Startups

Uber Protests Highlight ‘Disruption’ Concerns

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This week, Washington, D.C., became the latest city to experience taxi drivers striking over Uber, Lyft, and other next-generation car services. As with similar protests in London and other cities around the world, taxi drivers parked their vehicles in the middle of major thoroughfares, snarling traffic and drawing social-media ire. Click here to see jobs at tech startups. “Traditional” cabbies have long argued that Uber and similar apps, because they don’t need to pass through a gauntlet of regulatory hurdles… continue…

Los Angeles Tech Scene Grows on Mass Market Apps

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“Silicon Beach,” the Los Angeles area’s tech scene, is growing in activity and carving out its niche. Re/code’s been taking a look at Silicon Valley’s prettier sister, surveying 30 of its most promising companies. Standouts include Oculus VR, just purchased by Facebook for $2 billion; Maker Studios, for which Disney shelled out $500 million; Beats, Apple’s latest acquisition at $3.2 billion; and Gravity, purchased for $83 million by AOL. Nasty Gal, an early e-commerce innovator, is now worth $100 million. Click here… continue…

How Cisco’s Investment in the Internet of Things Could Benefit You

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Cisco plans on investing $150 million in startups and early-stage companies over the next few years, provided those recipients use that money to research the Internet of Things, “Big Data,” and other cutting-edge areas. Cisco clearly hopes that the investment will allow it to capitalize on the Next Big Thing before it hits the market. “Our ability to identify and stay ahead of market disruptions is deeply rooted in our build, buy, partner and integrate approach to innovation,” Hilton Romanski,… continue…

Consider These 5 Things Before Taking a Job at a Startup

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Startups are all the rage these days, with venture capitalists and Kickstarter crowds rushing to fund even the haziest ideas for new digital products. For prospective employees, though, the decision of whether to join a startup is often a fraught one: Are you willing to trade the comforts of working as part of an established company for the uncertainties and grind of a newborn firm, all for the faint dream of striking it rich a little further down the road?… continue…

4 Financial Plans to Make Before Joining a Startup

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While joining a startup offers exciting opportunities to work with innovative people and new technologies – not to mention the possibility of earning a ton of money if the company takes off – it also means long hours, lower pay and the possibility of being out of a job within the year. So, if you’re considering taking a job at a startup, you need to do some careful financial planning before making your decision. We spoke to a couple of… continue…

How One App Hit 30 Countries in 3 Months

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How’s this for performance? New York’s driving analytics app-developer Dash got thousands of U.S. users and has been downloaded in more than 30 countries — all within three months of its launch. The company’s located at the WeWork co-working space in lower Manhattan, which gives it the flexibility to grow without investing in a new real estate – not to mention a community of startups and an office space with pinball, beer and all the other startup essentials. What makes… continue…

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry About a Bubble

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Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp is seen by some as the clearest sign yet that we’re in the midst of a tech bubble that could threaten jobs in both startups and established IT firms. But not everyone agrees. “Obviously there have been some really big prices paid for tech companies recently,” says former Apple CEO John Sculley, citing both the WhatsApp acquisition and Google’s $3.4 billion purchase of Nest. The size of both deals shocked many Silicon Valley watchers.… continue…

Why Women Start Lifestyle Tech Companies

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Women tech entrepreneurs in the retail and lifestyle space are increasingly gaining customers and attracting venture capital interest. Companies like Birchbox, Gilt, Rent the Runway and Foodspotting — as well as the women starting them – are establishing a foothold in an ever-growing and crowded sector. Why does it seem like so many women are concentrating their business development efforts on retail and lifestyle companies? Interests, experience and education all have something to do with it. Elena Silenok, founder and… continue…

Why CES Is a Bad Scene for Startups

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. continue…

How Snapchat and Instagram Could Doom Startups

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For many startups, it should always be a good time to sell. continue…