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Alto aims to disrupt ridesharing industry and challenge Lyft, and Uber

Alto a ridesharing startup founded in 2018 in Dallas aims to disrupt the fast-growing on-demand market controlled by the likes of Uber and Lyft. Alto just raised $14.5 million from Road Ventures, a European fund that [...]

Blockchain

What is Blockchain

Blockchain
September 14, 2017

What is Blockchain Blockchain technology is an innovation that arose out of the ashes o f the 2007-2009 financial crisis. The collapse of Lehman Brothers turned a strictly financial crisis into a trust crisis. Blockchain technology uses […]

R3 and Ripple in legal dispute over options contract

Blockchain
September 12, 2017

R3 is suing fellow blockchain startup Ripple, alleging that the latter company improperly attempted to terminate an options contract. Ripple has filed its own lawsuit, saying that R3 failed to deliver on its commitments to […]

Regulations on Virtual Currencies

Blockchain
September 12, 2017

Why to regulate Virtual Currencies The Bitcoin structure (and its peers) holds natural tension with traditional regulatory and government controls. However, there are a few aspects of Bitcoins that do lend themselves to regulatory oversight, and […]

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Startups

Auto-insurance startup Clearcover raises $43M

Startups
January 24, 2019
Clearcover, a Chicago-based auto insurance startup that uses artificial intelligence to more effectively market auto insurance, has raised a $43 million round of funding. Founded in 2016, Clearcover aims to use technology to offer better [...]
Startups

Kaia Health receives $10M in series A funding

January 24, 2019
Kaia Health, a personalized digital therapeutics startup, has raised $10 million in Series A funding with the aim to reduce chronic pains. The idea is to offer an alternative to painkillers, using mobile technology to [...]
Startups

Food-delivery startup Munchery shuts down

January 22, 2019
On-demand food delivery startup Munchery is ceasing operations effective immediately, the startup announced in an e-mail to customers on Monday (21st January 2019). Founded in 2010, the San Francisco-based business had raised a total of $125 million [...]
Startups

Seasonal trends in startup funding

September 12, 2017
Startup funding and exiting activity have been slow over the past few months in the U.S. Fewer companies closed rounds, IPO volumes were light, and not a lot of big M&A deals got done. But is fundraising [...]

Finance

Investing via smartphone in China prompts concerns

Finance
April 3, 2017
Personal investors in China are leading the world in a massive move toward making investments via smartphone apps, a trend that accounted for $200 billion in transactions in 2015, according to some estimates. The development [...]
Finance

BlackRock turns to robotic stock pickers

March 28, 2017
BlackRock will increase reliance on computer models in picking stocks as part of a restructuring of its actively managed equities business. The move is in response to outflow related to poor performance. Source: WSJ (28/03/2017) [...]
Finance

Algorithms’ influence grows on Wall Street

February 13, 2017
Equity analysts, including Valerie Bogard of TABB Group, say that algorithms are rapidly taking over. It is the driving force behind the US stock market. With Bogard saying they may now be used in as [...]
Finance

Hedge fund tests AI potential to beat humans

February 11, 2017
Hedge fund Sentient Technologies is relying on artificial intelligence to trade stock, marking a potential breakthrough in the race between man and machine in investment. “For me, it’s scarier to be relying on those human-based [...]

Innovations & High-Tech

Startups are poaching self-driving engineers

In the Spotlight
March 31, 2017
A number of prominent engineers in the self-driving space have left firms such as Uber, Google and Tesla to work for startups or launch their own companies. One example is Peter Rander, who left Uber. [...]

SpaceX achieves goal of relaunching rocket

Innovations & High-Tech
March 31, 2017
SpaceX has successfully relaunched a Falcon 9 rocket. It was used on a resupply mission for the International Space Station. Relaunching rockets is a critical step for the company as it looks to make space [...]
In the Spotlight

Facebook reveals Oculus gloves prototype

February 9, 2017
Oculus Gloves, a new way to bring your hands in Virtual and Augmented Reality. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is showing off a new way to interact with the Oculus Rift headset: an Oculus glove. He [...]
In the Spotlight

View raises $100 Million for Smart Windows

February 8, 2017
View raises $100 Million for Smart Windows with TIAA Investments, a financial services company, led the Series G View, Calif.-based startup, has raised more than $600 million since its inception eight years ago. The investors include Corning, [...]

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Black Box Thinking (Book)

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We all know that for innovation to happen, we need to accept mistakes and learn from failure. This book shows us how. Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of […]

The Power of Unreasonable People (Book)

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