Period subscription services can get around the tampon tax (sort of)

June 21, 2017

Lola, one of the subscription services that could come up with a way to make up for the tampon tax.Image: lola Despite surges of activism around the issue, the tampon tax is alive and well. The sales tax on sanitary productsa tax that isn’t applied to many kinds of condoms or any products that mostly men usewas upheld in Australia this week. In the United States, sales tax is still applied to feminine hygiene products in all but seven states. While Australia’s decision disappointed …

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 19, 2017

… exploited a bug in the code to steal a big chunk of the raised funds. To fix this, Ethereum forked into a new software version, restoring the funds, but the incident led to a big drop in Ethereum’s price. So when will this bubble burst? Despite the issues outlined above, the ICO craze currently looks and feels like a bubble. Tiny, unknown startups which barely have a functional product are raising tens of millions of dollars within hours. By amassing big amounts of ETH, which (typically) …

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Grab joins Uber in making plans to offer helicopter rides in congested cities

June 15, 2017

Ride operator Grab, Uber’s biggest threat in Southeast Asia, just ran a limited helicopter-on-demand trial in Indonesia over the weekend. The service was free for the lucky few who got to try it, in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta. SEE ALSO: An all-electric flying car just made its first flight and it’s as cool as it sounds This is the second time Grab’s trying out helicopters in the region, after a three-month trial in 2015 in the Philippines. One of the Indonesian …

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A startup named Bancor raised $150 million in a few hours

June 14, 2017

… SEE ALSO: Bye, Bitcoin. Hello, Ethereum. While most startups raise money from investors or through selling stock on public markets, Bancor found investors through an ICOan Initial Coin Offering. An ICO is a new way to raise funding that has gained momentum in recent months; the new company issues tokensa sort of mini-cryptocurrency that, besides being tradable, might also give you other benefits (though this differs from project to project). In an Ethereum-based ICO, tokens can be purchased in …

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Clutter wants to store your stuff but help you not forget it exists

June 14, 2017

… startups, the Clutter cofounder went after a big industry with a modern-day technology solution. People store their items, but oftentimes they leave them in a big room with little idea of what’s there and why. Clutter added an online inventory component. Image: clutter But that wasn’t the only change they brought upon the industry, worth $30 billion in the U.S. alone, according to IBISWorld. Clutter CEO Brian Thomas’s mom’s poor customer service experience with her …

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The best marketers are mad scientists

June 9, 2017

… problem is that people have too much data and are making fewer good decisions because theyre so data-driven. You need to be ROI-driven, he says. Effective marketing is about optimization. Thats why Brody and his team, who have worked with everyone from startups backed by Y Combinator to Fortune 500 companies, approach marketing like scientists in a lab. In short, he says, We run marketing experiments to help businesses grow. This type of approach has worked for Ladder, and it can work for any …

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After sexual harassment investigation, Uber fires more than 20 employees

June 7, 2017

… with startups and Fortune 500 companies. The firm had investigated 215 human resources-related problems within the company. These included cases of sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. It took no action on 100 of these cases and is still investigating 57 other cases. It has decided on more than 20 terminations, according to Bloomberg, while 31 employees are in counseling and seven received written warnings. Arianna and Liane to press: there is no systemic sexual …

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Waymo is now working to add trucks to its self-driving fleet

June 3, 2017

… independent startups like Embark, which is testing its platform on Nevada highways. Perhaps the most notable project is the Uber-owned Otto, which successfully delivered an autonomous freight of beer last year. Waymo’s parent company, Alphabet, is in the midst of a contentious lawsuit with Uber that could stifle or even shutter Uber’s own self-driving development efforts. The dispute stems from Otto’s founder, Anthony Levandowski, a former Google (and now former Uber) employee …

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DIY meal delivery service Blue Apron is going public

June 2, 2017

… overall; its revenue more than doubled in 2016 and grew fourfold the previous year. Even better, that rapid growth is outpacing its growth in losses. The financials show other hopeful signs too. The company actually managed to turn a profit in the first quarter of last year, and, on the whole, the balance sheet has stayed relatively steady by the standards of money-burning tech startups. At the same time, average order value and orders per customer haven’t grown much in the past two …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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Sprig is closing, showing just how hard it is to be a farm-to-doorstep food startup

… out, it’s very difficult and very expensive. Food delivery is also an almost-comically crowded market, dominated by platforms like Grubhub and Uber Eats, which offer more options and only serve to connect customers with restaurants. And then there’s the Blue Aprons of the world. As well as calling Domino’s. Don’t forget Soylent. This image from CB Insights shows just how many food startups have come (and gone) since 2011. There will be more food startups. There will …

May 27, 2017
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The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

… the usual—and traffic to the store promptly tripled. And yet, all these years later, Mikandi remains a small business. O’Connell loves what he does. So do Adams and McEwen. And their business is successful. But it’s small. That’s because a porn startup can’t raise large amounts of money like other startups. And because their store has been pushed to the edge of the Android world. And because so much porn is available for free from the tube sites and other sources. …

May 23, 2017
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8 unnecessary startups you didn’t ask for, but here they are

Sometimes these ideas create problems instead of fixing them.Image: ambar Del moral/mashable Yes, there’s an app for that. And even that. While HBO’s Silicon Valley pokes fun at start-up culture, tech entrepreneurs, and off-the-wall ideas, the show’s riffs and jokes aren’t only contained to fictional cable TV storylines. The real world is filled with actual examples of unnecessary companies, apps, and products trying so hard to “disrupt” something, anything. …

May 19, 2017
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Learn how to ace the new rules of the job application process

If you’re a professional in today’s working world, you’ve probably realized that the process of acquiring a new job is rapidly evolving. The traditional, pre-digital method of searching through newspaper ads for positions or even walking into companies to personally drop off your resume are practices of the past. The new reality is that by the time you’re responding to a job posting, you’re probably already behind. Rather, in today’s business world, you …

May 19, 2017
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