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Aug. 2, 2017

Hustle Raises $8 Million In Series A Funding to Transform One-to-One Communication

Since its founding, Hustle has helped clients manage more than 38 million one-to-one conversations with more than 25 million people across the United States, Canada, and Australia. Since the election, new clients in the education, advocacy, and financial services industries have seen demonstrable ROI using Hustle's platform to power personal member and customer communication, event organizing, and fundraising goals. "Hustle has created a unique human-centered approach that leverages the power of communications to educate, organize and fund high impact campaigns. Social Capital is stage agnostic, investing its capital and expertise across the company lifecycle, from promising early stage startups to transformational public companies. FutureAdvisor is a prior Canvas investment which was acquired by BlackRock in 2015.

Aug. 1, 2017

Microsoft OneNote vs. Evernote: Duell der Notiz-Tools

Microsoft OneNote und Evernote sind weitaus mehr als nur digitale Merkzettel für Smartphones und Notebooks. Vergrößern Die aufgeräumte Oberfläche von Evernote und die Tag-basierte Suche machen die Organisation großer Notizensammlungen einfach. Bei Evernote kann der User unter anderem wählen, ob der ganze Artikel, ein Lesezeichen oder nur ein Screenshot importiert wird. Vergrößern Der Evernote Web Clipper extrahiert sogar von LinkedIn sauber Inhalte. Tipp: Einmal Drücken auf den Stift genügt, und die OneNote App auf dem Surface wird geöffnet.

July 31, 2017

Google Apps for Work (G Suite) 2016 review

Google Cloud Search was brought to G Suite, offering bolstered search functionality across the productivity suite, and machine intelligence-powered recommendations. Research into the most-used business apps on the web ranked Google Apps for Work in fourth place – behind Office 365, and Box. Google launched its #maketime website, which aims to help you prioritise how you spend time during work hours, and highlight how Google Apps for Work can save you time. Google expanded support for its Identity Platform to cover logins for far more third-party apps in the Google Apps Marketplace, including Office 365 and Facebook at Work. Now move on to Page 2 for our full review and detailed look at what Google Apps for Work offers, including an evaluation of features, pricing, and ease-of-use.

July 28, 2017

Proof That Location Doesn't Matter: I Worked at Evernote for 6 Years From a Sailboat and RV

While some opted to work from an office, or from their homes, I chose to become a digital nomad. Always have a backupInternet Access is the backbone of being a digital nomad, however, it can and does fail. In all my years of working remote, no matter where I am in the world, I always ensure that I keep the same overall working hours. If you're considering working as a digital nomad, there are some great resources out there to help you. Being a digital nomad has influenced me, the companies I've created, and the teams I've managed for the better.

July 27, 2017

August Home raises another $25 million as it expands service partnerships for its smart locks

When August Home raised its last big round nearly two and half years ago, the smart lock maker was targeting retail expansion. The service has already made some headway in the rental market, counting Airbnb and vacation rental site HomeAway among its major partners. The smart lock makes a lot of sense for those offerings, giving home owners and landlords the ability to generate temporary access codes remotely, for short stays. Along with familiar investment groups like Bessemer Venture and Liberty Mutual are Comcast Ventures and Australian utility company, AGL. But while it remains top dog in the smart lock space, it’s smart to explore these partnerships early on.

July 25, 2017

元Evernote CEOのPhil Libin氏、AIスタートアップスタジオ「All Turtles」を東京・SF・パリで始動へ——DGやXavier Niel氏らも出資

July 23, 2017

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is coming to a new continent: Announcing Australia!

We are bringing TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield to Australia this year in partnership with ELEVACAO. TechCrunch Battlefield Australia will bring promising founders from the region’s rapidly accelerating startup ecosystem into the Battlefield portfolio. We will notify the 15 founders selected to compete in Startup Battlefield Australia on September 30th, 2017. To bring Battlefield to Australia, TechCrunch is partnering with the ELEVACAO Foundation, whose mission to empower women tech entrepreneurs globally aligns with TechCrunch’s Include program to encourage more diversity in tech. Editorial note: This post has been updated to better explain the winner’s prize package and qualification requirement for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2018.

July 21, 2017

Working Geek: Redfin VP of Engineering Jennifer Chao relieves stress by playing hooky every few weeks

Jennifer Chao has an unconventional strategy for relieving stress from her demanding job as Redfin’s vice president of engineering. “I loved that next class and ended up graduating with a degree in computer science.”We caught up with Chao for this Working Geek, a regular GeekWire feature. Current Location: “San Francisco.”Computer types: “MacBook Pro.”Mobile devices: “iPhone 6.”Favorite apps, cloud services and software tools: “Google Apps (especially Hangouts! Any given evening, I decide if I’m going to be VP of Engineering, wife, mom, friend, or just me. “I take a day off every few weeks, either to spend time for myself or with my husband.

July 18, 2017

Productivity Specialist Emily Parks Creates Signature Presentation For Increasing Productivity & Achieving Business & Life Success

Professional office organizer, technology specialist, and Evernote Certified Consultant Emily Parks has created a signature presentation to help individuals and organizations achieve success by incorporating technology and productivity tools for successful work life integration. Parks Creates New Signature Presentation for Business & Life ProductivityEnd-- Parks shared, "I am celebrating 10 years in business this year. My new signature presentation combines all of my experience to create a productivity toolbox and boost output instantly. In this short video Parks shares how to organize your life and productivity tips. She was also awarded the 2015 Member of the Year from the National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Raleigh.

July 17, 2017

Even Smart VCs Invest in Cross-Industry Clones – Startup Grind – Medium

Even Smart VCs Invest in Cross-Industry ClonesAfter every disruption, a second wave of startups emerge that adopt similar strategies to transform different industries. Fast on recognizing the first wave innovators, smart investors are convinced to pour money into cross industry clones to scale disruption across markets. Nearly every major startup success is built on the principle of deflationary economics at certain parts of the value chain. This business model became the backbone to many of the internet giants, like Facebook, Linkedin and Snapchat. Capitalizing on Customer ExpectationsChanges in customer behaviour due to business model, business strategy and user interface disruptions do not require deep technical expertise to adapt and experiment.

July 14, 2017

Global Healthcare IT Market Report, published by Variant Market Research

July 14,2017 | United States | Health & FitnessSan Francisco, United States, July 14,2017/ -- Global Healthcare IT Market Report, published by Variant Market Research, forecast that the global market is expected to reach $382 billion by 2024 from $140 billion in 2016; growing at a CAGR of 13.4% from 2016 to 2024. Furthermore, rising demand for progressive analytics tools to improve the value and efficiency of healthcare industry would provide market opportunities in the near future.The segmentations of the global healthcare IT market are type, end user, and geography. Healthcare payer solutions, healthcare provider solutions, and HCIT outsourcing services are the sub-segments of type segment. The healthcare provider solution segment is categorized into clinical solutions and non-clinical healthcare IT solutions. By end use, the market is segregated into healthcare payers and healthcare providers.Get Sample Report @ type, the healthcare provider solutions accounted for the maximum market revenue in the year 2016.

July 13, 2017

Human Resources and Wellness Managers Can Improve Employee Mental and Physical Health by Offering Corporate Gardening Programs from StartOrganic

StartOrganic has had tremendous success with its Corporate Organic Vegetable Gardening Programs throughout Silicon Valley. At PayPal, StartOrganic’s Corporate Gardening Program is already in its fifth year. StartOrganic’s corporate organic vegetable gardening programs’ benefits mirror those of Horticulture Therapy. Numerous scientific studies have shown gardening reduces stress, increases feelings of calm and relaxation, provides a sense of accomplishment and improves self-esteem. The company also has developed Santa Clara University’s The Forge Garden, many school gardens, community gardens and organic gardens for other local businesses.

July 13, 2017

Rigetti Computing Appoints General Peter Pace to Board of Directors

He has deep experience in leading mission-driven organizations," said Chad Rigetti, founder and CEO, Rigetti Computing. "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Rigetti Computing team," said General Pace. General Pace joins Chad Rigetti, CEO, Rigetti Computing; Charlie Songhurst, angel investor; and Vijay Pande, general partner, Andreessen Horowitz, on Rigetti Computing's board of directors. About Rigetti ComputingRigetti Computing is a full-stack quantum computing company. Rigetti Computing was founded in 2013 and is based in Berkeley, Calif. and Fremont, Calif.Press ContactCalisa [email protected] original content with multimedia: Rigetti ComputingRelated Links

July 12, 2017

Rainforest QA manages its 60,000 remote employees exclusively through a series of algorithms — Quartz

The master algorithmRainforest’s multi-part algorithm is designed to guide workers through their entire tenure at the company, from training to testing. If it needs more workers overall, Rainforest staff are pinged, and they post job openings manually—though this only happens a few times per year. While anyone on the internet can apply, Rainforest’s highest densities of workers are located in Venezuela, Serbia, Russia, and India. They’re paid four cents per step it takes to complete the job, which varies depending on the type of task. The average salary is around $53,000 per year, but can range past $93,000 according to Glassdoor, a job site that tracks data about careers and businesses.

July 11, 2017

Rainforest QA Named One of the 20 Rising Stars as Part of Forbes 2017 Cloud 100 List

“We’re laser focused on helping software development teams knock out their QA bottlenecks through our cloud-based QA platform,” said Fred Stevens-Smith, CEO and co-founder of Rainforest QA. Rainforest QA has experienced 1,500 percent revenue growth over the past two years, with revenue expected to double again in 2017. Rainforest QA works with customers such as Consumer Affairs, Adobe, Bleacher Report and Oracle. "The Forbes 2017 Cloud 100 list represents more than $100B in private enterprise value, and we're betting these 20 Rising Stars will soon bump that number even higher. The Forbes 2017 Cloud 100 and 20 Rising Stars lists are published online at and will appear in the July 27, 2017 issue of Forbes magazine.

July 10, 2017

The 7 best project management mobile apps

The 7 best project management mobile appsFor teams on the go, there’s nothing like a top-notch project management tool to keep everyone productive. It offers project portfolio management, project planning, document management, templates, resource management, change request and case management, social collaboration, task management, budget and expense management. Additionally, Clarizen offers webinars, live online and in-person training, email collaboration using Clarizen InterAct, risk management and Clarizen Panels. It features bug tracking, budget management, time and expense tracking, resource management, and testing/QA management. With this impressive list of project management solutions, it should make it easy to find the right fit for your company’s growing project, program, portfolio and company-wide business needs.

July 10, 2017

Science Exchange to offer biotech startups access to outsourced R&D platform

The partnership will give IndieBio-backed startups access to Science Exchange’s network of more than 2,500 R&D service providers, which includes renowned research institutions and major CROs like Covance, Charles River and WuXi AppTec. This will potentially help “level the playing field” for these fledgling companies with established industry leaders, said Science Exchange in a release. Science Exchange's in-house audit team also inspects on contracted service providers to make sure that they’re in compliance. Besides, Science Exchange also have a team of scientists to help companies straighten out complex projects. Science Exchange manages a company’s ongoing outsourced R&D activities on the platform through a central system, and when milestones are complete, it can take care of billing and payment, Iorns explained.

July 5, 2017

Science Exchange raises $28M series C; plots growth

California-based outsourced research services provider Science Exchange has raised $28 million in its third funding round. As part of the series C, Casper de Clercq, general partner at Norwest and life sciences vet, joined the company’s board. Science Exchange said in a statement that it plans to use the funding to “continue its expansion” and hire across product, engineering, sales, marketing, and other areas. “Science Exchange has developed an outsourcing platform that is enjoying tremendous momentum as many of the world's largest pharma and biotech companies have signed up,” added de Clercq. We are excited to help Science Exchange become the world's largest platform for outsourced R&D.”

June 30, 2017

Term Sheet -- Tuesday, June 27

ET CETERANew Money: Headspace, a Los Angeles-based maker of a meditation app, has raised $36.7 million in funding from Spectrum Equity. Alongside the layoffs came accusations of “cultural woes,” according to Fast Company , which Pierson says is a part of the company growing up. “I feel like we have cracked the hardest thing, which is that we’ve got people to pay for our content,” Pierson says. “I think they’re real company builders,” he says. Lacy is correct: Sources tell Term Sheet that Lightspeed gave a Caldbeck a positive review to potential limited partners in Binary Capital.

June 29, 2017

Norwest leads $28 mln funding in Science Exchange

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