Startup News http://feed.informer.com/digests/Z5TH2MUW7I/feeder Startup News Respective post owners and feed distributors Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:16:14 +0200 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Paris-based app to book doctor appointments becomes Europe’s next unicorn: Here are 5 interesting things to know about Doctolib https://siliconcanals.nl/news/paris-based-app-to-book-doctor-appointments-becomes-europes-next-unicorn-here-are-5-interesting-things-to-know-about-doctolib/ Silicon Canals urn:uuid:57182257-e4a3-0191-1549-7488804d3160 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:00:40 +0100 <p>Doctolib is a French healthtech startup which offers a software solution to doctors and hospitals. It is basically a doctor appointment booking app which comes with an entire range of services that helps refine and improve the efficiency of medical operations. Founded in 2013 by Stanislas Niox-Chateau, Jessy Bernal and Ivan Schneider in Paris, the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl/news/paris-based-app-to-book-doctor-appointments-becomes-europes-next-unicorn-here-are-5-interesting-things-to-know-about-doctolib/">Paris-based app to book doctor appointments becomes Europe’s next unicorn: Here are 5 interesting things to know about Doctolib</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl">Silicon Canals</a>.</p> Briefing: Alibaba’s AI Labs to invest $15 million in Chinese dialect project https://technode.com/2019/03/21/alibabas-ai-labs-smart-speaker/ TechNode urn:uuid:62b107da-0b0d-8198-7c2a-69d2deb0a3a1 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:42:37 +0100 Chinese dialects are quite different, posing a challenge for smart devices based on voice control. Xiaomi-backed Tiger Brokers raises $104 mn in US IPO eyeing Chinese young investors https://technode.com/2019/03/21/xiaomi-backed-tiger-brokers-us-ipo/ TechNode urn:uuid:ada805be-dc49-0c39-25bd-09c029dad7a3 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:27:08 +0100 The IPO follows closely after the listing of its Chinese counterpart Futu. Tencent to begin closed beta for cloud gaming service Start https://technode.com/2019/03/21/tencent-to-begin-closed-beta-for-cloud-gaming-service-start/ TechNode urn:uuid:2bd3fc0b-e469-a1ba-e92d-2aad7a819821 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:20:29 +0100 Users can choose any number of the five available platforms on which to experience the service. Briefing: AT&T CEO accuses Huawei of blocking European carriers from shifting 5G suppliers https://technode.com/2019/03/21/briefing-att-ceo-accuses-huawei-of-blocking-european-carriers-from-shifting-5g-suppliers/ TechNode urn:uuid:c48e7a59-1597-7f02-c75d-38bbe40c27f4 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:15:28 +0100 Instead of privacy, the US government should highlight the threat to connected infrastructure, AT&#38;T's Stephenson said. Briefing: Meitu cuts smartphone segment amid gloomy financials https://technode.com/2019/03/21/meitu-cuts-smartphone-segment-amid-gloomy-financials/ TechNode urn:uuid:b5affc56-2ad7-9251-ee33-7ddd99ec54b4 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 06:43:09 +0100 Selfie app makers will shift back to core activities, developing next-generation image technology and algorithms. Briefing: Didi takes punitive measures against deviant shared bike riders https://technode.com/2019/03/21/didi-measure-rental-bike/ TechNode urn:uuid:9cdde1de-5bc8-10d1-4236-606a89d61a31 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 06:06:49 +0100 The rules went into effect on Wednesday on Didi’s bike-rental platforms Qingju and Bluegogo. Xiaohongshu fights fraudulent reviews on user-powered e-commerce platform https://technode.com/2019/03/21/little-red-book-fraud/ TechNode urn:uuid:6d211ef2-d12b-c595-5c3f-4345ec0e65b2 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:42:37 +0100 Fraud allegations, if unaddressed, could prove especially harmful for RED. Two Sessions signal Chinese government support for blockchain https://technode.com/2019/03/21/two-sessions-signal-chinese-government-support-for-blockchain/ TechNode urn:uuid:68c5201b-0d04-50e4-b73b-52478187dc4d Thu, 21 Mar 2019 04:52:06 +0100 Bitcoin ban won’t change but China is getting behind blockchain. Briefing: Faraday Future sells Los Angeles headquarters to stay afloat https://technode.com/2019/03/21/faraday-future-sells-los-angeles-hq/ TechNode urn:uuid:e72a0b20-0173-9a5f-2aa2-1afb2bf405d6 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:42:49 +0100 EV maker's cash crunch also resulted in it not bringing back hundreds of furloughed employees. Morphin instantly Deepfakes your face into GIFs https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/morphin-avatars/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:4a688785-6a00-e66f-3c27-8a648c70211d Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:43:16 +0100 Want to star in your favorite memes and movie scenes? Upload a selfie to Morphin, choose your favorite GIF, and your face is grafted in to create a personalized copy you can share anywhere. Become Tony Stark as he suits up like Iron Man. Drop the mic like Obama, dance like Drake, or slap your [&#8230;] <p class="p1">Want to star in your favorite memes and movie scenes? Upload a selfie to <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/morphin-cgi-gif-studio/id1370935103?mt=8">Morphin</a>, choose your favorite GIF, and your face is grafted in to create a personalized copy you can share anywhere. Become Tony Stark as he suits up like Iron Man. Drop the mic like Obama, dance like Drake, or slap your mug on Fortnite characters.</p> <p class="p1">Now after three years in a stealth developing image mapping technology, Morphin is ready to launch its put-you-in-a-GIF maker. While it might look like just a toy, investors see real business potential. Morphin raised $1 million last summer from <a class="crunchbase-link" href="https://crunchbase.com/organization/betaworks" target="_blank" data-type="organization" data-entity="betaworks">Betaworks, <span class="crunchbase-tooltip-indicator"></span></a> the incubator that spawned Giphy, plus Founders Fund, Precursor, Shrug Capital, and Boost.vc&#8217;s accelerator.</p> <p id="speakable-summary"><div id="attachment_1800076" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1800076" class="wp-image-1800076 size-large" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Elon-IronMan.gif?w=420" alt="" width="420" height="177" /><p id="caption-attachment-1800076" class="wp-caption-text">Elon Musk as Iron Man</p></div></p> <p class="p1">&#8220;We believe in the future you&#8217;ll be able to be the main character in your own film. Imagine a super hero movie where you&#8217;re a the main protagonist?&#8221; co-founder Loic Ledoux asks. &#8220;That sounded like science fiction a few years ago and now with AI and computer vision we definitely see our tech going there.&#8221;</p> <p class="p1">Ledoux also wants to reclaim faceswaps as something fun rather than a weapon for misinformation. &#8220;Deepfakes brought something pretty negative to computer vision. But it&#8217;s not all bad. It&#8217;s about how you use the tech to give people a new tool for self expressions and storytelling.&#8221; And since Morphin re-generates the whole clip from scratch with CGI animation, they look right at a glance but clearly aren&#8217;t manipulated copies of the original video designed to fool anyone.</p> <p><div id="attachment_1800085" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1800085" class="wp-image-1800085 size-large" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Kanye-MagicRainbow.gif?w=420" alt="" width="420" height="237" /><p id="caption-attachment-1800085" class="wp-caption-text">Kanye performs magic</p></div></p> <p>Morphin started three years ago with the intention to build personalized avatars for games and VR so you could be a FIFA soccer player or Skyrim knight. Ledoux had started a 3D printing company to explore opportunities in scanning and modeling when he saw a chance to connect your real and virtual faces. He teamed up with his co-founder Nicholas Heriveaux who&#8217;d spent 13 years working on 3D tech while modding games like Grand Theft Auto to insert his avatar and assets.</p> <p>What they quickly recognized was that &#8220;People were just reacting to themselves on the screen&#8221;, ignoring the gameplay, Ledoux recalls. &#8220;Being able to see yourself as a hero was the underlying sentiment, so we focused on video completely.&#8221; Recognizable <a class="crunchbase-link" href="https://crunchbase.com/organization/gifs" target="_blank" data-type="organization" data-entity="gifs">GIFs <span class="crunchbase-tooltip-indicator"></span></a> became its preferred medium, as they combine familiarity and the ability to convey complex emotions with a template that&#8217;s easy to personalize so they stand out.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1800084" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Morphin-Gif-Maker.png?w=680" alt="" width="680" height="469" srcset="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Morphin-Gif-Maker.png 1200w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Morphin-Gif-Maker.png?resize=150,103 150w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Morphin-Gif-Maker.png?resize=300,207 300w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Morphin-Gif-Maker.png?resize=768,529 768w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Morphin-Gif-Maker.png?resize=680,469 680w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Morphin-Gif-Maker.png?resize=50,34 50w" sizes="(max-width: 680px) 100vw, 680px" /></p> <p>Morphin&#8217;s tech no longer requires 3D scanning hardware and it works with just a regular selfie. You just snap a headshot, select a GIF from its <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/morphin-cgi-gif-studio/id1370935103?mt=8">iOS</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.morphin&amp;hl=en_US">Android</a> app&#8217;s library, and a few seconds later you have a CGI version of yourself in the scene with no watermark that you can export and post. &#8220;We wanted it to be super straight forward because we wanted people to relate to the content&#8221; Ledoux notes. Over 1 million scenes have been created by 50,000 beta users, and each time a celebrity shares one of the GIFs Morphin has been sending them for marketing, scores of their followers demand to know what app they were using.</p> <p>Morphin&#8217;s 9-person French team will have to keep innovating to stay ahead of avatar-making competitors like the ubiquitous Snapchat Bitmoji, Genies, Moji Edit, and Mirror AI. Facebook, Microsoft, and Google all have launched or are building their own avatar creators. But these typically live as 2D stickers or 3D AR animations you overlay on the real world. By using GIFs as a canvas, Morphin takes the pressure off your visage looking perfect and instead emphasizes the message you&#8217;re trying to get across.</p> <p>The challenge will be for Morphin to become a consistent part of people&#8217;s communication stack. It&#8217;s easy to imagine playing with it and posting a few GIFs. But iconic new GIFs don&#8217;t emerge each day and without a social network to stay for, Morphin is at risk of becoming a merely a forgotten tool. The app might need TikTok-style challenges like submitting the best personalized GIF to match a prompt or a GIF browsing feed to keep people coming back.</p> <p><div id="attachment_1800083" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1800083" class="size-large wp-image-1800083" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/morphin-190320130623.gif?w=420" alt="" width="420" height="178" /><p id="caption-attachment-1800083" class="wp-caption-text">Turning Donald Glover into Jay Gatsby</p></div></p> <p>Morphin isn&#8217;t racing to monetize yet, but sees a chance to sell longer premium video scenes a la carte or as an unlimited subscription. Ledoux eventually hopes to unlock new forms of storytelling beyond existing GIFs. There&#8217;s also a chance for Morphin to highlight sponsored clips from upcoming movies or TV shows. &#8220;In the long-term we&#8217;re more interested in the analogy of Lil Miquela and how people are interacting with digital characters&#8221; Ledoux explains, citing <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/14/more-investors-are-betting-on-virtual-influencers-like-lil-miquela/">a virtual pop star who&#8217;s developer Brud recently raised at a $125 million valuation</a>.</p> <p>One of the most exciting things about Morphin is that it will allow people to take the spotlight no matter how they look. Often times certain races, genders, and looks are unfairly excluded from starring in today&#8217;s most popular media. But <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/morphin-cgi-gif-studio/id1370935103?mt=8">Morphin</a> could let the underrepresented take their rightful place as stars of the screen.</p> <p><div id="attachment_1800078" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1800078" class="wp-image-1800078 size-large" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Josh-Constine-–-Mic-Drop.gif?w=420" alt="" width="420" height="292" /><p id="caption-attachment-1800078" class="wp-caption-text">Your faithful author Josh Constine dropping the mic like Obama</p></div></p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/G57DoOfaeLk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Google Fined $1.7B for Abusing Its Online Marketing Role https://tech.co/news/google-fined-abusing-online-marketing-role-2019-03 Tech.Co urn:uuid:35874c67-cdd5-b5a2-f788-79a597547e1c Wed, 20 Mar 2019 20:58:01 +0100 <p>The European Commission has slapped Google with a massive $1.7 billion fine for abusing the online ad market. Google's "abusive practices in online advertising" have been deemed a breach of EU antitrust rules. This is Google's third EU fine within the past two years.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co/news/google-fined-abusing-online-marketing-role-2019-03">Google Fined $1.7B for Abusing Its Online Marketing Role</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co">TechCo</a>.</p> <p>The European Commission has slapped Google with a massive $1.7 billion fine for abusing the online ad market. Google&#8217;s &#8220;abusive practices in online advertising&#8221; have been deemed a breach of EU antitrust rules.</p> <p>What are the abusive practices? Google had blocked its online search advertising rivals during the period between 2006 and 2016, keeping third-party websites from running rival search ads if they displayed Google&#8217;s own AdSense ads.</p> <p>This is Google&#8217;s third EU fine within the past two years, for a total dollar amount that tops $9 billion.</p> <h2>What Did Google Do Wrong?</h2> <p>According to the new ruling, Google&#8217;s AdSense advertising contracts with websites during the ten-year period in question were overly restrictive, forcing websites to block Google&#8217;s rivals from advertising if they wanted to benefit from AdSense ads.</p> <blockquote><p>“Google abused its dominance to stop websites using brokers other than the AdSense platform,” EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said in a <a href="https://apnews.com/701658e16440433f840e15869b101fa8" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Wednesday news conference</a>.</p></blockquote> <p>Google controls 70 percent of the European online search ad market, according to the EU&#8217;s count.</p> <h2>Google&#8217;s History With European Courts</h2> <p>This is just the latest in a long line of rulings from the EU against Google.</p> <p>In July 2018, Google saw <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/18/17580694/google-android-eu-fine-antitrust">its biggest fine ever</a> from the EU, an eye-watering $5 billion fine levied on the search giant for a similar rival-crushing tactic: Google abused its Android market share by bundling Google apps on the platform while blocking other phone makers from creating forked version of Android.</p> <p>And, in 2017, Google&#8217;s now apparently annual EU antitrust fine totalled $2.7 billion, and was due to the company&#8217;s practice of giving priority search placement to its own shopping service, while shunting rival services to less-clicked sections of search results pages.</p> <h2>What&#8217;s Google Saying?</h2> <p>Google is in the process of appealing both the 2017 and 2018 fines, meaning that they have yet to pay a cent of the now roughly $9.3 billion the EU has fined them. They&#8217;re &#8220;mulling&#8221; whether to appeal the latest fine, according to a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/20/business/google-fine-advertising.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">New York Times report</a> that only gives a single, rather vague statement from Google itself:</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;Healthy, thriving markets are in everyone’s interest.&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>Google&#8217;s owner Alphabet earned pre-tax profits of $30.7 billion across 2018, meaning that Google isn&#8217;t about to shut down anytime soon.</p> <p>In fact, some commentators even say that a mere $1.7 billion a year could be seen as a cost-of-doing-business price within Google: &#8220;I’m certain that Google would happily pay $170M per year for a decade worth of monopoly building in the European ads market,&#8221; <a href="https://twitter.com/mdudas/status/1108327275538329601">tweeted</a> Mike Dudas, CEO of <a href="https://www.theblockcrypto.com/">The Block</a> and a former Google employee.</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules,&#8221; Vestager <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2017/06/27/technology/business/google-eu-antitrust-fine/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">said in 2017</a> of the $2.7 billion fine. &#8220;It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation.&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>Google Shopping, Android, and Adsense all benefited from Google&#8217;s outsized share of the ad market: Healthy and thriving markets might be in most people&#8217;s interest, but it seems Google saw enough benefit in avoiding them to absorb three fines (and counting).</p> <p>Vestager was talking about just one fine at the time, but her statement was an apt summation of the EU&#8217;s entire antitrust philosophy, and it certainly appears to have determined its fines in the years since. 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We included everything that we learned over the years from building hundreds of sites.</p> <p><strong>We’re here to help.</strong></p> <p>This page is a collection of 70+ guides.You won’t need to read them all in order to build your website. Browse through and read what’s relevant to your situation. This will save you countless hours of frustration.<br /> <span id="more-42815"></span></p> <h2>Our General Take on Building A Website</h2> <p>Don’t get confused by all of the different options for creating a website.</p> <h4><strong>WordPress is King</strong></h4> <p>In most cases, we highly recommend to build your website with WordPress. It’s an open source platform that allows you to run your website with very little technical expertise.</p> <p>Some of the biggest websites on the Internet are built on WordPress. <a href="https://techcrunch.com/">TechCrunch</a>, <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/">The New Yorker</a>, <a href="https://variety.com/">Variety</a> and <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/">MTV News</a>, just to name a few.</p> <p>It’s also the most popular blogging platform, so there are hundreds of thousands of smaller websites that use WordPress.</p> <p>WordPress is used by 33.4% of all the websites, and has a content management system <a href="https://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all">market share of 60.3%</a>.</p> <p>Much of our content is centered around WordPress because we use it for all of our websites outside of Ecommerce.</p> <p>Here’s the <a href="https://www.quicksprout.com/how-to-create-a-website/">guide on how to create your website on WordPress</a>.</p> <h4><strong>Shopify for Ecommerce</strong></h4> <p>For Ecommerce, we like Shopify — which is an Ecommerce website builder that allows you to get an online store up and running quickly.</p> <p>The reality is that creating and running an online store can be a huge pain. Shopify takes that pain away. That’s probably why they are growing so quickly, and so many <a href="https://www.shopify.com/blog/shopify-stores">great online stores</a> are popping up on the platform.</p> <p>Here’s the <a href="https://www.quicksprout.com/create-ecommerce-website/">guide on how to create your website on Shopify</a>.</p> <h4><strong>The Dozens of Other Options</strong></h4> <p>If you’re reading this right now, then you most definitely fall into the category of someone that should be using WordPress or Shopify.</p> <p>In rare cases, it might make sense to create a website using <a href="https://www.wix.com/">Wix</a> or a similar website builder.</p> <p>In other <em>(very)</em> rare cases, it might make sense to have a custom built website.</p> <h2>How to Create a Website</h2> <p>Start with our guide on <a href="https://www.quicksprout.com/how-to-create-a-website/">how to create a website in 120 minutes</a>. 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It tells you how much traffic you&#8217;re getting, where it&#8217;s coming from, and what people do on your site. Google Analytics is the standard. That’s what we use for Quick Sprout.</p> <p>Read more about <a href="https://www.quicksprout.com/website-analytics-quickstart-guide/">why Google Analytics is the best</a>.</p> <p>Installing Google Analytics is easy. 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It really comes down to starting with these simple steps:</p> <ol> <li>Is your primary purpose to sell things on your website? If yes, then focus on Shopify, if no, then focus on WordPress.</li> <li>Use the guides on Quick Sprout to help you through the process. It’s a learning curve for sure. Taking the time to set up everything correctly will help you grow your business and your traffic much faster later on.</li> <li>Don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly via email with questions. We’ll help however we can.</li> </ol> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Quicksprout?a=szaYj1Kvcv0:AV-xpAwf4_o:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Quicksprout?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Quicksprout?a=szaYj1Kvcv0:AV-xpAwf4_o:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Quicksprout?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Quicksprout?a=szaYj1Kvcv0:AV-xpAwf4_o:I9og5sOYxJI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Quicksprout?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Quicksprout/~4/szaYj1Kvcv0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Beto O’Rourke’s Hacker Past Might be What the White House Needs https://tech.co/news/beto-orourke-hacker-2019-03 Tech.Co urn:uuid:a76276d2-085c-e925-b1d9-93d7d703a88d Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:52:36 +0100 <p>Last week it emerged that 2020 Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke used to be a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow hacktivist group. While this might alarm some, especially with the insuation of law-breaking, it might actually make him the perfect twenty-first century President.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co/news/beto-orourke-hacker-2019-03">Beto O&#8217;Rourke&#8217;s Hacker Past Might be What the White House Needs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co">TechCo</a>.</p> <div class="vc_row wpb_row vc_row-fluid"><div class="wpb_column vc_column_container vc_col-sm-12"><div class="vc_column-inner"><div class="wpb_wrapper"> <div class="wpb_text_column wpb_content_element " > <div class="wpb_wrapper"> <p>Last week it emerged that 2020 Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke was formerly a member of the hacktivist group the Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC).</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-politics-beto-orourke/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Reuters</em> article</a>, adapted from an upcoming book on the group, detailed O’Rourke’s membership of the group as a teenager in 1980s El Paso, Texas. There’s no indication that O’Rourke was involved in serious law breaking, instead it seems likely that the only offence he may have committed was hijacking long-distance phone services for his dial-up modem to avoid racking up big phone bills.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, O’Rourke’s opponents have seized on this new information claiming that his membership of the group which, despite working for good causes did break the law on multiple occasions, makes him unfit for office. However, here’s why it might make him better suited to a twenty-first century White House.</p> <h2>Big Tech is the Defining Issue of Our Time</h2> <p>It’s often said that people want a President who runs the country ‘like a business.’ While this is, of course, ridiculous — countries are nothing like private or public companies — a President who actually understands computers would make a nice change.</p> <p>Cast your mind back to Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s House Judiciary Committee hearing in December and it becomes clear how <a href="https://tech.co/news/politicians-out-of-touch-laws-regulate-tech-2018-10" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">out of touch</a> some politicians can be when it comes to tech.</p> <p>Zoe Longfren (D-CA), for example, asked Pichai “Right now, if you google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up… How would that happen?”</p> <p>At the time, <a href="https://tech.co/news/best-worst-questions-congress-google-2018-12" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">we commented</a> that:</p> <blockquote><p> “What many of them [House members] plainly couldn’t understand was that this search process is almost entirely automated and no one person can influence the results with, let’s say, their political opinion. Any perceived slight is merely the result of aggregate data compiled through an algorithm that, apparently, correlates the word “idiot” to pictures of President Donald Trump.” </p></blockquote> <p>This lack of understanding is not only leading to bad conversations around tech issues, it’s also stalling effective and necessary regulation of the big tech companies, such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.</p> <p>O’Rourke, however, with a decent grasp of computers, could help move the conversation forward, away from generalized statements around the need for regulation, and pointless sideshows about supposed liberal bias on tech platforms.</p> <p>It would certainly make a nice change from Trump’s tech rhetoric, which manages to consistently miss the point:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;</p> <p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1098581869233344512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 21, 2019</a> </p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h2>Net Neutrality</h2> <p>One of the most important tech-related rulings of recent times was President Trump’s repeal of the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules. Big communications companies and the FCC lobbied to get the old rules removed, claiming that it could open up new business opportunities.</p> <p>Tech companies and consumer groups, on the other hand, have fought to keep them in place. Beto O’Rourke, for his part, has gone on record opposing the repeal of net neutrality.</p> <p>It’s not clear how much this has to do with his hacktivist past, but as an open internet is central to many hackers and hacktivists’ world view, it’s likely that O’Rourke would have been influenced by the Cult of the Dead Cow in his net neutrality policy stance, at least.</p> <div id="attachment_314678" style="width: 210px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-314678" class="lozad wp-image-314678 size-full" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAD/ACwAAAAAAQABAAACADs=" data-src="https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20112834/CDC-Patch-Small.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" srcset="" data-srcset="https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20112834/CDC-Patch-Small.jpg 200w, https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20112834/CDC-Patch-Small-150x150.jpg 150w, https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20112834/CDC-Patch-Small-125x125.jpg 125w, https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20112834/CDC-Patch-Small-60x60.jpg 60w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" /><noscript><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-314678" class="wp-image-314678 size-full" src="https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20112834/CDC-Patch-Small.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" srcset="https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20112834/CDC-Patch-Small.jpg 200w, https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20112834/CDC-Patch-Small-150x150.jpg 150w, https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20112834/CDC-Patch-Small-125x125.jpg 125w, https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20112834/CDC-Patch-Small-60x60.jpg 60w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" /></noscript><p id="caption-attachment-314678" class="wp-caption-text"><em>A Cult of the Dead Cow patch.<br />Credit: Reuters</em></p></div> <p>In fact, O’Rourke gave a quote to Reuters on the importance of free, impartial access to the internet:</p> <blockquote><p> “I understand the democratizing power of the internet, and how transformative it was for me personally, and how it leveraged the extraordinary intelligence of these people all over the country who were sharing ideas and techniques,”<br /> “When you compromise the ability to treat all that equally, it runs counter to the ethics of the groups we were part of. And factually, you can just see that it will harm small-business development and growth. It hampers the ability to share what you are creating, whether it is an essay, a song, a piece of art.” </p></blockquote> <h2>It’s Not All Good News, Though</h2> <p>The idea of a skateboarding, swearing President with a hacktivist and punk band past sounds pretty cool. However, O’Rourke’s past doesn’t seem to have survived his transition from “misfit teen” to White House-hopeful intact.</p> <p>He often votes in accordance with big business interests when it comes to regulations, for example. Although it is worth pointing out that his campaign, which recently broke Bernie Sanders’ record for most first-day donations, hasn’t received any PAC funding.</p> <p>O’Rourke’s critics have also pointed to his ambiguity over policies, especially when it comes to healthcare. Tech might be important, but the Presidency is far from a single-issue concern. For the moment, we’ll have to wait and see what his Presidential plank will look like. In the meantime, though, we can look forward to more of Beto’s trips to the dentist.</p> <p><iframe class="lozad" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAD/ACwAAAAAAQABAAACADs=" data-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5nOtoYpj77A" width="100%" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div></div></div></div> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co/news/beto-orourke-hacker-2019-03">Beto O&#8217;Rourke&#8217;s Hacker Past Might be What the White House Needs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co">TechCo</a>.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=tSxNLP21qlI:bBJmXdMtvUQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=tSxNLP21qlI:bBJmXdMtvUQ:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=tSxNLP21qlI:bBJmXdMtvUQ:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?i=tSxNLP21qlI:bBJmXdMtvUQ:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=tSxNLP21qlI:bBJmXdMtvUQ:bcOpcFrp8Mo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=tSxNLP21qlI:bBJmXdMtvUQ:zGyEo_YEg0w"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?i=tSxNLP21qlI:bBJmXdMtvUQ:zGyEo_YEg0w" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TechCocktail/~4/tSxNLP21qlI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Music’s next big startup Splice raises $57.5M to sell samples https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/splice-sample-marketplace/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:a7173f72-af46-5244-a703-06d90cd63948 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:38:21 +0100 Tech has a bad reputation for pulling money out of musicians&#8217; pockets, but Splice is changing that. The audio sample marketplace and music production collaboration tool has now paid out $15 million to artists since 2013, doubling in the last year. Splice lets musicians sell their sounds for royalty-free use, and songs by Eminem, Ariana [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary">Tech has a bad reputation for pulling money out of musicians&#8217; pockets, but <a href="https://splice.com/">Splice</a> is changing that. The audio sample marketplace and music production collaboration tool has now paid out $15 million to artists since 2013, doubling in the last year. <a class="crunchbase-link" href="https://crunchbase.com/organization/splice" target="_blank" data-type="organization" data-entity="splice">Splice <span class="crunchbase-tooltip-indicator"></span></a> lets musicians sell their sounds for royalty-free use, and songs by Eminem, Ariana Grande and Marshmello that were powered by those samples have topped the charts. Splice charges $7.99 per month for unlimited access to its array of 3 million synthesizers, drum hits, vocal flares and other sounds. Despite being designed for serious musicians, Splice&#8217;s suite of tools now has 2.5 million monthly users, up from 1.5 million a year ago.</p> <p><div id="attachment_1623002" style="width: 294px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1623002" class="vertical wp-image-1623002" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/splice_stevemartocci.jpg?w=467" alt="" width="284" height="412" srcset="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/splice_stevemartocci.jpg 3406w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/splice_stevemartocci.jpg?resize=103,150 103w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/splice_stevemartocci.jpg?resize=206,300 206w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/splice_stevemartocci.jpg?resize=768,1118 768w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/splice_stevemartocci.jpg?resize=34,50 34w" sizes="(max-width: 284px) 100vw, 284px" /><p id="caption-attachment-1623002" class="wp-caption-text">Steve Martocci</p></div></p> <p>&#8220;Music is going through a beautiful moment,&#8221; says <a class="crunchbase-link" href="https://crunchbase.com/person/steve-martocci" target="_blank" data-type="person" data-entity="steve-martocci">Steve Martocci, <span class="crunchbase-tooltip-indicator"></span></a> Splice&#8217;s co-founder and CEO who formerly built and sold GroupMe. &#8220;The tailwinds from the success of streaming are great. As more people realize how big the market it, how much people want to create music, there&#8217;s a huge opportunity here.&#8221;</p> <p>Now Union Square Ventures and True Ventures are seizing on that opportunity, co-leading a $57.5 million Series C for Splice. &#8220;It&#8217;s all about scale,&#8221; Martocci tells me. &#8220;We&#8217;re investing in ourselves. Continuing to build new products. Continuing to work with bigger artists. We think there&#8217;s so much about the creative process and ecosystem of musicians that needs to be fixed. We want to diversify the content available so all artists in all genres feel like we have what they need.&#8221;</p> <p class="p1">The round, which includes DFJ Growth, Flybridge, Lerer Hippeau, Liontree, Founders Circle Capital and Matt Pincus, brings Splice to $104.5 million in total funding. Splice wouldn&#8217;t disclose the valuation, but using the industry standard of selling 20 percent equity for a Series C, Splice could be valued in the ballpark of $285 million. That would make it one of the top music startups that isn&#8217;t selling streaming, tickets or hardware. Its success has also begun to draw competition from companies like Native Instruments, which launched its Sounds.com marketplace last year.</p> <p><img class="size-large wp-image-1799927 aligncenter" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Splice-Samples.png?w=680" alt="" width="680" height="340" srcset="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Splice-Samples.png 2150w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Splice-Samples.png?resize=150,75 150w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Splice-Samples.png?resize=300,150 300w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Splice-Samples.png?resize=768,384 768w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Splice-Samples.png?resize=680,340 680w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Splice-Samples.png?resize=50,25 50w" sizes="(max-width: 680px) 100vw, 680px" /></p> <p class="p1">Splice&#8217;s subscription revenue is pooled and then doled out to artists based on whose samples got the most downloads. Creators range from bedroom tinkerers to Drake&#8217;s Grammy-winning producer Boi-1da. Martocci confirms that artists receive the majority of Splice&#8217;s sample marketplace revenue, saying, &#8220;they&#8217;re very favorable deals.&#8221; That&#8217;s especially great for the music production industry, because a lot of Splice&#8217;s sample creators aren&#8217;t celebrity DJs; Martocci says they&#8217;re audio engineers and other &#8220;people behind the scenes getting an opportunity to step into the light with an amazing revenue opportunity, but also an opportunity to be seen for their creative contributions.&#8221;</p> <p><a href="https://techcrunch.com/2013/10/09/splice-music/">Splice began</a> with a eureka moment at a concert. A friend asked Martocci why there weren&#8217;t great tools for producing music like there are for building software like GroupMe. After eventually leaving his chat app that Skype acquired, Martocci connected with Splice co-founder Matt Aimonetti and discovered he&#8217;d been an audio engineer for half of his life. They saw a chance to build a GitHub for music, with version control and admin permissions for making saving and collaborating on productions simple. By 2015 Splice had launched its Sounds subscription library, and the next year began selling rent-to-own software synthesizers to make avoiding piracy affordable for creators.</p> <p>Fast-forward and Martocci tells me prioritization across Splice&#8217;s different product lines will be one of its big challenges. Luckily, he has a new crew of lieutenants to help. Former product lead for Apple Music and Beats by Dre VP Ryan Walsh has joined as chief product officer because, Martocci says, &#8220;he felt like his mission in music was unfinished.&#8221; Former chief financial officer of Marvel Entertainment Chris Acquaviva is now Splice&#8217;s CFO, who offers deep licensing expertise. And bringing the creator community vibe, MakerBot&#8217;s former CHRO, Kavita Vora, has become Splice&#8217;s chief people officer.</p> <p>In an era when tech public image has been tested by non-stop scandals from the industry giants, Splice is pulling in ace talent that want to work on something unequivocally positive. Martocci tells me parents tell him that their kids spend all their time playing Fortnite and making music on Splice, but the latter is screen time they&#8217;re happy to encourage.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/jK10IxjDaj4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> How to Create An Impactful About Page For Your Website http://www.quicksprout.com/how-to-create-about-page/ Quick Sprout urn:uuid:d8a8b0b6-17a1-7cd7-8587-f4c79dcd1455 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:31:18 +0100 You need to put lots of thought and effort into every page of your website. But your About page is arguably one of the most important pages by far. Is it really that big of a deal? How many visitors will actually take the time to check out your About page? Well, here’s an interesting&#160; <a class="more-link" href="http://www.quicksprout.com/how-to-create-about-page/">[click to continue...]</a> <p>You need to put lots of thought and effort into every page of your website.</p> <p>But your About page is arguably one of the <strong>most important pages</strong> by far.</p> <p>Is it really that big of a deal? How many visitors will actually take the time to check out your About page?</p> <p>Well, here’s an interesting statistic.</p> <p>According to a <a href="https://komarketing.com/files/b2b-web-usability-report-2015.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">study from KoMarketing</a>, “52% of your visitors want to see an About page.”</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-37520" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image00-10.png" alt="image00" width="698" height="318" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image00-10.png 698w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image00-10-300x137.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 698px) 100vw, 698px" /></p> <p>Without one, you’re instantly creating some distance between your company and over half of your visitors.</p> <p>That&#8217;s why an About page is more important than you may think.</p> <p>And here’s something else I’ve noticed.</p> <p><span id="more-42810"></span></p> <p>A lot of brands (even some of the bigger ones) lack in the About page department.</p> <p>Some fail to include an About page altogether, and others halfheartedly slap one together without putting any real thought into it.</p> <p>Such About pages often miss the mark, which throws a wrench in the overall sales funnel.</p> <p>I want to be fair and say that not <em>everyone </em>needs an About page. But most companies, individuals, and websites <em>do. </em>It’s a standard thing to do.</p> <p>And <em>it can be really valuable. </em>As long as you do it right!</p> <p>Put yourself in the mindset of a website visitor who is reading your About page.</p> <p>They’ve already stumbled upon your website, so they have a general idea of who you are and what you do. However, they may not be ready to become a customer yet.</p> <p>This is the perfect opportunity for you to convince them. I see many About pages on a daily basis that are boring and don’t provide any value to a website.</p> <p>It’s as though some companies write their About pages as fast as possible because they think it’s just a requirement to be fulfilled.</p> <p>You put much effort into <u><a href="https://www.quicksprout.com/how-to-scale-your-lead-generation-through-blogging/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">scaling lead generation through blogging</a></u>, which you have to update on a regular basis. But your About page will be much easier since you don’t have to update it as frequently.</p> <p>If you do it right the first time, your About page will help you get more conversions and sales.</p> <p>In this post I will explain everything you need to know about how to create an About page that is well crafted and that will resonate with your visitors.</p> <h3>Redefining an About page</h3> <p>First of all, let’s start with a formal definition of an About page.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.yourdictionary.com/about-page" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Your Dictionary</a>, it’s</p> <blockquote><p><em>a type of web page commonly seen on websites, containing general information about the person or organization that is responsible for the website in question, usually a description of the site’s history and mission or purpose.</em></p></blockquote> <p>Most people probably would say this definition is spot on.</p> <p>But in my opinion, it has one fatal flaw.</p> <p>It talks about <em>only</em> the person/organization and doesn’t address the needs or concerns of visitors.</p> <p>Of course, you’ll want to talk about your company, its history, philosophy, values, achievements, etc.</p> <p>But there’s more.</p> <p>A great About page will answer some major questions for your visitors.</p> <h3>What types of questions should I answer?</h3> <p>Copyblogger nails it <a href="http://www.copyblogger.com/powerhouse-about-page/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">in this article</a>.</p> <p>Here’s their take on things.</p> <blockquote><p><em>Some of your visitors’ unanswered questions are:</em></p> <ul> <li><em>What’s in this for me?</em></li> <li><em>Am I in the right place?</em></li> <li><em>Can this person help me with my problem?</em></li> </ul> <p><em>Don’t send your readers screaming for the exit by talking only about yourself. Instead, make them want to pull up a chair, chat with you a while, and keep in touch long after the party.</em></p></blockquote> <p>How many times have you clicked on an About page only to hear a company ramble on about how awesome they are without ever answering any of the pressing questions of their visitors?</p> <p>I see it happen all the time.</p> <h3>What you should aim for</h3> <p>The point I’m trying to make here is that the term <em>About page</em> can be a little misleading.</p> <p>It shouldn’t be just about you. It should be about your audience as well.</p> <p>And now, here’s my formula for telling a gripping story.</p> <h3>Know thy customer</h3> <p>I’m sure you’ve heard the Ancient Greek aphorism &#8220;know thyself.&#8221;</p> <p>It speaks to the importance of an examined life.</p> <p>But when it comes to an About page, you want to thoroughly know your customer.</p> <p>And I’m not talking just about gender, income level, education, etc.</p> <p>You need to know where your average person is at in the sales funnel.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-37528" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image08-1.jpg" alt="image08" width="418" height="273" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image08-1.jpg 418w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image08-1-300x196.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 418px) 100vw, 418px" /></p> <p>And if they’re looking at your About page, it’s safe to say they’re in the earlier stages of the sales funnel.</p> <p>The large majority will be prospects with some level of interest and minimal awareness of your brand.</p> <p>Most are looking to become more familiar with you.</p> <p>Not only do they want to know more about your product/service, many want to know if you share their values and beliefs.</p> <p>Try to put yourself in the shoes of an average prospect and figure out what specific information they’re seeking.</p> <p>This will guide your efforts.</p> <h3>Start with a strong headline</h3> <p>Your headline is everything.</p> <p>If it pops, visitors will want to read on.</p> <p>If it sucks, many will leave never to return.</p> <p>What makes a great headline?</p> <p>You should <em>make your headline simple, clear, and benefit-driven</em>.</p> <p>Don’t waste space and be repetitive. The website visitor has already clicked on the About section of your homepage, so you don’t need to use that as a headline as well.</p> <p>Instead, use a headline that <u><a href="https://www.quicksprout.com/2018/02/02/how-to-charge-more-for-your-products-by-enhancing-the-perceived-value/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">enhances your perceived value</a></u>.</p> <p>Check out this About Us page from <u><a href="https://www.saxxunderwear.com/pages/info" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">SAXX:</a></u></p> <p><img class="wp-image-40300" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image1-9.png" alt="image1 9" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image1-9.png 731w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image1-9-300x235.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 731px) 100vw, 731px" /></p> <p>I love this headline because it speaks to the potential customer. SAXX is a men’s underwear brand. So the headline of their About page reflects consumers&#8217; wishes.</p> <p>Active style. Extraordinary comfort.</p> <p>This headline is intriguing to say the least. It’s also enticing enough to make the reader continue on the page. If you have a boring headline, people may not even read your content.</p> <p>The same idea is behind writing a <u><a href="https://www.quicksprout.com/2018/01/12/how-to-write-blog-post-introductions-that-make-the-rest-of-your-post-irresistible/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">blog introduction that makes the rest of your post irresistible</a></u>.</p> <p>I also share this example because SAXX uses multiple headlines on the page. As you read on, you see the second title, “How our story began.”</p> <p>This makes it clear to the reader what this section is going to discuss: the founding of the company.</p> <p>You will learn about it through a story rather than cold facts which is always more appealing to a reader.</p> <p>Here’s another good example from Yellow Leaf Hammocks. You can instantly get a sense of what’s being offered and the benefits. In this case, high-quality, comfy hammocks.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-37529" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image09-7.png" alt="image09" width="1005" height="303" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image09-7.png 1005w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image09-7-300x90.png 300w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image09-7-768x232.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1005px) 100vw, 1005px" /></p> <p>And here is one more great example from Gini Dietrich that uses a <strong><em>benefit driven headline</em>:</strong></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-37526" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image06-9.png" alt="image06" width="998" height="509" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image06-9.png 998w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image06-9-300x153.png 300w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image06-9-768x392.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 998px) 100vw, 998px" /></p> <h3>Be authentic and transparent</h3> <p>You want to be professional with your About page. That’s a given.</p> <p>But some brands are overdoing it to the point of sounding stiff and almost robotic.</p> <p>Unless you’re in a super formal industry (e.g., you’re a lawyer or an insurance broker), I think it’s a good idea to “let your hair down” a little.</p> <p>Paint a realistic picture of what your company is and what you do.</p> <p>If you’re snarky, be snarky. If you’re quirky, be quirky.</p> <p>No matter how teched out we get, business is still ultimately founded on people buying from other people.</p> <p>And they naturally want to do business with someone they like and trust.</p> <p>Authenticity and transparency are two major elements in gaining that trust.</p> <p>I think that Pete Adeny (a.k.a. Mr. Money Mustache) does a great job of doing this on his About page:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-37524" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image04-8.png" alt="image04" width="1173" height="567" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image04-8.png 1173w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image04-8-300x145.png 300w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image04-8-768x371.png 768w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image04-8-1024x495.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1173px) 100vw, 1173px" /></p> <p>His page instantly allows his readers to get a sense of who he is, his philosophy, and his sense of humor.</p> <h3>Provide a brief but compelling back story</h3> <p>You don’t need (or even want) to go into elaborate detail, but I recommend giving visitors an idea of where you came from and how your company came to be.</p> <p>In other words, tell them your brand’s story.</p> <p>Stories keep people interested, ensuring they will read through the page.</p> <p>If your content is stale, nobody will want to read it. You’ll miss out on tons of potential leads.</p> <p>Not sure how to tell a story? Just be honest, and talk about how your company got started. You don’t need to go over financial details or anything like that unless it’s very entertaining.</p> <p>For example, if you found a way to turn a $20 bill into a business, that could be an interesting read. But nobody wants to hear about your startup loan negotiations at the local bank.</p> <p>Tell a story that focuses on your company’s mission. What was the inspiration for starting your business?</p> <p>Here’s an awesome example from the <u><a href="http://www.toms.com/about-toms" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">TOMS</a></u> About Us page:</p> <p><img class="wp-image-40304" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image5-9.png" alt="image5 9" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image5-9.png 769w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image5-9-300x267.png 300w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image5-9-768x683.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 769px) 100vw, 769px" /></p> <p>People may or may not be familiar with this organization. Their concept is pretty simple: for every pair of shoes bought on their website, they donate a pair to a child in need.</p> <p>The inspiration behind TOMS came from the experience their founder, Blake Mycoskie, had when he saw poor children with no shoes. Witnessing that inspired Blake to form this company.</p> <p>It’s easy to learn how the company became what it is today since it’s told as a story.</p> <p>It’s heartwarming and touching and stirs a variety of other emotions in a reader.</p> <p>Potential customers may be moved by this story and inspired to help these children as well by purchasing shoes from the website.</p> <p>Being this open about their story on the About Us page helps TOMS generate new leads.</p> <p>Here is another example showing how Dollar Shave Club does this with its own signature brand of humor:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-37525" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image05-8.png" alt="image05" width="1215" height="579" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image05-8.png 1215w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image05-8-300x143.png 300w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image05-8-768x366.png 768w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image05-8-1024x488.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1215px) 100vw, 1215px" /></p> <h3>Be clear about your values</h3> <p>This is a biggie.</p> <p>You want to offer insight into your company culture and what distinguishes your brand from the rest of the pack.</p> <p>Yellow Leaf Hammock pulls this off flawlessly as well:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-37521" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image01-9.png" alt="image01" width="1081" height="383" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image01-9.png 1081w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image01-9-300x106.png 300w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image01-9-768x272.png 768w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image01-9-1024x363.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1081px) 100vw, 1081px" /></p> <p>As you can see, there’s a strong emphasis on being socially conscious, sustainable, and adventurous.</p> <p>Wild Friends Foods effectively conveys its values as well:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-37527" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image07-5.png" alt="image07" width="1178" height="463" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image07-5.png 1178w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image07-5-300x118.png 300w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image07-5-768x302.png 768w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image07-5-1024x402.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1178px) 100vw, 1178px" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-37523" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image03-5.png" alt="image03" width="1144" height="542" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image03-5.png 1144w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image03-5-300x142.png 300w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image03-5-768x364.png 768w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/image03-5-1024x485.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1144px) 100vw, 1144px" /></p> <p>The bottom line is to show visitors what you believe in.</p> <h3>Use terms everyone can understand</h3> <p>Your About Us page should definitely be professional.</p> <p>Make sure it’s checked for grammatical and spelling errors. Don’t swear or use slang.</p> <p>While it’s important to make sure your About Us page is clean and proper, you don’t want it to sound like a dissertation written by a professor.</p> <p>You want to make this page as readable as possible. If people can’t understand what you’re saying, you won&#8217;t generate new leads. This isn’t a legal document, so it shouldn’t sound like a team of lawyers wrote it.</p> <p>Avoid using industry terminology.</p> <p>Other business owners in your industry may know what you’re talking about, but they aren’t your customers. You need to put things in common language the average person can understand.</p> <p>Read this About Us page from <u><a href="https://apptopia.com/about" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Apptopia:</a></u></p> <p><img class="wp-image-40303" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image2-9.png" alt="image2 9" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image2-9.png 1161w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image2-9-300x149.png 300w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image2-9-768x382.png 768w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image2-9-1024x510.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1161px) 100vw, 1161px" /></p> <p>Apptopia is in the mobile application industry. They help businesses acquire more customers with mobile app analytics tools.</p> <p>This is something that nearly every business can benefit from, but not everyone will understand.</p> <p>That’s where their About Us page shines. They acknowledge this space is a little bit complicated and people aren’t sure what to do with their mobile apps.</p> <p>They mention all types of potential customers, including:</p> <ul> <li>publishers</li> <li>advertisers</li> <li>brands</li> <li>investors.</li> </ul> <p>Their page explains that people use data to help them make decisions, but they aren’t sure how to get and analyze certain data.</p> <p>This transparency can help their leads feel comfortable. It’s written in plain language everyone can understand. You don’t need an IT degree to decipher this page.</p> <p>As a result, they’ll be able to get more leads. If their page was super technical, it wouldn’t have the same impact on potential customers.</p> <p>It’s important to keep this in mind, especially if you’re in certain industries.</p> <h3>Add images to break up the text</h3> <p>I’m a big advocate of using pictures and other visuals to break up written content. If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you know I use pictures to aid my writing.</p> <p>Apply that same concept to your About Us page.</p> <p>Big blocks of text are intimidating. People aren’t on your website to spend all day reading. So write in short sentences with paragraphs that are only a few lines long.</p> <p>Use pictures as well. Images can make your About Us page more appealing. It helps people scan content since the photos act as natural breaks in the page.</p> <p>Here’s an example of how <u><a href="https://www.dewalt.com/en-us/company-info/milestones" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DeWALT</a></u> uses images on their About Us page:</p> <p><img class="wp-image-40302" src="https://www.quicksprout.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image7-9.png" alt="image7 9" srcset="https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image7-9.png 915w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image7-9-300x227.png 300w, https://quicksprout-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/image7-9-768x580.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 915px) 100vw, 915px" /></p> <p>I think this idea is very creative. This page establishes a timeline for their company that dates all the way back to 1922.</p> <p>For each company milestone, they have a quick description and an image to go along with it. This concept makes it really easy for people to scroll through and learn about the history of this business.</p> <p>As you can see, the images add value to the written content as well.</p> <p>Rather than just stating something about a particular milestone, they have photos to illustrate it.</p> <p>It’s also really cool to see how the quality of these images changes over time.</p> <p>Now, I realize that not every business has nearly 100 years of photos to use for a timeline. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use images on your page.</p> <p>If you’re describing an event, New AirPods Get Better Battery Life, Wireless Charging Case https://tech.co/news/new-airpods-2019-03 Tech.Co urn:uuid:697e7373-2df1-8a56-7248-5aa333f0e479 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:17:37 +0100 <p>From the new wireless charging case, to the improved battery life and smarter chip, find out everything you need to know about Apple's newly-announced second generation AirPods. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co/news/new-airpods-2019-03">New AirPods Get Better Battery Life, Wireless Charging Case</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co">TechCo</a>.</p> <p>Apple has just unveiled the second-generation of its uber-popular wireless headphones, the AirPods.</p> <p>The new AirPods are the latest product Apple’s revealed ahead of its <a href="https://tech.co/news/apple-streaming-march-event-2019-03" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">launch event</a> in California next week, having already announced <a href="https://tech.co/news/new-apple-ipad-air-ipad-mini-2019-03" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">new iPads</a> and updated iMacs. These new AirPods, though, are the biggest update so far, given that they are “the world’s most popular wireless headphones,” according to Apple.</p> <p>Here’s everything you need to know about the new AirPods, and whether you should make the switch from the first-gen models to this new version.</p> <h2>Better Battery Life</h2> <p>Poor battery life can be the Achilles Heel of wireless headphones, and Apple has sought to address this issue with the new update.</p> <p>It’s claiming that the new AirPods should give “up to 50 percent more talk time compared to first generation AirPods” which translates to three hours of talking. Sadly, this uplift doesn’t seem to have been reflected in the listening time, which stays at just five hours.</p> <h2>Wireless Charging Case</h2> <p><img class="lozad size-full wp-image-314674 alignright" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAD/ACwAAAAAAQABAAACADs=" data-src="https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20110011/AirPods-Gen-2-small.jpg" alt="" srcset="" data-srcset="https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20110011/AirPods-Gen-2-small.jpg 300w, https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20110011/AirPods-Gen-2-small-75x125.jpg 75w, https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20110011/AirPods-Gen-2-small-144x240.jpg 144w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><noscript><img class="size-full wp-image-314674 alignright" src="https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20110011/AirPods-Gen-2-small.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20110011/AirPods-Gen-2-small.jpg 300w, https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20110011/AirPods-Gen-2-small-75x125.jpg 75w, https://images.tech.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20110011/AirPods-Gen-2-small-144x240.jpg 144w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></noscript>Apple has also seen fit to update the charging case, which houses the AirPods when not in use. The new case can now be wirelessly-charged, as well as through the Lightning port on the bottom of the case.</p> <p>It’s not a major change, but it certainly suggests that we’ll be seeing the long-awaited AirPower charging mat at Apple’s event next week.</p> <h2>New H1 Chip</h2> <p>The component at the heart of these new AirPods is the all-new H1 processor and chipset. It’s been designed in-house by Apple, and it should “build on the magical experience customers love.”</p> <p>Apple plans to make the experience even more magical by delivering “performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free Hey Siri.” More on that later.</p> <p>Essentially, the H1 chip should make owning AirPods more painless by being a bit smarter and faster.</p> <h2>Hey Siri</h2> <p>The new AirPods, with the fancy new chip, lend Siri some extra usability. With the new models, you’ll be able to wake Siri by simply saying “Hey Siri,” making it easier to change the song you’re listening to, make a phone call, adjust the volume or get directions.</p> <p>This should hopefully make the AirPods a bit more useful in the real world. Of course, Siri isn’t always the smartest smart assistant, so it might be worth double-checking on your phone.</p> <h2>Should You Buy the New AirPods?</h2> <p>The new AirPods cost $159 with the standard charging case — the same as the first-gen models. You can, however, buy the new AirPods with the wireless charging case for $199, a $30 saving compared to buying the wireless charging case on its own.</p> <p>In truth, if you already own AirPods, there’s little to get you really excited about with this update, unless you’re regularly having three hour-long phone calls and find your AirPods running out of juice. However, these new models will still be very good wireless headphones, and the new chip should hopefully give some performance benefits.</p> <p>Before you do anything, though, it’s worth holding out for Apple’s <a href="https://tech.co/news/apple-streaming-march-event-2019-03" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">launch event next Monday</a> just in case it announces anything else that takes us by surprise.</p> <p><strong>Read more about Apple on Tech.co</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://tech.co/news/apple-streaming-march-event-2019-03" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What to Expect from Apple&#8217;s Event Next Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://tech.co/news/new-apple-ipad-air-ipad-mini-2019-03" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Apple Unveils New iPad Air and iPad Mini Ahead of Launch Event Next Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://tech.co/laptops/macbook-air-vs-pro" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Apple MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which Mac is Best?</a></li> <li><a href="https://tech.co/news/apple-iphone-samsung-s10-fold-compete-2019-02" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What Does Apple Need to Do to Keep Up with Samsung?</a></li> </ul> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co/news/new-airpods-2019-03">New AirPods Get Better Battery Life, Wireless Charging Case</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co">TechCo</a>.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=blAUC5OFxvM:GqiGWBsEK-4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=blAUC5OFxvM:GqiGWBsEK-4:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=blAUC5OFxvM:GqiGWBsEK-4:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?i=blAUC5OFxvM:GqiGWBsEK-4:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=blAUC5OFxvM:GqiGWBsEK-4:bcOpcFrp8Mo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=blAUC5OFxvM:GqiGWBsEK-4:zGyEo_YEg0w"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?i=blAUC5OFxvM:GqiGWBsEK-4:zGyEo_YEg0w" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TechCocktail/~4/blAUC5OFxvM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Skedulo raises $28M for its mobile workforce management service https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/skedulo-raises-28m-for-its-mobile-workforce-management-service/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:bb264422-c187-d4bd-7375-d38ec86db414 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:00:06 +0100 Skedulo, a service that helps businesses manage their mobile employees, today announced that it has raised a $28 million Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft&#8217;s venture fund. Existing investors Blackbird and Castanoa Ventures also participated in this round. The company&#8217;s service offers businesses all fo the necessary tools to manage their mobile employees, [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary"><a href="https://www.skedulo.com">Skedulo</a>, a service that helps businesses manage their mobile employees, today announced that it has raised a $28 million Series B funding round led by <a href="https://m12.vc/">M12</a>, Microsoft&#8217;s venture fund. Existing investors Blackbird and Castanoa Ventures also participated in this round.</p> <p>The company&#8217;s service offers businesses all fo the necessary tools to manage their mobile employees, including their schedules. A lot of small businesses still use basic spreadsheets and email to do this, but that&#8217;s obviously not the most efficient way to match the right employee to the right job, for example.</p> <p>&#8220;Workforce management has traditionally been focused on employees that are sitting at a desk for the majority of their day,&#8221; Skedulo  CEO and Co-Founder Matt Fairhurst told me. &#8220;The overwhelming majority &#8212; 80 percent &#8212; of workers will be deskless by 2020 and so far, there has been no one that has addressed the needs of this growing population at scale.  We’re excited to help enterprises confront these challenges head-on so they can compete and lean into rapidly changing customer and employee expectations.&#8221;</p> <p><img class="breakout aligncenter size-full wp-image-1799546" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/agenda-and-swimlane-header-2x-750x471.png" alt="" width="750" height="471" srcset="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/agenda-and-swimlane-header-2x-750x471.png 750w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/agenda-and-swimlane-header-2x-750x471.png?resize=150,94 150w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/agenda-and-swimlane-header-2x-750x471.png?resize=300,188 300w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/agenda-and-swimlane-header-2x-750x471.png?resize=680,427 680w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/agenda-and-swimlane-header-2x-750x471.png?resize=50,31 50w" sizes="(max-width: 750px) 100vw, 750px" /></p> <p>At the core of Skedulo, which offers both a mobile app and web-based interface, is the company&#8217;s so-called &#8216;Mastermind&#8217; engine that helps businesses automatically match the right employee to a job, based on the priorities the company has specified. The company plans to use the new funding to enhance this tool through new machine learning capabilities. Skedulo will also soon offer new analytics tools and integrations with third-party services like HR and financial management tools, as well as payroll systems.</p> <p>The company also plans to use the new funding to double its headcount, which includes hiring at least 60 new employees in its Australian offices in Brisbane and Sydney.</p> <p>As part of this round, Priya Saiprasad, Principal of M12, will join Skedulo’s Board of Directors. &#8220;We found a strong sense of aligned purpose with Priya Saiprasad and the team at M12 – and their desire to invest in companies that help reduce cycles in a person’s working day,&#8221; Fairhurst said. &#8220;Fundamentally, <span class="il">Skedulo</span> is a productivity company. We help companies, the back-office and mobile workforce, reduce the number of cycles it takes to get work done. This gives them time back to focus on the work that matters most.&#8221;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/Ezviay90LCw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> This French startup aims to develop the largest flexible storage network in Europe in 2019 https://siliconcanals.nl/news/startups/this-french-startup-aims-to-develop-the-largest-flexible-storage-network-in-europe-in-2019/ Silicon Canals urn:uuid:74f1cb68-ea39-6af1-b958-895bb0d405e1 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 15:30:30 +0100 <p>SpaceFill, the French startup that digitises warehouses has recently grabbed €1 million to develop the largest flexible storage network in Europe. Founded in June 2018, SpaceFill has already enabled more than 100 European companies to find, book and manage temporary storage facilities among 1500 warehouses in France. Primarily, SpaceFill provides storage space outsourced temporary and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl/news/startups/this-french-startup-aims-to-develop-the-largest-flexible-storage-network-in-europe-in-2019/">This French startup aims to develop the largest flexible storage network in Europe in 2019</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl">Silicon Canals</a>.</p> 5 advantages of joining a world-class accelerator to boost your startup’s growth https://siliconcanals.nl/accelerators/5-advantages-of-joining-a-world-class-accelerator-to-boost-your-startups-growth/ Silicon Canals urn:uuid:d0955550-578f-42b7-ae59-1d68d1c262e5 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 15:06:19 +0100 <p>Having a startup is all about the drive and ambition to solve a real-world problem. Thinking of a solution and creating a product to go with it might be the easy part. But there is a long road leading to actual market launch. Thankfully there are lots of programmes out there ready to accelerate your [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl/accelerators/5-advantages-of-joining-a-world-class-accelerator-to-boost-your-startups-growth/">5 advantages of joining a world-class accelerator to boost your startup’s growth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl">Silicon Canals</a>.</p> 3 things to know about Stockholm-based startup Tibber that helps you reduce electricity bills and save money https://siliconcanals.nl/news/startups/3-things-to-know-about-stockholm-based-startup-tibber-that-helps-you-reduce-electricity-bills-and-save-money/ Silicon Canals urn:uuid:2c050b5f-0a8a-807e-b8a5-b3db3e725e90 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:31:48 +0100 <p>In general, energy bills occupies a huge chunk, no matter what! 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This is especially true for already established businesses with a high reputation and loyal following.<br /> Some businesses though think that a bad&#8230; <a href="https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/why-online-review-experts-are-important/" class="read-more">Read more &#187;<span class="screen-reader-text"> &#8220;Why Online Review Experts Are Important&#8221;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/why-online-review-experts-are-important/">Why Online Review Experts Are Important</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.noobpreneur.com">Noobpreneur.com</a>.</p> Movius raises $45M for its business communications service https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/movius-raises-45m-for-its-business-communications-service/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:b779bd7e-f61e-6a3f-96f5-61000b39f1a6 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:00:13 +0100 Atlanta-based Movius, a company that allows companies to assign a separate business number for voice calls and texting to any phone, today announced that it has raised a $45 million Series D round led by JPMorgan Chase, with participation from existing investors PointGuard Ventures, New Enterprise Associates and Anschutz Investment company. With this, the company [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary">Atlanta-based <a href="http://moviuscorp.com/">Movius</a>, a company that allows companies to assign a separate business number for voice calls and texting to any phone, today announced that it has raised a $45 million Series D round led by JPMorgan Chase, with participation from existing investors PointGuard Ventures, New Enterprise Associates and Anschutz Investment company. With this, the company has now raised a total of $100 million.</p> <p>In addition to the new funding, Movius also today announced that it has brought on former Adobe and Sun executive John Loiacono as its new CEO. Loiacono was also the founding CEO of network analytics startup <a href="http://jolata.com/">Jolata</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;The Movius opportunity is pervasive. Almost every company on planet Earth is mobilizing their workforce but are challenged to find a way to securely interact with their customers and constituents using all the preferred communication vehicles – be that voice, SMS or any other channel they use in their daily lives,&#8221; said Loiacono. &#8220;I&#8217;m thrilled because I’m joining a team that features highly passionate and proven innovators who are maniacally focused on delivering this very solution. I look forward to leading this next chapter of growth for the company.&#8221;</p> <p>Sanjay Jain, the chief strategy officer at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and <span style="font-size: 1.125rem; letter-spacing: -0.1px;">Larry Feinsmith, the head of JP Morgan Chase&#8217;s Technology Innovation, Strategy &amp; Partnerships office are joining the company&#8217;s board.</span></p> <p>Movius currently counts more than 1,400 businesses as its customers and its carrier partners include <a href="https://business.sprint.com/solutions/sprint-multiline/">Sprint</a>, Telstra and Telefonica. What&#8217;s important to note is that Movius is more than a basic VoIP app on your phone. What the company promises is a carrier-grade network that allows businesses to assign a second number to their employee&#8217;s phones. That way, the employer remains in charge, even as employees bring their own devices to work.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/FubuWLDvR2E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> These 10 startups are reshaping Germany as the ‘Digital Viking’ of Europe in 2019 https://siliconcanals.nl/news/startups/these-10-startups-are-reshaping-germany-as-the-digital-viking-of-europe-in-2019/ Silicon Canals urn:uuid:455c9ac9-1654-083b-6923-4d3297dd43c1 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:45:40 +0100 <p>With the growing tech ecosystem, Germany is making a name for itself in a broad range of field especially in Digital. In addition, the maturing startup scene, the affordable and high quality of living indeed attract investors and international talents. Various cities like Munich, Hamburg, including the capital Berlin are flourishing at a rapid pace. [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl/news/startups/these-10-startups-are-reshaping-germany-as-the-digital-viking-of-europe-in-2019/">These 10 startups are reshaping Germany as the ‘Digital Viking’ of Europe in 2019</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl">Silicon Canals</a>.</p> Only One-Third of Android Antivirus Apps Work Properly https://tech.co/news/one-third-android-antivirus-apps-work-2019-03 Tech.Co urn:uuid:e156304e-5d43-ab79-0fdd-b0848da665ff Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:36:58 +0100 <p>A new report from security company AV-Comparatives has revealed that only 80 of the most popular Android antivirus apps give you effective protection and only 23 of those apps can guarantee a 100% threat-detection rate, highlighting the need for proper Android security.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co/news/one-third-android-antivirus-apps-work-2019-03">Only One-Third of Android Antivirus Apps Work Properly</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co">TechCo</a>.</p> <div class="vc_row wpb_row vc_row-fluid"><div class="wpb_column vc_column_container vc_col-sm-12"><div class="vc_column-inner"><div class="wpb_wrapper"> <div class="wpb_text_column wpb_content_element " > <div class="wpb_wrapper"> <p>According to a report from Austrian antivirus and security experts AV-Comparatives, only one-third of Android antivirus apps actually give you effective antivirus protection.</p> <p>AV-Comparatives’ Android Test 2019 report shows how only 80 of the 250 most popular Android antivirus apps can detect over 30% of threats, with no false positive results. A false positive is when antivirus software incorrectly labels something as a threat when it is, in fact, safe.</p> <p><a href="https://www.av-comparatives.org/tests/android-test-2019-250-apps/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The report</a> demonstrates that, despite the company’s efforts, Google still doesn’t have adequate quality control over the Play Store. What’s more, it shows just how dangerous downloading the wrong app can be for careless users.</p> <h2>Which Apps Can I Trust?</h2> <p>There are only 23 apps from the 250 tested by AV-Comparatives that managed to pass the company’s strict testing regimen with a perfect score. These 23 apps were able to correctly identify and deal with the more than 2,000 threats sent to them, with no false positives.</p> <p>AV-Comparatives considers “apps that block less than 30% of common Android threats to be ineffective/unsafe,” and found 170 of these, 138 of which are still available on the Play Store.</p> <p>Those that passed this fairly low bar, detecting above 30% of threats, brings the total number of useful apps up from 23 to 80 — and includes Google’s own antivirus software.</p> <p>Fortunately, the 23 apps that managed to identify 100% of threats includes a lot of big names in the world of antivirus — so you might be able to bundle these apps with any services you have on your home PCs.</p> <p><strong>Here are the apps rated as 100% safe by AV-Comparatives:</strong></p> <style type="text/css"><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span></p> <p>.tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;}<br />.tg td{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;border-color:black;}<br />.tg th{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;border-color:black;}<br />.tg .tg-s268{text-align:left}<br />.tg .tg-5ua9{font-weight:bold;text-align:left}<br /></style> <div style="overflow-x: auto;"> <table class="tg" style="height: 291px;" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="tg-5ua9">AhnLab</td> <td class="tg-s268">Antiy</td> <td class="tg-s268">Avast</td> <td class="tg-s268">AVG</td> <td class="tg-s268">AVIRA</td> <td class="tg-s268">Bitdefender</td> <td class="tg-s268">Bullguard</td> <td class="tg-s268">Chili Security</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="tg-5ua9">Emsisoft</td> <td class="tg-s268">ESET</td> <td class="tg-s268">ESTSoft</td> <td class="tg-s268">F-Secure</td> <td class="tg-s268">G Data</td> <td class="tg-s268">Kaspersky Lab</td> <td class="tg-s268">McAfee</td> <td class="tg-s268">PSafe</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="tg-5ua9">Sophos</td> <td class="tg-s268">STOPzilla</td> <td class="tg-s268">Symantec</td> <td class="tg-s268">Tencent</td> <td class="tg-s268">Total Defence</td> <td class="tg-s268">Trend Micro</td> <td class="tg-s268">Trustwave</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Why isn’t the Play Store Completely Safe?</h2> <p>The Google Play Store is the biggest app store in the world, and is growing significantly quicker than the Apple App Store — back in 2017, almost twice as many apps were added to the Play Store compared to the App Store, according to <a href="https://blog.appfigures.com/ios-developers-ship-less-apps-for-first-time/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">AppFigures</a>.</p> <p>This is largely thanks to Android’s open source design, basically meaning that anyone with enough know-how (which is easy to gain from online research) can create and publish their own apps. This can make the Play Store a bit of a wild west at times.</p> <p>That’s not to say that Google isn’t keeping an eye on the Play Store, it is, and it regularly removes shady apps. However, the issue here isn’t that these antivirus apps are malicious, they’re just a bit useless — and Google can’t remove an app just because it isn’t very good.</p> <p>What’s more, many of the poorer antivirus apps use the same core threat detection engine with only minor tweaks, meaning that it is very easy to reproduce them. This makes them very easy to reproduce, and leads to the large amount of bad antivirus apps.</p> <p>If you want to stay safe using your Android phone, make sure you download one of AV-Comparatives top-rated antivirus apps. Then combine it with a VPN like <a href="https://tech.co/vpn/purevpn-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">PureVPN</a> to give you even stronger security.</p> <p><strong>Read more about Google, Android and staying safe online</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://tech.co/vpn/best-vpn-services" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Top 10 Best VPN Services for 2019</a></li> <li><a href="https://tech.co/news/google-unveils-gaming-platform-2019-03" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google Unveils Stadia, Its New Cloud Gaming Platform</a></li> <li><a href="https://tech.co/password-managers/best-password-manager-android" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Best Password Managers for Android in 2019</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div></div></div></div> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co/news/one-third-android-antivirus-apps-work-2019-03">Only One-Third of Android Antivirus Apps Work Properly</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://tech.co">TechCo</a>.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=72IDrfdEGwc:006RWEm7pC8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=72IDrfdEGwc:006RWEm7pC8:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=72IDrfdEGwc:006RWEm7pC8:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?i=72IDrfdEGwc:006RWEm7pC8:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=72IDrfdEGwc:006RWEm7pC8:bcOpcFrp8Mo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?a=72IDrfdEGwc:006RWEm7pC8:zGyEo_YEg0w"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TechCocktail?i=72IDrfdEGwc:006RWEm7pC8:zGyEo_YEg0w" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TechCocktail/~4/72IDrfdEGwc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Iterable lands $50M Series C investment to expand cross-channel marketing platform https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/iterable-lands-50m-series-c-investment-to-expand-cross-channel-marketing-platform/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:0a55e0b0-3c76-9c46-01d8-1e2a055944bc Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:33:09 +0100 Iterable, a startup that helps companies build complex marketing campaigns across channels to reduce churn and increase usage, announced a $50 million Series C round today. Investors include Blue Cloud Ventures, CRV, Harmony Partners, Index Ventures and Stereo Capital. Today&#8217;s investment brings the total raised to $80 million. Company co-founder and CEO Justin Zhu says [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary"><a href="http://iterable.com/">Iterable</a>, a startup that helps companies build complex marketing campaigns across channels to reduce churn and increase usage, announced a $50 million Series C round today.</p> <p>Investors include Blue Cloud Ventures, CRV, Harmony Partners, Index Ventures and Stereo Capital. Today&#8217;s investment brings the total raised to $80 million.</p> <p>Company co-founder and CEO Justin Zhu says the <a class="crunchbase-link" href="https://crunchbase.com/organization/iterable" target="_blank" data-type="organization" data-entity="iterable">Iterable <span class="crunchbase-tooltip-indicator"></span></a> platform captures a constant stream of data from consumers from a variety of sources to give marketers the ability to build segments or event triggers based on consumer behavior.</p> <p>&#8220;Customers are streaming real-time updates of who they are, where they&#8217;re purchasing, what they&#8217;re doing in the app, what they&#8217;re up to on the website, and we&#8217;re taking all that data and making it available in real time,&#8221; Zhu explained.</p> <p>This could allow marketers to contact people based on behaviors, such as a segment of people who haven&#8217;t opened the app in two weeks. Marketers can also use event triggers to automate contact. In the classic scenario of the abandoned shopping cart, a marketer could set a trigger to send an email or an SMS message two hours after the cart was abandoned to prompt the customer to come back.</p> <p>As a platform, Iterable is offering a set of tools in a single solution that marketers would have had to buy separately. &#8220;In the past, what you typically would do is cobble together a variety of point solutions. You may buy a product just for mobile and buy one just for email. You may have engineers cobble together custom code to handle the lifecycle management. With Iterable, that can be all done in one place, and it can be done by a marketer, which would be the focus for their job,&#8221; Zhu said.</p> <p>He said that the company is streaming customer data from the various data sources directly to the marketers, so there is no data sharing involved with third parties. &#8220;This is a first-party data from our own customers,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>The company is reporting triple digit year-over-year growth, although it would not share specific revenue numbers. Iterable has 300 customers including Box, DoorDash and Zillow. It currently has 200 employees spread across three locations including the company headquarters in San Francisco and offices in Denver and New York City.</p> <p>Zhu says the company&#8217;s vision is to be a global company, and with this funding it plans to expand into Europe and Asia, as it continues to build the company.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/pRzVpEKTCwY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Erectile pharmacy app Ro launches telehealth service for women https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/erectile-pharmacy-app-ro-launches-telehealth-service-for-women/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:d30a2621-19bc-c1cb-9e0a-238b8cb23f75 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:00:30 +0100 Called Rory, the new line will target menopausal women with treatments for hot flashes, insomnia and more. <p id="speakable-summary">Six months ago, Roman, the cloud pharmacy for erectile dysfunction, dropped the &#8216;man&#8217; to become &#8216;<a href="https://ro.co/">Ro</a>.&#8217; At the same time, the company raised a monstrous Series A funding round of <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/31/roman-startup/">$88 million</a> and unveiled <a href="https://quitwithzero.com/">Zero</a>, a product meant to help people quit smoking, a root cause of ED.</p> <p>Now, Ro is addressing a different demographic. Today, it announces &#8216;Rory,&#8217; a line of products for menopausal women. In total, Rory offers six products treating four conditions, with prices starting at $13 per month. Prescription medication and supplements for hot flashes, over-the-counter treatments for insomnia, prescription vaginal estrogen cream and an all-natural water-based lubricant for vaginal dryness, and Latisse, which helps grow eyelashes, are available for purchase and direct-to-consumer delivery.</p> <p>All of these conditions, including hair loss and insomnia, can be associated with menopause, or the process, typically at midlife, in which a woman stops menstruating.</p> <p>To use Rory, which launches in 47 states today, women must complete an online doctor&#8217;s visit before they can be prescribed a personalized treatment plan. Rory is also launching a Facebook group and an online community, called Roar, for menopausal women to provide support to one another and to discuss topics from <span style="font-weight: 400;">sex positions that help with vaginal dryness to how to sleep better at night.</span></p> <p>&#8220;We aren&#8217;t used to talking about issues like vaginal dryness,&#8221; Rory co-founder Rachel Blank told TechCrunch. &#8220;Right now, we have [millions] of women experiencing menopause. They are walking around and frankly, their vagina hurts and they are uncomfortable. Really, what we are building at Rory is a lot of the educational content around this to let women know they have choices and they can take control during this phase of life where they feel like their bodies are rebelling against them.&#8221;</p> <p><div id="attachment_1799625" style="width: 2610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1799625" class="breakout wp-image-1799625 size-full" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Rory-team.jpeg" alt="" width="2600" height="1575" srcset="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Rory-team.jpeg 2600w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Rory-team.jpeg?resize=150,91 150w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Rory-team.jpeg?resize=300,182 300w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Rory-team.jpeg?resize=768,465 768w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Rory-team.jpeg?resize=680,412 680w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Rory-team.jpeg?resize=50,30 50w" sizes="(max-width: 2600px) 100vw, 2600px" /><p id="caption-attachment-1799625" class="wp-caption-text">Rory&#8217;s leadership team. From left to right: Melynda Barnes, Rachel Blank and Ro co-founder and CEO Zachariah Reitano.</p></div></p> <p>Unsurprisingly, the Ro founders are all male. In order to launch Rory, the trio &#8212; Rob Schutz, Saman Rahmanian and Zachariah Reitano &#8212; had to bring on talent knowledgeable of women&#8217;s health. Rachel Blank, a former investor at General Catalyst, an investor in Ro, seemed like a natural choice. Blank joined Ro full-time in the fall after learning about the company&#8217;s long-term vision to create personalize healthcare for everyone. General Catalyst, for its part, had been an investor in Ro since its August 2017 seed round.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;I was watching their pitch and having had that experience myself and listening to the founders of Ro talk about how much of a difference this platform could make in the lives of men with stigmatized conditions, it really resonated with me that this could really be a powerful tool for women as well,&#8221; Blank said.</span></p> <p>Blank herself was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder that can cause the development of a number of cysts in the ovaries, at 21-years-old. She is joined by Rory clinical director Melynda Barnes, a surgeon and otolaryngologist, and Ro co-founder and chief executive officer Zachariah Reitano, who oversees Ro&#8217;s growing portfolio of spinout brands.</p> <p>Ro has raised just over $90 million in venture capital funding to date, hitting a valuation of $154 million with its Series A, according to <a href="https://pitchbook.com/profiles/company/181114-30">PitchBook</a>. Its investors include Initialized Capital, Box Group and Slow Ventures, as well as angels like Y Combinator partner Aaron Harris, Benchmark’s Scott Belsky and the chief executives of Casper, Code Academy and Pill Pack.</p> <div class="embed breakout"> <blockquote class="wp-embedded-content" data-secret="oQgfYFFUEY"><p><a href="https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/31/roman-startup/">Roman is a cloud pharmacy for erectile dysfunction</a></p></blockquote> <p><iframe class="wp-embedded-content" sandbox="allow-scripts" security="restricted" src="https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/31/roman-startup/embed/#?secret=oQgfYFFUEY" data-secret="oQgfYFFUEY" width="800" height="450" title="&#8220;Roman is a cloud pharmacy for erectile dysfunction&#8221; &#8212; TechCrunch" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/tOie0NPf3vA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Seven Africa-focused startups present at Y Combinator’s Demo Day https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/seven-africa-focused-startups-present-at-y-combinators-demo-day/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:facafcd0-335e-af4c-0d10-f8c105a687d7 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:46:03 +0100 The seven Africa-focused companies that presented as part of Y Combinator&#8217;s Winter 2019 class of 200 startups may seem like a small percentage for such a large class, but it represents the growing significance of African ventures in YC’s universe. Since 2016, the Silicon Valley accelerator — which provides seed funds and mentorship for early-stage [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary">The seven Africa-focused companies that presented as part of<a href="https://www.ycombinator.com/"> Y Combinator&#8217;s</a> Winter 2019 class of 200 startups may seem like a small percentage for such a large class, but it represents the growing significance of African ventures in YC’s universe.</p> <p>Since 2016, the Silicon Valley accelerator — which provides seed funds and mentorship for early-stage startups — has backed 25 companies located in Africa, and another 10 with an Africa product focus, according to YC spokesperson Lindsay Amos.</p> <p>Past YC Africa alumns covered here at TechCrunch include payments startup <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/28/paystack-with-ambitions-to-become-the-stripe-of-africa-raises-8m-from-visa-tencent-and-stripe-itself/">Paystack</a>, logistics firm <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/07/nigerian-logistics-startup-kobo360-raises-6m-expands-in-africa/">Kobo360</a> and VOD startup <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/05/africa-roundup-mest-airbus-and-microsoft-expand-in-africa-while-afrostream-shutters/">Afrostream</a> (now shuttered).</p> <p>Of the seven Africa-oriented YC class that presented at Demo Day 2019, five originated in Nigeria and one in Tanzania. Six are fintech ventures, with products targeted across currency trading, agriculture, healthcare and education.</p> <p>Here’s the skinny on the Africa-focused startups that presented at Demo Day 2019.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nala.money/">Nala</a> (Tanzania): A fintech service building internet-free mobile payments for Africa, Nala lets users pay bills, do P2P payments and purchase cell phone minutes without an internet connection. The startup&#8217;s app is one of Google PlayStore&#8217;s Top Free Finance Apps in Tanzania, according to founder Benjamin Fernandes. Nala plans to leverage the seed funding and exposure from YC participation to raise additional capital to close its first seed round, he told TechCrunch.</p> <p><a href="https://54gene.com/">54gene</a> (Nigeria): 54gene aims to be the 23andMe for Africa. The company says that competitor data is limited because their users are mostly white. By focusing on Africa, the company can help detect and identify DNA markers that might otherwise go overlooked. Co-founder Abasi Ene-Obong has a PhD in cancer biology from the University of London.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vertofx.com/">VertoFX</a> (UK): VertoFX is a B2B currency marketplace and international payment provider for frontier markets with an initial target market of Africa. The platform allows businesses to gain easy access to foreign currencies and make international payments seamlessly, providing clients with real-time and cheaper exchange rates, liquidity and faster settlement periods. VertoFX&#8217;s founders are ex-bankers <span class="il" style="font-size: 1.125rem; letter-spacing: -0.1px;">Anthony</span><span style="font-size: 1.125rem; letter-spacing: -0.1px;"> </span><span class="il" style="font-size: 1.125rem; letter-spacing: -0.1px;">Oduwole and </span><span style="font-size: 1.125rem; letter-spacing: -0.1px;">Ola Oyetayo. In an email to TechCrunch, Oduu said there are currently 18 currencies on the platform and the ability to settle in 120 countries, including China and the U.S. </span></p> <p><a href="https://www.thriveagric.com/"><img class="alignnone wp-image-1798728 size-large" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Thrive.jpg?w=680" alt="" width="680" height="453" srcset="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Thrive.jpg 960w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Thrive.jpg?resize=150,100 150w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Thrive.jpg?resize=300,200 300w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Thrive.jpg?resize=768,512 768w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Thrive.jpg?resize=680,453 680w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Thrive.jpg?resize=50,33 50w" sizes="(max-width: 680px) 100vw, 680px" /></a><a href="https://www.thriveagric.com/">Thrive Agric</a> (Nigeria): The company helps smallholder farmers in Nigeria access crowdfunded loans to help grow their crops, as well as help them sell their produce. The company has worked with 14,000 farmers to date, with plans to reach 1,000,000 farmers across Africa by 2022 in what it says is a $54 billion market opportunity.</p> <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-1799542 size-large" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CredPal_Founders2.jpg?w=680" alt="" width="680" height="510" srcset="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CredPal_Founders2.jpg 4032w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CredPal_Founders2.jpg?resize=150,113 150w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CredPal_Founders2.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CredPal_Founders2.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CredPal_Founders2.jpg?resize=680,510 680w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CredPal_Founders2.jpg?resize=50,38 50w" sizes="(max-width: 680px) 100vw, 680px" /></p> <p><a href="https://credpal.com/">CredPal</a> (Nigeria): A <span style="font-size: 1.125rem; letter-spacing: -0.1px;">credit card company that allows consumers in Africa to make purchases across online and offline merchants and pay in fixed monthly installments, CredPal touts it cards as having the convenience of a credit card and the simplicity of fixed monthly repayments. The purpose is reducing the financial pressure faced by consumers in Africa and also improving their standard of living. The scope </span>is Africa and it is currently operational in Nigeria. Founders are Fehintolu Olaogun and Olorunfemi Jegede.</p> <p><a href="http://schoolable.allprotech.co/">Schoolable</a> (Nigeria): Schoolable provides simple finance solutions for schools in Africa. There are 65 million students in Africa attending private schools, but tuition payments can be a pain point for parents paying for their child’s education. That’s because tuition payments are often due upfront and it’s more difficult than it should be for schools to keep track of payments. Schoolable is creating an invoicing app that helps ensure parents make payments on time, while also using the app to save directly for tuition.</p> <p><a href="https://wallet.ng/">Wallet.NG</a> (Nigeria): A fintech app that allows people to send money to friends or family and pay bills with only the recipient&#8217;s phone number, Wallet helps users keep track of their spending through financial reporting available on the app.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/mWzg25GGscA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Portworx raises $27M Series C for its cloud-native data management platform https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/portworx-raises-27m-series-c-for-its-cloud-native-data-management-platform/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:9bd81672-90fa-eb09-f1c2-8ec837fb4172 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:30:46 +0100 As enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies like containers to build their applications, the next question they often have to ask themselves is how they adapt their data storage and management practices to this new reality, too. One of the companies in this business is the four-year-old Portworx, which has managed to attract customers like Lufthansa Systems, [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary">As enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies like containers to build their applications, the next question they often have to ask themselves is how they adapt their data storage and management practices to this new reality, too. One of the companies in this business is the four-year-old <a href="https://portworx.com/">Portworx</a>, which has managed to attract customers like Lufthansa Systems, GE Digital and HPE with its cloud-native storage and data-management platform for the Kubernetes container orchestration platform.</p> <p>Portworx today announced that it has raised a $27 million Series C funding round led by  <a class="crunchbase-link" href="https://crunchbase.com/organization/sapphire-ventures" target="_blank" data-type="organization" data-entity="sapphire-ventures">Sapphire Ventures <span class="crunchbase-tooltip-indicator"></span></a> and the ventures arm of Abu Dhabi&#8217;s Mubadala Investment Company. Existing investors Mayfield Fund and GE Ventures also participated, as well as new investors Cisco, HPE and NetApp, which clearly have a strategic interest in bringing Portworx&#8217;s storage offering to their own customers, too, and partnering with the company.</p> <p>Portworx&#8217;s tools make it easier for developers to migrate data, create backups and recover them after an issue. The service supports most popular databases, including Cassandra, Redis and MySQL, but also other storage services. Essentially, it creates a storage layer for database containers or other stateful containers that your apps can then access, no matter where they run or where the data resides.</p> <p><img class="breakout aligncenter size-full wp-image-1799652" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-Dashboard-Cluster-Overview_1080-850x4801.png" alt="" width="850" height="480" srcset="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-Dashboard-Cluster-Overview_1080-850x4801.png 850w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-Dashboard-Cluster-Overview_1080-850x4801.png?resize=150,85 150w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-Dashboard-Cluster-Overview_1080-850x4801.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-Dashboard-Cluster-Overview_1080-850x4801.png?resize=768,434 768w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-Dashboard-Cluster-Overview_1080-850x4801.png?resize=680,384 680w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-Dashboard-Cluster-Overview_1080-850x4801.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 850px) 100vw, 850px" /></p> <p>&#8220;As the cloud-native stack matures, Portworx&#8217;s leadership in the data layer is really what is highlighted by our funding,&#8221; Portworx CEO and co-founder Murli Thirumale told me. &#8220;We clearly have a significant number of customers, there is a lot of customer growth, our partner network is growing. What you are seeing is that within that cloud-native ecosystem, we have the maximum number of production deployments and that momentum is something we&#8217;re continuing to fuel and fund with this round.&#8221;</p> <p>As Portworx CEO and co-founder Murli Thirumale told me, the company expanded its customer base by over 100 percent last year and increased its total bookings by 376 percent year-over-year. That&#8217;s obviously the kind of growth that investors want to see. Thirumale noted, though, that the company wasn&#8217;t under any pressure to raise at this point. &#8220;We were seeing such strong growth momentum that we knew we need the money to fuel the growth.&#8221; That means expanding the company&#8217;s sales force, especially internationally, as well as its support team to help its new customers manage their data lifecycle.</p> <p>In addition to today&#8217;s funding round, Portworx also today announced the latest version of its flagship Portworx Enterprise platform, which now includes new data security and disaster recovery functions. These include improved role-based access controls that go beyond what Kubernetes traditionally offers (and that integrate with existing enterprise systems). The new disaster recovery tools now allow enterprises to make incremental backups to data centers that sit in different geographical locations. Maybe more importantly, Portworx now also lets users automatically save data in two nearby data centers zones as updates happen. That&#8217;s meant o enable use cases where zero data loss would be acceptable in the case of an outage. With this, a company could automatically backup data from a database that sits in Azure Germany Central and back it up to AWS Europe Frankfurt, for example.</p> <p><img class="breakout aligncenter size-full wp-image-1799661" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-User-Interface-Home.png" alt="" width="1024" height="640" srcset="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-User-Interface-Home.png 2560w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-User-Interface-Home.png?resize=150,94 150w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-User-Interface-Home.png?resize=300,188 300w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-User-Interface-Home.png?resize=768,480 768w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-User-Interface-Home.png?resize=680,425 680w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Portworx-User-Interface-Home.png?resize=50,31 50w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/az56KYdMcmM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Blameless emerges from stealth with $20M investment to help companies transition to SRE https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/blameless-emerges-from-stealth-with-20m-investment-to-help-companies-transition-to-sre/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:c34e386c-8b3b-7105-9f13-ae3e7dee1a8f Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:26:26 +0100 Sight Reliable Engineering (SRE) is an extension of DevOps designed for more complex environments. The problem is that this type of approach is difficult to implement and has usually only been in reach of large companies, requiring custom software. Blameless, a Bay Area startup, wants to put it reach of everyone. It emerged from stealth [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary">Sight Reliable Engineering (SRE) is an extension of DevOps designed for more complex environments. The problem is that this type of approach is difficult to implement and has usually only been in reach of large companies, requiring custom software. <a class="crunchbase-link" href="https://crunchbase.com/organization/blameless" target="_blank" data-type="organization" data-entity="blameless">Blameless, <span class="crunchbase-tooltip-indicator"></span></a> a Bay Area startup, wants to put it reach of everyone. It emerged from stealth today with an SRE platform for the masses and around $20 million in funding.</p> <p>For starters, the company announced two rounds of funding with $3.6 million in seed money last April and a $16.5 million Series A investment more recently in January. Investors included Accel,  Lightspeed Venture Partners and others.</p> <p>Company co-founder and CEO Ashar Rizqi knows first-hand just how difficult it is to implement an SRE system. He built custom systems for Box and Mulesoft before launching Blameless two years ago. He and his co-founder COO Lyon Wong saw a gap in the market where companies who wanted to implement SRE were being limited because of a lack of tooling and decided to build it themselves.</p> <p>Rizqi says SRE changes the way you work and interact and Blameless gives structure to that change. &#8220;It changes the way you communicate, prioritize and work, but we&#8217;re adding data and metrics to support that shift&#8221; he said.</p> <p><div id="attachment_1799762" style="width: 690px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1799762" class="wp-image-1799762 size-large" src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/slo-detail.png?w=680" alt="" width="680" height="419" srcset="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/slo-detail.png 2880w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/slo-detail.png?resize=150,92 150w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/slo-detail.png?resize=300,185 300w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/slo-detail.png?resize=768,473 768w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/slo-detail.png?resize=680,419 680w, https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/slo-detail.png?resize=50,31 50w" sizes="(max-width: 680px) 100vw, 680px" /><p id="caption-attachment-1799762" class="wp-caption-text">Screenshot: Blameless</p></div></p> <p>As companies move to containers and continuous delivery models, it brings a level of complexity to managing the developers, who are working to maintain the delivery schedule, and operations, who must make sure the latest builds get out with a minimum of bugs. It&#8217;s not easy to manage, especially given the speed involved.</p> <p>Over time, the bugs build up and the blame circulates around the DevOps team as they surface. The company name comes because their platform should remove blame from the equation by providing the tooling to get deeper visibility into all aspects of the delivery model.</p> <p>At that point, companies can understand more clearly the kinds of compromises they need to make to get products out the door, rather than randomly building up this technical debt over time. This is exacerbated by the fact that companies are building their software from a variety of sources, whether open source or API services, and it&#8217;s hard to know the impact that external code is having on your product.</p> <p>&#8220;Technical debt is accelerating as there is greater reliability on micro services. It&#8217;s a black box. You don&#8217;t own all the lines of code you are executing,&#8221; Rizqi explained. His company&#8217;s solution is designed to help with that problem.</p> <p>The company currently has 23 employees and 20 customers including DigitalOcean and Home Depot.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/2hA4cfDipOc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Meet Psylaris: The Dutch startup which uses VR to treat mental illness https://siliconcanals.nl/news/meet-psylaris-the-dutch-startup-which-uses-vr-to-treat-mental-illness/ Silicon Canals urn:uuid:d6962ee9-007d-8313-1e0b-488d5bd2c991 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:04:39 +0100 <p>Technology is integrated into almost every aspect of our lives, be it ordering food, commuting or healthcare. However, we are yet to observe any major breakthroughs using tech in the field of mental health care. Psylaris is a startup based out of Maastricht, Netherlands, which aims to change that by infusing the mental healthcare sector [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl/news/meet-psylaris-the-dutch-startup-which-uses-vr-to-treat-mental-illness/">Meet Psylaris: The Dutch startup which uses VR to treat mental illness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl">Silicon Canals</a>.</p> How To Run A Successful PPC Campaign: 4 Things To Address https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/how-to-run-a-successful-ppc-campaign/ Noobpreneur.com urn:uuid:4d723f71-0bd2-d015-0876-da7610423ae9 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:00:29 +0100 <p>Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising gives your brand visibility and allows you to determine which sources drive more traffic to your website.<br /> The clicks generated by your ads could also lead to&#8230; <a href="https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/how-to-run-a-successful-ppc-campaign/" class="read-more">Read more &#187;<span class="screen-reader-text"> &#8220;How To Run A Successful PPC Campaign: 4 Things To Address&#8221;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/how-to-run-a-successful-ppc-campaign/">How To Run A Successful PPC Campaign: 4 Things To Address</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.noobpreneur.com">Noobpreneur.com</a>.</p> Markforged raises $82 million for its industrial 3D printers https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/markforged-raises-82-million-for-its-industrial-3d-printers/ TechCrunch » Fundings &amp; Exits urn:uuid:4c5f5ada-d041-4026-f568-db73d651350b Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:00:17 +0100 3D printer manufacturer Markforged has raised another round of funding. Summit Partners is leading the $82 million Series D round with Matrix Partners, Microsoft’s Venture Arm, Next47 and Porsche SE also participating. When you think about 3D printers, chances are you’re thinking about microwave-sized, plastic-focused 3D printers for hobbyists. Markforged is basically at the other [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary">3D printer manufacturer <a href="https://markforged.com">Markforged</a> has raised another round of funding. Summit Partners is leading the $82 million Series D round with Matrix Partners, Microsoft’s Venture Arm, Next47 and Porsche SE also participating.</p> <p>When you think about 3D printers, chances are you’re thinking about microwave-sized, plastic-focused 3D printers for hobbyists. <a class="crunchbase-link" href="https://crunchbase.com/organization/mark-forged" target="_blank" data-type="organization" data-entity="mark-forged">Markforged <span class="crunchbase-tooltip-indicator"></span></a> is basically at the other end of the spectrum, focused on expensive 3D printers for industrial use cases.</p> <p>In addition to increased precision, Markforged can manufacture parts in strong <a href="https://markforged.com/materials/">materials</a>, such as carbon fiber, kevlar or stainless steel. And it can greatly impacts your manufacturing process.</p> <p>For instance, you can prototype your next products with a Markforged printer. Instead of getting sample parts from third-party companies, you can manufacture your parts in house. If you’re not going to sell hundreds of thousands of products, you could even consider using Markforged to produce parts for your commercial products.</p> <p>If you work in an industry that requires a ton of different parts but don’t need a lot of inventory, you could also consider using a 3D printer to manufacture parts whenever you need them.</p> <p>Markforged has a full-stack approach and controls everything from the 3D printer, software and materials. Once you’re done designing your CAD 3D model, you can send it to your fleet of printers. The company’s application also lets you manage different versions of the same part and collaborate with other people.</p> <p>According to the company’s <a href="https://markforged.com/about/">website</a>, Markforged has attracted 4,000 customers, such as Canon, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, General Motors, Volkswagen and Adidas. The company has shipped 2,500 printers in 2018.</p> <p>With today’s funding round, the company plans to do more of the same —&nbsp;you can expect mass production printers and more materials in the future. Eventually, Markforged wants to make it cheaper to manufacture parts at scale instead of producing those parts through other means.</p> <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='640' height='360' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/w0133NVRZJI?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/fundings-exits/~4/saOoGo9j5j4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Briefing: Former Tencent AI Lab head joins Sinovation Ventures https://technode.com/2019/03/20/tencent-head-join-sinovation-ventures/ TechNode urn:uuid:12cf9c9d-e447-3e56-8bd6-693706551af1 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:59:56 +0100 Zhang will provide guidance for the company’s technology investment portfolio, AI-related early projects, and talent training in its incubator. JD.com general counsel resigns days after CTO steps down https://technode.com/2019/03/20/jd-com-legal-head-leave/ TechNode urn:uuid:6234dfbe-4314-0ed2-5d02-c2d571ca8208 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:35:56 +0100 The news of Long's departure comes just four days after JD.com announced that CTO Zhang Chen would be leaving. 5 Common Mistakes of Instagram https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/5-common-mistakes-of-instagram/ Noobpreneur.com urn:uuid:13bb399a-46e2-2d5f-a726-d3365b586060 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:18:14 +0100 <p>If you’re running a business these days, you know how important it is to have a strong social media presence. Whether you’re an influencer trying to get sponsors interested in&#8230; <a href="https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/5-common-mistakes-of-instagram/" class="read-more">Read more &#187;<span class="screen-reader-text"> &#8220;5 Common Mistakes of Instagram&#8221;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/5-common-mistakes-of-instagram/">5 Common Mistakes of Instagram</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.noobpreneur.com">Noobpreneur.com</a>.</p> Tencent Music records solid revenue and paying user growth in 2018 https://technode.com/2019/03/20/tencent-music-records-solid-revenue-and-paying-user-growth-in-2018/ TechNode urn:uuid:1f42edb8-3923-4735-738f-076e2e4c161a Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:01:49 +0100 The company saw strong growth in total revenues in the fourth quarter and full year 2018, but reported a net loss in fourth quarter. Tandem Bank launches ‘Autosavings’ account https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/tandem-autosavings/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:4e7f933d-8d01-8560-5156-44ff7ac5f1b1 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:00:13 +0100 Tandem Bank, the U.K. challenger bank, is launching a new savings account powered by its &#8220;Autosavings&#8221; feature designed to make it easier to save. Paying 0.5 percent interest, the Tandem Autosavings account is effectively a flexible savings bank account built on top of Tandem&#8217;s existing bank account aggregation app and the various credit cards it [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary"><a href="https://tandem.co.uk/">Tandem Bank</a>, the U.K. challenger bank, is launching a new savings account powered by its &#8220;Autosavings&#8221; feature designed to make it easier to save.</p> <p>Paying 0.5 percent interest, the Tandem Autosavings account is effectively a flexible savings bank account built on top of Tandem&#8217;s existing bank account aggregation app and the various credit cards it offers. Based on a number of rules, it will automatically put money aside based on your spending habits and what its algorithm deems you can afford.</p> <p>The first rule, known as &#8220;Round Ups,&#8221; will move the change from small purchases to your Tandem Autosavings account, enabling you to round-up to the next pound across spending on all of your connected bank accounts.</p> <p>The second rule, dubbed &#8220;Safe To Save,&#8221; claims to use machine learning to calculate how much you can save based on the income and outgoings of your connected accounts. Within the Tandem app you can set your saving level using a slider from minimum to maximum savings, which aims to save between 5 and 15 percent of your income.</p> <p>Outside of these rules, you can also choose to top up your Tandem Autosavings account at anytime. Money moved across to your Tandem Autosavings account is pulled via the debit card you have added to the app and transactions are processed by Stripe, <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/14/a-spender-can-change-its-stripes/">as we previously reported</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;We spend a huge amount of time speaking with our users, understanding the challenges they face with their money, and what we can do to help,&#8221; Tandem&#8217;s Matt Ford tells me. &#8220;A consistent theme which arose for many of our users was the need to save. People either felt like they were unable to save at all (as they battle through to the end of the month), or were trying to save, but spending got in the way and they were unable to reach their goals fast enough&#8221;.</p> <p>Ford says that Autosavings aims to solve these problems by drawing on &#8220;behavioural economics principles&#8221;. The idea is that by helping customers save small amounts each time they spend, Tandem is initiating a savings behaviour for customers who may have previously felt unable to save.</p> <p>&#8220;Similarly, for those who need an extra boost, we have a rule called &#8216;safe to save&#8217; which, based on a forecast of upcoming spending and bills, helps sweep any spare cash automatically aside into an interest-bearing Tandem savings account&#8230; We&#8217;re planning to roll out additional rules over time to find new ways to help customers kickstart and accelerate their savings behaviour&#8221;.</p> <p>Perhaps crucially, Ford says that Tandem doesn&#8217;t &#8220;sweep&#8221; money immediately. Instead, savings are first added to a &#8220;virtual pot&#8221; that builds throughout the week, before moving across into your Tandem account.</p> <p>&#8220;With a quick swipe, customers can remove any savings items added to the pot before it leaves their current account, and they get a push notification before the money movement occurs so they can ensure that they are comfortable with the saving amount,&#8221; he explains. &#8220;Also, for people who have aggregated their current account and have the safe to save rule activated, we&#8217;re continually monitoring on a day-to-day basis how much a customer can afford to save based on their sending and account balance&#8221;.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Tandem has picked up pace over the last 18 months. Most recently the company launched a credit card for people who find it hard to quality for one. It followed the launch of a <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/11/tandem-adds-fixed-savings-accounts/">competitive fixed savings product</a>, pitting it against a whole host of incumbent and challenger banks, and the original <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/20/tandem-credit-card/">Tandem credit card offering cash-back</a> and low FX rates.</p> <p>All of Tandem&#8217;s products are managed via the Tandem mobile app, which also acts as a Personal Finance Manager (PFM), including letting you aggregate your non-Tandem bank account data from other bank accounts or credit cards you might have.</p> <p>Like a plethora of fintechs, Tandem&#8217;s broader strategy is to become your financial control centre and connect you to and offer various financial services. These are either products of its own or through partnerships with other fintech startups and more established providers.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/ifI2U8ley6s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> A British startup has launched a robotic arm which will shake up the entire industrial robotics space https://siliconcanals.nl/news/a-british-startup-has-launched-a-robotic-arm-which-will-shake-up-the-entire-industrial-robotics-space/ Silicon Canals urn:uuid:0442af48-c47c-9afd-96e7-5268af2cb14c Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:00:11 +0100 <p>Automation is bringing a transformation across industries. It has resulted in chatbots that offer a new way of interacting with self-driving cars and software. This is possible with the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that can handle complex human tasks. These advancements have also led to the development of robots. In an attempt to democratise [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl/news/a-british-startup-has-launched-a-robotic-arm-which-will-shake-up-the-entire-industrial-robotics-space/">A British startup has launched a robotic arm which will shake up the entire industrial robotics space</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl">Silicon Canals</a>.</p> How To Improve Your Sales Skills: 4 Tips https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/how-to-improve-your-sales-skills-4-tips/ Noobpreneur.com urn:uuid:c6ee85df-c419-5097-d921-ac8b7ee89c5b Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:40:50 +0100 <p>You probably already put in at least 40 hours a week at your sales job. While you would definitely like to sharpen your sales skills and learn some new tips&#8230; <a href="https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/how-to-improve-your-sales-skills-4-tips/" class="read-more">Read more &#187;<span class="screen-reader-text"> &#8220;How To Improve Your Sales Skills: 4 Tips&#8221;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.noobpreneur.com/2019/03/20/how-to-improve-your-sales-skills-4-tips/">How To Improve Your Sales Skills: 4 Tips</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.noobpreneur.com">Noobpreneur.com</a>.</p> Xiaomi promotes AIoT plans as 2018 profits underwhelm https://technode.com/2019/03/20/xiaomi-promotes-aiot-plans-as-2018-profits-underwhelm/ TechNode urn:uuid:01a4c933-58d8-1417-f074-fa9276c095c3 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:26:56 +0100 The company will invest more than RMB 10 billion into AIoT development over the next five years. Welcome Pickups lands €3.3M funding to offer ‘in-destination’ travel services https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/welcome-pickups/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:4b53b354-2182-162a-fdda-bb842550c0d0 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:00:52 +0100 Welcome Pickups, an Athens-based startup offering a range of &#8220;in-destination&#8221; travel services from the point of pickup onwards, has raised €3.3 million in Series A funding. The backing comes from VentureFriends, MarketOne, Howzat, Jabbar, and Openfund. Also participating is Alejandro Artacho, who founded Spotahome, and John Tsioris, founder of Instashop. Launched in Greece in 2015, [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary"><a href="https://www.welcomepickups.com/">Welcome Pickups</a>, an Athens-based startup offering a range of &#8220;in-destination&#8221; travel services from the point of pickup onwards, has raised €3.3 million in Series A funding. The backing comes from VentureFriends, MarketOne, Howzat, Jabbar, and Openfund. Also participating is Alejandro Artacho, who founded Spotahome, and John Tsioris, founder of Instashop.</p> <p>Launched in Greece in 2015, Welcome Pickups believes it has spotted an opportunity that moves local travel services beyond a &#8220;commoditized transfer service&#8221; to a more holistic in-destination travel experience. The idea is that from the moment you arrive at a new destination and until departure, Welcome Pickups will be able to accommodate all of your travel needs, spanning transfers, travel products, things to do, and travel information.</p> <p>&#8220;The travel experience after the flight and hotel booking step is broken,&#8221; says Welcome Pickups co-founder and CEO Alex Trimis. &#8220;[The] in-destination vertical is a multi-billion dollar opportunity that remains fragmented and offline. Welcome, starting from transportation, will become its leader while assisting players in the other two segments to offer a better and more complete service&#8221;.</p> <p>Trimis says the startup turns airport transfer into a travel experience by using this first step as a gateway to cover all other in-destination needs. To achieve this, Welcome Pickups claims to be creating the most robust and complete in-destination travel data-set in existence.</p> <p>&#8220;Apart from the traveler&#8217;s problems, we are also sorting out a number of partner problems,&#8221; adds Trimis. This includes helping hotels and other short stay providers personalise their guest experience and optimise operations through the use of Welcome Pickups&#8217; data.</p> <p>More broadly, the draw is that by &#8220;safeguarding&#8221; the travel experience at destination, return bookings and recommendations are a lot more likely to happen.</p> <p>To that end, Welcome Pickups says that in 2018 the company serviced over 400,000 travellers in 32 destinations. It estimates that it will welcome over 1 million travellers in 2019, and says it now employs a team of 60 people, mainly in Athens and Barcelona.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the Greek startup will use the new funding to expand its product offerings, strengthen the core team and increase the Welcome Pickups<br /> destination network. This will include adding more travel industry partners, such as cruise lines and airlines, and also enhance customer experience with a<br /> traveller app.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/D68zJCM-XbM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 10 young and exciting startups from Luxembourg to watch out for in 2019 https://siliconcanals.nl/news/10-young-and-exciting-startups-from-luxembourg-to-watch-out-for-in-2019/ Silicon Canals urn:uuid:e13ae3a7-9eae-8034-5f1f-53c91d1af9ad Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:00:36 +0100 <p>Luxembourg is eventually becoming home to people from different geographic locations. Gradually, it is growing to be one of the European countries that provide a motivating platform for tech startups. There are some interesting initiatives such as Fit4Start, Fit4Entrepreneurship, Innohub Luxembourg and more in the country to trigger the startup scene. In this regard, we [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl/news/10-young-and-exciting-startups-from-luxembourg-to-watch-out-for-in-2019/">10 young and exciting startups from Luxembourg to watch out for in 2019</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://siliconcanals.nl">Silicon Canals</a>.</p> New rules for rental economy user deposits clarify legal gray area https://technode.com/2019/03/20/chinas-transport-ministry-deposit/ TechNode urn:uuid:d1baefc2-ecae-7cc9-2e00-5d19a58b160f Wed, 20 Mar 2019 07:49:22 +0100 The law comes as concern mounts about the financial stability of a number of mobility firms in the rental economy sector. Doctolib is now a unicorn with new $170 million round https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/19/doctolib-is-now-a-unicorn-with-new-170-million-round/ TechCrunch » Startups urn:uuid:687e7fe0-8085-089c-db6a-991eaa4f1edd Wed, 20 Mar 2019 07:01:43 +0100 French startup Doctolib has raised a new round of funding of $170 million (€150 million). The round is led by General Atlantic, with existing investors Accel, Eurazeo, Kernel and Bpifrance also participating. Some German healthcare entrepreneurs are also joining the round —&#160;the company isn’t detailing the names of those investors. But Doctolib is detailing an [&#8230;] <p id="speakable-summary">French startup <a href="https://www.doctolib.fr">Doctolib</a> has raised a new round of funding of $170 million (€150 million). The round is led by <a href="https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/general-atlantic">General Atlantic</a>, with existing investors Accel, Eurazeo, Kernel and Bpifrance also participating. Some German healthcare entrepreneurs are also joining the round —&nbsp;the company isn’t detailing the names of those investors.</p> <p>But <a class="crunchbase-link" href="https://crunchbase.com/organization/doctolib" target="_blank" data-type="organization" data-entity="doctolib">Doctolib <span class="crunchbase-tooltip-indicator"></span></a> is detailing an important metric —&nbsp;its valuation. Based on this new round, Doctolib now has a post-money valuation of $1.13 billion (€1 billion). There&#8217;s a new unicorn in town.</p> <p>Doctolib first started with a scheduling service for health practitioners. For €109 per month ($124), you can replace your calendar with Doctolib and let the startup take care of your week. Patients can book an appointment on Doctolib’s website and everything stays in sync between your own calendar and your public calendar.</p> <p>More recently, Doctolib expanded to new countries and new types of practitioners. The company is now live in Germany and now also works with hospitals. Some hospitals have completely switched their scheduling system to Doctolib. Doctolib essentially became the leading cloud service for healthcare scheduling.</p> <p>There are currently 75,000 practitioners and 1,400 healthcare facilities using Doctolib. The company works with 750 people and has offices in 40 different cities —&nbsp;it sounds like you need to have a local team in order to convince doctors in a specific area.</p> <p>And now, the startup wants to expand to new services. In January, the company launched its <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/16/doctolib-details-how-telemedicine-appointments-work/">telemedicine service</a>. Existing Doctolib customers can now flip a switch and start accepting remote appointments.</p> <p>This is a natural extension of Doctolib’s booking service. In addition to finding the right doctor and booking an appointment, you can now have a video consultation with a healthcare professional and get a digital prescription in your account.</p> <p>Doctolib has focused on a limited feature set for years. But the company now has a shot at becoming a sort of Salesforce for the healthcare industry — a software-as-a-service company with a range of services to help practitioners switch from traditional software suites to browser-based applications.</p> <p>For instance, Doctolib could expand beyond patient-to-doctor relationships and facilitate doctor-to-doctor collaboration as well.</p> <p>With today’s funding round, the company will double the size of the team within the next three years across the board. In addition to sales people, the company will also double the size of the technology, product and design teams in order to launch new products. And finally, Doctolib will also expand to new countries.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~4/1-bOUJZmibw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Briefing: Xiaomi payment app Mi Pay enters India https://technode.com/2019/03/20/briefing-xiaomi-payment-app-mi-pay-enters-india/ TechNode urn:uuid:5ca33843-22dc-12ea-5dfe-4103da8e9b38 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 06:29:04 +0100 Mi Pay allows users to make payment via multiple options such as UPI, credit cards, debit cards, and internet banking. Briefing: Li Feifei to lead Stanford institute for ‘human-centered’ AI https://technode.com/2019/03/20/li-fei-fei-human-centered-ai/ TechNode urn:uuid:71a96eb6-5ef6-fe3d-81b0-a7d7ce1d236c Wed, 20 Mar 2019 05:31:27 +0100 The move comes amid broader concerns over the effects of AI on society.