Buzzvil. Both companies offer a way for Android users to earn rewards in exchange for allowing ads on their lockscreens — in Buzzvil’s case, that’s both through its HoneyScreen consumer app and through its BuzzScreen platform for publishers. The financial terms are not being disclosed, but… Read More

7 Work Ethic Elements Will Get You Investor Funding

Starting and running a business is hard. Don’t believe the old myth that with a few hours of work a day and a great web site, you can get rich while you sleep. I have found that the most successful entrepreneurs and business executives have an impressive work ethic, and they surround themselves with a team of comparable commitment. Show More Summary

The Blockchain: Ending Data Hacks

Remember when we were scared to buy things online? It wasn’t all that long ago when we swiped plastic cards in person for everything we bought, Black Friday meant toe-to-toe battles with every other holiday shopper in the mall, and the...Show More Summary

Meet Alchemist’s class XIV startups making everything from smart beer taps to a faster internet

Enterprise tech startups unveiled their products and pitched investors at Alchemist Accelerator’s 14th demo day in Santa Clara, Calif. today. The companies ranged from a Stanford AI labs spinout, Eloquent Labs, to the hardware-makers like Amber Agriculture and PubInno, to lots of software-as-a-service and cybersecurity developers, more like you’d expect from an… Read More

Founderkit taps founders to suggest the best tools to get a company off the ground

While running Yardsale, a previous Y Combinator startup based around essentially making it easy to sell your old stuff, Ryan Mickle had the benefit of talking to alumni and colleagues to figure out what to use to build it. But one of...Show More Summary

XNOR.ai frees AI from the prison of the supercomputer

Machine learning and AI are incredible tools, but they also require a similarly incredible amount of computing power. If that requirement could be cut by a couple orders of magnitude, AI would be unfettered from its banks of parallel...Show More Summary

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