Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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

 

1. My wife is a founder. Here’s how she has helped me become a better investor.

By Steve Schlafman

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency
Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

“My biggest learning in all of this is the impact of listening and supporting over fixing and controlling. That’s what entrepreneurs need more than anything.” Read More

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2. Your phone’s biggest vulnerability is your fingerprint

By Russell Brandom

Digest: Mobile
Curator: Edith Yeung

If the mold is filled with rubber, you can wear that print permanently, and fool any reader small enough to fit on a smartphone. Read More

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3. The 10 Best Cities for Starting a Business in 2016

By Zoë Henry

Digest: Startup Communities
Curators: Julian Miller, Brad Feld & Shane Reiser

According to a study looking at the resources needed to successfully startup in the US, the Silicon Valley is not the best place to relocate, it’s not even in the top 50. The article lays out some very valid points as to why this is and might even get you rethinking the way you look at your community and its strong suits. Read More

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4. [QUIZ] What’s Your Business Finance and Credit IQ?

By Lydia Roth

Digest: Small Business
Curators: Marc Prosser & Michael Heiligenstein

Here at Nav, we work hard to fuel success amongst small business owners in America by creating financially fit business owners. To help you self evaluate your financial fitness, we’re bringing you our “Business Finance and Credit IQ” quiz to help you test your knowledge.
Warning: This quiz is not easy! But we have plenty of resources to help you discover what you don’t yet know (but would like to know) — take the quiz to find out what that is. Read More

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5. Google commissioned a multi-year study in to what makes the best teams

By Charles Duhigg

Digest: HR & Employee Experience
Curator: Philip Alexander

The key conclusion was that the best teams respect each other’s emotions, and make sure everyone has a chance to participate. On the surface this could sound trivial, but to male this work you have to understand how to create psychological safety. Read More

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Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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

 

1. Bots won’t replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.

By Dan Grover

Digest: Artificial Intelligence
Curators: Bjorn Larsen & Nitzan Hermon

A WeChat product manager drops some realism on the over-the-top bot hype from Facebook, Microsoft and seemingly everyone else in tech right now. Read More

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2. Going Dutch: 9 things we learned about the start-up scene in Amsterdam

By John Kennedy

Digest: Startup Communities
Curators: Julian Miller, Brad Feld & Shane Reiser

Here’s a great look at the Dutch startup scene and how they are capitalizing on their core competencies. Read More

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3. Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares

By Motoko Rich, Amanda Cox, Matthew Bloch

Digest: Education
Curators: Aurelio Jimenez Romero, Vicky Guo & Deborah Chang

Let’s not forget the power of education technology to potentially equal the playing field for our most vulnerable students. Here’s what the problem looks like in the United States. Read More

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4. Serial entrepreneur wants to inspire more Colorado angel investors

By Monica Mendoza

Digest: Angel Investor
Curator: Berg Moe

What Leslie Jump learned from talking with angel investors is that there are three reasons why they invest: To make money, because they themselves are entrepreneurs and have empathy for how difficult it is to raise money, and because they see the industry they worked in being transformed by technology and want to be part of it. Read More

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5. Injured Sea Turtle Gets His Bite Back With 3D Printed Jaw

By Devin Coldewey

Digest: 3D Printing
Curator: Dilanka

Interesting case study in ocean conservation & 3D Printing: An injured loggerhead sea turtle has been equipped with a 3-D printed prosthetic jaw at a rehabilitation center in Turkey. Akut-3, named after the search and rescue team that found him, had been struck by a boat’s propeller and his jaw nearly destroyed. Read More

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Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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1. How Sam’s Club Is Widening its E-Commerce Lead Over Costco

By Phil Wahba

Digest: Retail Technology & Ecommerce
Curator: Kyle Kelly

Sam’s Club has an edge over its arch-rival: the integration of its digital business and its 655 or so stores. Read More

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2. How Warby Parker learned to love good old-fashioned retail stores

By Eric Johnson

Digest: Product
Curators: Sophie-Charlotte Moatti & Reza Ladchartabi

Warby Parker co-CEOs Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal talk in a podcast about their decision to open brick and mortar retail. Read More

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3. Chariot for Women is a new ridesharing service for women only

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Digest: Mobility & Transportation
Curator: Timo Hoffmann

Yes, a rideshare service for women. Why? Why not? Read More

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4. When Makers Apply to College

By Slide Room

Digest: Maker
Curator: Mark Schreiber

Colleges are starting to look for more than just SAT/ACT scores + your GPA for admission. Some, like MIT, are using portfolios to get a better feel of what students can do. Portfolios are no longer just for Art and Engineers, all need to be able to tell a good story and get others excited about their work too. If nothing else, click on the link to see the “Krebs Cycle of Creativity” graphic – nicely done. Read More

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5. Virtual assistants are the testbeds for tomorrow’s personal robots

By Mark Stephen Meadows

Digest: Artificial Intelligence
Curators: Nitzan Hermon & Bjorn Larsen

Bots are all over the news – interesting to read this more informed piece. Read More

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Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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

 

1. Holograms and holistic health: what will music festivals of the future look like?

By David Hillier

Digest: Music
Curator: Katie Chase

I put a few links last week to festivals that were combined with lifestyle and personal health. I find the evolution interesting. Personally, I ate eggplant parmesan for the first time in high school at Lollapalooza and it was a lifestyle change for sure… The choices for personal transformation have definitely gotten more interesting. Read More

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2. Twitter names its first managing director for China to find advertisers beyond the Great Firewall

By Catherine Shu

Digest: China Tech
Curators: Xu Tao & Edith Yeung

Chen will be based there and work with potential clients in the Chinese-speaking markets sometimes lumped under the term “Greater China.” In this case, it refers to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Read More

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3. Watch ‘Quit Your Day Job’: ‘Shark Tank’ For Women And Minority Entrepreneurs

By Ruchika Tulshyan

Digest: Women Entrepreneurship
Curators: Babs Lee & Lilibeth Gangas

Quit Your Day Job is the female and minority version of the Shark Tank. I’m certain you can learn from the investors and pitches from this show. Check this out! Read More

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4. A bunch of VCs went on a retreat. Here’s what happened.

By Steve Schlafman

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency
Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

Last weekend Reboot hosted their first ever VC bootcamp. Steve Schlafman pulled together a list of his top takeaways from the weekend and it’s clear he was paying attention. Want to be a better employee, founder, board member and/or human? Great suggestions are found here. Read More

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5. Applications Open for Techstars IoT

By Jenny Fielding

Digest: Internet of Things
Curator: Michael Kruk

Applications for Techstars IoT accelerator are open!

On their blog, Jenny Fielding (Managing Director) discusses the accelerator’s partner companies, alumni of the program, and covers some of the market segments they’re most interested in. Read More

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Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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1. Beyoncé Wants to Change the Conversation

By Tamar Gottesman

Digest: Music
Curator: Katie Chase

So much to learn from Beyoncé about how to lead in the manner of your choosing. Read More

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2. How to give and receive better feedback as a remote team

By Kate Kendall

Digest: Startup
Curators: Zubin Chagpar & Chris McCann

“We’ve set up a round-robin schedule where each person schedules two calls per month with two different team members. That way, we have a dedicated time to catch up with another member of the team who you might not otherwise chat with outside of daily work tasks.” Read More

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3. Forget Apple vs the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched On Encryption For A Billion People

By Cade Metz

Digest: Mobile
Curator: Edith Yeung

The company employs only about 50 engineers. And it took a team of only 15 of them to bring encryption to the company’s one billion users—a tiny, technologically empowered group of individuals engaging in a new form of asymmetrical resistance to authority, standing up not only to the US government, but all governments. Read More

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4. Why No Dining App Is the ‘Airbnb of Food’ (Yet)

By Tove Danovich

Digest: Product
Curators: Sophie-Charlotte Moatti & Reza Ladchartabi

Apps promoting social dining experiences beyond restaurants seem ripe for the “sharing economy.” So why aren’t they dominating the market? Read More

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5. OLO – The First Ever Smartphone 3D Printer

By OLO, Kickstarter

Digest: 3D Printing
Curator: Dilanka

This is a very neat Kickstarter that is doing incredibly well. It’s a tiny 3D Printer that involves your smartphone. It seems to be really well designed. Despite the fact that most 3D Printer Kickstarters have failed, I am always excited to see new and innovative projects. Read More

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Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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1. How to get a startup job, even if you have an MBA

By Matheus Riolfi

Digest: Startup
Curators: Zubin Chagpar & Chris McCann

One of the first things I heard when I arrived in San Francisco was this joke: “Silicon Valley investors value startups by adding $1M for each engineer in the team and by reducing $500k for each MBA.” Read More

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2. 50 Sources of Funding for Women Entrepreneurs

By Melinda Briana Epler

Digest: Women Entrepreneurship
Curators: Babs Lee & Lilibeth Gangas

Want to know where the women investors are at and who is funding women? Check out these resources of capital for women entrepreneurs. Read More

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3. The Mess at Nest Echoes the Mess in the Smart Home

By Stacey Higginbotham

Digest: Internet of Things
Curator: Michael Kruk

This article discusses the challenges faced by any company going after the smart home market and takes a deep dive into Nest’s experiences facing those challenges and others. Read More

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4. Affordable Teslas? Elon Musk is about to take your brain to Mars.

By Suzanne Jacobs

Digest: Mobility & Transportation
Curator: Timo Hoffmann

Affordable, good electric automobile from Tesla. Its Model 3 seems to be a game-changer. Maybe… Read More

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5. ‘Fitbit for your period’: the rise of fertility tracking

By Moira Weigel

Digest: Mobile
Curator: Edith Yeung

Investors are pouring money into apps that allow women to track their fertility. Can tech companies use data to change the world of women’s reproductive health? Read More

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Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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

 

1. Amazon is Trying to Patent Paying with a Selfie

By Leena Rao

Digest: FinTech
Curators: Camron Miraftab & Thilmin Gee

Several large companies have recently announced integrating selfie technology for increased payments security. Amazon continues this trend. Read More

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2. Instagram May Change Your Feed, Personalizing It With an Algorithm

By Mike Isaac

Digest: Product
Curators: Sophie-Charlotte Moatti & Reza Ladchartabi

Instagram is changing their algorithm to place the photos and videos it thinks you will most want to see from the people you follow toward the top of your feed. Read More

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3. Meet The Chinese Tinder

By Emma Lee

Digest: Angel Investor
Curator: Berg Moe

Sudy is a new swipe-based dating app that only pairs rich men with attractive women, especially catering to college students who are looking for financial help on tuition fees. During the seven-month beta test starting in September last year, Sudy has enrolled over 10,000 members, mainly from the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia. Read More

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4. MIT: Red lights could someday be a thing of the past

By Lucas Mearian

Digest: Mobility & Transportation
Curator: Timo Hoffmann

MIT’s “lightTraffic” vision, with video explaining how traffic lights will become obsolete when there are autonomous vehicles roaming the streets. Read More

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5. Iranian Artist using 3D Printing to Combat ISIS

By Isaac Kaplan

Digest: 3D Printing
Curator: Dilanka

This is one of those unexpected uses of 3D Printing with interesting social and political implications. Check it out. Read More

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Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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

 

1. With ‘Smog Jog’ Through Beijing, Zuckerberg Stirs Debate on Air Pollution

By Paul Mozur

Digest: China Tech
Curators: Xu Tao & Edith Yeung

Facebook’s co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced his arrival in Beijing with a blithe message about what must have been a dizzying jog through the center of China’s capital, which has been suffering from a weeklong bout of hazardous air pollution. During the past two years, Mr. Zuckerberg has made several high-profile trips to China and has done little to stifle conjecture about his ambitions to bring Facebook to the country. Read More

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2. You’re A Computer. Can You Pass The Turing Test?

By ClickHole

Digest: Artificial Intelligence
Curators: Bjorn Larsen & Nitzan Hermon

Another hilariously deranged AI-themed ClickHole “ClickVenture” putting you in the first-person POV of the machine itself, this time as a computer battling to convince the judge of the “Turing Tournament” that you’re “the human.” Read More

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3. The Making of Playstation VR

By Matt Leone

Digest: Virtual & Augmented Reality
Curator: Martin Ahe

The inside story about how Playstation’s VR device came together. Great read about how a large company can find a way to be entrepreneurial and work together to just get it done. Little known fact: Sony has been working on their VR device in parallel to Oculus since 2010, so chances are good that we would have seen a consumer-ready VR device around this time, even without Oculus. Read More

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4. Can You Name Any Women Inventors?

By Microsoft

Digest: Women Entrepreneurship
Curators: Babs Lee & Lilibeth Gangas

This is a fun video celebrating women inventors on International Women’s Day. But more importantly, this is a reminder to us all – we, too, can inspire the next generation of ladies. It’s time for us to shine. Read More

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5. This Is What I Do Before 8 AM.

By Jon Westenberg

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency
Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

It’s a great day to practice not taking yourself so seriously. Read More

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Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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

 

1. Startups Are Everywhere

By Steve Blank

Digest: Customer Development
Curator: Nathan Monk

Steve Blank has discovered SoundCloud and it is a great thing for us he did. Check out his podcasts and information in this episode of ‘Entrepreneurs are Everywhere.’ Read More

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2. Inside Instacart’s fraught and misguided quest to become the Uber of groceries

By Alison Griswold

Digest: Product
Curators: Sophie-Charlotte Moatti & Reza Ladchartabi

The challenge of on-demand companies to become the next Uber. Read More

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3. Facebook Messenger now lets you hail a Lyft car

By Andrew J . Hawkins

Digest: Mobile
Curator: Edith Yeung

Lyft is also expanding its API program, in which developers can use Lyft’s application program interface to embed a button in their apps to hail a Lyft car. The announcement is a sign that API integration is quickly becoming yet another space for these two ride-hail giants to compete with each other. Read More

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4. An unforgettable welcome for your new hire

By Jennifer Kim

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency
Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

Every time a new employee signs their offer, the team at Lever records a personalized welcome gif. Sometimes it is the thought that really counts. Read More

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5. Spend Time with A+ People in Other Industries

By Hunter Walk

Digest: Startup
Curators: Zubin Chagpar & Chris McCann

“From my experience you’ll find that many of them are open to chatting because they’re happy to talk about what they do and want to learn more about technology. So the quid pro quo is that you go to their office, or set up a call, and say ‘Hey, if you’ll give me 20 minutes to talk about what you do, I’ll share some ideas and trends about where tech may be impacting your industry.'” Read More

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Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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1. Wearing headphones at a concert is music to your ears with this app

By Richard Trenholm

Digest: Music
Curator: Katie Chase

An app that lets me wear headphones at live music events to improve my listening experience. Um, what? Read More

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2. How This Power Mom Disrupted the $121 Billion Skin Care Industry From Her Kitchen

By Maisie Devine

Digest: Women Entrepreneurship
Curators: Babs Lee & Lilibeth Gangas

Meet Funlayo Alabi. She needed a natural and effective solution for her son’s eczema. So she turned a tried-and-true West African remedy with shea butter, in her kitchen, into a skin care company. Her bootstrapped company is positioned to make $300 million by 2020. Read More

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3. Outside the Box – Netflix and the future of television

By Ken Auletta

Digest: Corporate Innovation
Curators: Carie Davis & Shane Reiser

A fresh look at Netflix’s journey, Blockbuster’s demise and the future of television. (long but great read) Read More

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4. Dudley the duck gets a 3D Printed foot

By Mark Prigg

Digest: 3D Printing
Curator: Dilanka

Dudley the duckling takes his first steps on a 3D printed leg – after losing his own in a fight with a chicken. Read More

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5. Storytelling Techniques from 2016 Oscar Nominees—What Content Marketers Can Learn

By Taylor Holland

Digest: Press & Storytelling
Curator: Claire Topalian

“The most important element of any story—the audience. The device and the length are irrelevant to the story, which is a central concept that content marketing has embraced more than anyone.” Read More

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