• Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    Not long after the Alibaba IPO, eBay announced that it aims to spin off PayPal as a separately traded company. The rumors of PayPal as an acquisition target are already looming, and one of the contenders is Jack Ma’s Alipay, now called Ant Financial. A deeper insight into Alipay is interesting in light of the potential changes similar players like Apple, Amazon and PayPal pose for… Read More

  • Chicago And Big Data

    Chicago And Big Data

    As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for… Read More

  • Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

    Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

    Tim Armstrong may have shown other CEOs how to speak with respect and admiration about women in the workplace during his comments onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt London. In the past few weeks and months, conversations have run the gamut from companies such as Google and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children to Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep… Read More

  • When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

    When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

    Many founders and CEOs of start-ups don’t spend a lot of time thinking about CFOs. When it comes to finance for a start-up, founders focus on more pressing needs: What’s my burn rate? How long is my runway? How does our annual recurring revenue (ARR) look? How much more money do we need? Read More

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    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program this last summer. That was a first for the Silicon Valley accelerator. But IndieBio partners tell… Read More

  • Vint Launches A Monthly Subscription Service Offering Unlimited On-Demand Fitness Training

    Vint Launches A Monthly Subscription Service Offering Unlimited On-Demand Fitness Training

    Two months after bringing its fitness marketplace to San Francisco, Vint is introducing a new way for users to set up 1-on-1 workout sessions with trainers in the form of a $120 monthly subscription that lets you arrange as many meetups as you’d like. Read More

  • Apple Pay’s First TV Ad Is A World Series Spot From MasterCard And MLB

    Apple Pay’s First TV Ad Is A World Series Spot From MasterCard And MLB

    Apple’s new payment system is live, and Apple Pay has already garnered more attention than most mobile payment efforts to date. It also has a new ad, which aired yesterday during the opening game of the 2014 World Series, from payment partner MasterCard. MasterCard’s ad accompanies its new rollout of contactless payments at food and beverage purchase points in MLB ballparks across… Read More

  • Hands On With Google Inbox: Useful Email Triage Tools For A Mobile Workflow

    Hands On With Google Inbox: Useful Email Triage Tools For A Mobile Workflow

    Google’s Inbox email app is now available, and we have access to the limited release, which is being distributed via Google’s tried-and-true invite system. While many will have to wait to check it out for themselves, our first impressions might help you decided whether you want to even try chasing down an invite. First, this is a good-looking app that benefits from Google’s… Read More

  • Boostable Gets $3.2M, Its Ads Get More Sales For Your Event, Crowdfund, Or Online Store

    Boostable Gets $3.2M, Its Ads Get More Sales For Your Event, Crowdfund, Or Online Store

    Boostable doesn’t have to sell its ads. Marketplaces sell them for it. Ticket, crowdfunding, and ecommerce marketplaces make money when their users sell things, so they’re incentivized to route traffic to the listings they host, which is exactly what Boostable’s easy-peasy ad-buying tool does for marketplace sellers do. So the marketplaces do the legwork of recommending… Read More

  • Verizon Leads Flint Mobile’s $9.4M Round As Payment Service Comes To The Web

    Verizon Leads Flint Mobile’s $9.4M Round As Payment Service Comes To The Web

    Flint Mobile, a point-of-sale mobile payments solution originally built around snapping photos of your credit card instead of dongles or using other hardware to make payments, is today announcing that it has raised another $9.4 million in funding led by new, strategic investor Verizon via its Verizon Ventures arm; as well as an expansion of its service to the wider internet in a new… Read More

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