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What Guy Kawasaki says now about startups, Steve Jobs and VC adulation

In his new book Art of the Start 2.0, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki writes that launching a startup is easier and more democratic than ever, which is mostly a good thing. He also talked to us about tech bubbles, his old boss Steve Jobs’ presentation magic, and how sucking up to VCs is going away. Read more »


Johnson & Johnson jumps into the incubator game (Video)

by Ron Leuty Biotech incubator

A n arm of drug and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson unveiled its latest startup incubator Tuesday, a 30,000-square-foot space in South San Francisco aimed at housing as many as 50 companies.

The JLABS@SSF, which is in space owned by HCP Inc. (NYSE: HCP) off Oyster Point Boulevard, is one of a growing number of corporate-controlled incubators. These hubs are designed to provide a boost for  ...

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Crowdfunder for creatives calls Wichita, not NYC or L.A., home

by Emily Behlmann Screen Shot 2015 03 02 at 6

J onathan George's "Secret Project X" is no longer a secret.

The Wichita entrepreneur and co-founder Brian Alvey launched Recurrency live on stage at Launch Festival in San Francisco.

Recurrency, at Recurrency.us, is a crowdfunding platform that lets individuals find their favorite creators online and support them on a recurring basis, maybe with $1 or $2 per week, Alvey said during the group's  ...

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Startup wants your phone to tell you if the baby is coming early

by David A. Mann MB device

S ome things in medical practice aren't as exact as doctors would like. Determining whether a pregnant woman is heading for a preterm delivery is an example.

Dr. Divya Cantor, a Louisville physician, noticed this lack of precision when she was a medical intern years ago. "It just didn't make sense how we were checking women all the time to see what their cervix was doing," she recalled.  ...

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Spanx CEO Jan Singer is shaking up Spanx with rebranding

by Teresa Novellino Spanx CEO Jan Singer

J an Sharkansky-Singer, who was named chief executive officer of Spanx in July, says the company is going through a rebranding to emphasize that it isn't just about selling shapewear for special occasions, but is also a place for everyday lighter, more comfortable wear, including undergarments, and apparel such as jeans and swimsuits.

The rebranding will appear both in its own retail stores and  ...

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How Pebble Watch transformed itself into a DIY empire and became the anti-Apple

by Michael del Castillo Pebble

T wenty-six thousand developers have created 6,500 apps for the Pebble smartwatch—and that's just the software. The smartwatch company that raised $10 million from almost 70,000 different people has released the 3D files necessary to even further expand the wide-ranging DIY ecosystem surrounding Pebble.

"Today we are releasing mechanical and electrical designs so you can start working on the  ...

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Booker powers up with $35 M to power small business digital push

by Ben Fischer Booker

S pas, salons and other local service businesses are quickly going digital, but there's still plenty of pens, papers and local hard drives involved in that world's day-to-day customer experience.

Medina Capital thinks Financial District-based Booker is the software company best prepared to drive — and profit from — that transition and has led a $35 million Series C investment round into the  ...

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Elon Musk teased Tesla owners with a James Bond inspired upgrade

by Michael del Castillo

Hold down the "T" on the Tesla Model S sedan's digital control panel, and type in the code, "007," and the displayed image of your car undergoes a bit of a transformation: it switch to the image of James Bond's famous Lotus submarine from "The Spy Who Loved Me." Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk bought the original Lotus used in the film a few years ago for almost $1 million and said he planned to turn it  ...

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