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23Jan/15Off

YC-Backed Bluesmart Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

screen-shot-2014-11-17-at-10-10-03-am “Imagine a world where you never lose your luggage,” says CEO of Bluesmart, Diego Saez-Gil. He motions to a compact carry-on suitcase sitting beside us and tells me he can track this piece of luggage anywhere.
Saez-Gil’s Y Combinator-backed startup makes these hardshell suitcases. It can locate, lock and weigh your belongings from an app on your smartphone. Read More

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23Jan/15Off

What We Didn’t See From Wearables At CES

wristcomputer At CES this year, we saw everything from stickers that tracked heart rates on babies to virtual reality headsets that didn’t make you throw up. Talk of the Apple Watch took a backseat, but wearables were a hot topic in sunny Las Vegas. Back in the drizzly reality of winter in Cincinnati, we’re contemplating how wearables will seriously make the leap in 2015. Read More

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23Jan/15Off

YC-Backed Pomello Helps Teams Determine Whether Job Applicants Will Fit In

Pomello Founders Y Combinator-backed Pomello wants to push recruiting to be more about getting new employees who will get along with the rest of the team rather than pushing fancy perks and competing on pay.
At least, that line of thinking is what got co-founders Catherine Spence and Oliver Staehelin talking while they were at Stanford Business School. With backgrounds in product management and recruiting… Read More

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23Jan/15Off

Classified Startup Saltside Technologies Raises Another $40M Led By Hillhouse

Last year we covered the fact that emerging markets like Africa were exploding with classified ad sites as the population comes online and begins the process of getting into marketplaces. Saltside Technologies is deep into this game, and last year raised $25m in equity funding, backed by Investment AB Kinnevik, a listed Swedish investment house with a specialism in emerging markets. It’s… Read More

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23Jan/15Off

Pachyderm Wants To Be The Data Processing Tool For The Docker Generation

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 9.16.37 AM If you’ve collected a large amount of data that you want to analyze, the go-to method for years has been to follow a programming paradigm called MapReduce, typically using Apache’s Hadoop framework. It’s a tried and true process, but it isn’t simple: Hadoop, which is mostly written in Java, has a reputation for being difficult. Companies that want to get serious about… Read More

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23Jan/15Off

Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics To Bolster Its Analytics Services

6a010534b1db25970b01b8d0c62f08970c Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Revolution Analytics, an open-source analytics company with a strong focus on the highly popular R programming language for statistical computing. Microsoft says that it made this acquisition “to help more companies use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics.” The two companies did not… Read More

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23Jan/15Off

Kredo Helps You Make Your Portfolio Fancy

IMG_2896 You may be fancy and everybody already knows this, but does your portfolio reflect that? Kredo, a new portfolio app, will help you and those around you find out just how fancy you are. Created by Lukas Dryja and Tyler Rooney, Kredo was built after the pair realized their artist friends had no online portfolios. A good, custom website cost money so they decided to bootstrap a cheap solution. It… Read More

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23Jan/15Off

Shout Offers A New Take On Location-Based Social Networking By Ditching Anonymity

shout-art A new application called Shout is offering a twist on location-based mobile social networking, with a newly launched app that lets you post messages shared with those in your immediate vicinity, or even citywide. The idea is similar in some ways to the popular anonymous social app Yik Yak, which also lets you post things to be shared with those nearby, except for a key difference: on Shout,… Read More

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23Jan/15Off

What Do Uber, Zenefits And Public Health In A Kenyan Slum Have In Common?

slum The old saw about effective management goes, “You get what you measure.” Today, whether you call it growth hacking or business intelligence, successful large corporations and lean young startups have become fanatical about measuring their customers. The leaders of the pack – like Uber (which collects data on the supply and demand of their riders and drivers) and Zenefits… Read More

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23Jan/15Off

FilterEasy Raises $1.2 Million To Help You Remember To Change Your Home’s Air Filter

airfilter When was the last time you changed your home’s air filter? If you’re like me and the majority of other homeowners across the U.S., this routine home-maintenance task is easy to forget because filters are only changed every few months or so. But the costs of not changing the filter are high: reduced air quality, higher energy bills and, over time, dirty air filters can even… Read More

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