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Sioux Falls Startup Weekend highlights the city’s tiny but growing tech sector

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Sioux Falls Startup Weekend (SFSW) brought over 40 participants out to the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship to take part in a 54-hour business building competition. But SFSW is more than just a fun weekend for aspiring business owners to test the entrepreneurial waters. It’s also a chance for the local startup community to demonstrate how it’s coming together to raise Sioux Falls’ national profile. Earlier this month, Forbes ranked Sioux Falls first in its listing of “... Read More
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France invests in ventures focused on advanced defense tech

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PARIS — France has launched a €50 million (U.S. $59 million) equity fund investing in small and medium enterprises (SME) specializing in advanced defense technology, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced. “I am very happy to tell you that in a few minutes, a few meters from here at Brienne House, I will launch Definvest, the first investment fund for defense SMEs,” Parly told a conference, “Financing Defense: What solutions for what requirements.” ... Read More
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France invests in ventures focused on advanced defense tech

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PARIS — France has launched a €50 million (U.S. $59 million) equity fund investing in small and medium enterprises (SME) specializing in advanced defense technology, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced. “I am very happy to tell you that in a few minutes, a few meters from here at Brienne House, I will launch Definvest, the first investment fund for defense SMEs,” Parly told a conference, “Financing Defense: What solutions for what requirements.” ... Read More
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Google’s Chatbase bot analytics platform opens to all

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Google’s chatbot analytics platform is now open to everyone, more than six months after its quiet debut during the company’s I/O developer conference. Called Chatbase, it’s intended to help developers better analyze and optimize their bots so they can improve conversion rates and accuracy — and avoid having users feel bots are useless. Anyone can use Google’s Chatbase for free, similar to Google Analytics, and it’ll work across any platform, including Facebook Messenger, Kik, Slack, Viber, and Skype. But it’s more than messaging services where Chatbase could prove invalu... Read More
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No. 258: Northwell’s big week, Winthrop’s ambitious diabetes study and the Center on Rural Innovation

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Welcome, dear readers: To another Wednesday edition of your exclusive Innovate LI newsletter, coming to you on this Ides of November. Before we highlight another busy week in Long Island socioeconomics, a gentle reminder to send your congratulations, corrections and questions to editor@innovateli.com. We love hearing from you. It’s Nov. 15 out there: On which we remember late greats including German-British Astronomer William Herschel (born 1738, discovered Uranus and a bunch of moons), American artist Georgia O’Keefe (born 1887, founded “American modernism”) and Judge Joseph Wapner (born 1917, presided over “The People’s Court”), am... Read More
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NSA veterans catch the eye of Silicon Valley investors

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FULTON, Md. (AP) — With a newly minted PhD in “pure math” in 2004 (it was actually a dual degree in math and machine learning), Ellison Anne Williams saw her work going in one of three directions: the National Security Agency, IBM or academic research. She chose classified government intelligence work and spent the formative years of her career laboring away in secret, immersed in the agency’s mission. She climbed the ranks to become a senior technologist at the agency. ... Read More
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No. 257: Kids at work, cereal milk and crack pie, doing the math and selling Dylan’s guitar

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A happy end of the week: Welcome once again to Friday, dear readers. While many of you are enjoying the start of a three-day weekend, please remember that doesn’t excuse you from sending complaints, compliments and hot story tips to editor@innovateli.com. Some of the best Innovate LI content this week came from our inbox. Who’s next? Day trader: It’s Nov 10, and that’s swell, but let’s skip ahead a day for a few interesting Veteran’s Day factoids. The holiday originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an... Read More
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Top 5 advantages of an internal incubator program

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The challenges of innovating as a large business are well-documented and formidable. Fundamentally, large companies are designed to generate revenue and margins for existing lines of business.  In other words, they have a proven business model. Innovations have no revenue, no margins, no existing lines of business and no proven business models – the objective is to find them. Large businesses are also designed to deliver the predictability and trust their brands represent.  Failure means brand, and career, damage. Innovation, on the other hand, is a journey into the unknown.  Without well-worn paths, many of these journeys result in dead ends – however, the learnings gathered along the way move innovati... Read More
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At Stony Brook’s CEWIT, never too old to incubate

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University business-development program known primarily as a haven for startups has opened its doors to a 24-year-old tech innovator. Islandia-based “medical informatics” firm ZyDoc Corp. has been accepted into SBU’s Incubator Program and will move a research-and-development team this month into the university’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. Although CEWIT’s own mission statement lists “new enterprise d... Read More
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Cryptocurrency Mania Fuels Hype and Fear at Venture Firms

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Bart Stephens has found himself in high demand lately. After four years of investing in cryptocurrency and preaching its gospel, his venture-capital peers are finally listening. During a recent briefing at a storied Silicon Valley venture-capital firm, the young analysts in the room nodded along to his words in excitement, Stephens says. But not everyone was sold. In the middle of his presentation, a gray-haired senior partner stood up, yelled “PONZI SCHEME!” and stormed out. “Most generalist venture capitalists do not believe in this sector,” Stephens says. If investing is driven primarily by greed and fear, few subjects elicit either more greed or more fear among venture capitalists... Read More
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Blockbuster Virginia Election Should Mean Bigger Risks from Democrats

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As Democratic wins started piling up on election night in Virginia, you probably saw the names of a few key winners circulating in social media and the press. But while the victories of Virginia governor-elect Ralph Northam, and Danica Roem, the first transgender person to ever be elected to a state legislature, rightly resonated, one key to understanding Tuesday's significance could come from a Democrat who lost: Veronica Coleman. When Ravi Gupta, an Obama campaign alum and co-founder of the progre... Read More
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The Virginia Election Will Boost Data-Driven Progressives, Win or Lose

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Catherine Vaughan doesn't let herself get excited on election night anymore. She learned that lesson the hard way a year ago, over too many glasses of whiskey at a Cleveland bar, where she and the rest of Hillary Clinton's Ohio field team were supposed to be celebrating. Instead, they were mourning. Now, as CEO of the progressive startup Flippable, which she co-founded to raise funding for Democratic state house races, Vaughan faces yet another test of a year's worth of work. Flippable has raised $125,000 over the last seven months, with the goal of electing five Democrats to the Virginia House of Delegates. Tonight's electi... Read More
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Ann Arbor cements its status as a tech hub to watch with first unicorn

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Last month, Ann Arbor-based startup Duo Security announced that it had raised a new $70 million round, valuing the company at $1.17 billion. That made Duo Security — which creates a two-factor authentication app for enterprise companies –the first unicorn company in Ann Arbor, and its $70 million Series D the largest round of venture capital raised by any company in Michigan history. Duo Security’s fresh round of funding is just one in a number of positive signs of growth for Ann Arbor. According to the Michigan Venture Capital Association, the A... Read More
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How Russia ‘Pushed Our Buttons’ With Fake Online Ads

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Many Americans this week got their first looks at fake Facebook ads placed by Russian propagandists during the 2016 election campaign to sow discord in the US. The ads, made public during congressional hearings with social-media executives, targeted Americans on both sides of divisive issues such as Islam, gun rights, and the Black Lives Matter movement. O... Read More
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Business Incubators Grow In Brooklyn

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Entrepreneurs and craftsmen have new opportunities to get high-tech equipment help at business incubators in Brooklyn. Vanessa Murdock reports.Detected Closed Captioning: A MASSIVE MAKER SPACE THAT JUSTIFY OPENED IS DOORS IN BROOKLYN. VANESSA MURDOCK HAS MORE. FURNITURE MAKER CHARLES GRANTHAM HOPES HE IS CUTTING A PATH TO SUCCESS IN LOOK, BROOKLYN. A FEW YEARS BACK HE MADE HIS DECISION. NO ONE CAN AFFORD A 5000 SQUARE FOOT WORKSHOP IN NEW YORK. Reporter: ALL THE EQUIPMENT NEEDED STOOD AT THE READY. SUPER SMITH IS A BUSINESS INCUBATOR FOR CRAFTS MEN. WALK IN, YOU'LL MEET BONES THE DOG. NATALIE EXPLAINS WHY SHE SET UP SHOP BACK IN 2014. YOU COULD SORT OF HAVE A JOB AND BUY A HOUSE AND HAVE A MORTGAGE AND THERE WAS A ... Read More
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Heartland Tech Weekly: Recruiting beyond the typical tech entrepreneur

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Last week, we republished a story on the Heartland Tech section about American Underground, a hub for tech programming in Durham, North Carolina and a partner organization of Google for Entrepreneurs. Phillipe Charles, the director of communications and member experience for American Underground, spoke with author Muriel Vega about the steps American Underground takes to ensure that its programming appeals to people who don’t fit the mold of the stereotypical young, white, male entrepreneur, and why it’s important to do so: We’re at an exciting point in the cit... Read More
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Obama Foundation kicks off first leadership summit in Chicago

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Former US President Barack Obama has kicked off a two-day leadership summit in his hometown of Chicago.He's addressed 500 young people at the event, which is the first to be run by his foundation.Presidential foundations have a chequered history, ranging from questions of the Clinton Foundation's funding sources to the Nixon library's alleged whitewashing of the Watergate scandal.Al Jazeera's John Hendren reports from Chicago.- Subscribe to our channel: ... Read More
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Canada’s Balancing Act On Immigration

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Enlarge this image Mike Tippett is telling companies worried about U.S. immigration policy to move to Vancouver. Ian Stewart/NPR hide caption toggle caption Ian Stewart/NPR Right after the U.S. election last year, Mike... Read More
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Canada’s ‘Welcome’ To Immigrants Has Some Unintended Consequences

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Enlarge this image Mike Tippett is telling companies worried about U.S. immigration policy to move to Vancouver. Ian Stewart/NPR hide caption toggle caption Ian Stewart/NPR Right after the U.S. election last year, Mike... Read More
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LICA cooks up tasty Food & Beverage investor forum

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Bring your appetite to the Long Island Capital Alliance’s next Capital Forum. After three quarterly innovator-meets-investor events with a decidedly high-tech flavor – early-stage technology in March, cybersecurity in June, healthcare in September – LICA will wrap up its 2017 series with a Food & Beverage Capital Forum, spotlighting “premier growth companies” in the gastronomical realm. As always, the event will feature a handful of what LICA calls “dynamic, emerging companies” – including some from Long Island – making short presentations to a panel of industry professionals, before an audie... Read More
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American Underground seeks to build a more inclusive startup community in North Carolina

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In the early 1900s, downtown Durham’s Parrish Street was a thriving entrepreneurial hub for African American-owned businesses and financial services — so much so that it earned the name “Black Wall Street.” Today, with the help of players in the Triangle area’s startup community, that legacy has come back to life. Raleigh and Durham have been earning recent accolades as one of the country’s emerging technology centers. Behind the scenes, Google for Entrepreneurs tech hub American Underground... Read More
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Neil deGrasse Tyson tries Soylent and talks future of food with CEO Rob Rhinehart

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Watch the whole series: https://www.facebook.com/RisingStarsWithNeildeGrasseTyson/ Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sai FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider TWITTER: https://twitter.com/techinsider INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/tech_insider/Detected Closed Captioning: For Science! Hi, I'm Neil DeGrasse Tyson And This Is "Rising Stars." Today, We're Featuring Rob Rhinehart, Who's Founder And CEO Of Soylent, A Meal Replacement Product That's All The Rage In The Tech Universe. Rob, Welcome. Thank You Very Much For Having Me. Soylent! How Old Were You When You Started This? 24. Your Company's Now Valued At $100 Million That Was A Few Years Ago. We've Grown Substantially Since Then. - That's ... Read More
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Pentagon’s tech advisers want cyber career track, ‘innovation elevator’ for big thinkers

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WASHINGTON — A group of tech industry heavyweights believes the Pentagon needs to protect tech and cyber experts and innovators from the department’s traditional up-or-out career path if the department has any hope of keeping up with a wave of new technologies. The Defense Innovation Board, or DIB, a group empowered to report directly to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on the best way to grow America’s military technological edge, believes the traditional system simply is no longer viable for meeting technological needs.... Read More
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CorInnova Awarded Seminal Patent for Minimally Invasively-Delivered Soft Robotic Heart Device to Support Heart Function

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Company Announces Residency at Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s JLABS @ TMC in the Texas Medical Center $6.1 Million Lead Investment From UK-based The Wellcome Trust is Being Used to Develop Less-Invasive, Non-Blood-Contacting Soft Robotic Heart Device to Treat Heart Failure (HF) HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 26, 2017– CorInnova Inc., an emerging medical device compa... Read More
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The Pentagon’s tech advisers want special career track, ‘innovation elevator’ for big thinkers

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WASHINGTON — A group of tech industry heavyweights believes the Pentagon needs to protect tech experts and innovators from the department’s traditional up-or-out career path if the department has any hope of keeping up with a wave of new technologies. The Defense Innovation Board, or DIB, a group empowered to report directly to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on the best way to grow America’s military technological edge, believes the traditional system simply is no longer viable for meeting technological needs. ... Read More
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Samsung’s incubator lab spins off seven more weird little companies

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Samsung’s incubator hub C-Lab, is known for producing things like a waistline tracking smart belt and a Bluetooth headset that attaches to helmets. Now C-Lab is spawning seven new start-ups created by Samsung employees that range from useful to quixotic. The projects will be ... Read More
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Why is this floppy disk joke still haunting the internet?

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There’s a joke that circulates online every few years. It’s a picture of a floppy disk, accompanied by the claim that a kid thought it was a real-life version of the “save” icon. Every time it pops up, people laugh, hit “like,” and marvel both at their own age and the cluelessness of kids today. Over the last week, this gag has been making the rounds on Twitter yet again, thanks to a user under the name Bill Gross. His tweet went viral, with more than 174K retweets to date. The catch? There is no smart-mouthed kid in this equation. Gross was just repeating a laugh he’d once enjoyed. Gross, the founder of a tech incubator, was watching a talk by Michael Wolf at the WSJ... Read More
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Franchising seminar set for Thursday

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Would-be franchisees can learn about the model at a seminar on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton. Stuart Levenberg, a consultant with FranNet and The Kensington Group, will explain what goes into purchasing and owning a franchise. This workshop is for anyone interested in franchising, even if they are considering it for the first time. More information is available online. ... Read More
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No. 250: Bionic eyes, cop cameras in the classroom and Brickhouse finally turns legal

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Howdy: Yep, it’s Wednesday out there. Welcome new readers Norm, Beth, Jiv Monkey, Sandeep and three more who go by numbers. Happy to have you aboard. Don’t forget to send story ideas, news, promotions, carps, complaints and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. Brand incubator: Roosevelt Field has established a scalable retail platform to help startups and established brands find their footing or launch new products and directions. And, believe it or not, it’s b... Read More
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Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites

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The Snopes and PolitiFact ads show how broad the problem of online misinformation can be, said David Letzler, research scientist at Impact Radius, a digital marketing intelligence firm. “Even websites whose mission is to promote accountability can inadvertently wind up getting used by snake oil salesmen,” he said.Google declined to explain the specifics of how the fake news ads appeared on the fact-checking sites. The accounts that advertised on Snopes and PolitiFact were terminated from Google’s ad platform after The Times asked about t... Read More
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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs strikes deal to turn 800 acres of Toronto into an ‘internet city’

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Sidewalk Labs, the smart city subsidiary of Alphabet with the stated goal of “reimagining cities from the Internet up,” now has a very big sandbox in which to conduct its high-tech experiments. The Google spinoff announced a deal with the city of Toronto to develop 800 acres of waterfront property into its own digital utopia. Waterfront Toronto, a city agency tasked with overseeing the development along the shore of Lake Ontario, is teaming up with Sidewalk Labs to create a new venture called Sidewalk Toronto. On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined top executives from Alphabet, including executive chairman Eric Schmidt, to announce the deal, which includes a $50 million commitment fro... Read More
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Ultimate Chicken Horse: From game jam prototype to hilarious party game

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Presented by Intel “We screwed up our launch pretty badly, but we managed to recover from that.” Richard Atlas at Clever Endeavor in Montreal, Canada didn’t mince words about the launch pains of his game, Ultimate Chicken Horse. It’s a competitive platformer (out now on PC) where up to four players can dynamically build their own levels as they play. The goal is to make it impossible for each other to get through the finish line. “I’ve never been a huge gamer, but always got sucked in when I did start playing something,” he says. So there’s no World of Warcraft obsession here, but there is a fascination with the potential of games and a conviction that these games matter. A backg... Read More
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Texas startups report dip in venture capital funding in Q3

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In what is turning out to be a roller coaster of a year for Texas, the state’s third quarter performance marks its lowest both in terms of number of deals reported and dollars raised in at least five years, according to Crunchbase data. (Note that numbers will likely go up as more deals are reported, but are likely not significant enough to make the above statement untrue.) Venture capitalists put $268.2 million into Texas startups across 38 known deals in the third quarter of 2017. In perspective, that is less than what was invested in all of Austin alone during the second quarter. VC funding in the Lone Star state was down a whopping 56 percent compared to the $609.7 million raised in the second quarter, and 21 percent ... Read More
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FogHorn raises $30 million to provide IoT edge computing analytics

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FogHorn, which provides data analytics software for industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, announced today that is has secured $30 million in funding. Intel Capital and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures co-led this round, with new investor Honeywell Ventures joining in. All previous investors also participated, including March Capital, GE, Dell, Bosch, Yokogawa, Darling Ventures, and The Hive. “In the industrial application of IoT, such as manufacturing facilities, oil and gas production sites, and transportation systems, there are often hundreds or thousands of physical and video/audio sensors continuously producing a massive amount of hig... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: What Are New York’s Gun Laws?

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Photo Weapons of New York. Credit Colleen Long/Associated Press Good morning on this mild Wednesday.New York continues to mourn the victims of the ... Read More
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Las Vegas program teaches cybersecurity skills to homeless

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A business innovation center in downtown Las Vegas hosted a training program that aimed to teach cybersecurity skills to people who are homeless. The business incubator RedFlint partnered with a workforce development program last week to offer training in a field that’s experiencing a workforce shortage, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Hero School Initiatives has offered training an... Read More
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3 vital lessons I learned starting up in the Midwest

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To be fair, I have no idea what it’s like to be a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. My wife and I spent most of our 20s living in Phoenix, Arizona, and I was recruited by a few employers in the Bay Area. But, since life with three kids under 10 becomes that much harder when you live in a shoebox, we never moved to California. Then, we got the opportunity to move to St. Charles, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis. After a year and a half of living in the Midwest, I started my company and learned what it is like to be a Silicon Prairie entrepreneur. Here are three of the takeaways I’ve gained so far: Your community will root for you The Midwestern sense of community and overall niceness you hear about when you... Read More
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Why ‘job creation’ is the wrong benchmark for economic stability

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I’m not going to pull any punches — too many cities think of job creation or the number of new jobs added this month as a reliable indicator of long-term economic viability and success. These people are wrong. Will there continue to be high-paying jobs in our country? Yes. Will there continue to be high-paying jobs in abundance? No. There are currently thousands of companies raising tens of millions of dollars to destroy your job. Breakthroughs in software, robots, and medical technology will create a brave new world that we couldn’t have imagined even 15 years ago. As you think about this reality, ask yourself, “Why is my city celebrating the relocation of a factory that is semi-automated already and will so... Read More
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Tech Incubators Hatching Startups Across Long Island

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Biocogent, a provider of biotech-based products and services to the personal care and cosmetic industries, is an anchor at Stony Brook University’s Long Island High Technology Incubator. (John Griffin, Stony Brook University) The state’s Start-Up NY program may be a bit of a dud, but that hasn’t slowed the pace of other university-based programs that seek to support and commercialize innovation from students, staff and the region’s sundry entrepreneurs. The latest: Long Island University’s Post campus, where nationally renowned startup expert Dane Stangler has taken the Vorzimer Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and will help steer the school’s T. Denny Sanfor... Read More
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Bringing education to life

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As the nation breaks out of one of the worst economic slumps in history, firms are hungry for a fresh batch of college graduates to add to their workforce. And while demand for highly skilled professionals may be increasingly high, both students and companies are beginning to expect more out of the college experience. A 2014 survey of recent college graduates from CareerBuilder revealed that while nine in 10 college students think education is a worthy investment in the long run, four in 10 don’t feel college prepared them for the real world. A 2016 CareerBuilder survey of employers echoed that sentiment; while 67 percent of employers said they intended to hire recent graduates, nearly half thought college put too much emphasis ... Read More
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New (old) place for students

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Students returning to Farmingdale State College this fall had a new place to hang out. Fresh from a $12 million overhaul, 19,700-square-foot Conklin Hall is the new home of student clubs, student government and the campus radio station. The newly renovated century-old building includes conference rooms and offices, along with a high-tech media lounge, game room and two outdoor patios. When the building opened Sept. 5, “it was mobbed with students,” said spokesperson Kathy Coley. “They’re really enjoying having their own place. The radio station is there, and there are workstations for all the student clubs and plenty of meeting rooms and technology to facilitate meetings.” Conklin Hall – the oldest operat... Read More
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Corporate innovators: How to get your slow organization moving faster

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Innovation in theory and innovation in practice are radically different. Here are some simple tools to get your company’s innovation pipeline through the obstacles it will encounter. Pete Newell and I have been working with Karl, the Chief Innovation Officer of a large diversified multi-billion-dollar company I’ll call Spacely Industries. Over the last 15 months his staff got innovation teams operating with speed and urgency. The innovation pipeline had been rationalized. His groups whole-heartedly adopted and adapted Lean. His innovators and stakeholders curated and prioritized their problems/idea/technology before handing t... Read More
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ARKit games roundup: What’s coming to the Apple App Store and iOS 11

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Apple showed off some upcoming augmented reality apps at last week’s keynote event. With the iOS 11 launch today, people will be able to download and give AR a try for themselves. Earlier this year, Apple tried to hype up developers by unveiling its ARKit software development kit at its Worldwide Developers Conference and showing its commitment to the future of that technology. In addition to apps like ... Read More
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No. 242: CEO comp, ash-boring beetles and meet Hubert the Humanoid

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TG it’s F: The last week of summer is upon us. Oh, and today is National Double Cheeseburger Day. Please celebrate responsibly. Today’s birthday duo: Two guys who loved pasta – Marco Polo and William Howard Taft. The rich get richer: Median pay for CEOs of Russell 3000 firms was $3.8 million last year, up 5.9 percent from 2015. CEOs of S&P 500 firms earned a median of $11.5 million, up 6.3 percent, according to a comprehensive study by The Conference Board. The biggest driver of the increases was stock awards, which accounted for more than a third of the total compensation of Russell 3000 CEOs and nearly half of the compensation of S&P 500 CEOs, the highest eve... Read More
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Rural Impact Hub wants to bring a startup mentality to Heartland communities

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As Brent Comstock grew BCom Solutions, his Auburn, Nebraska-based digital marketing agency, two things became clear. One, that the business was reaching a point where it needed to expand outside of Auburn. And two, in order to expand, he needed to figure out a way to reach other rural communities. “We were struggling to figure out how do we get our foot in different rural communities on a level that doesn’t literally require us to go to every small town,” said Comstock. “That’s just not scalable, nor is it very entrepreneurial.” The solution that Comstock came to was a realignment of BCom’s mission to be a digital provider of online solutions for campaigns,... Read More
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NYSERDA: Four more years for clean-energy incubator

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By GREGORY ZELLER // CEBIP is back in business. More accurately, the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program – a jewel of Stony Brook University’s commercialization ecosystem – will continue business uninterrupted, thanks to renewed funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Although NYSERDA has made no official announcement – and authority spokespeople declined to comment this week – Innovate LI has learned that the state has re-upped its financial support of CEBIP with a fresh $1.5 million grant, to come ... Read More
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Re-Nuble targets USDA over ‘organic’ certifications

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A “waste-to-value” biotech with Long Island roots is taking its food-for-all message to the people – and is taking on the U.S. Department of Agriculture over critical “organic” certifications. Re-Nuble Inc., which operates out of facilities in Brooklyn and Long Island City but remains a “virtual tenant” of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, is presenting Wednesday at Food Tank Summit NYC, a celebration and exploration of food and food systems. A self-billed “think tank for food,” ... Read More
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Indie games + press + peers = MIX

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Presented by Intel Of any professional fraternity, the bond between indie game developers is fierce. Whether sharing stories, suggestions, and solutions at meet-ups or simply offering moral support, help is easy to find. But where time-taxed indie devs can struggle is in the nuances of the business: promoting, marketing, and selling games, and generating attention from the games media. Having experienced these issues first-hand as ‘Creative Domepiece’ at Interabang Entertainment, Justin Woodward recognized an opportunity to help. At an Indie Press Day, Woodward met long-time games industry marketer, Joel Dreskin. Motivated by the notion that there were important elements of the games business still in pla... Read More
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Using Silicon Valley Tactics, LinkedIn’s Founder Is Working to Blunt Trump

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But how effective a Silicon Valley approach to political change can be is a question — and Mr. Hoffman has experienced stumbling blocks before.Photo ... Read More
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Aided several Indian firms to go digital in one year: Dell EMC

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MUMBAI: A year after the historic merger of Dell Technologies and EMC, the company has empowered several Indian enterprises transform their information technology (IT) infrastructure, a top executive said here on Friday.Dell EMC has emerged as a holistic solutions provider and holds the second spot in the India mainstream server market (by revenue), with a share of 26.5 per cent."According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), in Q1 2017, Dell EMC was No 1 in the India storage market with 43.4 per cent market s... Read More
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IBM partners with MIT for $240 million “fundamental AI research” project

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Enlarge / In the movie Her, a man falls in love with a commercially available AI. Maybe it was developed at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab?Annapurna Pictures In one of the most lucrative partnerships ever between a corporation and a university, IBM will team up with MIT to engage in 10 years of "fundamental AI research." The $240 million deal will go toward the ... Read More
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Silicon Valley Wants To Dust Off The Democratic Establishment

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Enlarge this image Jessica Alter is a co-founder of Tech For Campaigns. The San Francisco-based startup focuses on state races and is currently working on campaigns in Virginia. Aarti Shahani/NPR hide caption toggle caption Aarti Shahani/NPR... Read More
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Alumnus of Michigan incubator wins Department of Energy contest

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Monitoring electricity use to drive energy efficiency is not a new concept, but as the technology for doing so has rapidly advanced, cost has remained a barrier to widespread adoption. However, a Greek startup that settled into a business incubator in Michigan last year to grow in the U.S. market may have broken that cost barrier, advocates say. The technology, known as submetering, offers users a precise account of energy used in spaces or even devices (as opposed to just metering an entire home or building) and has vast potential in the market to drive energy efficiency. Meazon, the company whose technology won the U.S. Department of Energy’s ... Read More
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Why the US Government Shouldn’t Ban Kaspersky Security Software

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Earlier this summer the House Science Committee sent letters to 22 US government agencies requesting information on their use of Kaspersky Lab security products. As the federal government continues to investigate claims of ties between the Trump administration and Russia, officials in Washington h... Read More
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Entrepreneurs, don’t fear the seed funding slowdown — it’s a market correction

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A few years ago at an incubator demo day, I watched open jawed as a would-be seed investor made funding commitments based solely on 7-minute presentations – without speaking with the team or conducting any due diligence. Investor odds may have been better in Vegas. Silicon Valley has been inundated in recent years with a new breed of euphoric “tourist” seed investors. Unlike the many thoughtful professional seed investors who engage in due diligence and offer strategic guidance, tourist investors offer little beyond money and false hope for many startups founded on tenuous ideas. Fortunately, things are changing – albeit slowly. Some entrepreneurs may not be feeling it just yet, but ... Read More
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Chattanooga startup’s 3D-printed space habitat wins NASA competition

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Chattanooga-based Branch Technology joined with an architectural firm to win first place in a phase of a NASA competition to build a 3D-printed habitat for deep space exploration. The 3D printing company, based in Chattanooga’s small business incubator GigTank, built a number of structural components which could be part of habitats, said Melody Rees, a Branch Technology project manager who was the group’s team leader. “We won because our structures were the strongest,” she said. “They held the most weight.” Branch, which has 16 employees in Chattanooga, won with the California-based office of... Read More
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Technology to avoid miscarriages during IVF launched

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NEW DELHI: To cut the chances of miscarriage in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), a new technology that can diagnose the abnormal chromosomes during the implantation was launched at a city hospital here on Thursday.The new time-lapse technology monitors the health of the embryos by capturing thousands of digital images since the moment of creation until implanting it in the uterus.Doctors are able to identify the embryos (usually out of three) that are well developing... Read More
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Female founders are spearheading Atlanta’s transformation into a tech hub

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Earlier this year, Dell released their third annual report ranking cities on their ability to attract and support High Potential Women Entrepreneurs, defined as female entrepreneurs that are growing businesses with the potential to break $1 million or more in annual revenue. Out of 50 cities around the world, Atlanta ranked 18th overall, ahead of cities like Portland, OR; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Miami, FL. In fact, if you don’t count Miami (and most southerners likely wouldn’t), Atlanta was the only city in the southern U.S. to even rank on the list. The growth rat... Read More
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A century later, new life for old FSC power plant

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More than a century since it was built and years since it’s been anything more than a memory, a vintage Farmingdale State College structure is about to be reborn. College officials will mark the completion of a $12 million renovation of Conklin Hall, a circa-1914 building that housed the college’s original heating plant, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 5. The refurbished Conklin Hall will serve as the new home of the FSC student government, the campus radio station and other student clubs and organizations. Noting a “new chapter for this historic and beloved campus landmark,” Farmingdale State College President John Nader said the ... Read More
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Austin and St. Louis startups show you don’t need the coasts to succeed

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Tech entrepreneurs are the cool kids on the block. Whereas young people once aspired to be rockstars or astronauts, today they dream of being startup founders, flush with venture capital and working out of sleek, open-plan offices in San Francisco’s trendy SoMa district or New York’s bustling Flatiron neighborhood. Every year, countless founders make their way to these golden cities, armed with little more than a dream and a prayer. But truth be told, these entrepreneurs are making a key (and possibly fatal) mistake: They’re focusing narrowly on a handful of established startup hubs where rents, taxes, and regulations are out of control. The competition is fierce and unrelenting. The picture is much more favorable out... Read More
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A proprietary smart diffuser seems like a fine way to lean into the pod economy

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AR/VR Weekly: Making people’s lives better

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The big news of the week is HTC’s decision to lower the price of its Vive virtual reality headset. The device now costs $600, making it $200 cheaper and closer to the Oculus Rift and Touch’s $400 price. Our friends at UploadVR have an editorial on ... Read More
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Samsung launches Gear VR app Relúmĭno that aids the visually impaired

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Samsung launches Gear VR app Relúmĭno that aids the visually impaired - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLo... Read More
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Samsung launches Relúmĭno app to help the visually impaired see more clearly using VR

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The virtual reality (VR) wars are starting to heat up, with HTC announcing earlier today that it was slashing the price of its Vive VR headset from $800 to $600 — this followed a month after Facebook scythed prices for the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Touch controller. But VR very much remains a niche medium, and we’ve yet to fully understand how — or even if — it will infiltrate the mainstream consciousness beyond gaming. One con... Read More
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My face is ready for the Cinera

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Old friends, new funds have ThermoLift thinking ahead

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A shining star of Stony Brook University’s commercialization and innovation ecosystems is renewing ties with an old friend – and leveraging some fresh international funding – in its efforts to perfect its energy-efficient environmental-control systems. ThermoLift Inc., headquartered at SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, has inked a second collaborative contr... Read More
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Yemen Scales Up Fight Against Cholera

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Yemen’s raging two-year conflict has turned the country into an incubator for lethal cholera. The death toll recently climbed to 1,940, with suspected cases at more than 463,000. The country is preparing emergency plans to fight the disease. (Aug 10)Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNewsThe Associated Press is the essential global news network, deliverin... Read More
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Heads scratched as Chem-Master gets the boot

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A biotech manufacturer with a 23-year history of servicing Stony Brook University researchers and startups is being evicted from the university’s Chemistry Building – and nobody seems entirely sure why. Chem-Master International, a producer of unique chemical compounds for research and commercial development, has operated inside the Chemistry Building since it launched in 1994, thanks to a “revocable permit” – special SUNY dispensation allowing nontraditional programs and outside entities to occupy academic spaces. In January, SBU informed the company its revocable permit would be revoked, and gave Chem-Master ... Read More
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Alumni from top Georgia incubator see 145% increase in funding this year

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If there’s one area of the Atlanta startup ecosystem lagging behind the growth of the rest, it’s local capital. Talent, startup activity, public support for entrepreneurship, and corporate innovation are all consistently strong, but the region lacks the investment resources of many of its fellow top-ranked Global Cities. But investment activity in the city may be picking up. One sign is just-released figures by the Advanced Technology... Read More
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Bright future: Solar energy industry expects rapid growth, profits

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With solar panel system prices falling nearly 20 percent last year, the industry is expected to almost triple in size within the next five years. That's why in Oakland, California, an accelerator program is hoping to cash in on the boom by developing innovative products to usher in an intelligent energy era. CGTN's Mark Niu reports.Watch CGTN LIVE on your computer, tablet or mobilehttp://america.cgtn.com/livenewsSubscribe to CGTN America on YouTubeFollow CGTN America:Twitter: @cgtnamericaFacebook: @cgtnamericaGoogle+: CctvamericaTvnews»» Wat... Read More
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Inside Patreon, the economic engine of internet culture

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Branch Messenger Closes $10 Million in Funding Led by March Capital Partners to Fuel Growth

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Target + Techstars portfolio company’s employee self-service platform experiencing rapid worldwide adoption MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 2, 2017– Branch Messenger, Inc. (Branch), the employee self-service platform that offers enterprises unprecedented access to their frontline workers at scale while also empowering hourly shift workers to manage their work lives in real-time, today announced the closing of more than $10 million in funding. The funding includes a recently closed $6.8 million Series A funding round. March Capital Partners led the round with participation from CrossCut, Techstars Ventures, Matchstick Ventures, and other investors. Branch... Read More
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Summers: Generation-Z’s emerging economy will be ‘tidal force’

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By Edward Summers Representing more than one-quarter of Americans, Generation-Z is currently the largest segment of the U.S. population. Generation-Z is comprised of Americans who were born after 1995. This multifaceted generation started life immersed in social media, smartphones, and advanced digital technologies. Along with the better-known (but not necessarily better understood) Millennials, these generations will have an enormous impact on all aspects of our society, including our economy. For this reason, the Generations Institute at Long Island University is committed to understanding these generations. I recently moderated a panel discussion with experts from higher education, economic develo... Read More
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Seed funding wilts as Silicon Valley investors fret about valuations and IPO market

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SAN FRANCISCO (By Heather Sommerville, Reuters) – The bloom is off seed funding, the business of providing money to brand-new startups, as investors take a more measured approach to financing emerging U.S. technology companies. Seed-stage financing has been sliding for the last two years, with the number of transactions down about 40 percent since the peak in mid-2015, data show. Dollar investments in fledgling companies have also declined, although less dramatically, dropping more than 24 percent over the same period. The slowdown comes despite an explosion of interest by wealthy individuals and foreign investors looking to park money in the next big thing. And it has potentially big implicati... Read More
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Tech Incubator Faces Challenges Of Tackling Sexual Harassment Among Investors

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Influential tech incubator, Y Combinator, has been trying to tackle the problem of sexual harassment among venture capitalists. Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images To an outsider, the actions might have looked swift and decisive: Within weeks of being accused of sexual harassment in the press, two high-profile venture capital investors issued pu... Read More
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A GOP Staffer Crowdsourced a Resolution From a Conspiracy Subreddit

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This past Wednesday, a group of Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee presented an amendment calling for an investigation into alleged misconduct on the parts of Hillary Clinton and James Comey. It was a way to frustrate Democrats, but, more than that, it provided an opportunity to publicly discuss their very favorite thing: the many bygone misdeeds of Crooked Hillary. The amendment ... Read More
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Smart home platform Wink has been acquired by will.i.am

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On-demand trucking app Convoy doesn’t want to be the ‘Uber for trucking’ anymore

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5 groups push to increase diversity among Texas startups

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Entrepreneurs and investors often lament the lack of diversity in tech in Texas. But a few organizations, and people, are going beyond just talk and are actively working to better even the playing field for underrepresented entrepreneurs. For this piece, Crunchbase News spoke with several Texas-based groups about their efforts to promote diversity in technology and give minority entrepreneurs more tools to succeed. This story is the second of a three-part Crunchbase News series looking at diversity in tech in Austin and the Lone Star State as a whole. Our first article profiled a trio of Austin-based m... Read More
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The DeanBeat: Roblox’s kid developers make enough ‘robucks’ to pay for college

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Jackson Munsell, Brandon LaRouche and Alex Balfanz grew up in very different places. But they’re converging on San Jose, Calif., this weekend as developers of games in the world of Roblox, the blocky virtual world that is a cousin of Lego and Minecraft. These teenagers have grown up with Roblox, a place where young developers (both boys and, increasingly, girls) can create their own games and make “robucks,” or in-game currency from them. And as the online world surpasses 56 million monthly active users (up from ... Read More
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One man on a mission

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Presented by Intel “I love it when people are mad at me because it tells me that they care.” That’s a bold—and confident—statement from Sorob Raissi, self-described Founder, CEO, Artist, Developer, Designer, Biz Dev guy at Spread Shot Studios. Why does it have to be self-described? Because he’s a one-man studio, finding his way in the games industry with his first game, Space Jammers. Frankly, Raissi can title himself however he pleases given that, as the string of responsibilities suggests, Spread Shot Studios is his solo operation. You may have heard a seemingly similar story if you follow our Developer Spotlight series with the profile on Studio Canvas, but Raissi’s journey into the in... Read More
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Plexchat raises $7 million to provide mobile chat platform for gamers

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Plexchat has raised $7 million in venture capital to build chat platform for mobile gamers. It may not sound that exciting or new, but the features in the chat platform are thoughtful, conceived from a gamer’s perspective, and that enabled the company to impress potential investors. The money comes from Raine Ventures as well as First Round Capital, Dream Incubator, London Venture P... Read More
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Award-winning Re-Nuble lays waste to malnutrition

In Business, Education, Emerging Technology, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Science & Nature, Start Up by Innovate LI

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By GREGORY ZELLER // An outer-borough biotech with a Long Island lineage is racing to the head of the organic-fertilizer field. Re-Nuble Inc., founded by scientifically oriented business IT specialist Tinia Pina, has snagged a 2017 American Entrepreneurship Award and the $25,000 interest-free loan that accompanies it – the latest feathers in the cap of a 2015 startup that transforms food waste into fresh produce. The American Entrepreneurship accola... Read More
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CEBIP battery barons inch toward 76West title

In Business, Education, Emerging Technology, Energy, Finance, Government, Legal, Science & Nature, Start Up by Innovate LI

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook battery business with European roots has made the cut in a state clean-energy contest. StorEn Technologies, which is peddling a proprietary vanadium-flow battery for stationary energy storage, is one of eight finalists in the 76West Clean Energy Competition, which is spun out of Albany’s Southern Tier Soaring initiative – a $3.1 billion investment in business development and community growth across New York’s southernmost economic zones. The competition is focused exclusively on the Long Island, New York City, Southern Tier, Mid-... Read More
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China AI development

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Published on Jul 15, 2017On the other side of the world, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has just opened its unmanned and futuristic new store: "Tao Caf "It's one more way China is leading in technological innovation. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Basic needs trigger unusual survival ideas in Syria’s besieged areas

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Basic needs trigger unusual survival ideas in Syria’s besieged areasThe Syrian conflict has put people in some unimaginable situations.In besieged areas, where there are few goods, people are finding unusual ways to get basic necessities.Al Jazeera’s Natasha Ghoneim reports from Gaziantep near Turkey-Syria border.- Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe- Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish- Find us on Facebook: ... Read More
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InXile gets $4.5 million investment from Gumi for an open-world survival RPG VR game

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The bard has a new story to sing at InXile thanks to an investment from Gumi, and the troubadour’s tale isn’t going to take the form of Torment: Tides of Numenera or Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius. What shape will this story take? How about an open-world survival role-playing game … in virtual reality. Today, Gumi VR, the Japanese publisher’s VR subsidiary, announced that it’s investing $4.5 million in InXile Entertainment. This bundle of e... Read More
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Ex-Activision veterans raise $7 million for Velan Studios game startup

In Business, Education, Emerging Technology, Government, Science & Nature, Start Up by Venture Beat

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Velan Studios, a game studio founded by two brothers who made big games for Activision, has raised $7 million in venture capital as it launches an effort to prototype new types of games on emerging platforms. The amount of money suggests it’s still possible for seasoned teams to raise a big chunk of money from investors, particularly when the founders are putting in a lot of their own money. The biggest investor in the round is Velan Ventures, a fund started by Karthik and Guha Bala. In 1991, the brothers started Vicarious Visions, a studio that was acquired by Activision and grew to more than 150 employees. ... Read More
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What your company can learn from Google’s Area 120 model

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Big companies are too slow, too disorganized and too stuck under the weight of outdated playbooks and bad habits to benefit from opportunities to innovate. That’s the picture the latest report by accelerator 500 Startups paints after surveying over 100 corporate executives that oversee innovation, including collaborating or investing in startups. Rubbing shoulders with startups, collaborating with them in some way, or absorbing them altogether, may sound like a clever way for established companies to innovate. But the strategy doesn’t appear to be working, according to the 500 Startups report. The report... Read More
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Silicon Valley investors under scrutiny for harassment

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A series of exposes and resignations have newly shone a spotlight on the actions of tech companies, investors and funders, including how prominent venture capitalists have been accused of unwanted sexual advances. William Brangham talks to Freada Kapor Klein, founder of the Level Playing Field Institute.Detected Closed Captioning: JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR ANCHOR: The Technology Sector, And Especially The Start-up Culture In Silicon Valley, Has Long Been Criticized For Its Record On Diversity, Gender And Inclusion. Now, The Spotlight Is Being Shone A Spotlight On The Investors And Funders In The Valley. Here's Hari Sreenivasan. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR CORRE... Read More
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The Heat: Latest in the global fight against ISIL Pt 2

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With the battle to retake Mosul from ISIL almost won in Iraq and the group severely limited in its Syrian stronghold Raqqa, the Middle East could soon be free of the militant group. But ISIL may be looking for a new battleground. In Southeast Asia, there’s now evidence of what is, at the very least, ISIL influence. The most obvious is the ongoing conflict in Marawi City in the Southern Philippines. To discuss the threat of ISIL in the Philippines, Russia and beyond: Richard Heydarian, a geopolitical analyst and professor at De La Salle University. Dmitry Babich, a political analyst at Sputnik International. Abdel Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm, Arabic Independent newspaper. Daveed Gartenstein... Read More
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Heartland tech weekly: What ‘the value of work’ means

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Here’s this week’s newsletter: Fourth of July celebrations took place across America yesterday, our nation’s Independence being one of the few things that everyone can agree on. Perhaps another is the importance of work — but not just work. Rather, a good-paying job that, aside from providing a wage, also offers less tangible rewards like meaning, a sense of pride, even beauty. In his landmark book Working, Studs Terkel captured the oral histories of ordinary... Read More
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Why Pay Day 2 game publisher Starbreeze made its crazy dive into VR hardware

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Sweden’s Starbreeze Studios made its name as the publisher of games such as Pay Day, Pay Day 2, Dead by Daylight, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. And now the company is also expanding into virtual reality hardware with its StarCade headset. Built in partnership with Acer, Starbreeze is providing high-end VR technology to IMAX, the high-end movie theater chain, for location-based VR entertainment centers at IMAX theaters. While other companies are becoming more cautious about VR because of the “... Read More
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Sony’s semi-smartwatch now has a smaller version and a leather strap with NFC

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As Paris’ mega startup campus Station F opens its doors today, Silicon Valley has gone all in

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France’s most audacious attempt to turn itself into a startup capital will lift the curtain tonight when Paris’ Station F officially opens its doors to the world. The brainchild of telecom entrepreneur Xavier Niel, who footed the entire cost of the $267 million project, the giant startup campus will be home to incubators, venture capital firms, startups, and large corporate brands. After three years of construction, Station F will hold its grand opening Thursday night in a ceremony featuring President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Station F’s goal is to house 1,000 startups in a building that was formerly a historic train station on the east side of Paris. While it’s no shock that the leading lights ... Read More
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Hong Kong seeks to become Asia’s Silicon Valley

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For years, Hong Kong has been trying to build its own tech industry to help spur economic growth. But it’s been overshadowed by its neighbor, Shenzhen, which is often referred to as China’s Silicon Valley. Can Hong Kong be an incubator for another Alibaba or Snapchat? CGTN’s Ge Yunfei reports.Detected Closed Captioning: Well That New Programmer Facebook Has Become An Essential Part And The International Trade Only Muscle With limited Internet Access Might Just Be referring Products For Tourists At The Hong Kong Local Data Sync Labs Is Making This Dream Come True Now Many Kaka Hotels Are Providing This Come In Handy to The Customer For Free This Is A smartphone With Android Sys... Read More
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Introducing Heartland Tech Weekly: I want YOU to create tech jobs

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VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech Channel tracks the most important news and analysis about the technological and economic divide between Silicon Valley and the rest of America. Each week, we select the top stories and present them in a free newsletter. We include news stories by VentureBeat staff, guest articles from leading voices in this important conversation, and a number of posts from other outlets. We hope you enjoy the Heartland Tech newsletter. Kansas City, Missouri has its Big 5 initiative. Columbus, Ohio has a ... Read More
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You can now sign up for early access to Google’s wacky Area 120 app experiments

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You can now sign up for early access to Google’s wacky Area 120 app experiments - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};Choru... Read More