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American Startup News for 30 Aug 2016

Underneath Ban.do's Pink,Coffee With Jen Gotch, Founder Of Ban.do
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What Donald Trump's TaxHillary's email problems and Clinton Foundation irregularities continue to percolate, but Trump just can't seem to get past his tax returns.
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Seven New Companies Started BySeven new companies to keep an eye on coming out of the Venture for America accelerator.
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There's no better time to prepare for next year's tax season than right now.
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Meet The $1 Billion EthicalPippa Grange is the General Manager of Culture, Leadership & Ethics of the Cotton On Group, Australia’s largest fashion retailer ­— with sales of $1 billion dollars last year and over 1,400... stores worldwide. What makes this company interesting is not just their obvious success, but the fact that they have achieved 20% year-over-year growth for the past 6 years. And they’ve done so while operating ethically in the sourcing and manufacturing of products across their portfolio of eight brands. I caught up with her for an exclusive interview for Forbes.com.
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Indian Budget Hotel Chain -With rising disposable incomes, Indians are traveling like never before.
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4 Ways Women Can LeadYou?d hope, in well-educated Silicon Valley workplaces, that gender wouldn?t matter. But it does. Using these four steps, female CEOs can lead confidently in a man?s world.
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Why chatbots need a 'dominant design'

Venture Beat - 30 Aug 2016 23:10
Why chatbots need a 'dominantGUEST: If there’s one thing you can say about chatbots, it’s that there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the phenomenon. There’s an excitement in the air that hasn’t been around for some time.... The pending bot revolution also comes at the right time. Even with the success of Pokémon Go in mind, there seems to be […]
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Facebook's Zuckerberg VisitsOne his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made a surprise visit to Nigeria, Africa's most populace nation (170-milllion people) and Facebook's largest market with... 16-million users.
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Snapchat unpublishes its Facebook Page

Venture Beat - 30 Aug 2016 21:33
Snapchat unpublishes itsSnapchat has unpublished its official Facebook Page. Snapchat declined to comment as to why the page is no longer available, but a person close to the company told VentureBeat that the main reason was... simply due to the lack of use. As Snapchat continues to grow and plow ahead, there is increasing scrutiny on competition […]
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Monster-raising adventureIt’s time for some more monster husbandry. Publisher Square Enix’s Collective program has introduced the independently developed monster-raising role-playing adventure Legend of Lumina. As with... all Collective projects, the Final Fantasy publisher is inviting fans to vote on whether or not they would back it on a crowdfunding site like Kickstarter or IndieGogo that enable fans to […]
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Is Guerrilla Marketing WorthIs guerrilla marketing worth the trouble it takes to create a campaign?
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Washio, The On-Demand LaundryAfter $16 million in funding from the likes of Jerry Yang and Ashton Kutcher, Washio is shutting down.
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Couple Behind Urban AccentsUrban Accents' Tom Knibbs and Jim Dygas started their spice mix company 20 years ago. Now, they're in Crate and Barrel, Whole Foods and Safeway, with sales of roughly $15 million.
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How chatbots will help mobile marketers

Venture Beat - 30 Aug 2016 21:10
How chatbots will help mobileGUEST: Since 2014, there have been more mobile devices in the world than desktop computers, and people spend more time browsing the internet on their smartphones than on their desktops. So companies... simply cannot ignore mobile as a channel to reach their consumers. Today, marketing departments focus a meaningful part of their time and budget on […]
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Battlefield 1's open betaI was scurrying across the Sinai Desert today in the open beta test for Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 1 game. The new Battlefield is one of the biggest games of the fall season, debuting on the PC... and consoles on October 21. EA was no doubt eager to spread the world about Battlefield 1’s gameplay before rival […]
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Cloudera asked Intel for $1EXCLUSIVE: Open-source big data software company Cloudera wants to do more. About one month ago, Tom Reilly, the company’s chief executive, approached Intel with a proposal requesting $1 billion in... new money, a source familiar with the matter told VentureBeat. The companies have a history together; in 2014 announced a major partnership with and investment in […]
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Scaling Up: When Debt Is AMany women business owners believe debt is "bad," but it can be a very good thing for entrepreneurs who want to expand their reach, without giving up ownership or control to an equity investor.
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Microsoft OneNote now helpsMicrosoft today announced updates to several of its Office products, and the most interesting one is coming to the OneNote note-taking app. If you’re an Office 365 customer using Windows 10, OneNote... will now show a new Math button that, when you tap it after writing out a math equation with ink and circling it […]
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But Who Polices The Police Puppies?

Forbes - 30 Aug 2016 19:40
But Who Polices The PolicePolice puppies would be a far safer, and more pleasant way to seek justice. Cartoon by Keith Knight.
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Uber president Ryan GravesUber announced on Tuesday that it has hired Target’s chief marketing officer Jeff Jones as its new president of ridesharing. He’ll be replacing Ryan Graves, who was Uber’s first hire and is a... member of the company’s board. However, he won’t be leaving the company; CEO Travis Kalanick explained he’ll be “integrally involved with Uber as […]
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Abz has beautiful underwaterAbz generates a lot of the same sense of wonder as its predecessor Journey, but it trades the desert sands for underwater exploration. This PlayStation 4 and Windows game is a beautiful stylized... simulation of life under the ocean, with non-realistic, breathtaking art. I enjoyed the experience, but it seemed a bit too much like […]
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3 Ways Entrepreneurs AreWashington may have decided private companies aren’t right for running prisons, but numerous entrepreneurs are demonstrating daily how the private sector is uniquely equipped to help former inmates... stay out of confinement. Capitalizing on their ability and passion to meet unmet needs in the marketplace, these entrepreneurs are starting new programs, initiatives and businesses aimed at helping former inmates earn a living. It’s a growing societal need, considering that each year, the number of ex-offenders released from state and federal prisons could fill a city roughly the size of Boston or Memphis,  and many of those 650,000 former inmates have no money, no job and no place to live.
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Want To Fall In Love WithA new London startup says it's created a new, better way to search for rental properties. It is bringing some advanced data science to the market in a similar fashion to OKCupid and dating.
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Snapchat makes it easier toSnapchat is making it easier for anyone to create on-demand geofilters through the launch of templates you can customize right through the company’s website. For those that just want something quick... and more “do-it-yourself,” this eliminates the need to use image editing software such as Photoshop to create a geofilter around events. No matter whether it’s […]
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