Meet Our Curator of the Week: Dontae Rayford

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Name: Dontae Rayford

Digest: Diversity & Inclusion

Curator Since: November 2016

Title: Business Development Manager @ IFTTT

Twitter: @drayford

Dontae is helping to connect the world at IFTTT. He’s been proud to call Oakland his home for the past 3 years. In his spare time, he teaches a class to MBA students at Mills College and shares the amazing stories of POC and other underrepresented minorities helping to diversify the world of tech: http://www.cotlnews.com.

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Apple’s Face ID, Tattooing Our Fruit & More Highlights

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5 hand-picked articles from across the Startup Digest Reading Lists. Sign up to receive great weekly content on various topics from our expert curators.

 

1. Why We’re Failing Kids… When it Comes to Entrepreneurship

By Ryan Holmes – Medium

Digest: Education

Curators: Aurelio Jimenez Romero, Deborah Chang, Hrvoje Morić, Jennifer Chin, Jessica Falkenthal

Ryan Holmes talks about his past and the lack of formal education for young founders. What’s more, Canada was recently singled out in a recent EY G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer report specifically because “too few education and training-related efforts focus specifically on the needs of entrepreneurs.” His answer to this issue is the creation of The League of Innovators, a non-profit organization providing programming and mentorship to young entrepreneurs, all the way from discovery to market. Read More

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2. Apple’s Face ID will Support Only One Registered Face per iPhone at Launch

By Darrell Etherington – Techcrunch

Digest: Mobile

Curator: Edith Yeung

Face ID supporting just one face makes a lot of sense on the face of things (sorry), since unlike with Touch ID, users have only one face to use for their unlocking purposes. Touch ID ostensibly allows multiple fingers to be registered because you have quite a few digits of your own, and depending on how you’re using the device or in which pocket you keep it, one might be more convenient to use than another. Read More

More from this reading list: http://mailchi.mp/3bda357e72d5/pmh93a5b72

 

3. 7 Ways to Make It Easier for Your Customers to Renew Subscriptions

By Adriana Iordan

Digest: Customer Development

Curator: Mary Murdoch

A good retention strategy delivers the added benefit of word-of-mouth marketing. If your customers are happy with your product or service, they will become your advocates and tell others about you. And who’s more likely to become an advocate than a loyal, happy customer who’s renewed a subscription to your product? Read More

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4. Let’s just start tattooing our fruit

By Jesse Hirsch – New Food Economy

Digest: Food Tech

Curators: Winnie Leung, David Nagy

Consumers no longer need to worry about wasteful packaging and traceability as fruit laser etching makes inroads with the regulations in US. Already in use in some parts of the world, this technology is an alternative to bar codes or stickers that are placed directly on the surface or fruits or vegetables. Read More

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5. I took a DNA test that claims to reveal the best wine for you — here’s the verdict

By Lydia Ramsey – Business Insider

Digest: BevTech

Curator: Vincent PÉTRÉ

Within our genome, there are genes that correspond to certain taste and smell preferences. For example, some people are genetically predisposed to hate the taste of cilantro while others love it. Based on those genes and a survey about what foods you like and dislike, Vinome uses its algorithm to find wines from the wineries it partners with that you might enjoy. Read More

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Meet Our Curator of the Week: Will Lam

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Name: Will Lam

Digest: Toronto

Curator Since: February 2010

Title: Customer Success @ Taplytics, Date Ideas Digest 🙂

Twitter: @will_lam

I’m horrible at iOS development. Find more stuff on my blog about iOS development, learning and marketing.

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Salary Calculator for Startup Founders, WeWork for Chefs & More Highlights

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1. A Salary Calculator for Startup Founders

By Marty Spargo

Digest: Startup

Curator: Zubin Chagpar

“The second box of the salary calculator is where you should enter the return on investment your business sees from marketing dollars spent. 100% return on investment, or ROI, means that for every dollar spent you get $2 back. 200% ROI means you get $3 back for every $1 spent. Some people might better know this metric as their LTV/CAC ratio.” Read More

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2. WeWork For Chefs: How One Coworking Incubator Fuels Food Innovation

By Rina Raphael – FastCompany

Digest: Food Tech

Curators: David Nagy, Winnie Leung

Inside the 10,000-square foot office, there’s a common room where many of the chefs share ideas. Further in, 10 unique kitchen stations await the future of gourmet meats, snacks, and cocktail mixers. Read More

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3. JP Morgan’s CEO Just Threatened to Fire Employees In a Second If They Did This

By Robbie Abed – Inc.

Digest: Angel Investor

Curator: Berg Moe

A bold statement from an industry leader. Read More

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4. 5 Tips For Juggling Motherhood and Running a Company

By Avni Patel Thompson – Entrepreneur

Digest: Mompreneurship

Curator: Lidia Donajczyk-Lipinska

As a founder and a mother, I can say that it’s harder and messier than I ever imagined. Read More

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5. How to Find Social Media Micro-Influencers for Your Small Business

By Shane Barker – Social Media Examiner

Digest: Small Business

Curators: Marc Prosser, Michael Heiligenstein

Many social media consumers are skeptical of brands, but give their full trust in their favorite influencers. That means that you need some sort of influencer strategy. Sounds expensive, right? Not always! Social Media Examiner has put together a guide on how find micro-influencers for your small business. So if you’re fine with skipping out on Kim Kardashian and instead going with some local influencers that your audience has a connection with, make sure to read this article. Read More

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Meet Our Curator of the Week: Chris Sanchez

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Name: Chris Sanchez

Digest: Austin

Curator Since: December 2016

Title: Assistant Curator

Twitter: @CSanchezAustin

Technology Executive, Native Texan. Loves the Austin food and music scene, lakes, and motorcycles.

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Apps Dominating Because of Hurricanes, International Founders & More Highlights

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1. Microsoft and Amazon partner to integrate Alexa and Cortana digital assistants

By The Verge

Digest: Artificial Intelligence

Curators: Aashay Mody, Sergio A. Escobar

Amazon and Microsoft are partnering to better integrate their Alexa and Cortana digital assistants. Alexa users will be able to access Cortana, and vice versa on a range of devices, although the integration will be a little awkward initially. As first reported by The New York Times, someone using an Alexa device will have to say “Alexa, open Cortana” to get talk to Microsoft’s digital assistant, and someone using Cortana will have to say “Cortana, open Alexa” to talk to Amazon’s. It appears that both companies have simply created skills on each others platforms to enable the basic integration. Read More

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2. These apps are dominating because of Hurricane Irma

By Mashable

Digest: Mobile

Curator: Edith Yeung

GasBuddy isn’t the only app to gain notoriety in the wake of Harvey and, now, Hurricane Irma. Zello, a walkie-talkie app, has been sitting in the top spot in the U.S App Store, after it took a central role in rescue efforts in Texas. Read More

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3. Facebook Said to Offer Hundreds of Millions for Music Rights

By BLOOMBERG – The Denver Post

Digest: Music

Curators: Corey Crossfield, Christian Nicholson

“Facebook Inc. is offering major record labels and music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars so the users of its social network can legally include songs in videos they upload, according to people familiar with the matter.” Read More

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4. Google’s voice typing tech adds support for 30 more languages, reaching further into Africa, India

By Sarah Perez – TechCrunch

Digest: Emerging Economies

Curator: Anurag Maloo

Google is expanding its speech recognition capabilities to support dozens of new languages, particularly those in emerging markets in India and Africa, the company announced this morning. That means more people around the world will gain the ability to search the web by voice as well as type via voice using Google’s keyboard app, Gboard.

The company says with the update, it’s adding 30 languages and locales around the world, bringing the total supported to 119. The update includes 8 more Indian languages, as well as Swahili and Amharic, two of Africa’s largest languages. Read More

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5. Business Impact Investors Go Where Trump Won’t: To Immigrant Entrepreneurs

By Yohei Nakajima

Digest: Venture Capital

Curator: Elizabeth Woyke

A new crop of venture capitalists is specifically backing companies that have international founders. Read More

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Meet Our Curator of the Week: Paloma Mas Pellicer

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Name: Paloma Mas Pellicer

Digest: Valencia, Spain

Curator Since: February 2015

Title: Event Planner & PR

Twitter: @palomali

I’m event planner and Startup Relationship Manager at Plug and Play Tech Center. I love being part of the organization team of different events in Valencia. I like to know new projects and startups, and I enjoy speaking with entrepreneurs about the Spanish startup ecosystem. If you want to tell something to the world, do it no matter what.

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Meet Our Curator of the Week: Anurag Maloo

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Name: Anurag Maloo

Digest: Emerging Economies Reading List

Curator Since: June 2017

Title: Techstars Regional Manager (India, South & Central Asia)

Twitter: @anuragmaloo

Anurag Maloo is an active Indo-Asian startup innovation Community Architect and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder. As a Regional Manager for South & Central Asia with Techstars and Startup Weekend, he is responsible for the cultivation and sustained growth of vibrant startup ecosystems in India, SAARC nations and Central Asian countries. He is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and building strong collaborative startup communities.

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Anonymously Share Your Sexual Harassment Stories, Are Wearables Dead & More

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1. Here’s a safe space to anonymously share your sexual harassment stories

By Roberto Torres – Technical.ly Philly

Digest: Startup Communities

Curators: Julian Miller, Brad Feld, Shane Reiser

In order to remedy serious issues, conversations need to be had, even if it’s just an anonymous monologue. Read More

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2. Rising Trend: Social Responsibility is High on Millennials’ List

By Danielle Sabrina – huffingtonpost.com

Digest: Youth Entrepreneurship

Curators: Tony Cueva, Lidia Donajczyk-Lipinska

It’s about making a positive social impact! Millennials support companies that do good, making social entrepreneurship a smart business model to follow. 70% of millennials are willing to pay more for a product that makes an impact on issues they care about. Read More

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3. Are Wearables Dead?

By Amit Garg – LinkedIn

Digest: Wearables

Curators: Aashay Mody, Ashish Aggarwal

November 2014, Nike decided to shut off all its efforts around wearables. June 2016, Jawbone went out of business. August 2017, GoPro announced it’s turning around. Are these three data points indicative of a wider trend around wearables? Read More

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4. Why Successful Startups Stumble at 40+ Employees

By Steve Blank – Think Growth

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency

Curator: Miriam Meima

If you have a proven user acquisition strategy and are thinking about scale, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you transition into a later-stage company. Read More

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5. A Wild Vision Of The Future Run By Amazon And Whole Foods

By Mark Wilson – Co.Design

Digest: Food Tech

Curators: Winnie Leung, David Nagy

Austin-based design firm Argodesign mocked up a provocative series of concepts suggesting what an Amazon-Whole Foods could look like – Drones. Shared refrigerators. Hydroponic garages. Read More

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Meet Our Curator of the Week: Layal Jebran

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Name: Layal Jebran

Digest: Beirut

Curator Since: December 2016

Title: Co-Founder & CEO at Moubarmij, Inc. – Executive Board Member at ISOC Lebanon

Twitter: @ipr1ncess

Novaturient Polymath | Recovering Architect | Crowdfunding Expert | I own 10% of your brain, check the contract! Founder   | Board 

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