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What EdTech Entrepreneurs Sometimes Forget

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This year’s first-quarter investments in the edtech sector reached record highs, filling the $1.3 trillion-dollar space with new companies eager to get their products into the hands of every teacher. This growth presents challenges for entrepreneurs and educators alike. As the cofounder of an edtech company who originated in consumer and B2B technology, I’ve learned… Read more »


6 Ways to Increase Your Laptop’s Battery Life

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It’s something that happens to all of us in our daily life: when we absolutely need to use our laptop, there’s no battery left. We are going on a long trip for an important meeting, and of course we end up with low battery. So here are some strategies to help you increase your laptop battery life…. Read more »


Foodzie Co-Founders Launches Food Delivery Service Forage

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Foodzie co-founders Rob LaFave and Emily LaFave launched Forage, an ingredients and recipe delivery service that allows customers to recreate their favorite restaurant dishes in the comfort of their homes. Both co-founders previous venture, online food marketplace startup Foodzie, was acquired by video eCommerce service Joyous in a combination cash and stock deal.  Putting their entrepreneurial experience in… Read more »


My Book “Startup Mixology” in the News!

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Whew! It’s been almost a month since I launched my book, Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. I’ve been busy with a book tour (join us!), speaking with other great panelists in DC, Miami, Vegas, San Francisco, and Dallas. I got to sit down with lots of the entrepreneurs quoted in… Read more »


How Technology Is Changing the Cigarette Business

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The cigarette industry has an extensive history, but for the most part cigarettes have remained as technologically uncomplicated as they were several decades ago. These small paper bundles of tobacco, filters, and chemicals have fluctuated in popularity through the ages, rising with their positive portrayal in Hollywood films and advertising, and falling as knowledge of… Read more »


A Little Tip to Make Boring Meetings Less Boring

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If ever there were something inherently boring on this earth, it might be meetings. The group “brainstorming,” the coworkers trying to impress the boss, the lack of actionability all conspire to put us to sleep. Or not. According to psychology researcher Shawn Achor, even the most boring of meetings is an opportunity for us to exercise… Read more »


ManServant’s “Rent a Gentleman” Service Coming to SF

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So it looks like it’s come down to this, ladies: the perfect boyfriend needs to be rented, not found in bars. The San Francisco-based startup ManServant provides women with men who do exactly what they want. The company, founded by two advertising copywriters, has a catalog of gentleman tailored-to-order and willing to be your butler, photographer, bodyguard, or… Read more »


The Top 10 Cities for Digital Nomads

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This month, as part of his 12 startups in 12 months project, digital nomad Pieter Levels of Levels.io launched NomadList, a dynamic ranking of the best cities for digital nomads. The ranking takes into account a wealth of data, giving more weight to cost of living, Internet speed, weather, and safety. The monthly prices listed… Read more »


Shaun Abrahamson: Founders Shouldn’t Get Hung Up On Valuations

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Shaun Abrahamson is a successful early stage investor, tech entrepreneur and author.  Abrahamson has invested in companies like ZocDoc, Refinery29 and Trialpay amongst others startups. His latest venture, Urban.Us, is a network of advisors, investors and urban leaders that works with early stage companys that focuses on smart cities solutions. He and his co-founder Stonly Baptiste, are based in… Read more »


The Next Big Thing in Wearable Technology: The Smart Shoe

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These shoes are made for innovation. Indian startup Ducere Technologies Pvt has developed shoes that will sync up “with a smartphone that uses Google Maps and vibrate to tell users when and where to turn to reach their destination.” Ducere initially developed the shoes to help the blind who rely on walking canes. While the cane can help… 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 »


SportsManias Raises $3.5M in Series A Funding

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Miami startup SportsManias announced that it has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. The funding will be use to continue revamping of SportsManias web platform and app, a source of news for sports fans. This round of funding follows a $1 million raise one year ago, bringing the company to a total of $4.5 million. According to… 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 »