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Zainab Zaki Embraced Her Failure and Learned From it

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Part of starting up is failure – that’s a given. It’s never easy, but at the same time it’s a learning process and long does the entrepreneur last who sees failure in this light. Zainab Zaki was the COO at Tappedin, a social discovery tool for professional networking, before they closed their doors. For Zaki,… Read more »



8 Apps That Every New Parent Should Know About

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The first smile, the first steps, the first bottle…every parent agrees that life with a new baby is full of magical moments. But let’s be honest, any help you can get when it comes to becoming a better parent is great. And if it’s an app, even better! Baby Bundle If you prefer a one-stop app for… Read more »



16 Coding Bootcamps That Offer Scholarships for Women

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In a recent study, RJMetrics found that the tech community was about 29% female, with some cities scoring as low as 17% or 20%. Sam Altman just released some Y Combinator statistics on diversity, revealing that 19.5% of the startups they’ve funded this year have women on the founding team. Women are underrepresented in startups,… Read more »


If You Think Work-Life Balance Is Bad Here, Be Grateful You’re Not in Indonesia

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For employees in Indonesia, the #1 problem is feeling underappreciated, says Happy5 cofounder Doni Priliandi. “The management style is really top down. They don’t give a shit about the happiness of the employee. ‘If you perform, I’ll give you a bonus; if you do not perform, I’ll kick you out,’” explains Priliandi.    “The employees… Read more »


Apple Acquires BookLamp, Final Amount Still Pending

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Late last week TechCrunch reported that Apple had made an interesting move to acquire Boise, Idaho based book startup BookLamp. The location of acquisition paired with the fact that Apple is buying a startup in the literature market are both causes to pay close attention; Apple seldom moves to buy smaller tech companies, but when… Read more »




Brooklyn’s Birdi Raises $700k Seed Funding for Smart Air Monitor

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Birdi, a Brooklyn, NY-based hardware startup that ‘s building a smart air monitor, announced this morning that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding. Participants in this round include Jason Calacanis and Kapor Capital (his AngelList syndicate), Eric Ries, and John Galbraith. Formerly known as Canary, the company recently relocated to San Francisco and changed… Read more »


Brazil’s Easy Taxi Raises $40M to Continue Global Expansion

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Global startup Easy Taxi raised US$40 million in Series D funding led by the Russian Phenomen Ventures with the participation of German Tengelmann Ventures. Backed by Rocket Internet, the Brazilian taxi hailing app startup has expanded its services in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In the last year alone, Easy Taxi has added 150,000 drivers to their network and completed rides in… Read more »


Y Combinator’s Sam Altman Insists “Sexism in Tech Is Real” 

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On Friday, Y Combinator president Sam Altman penned a blog post called “Diversity and Startups” to explain what YC is doing to promote inclusiveness and how diverse the YC portfolio actually is. Here are some of the statistics he shared:  19.5% of the startups Y Combinator funded this year have women on the founding team (compared… Read more »


13 Startups Founders Share Their Weird Habits for De-Stressing

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Highly successful people have kooky and quirky habits that help them be more creative and deal with stress. Thomas Edison and Leonardo Da Vinci would not sleep for days and take random naps instead to help them be more productive with work. When it was time to work, Nikola Tesla preferred the company of pigeons. Even… Read more »



Shanghai’s Startups Invest in High Tech and Education in Africa

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With globalization and restructuring occurring rapidly throughout the world’s political and economic systems, emerging countries have an urgent need for educational improvement at all levels, especially the post-secondary level. Today, many Chinese projects, companies, and entrepreneurs aim to contribute to this development in emerging countries, and especially in Africa, through high-technology innovations. We recently spoke… Read more »