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Startups - Silicon Nation: Austin

Meet Zach Obront, co-founder, Book in a Box

by Will Anderson Zach Obrant 2461

AUSTIN—How hard could it be to start a high school?

That question prompted Zach Obront to create De Novo Education, an online secondary school, while studying at the University of Western Ontario. He created a curriculum and passed many of Canada’s accreditation checkpoints, only to get hung up on a technicality.

The experiment cost Obront nearly all of his savings — after he refunded the  ...

11 hours ago
Hot Shots - Building a business

After quitting high school, entrepreneur finds success helping others launch their apps

by Jean Lee Chris Kelsey, left, with COO Chris Kettle

SAN FRANCISCO—Appsitude doesn’t want to be just a group of coders — it hopes to offer a full range of services that assist the development and launch of an app, and it promises to get it right the first time.

The company provides services that include the user interface and user experience design of an app, high quality code and marketing campaigns. It even connects some clients with  ...

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Innovation - The new reality of virtual reality

Seattle businesses make the case for virtual reality

by Rachel Nielsen p8 oculus

PUGET SOUND—Though the five-story spheres under construction at’s campus won’t open till 2018, some Amazon employees have already walked through the finished building by using virtual reality from VRstudios.

Last year the Seattle startup received digital files from the buildings’ architects and prepared a virtual-reality mockup that included details down to the furniture,  ...

13 hours ago
Media - Free speech?

​Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft will comply with European hate speech regulations

by Gina Hall Texting Thinkstock

SILICON VALLEY—Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft will comply with European regulations announced Tuesday requiring the companies to review, identify and remove hate speech on their respective services within 24 hours of a complaint.

The new code of conduct is part of the European Commission’s effort to rein in hate speech and terrorist propaganda in Europe. The new regulations  ...

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Media - Shaking up showbiz

How two Phoenix entrepreneurs revived the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

by Hayley Ringle

PHOENIX—The revival of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” might never have happened if it wasn’t for two local entrepreneurs: one who was a huge fan of the animated crime-fighting turtles, and the other who is always looking for an interesting business deal.

Grand Prix Scottsdale co-founder and Vintage Kart Company Principal Napoleon Smith III was successfully able to convince Phoenix  ...

14 hours ago
Advice - Expert advice

4 best practices to foster innovation and entrepreneurship

by Jan-Emile van Rossum 4 best practices to foster innovation and entrepreneurship

In today’s economy, innovation and entrepreneurship are necessary elements for companies to stay competitive.

In fact, a survey by PWC reports that 80 percent of CEOs believe innovation drives efficiencies and leads to competitive advantage.

It’s equally important for locations to consider the importance of innovation. According to the Global Innovation Index by the World Intellectual  ...

15 hours ago
Advice - Expert advice

How to create landing pages that engage visitors

by Berker Kanik How to create landing pages that engage visitors

What do users think about your landing page?

If you have a website, this question will be one of the most important aspects in receiving a high Quality Score.

Having a high Quality Score can lead to more profit through organic search campaigns, since your website can be placed as one of the top search result in a search engines such as Google.

Be relevant

If users leave the website in a  ...

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