2014 was the best year for venture capital investments since 2000, with $43.3 billion invested.
Setting ambitious goals goes a long way in a company’s development.
There is a big disparity when it comes to the gender wage gap. But there is even a bigger disparity when it comes to how much male- and female-run businesses make. There are more women-run businesses now than there ever was, but they still aren’t making as much money as their male-run competition. Here’s how to change that.
Naval Ravikant at the AngelList office.
Recently, Naval Ravikant, a wildly successful angel investor—Uber, Twitter, etc.—and serial entrepreneur met with a group of institutional money managers to pitch them his latest venture. He didn’t ask them to invest in it, but he asked them to invest through it. If enough of the money managers take him up on the offer, it could usher in an era of radical disruption in the world of angel investing.
Tilt is a platform for people to receive money from a group of friends or colleagues.
Reports of the crowdfunding revolution have been greatly exaggerated.James Beshara, chief executive of a crowdfunding company, acknowledges that the crowdfunding revolution has been greatly exaggerated. “The amount of attention it gets far outweighs the number of people using it,” he says. (Video)
Futurist Thomas Frey: A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with some friends centered around this question. “What, in your mind, will be the most powerful entity in the world 100 years from now?”
Where does the real revenue in the Internet of Things lie? It’s probably not in some sort of gizmo you have to sell. Surprisingly, the revenue is in ongoing services, not the “thing” itself. (Video)
MEF findings paint a global picture of the mobile content and commerce industry.
MEF is the global community for mobile content and commerce. They will launch their findings of their 4thannual Global Consumer Survey in November at MEF Global Forum 2014, which connects international mobile leaders in the heart of Silicon Valley.
It could take up to the year 2030 for physical money to disappear from Sweden’s system altogether.
Four out of five purchases in Sweden are paid for electronically or by card according to a new report from the Swedish news organization, The Local. They also report that Swedes are using electronic payments 260 times per person, per year.
Twitter users can tweet a payment to their followers.
Twitter users in France can now publicly repay debts, donate to charity or chip in for a gift with a new payment service backed by the country’s second-largest banking service.
Consumers are embracing the digital currency even though the value of Bitcoin has fallen 55% against the dollar.
Earlier this year Mary Fons joined the Bitcoin economy. She uses the digital currency to buy gift cards and office supplies. Her partner reimburses her with Bitcoin for his portion of the rent. Thirty-five year old Fons isn’t a nerd or a self-proclaimed libertarian like many of the currency’s early adopters. She lives in New York and co-hosts the Love of Quilting show on public television. “Why Bitcoin?” she asks. “Because I want to have options. I think it’s a beautiful thing open to everyone.”