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Google.org, Omidyar Networks backing Fast Forward, the accelerator for tech non-profits

Fast Forward co-founders Kevin Barenblat and Shannon Farley. An accelerator that helps tech non-profits develop their products and raise grant money, Fast Forward, has attracted $1.25 million in philanthropic funding of its own. Backers included big names in venture capital and tech. Omidyar Network, Google.org, and BlackRock donated the largest share, along with AT&T, The Nasiri Foundation and Rita Allen Foundation. Fast Forward will use the money… Read More

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A post-seed round is not a bridge

The Julien Dubuque Bridge traverses the Mississippi River. It joins the cities of Dubuque, Iowa, and East Dubuque, Illinois. The bridge is part of the U.S. Highway 20 route. It is one of two automobile bridges over the Mississippi in the area the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge three miles 5?km north links Dubuque with Wisconsin, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A few times every month I get an email from a CEO or investor that says something like this: “We are seeking a Bridge for our company. Since we already raised our Seed and you do Post-Seed, we thought you would be ideal to speak to about this.” I have concluded there is a lot of confusion over how a post-seed round differs from a bridge round. Read More

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The Twitris sentiment analysis tool by Cognovi Labs predicted the Brexit hours earlier than polls

data analysis Cognovi Labs is a new analytics startup that relies on Twitris to take a sample of social media chatter to deduce real-time, large-scale, automated sentiment about specific topics. As a real-world example of the tool’s capability, the Cognovi Labs analyzed Twitter chatter leading up to the Brexit vote and predicted that polls leaning toward the “remain” camp were incorrect… Read More

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Opinion: Brexit is tragic, but the UK’s tech ecosystem is open for business

Politic relationship between Europe Union and Great Britain. Brexit This is a guest post by Matt Clifford, co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First Almost no one in the UK tech ecosystem wanted Brexit. Most of us are worried about the impact on our country and the continent – but one group that’s well positioned to thrive is the UK’s startups. I’ve spent much of the last few days talking to Entrepreneur First’s portfolio and there… Read More

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ACLU challenges federal hacking law hampering research into online discrimination

scales of justice The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney General alleging that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is unconstitutional, and as a consequence is preventing critical research into discrimination online from being accomplished. Read More

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Adidas and Kanye West expand their partnership with planned sports gear and Yeezy retail stores

(L-R) adidas CMO Eric Liedtke and Kanye West at Milk Studios on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. adidas and Kanye West announce the future of their partnership: adidas + KANYE WEST Kanye West and Adidas just announced they are turning their Yeezy collaboration into a full-fledged partnership. The deal, which Adidas is calling “the most significant partnership ever created between a non-athlete and an athletic brand”, will result in the creation of a new business unit inside of Adidas – akin to how Nike handles the Michael Jordan brand. The new unit will… Read More

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AWS’s Elastic File System is now ready for production use

aws_logo Over a year ago, Amazon’s AWS cloud computing unit announced the beta launch of the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS).
While AWS already offers a number of cloud storage services in the form of S3, Glacier and Elastic Block Store, the idea behind EFS is to offer AWS users access to a more straightforward file storage system that at least partly mirrors the features of the kind of… Read More

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DoorDash, going beyond food delivery, will soon bring you alcohol

doordash pretzel DoorDash started off as a restaurant delivery company — but, like many on-demand delivery companies, its ambitions are certainly much higher than that. And it’s taking one step beyond food delivery today by adding the ability to purchase alcohol through DoorDash. While DoorDash may have already delivered food from breweries or restaurants that offer paired food, it still… Read More

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Box Shuttle helps ferry legacy file stores to cloud

Space Shuttle with two rocket boosters attached. Box announced Box Shuttle today, a new service that combines software and consulting to help customers move large — as in millions or even hundreds of millions — of legacy files to the Box service. Previously, companies with files stored in network file shares or legacy content management systems like Microsoft SharePoint, EMC Documentum or OpenText were on their own when it came… Read More

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Acer’s Aspire S 13 is a decent little ultrabook

Acer Aspire S 13 The first thing you notice about the Aspire S 13: It’s not a MacBook Air. In a space in which Apple’s laptop has so dominated the aesthetic conversation around thin and light laptops, it’s worth noting when a company goes boldly in some other aesthetic direction. The primary way in which the new Aspire sets itself apart from the competition is in pricing, promising high-end… Read More

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