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Say what? Duolingo points to data's important role in online education
Can a new generation of web companies finally bring emotion to online advertising?
Porch raises $6.25M seed round for 'smart house porn'

At E.ventures, These Crafty Germans Are Using Data To Reinvent Venture Capital

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BV Capital is relaunching tonight as E.ventures, a network of five connected global funds. We wouldn't write about the renaming of a venture-capital firm normally--except that E.ventures has such a rich and fascinating history, one that we covered from its inception in 1998. And we're taken with the data-driven approach...
At E.ventures, These Crafty Germans Are Using Data To Reinvent Venture Capital

Thinking Outside The Scoble: PeerIndex To Offer Seedcamp Startups Free Influencer Marketing

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“If only we could get Scoble to sign up, all our problems will be over” — unnamed entrepreneur. As a fledgling startup, reaching the most influential users or customers, as early as possible, is the Holy Grail of traction (which also explains why it’s the kind of thing that keeps...
Thinking Outside The Scoble: PeerIndex To Offer Seedcamp Startups Free Influencer Marketing

With $8M, Retrofit focuses on data, not dieting, to help people lose weight

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More than 90 percent of Americans on a diet fail to lose weight, some experts say. But Chicago-based Retrofit says 94 percent of its clients are successfully slimming down with a program that relies on both data and remote expert advice. Launched last year, the company offers a 12-month program...
With $8M, Retrofit focuses on data, not dieting, to help people lose weight
Kabbage brings its quick fix loans to UK merchants

The rise of the unconference

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Which tech conference would you rather go to – one where the vendor maintains rigid control over the agenda and speakers (with no input from you) and you shut up and listen while they do all the talking, or one where attendees shape the agenda, you take an active role...
The rise of the unconference

Big data spells death-knell for punditry

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Nate Silver's successful US election predictions show the merit of data analysis and why businesses should embrace itThe results of the US presidential election are now in. Barack Obama has been re-elected, but the election has also officially ushered in a new era. An era where analysis has displaced opinions;...
Big data spells death-knell for punditry

How Google Translate Works Its Magic

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Google Translate has reached a milestone of 200 million users on translate.google.com. Ordinarily, we wouldn’t report a basic usage statistic like that, but this one deserves to be celebrated. Google's scale could someday make it possible for all human beings to understand each other. Here's how. Translating the Web into...
How Google Translate Works Its Magic
HG Data gets $2M to map connections between businesses

Sales Recruiting Startup TheLions Rates The Best And Worst Employers

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As startups struggle to hire top-notch talent, several startups (like Interview Street and Coderwall) have emerged with a focus on recruiting developers. Now a company called TheLions is offering a similarly-focused approach to the world of sales. For most startups, salespeople are almost as important as the technical team, since...
Sales Recruiting Startup TheLions Rates The Best And Worst Employers
The wheels on Message Bus go round and round
Meet health tech accelerator Blueprint Health's latest class of startups

NY-based Clothes Horse expands with 12 new retail partnerships to help you find clothes that fit

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For many frustrated consumers, online clothes shopping is an art, not a science. We too often buy with uncertainty about whether we’re getting the right size and how the item will fit where. Finding the perfect fit is no easy feat — with inconsistent sizes found across brands — and...
NY-based Clothes Horse expands with 12 new retail partnerships to help you find clothes that fit

Don’t Expect A Full Read/Write Google+ API Anytime Soon, Google Doesn’t Want To Disrupt Something “Magical”

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Despite the fact that Google has been slowly launching more APIs for Google+, don’t expect the company to launch a full read/write API anytime soon. During a Google+ platform fireside chat at Google I/O today, Google+ VP Bradley Horowitz and other members of the Google+ team said that Google is...
Don’t Expect A Full Read/Write Google+ API Anytime Soon, Google Doesn’t Want To Disrupt Something “Magical”

Startup Genome launches Investor Compass to encourage a data-driven approach to tech investment

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Since the launch of its first report a year ago, Startup Genome has been doing a great job of combining scientific study of the way startups operate with tools that help entrepreneurs improve their chances of success. Now it’s expanding its offering with a tool to assist investors. The new...
Startup Genome launches Investor Compass to encourage a data-driven approach to tech investment

Google's Favorite Psychologist Explains How The Company Retains Top Talent

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How does Google attract and cultivate the best talent in the world? Adam Grant, Wharton management professor and Google's favorite psychologist, says one of its keys to keeping employees happy is encouraging them to pursue peripheral opportunities within the company and "customize" their jobs.  Grant has worked with its People...
Google's Favorite Psychologist Explains How The Company Retains Top Talent

More social marketing consolidation as Beyond buys Content & Motion

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In further sign of digital marketing agencies consolidating social media-specific shops, Next 15 group’s Beyond agency is acquiring UK-based social marketer Content & Motion (C&M). Beyond CEO David Hargreaves calls it “a major milestone in our history” for the San Francisco firm: “We have been missing the final piece of the...
More social marketing consolidation as Beyond buys Content & Motion
Funding Daily: WTF Google Reader

Funding Daily: A pitcher's worth of investment news

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Good news folks, you get another round of Funding Daily this morning. The stream of funding announcements for today seem endless, or perhaps I should say bottomless. Who says day drinking is only an activity for the weekends? This is just an early taste, so pace yourselves. There is...
Funding Daily: A pitcher's worth of investment news

VERSUS IO Aims To Compare Anything - Has Its Fanboy Filter Dialled High

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This one’s likely to have M.G. Siegler a little riled: VERSUS IO is a newly-launched comparison engine that puts the Samsung Galaxy S3 ahead of the iPhone 4S! But fanboy wars aside, the startup is an interesting proposition. Initially targeting buying decisions around smartphones and tablets, it eventually plans to apply...
VERSUS IO Aims To Compare Anything - Has Its Fanboy Filter Dialled High
Quora keeps searching for growth, this time with user-generated product reviews
Can an entrepreneurial ethos be exported around the globe? IBM thinks so.

Access to information: 15 things you need to know to get it right

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How can open data evangelists or information services professionals help redress global inequalities? Our live chat panel share ideas and resourcesLawrence Gudza, coordinator, Practical Answers, Practical Action, Zimbabwe, South AfricaKeep up with knowledge needs in developing countries: Libraries must be cognisant of the amount of illiteracy still prevalent in some...
Access to information: 15 things you need to know to get it right

With over 200M users, Google Translate processes 1 million books worth of text a day

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I have to say that I never really found Google Translate all that useful until I started traveling internationally. Thanks to the service, I was able to translate tweets from Hebrew into English within seconds, which unlocked a whole world of communication for me. Today, Google has shared some pretty...
With over 200M users, Google Translate processes 1 million books worth of text a day
Zooz's people-first payments platform zooms off with $2M
FarmLogs yields $1M in seed funding

Startups: Now Tech Plebes Can Dodge Taxes Like a Former Governor

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If Mitt Romney really didn’t pay taxes for even one of the 10 years Harry Reid claims he didn’t, he likely pulled it off using an insidious-sounding but perfectly legal technique known as “tax-loss harvesting.” Now you can do it too (at least those of you whose portfolios are...
Startups: Now Tech Plebes Can Dodge Taxes Like a Former Governor

23andMe Makes First Acquisition, Nabs CureTogether To Double Down On Crowdsourced Genetic Research

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Founded in 2006, 23andMe set out with an ambitious goal: To one day make the human genome searchable by becoming the go-to resource for personal genetic information. Leveraging DNA analysis technology and web-based interactive tools, the company developed a “Personal Genome Service” that allows anyone and everyone to access and...
23andMe Makes First Acquisition, Nabs CureTogether To Double Down On Crowdsourced Genetic Research
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