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  • State channels: What problems are we trying to solve?
    by Suraz on 2018-11-11 at 03:36

    There are scalability issues in the Blockchain space. Blockchain projects are attracting more and more users as the years go by. As a measure, in 2013, Bitcoin had approximately 120,000 users. In 2017, the estimated user base is between 2.9mil-5.8mil in a study of Global CryptoCurrency by Dr Garrick Hileman and Michel Rauchs. This has caused an increase in block size. At the beginning of 2013, […]

  • Just Pick Something — It Will Change Your Life
    by Deb Knobelman, PhD on 2018-11-10 at 12:19

    Just Pick Something — It Will Change Your LifeDon’t worry about the perfect choice. It doesn’t exist.Photo by Christian Stahl on UnsplashMy cousin lives in a charming old house.It has a big glassed in area in the back. She keeps lots of plants back there. Her cat spends most of the day in this greenhouse area, sunning itself next to the potted […]

  • How To Build A Business Around Your Passion
    by Bill Green on 2018-11-10 at 12:17

    The best businesses always start as a passion project.Let’s say you really love to hike. And you love talking to fellow hikers, talking about your favorite trails, gear you like, places around the world to visit. Wouldn’t it make sense, then, to put yourself in a position where you could be surrounded by those things all day, every day?I’ve never really understood how […]

  • Who Is Going To Make Money with Artificial Intelligence?
    by Artem Oppermann on 2018-11-10 at 12:12

    Analyzing the monetary value of Artificial Intelligence and Deep LearningThe consulting firm McKinsey & Company estimates that Artificial Intelligence has the potential to create between $ 3.5 Trillions and $ 5.8 Trillion in value across nine business functions in 19 industries — annuallyArtificial Intelligence will generate up to $ 2.6 Trillions in additional value in […]

  • Find Your Zen: 10 Useful Ways Meditation Has Transformed MY Life
    by Ayodeji Awosika on 2018-11-10 at 12:07

    “group of people doing yoga” by Erik Brolin on UnsplashUgh, not another post about meditation…Hear me out, thoughYou don’t have to wake up at 5 a.m…And write in your journal…And take a cold shower…And work out…And drink tea with lemon and cayenne pepper (some people do this I guess)…And […]

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    • With Rs 116.4 Cr profit, Amazon Cloud business post Rs 2,147 Cr revenue from India in FY18
      by Jai Vardhan on 2018-11-10 at 11:43

      Amazon Data Services and Amazon Internet Services together have recorded 3.4X jump in revenue to Rs 2,147 crore in FY18 from Rs 630 crore in the preceding fiscal. While the data services accounted 44 percent (Rs 945 crore) of total revenue churned by combined entities from India, Amazon Internet Services (reseller of AWS) contributed the rest 56 per cent (Rs 1,256 crore). Importantly, Data […]

    • Funding in Indian startups this week (05 Nov-10 Nov )
      by Harsh Upadhyay on 2018-11-10 at 11:25

      This week only eight Indian startups received funding, of which four received a total sum of about $66 million. Among them, Meesho raised the highest investment of $50 million followed by Quantela, which raised about $10 million. Meanwhile, funding for four of the total funded startups remained undisclosed. Below is the summary of deals closed this week: List of disclosed funding deals […]

    • Google-backed Dunzo raises about $1 Mn in debt from Alteria Capital
      by Harsh Upadhyay on 2018-11-10 at 09:35

      Task management app Dunzo has raised Rs 7 crore by issuing non-convertible debentures to venture debt firm Alteria Capital. This is Alteria’s sixth investment since its launch in last year. According to a VCCircle report, the Google-backed startup will deploy the latest proceeds towards expanding its service offerings and for general corporate purposes. Dunzo is currently live in […]

    • Exclusive: On the lines of Zomato Treat, Swiggy Super introduces ‘Delight’
      by Jai Vardhan on 2018-11-10 at 06:48

      Integrating value-added subscription programmes have been the core fundamental of Zomato’s online ordering vertical. Almost 18 months ago, it introduced Zomato Treat to avail free dessert with every online order. Following the success of Treat and Gold, the Alibaba-backed company has introduced Piggybank that lets users 10 percent cashback on every online order. While Zomato kept […]

    • HouseJoy in FY18: Incurred Rs 49.5 crore loss to make Rs 37.8 crore revenue
      by Yanogya Sharma on 2018-11-09 at 13:43

      HouseJoy, the Bengaluru based service marketplace is celebrating the festive season with customised service packages and discount offers. Meanwhile, the company also revealed its financial statements for FY18 via RoC filings with MCA, showcasing a slight improvement in its performance. The horizontal service marketplace clocked a revenue of Rs 37.85 crore in FY18, a 19 per cent increase from Rs […]

    • This Week In AI: Chipmaker Raises $58M, Samsung Gets Competitive With Its Virtual Assistant, An AI Anchor Delivers the News
      by Rachel Binder on 2018-11-09 at 19:32

      Hi there, Here’s what went down in artificial intelligence this week. Top Deals Hardware for AI Esperanto Technologies, a startup developing high-performance AI hardware, raised $58M in Series B funding from undisclosed investors to speed up the development of its … The post This Week In AI: Chipmaker Raises $58M, Samsung Gets Competitive With Its Virtual Assistant, An AI Anchor […]

    • A Guide To Corporate Innovation: 19 Strategies To Drive Innovation Now
      by Caroline on 2018-11-09 at 18:56

      After the success of Corporate Innovation Theater, we wanted to issue a more comprehensive guide to corporate innovation. Something actionable and easy to digest. Given the importance of innovation to drive the longevity, growth, and competitiveness of large corporations, here … The post A Guide To Corporate Innovation: 19 Strategies To Drive Innovation Now appeared first on CB Insights […]

    • Which Insurers Are Talking Up Telematics On Earnings Calls?
      by Matthew Wong on 2018-11-09 at 17:37

      Telematics, or the use of an app or device to track a driver’s behavior in real-time, has been a hot topic on corporate earnings calls over the last two years, and insurers are increasingly starting to add to the discussion. Since the start of … The post Which Insurers Are Talking Up Telematics On Earnings Calls? appeared first on CB Insights Research. […]

    • 35+ Companies Using Synthetic Biology To Rethink Everything From Plastics To Fabrics To Fertilizers
      by Nick Pappageorge on 2018-11-08 at 19:16

      For thousands of years, humans have harnessed microorganisms to produce valuable byproducts — namely, beer. But thanks to new innovations in gene editing and robotic lab automation, synthetic biology is enabling completely new possibilities. Whether it’s the fibers in our clothes … The post 35+ Companies Using Synthetic Biology To Rethink Everything From Plastics To […]

    • 20+ Fintech Startups Modernizing Debt Collection
      by Max Abramsky on 2018-11-08 at 16:00

      No one likes debt collectors. Today, one in four consumers contacted by debt collectors feel threatened, and a majority say the calls continue even after requests to stop, according to a 2017 study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While … The post 20+ Fintech Startups Modernizing Debt Collection appeared first on CB Insights Research. […]

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    • These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week
      by Robin Wauters on 2018-11-09 at 16:21

      These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week The post These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week appeared first on […]

    • EIT Digital Challenge announces the 10 winning deep-tech scale-ups
      by Andrii Degeler on 2018-11-09 at 12:08

      Editor’s note: This is a sponsored article, which means it’s independently written by our editorial team but financially supported by another organisation, in this case, EIT Digital. If you would like to learn more about sponsored posts on, read this and contact us if you’re interested in partnering with us. EIT Digital Challenge, a pitching contest […]

    • Italian sports media group Deltatre buys London-based UX tech company Massive Interactive for up to $127 million
      by Robin Wauters on 2018-11-08 at 09:28

      Italy-headquartered Deltatre, a provider of sports media technology and services, has inked a deal to acquire London-based Massive Interactive, which sells a suite of software tools to develop and manage over-the-top (OTT) video user interfaces (source: FT). The deal is worth up to $127 million, with a combination of cash and conditional earn-out provisions. The […] The post Italian sports […]

    • London-based Kukua raises €2.2 million for its pan-African edutainment franchise
      by Andrii Degeler on 2018-11-08 at 08:00

      British media and education tech company Kukua has raised €2.2 million in a round led by Africa-based EchoVC, with participation from firstminute capital, Burda Principal Investments, Kima Ventures, and strategic angel investors. The company is also part of the Founder’s Factory edtech accelerator programme. Founded in London, Kukua is building its edutainment franchise starting from […]

    • Italian-founded IoT cybersecurity startup EXEIN raises €2 million
      by Andrii Degeler on 2018-11-08 at 07:00

      Cybersecurity startup EXEIN from Rome has raised a €2 million funding round from United Ventures for its IoT firmware security solution. The company was founded in July this year as a spin-off project undertaken of an Italian cybersecurity company Aspisec led by its CEO Gianni Cuozzo. EXEIN claims that firmware has become the weak point […] The post Italian-founded IoT cybersecurity […]

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    • Danish edtech startup WriteReader raises €1.4 million to improve students’ writing skills
      by Mary Loritz on 2018-11-09 at 16:08

      At the end of 9th grade, 15% of students in Denmark have poor writing skills. This has consequences for the future opportunities for these students, and is estimated to cost society €5.3 billion in lost productivity each year. Edtech startup WriteReader, together with the Danish Institute for Education and Education (DPU) and the Technical University […]

    • Lesara – once Europe’s fastest growing startups – just filed for insolvency!
      by Thomas Ohr on 2018-11-09 at 15:30

      Lesara, a once very fast-growing online store for trendy and affordable fashion and lifestyle products, just filed for insolvency at its headquarters in Berlin. Founded in 2013, Lesara employs a team of about 300 people and was able to raise a total of about €85 million in funding. It now seems as if investors did […]

    • Marketing platform Splio acquires mobile customer engagement startup Gowento
      by Mary Loritz on 2018-11-09 at 15:23

      Paris-based omnichannel marketing platform Splio, which combines marketing automation and loyalty marketing, has acquired the French tech startup Gowento, a mobile customer engagement platform founded in 2014. Gowento allows companies to promote themselves through mobile wallets, using existing apps on users’ smartphones. Headquartered in France, Splio has offices in China, […]

    • EIT Digital Challenge 2018 has awarded Europe’s 10 best deep tech scaleups (Sponsored)
      by Thomas Ohr on 2018-11-09 at 13:49

      EIT Digital has selected Europe’s ten best deep technology companies in the fifth edition of the EIT Digital Challenge during a final pitch event in Brussels. The winners will receive comprehensive support to accelerate their international growth. The EIT Digital Challenge sought for the best scaleups – fast growing startups ready to scale their operations […]

    • Startup Jobs of the Week: Join CoverWallet, Stylight, Neuraum Ventures, or relayr
      by Mary Loritz on 2018-11-09 at 12:48

      Bored with your old job and looking for a new challenge? Consider joining Europe’s growing startup community. The EU-Startups job board has a listing of over 400 jobs from up and coming startups across Europe. Here’s a small sample of some of the positions available in Europe’s exciting startup ecosystem: Madrid-based CoverWallet aims to reinvent […]

    • Opening Up About Comp Isn’t Easy — Here’s How to Get More Transparent
      on 2018-10-30 at 15:03

      There's more to comp transparency than just sharing everyone's salaries in a spreadsheet. Compaas co-founder and CEO bethanye Blount makes the case for opening up and gives a rundown on the full spectrum of pay transparency options, sharing tips for how startups can find the right setting and communicate changes to the team.Continue reading at First Round Review » […]

    • Trello’s Product Lead on the Unique Ramp to a 10-Person Product Org
      on 2018-10-16 at 00:06

      Trello's Nikita Miller has made a specialty of being the fourth product manager, leading teams through that unique transition from scrappy early-stage startup to a company that can scale. Here, she shares three strategies product leaders must implement to bridge that gap and get the most out of rapidly maturing teams.Continue reading at First Round Review » […]

    • Lessons from Coinbase’s Wild Ascent: Four Rules for Scaling
      on 2018-10-09 at 15:49

      Engineering leader Varun Srinivasan had a front-row seat as Coinbase scaled to meet an explosion in demand for cryptocurrencies. Here, he shares the four org design rules they relied on to gear up for hypergrowth.Continue reading at First Round Review » […]

    • How to Shape Remarkable Products in the Messy Middle of Building Startups
      on 2018-09-27 at 20:27

      Behance founder and Adobe's Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky believes the hardest and most crucial part of any bold venture is the middle stretch of company building. Here he zeroes in on what startups must do to iterate and improve products mid-flight. Continue reading at First Round Review » […]

    • Growth at All Costs is Perilous — This is How to Scale Sales Sustainably
      on 2018-09-24 at 21:23

      Many founders feel the pressure to spin up sales quickly to hit growth targets, but seasoned sales leader Karen Rhorer knows that this unsustainable strategy can lead to painful layoffs down the road. Here, she shares the four levers and key calculations startups need to understand in order to scale sales hiring the right way.Continue reading at First Round Review » […]

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      • Growing pains at venture-backed Moogsoft lead to layoffs
        by Kate Clark on 2018-11-10 at 00:41

        Moogsoft has laid off 30 employees and completed two C-suite hires. Its new COO Amer Deeba recently resigned from Qualys following SEC charges of insider trading. […]

      • Can the startup building a Fortnite for VR become the Fortnite of VR?
        by Lucas Matney on 2018-11-10 at 00:35

        Virtual reality hasn’t proven itself to be the lucrative escape of the every-man, but the medium has done a fairly good job enticing the gaming community and keeping that niche (mostly) happy. While a couple of big titles have gotten some halfway-decent ports to VR, for the most part VR users are confined to whatever […]

      • Pure Bit, a South Korean exchange, pulls a $2.8 million exit scam
        by John Biggs on 2018-11-09 at 20:41

        Another day, another exit scam. This time it comes to us from South Korea, where an exchange, Pure Bit, has completely shut down after raising $2.8 million in Ethereum from investors. The exchange, which promised to deliver something call Pure Coin, was live yesterday and today is completely shut down after posting “Sorry” and “Thanks” […]

      • Everything you missed from the Startup Battlefield Latin America
        by Jordan Crook on 2018-11-09 at 16:56

        The tech scene in São Paulo is an absolute delight, and we’re honored to have seen such an amazing turnout at the Startup Battlefield Latin America. In case you missed it, we’ve put together a little recap of the event below. Editor’s Note: We will embed videos from the event as soon as they’re available. […]

      • Burgerbot startup Creator hires inventor of Boston Dynamics’ Big Dog
        by Josh Constine on 2018-11-09 at 14:24

        Disney Imagineering animatronics wizard Dr. Martin Buehler is a legend in the robotics world. His work leading development of the galloping Big Dog quadruped at Boston Dynamics both inspired and terrified a new generation of makers. But after playing in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction that consumers can’t buy, Buehler has been poached […]

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      • Luqo wins Gouden Guppy for best educational digital product
        by Sieuwert van Otterloo on 2018-10-31 at 09:59

        Utrecht based education-technology startup Luqo has won the Golden Guppy award. This prize is awarded by a professional jury to innovative digital media products for children from 0-6. Luqo has won the award by creating a table to game device that allows multiple children to play digital games with physical tokens. About Luqo Luqo was […] The post Luqo wins Gouden Guppy for best […]

      • Dutch team launches OpenBook: a privacy-friendly Facebook alternative
        by Sieuwert van Otterloo on 2018-08-24 at 11:18

        OpenBook is a new initiative to set up an open source, privacy-friendly, fun and honest social network. The initiative started early 2018 and is currently raising funds via Kickstarter. We interviewed ethical hacker Vincent Ruijter, who is security engineer in the Open-book team about their new initiative. He shares his motivation to join the project, […] The post Dutch team launches […]

      • Dutch startup funding Q2 2018: more than 200 mln
        by Sieuwert van Otterloo on 2018-07-09 at 10:17

        Dutch startups have raised more than 200 million euros in funding in the second quarter of 2018. We were able to find more than 70 startup investments, with a median investment size of 900.000 euros. About this overview Since december 2015, Startupjuncture has made annual and quarterly overviews of startup funding announcements (these are the […] The post Dutch startup funding Q2 2018: […]

      • Blockchain startup Blockport makes crypto-trading accessible to entry-level public
        by Sabine de Witte on 2018-06-28 at 13:19

        The Amsterdam-based blockchain startup Blockport makes crypto investment easier for entry-level crypto-traders by launching a social, user-friendly and secure platform and the company launched an Open Beta phase. The platform for public users opened this stage starting today. Blockport’s ‘social exchange’ can be used by beginners and advanced crypto-traders to buy and sell […]

      • Voicey receives €250k pre-seed investment from Block Party
        by Sabine de Witte on 2018-05-21 at 16:56

        Voicey – The first influencer marketing platform with an on-the-go app, received funding from pro-footballer Gregory van der Wiel and his investment fund Block Party. During the course of a year the platform has been developed and thoroughly tested by a select group of influencers and brands. Voicey is now ready to conquer the world. […] The post Voicey receives €250k pre-seed […]

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      • Early Adopters Are Not Enough To Assure Your Success
        by MartinZwilling on 2018-11-10 at 13:30

        Every technical entrepreneur is an early adopter of technology, so naturally they build things with people like themselves in mind. Unfortunately, for most solution markets, early adopters represent only 10 to 15 percent of the total opportunity, so it’s easy to get mislead on the real requirements of mainstream customers. Psychologists call this the confirmation bias. I call it failing by […]

      • 8 Keys To Market Delivery Of Innovative Technologies
        by MartinZwilling on 2018-11-09 at 13:30

        Since I am a techie at heart, I always get excited when founders pitch their new innovation as “disruptive,” meaning that it is so unique that it will create a new market and disrupt the existing value network, displacing established products and markets. Unfortunately, I have learned that investors and customers are wary that big changes will take a long time, and cost more money. […]

      • 5 Market Obstacles That Kill Even Compelling Products
        by MartinZwilling on 2018-11-07 at 13:30

        Even when your new product or solution fills a real customer need, and has a positive value proposition, many new venture founders are surprised and frustrated to find that excited customers are hard to find and growth is slow. Thus, as an advisor to many startups, without being negative, I often spend hours with them brainstorming on all the possible barriers that may slow adoption rates, and […]

      • Apply Hospitality-Driven Thinking to Your New Venture
        by MartinZwilling on 2018-11-05 at 13:30

        I just finished a new book by Stephen J. Cloobeck, “Checking In: Hospitality-Driven Thinking, Business, and You”. As a self-made entrepreneur and former chairman of Diamond Resorts International, he asserts that the five biggest companies by market value today, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple, aren’t really tech, but hospitality companies. Tech may be the tool, […]

      • Boost Your New Venture By Teaming With An Incubator
        by MartinZwilling on 2018-11-04 at 13:30

        One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. According to the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA ), there are over 2,200 of these locations worldwide, and new online versions springing up all over the place, like Founders Space in Silicon Valley. Most of these are […]