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WI Watchlist: Gener8tor, FluGen, Sift Healthcare, Titan Spine

Before everyone tucks into turkey later this week, let’s catch up on some recent headlines from Wisconsin’s high-tech sectors:—Wisconsin-based Gener8tor, which runs a network of programs that train and invest in startups, continues to expand. Its latest offering is the OnRamp Insurance Accelerator, an insurance technology-focused program that will be located in the Minneapolis area and supported by local partners Allianz (OTCMKTS: AZSEY) Life Insurance Company of North America and Securian Fina...
Tags: Startups, Minneapolis, Trends, Tech, Vc, Wisconsin, Vaccine, Fintech, Life Sciences, Allianz, National blog main, Exome, Wisconsin blog main, Wisconsin top stories, Gener8tor, Badger Fund of Funds


Ivanka Trump 'was the worst offender in the White House': Ivanka reportedly discussed government affairs using her personal email address

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump reportedly sent numerous emails related to internal government affairs using her personal email address. The first daughter is believed to have discussed government policy in her emails, and sent her work schedule and travel information to herself and personal assistants. Ivanka, who took on her unpaid White House role in March 2017, "sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family," according to a st...
Tags: Post, Washington Post, White House, NFL, Trends, Cnn, Treasury, Donald Trump, Trump, Lowell, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, Trump Organization, Kowalski, Jim Acosta, Kushner


Breakthrough neural network paves the way for quantum AI

Italian researchers recently developed the first functioning quantum neural network by running a special algorithm on an actual quantum computer. The team, lead by Francesco Tacchino of the University of Pavia in Italy, pre-published their research on ArXiv earlier this month in a research paper titled “An Artificial Neuron Implemented on an Actual Quantum Processor.” Basically, they developed a single-layer artificial neural network (ANN) that runs on a quantum computer. This kind of rudimentar...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Italy, ANN, University of Pavia, Francesco Tacchino


National Association of Realtors® Installs 2019 Leadership

Boston, MA – November 5, 2018 (nar.realtor) John Smaby, a second-generation Realtor® from Edina, Minnesota, was installed today as 2019 president of the National Association of Realtors® during the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Smaby was NAR’s 2018 president-elect and 2017 first vice president. He has been in the industry for nearly 40 years and is a broker at Edina Realty where he specializes in residential real estate. He has held numerous positions nationally and with Minnesota REALTORS®...
Tags: Real Estate, Texas, Minnesota, Congress, Washington, Boston, America, West Virginia, Management, Radio, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, South Dakota, Tennessee, 2018, Wisconsin


William Donaldson on Entrepreneurial Leadership

W ILLIAM DONALDSON has led a full life. He was most notably a co-founder of the investment banking firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1959, served in Henry Kissinger’s State Department, was the founding dean at the Yale School of Management, served as chairman and chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange, turnaround CEO of Aetna, chairman of the SEC, and now CEO of the private investment firm Donaldson Enterprises. Donaldson and Karl Weber extract relevant lessons for leaders in En...
Tags: Leadership, SEC, State Department, New York Stock Exchange, Donaldson, Yale School of Management, Henry Kissinger, Aetna, Instagram and Facebook, Harvard Business School, Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette, Karl Weber, William Donaldson, Donaldson Enterprises Donaldson


Instagram will soon start cracking down on accounts that use third-party apps to dole out fake likes and followers (FB)

Instagram is cracking down on accounts that use third-party apps to dole out fake likes and follows, the company announced Monday. Using machine learning tools, the photo-sharing platform will remove "inauthentic" likes, which are generated by third-party platforms designed to boost audience growth for users. Facebook, Instagram's parent company, has also worked to take down accounts and pages that have been linked to "inauthentic behavior." Influencers and brands who use bot apps to boost t...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Russia, NFL, Trends, Iran, Facebook Instagram, Archie InstarocketProX


Best Buy will kick off Black Friday early and open again on Thanksgiving (BBY)

Best Buy will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It will close at 1 a.m. and reopen at 8 a.m. on   Black Friday. Best Buy is traditionally one of the most popular Black Friday shopping destinations. TVs will be heavily discounted, as well as smart and regular speakers, some Apple products, and video games. Best Buy is once again kicking off this year's holiday shopping season early.  The retailer is throwing open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It will then close at 1 a.m. and reopen at 8 a...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Massachusetts, Trends, Walmart, Best Buy, Maine, Alibaba, Costco, Toshiba, Rhode Island, Lowe, Maine Massachusetts, All My Best Buy


With $23M in Hand, Rock River Shifts from Fundraising to Investing

A young Wisconsin venture capital firm has raised more than $23 million for its first fund, and plans to soon begin drawing on the pool of money to back startups based in the state.Rock River Capital Partners said in a document filed with federal securities regulators last week that the size of its first fund now stands at nearly $23.5 million, up from $21.2 million in June.Andy Walker, one of two partners managing the fund, says Rock River will likely announce its first investment by the end o...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Trends, Vc, Wisconsin, Uw-madison, Rock River, WEDC, Andy Walker, Macquarie Group, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp, National blog main, Wisconsin blog main, Wisconsin top stories, Allergy Amulet, Gener8tor


'A once in a lifetime opportunity': Amazon reportedly bid for Disney's 22 regional sports networks, and a bidding frenzy that tops $25 billion could follow

Amazon bid on the 22 regional sports networks Disney just acquired from 21st Century Fox, according to CNBC. On the surface, the tech giant seems an unlikely player in the regional media buyer space, but the assets present a unique opportunity to Amazon. The company looks at the RSNs as a chance to bolster its sports offerings and use it as another catalyst for Prime subscriber growth, according to an analyst who spoke with Business Insider. Other bidders include Apollo Global Managemen t,  ...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Disney, US, NFL, Trends, Comcast, Premier League, Mlb, Espn, Cleveland Cavaliers, Hulu, Brooklyn Nets, 21st Century Fox, Cnbc, New York Yankees


Lidar startup AEye raises $40M Series B led by the Taiwanese government’s investment firm

Lidar technology developer AEye will scale its operations globally through manufacturing partnerships after raising a $40 million Series B. The round was led by Taiwania Capital, the investment firm created and backed by Taiwan’s National Development Council, and included returning investors Kleiner Perkins, Intel Capital, Airbus Ventures, and Tychee Partners. This brings the California-based startup’s total funding so far to about $61 million. In a press statement, founder and CEO Luis Dussan s...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, California, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, National Development Council, Luis Dussan, Blair LaCorte, VSI Labs, AEye


HyperSurfaces turns any surface into a user interface using vibration sensors and AI

Imagine any surface, such as a wooden table, car door or glass wall, could be turned into a user interface without the need for physical buttons or a touch screen. That’s the ambition of HyperSurfaces, the London startup originally behind the Mogees line of music devices and software, which today is unveiling what it claims is a major breakthrough in UI technology. Dubbed “HyperSurfaces,” the new technology, for which the company has four related patents pending, combines vibration sensors and t...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Ui, Mogees, HyperSurfaces, Bruno Zamborlin, Zamborlin, Goldsmiths -LSB- University of London


Kodak-licensed ICO allegedly owes developers over $100K in unpaid invoices

It seems there is yet another massive internal strife brewing up in the blockchain space. KodakOne – a cryptocurrency project that promised to bring photographers a new stream of revenue – purportedly owes thousands of dollars in outstanding invoices to contractors the firm recruited to build the platform. In a series of email exchanges reviewed by Hard Fork, a group of contractors has accused KodakOne for failing to pay up their contracting fees in the agreed timeframe. The contractors are coll...
Tags: Startups, UK, Kodak, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, KodakOne


FAANG stocks drop a combined $728 billion — more than Saudi Arabia's GDP — in 6-week pummeling

Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google have lost $728 billion off of their value in six weeks. That's more than the GDP of Saudi Arabia. Amid fears of a slowdown in iPhone sales, Apple has been hit hardest. Facebook is on course for its longest-ever losing streak. It was another dark day in the markets for America's biggest tech companies. The so-called FAANG firms — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google — all finished Monday in the red as the sell-off deepened. It was the contin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Saudi Arabia, America, Trends, Silicon Valley, World Bank, Cnbc, Google Pixel, FAANG, Facebook Apple Amazon Netflix


Amazon's reputation is taking another hit in the wake of its HQ2 decision (AMZN)

Amazon has finally chosen where it will be developing its second headquarters, which it calls HQ2.  It has taken criticism from all sides in the aftermath. The criticism over its HQ2 decision comes at a perilous time for Amazon, which has seen its reputation take numerous hits over the past several months. Amazon is — predictably — getting blowback for its HQ2 selection. The company announced on November 13 that it would split its second-headquarters project, which it calls HQ2, in two. The ...
Tags: Amazon, New York, New York City, US, Trends, New York Times, Queens, The Times, The New York Times, Bronx, Andrew Cuomo, Wall Street Journal, New York State, Cuomo, Trump, Bezos


What is Royalty Free and What Does it Mean for Your Small Business?

You’ve probably seen the term “royalty-free” before — perhaps on stock photos, background music or other types of intellectual property. But what exactly does it mean? Copyright law can be complicated for small businesses to navigate. But it is important that you at least get the basics down so you can avoid legal trouble. And “royalty-free” may be one of the most important related terms for your to be aware of. Here’s what you should know about the royalty-free descriptor and how it can impact...
Tags: Sales, What Is, Technology Trends


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Mark Zuckerberg reportedly told Facebook execs that the company is at "war," and called recent media coverage "bulls---". Zuckerberg told Facebook executives at a meeting in June that he was going to be a more aggressive CEO in light of a sequence of scandals, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview "we have to admit when the free market is not working" on the issue of privacy. In a...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Balderton Capital, Washington Post, Samsung, Trends, Nasa, New York Times, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Sheryl Sandberg, Alexa, Zuckerberg


T-Mobile plans $160 million Bellevue campus renovation

The company, the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier, will renovate its headquarters over the next three years.
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Technology, News, Bellevue, Eastside, T Mobile


Yamaha’s CSP-170 makes learning piano easy with LED lights and one clever app

Yamaha is a giant of many industries, but it’s best known for its massive portfolio of instruments – pianos in particular. For over a century, it’s made everything from concert pianos, to classy uprights, to cheap plastic keyboards for beginners. Yamaha’s $4,700 CSP-170 is one of the companies newest digital pianos, and perhaps one of the most versatile digital pianos on the market. Along with its cheaper sibling, the $3,500 CSP-150, it borrows elements from all over the company’s piano family. ...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Yamaha, CSP, Bosendorfer Imperial, CFX, Plugged


My wife (mistakenly) thought a Tamagotchi could prepare me for fatherhood

It’s 5PM and I’m working on a headphone review. Just a few hundred more words before I can file the copy with my editors and go home. I need to concentrate, but I can’t. Why? My child just soiled himself. Perhaps I’m getting a little ahead of myself. Let’s take a couple of steps back. No, I don’t have a kid. The offspring in this story is a Tamagotchi, which, almost 20 years later, is enjoying a revival. As a bona fide child of the 90’s, I’m no stranger to nostalgia, and when Bandai’s UK PR repr...
Tags: Startups, UK, Bandai, Plugged


Use These Websites to Find Cheap Air Fares

There’s no shortage of travel websites and online agencies to search and book flights, but when it comes to getting the best deal, using a combination of sites will often give you the best results. If you have a little time and flexibility to play around, here are some to bookmark for your next trip.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Money, Air Travel, Lifehacks


Amazon employees are reportedly already buying up apartments in New York City — and they started before the company even announced HQ2 (AMZN)

Amazon employees are already buying apartments in New York City, local brokers told The Wall Street Journal.  In the week since Amazon announced plans to open headquarters in Long Island City, a neighborhood in Queens, New York, brokers say they've seen a spike in interest from employees at the e-commerce giant.  Interest in Long Island City real estate is skyrocketing more generally, sparking concerns that rents are going to increase.  Amazon employees are apparently eager to get a head star...
Tags: Amazon, New York City, Trends, Seattle, Smith, Wall Street Journal, Cbre, Journal, Queens New York, Long Island City, StreetEasy, Long Island City Amazon, Seattle Patrick W Smith, The Journal According


Here’s your first glimpse at the mid-range Pixel 3 with a plastic body and headphone jack

After hearing rumors about a mid-range Google Pixel phone for months, we’ve got our first look of the phone. Last week, Russian website Rozketed got their hands on some pictures and details about the device. While Google hasn’t confirmed that this is the real deal (or that a mid-range Pixel is on the way), we’re fairly certain Rozketed is on the right track, as it accurately leaked the Pixel 3 XL earlier this year. The device – internally known as “Sargo”  – looks very much like the Pixel 3. How...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Insider, Google Pixel, Plugged


Solid Cross-Border Strategies for International Growth

International e-commerce has become more pervasive and sophisticated in recent years. In 2017, 1.66 billion people worldwide purchased goods online. During the same year, global e-retail sales amounted to $2.3 trillion, and projections indicate that figure will grow to $4.48 trillion by 2021. With data verifying that international e-commerce has been growing, combined with the increase in localized requirements, e-commerce providers must continue to innovate to ensure they take full advantag...
Tags: Ecommerce


BlackBerry is buying an AI security firm for $1.4 billion — here's how it could help the company capitalize on demand for IoT security (BB)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Canadian technology company BlackBerry is acquiring cybersecurity company Cylance for $1.4 billion,  Business Insider  reports. The startup, which was founded in 2012 and raised nearly $300 million in venture funding, specializes in AI-powered security tools. The all-cash acquisition is set to close in February 2019, and C...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Trends, Blackberry, Cylance, Tcl, Business Insider Intelligence


Dying holiday fad: Fewer stores are staying open on Thanksgiving as online shopping takes off

American consumers are expected to spend about $720 billion on holiday shopping this year, an annual increase of more than 4 percent, according to the National Retail Federation.
Tags: Amazon, Business, News, Retail, Local News, Local Business


Tim Cook defends Apple taking billions from Google after his blistering attack on data hoarding tech firms

Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended taking billions of dollars from Google to make it the default search engine on the iPhone. Cook was asked by Axios if the deal compromises Apple's no-nonsense approach to privacy. Google has been blighted by a number of privacy concerns in recent months, including a Google+ data breach. Cook launched a blistering attack last month on firms that he said hoarded "industrial" amounts of personal data. Tim Cook defended taking billions of dollars from Google amid c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hbo, Cook, Trends, Tim Cook, Associated Press, Brussels, Axios, US Cook


If Facebook’s new auto-comment feature isn’t rock bottom, it has to be close

It’s been two tumultuous years. Still, it’s highly unlikely we’ve witnessed the moment Facebook hit bottom. A new feature, spotted by some users this morning, though, may offer a clue as to what that moment could look like. In this case, it’s a tool that prompts users to comment on live video using algorithmically-generated text or emoji. The text, similar to that used in Google’s Gmail, attempts to match fairly common replies to the context of a stream, and the sentiment surrounding it. And it ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook


Questions to Ask if You Want to Buy a Business in Trouble

The most important things first. • Be prepared to lose your investment! • Do not rely on buying an insolvent company as your only future income or investment • If it smells off it usually is! Save your money! Businesses in trouble refer to those in that are struggling to pay their debts, needing saving.  Buying a company in trouble is very different from buying a profitable one that you expect to make a living from it. 1. Identify your target Before launching straight into a deal, be sure you ...
Tags: UK, Sales, Business expansion, • Check the National Newspapers


Acura ELS Studio 3D is Business Insider's Car Audio System of the Year

Acura's ELS Studio 3D audio system is the latest iteration of a partnership with Panasonic since 2004. The system delivers professional-level sound worthy of a recording studio. Acura ELS Studio 3D beat out four other superb systems. Business Insider just named its 2018 Car of the Year: the Kia Stinger. Now it's time for Car Audio System of the Year. In 2016 Bowers & Wilkins took the Audio prize. In 2017 Bose was the big winner. As in the two previous years, we started with five contenders: ...
Tags: Facebook, US, Trends, Tesla, Lincoln, Panasonic, Bose, Harman, Acura, Mercedes Benz, Zeppelin, Harman Kardon, Burmester, Els, Bowers Wilkins, Acura NSX


Report: 80% of Americans are insufficiently active

According to researchers at the US Department of Health and Human Services, 80% of Americans don't exercise enough. Lack of exercise is attributed to $117 billion in annual health care costs. With more duties being automated and outsourced to AI, we're losing our sense of agency. None The annoyance of automated messages when trying to talk to a human at your bank or doctor's office is dwindling as AI software becomes more "human." Or, at least, less like software. Responsive robots have infiltr...
Tags: Health, Obesity, US, Depression, Anxiety, United States, Innovation, Bruce Lee, Alexa, Personal Growth, Derek, Ny Times, JAMA, US Department of Health and Human Services, Human body