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Replacing the Engineer’s Ear with Sound Detection

The sounds machines make reveal quite a bit about whether they’re working properly – what’s wrong and what’s not. The first thing an engineer does

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Agriculture: An Uber Moment For Entrepreneurs

As Uber and Lyft have demonstrated, there are huge opportunities in applying new-fangled technologies to traditional industries. Entrepreneurs do not even have to necessarily have

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Benson Hill Bio Brings Power of Big Data to Small Plant Breeders

When farmers want crops that have a better shot at resisting disease or taking up nutrients, they use breeding techniques to develop new varieties. Crossing

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The Little Black Book of Billionaire Secrets Truly Ready To Be An Entrepreneur?

Being an entrepreneur may seem glamorous and exciting. But the reality can be much different. Hey, I talk to many entrepreneurs – and I often

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Raising Third Fund, Omaha-based Dundee VC Expands to Chicago

Dundee Venture Capital has raised $20 million toward a $30 million third fund as venture capital activity in the Midwest continues to grow. The firm,

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Trump 101 For Entrepreneurs

After a two-term President leaves the office, there is often lots of uncertainty in Corporate America. It’s natural. This happened when Bill Clinton left as

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Resilient Network Systems Unveils Automated IAM System

This identity access package not only uses multi-factor authentication but also pulls in data from social networks and other public sources to zero in on

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AI, autonomous cars and moral dilemmas

You’re a train conductor speeding along when you suddenly see five people tied up on the tracks in front of you. You don’t have enough

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America’s next war may be fought online, and we’re underprepared

The United States is frighteningly unprepared for modern-day cyber warfare. While we focus on hot button security risks such as ISIS and domestic terrorism, we

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The shipping industry is poised for massive upheaval. Can FedEx weather the storm?

Between 10 and 11:30 p.m., as most of this city is winding down for the night, the FedEx Express World Hub is revving up for

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Founder of Online Freight Platform uShip to Step Down

Matt Chasen, founder of online freight booking service uShip Inc. is stepping down as chief executive, after a period of rapid growth that he says

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Managed IT security services firms resell cloud-based offerings

Bret Laughlin leaves little doubt that partnering with third parties has enabled BrainTrace, the managed IT security services firm he founded, to offer what he

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Entrepreneurial Lessons From The Twitter Saga

It’s been another wild week for Twitter, with the stock price plunging on speculation that a buyout may not be at much of a premium

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VCs remain optimistic about Austin despite overall tech slowdown

While much of the nation is seeing declines in venture capital investment, the Austin market saw a big jump in the second quarter. Austin-area companies

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The Cloud, IoT and Big Data are Shaking Up the Preventive Maintenance Sector

“What’s shaking?” is an informal greeting between friends. “Good Vibrations” is a Beach Boys classic. Both phrases also can be used to describe the predictive

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5 ways states are luring small business

When Marc Gorlin launched his firm Roadie, he knew Georgia was the ideal place to find the talent he needed to launch his on-demand app.

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Eastwind Networks Raises $5.5M for Data-Security Software

Eastwind Networks Inc. raised $5.5 million in additional seed financing to expand its breach-detection software. Eastwind wants to help companies identify a breach as soon

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How Managed Service Providers Can Help With Security

Much like a poker player in Vegas, hackers play the odds. Some play the low stakes tables, going after small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and

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Axcient targets non-production data with new converged storage service

For every important application in an organization, there are dozens of snapshots, clones and other non-production workloads bogging down the storage team. An estimated 70 percent of the enterprise

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DB Schenker Signs on With uShip Online Freight Platform

DB Schenker, one of the world’s largest logistics firms, has hired uShip Inc. to connect shippers with trucking companies online, in the latest major tie-up

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Axcient Launches Converged Enterprise Cloud Services

Axcient, known for its disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) focus, today launched Axcient Fusion — a converged enterprise cloud for CIOs that want a

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Axcient announces Fusion, aims to do away with pesky redundancy

Axcient was founded way back in 2009 with the aim of bringing business continuity and disaster recovery services (BC and DR as they are known in

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How will Israeli innovation play into the global robotics industry?

In the last few months, a Singaporean University hired Nadine as a secretary, a Boston Dynamics employee pushed over his colleague Atlas who was moving

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Stealing Customers From Your Mega Rivals

When it comes to growing your business, you need to poach customers — often from big-time competitors. So what are some of the strategies to win the battle?

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OpenView Pushes to Add Women at Portfolio Companies

Women are notoriously under-represented in the tech industry, both in companies and in the venture capital firms that fund them, but several people have set

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Underscore.VC Looks to Align Boston Tech Community With Startups

This has been the spring of new Boston tech venture funds. While most of the area’s traditional players are still going—along with more recent firms—a

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Investors: It’s no time to be sitting on the sidelines

Investors tend to run for cover when markets slow down. And with the recent devaluation of many unicorns, the lack of IPOs, and the beginning of

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VC investment in IoT companies continues to soar

While the Internet of Things (IoT) is still a growing field, it’s clear that venture capitalists are increasingly taking notice and pumping dollars into IoT-driven

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Putting deep genetic data to work

Covering technology is pretty straightforward, provided you understand what it all means. Recently we shared the story of the use of CRISPR-Cas in the development

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Benson Hill Biosystems Launches CropOS™

Benson Hill Biosystems, an agricultural technology company unlocking the genetic potential of plants, announced that it has commercially launched CropOS™, a cognitive engine using cloud

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Biotech Crop Discovery Poised for Fast Growth Thanks to Big Data

Big agriculture companies have been using HPC techniques to understand and manipulate the genes of food staples like corn and soy for many years. Now,

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Will On-Demand Delivery Soon Run Out Of Gas?

Thanks to Amazon (with that gratitude being doused in sarcasm by many — if not all — of its would-be competitors), the option for on-demand

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Here’s why we only did three deals last year

There has been a huge disconnect between private and public company valuations over the last few years. This isn’t the first time I’ve said it. It

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HireAthena Launches out of Stealth with VC Backing

HireAthena, a San Francisco, CA-based on-demand labor marketplace offering accounting, payroll and HR services, launched out of stealth. HireAthena, a spinoff of BackOps and Scalus,

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Automated CRM Signpost ups its game with built-in AI agent

Step by step, rules-based marketing platforms are adding predictive technology and other intelligence on their way to becoming largely self-managing systems. This week, Google Ventures-backed

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Facebook Inc (FB) Aims for the Moon With Google’s Regina Dugan

Maybe we’ll someday see a Facebook Inc (FB) driverless car? Perhaps so. But one thing is sure: Facebook is gearing up for more moonshots. The social

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How Signpost’s new AI tool Mia could help businesses better understand and target customers

Whether it’s by managing email correspondence, helping provide customer service, or finding the ideal job candidate, AI is becoming integral to the way companies do

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From Under the Hoodie: 5 Entrepreneurial Lessons From Mark Zuckerberg

Just a few years ago, the situation was looking dicey for Facebook. The company’s IPO was a disaster, and its strategy on mobile appeared to be in

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The looming limits of on-demand delivery

Last month, fresh-out-of-bankruptcy American Apparel announced that it’s partnering with on-demand delivery service Postmates for one-hour delivery of more than 50 basics items. “You’ll be able to

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Xplore XSlate B10

The Xplore XSlate B10 ($2,799 as tested) is a rugged Windows tablet that’s designed to be used in the elements. It has submarine-like latches and

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Finding Long-Term Solutions to the Data Scientist Shortage

As we learned in the first part of this series, the gap between demand for skilled data scientists and supply is driving salaries north of

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Slack Gets Full-Featured CRM App

San Francisco-based Slack offers an army of bots that pop up randomly on the enterprise collaboration tool. The bots are robotic members of Slack team

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Startups: 5 steps to enterprise-grade data mining

Even for the smallest, leanest startup, bigger is better when it comes to data mining. The more data sources you have and the more data

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Oracle Acquisition Spurs Cloud Competition

Oracle Corp’s latest acquisition is small — fewer than 50 employees — but it’s an important step as the company looks to reinvent itself in

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How Ag-Tech Ripened Into a Growing Market

With the rise of data-crunching agricultural software, farmers these days are digging as much in data as in dirt.

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Eastwind leaves stealth to help companies respond to cyberattacks

Eastwind Breach Detection is emerging from stealth with a software-as-a-service tool that does its best not to be ignored. The post-breach detection software will send alerts to anyone who’s supposed to receive them — incident responders, a company’s leadership team, the IT department — until the problem is addressed.

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The Golden Age Of Open Source Has Arrived

In the new economy, it’s not the code that matters — it’s how you use it to connect people to things they need. From 3D printers to Docker, open-source-based innovation is fueling some of the hottest digital capabilities of our time.

Finally — the golden age of open source has arrived.

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The True Impact Of The Snapchat Writedown For Entrepreneurs

Snapchat is worth a lot less this month than it was last month. Fidelity, one of tech’s most active late-stage cross-over investors, recently decided that

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Why The API Economy Is Exploding

APIs (known as application program interfaces) have been around for decades. The technology essentially allows software to move data across systems. Kind of prosaic, right?

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Xplore Xslate B10 Review

There are tablets designed to take some falls and offer a little bit of water resistance, and then there are truly ruggedized slates like the Xplore Xslate B10

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How Early Exit Disease Stunts The Growth Of Midwest Startup Communities

There is an unnamed epidemic slowly traveling through the middle of the U.S. This epidemic goes by many names, but our venture fund refers to it as “early exit disease.” This disease spreads when founders realize sub-$20 million exits. Many of these exits could have grown much larger.

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6 Strategies to Win the New Initial Public Offering Game

Entrepreneurial tech giants such as Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Mark Zuckerberg have incited changes in initial public offerings (IPO). The new IPO processes have resulted in entrepreneurs setting initial prices higher, raising more money and filing for IPOs more quickly.

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Big Data Means Big Deals To Come In M&As

Lately, old tech operators like IBM, Qualcomm, HP and even Oracle have been feeling lots of pain. The fact is that new technologies are passing them by — and fast.

But don’t expect this to last much longer. Actually, there’s a good bet we’ll see a burst of M&A activity, especially in categories like big data.

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Augury’s Gadget Lets Machines Hear When They’re About to Die

Augury makes a gadget that customers can attach to equipment such as commercial refrigerators or industrial scale heaters. The gadget records vibrations and ultrasonic sound and uploads it to Augury’s cloud service, where it’s analyzed to make predictions about the health of the machine being monitored. Technicians can then use the company’s mobile app to view the status of a machine and any alerts that might indicate that something is going wrong with it.

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A gadget that ‘hears’ when machines are dying

The digital start-up Augury has created a device that can predict when a machine is about to fail by comparing its audio signatures. Saar Yoskovitz

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Coding Academies Are Nonsense

Coding as a profession has recently catapulted from the dark rooms of nerdom into the shining light of mainstream appeal, and few people are better off for it. In 20+ years of professional coding, I’ve never seen someone go from novice to full-fledged programmer in a matter of weeks, yet that seems to be what coding academies are promising, alongside instant employment, a salary big enough to afford a Tesla and the ability to change lives.

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How to secure VC money in 3 weeks or less

When the Augury team headed to the valley in search of funding, we returned just three weeks later with just that: a respectable Series A round with a partner that shares our vision and the satisfaction of preparation paying off.

Here are some tactics to that got us there, and hopefully will help you too.

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Cafyne monitors social media for risky business in regulated industries

Cafyne is a new social media monitoring and management tool, designed for use by brands that have complex policies to navigate and aims to help brands stay compliant while reaping the benefits that come with a strong social media presence.

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New workflow software aims to empower younger, quieter employees

One of the newest tools in the workflow management game is Scalus, a Google Ventures-backed startup that’s looking further change the way we work. While Scalus is far from the first workflow management solution, its approach to common problems in the workflow pipeline is a little different.

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Upcoming IPOs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Market corrections are always poison for initial public offerings. So it should be no surprise that there have only been a handful of IPOs so far in September. But this should be a good thing, as Wall Street will focus mostly on quality deals.

Yet, this does not mean you can buy just about anything. Let’s face it, tech IPOs are likely to continue to lag, especially as investors want to see more balance of growth and profitability.

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Voices: Dreamforce conference is tech’s hot event

It’s the city’s most richly anticipated tech event.

No, not Apple’s glitzy — and largely panned — iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus introduction last Wednesday. The two-hour-plus show, staged at the fabled Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, was short on dramatics and long on time. Nearly everything announced, from new iPhone to iPad Pro and Apple TV upgrades, had been leaked or rumored. About the only suspense involved the identity of the closing act, which turned out to be OneRepublic.

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Hardware Startup Augury Nails $7 Million Series A Round

When large air-conditioning units and other equipment malfunction, building owners can face significant financial consequences. Startup Augury Inc. says it has figured out a way to troubleshoot machine problems early by listening to the sounds they emit.

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Comfy’s Bill-Splitting App for Roommates Garners $1.25M Series A

Comfy, an Austin, TX-based free online service that helps college students locate new housing, has secured a $1.25 million Series A round from existing investor ATX Seed Ventures as the company begins shifting its focus to a newly launched bill-paying app that it hopes will earn it more money.

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SkillGigs: Doing A Rethink On Recruiting

For Kashif Aftab, being an entrepreneur is natural. Hey, when he was 10 years old, he helped with his dad’s manufacturing facility. But a year later, he started to learn coding.

No doubt, all of this proved useful. While in his 20s, he founded an IT firm, which he bootstrapped and then went on to sell. Oh, and then he founded two other companies!

As for his latest, it is SkillGigs, which is also bootstrapped.

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10 myths about enterprise adoption of Docker

In the past 12 months, enterprises considering Docker have been presented with a daunting series of steps on their journey from virtualization to containerization. Docker has made the first step easy and free. For the enterprise, it’s the next steps where the pain begins.

In this article, StackEngine CEO Bob Quillin explains the top 10 myths holding back enterprise Docker adoption.

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In tech? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

If you’re one of the 140,000 startups trying to grow a sustainable business based on a digital product, it’s time to rethink what it means to win.

If you’re lucky, you might produce that killer app that disrupts an entire industry, a Facebook or a Dropbox.

The more likely case is that you’ll lead your particular category, the way Asana leads free project management, or the way MapMyRun is the consumer go-to for tracking jogs. The infamous saying definitely applies to the tech industry: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

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Small business advice: What you need to know about shadow IT

As small business owners move more data to the cloud, many are beginning to realize that their employees represent one of their most serious security risks.

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Accusoft: The Virtues Of Bootstrapping In The Cloud

When it comes to cloud companies, it seems that the best strategy is to have a brash founder/ceo. The idea is that this will drum up lots of buzz, which should lead to traction with customers.

Perhaps so. But this formula is not full-proof.

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5 Employee Types You Should Recognize to Enhance Your IT Security Policies

All too often, businesses try to use information technology (IT) security policy to bend employees’ behaviors into easily-manageable uniformity. The thinking goes this way: Eliminate individual-use cases and implement one-size-fits-all best-practices security — and you’l eliminate vulnerabilities. The fact of the matter is, however, that each employee shows up with his or her own knowledge, preferences and habits. Your security policy should recognize those differences, enabling your staff to work as efficiently as possible, while providing a convenient way to remain secure.

In this article, CloudEntr VP Tom Smith outlines who you can take your office outliers to create an all-encompassing IT security policy.

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6 months of cash left to burn? Here’s the game plan

You’re a startup, and all of a sudden you find yourself running out of cash. What do you do next?

Take an example from Ben Horowitz: Go hard or go home.

Horowitz, now better known as the cofounder of Silicon Valley’s most famous VC firm, is the poster child for how to run hard in the face of failure. When Horowitz founded the hosting service Loudcloud in 1999, the business was a fast winner. Not only did blue-chip companies like Ford and Nike sign up, but Horowitz took the company public less than two years later.

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It’s time to bring back the real IPO: Initial profitable offering

No startup should have to depend on a “pop” to succeed.

No company should aim to become an investment unicorn, where profitability is a mythical creature that people talk about but never see.

A “build it and they will come” mindset is not a viable long-term strategy.

If there’s a “Back to the Future” movie about speculative valuations, we are watching it right now.

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Containers Get Ready To Run Critical Production Apps

Given the remarkable rise of interest in containers, I often find myself talking with IT leaders, developers, and virtual machine experts about how deep into the data center this new approach will go. Does container use stop at testing and development? Web applications? Or will IT trust containers to run mission-critical, production applications?

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What’s The Secret Sauce For Tech At Facebook And Google?

“DevOps” may sound like yet another useless tech buzzword. But the fact is that it represents something that is part of a major trend and could impact many companies.

In this article, StackEngine CEO Bob Quillin explains how DevOps, containers, and StackEngine’s operations management tools help make big companies move with agility and efficiency.

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Egnyte Adds File Auditing, Intelligent Distribution To Hybrid Storage Solution

Egnyte is part of the popular enterprise file sync and share market, which includes Box, Syncplicity, Dropbox and a host of others. Egnyte has always tried to differentiate itself from the pack by forgoing an all-cloud solution, and offering a hybrid approach, which lets customers store files on-premises or in the cloud.

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5 Ways to Encourage BYOD and Keep Your Company Data Secure

Technology never stops moving. Last month’s devices, never mind last year’s, can quickly become old news, to be replaced by a plethora of new, increasingly productive devices. While buying a new device, for the consumer, carries barely the weight of buying a new pair of shoes, the implications for businesses and IT departments can be far reaching.
 
In this piece, CloudEntr VP Tom Smith details how businesses can keep up with the ever changing, fast-paced world of BYOD and now WYOD (wear your own device).

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The Patriot Act Is Cannibalizing America’s Economic Edge

You would think that when tech companies, the ACLU and the NRA unite for the same cause, the federal government would listen. That was not the case in this year’s USA FREEDOM Act vote where the Senate voted against reforms that would stop the NSA from collecting phone metadata.

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3 tips for choosing the right city for your startup

You’ve got your disruptive idea. You’re making the rounds with angels and VCs. But where will you launch and set up shop with your newstartup?

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Joyride believes its new crowdfunding platform will make podcasting profitable

Thanks to Serial, podcasts are gaining some much-deserved, renewed attention from listeners. Of course the two biggest setbacks to the medium have always been that podcasts aren’t as easy to find as FM radio stations, and they’re even harder to turn into a business.

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How to Pick the Best Browser for Your Enterprise

In the world of Web browsers, the Big 3 – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox – all offer pros and cons for business use. We breakdown the top browsers with an eye on the enterprise.

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Tech Reacts To The Demise Of Partial NSA Reform In The Senate

The failure of the Senate to advance NSA reform in the current Congress isn’t too popular with the technology community. The demise of the USA FREEDOM Act — a half-measure at best — in the Senate is another loss for the technology industry, which saw many of its leading companies repeatedly call for the bill’s passage.

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Famigo brings family-focused entertainment (and parental sanity) to GM connected cars

Mobile devices are popular for keeping children engaged during long stretches of boring grownup activities. Of course, you need an adult around to make sure

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HighQ Takes On The Enterprise Collaboration Space With An Eye Toward Data Sovereignty

London-based HighQ is opening a new data center in Australia, growing its bid to provide locally supported enterprise collaboration and file-sharing products. The company has quickly expanding revenues, and a key offering: If you use HighQ, the U.S. government will likely have a harder time than usual getting its hands on your data than if you use a U.S.-based provider.

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StackEngine Emerges From Stealth, Adds Operational Layer To Docker

StackEngine, a startup out of Austin, TX, emerged from stealth today with $1M in seed funding and a product that gives operations and IT staff a way to manage Docker containers, providing the operations side of the house some control over Docker instances.

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Apple Watch: Thumbs Up Or Thumbs Down?

While at my local coffee shop recently, I talked to a barista (a Millennial) regarding Apple AAPL +0.51% Watch. He was pretty upbeat on it and said he would buy one (although, he did admit he did not know if he could afford it!)

My take: I’m skeptical on Apple Watch.

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It’s the end of the road for freemium cloud services

“The first goal of a startup is not to go bust. And going bust is very easy to do if you are a freemium company, if you don’t choose the features right.” Professor Vineet Kumar, who researches the freemium business model, couldn’t have better summed up the situation in cloud storage today.

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Start-up in ‘sharing economy’ says it helps boost local tax revenue

We’re all about the sharing economy, though it’s not really sharing. It’s about providing a service that’s convenient and affordable. I’ll share my car with you, if you’ll share some of your money with me.

Popular car-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are hits with consumers. There is a downside, however: Critics say the new services cut tax revenue by taking business away from cabbies who pay licensing fees and potentially higher taxes.

All of which raises a question: Can the sharing economy also share the wealth?

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Favor Seeded to Become Go-To Delivery Service in College Towns

A food-delivery and all-purpose courier service called Favor (NeighborFavor Inc.) has raised $2 million in seed funding to grow beyond the college campuses and restaurants where it has mostly focused so far.

The Austin startup’s app allows users to order anything they want from stores and restaurants in the area, have a courier go pick up the items, and have them delivered within 35 minutes to their door. Favor makes revenue by charging users a $5 delivery fee for orders under $50.

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Addvocate launches a new employee-powered social marketing platform, hires new CEO

Months after the departure of former CEO Marcus Nelson, Addvocate is still on track and releasing a new version of its social media platform today.

Addvocate’s platform doesn’t spend a ton of time trying to drum up excitement about a company by getting customers or fans happy. Instead, it focuses on empowering current employees to share things via personal social networks throughout the day. It’s a much better solution than hoping employees will do it on their own, and one that doesn’t require them to turn over user names and passwords (a practice that’s been ruled illegal in some states, anyhow).

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Why old-school tech giants need M&A to stay relevant

There’s no better time than the present for established enterprise players like IBM, Salesforce, and Oracle to swallow up bleeding-edge business intelligence companies. From SAP

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SourceClear Raises $1.5M Seed Round For Its Software Security Platform

Modern development frameworks and libraries can make writing software quite a bit easier, but at the same time, hackers are also aware of this and they specifically target popular frameworks to find potential exploits. Unless you constantly track alerts and update your frameworks religiously, there is a good chance you end up vulnerable sooner or later. SourceClear believes that the best approach to tackle this problem is to build security tools right into the development tools that developers are already using.

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Billion Dollar Club: Lessons Learned From Uber’s Mega Round

In four years, Uber’s valuation has gone from $0 to a stratospheric $18 billion.

It seems kind of crazy. But keep in mind that the mobile opportunity is massive.

So what are some of the takeaways? What can entrepreneurs learn about the tremendous success of Uber?

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WGBH’s ‘Plum Landing’ stresses interaction for kids

Public television station WGBH has been on the cutting edge of children’s programming for decades, but its latest show is designed for every conceivable electronic device but one: the TV set.

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TrendKite Raises $3.2M For PR Analytics, Recruits Dachis Group’s Erik Huddleston As CEO

TrendKite, a startup promising to help brands and agencies measure the effectiveness of their PR efforts, has raised $3.2 million in Series A funding. It’s

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How to survive the San Francisco tech boom

Twitter. Dropbox. Zynga. These name brand startups are part of the revitalization of previously underdeveloped and “affordable” neighborhoods in San Francisco.

However, if you are not one of the aforementioned startups, you probably can’t afford to blow through hundreds or even tens of thousands of dollars on annual rent (especially after hiring your developer and engineering teams). While the experts debate if we are in the midst of another tech bubble, it’s never a bad idea to take a more organic approach to growth and to analyze how efficiently you are managing your cash burn rate.

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The rise of the ‘Uberized economy’ and what it means for business

The world of labor is changing. Through laptops and mobile devices, a new world of services is becoming more accessible. The platforms enabling such services are also providing new homes for a rising entrepreneurial class of worker who is no longer being defined by the cubical. It’s becoming clear, that in a not too distant future, our companies and corporations will be built on virtual networks vs marble lobbies.

While we have seen an explosion of “Uberized” labor marketplaces that make things like grocery delivery and home cleaning a mobile click away, labor marketplaces are quickly moving in more sophisticated directions.

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Enterprise Software: How To Go Mobile-First

The enterprise software market is certainly ripe for mobile growth. Yet many of the traditional vendors – and even cloud startups – really do not know how to put together the right approach.

What to do? Well, a good idea would be to check out GetFeedback.com, which is taking on SurveyMonkey to disrupt the customer survey market with engaging, mobile-ready surveys.

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10 Questions: Marcus Nelson, co-founder and CEO, Addvocate

On making little bets, reinventing the mundane, and asking others for help.

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Cybersecurity: How to Kill the Heartbleed Bug

HighQ Chief Strategy Officer Prateek Kathpal and Berkeley Varitronics Systems CEO Scott Schober discuss the Heartbleed bug and internet vulnerability. They speak with Trish Regan

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Surge Pricing: Initial Lessons From The New Sharing Economy

In recent months, there has been much debate around Uber’s “surge pricing” model, which algorithmically increases the cost to hire one of its Uber drivers during times of high demand. The New York Times asked if the method might be “an example of high-tech gouging”, while ValleyWag’s Sam Biddle accused the company of hitting “customers with the worst price gouging we’ve ever seen”.

In this, Sparkcentral co-founder Matt Finneran argues that Uber isn’t ignoring its customers, it is taking care of half of its customer base.

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Metric Insights Leverages Big Data Push Intelligence to Disrupt Traditional BI

Metric Insights, the BI company leveraging push intelligence for data driven organizations, today announced record momentum, customer acquisition and year-over-year growth.

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Tech Pros Weigh In On The Box IPO

Box is definitely not a lean startup. If anything, it seems there is no company policy on budgets. This is especially the case for items like marketing/sales, R&D and rent.

In this, Forbes speaks with multiple Treble clients to get their take on what matters about one of the bigger tech IPOs of the year.

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Screening Concussions for Athletes

Sway Medical Founder and CEO Chase Curtiss discusses mobile technology to screen athletes for concussions with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television’s “Money Moves.”

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The Messaging App Wars Are Just Getting Started

There are 24 different ways for me to message someone from my phone right now. All for no additional charge beyond my existing cellphone bill.

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Diagnosing Concussions By Holding Sway

If a medical condition is causing you to sway back and forth instead of standing up straight, Sway Medical wants to be right there to warn you or your doctor that something isn’t right.

Virtually unknown outside of its home turf in Tulsa, Okla. until this week, iPhone diagnostic maker Sway has emerged on the stage with a small Series A round and an ambitious plan to deploy its technology to various industries, including big pharma and possibly even law enforcement.

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Boxer Raises $3 Million To Tame Your Inbox

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