American Startup News for 21 Feb 2017
Microsoft is talking for the first time today about a new customer of its HoloLens augmented reality headset: publicly traded medical device company Stryker. Stryker sells forceps, drills, nasal... dressings, and hip replacement systems, but it also sells equipment for operating rooms. The HoloLens is a tool that Stryker can use to help hospital employees […]
Facebook’s mobile app analytics offering hit a milestone today -- it’s now providing insight for more than 1 million apps, websites, and bots, a 25 percent increase from September. In conjunction... with this announcement, Facebook is also launching new features which should help educate marketers and developers about what actions to take. Facebook Analytics for […]
We need the nation's chief executive to think about, and accept the notion of "policy" - and take advice and counsel from experts who know more than he does.
Catalina Aguilar Mastretta is the writer and director behind the new bilingual film, Everybody Loves Somebody. Aguilar Mastretta shares her advice on how to make it in the creative industry.
Britain has huge numbers of self-employed workers, but how many of them are entrepreneurs and business founders?
International money transfer service TransferWise has introduced a new Facebook Messenger bot, letting customers send money and create rate alerts directly from within Facebook Messenger. Founded out... of London in 2010, TransferWise has raised around $120 million in equity funding for its peer-to-peer (P2P) international money transfer service that bypasses banks to keep costs down. […]
If you're tapping your pen on your desk, trying to find content to use in your newsletter or emails, then look no further than your blog. When managed correctly, your blog can end up being the ideal... source for content for your newsletter and emails.
Twitter has some real growth problems but could this app show them the light back to growth?
Much has been made since the Grammys aired about whether the Recording Academy and the ceremony have a race problem. The Grammys fallout offers three essential lessons for businesses about... uncomfortable truths and challenging the status quo, particularly when it comes to diversity and inclusion.
Data and gamification are increasingly used to drive extra performance in sports such as cycling, but they can also be used to drive performance in the workplace.
If Bill Gates is right that robots should pay taxes too, just how will that work? Given the complexity of taxes, perhaps it would carry AI to the next level.
Civil and criminal penalties can apply to your taxes, and some IRS tax forms are more important than others.
BreezoMeter has collected pollution data and created a way to build real-time air pollution maps for big cities. The San Francisco company is launching an interactive map of air pollution based on... data from real-time traffic information and other data sources, said Ziv Lautman, cofounder and chief marketing officer of BreezoMeter. You can use it to […]
After a tumultuous 2015, Arkadium returned to its core business of providing games that can be embedded in the websites of media companies. During the last year, it added 300 publishers for its games,... bringing its total to 450. The company has also launched Asky, a quiz and poll app that journalists can use to […]
Dovetale today launched what it calls its flagship product around influencer marketing. Called Recommendations, it promises to provide marketers with a tool that can identify influencers based on... specific images. Launched in 2013 by serial entrepreneurs Mike Schmidt and Navied Shoushtarian, who previously founded another influencer marketing firm Listn, Dovetale seeks to provide "transparency, tools, and […]
MobiTV has raised $21 million in funding so it can deliver pay TV services using next-generation internet protocol (IP) video delivery technology. The Emeryville, California-based company raised the... money from Oak Investment Partners and Ally Corporate Finance. The funding will accelerate expansion of the MobiTV Connect software platform to enable IP delivery for pay TV providers. […]
Microsoft is announcing today the general availability of support for the Kubernetes open-source container orchestration software in its Azure Container Service for hosting application code wrapped up... in containers. The company announced a preview of Kubernetes support in public cloud service in November. Containers are a lightweight alternative to virtual machines (VMs), many of which can […]
Make time to do the things you love: The end result is worth it when you work for it.
Critical conversations are never fun, but they can be positive growth opportunities for both managers and employees alike.
After months of rumors, Verizon has finally announced amended terms to its proposed acquisition of Yahoo’s operating business, with the duo agreeing to cut the final value by $350 million. “The... amended terms of the agreement provide a fair and favorable outcome for shareholders,” said Marni Walden, Verizon’s executive vice president and president of product innovation […]
The traditional corporate hierarchy may be starting to fade away. The modern workplace is shifting; but why, and is that a good thing?
Every leader faces the challenge of leading their organization through change. To beat the high odds of failure during change, Dr. Robert Cialdini offers these insights for how leaders can "pre-suade"... those they lead to commit to the journey of change.
Just a few months ago, PeerStreet announced that it nabbed $15M investment from the legendary Andreessen Horowitz and other notable investors. Although operating in a crowded market, the company stood... out among competitors because of its fast growth and distribution model.
Samsung has revealed four new virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) projects that have been brewing in its in-house Creative Lab (C-Lab). For the uninitiated, Samsung launched C-Lab back in... 2012 as a canvas for workers to develop ideas away from their core duties. It was only at CES last year that Samsung showcased […]
In many cases, Regulation A+ funding is a better alternative than Venture Capital, and this is a trend that will continue for the next several years.