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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 »



Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Are The New Rock Stars in Town

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Are Silicone Valley entrepreneurs the new rock stars? We thought it would be fun to compare the characters from HBO’s hit TV show Silicon Valley to the characters from Entourage, which we did in the infographic below. What do you think? Are entrepreneurs the new rock stars? Infographic by: Market Domination Media



5 Ways Entrepreneurs Make Their Own Luck

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So you want to be lucky? You want to have all the good things that lucky people have? The fast cars, the nice homes, a business of your own? We all want those, so I am going to do you a favor and tell you, yes you, how to be lucky. This is a once-in-a-lifetime… Read more »


5 Lesser-Known Google Analytics Features That Marketers Should Use

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Google Analytics is an awesome piece of FREE software that helps you gain insights from web traffic and allows you to make more informed decisions that directly affect the bottom line of your business. There are several features available in Google Analytics that many marketers aren’t aware of. This article will highlight those features, which can be used by marketers… Read more »


5 Tips for Building Your Brand in Your Spare Time

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As a business owner, you’ve probably put a lot of time and thought into your brand. You know the purpose of your business and what you hope to accomplish. You understand the mission and values that you’ve put in place going forward, and you’re sure of how you’d like to reach out to your target… Read more »