This Startup Wants to Neutralize Your Phoneand Un-change the World

January 18, 2018

Late last drop-off, in the glittering lily-white lobby of Madison Square Garden, uniformed assistants were announced at certificate terminals to attain millions of smartphones stupid. Chris Rock was playing his 10 th show in a 12 -city international expedition, and at every stop, each guest was required to pass through the entryway, confirm that his or her telephone was on pulsate or speechles, and then mitt it over to a…


Woman seeks career advice on the tech industry, gets the sleaziest reply

September 4, 2017

It’s a sad state of affairs when a woman reaches out for career advice from an industry influencer, and instead finds herself on the receiving end of inappropriate messages. When 18-year-old Lydia Jones contacted a male entrepreneur for career advice, the conversation quickly took a handbrake turn into creepy territory. SEE ALSO: Yes, that controversial Google diversity rant matters. Like, really matters. Jones’ says she wanted a steer on entering…


Rapportive founders new startup Superhuman is what Gmail would be if built today

August 30, 2017

Reinventing the email experience is an area numerous startups have tried to tackle over the years, with some apps focused more on triage, others on making a better desktop alternative to Outlook, and still more aiming to re-envision email as a mobile-first product, among other ideas. A new startup called Superhuman, from the founder of Gmail add-on Rapportive acquired in 2012 by LinkedIn, is different. Instead of giving email a…


Wisconsin company will implant freaky microchips in some of its employees

July 25, 2017

Here’s a story straight out of your worst dystopian nightmare. Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based vending machine company, announced today it will become the first U.S. company to implant microchips in some of its employees. Workers who have the chips implanted in their hands will be able to use them to scan and open doors, make purchases in the break room, login to computers, and use the copy machine. SEE…


Run your startup the Toyota way

July 20, 2017

Toyota is known for its manufacturing efficiency. Weve probably all heard that if a worker on the Camry line sees a problem, they have the authority to stop the line and address it. At the end of the day, teams meet to discuss what went wrong and what fixes actually fixed things. Its called the Toyota Production System, or TPS, and, like any tech cult, its got lots of lingo…


The Pixel Kit is Kanos latest product to get your kids psyched about coding

July 13, 2017

While the Pixel Kit is arriving several months later than its December 2016 target ship date, its hitting a price point that is even cheaper than its backers paid (that price being $99; the target retail price was $129.99). The company is now shifting efforts to the other kits, though, at this date, Kano had told backers they would be shipping the last of their three products, instead of just…


There’s a good reason governments aren’t startups

June 18, 2017

Jeb Bush wearing a hoodie in a video message to Mark Zuckerberg.Image: shutterstock/jeb!/mashable composite The hot new name in tech is France, a centuries-old startup that provides security, healthcare, and education in exchange for taxes. Newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the country needs to “think and move more like a startup” and, presumably, less like a stodgy social democracy. SEE ALSO: Trump’s treasury secretary is…


Startups, Id like to meet you in Columbus

June 14, 2017

Im in Columbus this week and I thought we could have a quick meetup in advance of Disrupt SF in September. Well be congregating on Thursday at 5pm at the Wolfs Ridge Tap Room. You can RSVP here. There is limited room so please gather up a ticket early. Well have a speedy pitch-off of preparing for Disrupt SF and 10 fellowships will have 90 seconds to slope and then…


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

May 19, 2017

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


India’s leading edutech startup is now a Harvard case study

May 6, 2017

Image: GOOGLE PLAY STORE Education technology startup Byju’s, backed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative( CZI ), is now a Harvard case study. It is only the fourth Indian startup to make it to the hallowed Harvard Business Publishing platform, after Flipkart( India’s largest online retailer ), Paytm( India’s biggest portable billfold) and GOQii( India’s preceding state and fitness startup ). SEE ALSO: This health and fitness startup is now a…