NFX Guild’s James Currier’s journey from baiting hooks to baiting big deals
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 6:30 pm

 James Currier focuses on building businesses with network effects, and he builds those businesses by choosing the right people first. Currier started as a schoolboy entrepreneur, selling worms to fishermen at six and later selling boxer shorts in college. After starting his career in venture capital, Currier founded a series of companies and incubators that took advantage of network effects… Read More

The dream of the Courier lives on, but it’s still a dream
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 5:44 pm

 Oh yes, young feller, that there Yoga Book sure is something. But why don’t you just set a while an’ listen to the stories of an old blogger. ‘Twas back in the old days — before the millennials took over. That’d be 2009 or so. Longer than most remember these days. Let me ask ya something, m’boy. Ever hear tell of a Courier? Read More

Relive Samsung’s incredibly awkward Gear S3 press conference
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 5:28 pm

 Samsung knows how to through a party. A really, really weird party. The electronics giant has put on some of the more bizarre events over the past decade, including, memorably, one at IFA 2012 that featured a real-life magician hired by the company to demonstrate just how magical the company’s new phablet really was. This year’s event, focused solely on its new wearable, the Gear… Read More

10 haiku inspired by Facebook’s terrible new trending news algorithm
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 5:24 pm

 Last week, Facebook fired all the humans who used to run its trending news, and replaced them with an algorithm meant to capture the most popular stories the web had to offer — in one to two words that often don’t make any sense out of context. How is that going? Well, so far, trending news has viral-ized a fake story about Megyn Kelly quitting Fox News and endorsing Hillary Clinton,… Read More

IoT’s killer app is home security
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

 IoT is most well-known as a quirky way of automating your home, like some fancy clapper or talking fridge. By and large, IoT has yet to have its “killer app” moment and become a mainstream success — mostly because people don’t recognize the tangible value in having a home full of connected devices. Then it struck me — perhaps IoT’s killer app is home security. Read More

HSN’s first pitch-off competition goes in search of the next big consumer product
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:39 pm

 HSN is looking for the next big American consumer product. Today, 100 makers and entrepreneurs from around the U.S. will pitch their products for a chance to win airtime on HSN, a listing on HSN.com, a piece in Good Housekeeping magazine and its “Seal of Approval,” following testing. The products will come from across categories, like home, kitchen, toys, productivity, and yes,… Read More

You too can bid on Steve Jobs’ turtleneck and other random junk!
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:25 pm

 If you’re a founder who’s feeling hot after getting some new seed funding and want to treat yourself, may I recommend purchasing the entire wardrobe of Silicon Valley’s greatest Versace menswear aficionado and wearing it as you berate employees in your office? Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, famously posited that good artists copy and great artists steal, so why… Read More

Salesforce shares face plant despite beating analyst expectations
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:22 pm

 Salesforce earnings came out today! They’re not great, either, and it looks like a weak outlook for the company’s third quarter is doing some damage to its shares, which were down as much as 8 percent. For a company that literally defined the phrase “software as a service” — basically, running your business online — and one that’s had a decent year… Read More

Box beats earnings expectations
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:09 pm

 Box reported its second quarter fiscal 2017 earnings after the bell on Wednesday. The company beat estimates, posting an adjusted loss of 14 cents, compared to the 19 cents expected by analysts. They also surpassed revenue predictions, reporting $95.7 million instead of $94.65 million.  Shares ticked up about 5% in initial after-hours trading, and then fell flat.  “Our strong second… Read More

Lenovo’s got a snazzy new lightweight convertible laptop
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:06 pm

 The poor Yoga 910 never really had a chance. Moments after Lenovo announced the laptop, the spotlight was completely absorbed by the strange new Yoga Book. It’s a shame really, because this is a pretty nice piece of hardware — one that surely would have been the talk of the company’s event, had it not gone and showed the aforementioned device and a Hasselblad add-on for the… Read More

Glint raises $27 million to stop solid employees from bailing
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

 Redwood City-based Glint has raised $27 million in a Series C round of venture funding for software that helps companies figure out how their teams are experiencing problems, or why and when solid employees may leave, undesirably. Glint replaces the traditional 360-review tools used by corporate HR teams and executives with short, anonymous surveys sent out once in a while to specific groups… Read More

Bang & Olufsen’s pricey new wireless speakers look like martini shakers
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

 If nothing else, Bang & Olufsen knows how to make an impression. The Danish audio company announced a pair of new wireless speakers — or rather, one speaker in two different sizes — with conical aluminium designs that, if nothing else, certainly stand out. The BeoSound 1 and 2 (names, interestingly enough, already used for a pair of shiny multi-room speakers about 10 or so… Read More

We are all excited for CES which is great and wonderful and right around the corner-ish
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 3:41 pm

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CBS’s streaming service debuts a $10 per month ad-free tier
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 3:28 pm

 CBS’s streaming TV service for cord cutters, CBS All Access – and soon to be home to the new “Star Trek” series – is today rolling out the option of a commercial-free subscription for the price of $9.99 per month. The existing subscription is still available at $5.99 per month, and includes the same content lineup. The launch comes at a time when the network… Read More

Hands-on with Lenovo’s strangely fascinating new Yoga Book
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 3:24 pm

 The Yoga Book is nothing if not compelling – but, then, compelling has never really been an issue for the company. Each year, like clockwork, Lenovo tries to push the boundaries of what a tablet can/should be. While other companies are still dipping their toes in the keyboard case waters, Lenovo just goes and, say, drops a projector on the thing. This year’s Yoga Book might be… Read More

Qrates lets you press your hot beats onto vinyl
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 2:55 pm

 Hello, fellow young people! I, like you, love vinyl. It offers richer, more realistic (pet) sounds and it is great for lugging from squat house to squat house and for sharing on a portable record player while you enjoy some fine beverages on the front stoop of your Williamsburg duplex. But how can you press your own music onto vinyl with a minimum of (hot) fuss? A Tokyo-based team has the answer. Read More

IFA 2016 Event
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 2:52 pm

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DOE small biz voucher awards include vehicles and fuel cells
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 2:38 pm

 The US Department of Energy has awarded $8 million in Small Business Vouchers to 43 businesses, including ten projects aimed at making hydrogen fuel cells cheaper and more efficient, and six projects that will improve vehicle fuel efficiency, including better batteries. In addition to funding from the DOE, participants in this second round of the SBV project will be working with 12 of the… Read More

Lenovo’s latest convertible tablet brings a drawing pad into the fold
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 2:30 pm

 If nothing else, Lenovo has certainly demonstrated that it’s not afraid to experiment with form factor. The company’s Yoga line has offered some of the most interesting takes we’ve seen on the tablet space. They have been met with a varying degree of success, sure, but the company always seems game to try something a little different. The Yoga Book certainly offers one of… Read More

Hasselblad’s True Zoom Mod turns the Moto Z into a camera with a giant viewfinder
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 2:30 pm

 The latest add-on Motorola’s Moto Z line brings some serious photo taking gravitas to the compelling modular offering. The Hasselblad True Zoom essentially turns the handset into a skinny camera with an enormous 5.5-inch viewfinder. Given everything we know about our friends at Hasselblad, it’s no surprise, really, that the modular backing is a really lovely looking bit of hardware. Read More

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