Big Data is thrown around a lot as jargon, but there are powerful case studies out there which show how data is powerfully reshaping industries.
stories by Rebecca Grant
“Education used to be a slice of life, something you did as a child through college, and then spent the rest of your life working, and then death,” said Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun onstage at VentureBeat’s DataBeat/Data Summit. “Everything is about to change.”
Zalora is Rocket Internet’s Southeast Asian Zappos clone. It raised $100 million earlier this year, and is tacking on another $112 million to fuel its growth.
Just as Giving Tuesday is a reminder of the importance of giving back, so is it a reminder to charitable organizations that the Internet has powerful tools and platforms for rallying support and raising money, and should be leveraged more than once a year.
VentureBeat talked with a series of data scientists who went on to become founders and CEOs, to learn more about how their background informs their leadership, product, and overall business strategy.
Consumer Watchdog issued a report today which said that Google’s “search monopoly” allows the company to charge higher prices on its shopping search engine.
Juniper Research released a report today which said that by 2018, 164 million people will either place a bet, visit a mobile casino, or buy a lottery ticket on their phone or tablet.
Someday in the future, wearable devices could become like underwear — something you feel vulnerable leaving home without. But that day has not come yet.
The notorious Berlin-based incubator launched a peer-to-peer lending platform called Lendico which connects borrowers with lenders, along the lines of LendingClub, Prosper, and Zopa.
Here is a few morsels of funding news as you prepare yourself to eat many morsels of Turkey, latkes, and delicious sides.
ArtZoco is an e-commerce platform that gives artisans in remote locations, who may not be tech savvy or have a bank account, the opportunity to sell their crafts.
The value of a single Bitcoin surpassed $1,000 on popular Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox today. A year ago, it was worth $10.
Storenvy unveiled a redesigned website today with a new emphasis on product discovery and debuted 100 brand pages today that tell the stories of featured brands.
Fashionistas rejoice — Keep is making Instagram shoppable.
Homejoy is bringing the “lean startup” approach to philanthropy. The company announced the establishment of the Homejoy Foundation today, which will give financial grants to veterans and military families in need.
Speedtest.net calculates the rolling mean of consumer download speeds. Its most recent ranking puts the U.S. below Moldova and Uruguay.
Aging is a fact of life. We should all be so lucky as to age with grace and comfort, but the reality is somewhat harsher. The GENerator and its 11 portfolio companies are driving innovation for the elderly.
ATOMS are a system of plug-and-play sensors, motors, and logic blocks. Kids can either use one of ATOMS’ sets to build monsters, robots, or magic wands, or attach them to existing toys and control them using an iOS device.
Millennial Media released its “Mobile Mix” report today, looking at key advertising trends with a focus on mobile manufacturers, devices, operating systems, and connected devices.
Founded by the cofounder of popular Facebook dating app AYI, AllPaws wants to help millions of rescued pets get adopted.
How much would you spend to have coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook, or go on a polar bear expedition on Manitoba?
Rukkus launched a ticket search engine for live events today, with tools for tracking your favorite performers, inviting friends to shows, and receiving personalized recommendations on upcoming events.
Growing pains be gone. Uber is partnering with GM, Toyota, and financial institutions to offer 100,000 drivers reduced monthly car payments and get more Uber drivers on the road.
Finding a home isn’t just about what is in between its four walls — location also makes a huge difference. Real estate startup RentalRoost launched nationwide today, with a new focus on helping renters figure out which neighborhoods suit their needs.
Waze is partnering with Universal Pictures to roll out a celebrity voice navigation feature. The first celebrity to guide you from point A to point B is comedian and actor Kevin Hart.
Guest Post Now is a perfect time to look at how the online retailers on the Keynote Startup Shootout Index are performing, and see if they are ready for the holiday rush.
A happy ending to a long and sordid saga.
Beyond the Four Walls builds Internet resource centers in remote locations and gives management over to young women, who can use them to make money, develop entrepreneurship and tech skills, and find opportunities.
GetYourGuide launched iOS and Android apps today so travelers can find and book interesting things to do while on-the-go. The Zurich-based startup claims to be the largest online platform for tours and leisure activities in the world.
Hucksley features a curated array of products from emerging brands. Each item is offered at a discounted price for a limited amount of time, flash-sale style, and twenty-five percent of every purchase you make goes to a participating charity.
Vowch recently launched a social recommendation platform where people can share things that they to a community of friends and followers.
Angel investors invest approximately $20 billion into 60,000 companies a year, but a survey by Worthworm shows that 46% regretted making an investment in 2013.
People crying, talking animals, feats of daring, poop jokes. It’s all here, folks.
Fluential claims to have devoted more than 85 “man years” of research to besting Siri. Today the company announced the close of $8 million in angel funding led by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.
50 million Americans are meal insecure and one in five kids faces hunger. Mogl’s restaurant loyalty program lets you earn cash to donate to food banks, compete with your friends, and track hunger in your city.
Taboola is raking in the moola. (Aren’t bad rhymes the best?)
This is the first time women have represented a majority of new hires in the past decade, but it is also due to the fact that hires of men went down.
Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and others succeeded in preventing expansion of the “Covered Business Method” (CBM) program, which gives companies more opportunities to defend themselves against trolling and cuts down on the number of low-quality patents.
Wordnik is using its massive online dictionary to create a highly intelligent news reader called Reverb, which makes personalized content recommendations based on its understanding of words and concepts.
Apartment List claims to be the fastest-growing apartment search engine in the U.S. and has raised $15 million in funding to help people find homes.