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Shopify surges on double stock market debut

Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke stands outside the New York Stock Exchange on May 21, 2015, the day his Canadian tech startup went public.

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Jewelry startup Etkie rides funding, expansion roller coaster

by Dan Mayfield Sydney Alfonso

O f the four winners of this year's Los Alamos Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) — one stood out.

Etkie, a jewelry firm that works with Native American women in New Mexico and sells in exclusive boutiques, earned $34,000 from the fund that traditionally has focused on supporting high-tech startups and technology commercialization projects.

While Etkie's CEO was hustling jewelry at the Paris  ...

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Startups

Hawaii energy startup Shifted Energy will grow by 500% in next 12 months

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S hifted Energy, a Hawaii-based startup that creates a virtual power plant of electric water heaters to store excess renewable energy and deliver demand response, is growing its installations by 500 percent in the next 12 months, its founder and CEO told PBN Wednesday.

The Energy Excelerator startup, which has been up and running for about two years, has its technology deployed on Maui and Oahu  ...

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Innovation

Electric powered motorcycles, scooters on the rise

by Caitlin Hendee 062714 PB Harley KeithWandell Lee 08

Y ou're seeing more electric cars on the road, and increasingly the production of electric motorcycles and scooters is also on the rise.

A new report from Boulder-based Navigant Research predicts that global sales of electric motorcycles and scooters will total about $55 million between 2015 and 2024.

The rise in production is a result of increasing interest from manufactures like Milwaukee-based  ...

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Startups

Homejoy may be swept up by rival Handy

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S an Francisco home-cleaning startup Homejoy is in talks to be acquired by a larger, New York-based rival.

TechCrunch reports that“talks are well under way” for Handy, a company that provides an app for cleaning, plumbing and other services, to absorb the Bay Area company.

Handy's revenue and bookings have grown 10 times within the past year and it is now processing more than 100,000  ...

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Hot Shots

Siri's brain demos powerful computing language, hints at 'Orphan Programming Lab'

by Michael del Castillo Stephen Wolfram

T he man whose technology is the brain behind Apple’s Siri today demoed Wolfram Language, the powerful tool he used to build his image search feature launched last week. But its the way he plans to use the language that is potentially groundbreaking.

The 55 year-old computer scientist, who earned his PhD in particle physics when he was 20 years old, got so excited sharing how his advanced  ...

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Hot Shots

Marc Andreessen, H-P, pour computers into Ferguson, Baltimore libraries

by Diana Barr Andreessen

T he public libraries in Ferguson and Baltimore, which served as a refuge during recent civil unrest in those cities, will receive nearly $170,000 in donated computers, printers and other equipment.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to make the donation, USA Today reports.

Andreessen sits on the board of Hewlett-Packard and  ...

14 hours ago
Media

A changing of the guard on HBO's 'Silicon Valley?'

by Cromwell Schubarth AlecBerg ThomasMiddleditch ZachWoods KumailNanjiani MikeJudge MartinStarr MattRoss

H BO's "Silicon Valley" series may be getting a new producer and some new writers for its third season, according to Business Insider.

The blog cited unnamed sources who said that John Levenstein, who was co-executive producer on "Arrested Development" and executive producer on "The Kroll Show," will come aboard as producer.

It said that Donick Cary, who has written for "The Simpsons," "The David  ...

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