Startups United States
Countless wannabe entrepreneurs think they have great app ideas but when it comes to actually creating them, they face the small hurdle of, well, not actually having the tech skills necessary to bring those ideas to fruition. This is usually overcome by finding a technical cofounder or paying an agency tens of thousands of dollars to develop the app, a process which can drag on and end up costing more than expected.
According to the World Vision, one of the best ways to help people in developing countries is to facilitate access to self-employment and in turn, a secure future. However, for those who have not been lucky enough to get assistance from such charities, gaining access to a small loan to start a business is difficult. Microfinance was established to fill the gap left by traditional banks, for whom it wasn’t profitable to serve such a market.
What’s been lacking in healthcare industries worldwide is technology that can decipher environmental data and predict areas at risk of viral disease outbreaks. A US-headquartered startup AIME uses artificial intelligence to do just that, with its first focus being dengue fever, a tropical mosquito-borne disease.
Over the last decade, all forms of crowdfunding – donations-based, rewards-based, debt-based or equity-based – have been embraced by early-stage startups that take extraordinary risks bringing new products to unproven markets. What we have rarely seen, however, is startups offering shares to early adopters of a product, or more specifically, startups offering shares to accelerate user adoption. This is what RocketClub, a startup headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, facilitates.
If celebrity culture is anything to go by, people are curious about what other people have, especially if they’re cooler, richer and more famous. A startup based out of St Louis, Missouri, Minimums, doesn’t just show you, as its motto suggests, “the most interesting possessions of the world’s most interesting people”, it also lets you purchase those items.
Though Facebook launched its Internet.org movement earlier this year to get smartphones and tablets into the hands of those in developing countries, it will take years before any tangible results are seen, if at all. Other startups have decided to work with what they’ve got, and are bringing parts of the internet to people with ‘dumb’ or feature phones.
It’s easy to watch the news stories about people drowning in rivers or at the beach each summer and think it will never happen to you because you’re a strong swimmer, but the truth is that accidents can happen to strong swimmers too. The World Health Organisation estimates that over 372,000 drowning deaths occur each year, with people often getting caught in rips, developing cramps, or falling overboard from a boat or swimming out too far and getting stuck.
Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and venture capitalist Shea Tate-Di Donna agrees now is the perfect time to be an entrepreneur, however feels resources for entrepreneurs are not equally accessible to people of all backgrounds. Her latest venture Zana aims to ‘democratise entrepreneurship’ in developed and emerging economies, so that people – regardless of their age, gender, race or sexuality – have the best chance of building successful businesses.
It’s never been easier to ask for money on the internet, with new crowdfunding platforms seemingly popping up every week. However, while the average crowdfunding platform makes it easy for people to fund the creation of cool new apps and gadgets we don’t really need, others try to raise money for good causes. One such platform is Celly Fundraisers.
Forget the stereotype of the dumb jock: whether it’s learning how to market themselves or taking better care of their bodies, athletes are becoming increasingly savvy. In particular, today’s athletes know that physical ability is just one part of the game and that mental training is now a key way to keep their skills sharp and boost their game. New startup HeadTrainer is looking to make that brain training part of an athlete’s life from day one.
From Frank Sinatra to Ryan Adams, Allen Ginsberg to Joan Didion, New York City is famous for the artists it’s been home to and the art it’s inspired. While artists have flocked to New York, Silicon Valley has become synonymous with tech entrepreneurship. For many startup founders, Silicon Valley has always been Mecca. Until now.
What Los Angeles-based startup Xtensio provides is a technology platform for nascent entrepreneurs or experienced entrepreneurs looking to build new, cutting-edge technology or a disruptive business model, to define and develop this value proposition from scratch.
Most of us know we should drink 8 glasses of water a day, so we go out to buy a nice water bottle because we think that will encourage us to drink. Of course, after a day or two of devoted sipping, the bottle ends up sitting on the desk all day and we never get through more than half.
From the waterproof to heat resistant, technology has been innovating our clothing for years. While the hijab and other items worn by Muslim women have become more fashionable than the stereotype would suggest thanks to stores like Hijup and Soirée Designs, the fabrics used haven’t really seen the same kind of innovation as ‘regular’ fashion.
Lead generation platform LeadPages has announced the raising of a $27 million Series B round, led by Drive Capital with participation from Foundry Group and Arthur Ventures.