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7 Keys To Making Staff Meetings An Asset vs Expense

By Ernst Gemassmer, Chairman, Startup Professionals Most of us view weekly staff meetings today with a degree of trepidation and frustration. Many have suggested that it is time re-engineer this process, or eliminate the meetings entirely. Show More Summary

What interns and new grads really get paid at top tech companies

From woefully underpaid internships  to legendary hiring bonuses at huge Silicon Valley companies, it’s hard for job seekers to know what they’re worth in tech. It’s even harder when they’re new to the rat race. One undergraduate computer...Show More Summary

Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.

Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular addition to the Quantified Self movement: sleep tracking. Show More Summary

You can now wear Spectacles indoors with Rochester Optical’s lenses

If Snap’s Spectacles are really about sharing your life with the world, we need a solution for capturing the majority of our lives that occur boxed inside buildings. This solution could come in the form of replacement lenses or in the form of an entirely new device. Show More Summary

‘Come for the tool, stay for the network’ reconsidered

For the past few years, “Come for the tool, stay for the network” has been in vogue as a theory of consumer startup product development. Chris Dixon’s January 2015 post popularized the idea, and it’s frequently cited in industry discussions and by investors. Why does this idea have so much appeal? There are several reasons: It’s much easier to build a good… Read More

That one time I was tucked in by a startup

There I was on a comfy gray couch, surrounded by pillows and being handed an eye mask in a reserved office space in downtown San Francisco when, next thing I knew, Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm was tucking me in and spraying a relaxing mist over my body. Show More Summary

Logojoy turns design into an AI-powered, iterative process

If you’ve ever had to have a logo designed, you probably know that a lot of love, care, taste, years of training, tons of experience and buckets of knowledge goes into the process. Logojoy pulls the plug on all of that and goes barreling...Show More Summary

Zenefits ordered to stop offering free insurance software in Washington state

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has ordered insurance startup Zenefits to stop distributing its software in the state. The Commissioner issued a release detailing the order on Thursday, and explaining that the block...Show More Summary

A new brain health app from Neurotrack warns users of memory decline

A Redwood City, Calif. startup called Neurotrack Technologies Inc. has created a brain health app that is helping scientists unravel the mysteries of memory, and work to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Its simple browser-based app screens...Show More Summary

Let’s meet in Wroclaw next week

Just a reminder that after Disrupt in London I’ll be heading over to Wroclaw, Poland for a double dose of meet-up fun. The meetups coincided with a few events in Wroclaw and you’re welcome to come to one or both. The first meetup is part of ImpactCEE and will be held on Wednesday, December 7. Show More Summary

Thalmic Labs is on verge of introducing a revolutionary new gesture control? wearable tech product

No one knows exactly what this product is but a patent filing last year and an analysis of the company's investors throws up some tantalising possibilities.

AngelList acquires Product Hunt

AngelList, the LinkedIn for startups just bought Product Hunt, the platform where people vote up or down on startup products, for an undisclosed amount. Product Hunt was rumored to be raising its next round for the past several months...Show More Summary

Geenee picks up $4.4 million Series A to make Instagram more shoppable

There is a huge disconnect between the way users engage with content on platforms like Instagram and the way that they shop online. Without native links in Instagram posts, influencers are looking for other ways to monetize their posts...Show More Summary

SuperAwesome’s PopJam Platform lets developers add kid-friendly social feed to apps

When SuperAwesome acquired Mind Candy’s PopJam — a sort of ‘Instagram for kids’ — last year, the stated plan was to marry SuperAwesome’s expertise and reach in kid-friendly advertising with PopJam’s growing user base of kids and brands in order to monetize the app. But actually the vision that SuperAwesome founder Dylan Collins had for PopJam was… Read More

Spotify launches new series of original recordings called Spotify Singles

Music streaming startup Spotify is introducing a new series of original artist recordings called Spotify Singles. The company plans to record a couple of songs from each artist in its in-house New York studio and update the main Spotify Singles playlists every Wednesday. Show More Summary

Genesis Partners spins out $50 million fund, F2 Capital, to back early-stage startups in Israel

Three members of the senior investing team at Genesis Partners, a major Israeli venture firm, are stepping out with a new, early-stage fund of their own called F2 Capital. For the unfamiliar, Genesis Partners’ portfolio companies have...Show More Summary

Sometimes You Just Have to Wait

November 30, 2016: One of the most difficult challenges for a fast-charging startup entrepreneur is learning when patience is the correct tactic. Everyone likes to leave a meeting with specific next steps and action items, and no one enjoys just sitting around. That’s a natural bias that helps lead people into this dangerous arena. Tags: startups patience urgency leadership

Online real estate service OpenDoor raises $210M Series D despite risky financing model

This afternoon, Norwest Venture Partners announced that it led a massive $210 million Series D investment round in OpenDoor. The startup is looking to expand the usage of its marketplace platform for buying and selling real estate to 10 cities with the new capital. Show More Summary

Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournaments

Game tech startup Skillz today launched a service that allows brands to easily sponsor and host mobile e-sports tournaments for any game titles that they like, as long as they are already part of the Skillz platform. As we’ve previously...Show More Summary

Dusk’s new app lets you live stream anonymously

Online anonymity can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can give people a voice when they’d otherwise be afraid to speak up – whether that’s because of fear of government surveillance, discussing a topic that’s known to provoke cyberbullying, or because the topic itself is sensitive – like a personal confession or health issue. But anonymity also… Read More

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