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When the Smithsonian is your highest-profile customer

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It’s been a big year for Corrales-based Ideum and CEO Jim Spadaccini.

The company, which makes both the hardware and software for high-tech touch tables used in museums, has signed contracts with the Smithsonian to develop interactive displays at three of its museums and has secured deals at several other museums worldwide.

With about 10 employees just a few years ago, the company is quickly  ...

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The many lives of investor Mark Ein (Video)

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Ask Mark Ein for a business card, and he’ll pull out a whole wad of them — each for a different company.

There’s one for Kastle Systems International LLC, the Falls Church building security firm where he serves as chairman. And another for Venturehouse Group LLC, the venture capital firm he founded after leaving The Carlyle Group in 1999. Yet another for Capitol Acquisition Corp. II,  ...

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The construction of a new high school at The Lab School may look pretty typical — until you meet the most unique worker on the site.

SAM100, which stands for semi-automated mason, is increasing productivity for Clark Construction Group LLC as the world's first commercially available robot used for on-site brick placement. Clark began work in November 2014 on a 29,000-square-foot high school in  ...

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You’ve worked hard on your product. You undoubtedly know it cold. But when you have a product with a health benefit, no one is buying it because it has a cool feature or backlit face.

Innovative features are no longer reasons to buy. As technology becomes more advanced the features become more meaningless.

Things need to be validated in a new way, especially when there’s a premium price  ...

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Here are some drone makers to watch as Intel invests $60M in one from China

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Investments in unmanned aircraft startups are taking off, with a $60 million funding of a Chinese drone company by Intel Corp. as the latest example.

Santa Clara-based chip giant Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) invested in Yuneec, a Shanghai company founded by Tian Yu that claims its drones are so easy to use they can be flown almost right out of the box by inexperienced pilots.


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Exposing the dark side of entrepreneurship: Why people want to talk about failure

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I picked the headline, "Why people want to talk about failure," but perhaps it's more accurate to say, "Why people want to watch other people talk about failure."

About 50 members of Milwaukee's entrepreneurial community crowded into the Ward 4 startup hub Tuesday for a panel on "Failing Forward," part of Milwaukee's 1 Million Cups startup meetup series. The event, moderated by me, featured  ...

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Startups - Flying freedom

No more checked bags: Business travel luggage app expands into international markets

by Hayley Ringle Bill Rinehart

A Tempe-based mobile app service that stores and ships frequent business travelers' luggage is going international.

Dufl, which takes the hassle out of dealing with luggage at the airport for regular business travelers, expanded internationally this week to business hubs in western Europe and Canada, as well as Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne and Bermuda. Other large business  ...

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