Along the money trail from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C.

Along the money trail from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C.

Sean Parker is snagging headlines for stories suggesting he's shifting his political allegiance more toward the GOP. But in truth, Parker has been an equal opportunity giver for a while. Check out who he and others in Silicon Valley back financially. Read more »

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by Alex Dalenberg

Upstarts, newsmakers and influencers who caught our attention on Wednesday, April 23.

  1. This sentence by William Shakespeare will change the way you write.
  2. Behind the scenes at The Guardian during the Edward Snowden era.
  3. Uber hits 100 cities worldwide.
  4. Codecademy gets a spiffy redesign.
  5. Flash Gordon could get his own movie.
  6. If Aereo wins; Netflix wins.
  7. A Facebook executives says Oculus Rift may expand  ...

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Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto is now a Bitcoin user, thanks to $23,000 donation

by Michael del Castillo

Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man Newsweek claims is the inventor of bitcoin is now the proud owner of 48 bitcoins valued at roughly $23,000, thanks to a fundraising campaign organized by Blockchain.info, a bitcoin wallet provider.

In a video speech, Nakamoto, a 64-year-old engineer who has fallen on tough financial times following health issues, told the 2,000 donors how grateful he was for the  ...

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Austin Mahone, budding teen star, signs on with startup ShowMobile app

by Greg Avery

ShowMobile, the online media app for tweens and teens, has landed 17-year-old singer and streaming video star Austin Mahone as a marquee draw.

If your reaction is “Austin who?” you’re likely not a pre-teen or young teenage girl. For Denver-based ShowMobile, Mahone’s signing as a big deal.

Mahone’s soon-to-be-released The Secret album is the most pre-ordered offering on iTunes right now,  ...

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4-Hour Workweek guru rides looming wave of podcast popularity

by Alex Dalenberg

Tim Ferriss, who built a media empire around his bestselling book The 4-Hour Workweek (recent titles include The 4-Hour Chef and The 4-Hour Body) has a new project, but it won’t be called The 4-Hour Podcast.

The first episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, an interview with Kevin Rose of Google Ventures actually clocks in at just under two hours, and may be part of a larger podcast trend.

In the  ...

8 hours ago
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This 12-year-old bow-tie boss dives into Shark Tank feeding frenzy

by Michael del Castillo

The prince of the bow-tie, Mo Bridges was 11-years-old when he first captured the hearts of Upstart Business Journal readers at the first Everywhere Else conference in Memphis, Tennessee.

That was last year. Now, at the ripe old age of 12, Bridges is preparing for another stint in the national spotlight with an appearance on ABC's Shark Tank this Friday at 7p.m.

Based in Memphis, Tennessee,  ...

8 hours ago
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The Pipeline: Chernin's video gamble, Apple's payment play, Pure Storage's monster round

by Kent Bernhard Jr

A look the hottest deals, business moves and upstart entrepreneurs for April 23 from around the country, as reported by The Business Journals and other local business publications.

Deals and money plays

Dallas…Chernin, AT&T's video bet: Former Fox president Peter Chernin's media holding company, The Chernin Group, teams with AT&T to invest $500 million in online video.

Silicon  ...

8 hours ago
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Startup Sous Chef brings cooking to Google Glass

by Sara Castellanos

There's one major problem with today's mobile apps for cooking, says first-year Harvard Business School student Calley Means, and it's this: greasy, sticky, flour-covered fingers that cause smudges on your smartphone.

Means co-founded a hands-free, voice-activated app called SousChef to address the sticky-finger problem, and aims to make it the go-to cooking app on Google Glass when the wearable  ...

8 hours ago
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