A weekly roundup of top news for Startups and Entrepreneurs
- 10 books every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to read – includes the list of “best books Bill Gates read in 2016”
- A secretive startup wants to build self-driving electric vehicles in Illinois – A Michigan-based startup named Rivian is about to move one step closer to becoming a full-fledged automaker. The company’s top executives are involved in talks to buy a former Mitsubishi plant located in Normal, Illinois.
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- Irish blockchain start-up FXCH aims to overhaul foreign exchange -Dublin-based start-up Foreign Exchange Clearing House (FXCH) is turning to crowdfunding to raise €8.5m, to expand its operation that uses blockchain and overhaul how currency is exchanged between financial institutions.While initiatives like the euro have reduced the risks involved in foreign exchange (FX) between banks among EU member states, the reality is that the vast majority of other currency transactions still carry a lot of risk.
- Here’s How to Make it As a Startup in New York – Art Malkov is a serial entrepreneur with a knack for the digital frontier. An author and recognized expert in the field of social marketing and digital growth. Art has advised Fortune 100 companies on their digital marketing and social media blueprint. He is a digital marketing director at NeedGrowth.com and a .nyc domain name investor at Upgrade.nyc. You can meet him at the .NYC Domain Meetups (meetup.nyc) and at NamesCon 2017 next month in Las Vegas.
- New York beats Silicon Valley in digital healthcare funding – The New York tech scene has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. In the first quarter of this year, investments in New York City startups rose over 73 year-to-year, thanks, in large part, to two big fundraisings by healthcare companies. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that the city has finally overtaken Silicon Valley, at least in dollars going to the digital health space.
- What we’ve learnt from Startup Culture – For all of it’s limitless pivots, funding rounds and in-office football tables, Startup culture can teach established companies a thing or two.
- Volkswagen Group opts for charging network intercharge Hubject – The Volkswagen Group is joining the eRoaming platform Hubject GmbH as shareholder. With the strategic investment in the Berlin-based company, Europe’s largest car maker will push ahead with the digital interconnection of charging stations for electric vehicles starting in early 2017 as well as the expansion and internationalization of Hubject GmbH together with the founding shareholders.
- How The Virtual Reality Startup Littlstar Built An App For Smart TVs – The New York-based company gives us a behind-the-scenes peek at how it created a custom VR app for Sony’s Bravia Android TVs. Smart televisions are big business. Televisions in millions of American homes are internet-connected, hooked up to Netflix and Hulu via Rokus and Apple TVs. As smart TVs become even more popular, an unexpected new challenge emerges: Companies who are used to making apps for smartphones and tablets suddenly have to adapt to making apps for televisions.
- Siemens and General Electric gear up for the internet of things – The American industrial giant is sprinting towards its goal. The German firm is taking a more deliberate approach