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This startup looks to make batteries smarter and last longer with an AI based cloud platform [Interview]

Why Read This? Learn about the how and why of battery management systems (BMS).Find out about an Indian startup working on the software layer of battery technology with clients on a global scale.Learn about the role AI can play in improving the life of a battery. ION Energy is a Mumbai-based startup offering a range of battery management solutions aimed at improving the life and performance of lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles and energy storage systems. This inclu...
Tags: Electric Vehicles India, Electricvehicles


Truth vs Reality: How we evolved to survive, not to see what’s really there

Galileo was quite controversial, in part, because he argued that Earth moved around the sun, despite people's senses deluding them that the world was static. Evolution may have primed us to see the world in terms of payoffs rather than absolute reality — this has actually helped us survive. Those who win payoffs are more likely to pass on their genes, which encode these strategies to get to the "next level" of life. It's important to listen to people's objections because they may bring something...
Tags: Science, Evolution, Physics, Sight, Senses, Virtual reality, Donald hoffman


How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Succeed

You’ll find a lot of crazy ideas in business. But few of us find the courage and the resiliency to bring those ideas to life in the marketplace. Much uncertainty remains about which crazy ideas succeed and which fail. On The Small Business Radio Show this week we talk to Safi Bahcall. Bahcall works as a physicist and entrepreneur. And he explains which crazy ideas eventually win in his book, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries”. Bahca...
Tags: Startup, Business Ideas


Ty Pennington Looks Back as Season 5 of Small Business Revolution Begins

Small Business Revolution – Main Street gears up for Season 5 of the show by asking for nominations until October 22.  As a result, you can nominate your town here. The Deluxe Corporation created the show. And for each of the last four seasons they’ve earmarked one small town And picked six of the SMBs in it. Each episode chronicles how a $500,000 transformation improves the struggling town’s fortunes. Small Business Trends spoke with Deluxe Corporation’s Amanda Brinkman and makeover guru Ty Pe...
Tags: Marketing Tips, Small Business Growth


Shine Bathroom raises $750K for a smart home add-on that flushes away your toilet doldrums

One ongoing theme in the world of smart homes has been the emergence of gadgets and other tools that can turn “ordinary” objects and systems into “connected” ones — removing the need to replace things wholesale that still essentially work, while still applying technology to improve the ways that they can be used. In the latest development, a smart home startup from Santa Barbara called Shine Bathroom has raised $750,000 in seed funding to help build and distribute its first product: an accessory...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets, Recent Funding, Startups, Adero, Shine Bathroom, Toilets, Trackr


Facebook Messenger Chatbot: 7 Reasons Your Business Needs One

If you want to take your content marketing to the next level, then it’s time to finally jump in and build a Facebook Messenger chatbot. Chatbots deliver sky-high open rates, save you time/resources, and will give you an edge against your competition. Creating a Facebook Messenger chatbot takes minutes.  Facebook Messenger Chatbot Facebook Messenger — one of the biggest chat platforms in the world — has proven to help expand reach to a bigger audience, increase traffic to your site and drive c...
Tags: Technology Trends, Facebook


The Competitive Advantage of Your Higher Price

When you lead with your higher price, you have a chance to justify—and demonstrate—the value you create that is worth paying more to obtain. When you provide your higher price later in the sales conversation, if you have not differentiated yourself and your offering from your competition, you will have no easy time defending your pricing. Leading with Your Higher Price I was fortunate enough to have grown up in a commoditized industry where differentiation was something close to impossible, ou...
Tags: Sales, Pricing, Selling with a Higher Price, Value Creation


Why You Should Love Opening Doors

Have I gone mad? Last month it was paradoxes and now we have opening doors! Is it a real door or a metaphor? This is all seems a bit deep. Here is a door, just an ordinary one apart from the fact that we know it will soon be opened. You can’t yet see what is on the other side (but you might already be making assumptions). So whether you have your personal or business hat on, just imagine that you are seeing this door for the first time. In fact, there could be many such doors in a line or even ...
Tags: Blog, Curiosity, Innovation, Opening Doors


75% of Your Employees May Not Plan to Stay for More Than 5 Years

A survey by iHire revealed the latest 2019 employee retention statistics. This includes the fact that 75% of employees in the U.S. do not stay at their jobs for more than five years. The finding indicates job-hopping is becoming far more common. It was once a liability.  But not in today’s candidate-driven labor market. 2019 Employee Retention Statistics One of the biggest drivers for this trend is a booming economy. This includes a 50-year low unemployment rate of 3.5%. It is the lowest sinc...
Tags: Employment, Things You Didn't Know


RIP: How to stop Google from stealing all your data after you die

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Inevitably, one day you’re going to die. While you may think your online identity will go to the grave with you, that’s not always how it works out. Without setting your account to self-implode or handing your login details to a trusted person, companies like Facebook and Google will carry on storing your data and everything else they’ve got on you. You’re pro...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Privacy, Basics


WeWork's board talked to more than 75 financing sources in a week, the new CEOs told employees in a leaked email

WeWork's two new CEOs told employees that the board had talked with more than 75 sources "regarding potential financing for the company," according to a leaked email seen by Business Insider. They did not specify details as to who these 75 sources are or what their interests are. The email comes as the CEOs try to bolster morale as employees brace for layoffs. WeWork's two new CEOs tried are trying to reassure employees that its plans to fix its well-known cash-flow woes are proceeding at a r...


Founders Fund, Peter Thiel’s venture firm, is raising a new $3 billion fund to maintain its power in startups that stay private

According to a on Monday, Peter Thiel's venture firm Founders Fund is raising nearly $3 billion in new funding. A whopping $1.5 billion will be dedicated to investing in late-stage growth companies, like Airbnb. Founders Fund is the latest VC to open a dedicated late-stage fund. The firm typically focuses on taking large stakes in seed and Series A stage companies, but has struggled to maintain ownership as companies stay private longer with backing from massive growth funds like SoftBank's ...


Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has a hotel run almost entirely by robots that can serve food and fetch toiletries — take a look inside (BABA)

Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce conglomerate, opened a high-tech "hotel of the future" in Hangzhou, China, earlier this year.  The hotel allows guests to manage reservations and make payments entirely from a mobile app and enter rooms using facial-recognition technology rather than a traditional key card.  Robots created by Alibaba's AI Labs serve food, toiletries, and other sundries. Here's a closer look at what the experience is like.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories...


I drove a new $56,000 Toyota Supra to see if this long-anticipated update to the icon was worth with wait — here's the verdict

The long-awaited, fifth-generation Toyota GR Supra went on sale in 2019 for the 2020 model year. The Supra comes from an iconic line of cars that dates back to the late 1970s. The new model was controversial because it shares many components — including its engine and transmission — with BMW and is made in Austria. I tested a $56,220 Supra that was nicely equipped and had a juicy 335-horsepower inline-six-cylinder engine under the hood. I had also sampled the Supra's mechanical sibling, the BM...


How the Designer Behind the Original Mac Comes Up With New Ideas

Most people can’t really innovate, says Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design. He and his company (now celebrating fifty years in business) helped design Apple’s portable computers, Sony’s Walkman, and many websites, apps, gadgets, and high-end medical and dental equipment. These are his principles of innovation.Read more...
Tags: Creativity, Design, Career, Innovation, Frog Design, Designers, Industrial Design, Apple, Sony


This unsettling case that looks and feels like human skin wants you to poke and pinch your smartphone

Researcher Marc Teyssier is exploring a tech platform that mimics the look and texture of human skin to control devices that we often touch to control, like smartphones and laptops.  The project and devices, called "Skin-on Interfaces," can sense touch and gestures, like pokes and pinches, and translate that signal into something our tech can understand.  The idea is to bring more natural and human-like interaction between us and the devices we handle every day. The skin case is only a researc...


Sex study explores 'bad' orgasms

A new study finds that reaching an orgasm doesn't always indicate the sexual encounter was pleasurable.A variety of reasons were reported by participants for "bad" orgasms.Communication is key to improving sexual experiences, maintain the scientists. None The psychology of human sexual behavior is often not what you'd expect. Even if sex is consensual and leads to an orgasm, that experience can still be very negative, reveals a new study.The study was co-authored by Sara B. Chadwick, a PhD can...
Tags: Sex health, Communication, Relationships, Sex, Human body, Body language, Women, Men


The iPhone Pro 11’s 4k 60fps recording gives it a leg-up on the Pixel 4

These days cameras have become the de facto differentiation factor between phones. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this became the battleground for handset manufacturers, but we’re currently deep in an arms race for photography supremacy. But there’s one element of this scrap we rarely talk about: video cameras. Of course these features are mentioned in phone releases and highlighted as part of a raft of upgrades, but it’s uncommon they take center stage in discussions like still images do. W...
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Re-live the golden days with this boss repository of macOS screensavers

I remember being obsessed with screensavers as a kid. I’ve spent hours flicking through an array of animated backdrops, trying to find the one I thought was coolest, feeling like I was flying through space, or editing the text-related ones to say insightful things like “CALLUM IZ GREAT.” Truly, friends, a golden era. Then — and I’m not sure when exactly — screensavers stopped being so much of a thing. It could be that I entered puberty, that the point of a screensaver (to, quite literally, save ...
Tags: Apple, Plugged, Shareables


Australian papers redact front pages to expose govt secrecy

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s major newspapers published redacted front pages on Monday in a coordinated campaign to highlight government secrecy that is often justified on national security grounds. Rival media businesses first banded together to fight for press freedom in June after police raided the Canberra home of a News Corp. journalist and the […]
Tags: Business, Nation, Nation & World


How to unblock a phone number on a Samsung Galaxy S10

You can block all unknown callers or individual phone numbers on the Samsung Galaxy S10, making it easy to never receive unwanted calls.  To unblock a phone number on a Samsung Galaxy S10, open the settings menu in the Phone app and go to the Block numbers page. After unblocking a number you'll receive text messages and phone calls from that person again, but you won't receive any texts you might've missed while they were blocked. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You can bl...


Black Dragon Capital recruits new adviser

Miami-based private equity firm Black Dragon Capital has hired Allen Caviles as an adviser. Caviles is the CEO of PayMaple LLC. PRESS RELEASE MIAMI, Oct. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Entrepreneur and payments and e-commerce leader Allen Caviles has joined Black Dragon Capital as an advisor. The move adds depth, experience and expertise to Black Dragon Capital’s stable of advisors and strengthens the firm’s operationally led approach to technology investing. Caviles is the CEO of PayMaple LLC, a leade...
Tags: People


Startup founders need 3 kinds of pitch decks tailored to different fundraising situations. Here's a quick rundown of what to include in each.

When raising venture capital, you'll need more than one version of a pitch deck. Each version will go into a different level of detail about your startup. For example, the teaser deck will include just the basic information and the meeting deck won't be understandable without narration. Click here for more BI Prime stories. A startup's pitch deck plays a major role in the fundraising process. The deck is your chance to communicate the basics, like who's on the team and what problem you're try...


The water drop icon on your Apple Watch means that Water Lock is enabled — here's how to turn it off

The water drop icon on your Apple Watch means that the Water Lock feature has been enabled. Water Lock locks your Watch's screen so that you can swim or shower without turning it on, or tapping anything inadvertently. Disabling Water Lock is quick and easy, and will even clear any excess water out of your Apple Watch. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple Watch is meant to be worn pretty much 24/7, whether you're working out, sleeping, or even bathing. While the device is ...


A 16-year-old moved to Los Angeles with dreams of making it in Hollywood. But he got his big break on the buzzy app TikTok instead.

16-year-old Parker Pannell grew up with the dream of becoming an entertainer, so his parents hired their friend to be his legal guardian and move with him to Los Angeles. There, Pannell attended acting classes, auditions, and worked to grow his YouTube channel, yet nothing was helping him get noticed in the industry.  Pannell then joined TikTok, the short-form video app wildly popular among teens, and in one year he gained an audience of 779,000 followers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for...


I tried the Pixelbook Go, Google's new $649 budget Chromebook — here are my first impressions

At its big October launch event, Google announced a budget alternative to its Pixelbook Chromebook: the Pixelbook Go. If you're interested in a Google-branded Chromebook but didn't want to shell out $1,000 for the original Pixelbook, the Pixelbook Go might be a good option for you.  You can preorder the Pixelbook Go now for $649, and it will ship on October 28, 2019.  I spent some time with the device at the launch event, and my first impressions follow below.   I never thought I'd be will...


Kenya's largest mobile network provider may shutter its innovation incubator

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. Safaricom, Kenya's largest mobile network provider by subscribers, may shut down its innovation incubator due to diminished internal support, according to TechCrunch. Safaricom created Alpha in 2017 to create new revenue streams for the telecom, with a focus on b...


One of Tesla's most vocal investors sold more than $39 million of the stock ahead of the company's earnings report (TSLA)

ARK Investment Management, a relatively small but extremely vocal supporter of Tesla, has trimmed its stake by 150,000 shares ahead of the company's earnings report to be released Wednesday.  Ren Leggi, the firm's lead portfolio manager, said ARK's conviction is strong as ever, but the sales were related to overall trading strategies.  Tesla remains the top holding in ARK's portfolio, at around 10% of its investments. The electric-car company will report third-quarter earnings on Wednesday, w...


Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have reportedly been privately recommending hires for the Buttigieg campaign (FB)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have been recommending campaign hires to presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, Bloomberg reported. Two of Zuckerberg's recommendations have since been hired. Zuckerberg and Facebook have recently been under fire for running ads with misinformation, and breaking up Facebook has been a topic of debate among democratic candidates. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Cha...


A psychotherapist explains why some adults react badly to young climate strikers

Young climate strikers I spoke to recently are confused and distressed about the things adults are doing. It’s not just inaction during the worsening climate crisis that bothers them, but the increasingly bizarre criticism many older people throw at striking schoolchildren, in the media and elsewhere. In the absence of any meaningful attempts to restrain global carbon emissions, the direct action of young people should, logically, be applauded. But maybe we’re not dealing with an entirely logica...
Tags: Startups, Science, Syndication