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Funding

GitHub and NBCUniversal’s Magic Number is $250M, and Also Unicorns

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

There’s some insane amounts of money being tossed around this Thursday: GitHub raised $250 million, NBCUniversal is considering investing $250 million into BuzzFeed, and Truecaller wants to grow up to be a unicorn via $100 million. It just goes to show you, there’s never a dull…

Breaking News

DC

Is EdTech Giant Blackboard Up for Sale?

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

According to a report from Reuters, the DC based, edtech company could be yours for a cool $3 billion. Blackboard’s stakeholders are looking to sell. Their majority owner, private equity firm Providence Equity Partners LLC, has recently hired Deutsche Bank AG and Bank of America Corp to…

Ecosystems

Chicago

5 Startup Hangouts in Chicago That Aren’t Coworking Spaces

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Where do you go if you want to meet other entrepreneurs in a casual, spontaneous, this-might-actually-lead-to-a-real-relationship way? Why, one of Chicago’s startup hangouts. You could go to a coworking space – and Chicago has many – but it’s a bit pricey if you are…

Reports & Rankings

The 5 Hottest Analytics Startups of 2014

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Mattermark ranked the five fastest-growing analytics startups from last year, and we wanted to know: to what do they attribute their massive growth? From their responses, it’s clear that what works for one startup doesn’t necessarily work for another. DoubleDutch (ranked #3), which focuses…

Opinion/Analysis

Self Education Versus Formal Education – Which Is Better in the Tech Industry?

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

People are drawn in when reading stories about the highly successful founders in the tech industry who were basically self-educated like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. They open companies and dream about that startup that brings in millions. The problem is that this rarely happens. While…

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Culture

What Ownership Really Means in Business

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

To me ownership is the single most important concept in business and, although equity is important, I’m not talking about actual shares or percentages of a company. I’m talking about empowering employees, partners, and coworkers to be able to make decisions. Ownership equates to…

Profiles

London

From Punjab to Profit: Why I Moved my Startup to London’s Tech City

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

Facebook. Pinterest. Zenefits. Twitter. Jawbone. Uber. In the startup world, we are lead to to believe that unicorns are born in Silicon Valley. And in many cases, they are. Accelerators, incubators, meetups, and startup competitions all form part of a burgeoning ecosystem which relies…

Security

Lessons Learned From MLB Cardinals Hack

By | Jul 29, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Last month, The New York Times reported that the St. Louis Cardinals were under investigation by the F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors for hacking into the Houston Astros database that houses internal discussions about trades, player statistics and scouting reports. How did this happen?…

Cloud Storage

Cloudinary Adds Video Management to its Toolbox

By | Jul 29, 2015 at 9:11 pm

The web is filled with media content and, every second, there are millions of videos being watched, sent and received. That is way to much for anyone to wrap around, so it is important to have the best possible tools to make the handling…

Jobs

Hiring Veterans Can Help Your Business Thrive

By | Jul 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Our U.S. soldiers enter combat, are separated from family and friends, experience physical and mental trauma, and sometimes sacrifice their lives for our freedom, yet many can’t find a job to support themselves and their families when their tour is over. The veteran unemployment…

Startups & Apps

Chicago

A Chicago Based Startup is Expanding the Freelance Economy

By | Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Chicago based ConceptDrop has realized the potential of the freelance economy and is working to create equal opportunities for talented freelancers, by connecting them with clients who need their skills. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported that self employment only rose 0.9%…

Opinion/Analysis

Our Most Trusted Institutions Are Betraying Us

By | Jul 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The government officials who we vote into office, the bankers who control our nest eggs, the business executives who we support with our purchases: all of them are guilty of the most fundamental of sins: short-term thinking. In a now legendary incident, state-sponsored Chinese hackers caused a…

Venture Capital

Women Founders Outperform Men and 9 Other Industry Insights from First Round Capital

By | Jul 29, 2015 at 5:17 pm

According to First Round Capital, a top venture capital firm located in Philadelphia, PA, women founders outperform men. In a report published by the firm yesterday, First Round Capital revealed the finding as one of ten major insights it has learned over the past…

Product Launch

DC

Growing KlowdTV Extends Viewing Options for Cord Cutters

By | Jul 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm

When Hulu and Netflix launched, few could predict the widespread impact that would result from their service. As a result of streaming media, cord cutters have detached themselves from costly cable companies who force them into paying for channels and networks they never intend…