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Q&A with Plooto CEO Hamed Abbasi Special

Small and medium business (SMBs) are driving real change across North America. But financial institutions can appear rigid in their behaviour to these creators of change.

Richard Branson and Bill Gates invest in 'clean meat' startup

San Francisco - Cargill, Inc, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson, and other business giants are taking a chance on a California-based startup using a nascent technology to produce meat from self-producing animal cells.

Startup Rover looks to big projects to grow its parking app

Toronto is capturing the world’s attention as an innovation ecosystem — and success for startups like parking app Rover could be a sign of the bright things to come.

Ex-Uber boss Kalanick is 'Steve Jobs-ing' search for a new CEO

Uber's search for a new CEO is full of Machiavellian drama. The company's former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, may have stepped down from the top position, but he's angling for a glorious return, according to a report in Recode.

Cybersecurity is a $81.7 billion market — startups raking it in

Last year, investors put $3.5 billion into cybersecurity companies via more than 400 deals, according to CB Insights. And those numbers may well go up this year — the first quarter of 2017 set a five-year record for deals in the private security space.

Startup CEO used 'cocky' slide to raise nearly $12 million

Medina was keeping the company afloat the old fashioned way, from revenues, and he didn't want to bring in investors. But his cofounders, exhausted from living hand-to-mouth, convinced him to try and raise money.

Instead of trees, this startup is making paper out of stone

Tokyo - Nobuyoshi Yamasaki's TMB Co. doesn't use trees to make paper. Instead, it uses limestone, which he says is almost inexhaustible.

$12 billion startup wants to cure baldness, smooth out wrinkles

The San Diego-based company has attracted $300 million in funding and a heady valuation thanks to a pipeline of what could be revolutionary treatments to regenerate hair, skin, bones, and joints.

Valencell files a federal lawsuit against hearable maker Bragi

The North Carolina hearable and wearable manufacturer Valencell filed a lawsuit against Bragi, accusing the German startup of infringing its patent over a pair "smart" headphones known as Dash.

Tyson Foods branches out to take a share of vegan meat products

El Segundo - Tyson Foods, the country's largest meat processor, announced last week it was investing in Beyond Meat, grabbing a five percent stake in the California-based company that makes "meats" using plant-based proteins.

Google buys company that lets you identify objects with a phone

Google has added another startup to its long list of recent acquisitions. To extend its presence in machine learning and vision, the company has bought Moodstocks. The French firm has developed technology that facilitates "instant object recognition."

Chicago start-up aims to make wearable tech smarter

A start-up company founded by a graduate student is aiming to overcome some of the major shortcomings of today's smart fitness tracking wearables by developing a new software platform. It will allow advanced differentiation between types of movements.

How female entrepreneurs are taking over Canada

Since the financial crisis a few years ago, Canadian women have been leading the charge into entrepreneurship. A new report have highlighted that it’s a boon for the economy when women start businesses.

Aussie glitter bomb website goes viral, sells for US$85K

A brand new Australian website dedicated to the passive-aggressive concept of treating one’s nemesis to a shiny box filled to the brim with glitter has sold for US$85,000.

Op-Ed: In praise of the hyper micro

We want things made for us, not for others. At a minimum, we are actively seeking at least an illusion that certain things are exactly to our taste, not to anyone else's and not to a mass, generic audience.

Op-Ed: The amazing promise of Silicon Valley through a lens

Sometimes a photograph captures the essence of a time and place better than thousands of words possibly could. It is more visceral, powerful, and relevant than a story comprised simply of letters and words.

Op-Ed: What happened to good storytelling?

"The future is not a place that we're gonna go, it's a place that you get to create." These remarkably perceptive words from professional storyteller Nancy Duarte drew a line in the sand. A line we've crossed.

Op-Ed: Go slower to go faster

There are three things I’m going to tell you in this piece. They are fundamental to understanding your health, the health of your startup, and why things move so much faster in China.

Op-Ed: An early-stage valuation primer part 1

Early-stage valuation of a startup is critically important yet is far too often badly misunderstood. There are several key things you need to consider in the valuation of your very young venture.

5 startup lessons from great pet stores

A great pet store anticipates what their clients want and always delivers (literally and figuratively). Here are 5 really simple lessons from great pet stores that all startups should adopt.

Op-Ed: Iowa among the worst for minority business owners Special

Des Moines - According to both the SBA and Bloomberg, Iowa is among the worst states for MBE's (Minority Business Enterprises). Can business owners turn the tide?

Op-Ed: How technology will drive the future of creation and curation

When Kevin Ma founded Hypebeast in 2005, its incarnation was as nothing more than a simple, yet quite elegant, sneaker blog.

Op-Ed: 5 ways startups can dramatically accelerate sales

Given that the simple key to success of any startup is your ability to sell what you make, here are five critically important tips as to how startups can really make their sales machines fire on all (or at least more) cylinders.

What you need to know about the reselling-marketplace Orchard Special

Toronto - We recently caught up with the Co-founder of smartphone app Orchard. Bruno Wong said his company "hosts an entire ecosystem of used devices" and brokers deals for smartphone users who want to sell old devices.

Op-Ed: 500 Startups' Pinshape launches Uprising - 3D printing made easy Special

What do you get when you combine 3D printing, Pinterest-style collections, Dribbble-inspired design portfolios, and Etsy-style shopping capabilities? If three entrepreneurs from Edmonton, AB have their way, Pinshape will soon be the obvious answer.

How a security startup secured $7.5 million in funding

The “Heartbleed attacks” are still being felt as some victims are still suffering the aftershocks (and others aren’t yet aware that they were hacked).

Google buys New Mexico start-up drone maker Titan Aerospace

Is the race for high altitude unmanned drones on? Two major tech giants showed interests in start-up drone companies and another major purchase has been made today.

Google buys New Mexico start-up drone maker Titan Aerospace

Is the race for high altitude unmanned drones on? Two major tech giants showed interests in start-up drone companies and another major purchase has been made today.

Is Philadelphia the new Silicon Valley for tech start-ups? Commissioned

Philadelphia - Start-up companies in Philadelphia are backed by venture capital, nonprofits, and city government. Blend all of those positives with a well-educated talent pool in a city filled with impressive amenities and you have a recipe for business success.

Review: Vancouver startup Locasity launches in open beta Special

Vancouver - Now available in beta phase, Vancouver based startup Locasity hopes to connect local shoppers with the undiscovered shopping treasures sprinkled around the city in areas like Gastown, West 4th, and Main Street.
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