Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.

— Charles F. Kettering

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A Slightly Embarrassing Love for Jack Kerouac

I love “On the Road,” despite knowing very well that it’s a fantastical and likely toxic account, blind to both engines of privilege and the sacrifices inherent to endless meandering. Any ongoing affinity for the book is a way of signalling to the world that you are still enthralled by juvenile and illusory notions of freedom. Yet I’m nonetheless cowed by the rhythm and the elegance of Kerouac’s prose, how he taps into the wild energy of adolescent wanting. I was a brooding and sullen high-school freshman when I first read “On the Road,” still doing the hard and complicated work of figuring out how I fit into the world. It seems apt that the most quoted line from “On the Road” suggests we simply give in to our longings. To do otherwise is cowardly (or, worse, boring): “ . . . the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ ”

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The Sunray Sedan - February 9, 1959 edition of Arthur Radebaugh’s Closer Than We Think Sunday comic strip. (image via paleofuture

Tomorrow the sunmobile may replace the automobile. The power of bottled sunshine will propel it. Your solar sedan will take energy from sunrays and store it in accumulators that will work like a battery. This power will drive your car just like gasoline does today.

“When people are confused or distracted, the first thing you will lose is mission.” - Brandon Hatmaker (via wellsaidblog)

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Saturday launched a crackdown against Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its humanitarian wing, Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, by seizing control of their offices and financial assets.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "taking stock" of US President Donald Trump's surprise decision to accept his invitation for talks on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, South Korea's foreign minister said in an interview that aired Sunday.

Britain's banks, energy and water companies are all said to be on high alert against the threat of a possible Russian cyber-attack amid an escalating diplomatic row between the two countries over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent on British soil.

The White House in a statement about Pence and Abbasi's meeting said, "Vice President Pence reiterated President Trump's request that the Government of Pakistan must do more to address the continued presence of the Taliban, Haqqani Network, and other terrorist groups operating in their country."

North Korean officials wrapped up three days of talks with Swedish counterparts with no indication their efforts cleared the way for a mooted nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, as a senior Pyongyang diplomat headed to Finland on Sunday for further meetings.

The "Taiwan Travel Act", which Trump signed on Friday following its passage in the US Congress, encourages visits between US and Taiwanese officials "at all levels". Washington cut formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979 in favour of Beijing under the "one China" policy.

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Meet 13 companies that are part of the Winter 2018 batch of Y Combinator.

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Dr. Rosalind Watts is a clinical psychologist at the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London. The Psychedelic Research Group focuses on two main areas: first, the action of psychedelic drugs in the brain and second, their clinical utility.

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Meet 10 companies that recently announced they’re part of the YC Winter 2018 batch.

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YC Partners answer questions from the audience at our Seattle Female Founders Conference. On stage: Kirsty Nathoo, Kat Manalac, Holly Liu, and Adora Cheung. Moderated by Sharon Pope.

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Rathna Sharad pitches FlavorCloud to Holly Liu, YC Visiting Partner, at our Seattle Female Founders Conference. Adora Cheung, YC Partner, then repitches FlavorCloud to Holly.

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In this post, we are going to explore the paradigm shift of investing in the context of decentralized applications. First, we will briefly explain the history of venture funding and how it evolved in the last few decades. Second, we will discuss the current situation around crowdsales and ICOs. Finally, we will glimpse into the future and look at what’s coming.

- Aaron Harris

I’ve written about pitching before, and realized that what we were missing is a clear template of how founders should lay out their story through slides. This deck is a template for how I think companies should build seed decks.

- Tomer London

I drove down to Mountain View to meet the new YC Winter ’18 batch and share some seed-stage lessons we learned as we grew. I’d love to share these here and hope they’ll be helpful for other entrepreneurs as well.

Why streamers are flocking to Epic's smash hit Fortnite battle royale game While Playerunknown's Battlegrounds was the gaming phenomenon of 2017, another battle royale epic has been silently on the rise. Epic Games' Fortnite began as a sandbox survival game. In September 2017 Fortnite saw the addition of it's own battle royale mode to rival PUBG. The wild success of PUBG inspired a few games to take the battle royale road but none of them were able to ride the wave. For...

Lumio introduces 'quality score' to determine the value of influencers Data analytics company Lumio is introducing a new way to guage the worth of an influencer.  According to Lumio, only 40 per cent of an influencer's Instagram following is valuable to a business on average. Lumio's technology will measure up an influencer's account by the quality of engagement versus their overall follower count.  The Lumio Quality Score will then determine which influen...

Matchmade is conducting an influencer marketing survey Matchmade  needs your help! Are you a professional working in or around the games industry? Matchmade is conducting a survey to better understand influencer marketing habits. The three minute questionnaire will ask how vital influencer marketing is to your business, which aspects are the most valuable or not valuable, and how you measure the success of a particular campaign. If you work in i...

Rihanna joins the ‘Let’s wipe $1bn off Snapchat’s stock value’ club Yet another  celebrity has been credited with single-handedly wiping a cool $1bn off the value of Snapchat owner Snap. Rihanna has blasted the company following the controversy over an ad that asked users whether they would rather ‘slap Rihanna’ or ‘punch Chris Brown’ . Brown was previously convicted of assaulting Rihanna. “Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know y...

Woman sentenced to jail after shooting boyfriend dead in YouTube prank US resident Monalisa Perez will serve several months in jail after being found guilty of second degree manslaughter after a YouTube prank went badly wrong. Perez had been dating her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, for five years at the time of the incident. Ruiz encouraged her to fire a Desert Eagle handgun at his chest from 30 centimetres away, convinced that a hardback book held to his chest would prote...

Emma Blackery releases 'Dirt' and smashes in to the UK iTunes charts overnight YouTube turned pop sensation Emma Blackery has released a new single. 'Dirt' dropped at midnight in the UK last night and has already broken in to the iTunes singles chart only nine hours after it's release. As of writing, the track sits at number 26 in the UK iTunes top songs chart. Blackery began her career on YouTube back in 2012 and enjoyed success as a comedy vlogger. She released her first...

Only 25% of Instagram influencers adhere to FTC guidelines A study by Inkifi has revealed that only 25 per cent of Instagram influencers disclose endorsements according to FTC rules. Infiki looked at 800 Instagram accounts across a number of sectors that had recently posted about collaborations with brands. While 71.5 per cent clearly disclosed a sponsorship or an endorsement, only 25 per cent of those disclosures complied with FTC guidelines. By the ind...

Are virtual influencers set to take over your job? You read that correctly. The world is beginning to recognise the sheer power of influencer marketing. However, what happens when you're not charasmatic, funny or remotely relatable? You create someone who is! What is a virtual influencer? There isn't a set definition for 'virtual influencers' yet. The best way to describe it is an animated/CGI/virtual character or entity that has been built to cr...

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Loblaw gift certificate CBC stock

Many customers who have been asked to hand over ID for a $25 gift card are outraged. Considering Loblaws has already admitted to wrongdoing — fixing the price of bread — demanding ID may have been the wrong move for the retailer.

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Miss something this week? Don't panic. CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need.


Marketplace goes undercover to find out why some service advisers at car dealerships offer much different — and more costly — advice about oil changes than what's found in your owner's manual.

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With the U.S. expected to soon be the world's biggest oil producer, America's dream of energy self-sufficiency draws nearer. What could this mean for Canada and the world?


The Massachusetts attorney general said on Saturday her office was launching an investigation after reports that Cambridge Analytica had harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users in developing techniques to support U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

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The Canadian dollar continued its slide on Friday to a nine-month low as it marked its worst week against the U.S. dollar in over a year. It is already the worst performing major currency in the world this year.


The Bank of Montreal has stopped allowing customers to use its credit cards to buy cryptocurrency such as bitcoin.


Canadians had 28 per cent more gripes about their banks last year than they did in 2016, according to a new report from the ombudsman overseeing the industry, with bogus credit card charges a particular thorn in the side of many customers.

When fans score tickets for events at the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg in the future, they might notice the absence of a familiar feature: that ubiquitous zebra-styled inventory tracker bar that adorns almost every retail product imaginable.

American trade officials are showing newfound interest in a Canadian proposal for revamping NAFTA's automotive provisions as the U.S. seeks to swiftly conclude renegotiations of the continental free trade pact.

Prepare to shell out a little more for the sweet treats of spring and summer as a global surge in the price of vanilla makes its impact at some small-batch ice cream shops and neighbourhood bakeries.

A WestJet flight attendant says rules that effectively pay starting workers less than minimum wage because they're compensated only for time in the air is helping shore up support for a union drive at Canada's second-largest airline.

Burnaby RCMP say they arrested a woman who chained herself to a work truck Friday morning, one day after the B.C. Supreme Court granted Trans Mountain an injunction against demonstrators.

Complaints about banking services handled by an industry ombudsman surged by 28 per cent last year, with credit cards, mortgages and personal accounts drawing the most customer grievances.

Shares in Canadian pipeline companies Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. failed to recover fully Friday from a steep sell-off on Thursday after the U.S. said it would eliminate a tax break for owners of certain interstate pipelines.

With a popular measure that shows Canadians' soaring debt remains in record-breaking territory, the federal government has acknowledged internally there's no way of knowing whether the burden has climbed too high.

Last week, more than 25 corporate VCs, angels, fund managers, and attorneys joined us for our fourth Deal Camp investor training program with UC Berkeley. Less than two years in, more than 100 corporate investors have now attended the program and joined our #500Strong network, a milestone that we’re proud of. “We’re thrilled to see our group of alumni continue to grow around the world,” said Bedy Yang, managing partner at 500 Startups and a lecturer at Deal Camp. “The goal of our VC Unlocked programs is to empower investors with the toolkit they need to structure, negotiate, and execute early stage investments.” Meet the Class Here’s a quick introduction to the latest group of participants: 50% based internationally, representing ...

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Today, we have committed to join Cheryl Yeoh Sew Hoy and Andy Coravos in their mission to launch a collective step forward for the VC industry. #MovingForward, which was birthed at a dinner for founders, is an open source directory that pools diversity, inclusion and anti-harassment commitments from VCs. It is especially meaningful that this initiative launches on International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. A recent report by the World Economic Forum found gender parity is over 200 years away. While these findings seem overwhelming, we believe that as more people commit to change now, we will move the needle together. We are honored to pledge our commitment to ...

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Meet Huobi Labs – our new friend for 500 Startups’ Blockchain track. At close to $1 Billion in trading volume per day, Huobi is one of the largest global digital asset exchanges for cryptocurrencies. Founded in 2013, Huobi serves millions of customers from over 130 countries and now has business and operational centers across Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, etc. Huobi Lab is a blockchain incubator under Huobi started in 2017. 500 Startups will be teaming up with Huobi Lab to support our blockchain track and we will leverage Huobi Lab’s extensive global blockchain network. Together, we will provide practical guidance to companies on topics ranging from fundraising strategy, white paper development, go-to-market strategy, community engagement and marketing. “I ...

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Most VCs think they can predict the future when it comes to early stage deals. At 500, we’re more realistic about our strengths and weaknesses as seed stage investors. We realized early on that building high-velocity deal flow – more than the art of predicting winners – was our super power and we’ve built on that strategy ever since. (We’ve been shouting our investment strategy and portfolio approach from the rooftops since 2010. Read more about how we pick investments) Ahead of Deal Camp (Feb 26 – March 1), our crash course on early stage venture finance, we’re sharing that approach, as well as some tips on how to build a pipeline of high-quality deals that can scale in the ...

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[Editor’s Note] This is a guest post from Adam Sterling, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, and a lecturer at VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley. This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. In 2014, 500 Startups, a global venture capital firm, took a little-known action that would help change the landscape of international venture finance. This action had nothing to do with investment dollars, new hires, or liquidation events. 500 Startups simply open-sourced their proprietary investment contract for early-stage investments, the KISS (“Keep It Simple Security”), to startups and investors around the world. In the next year, fellow venture capital giant Y Combinator followed suit and open-sourced their own proprietary investment contract, the SAFE (“Simple Agreement ...

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500 Startups is calling all blockchain teams around the globe. We know you are well experienced in distributed networks, cryptography and security and want to use blockchains to change the world.  However you also know that to build a truly impactful blockchain-oriented company at crypto speed, you need help in community building, token design, marketing, business development, hiring, and much more.  We are here for you. 500 Startups has specifically designed a new “blockchain track” as part of our March 2018 accelerator program with blockchain entrepreneurs in mind.  With hundreds of companies under our belt (including Lightyear (powered by the Stellar network) and Unikorn Gold), we know how to accelerate your growth. What You’ll Learn By joining the 500 Startups ...

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2017 was a landmark year for the MENA startup ecosystem. That hectic pace of development has continued, even accelerated in the first month of 2018. Having been in the MENA startup space in one form or another since 2007, looking back on what has happened in the past year astonishes me. The rapid pace of development, growth and maturity that took place over the last year is astounding. So, below I wanted to document a few of the main developments I’ve seen from my personal perspective in 2017, which I hope to see continue in 2018. An increasing government focus on entrepreneurship TL;DR – Almost every government across the MENA region has woken up and is actively supporting the startup ...

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Guest Post: Giulio Chiarenza is the co-founder of Equipboard, the world’s largest database of artists and the gear they use. SEO (short for Search Engine Optimization) is a fickle beast. We usually see companies fall into one of two camps; those that think of SEO as a “nice to have” secondary growth channel, and those that rely on it as the primary driver of growth and monetization. Our site Equipboard (batch 8) decidedly falls into the latter, but the journey to SEO competency has been an adventurous one to say the least. We’ve taken our fair share of missteps, and were it not for the SEO gurus we’ve met through 500 and the rest of our network, one of those ...

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Sunday that Russia has been stockpiling the deadly nerve agent used to poison a Russian former double agent in England and has been investigating how such weapons can be used in assassinations. ... Read More

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should consider a limited extension to its exit process from the European Union if needed to ensure details of its future relationship with the bloc are agreed, a committee of lawmakers said in a report. ... Read More

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry summoned Britain's ambassador to the country, Laurie Bristow, for a meeting on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing an unidentified ministry source. ... Read More

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Friday they had launched a murder investigation following the death this week of a Russian associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky. ... Read More

LONDON (Reuters) - British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned on Friday against rushing into a new Cold War with Russia before full evidence of Moscow's culpability in a military-grade nerve toxin attack on a former double agent is proven. ... Read More

LONDON (Reuters) - An Iraqi teenager, who had come to Britain as an asylum seeker, was found guilty on Friday of attempted murder after detonating a homemade bomb on a packed rush-hour London commuter train, injuring 30 people, prosecutors and police said. ... Read More

LONDON (Reuters) - Britons going on holiday in the European Union next year will need to pay more for travel insurance and get documentation to take their cars to the continent without a strong Brexit transition deal, the head of Britain's insurance trade body said on Friday. ... Read More

LONDON (Reuters) - An outgoing advertising executive ranked his female colleagues by attractiveness in an email sent to his entire office, in the latest episode of sexist behaviour to rock a British workplace. ... Read More

PARIS (Reuters) - France's BNP Paribas disclosed on Friday a 38.3 percent mean gender pay gap at its London branch, which it said was largely explained by the bank having fewer women in senior roles. ... Read More

LONDON (Reuters) - The military-grade nerve toxin that poisoned former Russian agent Sergei Skripal was planted in his daughter's suitcase before she left Moscow, The Telegraph newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources. ... Read More

- Andrew

Recently I attened an ICO Conference in London, and had a real sense of déjà vu from my .com days. With each pitch I listened to, I felt myself asking the question “Which business problem is this solving?” ... Read More

- Andrew

Open Banking in the UK will help to give consumers control of their own financial data in the one place and stimulate better competition between retail banks. ... Read More

- Andrew

Most computer users are oblivious to the fact that at any one time, your PC is connected to dozens of servers and companies around the world. ... Read More

- Andrew

Expect to see more electric vehicles plugged into standard street lights to charge them in the coming months, thanks to a trial happening in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. ... Read More

- Andrew

This year, three pieces of critical regulation come into place. For some firms, they are seeing these changes as a giant hassle. For others, they are seeing this as a huge opportunity and a pivot point for their industry. ... Read More

- Andrew

One frustrated NBN user, Matt Dooley decided to stage a “sit-in” at is local Telstra store, frustrated that for the last 4 months Telstra had ignored the problems he had experienced with his broadband service. ... Read More

- Andrew

I bought £20 worth of Bitcoin and £20 worth of Etherum on Friday 22nd December via coinbase, the day that the price of many cryptocurrencies “crashed” from a high of around $19,000 the pervious week. I felt that buying £20 of each currency would enable me to see what the experience of holding crypto ... Read More

- Andrew

I have been struck, as I have spoken around the world, from Tehran to Hong Kong, London to Cairo, that disruption is impacting every business and industry I speak to. ... Read More

- Andrew

This headline from a recent post by my friend Philip Rowley grabbed my attention. I’ve experienced first-hand organisations large and small who look at adopting social selling programs, by giving their inside sales teams LinkedIn premium or shelling out for LinkedIn Elevate and expecting their selle ... Read More

- Andrew

In another bizarre Bitcoin story, according to the Daily Telegraph, firms are "stockpiling Bitcoin" in order to be able to pay cyber-ransoms, should they be hit with another WanaCry type ransom that rendered organisations such as the UK's National Health Service, and global advertisin ... Read More

- Andrew

Bitcoin has no natural intrinsic value. Can you buy a house with it? Can you use it for daily interactions? It may be valued at $US18,000 ($23,477) right now but what I want to know is how you convert it into fiat currency and realise that value. The risk comes at the moment of conversion. ... Read More

- Andrew

The stories around Bitcoin keep coming. Not just that there is a bubble around the price of it, instead how there are environmental impacts around the energy required to “mine” the coins and keep the currency in circulation.I’ve read a number of articles recently trying to quantify the power consump ... Read More

- Victoria Flexner

"My passion was wildlife habitat conservation and I started to think more and more about how I could pursue that through my work." The post Peggy Farabaugh: Vermont Made Furniture Focused on Forest Preservation appeared first on The Story Exchange. ... Read More

- Victoria Flexner

"When I spend my day loving what I do, feeling happy and blessed for the life I have, then, I feel successful." The post Joanne Ruse: Yogi Fitness Accessories appeared first on The Story Exchange. ... Read More

- Candice Helfand-Rogers

In this edition of our crowdfunding column, we’re spotlighting female founders who are fundraising for ventures and projects that are near and dear to their hearts. The post 5 Crowdfunders to Watch – Cultivating Heartfelt Projects appeared first on The Story Exchange. ... Read More

- Victoria Flexner

"The beauty of my job is that I can do it from anywhere, I just need my laptop and wifi." The post Alessia Pandolfi: Tech Strategist and Online Business Strategist  appeared first on The Story Exchange. ... Read More

- Candice Helfand-Rogers

IFundWomen gives female founders virtual space to learn and grow, while they raise money. It also gets them ready for their close-ups. The post This Video-Driven Fundraising Site is Making Stars Out of Women Entrepreneurs appeared first on The Story Exchange. ... Read More

- Candice Helfand-Rogers

Concetta Rand of crowdfunding site IFundWomen encourages female founders to rethink how they approach crowdfunding campaigns. Here are her two best tips. The post Her 2 Cents: Crowdfund for More Than Money appeared first on The Story Exchange. ... Read More

- Riva Richmond

The Arizona State Senate minority leader vows to ensure all eligible voters can vote, if she becomes secretary of state, leveling the playing field for Democrats, including the 2020 presidential candidate. The post Running Women Q&A: Katie Hobbs is Itching to Fight Voter Suppression appeared fir ... Read More

- Bernadette Berdychowski

Running Women: The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Georgia spoke out against the man who currently holds the office for choosing a donor over a major employer. The post Georgia’s Sarah Riggs Amico Blasts Republican for Siding With the NRA Against Delta appeared first on The Story Exc ... Read More

- Candice Helfand-Rogers

Molly O’Hearn, co-founder of anti-fraud technology company Iovation, says she and her fellow founders decided to start their firm after learning the hard way just how devastating hacks can be. The post This Female Founder Helps Businesses Stay Ahead Of Hackers appeared first on The Story Exchange. ... Read More

- Mariana Castro

Running Women: Four new candidates have joined the race to succeed Rep. Rick Nolan less than a month after he announced his retirement. The post Candidates Rush to Challenge Leah Phifer for Democratic Endorsement appeared first on The Story Exchange. ... Read More

- Alex Wilhelm

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Where did venture capitalists go to college? ICOs delivered at least 3.5x more capital to blockchain startups than VC since 2017 The American South may not be the fi ... Read More

- Joanna Glasner

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor Corporate bio VCs are backing more rounds and making bigger bets Front-door tech is hot, and it’s not just Amazon who wants in It seems like startup news is full of overnight success stories and sudden failures, like the scooter rental compan ... Read More

- Katie Roof

Drama is heating up between the dating apps. Tinder, which is owned by Match Group, is suing rival Bumble for patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. The suit alleges that Bumble “copied Tinder’s world-changing, card-swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise.” The lawsuit also accuses Tind ... Read More

- Matthew Lynley

Zuora, which helps businesses handle subscription billing and forecasting, filed for an initial public offering this afternoon following on the heels of Dropbox’s filing earlier this month. Zuora’s IPO may signal that Dropbox going public, and seeing a price range that while under its previous valua ... Read More

- Devin Coldewey

GrokStyle's simple concept of "point your camera at a chair (or lamp, or table...) and find others like it for sale" attracted $2 million in funding last year, and the company has been putting that cash to work. And remarkably for a company trying to break into the home furnishing mar ... Read More

- Josh Constine

It takes a village to grow a startup, so Village Global is offering access to a deep network of top tech execs to lure founders to its seed fund. Today, Village Global announced it’s raised $100 million for that fund that was first unveiled in September. In exchange for equity, portfolio companies g ... Read More

- Matthew Lynley

Developer bootcamps — several-month training programs that are designed to help people get up to speed with the technical skills they need to become a developer — exploded in popularity in the early part of the decade, but there’s been a bit of a shakedown on the space recently. And that could be a ... Read More

- Danny Crichton

Gusto, formerly ZenPayroll, is the rare startup unicorn that has stayed relatively mum on its product and growth — its last press release, for instance, was more than a year ago. The company’s core offering remains payroll for small businesses, and it has been working to expand its customer base acr ... Read More

- Catherine Shu

Developing new medicines can take years of research and cost millions of dollars before they are even ready for clinical trials. Several biotech startups are using machine learning to revolutionize the process and get drugs into pharmacies more quickly. One of the newest is called Reverie Labs, whic ... Read More

- Matthew Lynley

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Katie Roof and I were joined by Mayfield Fund’s Navin Chaddha, an investor with early connections with Lyft to talk about, well, Lyft — as well as two bombshell ... Read More

- Steve O'Hear

Sweden-based Detectify, which offers a website vulnerability scanner that is in part powered by the crowd, has raised €5 million in new funding. The round was led by New York-based venture capital and private equity firm, Insight Venture Partners. Existing investors, Paua Ventures and Inventure, als ... Read More

- Josh Constine

By adding a cryptocurrency exchange, a web version and stock option trading, Robinhood has managed to quadruple its valuation in a year, according to a source familiar with a new round the startup is raising. Robinhood is closing in on around $350 million in Series D funding led by Russian firm DST ... Read More

Have you ever wondered how athletes cope when their prosthetic limbs or wheelchairs break? ... Read More

MIT CSAIL's NanoMap system enables drones to avoid obstacles while flying at 20 mph (32km/h) ... Read More

Infrared technology and artificial intelligence offer a better way to take care of dementia patients. It can scan their vital signs 24 hours a day. ... Read More

Highview Power uses liquefied cold air to create stored energy. The air is reheated to produce power. ... Read More

Critics say "crunch time", an intense burst of work just before a game is released, can be dangerous. ... Read More

Click talks to Alexis Wajsbrot, the visual effects supervisor for Thor: Ragnarok. ... Read More

Danish company Frederiksberg Forsyning's all-electric vans are part of a vehicle-to-grid scheme. ... Read More

A gaming journalist discusses whether parents should limit their children's time on Fortnite. ... Read More

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A robot developed by MIT students Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo can solve a Rubik’s Cube in a record-breaking 0.38 seconds. ... Read More

- Fatima Husain | MIT News correspondent

Senior Isabella Pecorari is building supportive communities at MIT and beyond. ... Read More

- Lisa Girard | Whitehead Institute

Whitehead Institute researchers uncover framework for how stem cells determine where to form replacement structures. ... Read More

- Leslie Sheppard | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

New study shows that Thompson sampling can be naturally combined with a classical linear program formulation to include inventory constraints. ... Read More

- Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

An early calling for clean energy propels undergraduate Ka-Yen Yau’s research on the next generation of nuclear technology. ... Read More

- Tamara Kleinberg

“I literally can’t wait for the entire rental car industry to go down in flames. This whole thing is archaic.” – annoyed guy in front of me at rental car pick up. I’m in line waiting for a rental car. Two gentlemen in front of me are having a heated conversation about how they want to ... ... Read More

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Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are January’ ... Read More

- Dan Blacharski

The dotcom boom never really went away. From about the mid-nineties through 2001, the landscape was littered with crazy speculation, business plans scratched out on cocktail napkins, and venture capital being pushed to where it never should have been. The bursting of the dotcom bubble didn’t put an ... Read More

- Yoram Solomon

The factor that affects team productivity and creativity is the ability to conduct constructive conflict. In turn, three other factors that affect that ability, which are strong in children, and disappears when they reach adulthood and the work environment. Natural selection For a team to be creativ ... Read More

- Greg Satell

At any given time, a technology or two captures the zeitgeist. A few years ago it was social media and mobile that everybody was talking about. These days it’s machine learning and block chain. Everywhere you look, consulting firms are issuing reports, conferences are being held and new “experts” ar ... Read More

- Vanessa Bates Ramirez

There aren’t a ton of ways to build a house other than the way houses have always been built, which is to say, by putting up four walls then adding a roof. This ages-old technique had to be modernized at some point, though, and as with everything else in our lives these days, technology’s delivering ... Read More

- Singularity Hub Staff

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE China Wants to Shape the Global Future of Artificial Intelligence Will Knight | MIT Technology Review “China’s booming AI industry and massive government investment in the technology have raised fears in the US and elsewhere that the nation will overtake international rivals ... Read More

- Martin Rees

Soon after I enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge University in 1964, I encountered a fellow student, two years ahead of me in his studies, who was unsteady on his feet and spoke with great difficulty. This was Stephen Hawking. He had recently been diagnosed with a degenerative disease, and i ... Read More

- David Pring-Mill

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- Shelly Fan

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- Greg Satell

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- Greg Satell

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A robot developed by MIT students Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo can solve a Rubik’s Cube in a record-breaking 0.38 seconds. ... Read More

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- Lisa Girard | Whitehead Institute

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- Leslie Sheppard | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

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- Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

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- Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Findings may lead scientists to reinterpret seismic maps of the Earth's interior. ... Read More

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- Baiju NT

The world and everything in it are in a constant evolution. Starting with things that were merely Sci-Fi... The post The future of Artificial Intelligence – What will it look like? appeared first on Big Data Made Simple - One source. Many perspectives.. ... Read More

- Baiju NT

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- Manu Jeevan

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- Luke Dormehl

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- Mark Austin

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- Eric Brackett

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- Lulu Chang

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- Paul Lewis

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- Damien Gayle

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Georgia 9
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United Kingdom 11
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Canada 17
Thailand 18
Germany 19
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Japan 23
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Switzerland 27
Austria 28
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Israel 33
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France 35
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Brazil 118
Jordan 119
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Honduras 125
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Philippines 133
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Syrian Arab Republic 147
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Burkina Faso 154
Iraq 155
Uzbekistan 156
Burundi 157
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