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Net Neutrality: Bad for Consumers, Deadly for Startups


Net neutrality is a hot-button topic, and for good reason. The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Supreme Court are rapidly pushing us toward a future eerily similar to the highly controlled media world of “The Hunger Games” by not supporting net neutrality. The collapse of Internet equality makes it all but impossible for entrepreneurs… Read more »

The Thinnest, Long-Lasting Batteries You’ll Ever See


California-based startup, Imprint Energy, is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed on commonly used industrial screen printers. The startup has been testing ultra thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices. The startup’s idea is to make these thin batteries safe for on-body applications which would be otherwise impossible with bulkier lithium-based batteries. The idea is to sell the… Read more »

Lessons from Ride Service Startup Uber

Uber lessons

Uber is one of the startups making immense waves across the country and across the globe. A company founded just a few years ago has presented a completely new business model that’s shaking up the taxi and private ride industry. Uber is changing how millions of people find rides in cities, how long it takes… Read more »

500 Startups Unveils Their Free KISS Legal Docs


KISS: one of America’s favorite rock bands, and now the title for 500 Startups’ newest throng of free legal documents for founders and investors. The acronym for 500 Startups stands for “Keep it Simple Security”, and they officially announced the release of these documents today. According to their blog post, the free legal documents were designed… Read more »

“People are a big cost in IT. Let’s take that out” Vinod Khosla


Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla envisions a world where IT systems will use data they put out to build adaptive systems “that have the capability to utilize human judgment and decision making.” He shared this vision yesterday during Gigaom’s Structure Conference in San Francisco. He explained that one of the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators in… Read more »

Facebook Launches Slingshot to Compete With Snapchat


Snapchat has been dictating the moves of many other social networking sites recently, and Facebook is among them. Yesterday MacRumors reported that Facebook released a new app, Slingshot, which lets users send media to friends who are unable to view said media unless they share something back. The Slingshot app was designed specifically to compete… Read more »

Brigade Media Acquires Causes and Votizen, Adds Tons of New Executives


Brigade Media recently announced that they have acquired a controlling stake in Philotic Inc., the company that owns Causes aka the world’s largest online campaigning platform. Philotic Inc. also owns the political advocacy startup Votizen, and this move marks one of the first steps Brigade Media has taken to re-energize interest in democracy. The idea… Read more »

Elon Musk Open Sources Tesla’s Patents


Today Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced in a blog post titled “All Our Patent Are (sic) Belong to You” that the company is opening its patented technology for use by others. Musk said: “We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.” This… Read more »

New Startup Light Raises $9.7M To Reimagine The Art And Science of Photography


It was recently reported by Re/code that the two powerhouse entrepreneurs Dave Grannan and Rajiv Laroia will be joining forces to create a new photography startup, Light. They’ve already raised $9.7 million from Bessemer Venture Partners and CRV. Additiaonlly, the Qualcomm Executive Chairman Paul E. Jacobs will be joining the board of directors at Light… Read more »

European Taxi Drivers Hate Uber Too


Most Europeans are not a fan of anything American. So it’s no surprise that European taxi drivers are not happy with the San Francisco car service company Uber creeping on their turf. “Uber cabs are stealing our clients,” said José Losada, 36. In at least a half-dozen European cities today–including London, Paris and Berlin– drivers… Read more »