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Techstars’ Chris Heivly to talk startup growth beyond Silicon Valley at VentureBeat’s Blueprint event

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Chris Heivly, the entrepreneur-in-residence at international startup accelerator Techstars, is one of the speakers at VentureBeat’s inaugural Blueprint conference, happening on March 5-7 in Reno, Nevada. At Blueprint, speakers including Heivly will discuss how tech companies can create higher paying jobs across America and expand economic opportunity for all. As entrepreneur-in-residence, Heivly is working with Techstars — which now operates more than 36 accelerator programs in 30 cities around the world — to develop a model to help startup ecosystems grow. Ahead of the conference, VentureBeat spoke to Heivly about how to accelerate startup growth ... Read More
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The Tortured Deep-Focus Faces of Tournament Chess Players

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In 1987, Russian grandmasters Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov faced off in Seville, Spain for the World Chess Championship. David Lloda, then a nine-year-old boy growing up the small northern town of Asturias, remembers being captivated by a newspaper photograph of the two chess geniuses. “Two grown men, playing a mysterious game, with those little figures carved in wood?” he recalls thinking. “That seemed interesting.” A few days later, a teacher at Lloda’s school taught him the basic chess moves, sparking a lifelong passion for the game that has persisted throughout stints as a journalist, author, entrepreneur, and... Read More
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Kim Dotcom suing New Zealand government for damages

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Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is suing the New Zealand government for billions of dollars in damages over his arrest in 2012.The internet entrepreneur is fighting extradition to the US to stand trial for copyright infringement and fraud. Mr Dotcom says an invalid arrest warrant negated all charges against him.He is seeking damages for destruction to his business and loss of reputation.Accountants calculate that the Megaupload group of companies would be worth ... Read More
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What Has Tech Done to Fix Its Harassment Problem?

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Last year’s national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace began in the tech industry. In the months that followed Susan J. Fowler’s February blog post about sexual harassment at Uber, a number of well-known tech executives—particularly, venture capitalists and startup executives—were ousted from positions of power after allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct. But with the October downfall of Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood took the lead on the conversation. In the wake of the many reports of harassment in entertainment, the industry launch... Read More
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Knicks Great Larry Johnson Stops By To Talk About The ‘Make It’ Awards

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Published on Jan 21, 2018LJ was joined by Squarespace CEO and Founder Anthony Casalena to talk about the awards which give budding entrepreneurs a chance at success. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captioning: Anthony... Read More
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Andreessen Horowitz’s Spin Master Built Silicon Valley As You Know It

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In May 2015, The New Yorker published a profile of the Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen. In it, writer Tad Friend joined Andreessen in his living room to watch an episode of Halt & Catch Fire, the AMC drama chronicling the rise of personal computing in the early 1980s. The scene provided an intimate window into the billionaire’s home life. Friend described a powder room toilet so opulent it wasn’t immediately clear how to flush it; the rooms were grand to accommodate Andreessen’s gigantic presence. Friend chronicled the endearing flourish wit... Read More
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Midwest startup exits surged in 2017

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A year ago, the Midwest saw one of its largest tech exits to-date: the January 2017 $1.1 billion sale of CoverMyMeds to San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. The CoverMyMeds exit was the biggest in Ohio history, and it signaled an upward growth trajectory in exit activity from 2016. When it comes to Midwest exits, 2017 was an extremely strong year. Through an analysis conducted with data from Pitchbook, Mattermark, and our own proprietary research, Hyde Park Angels looked at the biggest disclosed exits of 2016 and 2017 in what we consider the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. VentureBeat’s Hea... Read More
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USC’s New Class Shows It’s All in on Patents

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What’s the secret to success that every aspiring entrepreneur has learned from watching the smash hit reality-TV show Shark Tank? “Unless you have a patent or some proprietary technology,” Shark Tank host Robert Herjavec has said time and time again to contestants, “you’re gonna be in trouble.” After which he invariably announces, “I’m out!” To be sure, patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets — collectively, intellectual property (IP) — are not the only requirements for business success. But there is no denying that the intellectual property rights to an innovation — and knowing how to leverage them — are vital to getting funded by venture investors.... Read More
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Trump’s First Year in Office: The Lasting Impacts on Tech

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As a candidate for president, Donald J. Trump scarcely mentioned the word "tech." One year since he took the oath of office, that hasn't changed much. And yet just a year in, the Trump administration has shaped policy in ways that will radically alter the country's long-term ability to innovate—and often not for the better. Trump's public relationship with tech titans has eroded, thanks to his positions on immigration, climate change, and more, despite attempts to build up goodwill during his transition to the White House. Meanwhile, the ... Read More
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Entrepreneurs and politicians need to communicate better with each other

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Entrepreneurs are the beating heart of the American economy. Yet despite an uptick in recent years, startup formation has been in a decades-long decline that has affected every state in the country. That’s a problem because startups are responsible for nearly all net new job creation. Even if you aren’t an entrepreneur or don’t work at a startup, fewer entrepreneurs means a lower quality of life for all Americans. VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech channel invites you to join us and other senior business leaders at ... Read More
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Garden City: The Beating Heart of Nassau

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There is no shortage of places to dine on Seventh Street in Garden City. Garden City is buzzing with chic restaurants, casual pubs and eateries offering unique fare from around the globe, plus historic landmarks and some of the best shopping on Long Island. It is no surprise that this tony village with stately homes, manicured lawns and picture perfect tree-lined streets has attracted movie stars, pro athletes, politicians, and famous writers through the decades. Its lure has drawn the likes of best-selling author Nelson DeMille, actress Susan Lucci and Good Morning America co-anchor Lara Spencer, who graces this month’s cover. It is also home to Roosevelt Field, the former air... Read More
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LaunchPad LI joins BIA/NYS

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LaunchPad Long Island, a multi-site incubator, coworking, and acceleration program, has joined BIA/NYS as our newest supporting member. The four operating sites for LaunchPad are Great Neck, Huntington, Mineola, and NYIT with a fifth arrangement with Stony Brook University’s LIHTI to be announced shortly. Started by investor-entrepreneur Andrew Hazen, LaunchPad LI is a combination of an incubator operator and a non-profit acceleration program that provides services across five sites, three controlled... Read More
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Sapraicone: I would buy you a cup of coffee but it would break the law

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If left unchallenged, it is now illegal for a title insurance representative in New York State to buy a client a cup of coffee. Say what? This writer is not in the title industry, but I am a business owner and there should not be a single entrepreneur anywhere in New York who shouldn’t be very concerned about the actions of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS). They have just imposed regulations that make it a violation for anyone in the title industry to so much as buy a potential client a cup of coffee, much less go out to dinner to build a working relationship. Make no mistake. If this regulation is allowed to run amuck it could serve as a regulatory model that will harm every entrepreneur, ... Read More
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Heartland Tech Weekly: How to know what startups are really worth watching

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As I’ve mentioned previously, one of the questions that I get asked most frequently is what tech companies in the Heartland should the average person be watching. The question is a fair one — the channel that I write for is called “Heartland Tech,” after all. But the question also makes me concerned that some people think of the middle of America as one large, monolithic swath of land.I bring this up because as VentureBeat is putting together its lineup for our inaugural BLUEPRINT conference, I’ve been heartened to see how many companies are finding succes... Read More
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Digital Donations adds new piece to evolutionary puzzle

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By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s a unique theory of evolution in effect at Melville tech developer Digital Donations, not following humanity’s ancient origins but formulating the species’ not-too-distant future – at least, the part concerned with electronic payments. This particular evolutionary chain represents the theoretical machinations of Keith Orlean, who in 2014 launched Digital Donations to capitalize on the payment-processing expertise he’d gathered over a dozen years as president of Digital Processing Solutions, a now-defunct electronic-payments specialist Orlean launched in 2003. It’s hard to call the el... Read More
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Steve Bannon plotting post-Breitbart return to public life: Sources

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Published on Jan 16, 2018FBN’s Charlie Gasparino reports on what the next move is for Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and former executive chairman of Breitbart. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed ... Read More
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Softbank plans $18bn share sale of its mobile business

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Japanese giant Softbank is planning to list its mobile phone business in Tokyo and overseas, according to the Nikkei newspaper. The listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and possibly in London aims to raise 2 trillion yen ($18bn; £13.1bn).Softbank confirmed in a statement that the share sale was an option, but said no decision has ... Read More
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3 reasons chatbots didn’t meet industry expectations in 2017

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Great expectations surrounded the dawn of the “chatbot revolution” less than a couple of years ago. Marketers and futurists fantasized about intelligent virtual autonomous agents that would understand us better than we understand ourselves, glean our desires from snippets of conversations, and turn our every command into an immediate action. The idea was something like a mix of JARVIS from the Marvel Universe and HAL from 2001: A Spa... Read More
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Charlotte group seeks to unite the black tech community in North Carolina

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North Carolina is a good place for entrepreneurs of color to land — Durham is ranked a top city for black-owned businesses and plays host to the Black Wall Street Homecoming entrepreneurship conference, as well as Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange for Black Founders. Now a young organization called BLKTECH Interactive is catalyzing the Charlotte tech and startup community. Started in 2016, BLKTECH Interactive is the Queen City’s firs... Read More
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DudeRobe Inventor from Roslyn Appears on Shark Tank

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Howie Busch, an inventor from Roslyn, was admiring his wife’s robe after she took a shower when he had an idea: “Why isn’t there anything for me to wear after the shower?” So the entrepreneur gave his tailor some fresh towels and asked him to turn them into a hoodie and sweatpants. Impressed with the result, but not the look, he had sweatshirt material sewn onto the outside. The gear — a robe on the inside, sweats on the outside — became the prototype for DudeRobe, a product he pitched on ABC’s Shark Tank on Sunday night. “When I came up with the idea for DudeRobe, I knew I had something special,” Busch... Read More
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How female founders are faring in the Midwest

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Women remain underrepresented in tech, even as the industry tries to address jaw-dropping statistics about their absence in tech’s upper echelon. Less than 3 percent of female founders raised venture capital in 2017, even though in the first quarter of 2017 17 percent of startups reported having a female founder. On the venture capital side, less than 10 percent of partners are women. This national trend holds true across the Midwest. Based on data from ... Read More
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Trump takes on prison reform

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Detected Closed Captioning: >> WE SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS AND WE ARE WORK TO GO REDUCE CRIME AND PUT DANGEROUS OFFENDERS BEHIND BARS, AT THE SAME TIME WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO ENTER THE AFTER THEY LEAVE PRISON WHICH IS ONE OF MANY VERY DIFFICULT SUBJECTS. WE HAVE A GREAT INTEREST IN HELPING THEM TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND, GET A SECOND CHANCE AND MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFE. MARIA: THAT WAS PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERING STRONG MESSAGE ON PLANS TO REFORM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. JOINING US RIGHT NOW FROM WASHINGTON FREEDOM PARTNERS CHAIRMAN AND INDUSTRY COUNCIL MARK, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. >> THANKS FOR HAVING ME, MARIA. MARIA: WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS, I GUESS, CHARACTERIZE WHERE WE ARE IN TE... Read More
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‘Sex Party’ or ‘Nerds on a Couch?’ A Night in Silicon Valley

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Earlier this month, a Vanity Fair report revealed sordid tales of Silicon Valley sex parties. But the tales, while full of unsavory and salacious details, did not include any names, raising questions in some minds about their truthfulness. Two people familiar with one of the parties—including one who attended—tell WIRED it was hosted by venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, co-founder of the firm DFJ. The attendees say the party was thrown in connection with an annual DFJ conference called the Big Think. The people familiar with the party say there w... Read More
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How venture philanthropy can revitalize the Heartland

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If there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that nobody agrees on how to create economic growth. That shouldn’t be surprising — successful and sustainable economic development is a monumental challenge. In St. Louis, we’ve primarily used public place-based investments, like tax increment financing, to revitalize our city. But at Arch Grants, we’ve chosen venture philanthropy, a people-based development model that combines the principles of venture capital with charitable giving in order to address big societal issues. Our investments in our entrepreneurs reflect our confidence in their ability to substantially improve lives and solve problems around the world, to tran... Read More
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Andes is a blockchain trading platform for Latin America

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Latin America has a lot to offer, but the region throws many challenges in the way of the budding entrepreneur. One reason for this is numerous weak points and complexities in the overall business landscape. On the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, Latin America is falling further behind developed economies on every key metric. Today, Latoex has announced the launch of its Andes trading platform, which provides a number of tools for the conversion of traditional assets to tokenized assets. Why is that potentially important for the region as a whole? Latin America’s financial markets are composed of assets like stocks, real estate, gold, commodit... Read More
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With ‘pop up,’ The Spur serves a tantalizing appetizer

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The Spur is now open for business, and pleasure. At least, what founder Ashley Heather calls a “pop up” version of the Hamptons’ first-ever shared-office space, which will officially open the doors of its new 10,000-square-foot “private co-working and entrepreneur’s club” this summer but for now is gathering strength inside the friendly confines of the Southampton Social Cub. The Spur – the physical embodiment of i-ha... Read More
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ObEN Raises $10 Million from K11 to Bring Immersive AI Experiences to Retail and Hospitality

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Strategic alliance drives the future of retail by adopting technologies that bring intelligent avatars using AI, AR and VR for concierge services to retail outlets HONG KONG & PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 9, 2018– ObEN Inc., an artificial intelligence (AI) company that is building a decentralized AI platform for intelligent avatars, today announced that it has raised $10 million from K11, founded by entrepreneur Adrian Cheng. This strategic funding continues the growth of ObEN’s AI technology which enables users to quickly create a Personal AI, an intelligent 3D avatar that is authenticated and registered on the blockchain. This brings ObEN’s total funding... Read More
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New billionaires, man from DARPA give Luminati wings

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Things are picking up speed in Calverton, where plans for a Long Island aerospace revival have new financial support, a new call sign and some seriously brainy backing. First, the plans, well-documented by now: Startup Luminati Aerospace, already researching and designing its own solar- and wind-powered aircraft, wants to purchase and renovate some 1,600 acres of former U.S. Navy property owned by the Town of Riverhead, a little more than half of the property leased by Grumman Corp. duri... Read More
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Hip Air personal airbags protect old folks from hip-busting falls

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French company Helite is making Hip Air wearable airbags that protect old people from hip injuries if they fall. I thought this was a silly idea at first, but it is addressing a serious problem that afflicts millions of mostly elderly people who get hurt every year from falls. The Hip Air is designed to be worn around your hips as a belt. But if you fall, the sensors detect the motion and automatically deploy side airbags, much like what happens when your car deploys its airbags during an accident. The company showed it at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The belt is ergonomic, light, easy to use, and allows freedom ... Read More
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Neo: A Tech Incubator For Relationships Is Silicon Valley’s Latest Disruption

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Last weekend, 150 of tech’s most gifted engineers traveled to an Arizona resort to spend three days at an event that, despite having never happened before, is called Reunion. The group ranged from the semi-famous, like PayPal founder Max Levchin and Microsoft chief technology officer Kevin Scott, to the spectacularly promising, like Stanford junior Nancy Xu. There were a few panels, some company presentations, and a smattering of horseback rides and hikes in the afternoons. The retreat is the formal beginning of a new kind of institution, one that’s becoming increasingly popular among Silicon Valley’s elite and soon-to-be elite. It’s an ostensibly modern take on a very old idea: the social club.... Read More
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Keiser Report: Christmas Debt (E1172)

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Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss paying down Christmas debts for the next five years and how the US going off the gold standard explains the global credit binge. In the second half, Max continues his interview with bitcoin maximalist and entrepreneur, Richard Heart about the latest in the bitcoin markets. WATCH all Keiser Report shows here:... Read More
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Michael Wolf’s book is The National Inquirer on steroids: David Bossie

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Entrepreneur Educational Series:Selecting & Negotiating with Vendors Without Breaking the Bank (January 30, 2018)

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ENTREPRENEUR EDUCATIONAL SERIES 2018 Bootstrapping Your Business: Tools and Techniques To Help Turn Your Great Business Idea into Reality! Session 2: January 31, 20185:30-7:30 pm Selecting & Negotiating with Vendors Without Breaking the Bank NYIT Old Westbury CampusEntrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC)Auditorium - Harry Schure HallNorthern Blvd, Old Westbury, NY 11568 ... Read More
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China Unveils New Visa Program To Attract ‘High-End’ Foreigners

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Enlarge this image A photovoltaic plant is under construction above a pond at the mining subsidence area in Nihe Town in Dec. 2017 in Huainan, Anhui Province of China. VCG/VCG via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption VCG/VCG v... Read More
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The Ed-Tech Entrepreneur Diversifying Silicon Valley

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Imagine you’re a black woman pitching a startup. You look different. You talk different. A table of white investors has never seen someone who looks like you and who’s been successful before. All these things are working against you. Do you let that stop you, or do you just say so what? That’s what I train entrepreneurs of color to think about. When I first got to Silicon Valley, I was just like them. My idea of pitching was basically Shark Tank. Then I met with Mitch and Freada, at Kapor Capital, and we sat around a table, just having a conversation. They invested in my ed-tech startup and eventually hired me to help founders make their companies more inclusive. I’ve navig... Read More
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Keiser Report: Rise of Cypherpunks (E1171)

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Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/Max and Stacy discuss the cypherpunks who created and nurtured bitcoin and what this origin tells us about the future of the cryptocurrency. Max interviews bitcoin maximalist and entrepreneur, Richard Heart, about how it is that bitcoin ‘grew up’ so fast to reach a $300 billion market cap by its ninth birthday and whether or not bitcoin is a payments system or a store of value.WATCH al... Read More
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Chicago startup Savant helps gig workers track earnings and calculate taxes

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For those who work for several gig economy platforms, like Uber, Airbnb or Turo, keeping track of earnings can be overwhelming when they are coming from so many different companies. Calculating tax rates on those earnings and filing them correctly can be even more daunting. That’s the need Savant is looking to address. The Chicago-based online platform, which launched in beta mode in December, is designed to help gig economy workers track their earnings and efficiently file their taxes. It was founded by former senior vice president at Motorola, Google, and Lenovo Iqbal Arshad; former Techweek COO Chris Bordeaux; and tech entrepreneur J... Read More
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Peter Thiel invests millions in bitcoin

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel has invested millions in bitcoin, helping to ease some concerns about a potential cryptocurrency bubble. Coin Center's director of research, Peter Van Valkenburg, joined CBSN with more on the future of digital currency.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: ... Read More
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ArcBlock, the World’s First Blockchain Ecosystem for Decentralized Applications, is Building the Foundation for Blockchain 3.0

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SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 3, 2018– Robert Mao, former researcher with Microsoft Research, serial entrepreneur, and technology innovator, together with Flavien Charlon, the creator of Colored Coins, Open Assets Protocol, and Openchain, today announced the launch of ArcBlock, the world’s first blockchain ecosystem for building and deploying decentralized applications. ArcBlock is aiming to seamlessly connect between the existing system and services, and blockchain networks, t... Read More
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No. 269: Cuomo’s big plans, LI’s bouncing babies and other exciting ways to start your innovative 2018

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Hello, you wonderful old Building & Loan! OK, yes, enough already with the Christmas references – but the very first U.S. building & loan association organized 87 years ago today in Frankford, Pa. Thought you’d like to know. And with that quick history lesson, we turn our eyes squarely ahead toward another year of invention, collaboration and healthy socioeconomic development on Long Island. The Innovate LI team will be here every step of the way, chronicling the regional innovation economy and growing along with it. Keep us in the loop at editor@innovateli.com. And strap in – should be a fun ride. We... Read More
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Book on tech bros’ secret orgies promises to make Silicon Valley squirm in 2018

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Bloomberg TV anchor Emily Chang has become one of tech’s most influential interviewers in recent years. But her forthcoming book promises to get 2018 off to an ugly start for Silicon Valley which is still reeling from a year of sexual harassment allegations. The book is being published in early February by Portfolio and is called: “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley.” According to a summary of the book: “Silicon Valley’s aggressive, misogynistic, work-at-all costs culture has shut women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world. It’s time to break up the boys’ club. Emily... Read More
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Why experts believe cheaper, better lidar is right around the corner

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EnlargeAurich / Getty On November 3, 2007, six vehicles made history by successfully navigating a simulated urban environment—and complying with California traffic laws—without a driver behind the wheel. Five of the six were sporting a revolutionary new type of lidar sensor that had recently been introduced by an audio equipment maker called Velodyne. A decade later, Velodyne's lidar continues to be a crucial technology for self-driving cars. Lidar costs are coming down but are still fairly expensive. Velodyne and a swarm of startups are trying... Read More
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Inside the Hollywood Home of Social Media’s Stars. (Don’t Be Shy.)

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Some are comedians, some are models, and some are famous for being famous. But all are so-called influencers, social media speak for people with a huge digital audience.1600 Vine offers a peek into the booming ecosystem of these social media stars. As in any caldron of attention seekers who live and work together in the same building, it’s an atmosphere rife with cliquishness, jealousy, insecurity and the social hierarchy of high school, except everyone knows precisely how popular (or unpopular) you are. And it’s amplified by the fact that influencers can become millionaires with a following on a par with any movie star’s.... Read More
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Top 10 Moments of 2017 at Stony Brook University

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Top 10 Moments of 2017 at Stony Brook University STONY BROOK, NY – December 29, 2017 -- Stony Brook University is sharing a look back at some of its most significant moments from 2017.​       Study Shows Stony Brook is Leading Engine of Social Mobility... Read More
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Stripe wants to modernize commerce for the internet age

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Back in 2010, Patrick and John Collison cofounded Stripe, which quickly gained a following thanks to how easily it let developers integrate a payment system with a few lines of code, something that financial tech giants like PayPal lacked at the time. More than seven years later, the Y Combinator alumnus has matured; its mission of helping developers process online payments has moved beyond transactions to tackle an even more important ... Read More
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Tony Fadell Q&A: Post-Nest life in Paris, investing in deep tech, and his global search for inspiration

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As big names in Silicon Valley go, Tony Fadell is right up there among the biggest. Credited with creating the iPod for Apple, working on the iPhone, and founding smart home pioneer Nest, Fadell has a resume that’s hard to beat. But here’s the thing: He no longer lives in Silicon Valley. He sold Nest to Google in 2014 for $3.2 billion and then left in the summer of 2016 amid the corporate reshuffling that had created the Alphabet structure. Fadell relocated to Paris, where has been living full-time ever since. He’s now primarily focused on Future Shape, an investment and advising vehicle that began as a kind of side project eight years ago. Before, during, ... Read More
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John McAfee says his Twitter account was hacked

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John McAfee has said his Twitter account was hacked and used to promote lesser-known crypto-currencies.The cyber-security pioneer has rebuffed suggestions that the alleged incident undermined his own credentials saying: "I have no control over Twitter's security".But he also posted that he believed his mobile phone had likely been compromised.Twitt... Read More
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Homelessness on the rise for first time since 2010

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Published on Dec 27, 2017Former Ohio Senate minority leader Capri Cafaro and former Donald J. Trump for President advisory board member Gina Loudon discuss why homelessness is on the rise for the first time since 2010. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Tesla Will Build An Electric Pickup Truck, Elon Musk Promises

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I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017 Tesla founder Elon Musk says his company will build an electric pickup truck, feeding interest among the entrepreneur's fans and sparking speculation about when it might be produced. Tesla is still working to get several vehicles to market, including its Roadster and... Read More
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Tesla’s Elon Musk promises pick-up truck and new features

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Tesla's chief has pledged to make a pick-up truck as part of future plans for the electric vehicle-maker.Elon Musk made the promise on Twitter after asking his followers for suggestions about how the firm could improve.He said the open-backed truck would follow the Model Y - a yet-to-be detailed car, which is expected to be based on its ... Read More
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No. 268: The New Year (kinda) dawns, Darwin sails again, John Kanas won’t stop and the Islanders are riding the ponies (or vice versa)

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Welcome to … wait, what day is it? It’s that haziest week of the year when long weekends, vacations and holiday parties have our bellies full and our minds slightly befuddled. The Innovate Long Island team is taking a few more days to clean up this wrapping paper and prepare for the New Year, so watch for your next regularly scheduled newsletter on Jan. 3. While we’re getting ready, tell us all about it at editor@innovateli.com. Story tips, calendar events and eggnog recipes still welcome. Have a safe and happy weekend, and here’s to an innovative 2018! Make a day of it: Charles Darwin and the ... Read More
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Keiser Report: The Luxury Handbag Market (E1167)

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Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss stores of value and bitcoin investors seeking hypnotherapy to gain access to old, forgotten but now valuable wallets. In the second half, Max interviews entrepreneur Jeff Berk to discuss the luxury handbag market?! Why do investors (mostly women) pay so much for a handbag? And what are the economics of ‘pay to pay’?WATCH all K... Read More
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Cuba millennials pt.1: Students coming of age

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Cuba is in a period of transition. President Raul Castro will be stepping down in 2018 when his second term ends. Meanwhile, the country has started to open its economy to private entrepreneurs. These are challenging times for young Cuban millennials, balancing the system they grew up with while exploring new lifestyles and prospects for the future. This week, in a CGTN special series, our Cuba correspondent Michael Voss features a range of different young Cubans from all walks of life.Detected Closed Captioning: At First Sight Cuba Appears To Be A Country Stuck In The Past The Streets Are Full Of Old American Cars While Many Of The Country's Political Leaders Are Even Older But A New G... Read More
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Time for Tech Firms to Take Responsibility for the Havoc They Wrought in 2017

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​As one of the earliest, and first, female investors in Twitter, I had great hopes for its potential to improve human connectedness and relationships. Today, it’s become clear it’s done the opposite—by becoming a thunderously divisive tool weaponized by the leader of the free world. Consider other harm caused by today’s major technology companies: The immense power wielded by Facebook in the 2016 presidential election and its complicity in ... Read More
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Heartland Tech’s 2018 predictions: Seed capital, apprenticeships, and HQ2 publicity stunts

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In 2017, there seemed to be an uptick in tech companies looking to connect with the Heartland. Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, “coastal elites” were left wondering why their perspective on the issues facing America was so different from that of the rest of the country. It wasn’t surprising that tech leaders in Silicon Valley were among those taking a hard look in the mirror, or that they decided it was time to work on bridging that divide. But 2017 still offered one big curveball for entrepreneurs, investors, and politicians in Middle America: Amazon’s announcement that it was looking for a city in North America to become home to its second headquarters (more on that later). As the year draws to a clo... Read More
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Getting the Drop on new co-working spaces

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s intriguing co-working marketplace is growing again, in more ways than one. Bridgeworks founder Graham Beck is already an entrepreneurial innovator in the regional co-working game: He’s the founder of the Long Beach shared-office campus, a 2016 startup for early-stage business owners (and established professionals) looking to mix surf and sand with their sporadic workspace requirements. Now, Beck – who’s already ... Read More
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Silicon Valley has more engineers, but the Heartland offers easier access to talent

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A few months after moving to the suburbs of St. Louis, I read a profile of one of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs in the St. Louis Business Journal. I wanted to get to know him, so I sent an email introducing myself — assuming I would never hear back from someone so accomplished (and busy). I was wrong. I received a reply the next day. A year later this serial entrepreneur would become my consulting firm’s first client, and he later hired my wife to be the director of OPO Startups, the coworking facility he built. Not being a native, I thought the Midwestern “niceness” and sense of community was more of a marketing ploy than reality. Agai... Read More
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Trump’s border wall a benefit to Mexico as well?

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Published on Dec 21, 2017Fox News contributor Steve Cortes on President Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and efforts to reform immigration policy. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captionin... Read More
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Heartland Tech Weekly: How to tell better stories about Middle America in 2018

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If you’re like me, stories dissecting the highlights of 2017 and predicting top trends for 2018 have started taking over your News Feed. I know some readers and writers find them too formulaic (why does everything have to be a top 10 list?). But I find that taking stock of what we talked about in 2017 is helpful to understand what we didn’t talk about — and should talk about —  in 2018. The guiding question I’m focused on as I prepare for 2018 is: How can we better understand Heartland tech startups in 2018?  By “we” I don’t just mean VentureBeat. Who are the stakeholders that can really improve the conditions of tech communities in Middle America?  And how can we help them have conversations that are more finel... Read More
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It’s Time to Take Magic Leap Seriously

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The last time I visited Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz at the company’s secretive Florida offices, he told me about the time he met Beaker, the meeping beeping scientist on the Muppet Show. Not the character Beaker, but the real Beaker. The guy was a film director at creator Jim Henson’s studio, Abovitz explained enthusiastically. “He’s tall, he looks just like Beaker and he acts like Beaker! You’re like, ‘How do I know him?’ And then you find out he was the influence behind Beaker, and it all sort of makes sense,” he said. Of the many celebrities Abovitz has met, Beaker was... Read More
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GOP tax bill: How small business will benefit

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Published on Dec 20, 2017Guy Chemical founder Guy Berkebile and Joseph’s Lite Cookies owner Joseph Semprevivo discuss how the GOP tax bill will benefit small businesses. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captioning: &g... Read More
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How Heartland startup communities can think outside of tech

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My introduction to the startup community in St. Louis came by accident. I stumbled into it while looking for stories of innovation and positive change in a city labeled as racist and backwards following protests in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. The negative news cycle felt suffocating, so I started a podcast called STL Community Cast, in which I interviewed local innovators to share the stories of their work. My first interviews were with people working in nonprofits. St. Louis has the most nonprofits per capita of any city in the country, so this was an easy place to start. Soon, I become aware of the influential role tech startups were playing in the community. Through ... Read More
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President Donald Trump delivers remarks on GOP tax bill| ABC News

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Detected Closed Captioning: >>> THIS IS AN ABC NEWS SPECIAL >>> THIS IS AN ABC NEWS SPECIAL >>> THIS IS AN ABC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. REPORT. REPORT. NOW REPORTING, GEORGE NOW REPORTING, GEORGE NOW REPORTING, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS. STEPHANOPOULOS. STEPHANOPOULOS. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. WE'RE COMING ON THE AIR RIGHT WE'RE COMING ON THE AIR RIGHT WE'RE COMING ON THE AIR RIGHT NOW BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT TO APPEAR ON THE SOUTH ABOUT TO APPEAR ON THE SOUTH ABOUT TO APPEAR ON THE SOUTH LUNE OF THE WHITE HOUSE. LUNE OF THE WHITE HOUSE. LUNE OF THE WHITE HOUSE. YOU SEE IT SURROUNDED BY YOU ... Read More
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Sorry, Congress: Your Tax Bill Won’t Create the Jobs of the Future

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Republicans argue that the lower taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals promised in the tax bill currently before Congress will result in new investment in businesses and more jobs. But in the age of artificial intelligence and automation, trickle-down economics won't create employment. What corporations and the US economy at large need most in this emerging era is not more free cash, but a new approach to machine-assisted human productivity and purpose. Corporations don’t invest in human labor if the same investment in technology, particularly in software, will yield greater productivity. History shows that when given the choice, corporations virtually always opt to invest their cash in ... Read More
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As Trump Tightens Legal Immigration, Canada Woos Tech Firms

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Last week, the Department of Homeland Security published a set of proposed rule changes that would make the visas even harder to qualify for, to ensure that only “the best and brightest” foreign workers were selected. It also hoped to eliminate a work permit for spouses of some of these visa holders.In contrast, Canada’s immigration agency in June started the Global Skills Strategy for high-skilled workers from abroad to get a work permit in two weeks.... Read More
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Techstars launches Minnesota accelerator for agriculture and food startups

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International startup accelerator Techstars announced today that it is launching a new ag tech accelerator in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.  Called the Farm-to-Fork Accelerator, the program will be managed by Brett Brohl, previously an entrepreneur in resident at Techstar’s Retail Accelerator, also based in Minnesota. Cargill and Ecolab, some of the largest players in the ag tech and food safety fields respectively, will partner with Techstars to run the program and offer mentorship to the selected companies. According to a blog post, applications for the program will open on January... Read More
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Theta pre-sale hits $12 million as it brings blockchain to video and esports

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The headlines are full of claims that computers are being used to mine cryptocurrencies while watching videos or browsing websites. But what if that was by design, instead of being done stealthily and without permission. That’s one of the ideas behind Theta Labs‘ video streaming solution, which is powered by blockchain technology, and which today has announced that its token pre-sale has reached $12 million. The pre-sale was Led by Danhua Capital. Additional strategic partners for the pre-sale include Silicon Valley VC funds DCM, Sierra Ventures, and VR Fund, China’s Heuristic Capital, ZP Capital, and Sparkland, Japan’s Gumi, and private purchasers including ... Read More
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Senegalese startup brings financial solution to poor women

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More than 2.5 billion people worldwide don't have a bank account. That means they have no access to services like loans and insurance.Matontine, a small financial technology startup in Senegal, is hoping to change that by combining age-old saving practices with new technology.Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports Dakar.- Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe- Follow us on Twitter: ... Read More
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Chinese investors target Latin American startups as U.S. VCs shy away

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Traditionally, Latin America has turned to the United States for trade and financing opportunities from institutions such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). However, under the Trump Administration, economic relationships between Latin America and the United States are more uncertain than ever. As a result, Latin American countries are strengthening ties with a new major trading partner: China. Unlike many U.S. investors, Chinese investors are generally less afraid of Latin America’s past. And right after the 2016 elections, China pledged... Read More
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FCC repealed net neutrality: Here are the myths to be aware of

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Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell reacts to the FCC’s decision to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality ruling, which aimed to prohibit private internet companies from increasing their prices for certain content or intentionally slowing down some websites.Detected Closed Captioning: . >> THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE LITERALLY NOTHING TO PEDDLE OTHER THAN HYSTERIA AND FEAR FOR THE LIGHT TOUCH APPROACH WE'VE HAD FOR THE INTERNET'S EXISTENCE. I HOPE THE PEOPLE FOCUS ON THE SEVERAL WEEK, NOT SURPRISED AT ALL. NEIL: THAT IS FCC CHAIRMAN AJIT PAI TO END THE NET NEUTRALITY. THE IMPACT REALLY IS DRASTIC SAYS SOME OF THESE MEDIA REPORTS CLAIM. THE INTERNET ITSELF BEING DESTROYED AS SOME... Read More
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Diddy Tops 2017 List of Highest-Paid Musicians

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Detected Closed Captioning: [Music] Diddy Is This Year's Highest-paid Musician Formerly Known As Puff Daddy Puffy And P Diddy The Rapper Producer And Entrepreneur Had The Highest Earning Year Of His Career In 2017 Forbes Says Did He Made 130 Million Dollars This Year From His Bad-boy Family Reunion Tour And From As Many Business Ventures With Companies Like Zurich Vodka He Also Got An Extra Boost By Selling One Third Of His Sean John Clothing Line For An Estimated 70 Million Dollars Beyonce Came In Second Making 105 Million Dollars In 2017 And Drake Ranked Third With 94 Million Dollars Both Artists just Came Off Of Major World Tours The Weeknd Who Ranked Fourth Explained To Forbes That Musicians These Days Don't make Substan... Read More
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Interview with Georgene Huang, “The Why” 12/14/17

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Detected Closed Captioning: [Music] CEOs Founders Managers Just Trying To Find That Line Just As Much As Anyone Who Works There In That Court's Article Georgine Wong CEO Of Fairy God Boss wrote This Quote Despite Knowing Better Than Most About This Bias Expectations And Unfair Standards I'm Being Measured By I Nevertheless Cannot Honestly Say I don't Care How Others Within My Company and Professional And Personal communities View My Choices I Find Myself Cringing When Asked The Seemingly Straightforward Question Are You Gonna Take Your Full Leave Today I Spoke With Georgina About Her Experience a Baby On The Way In Two Weeks For Her no Easy Answers Even For An Entrepreneur Focused On Helping Other Women Achieve Their Profess... Read More
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Computer Scientist and Biomedical Engineer Named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

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Computer Scientist and Biomedical Engineer Named Fellows of the National Academy of InventorsStony Brook, NY, December 15, 2017 --  Arie Kaufman, PhD,  Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, and ... Read More
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Small business optimism grows on GOP tax reform bill

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Published on Dec 14, 2017Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council president and CEO Karen Kerrigan and Park Avenue Properties CEO and Founder John Bradford on the impact the GOP tax reform bill may have on small businesses. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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AR and VR could be educational — and profitable — tools for museums

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Museums are wonderful institutions and treasures to society with a serious and important mission to preserve our history. What major city doesn’t boast at least one incredible museum that local communities and traveling visitors alike can enjoy and learn from? Although significant as centers of culture and history, museums are a difficult business. For many museums, less than 27 percent of annual operating budgets are covered by revenue from ticket sales, with the great majority of the shortfall offset by endowments and donations. A museum is really only as st... Read More
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Blockchain will change the world: Overstock CEO

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Published on Dec 14, 2017Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne and Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto discuss how blockchain is helping bitcoin change the marketplace. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captioning: MAJOR RETAI... Read More
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3 ways local governments can make their state or city more startup-friendly in 2018

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Contrary to popular belief, government bureaucrats aren’t trying to thwart entrepreneurs at every turn. In my experience, the opposite has been true. The state and local government officials I meet with in my role as a vice president for an economic development organization in St. Charles, Missouri, increasingly see startups as important to the future of their economy. They understand that encouraging entrepreneurship is key to maintaining a strong employer base. However, there are a few things that state and local governments can do better to support 21st century startups. Embrace the scope of economic changes We’ve only just begun to see the impact Amazon will have on local retail. If your employment or tax b... Read More
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Glo raises $3 million from Alibaba, cuts deal for IMAX VR arcades

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Glo has raised $3 million from Alibaba for its location-based virtual reality entertainment stations, and it has also licensed its GloStation technology platform to IMAX for its VR Centre in Los Angeles. The funding for the Hong Kong company comes from Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, CRCM Ventures, Presence Capital Fund, Mindworks Ventures, and angel investors. The investment will be used to accelerate content development and global deployment of Glo’s proprietary VR system, GloStation, through licensing, franchising, and self-operational units. Glo also announced that IMAX has licensed its GloStation technology platform – beginning with ... Read More
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Keiser Report: Three Bitcoin Pizza Masterpiece (E1162)

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Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the three bitcoin pizza masterpiece and poverty in America. In the second half, Max interviews Steve Marshall of Cuba Ventures about his new crypto solution for Cuban tourist trade - Revolupay!WATCH all Keiser Report shows here:http://w... Read More
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3 alternative funding models that could help Heartland startups

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The Dow Jones may be at an all-time high, but entrepreneurial activity in the United States is close to a 40-year low. According to the Kauffman Foundation’s 2017 State of Entrepreneurship report, many startups face serious barriers because they are run by women or people of color. Geography also plays a part. According to the Economic Innovation Group, 50 percent of firms created since the great recession were built in just 5 (large, wealthy) counties. Why? One big reason: the mathematics of venture capital. Over the past... Read More
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Equestrian clothing line nets 16-year-old more than 40K

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Detected Closed Captioning: 154 HIGHER AS WE SPEAK. NOW THIS. TOTAL CHANGE OF SUBJECT. OUR NEXT GUEST IS A KEEN ENTREPRENEUR. SHE IS 16 YEARS OLD AND SHE STARTED HER OWN CLOTHING BUSINESS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, SHE IS MAKING GOOD MONEY. LOOK AT THIS. THIS IS AUTUMN WHO RUNS THE COMPANY CALLED AUTUMN ELIZABETH APPAREL.COM AND YOU ARE 16 YEARS OLD, YOU STARTED THIS IN MAY OF 2017. ALL RIGHT, THIS IS A FINANCIAL PROGRAM, HOW MUCH MONEY HAVE YOU MADE. >> I'VE MADE AROUND 40 OR $50000 OF ART. >> 40 - $50000. THAT IS SERIOUSLY GOOD MONEY. WELL DONE. WHAT IS YOUR PROFIT MARGIN. >> AROUND 50%. >> AND YOU SPECIALIZE, AT THE MOMENT, IN CLOTHING FOR EQUESTRIAN, PEOPLE WHO RIDE HORSES. I PICK UP THE MATERIAL AND TH... Read More
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Indie publisher Raw Fury raises $600,000 from former Unity CEO David Helgason and others

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Indie publisher Raw Fury has raised a seed round of $600,000. It’s led by former EA executive Karl Magnus Troedsson, who joined as a partner and investor in 2016. Other notable investors include former Unity CEO David Helgason and Rikard Lindström, who has previously invested in game studios such as King. “Sometimes I just invest in a team after meeting them one time or twice,” said Helgason in a phone call with GamesBeat. “In the case of Raw Fury, I’ve known Jonas Antonsson, the Icelandic founding CEO — I’ve known him for a really long time. Ten year... Read More
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This man has made more money trading cryptokitties than investing in his IRA

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CryptoKitties, a game where users breed and trade digital kitties using Ethereum-based smart contracts, has emerged as the latest mark of society’s obsession with rising cryptocurrency values. In some ways, the popularity of the game reflects the skyrocketing values of digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ether. Total sales on the platform created by Canadian startup Axiom Zen have reportedly hit $12 million, accordin... Read More
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Estonia, the Digital Republic

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Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water’s edge. There is a gated community here, but it is not the usual kind. The gate is low—a picket fence—as if to prevent the dunes from riding up into the street. The entrance is blocked by a railroad-crossing arm, not so much to keep out strangers as to make sure they come with intent. Beyond the gate, there is a schoolhouse, and a few homes line a narrow drive. From Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, you arrive dazed: trees trace the highway, and the cars go fast, as if to get in front of something that no one can see. With... Read More
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Bitcoin Is Soaring. Here’s Why It’s Not Ready for the Big Time

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“To the moon!” The phrase is the battle cry of true believers in cryptocurrency bitcoin—and charts of its price in recent weeks point directly heavenward. Yet beyond a batch of newly minted crypto-millionaires, the digital asset’s recent bull run has also exposed long-standing weakness in the underlying technology that could crimp bitcoin’s long-term viability. Bitcoin was a gift to the world from Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonymous person or persons who laid out the design in a 2008 white paper. The paper complained that conventional financial institutio... Read More
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Apple’s $400 million purchase of Shazam: Lessons from a wounded unicorn

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Apple’s acquisition of Shazam is without a doubt big news for Europe’s striving startup scene. What’s less clear is whether it’s good news or bad news. Founded in 2004, in the pre-iPhone era, Shazam’s is a remarkable tale of endurance. But just three years ago, the company was reportedly on track for a $1.2 billion IPO as its music-recognition app passed the 100 million download mark. Then, just a few months later, there was talk that the IPO had been pushed back to 2015. Instead, the compa... Read More
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Old St. Trick: Naughty Nomorobo traps telemarketers

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By GREGORY ZELLER // ’Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the land, robocalls haunted every woman and man – until Santa stepped in, and exacted a little robo-revenge. Welcome to A Very Nomorobo Christmas, a slightly offbeat holiday tale that spritzes pine-needle scent all over a somewhat brilliant marketing scheme that gives customers (and potential customers) an entertaining reason to come back and visit, while adding whole new dimensions to “jolly” St. Nick. That’s thanks to a clever alliance between Port Jefferson-based parent company Telephone Science Corp. – owner of hugely successful robocall bloc... Read More
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Christie Brinkley Spills All About Her Kids, Activism and Her Wine

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That dazzling smile is instantly recognizable. No wonder: Supermodel Christie Brinkley has appeared on some 500 magazine covers around the world. Today, at age 63, the Malibu-raised surfer girl is an environmental rights advocate, humanitarian, TV host, Broadway star, New York Times best-selling author, and entrepreneur. The longtime Long Island resident spoke with the Long Island Press about Christie Brinkley Authentic Skin Care products, Hair2Wear extensions, Bellissima Prosecco sparkling wines, and the creativity and gratitude that sustain her. Long Island Press: What would other people be surprised to learn about you? CB: Som... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: A Culinary School for Refugees

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Photo Kerry Brodie, 27, founded the charity Emma’s Torch. In New York, she says, “there is so much good will to help others.” Credit James Estrin/The New York Times Good morning on this bright Monday.... Read More
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Herbs From the Underground

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People who find it weird to eat food grown in a basement have no reason to worry, said Neil Mattson, associate professor and greenhouse extension specialist at Cornell University. “There is nothing icky about it. Plants don’t care whether they get light from the sun or the lamps. It’s the same thing.”Matthew Hyland, the chef and owner of Pizza Loves Emily, a client of Farm.One, agreed. “A hydroponic garden in general is an amazing thing,” he said. “It’s lit nicely; i... Read More
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The Dirty Secret of the IPCC’s Plan to Avert Climate Disaster: BECCS (Carbon Capture Technology) Doesn’t Yet Exist.

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In 2014 Henrik Karlsson, a Swedish entrepreneur whose startup was failing, was lying in bed with a bankruptcy notice when the BBC called. The reporter had a scoop: On the eve of releasing a major report, the United Nation’s climate change panel appeared to be touting an untried technology as key to keeping planetary temperatures at safe levels. The technology went by the inelegant acronym BECCS, and Karlsson was apparently the only BECCS expert the reporter could find. Karlsson was amazed. The bankruptcy notice was for his BECCS startup, which he’d founded seven years earlier after an idea came to him while watching a late-night television show in Gothenburg, ... Read More
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Dowd: Food business bullish on economy

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For those of you watching Wall Street’s latest rocket launch, have you heard about the MPI? That’s the Mashed Potato Index. It’s Stew Leonard Jr.’s measure of how the economy is doing, and Stew says his spuds are booming. The fresh-food icon’s grocery and wine stores rake in $400 million in sales annually and employ some 2,000 people. Leonard explains that a pound of potatoes, a little milk and some butter cost about a buck. Meanwhile his prepared mashed potatoes sell for $3 a pound. Prepared mashed potatoes are flying off the shelves like hot latkes at Chanukah. Leonard says that means times are good and the stock market will continue soaring. Of course, until it doesn’t. Leonard joi... Read More
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Long Island Press Publisher John Kominicki Dies at 62

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John Kominicki was the publisher of the Long Island Press. Long Island Press Publisher John Kominicki, whose career in journalism took him around the world before he made his mark on Long Island, died Tuesday night. He was 62. Kominicki was previously the publisher of Long Island Business News for 15 years and the head of national editorial operations for LIBN’s then-corporate parent, the 60-paper Dolan Media chain. After he left LIBN, he founded Innovate Long Island, a digital and events platform focused on the region’s entrepreneur and research sectors. He was hired in July to lead the recently relaunched print edition of the Press. ... Read More
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Looking to learn a new skill in 2018? Spotify can help

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Presented by Spotify  2018 is creeping up quickly, which means that it’s time to start thinking about what the New Year has in store for you. Whether your goal is to learn a new language, find motivation to get fit, be less stressed and more mindful, improve your memory, or become an entrepreneur, music and podcasts can help propel you to success. Consider these 5 areas that you could improve on in the coming year. 1. Memory Not only does music soothe the soul, but it has also been shown to positively affect memory tasks –particularly music that induces “emotive states.” This is because... Read More
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Freefly Movi: Price, Features, Release Date

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Tabb Firchau thinks a lot about the future of cinema. He's the president of Freefly Systems, a company that makes high-end camera gear like $20,000 gimbals and $17,000 drones for Hollywood movies and shows. The company's creations help professional filmmakers get sweeping aerial footage they can't capture with a standard camera rig, but those high prices make the equipment—and the shots—inaccessible to non-pros. Like any good entrepreneur, Firchau wants to democratize the market. Freefly is doing just that with the Movi, a $299 stabilizing gimbal for the iPhone (and only the iPhone) that'll launch during the first half of next yea... Read More
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Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, and others give $150 million to Steve Case’s Middle America startup fund

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Steve Case, the cofounder and AOL and the creator of a series of tours called Rise of the Rest that highlight startup activity in places outside of Silicon Valley, has secured $150 million for a new venture capital fund. Also called Rise of the Rest, this fund will invest in startups in these traditionally overlooked markets. Additionally, Case has got backing from some big names in Silicon Valley. The New York Times broke the story Monday evening. The fund’s investors include Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, Starbucks’ Howard Schultz, Spanx’s Sara ... Read More