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Black Friday may be fading to gray

With a rising number of consumers who plan to buy gifts online from home and discounts held earlier and later, some analysts suggest that the Black Friday rush is losing adrenaline. Read more »

Startups - Software eating sales

Inkling CEO: 'We want to double our business every year'

by Dave Mills Matt MacInnis, CEO of Inkling

SAN FRANCISCO—For businesses trying to provide materials to sales reps or train employees, “slides and binders don’t cut it anymore,” says San Francisco-based publishing software company Inkling.

So Inkling gives its clients software that lets their teams create and share content — from text to photos, videos and quizzes — and then see how it’s used by employees.

The platform lets  ...

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Innovation - STEM education

Crafting the next maker generation

by Teresa Mathew UC Berkeley’s new design lab.

SAN FRANCISCO—Tech companies may soon have the chance to design the next wave of the maker movement.

UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering is giving Bay Area companies the chance to mentor and mold the newest talent coming out of the UC system.

In August, the engineering school opened the headquarters for the new Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in the 24,000-square-foot Jacobs Hall. The  ...

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New in town? This startup wants to introduce you to your city

by By Jim Bafaro Ellen Prinzi

ST. LOUIS—Ellen Prinzi’s career has taken her to a lot of places over the last decade.

Since her graduation from the University of Kentucky in 2006, Prinzi has held positions with Major League Baseball in San Francisco and New York, and from 2008 to 2010, she worked as coordinator of baseball operations for the St. Louis Cardinals.

One could consider Prinzi to be a bit of an expert when it  ...

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Executive Forum - Guest Contributor

3 ways my advisory board has helped me in my entrepreneurial journey

by Mary Juetten Business advisors

A couple of years back, I sat in a presentation where a startup team dissed the idea of an advisory board.

When I approached them afterwards, they stated that they had adequate technical experience in their industry. They ruled out advisors and completely missed the point.

Advisers are often the founder’s wind. If you are on the entrepreneurial journey alone, advisers are doubly important.


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Startups - Silicon Nation: Boston

Fintech startup partners with Google-backed app Robinhood

by Greg Ryan Robinhood

BOSTON — Quantitative finance startup Quantopian is now allowing users to trade securities without paying a commission, through a partnership with the investing app Robinhood.

Quantopian is one of four companies that integrated Robinhood’s technology on Friday, the first to offer Robinhood’s brokerage services other than Robinhood itself. The app allows investors to skip the $7 or higher  ...

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How Paddle8 auction house wooed Wu-Tang Clan for this million-dollar sale

by Michael del Castillo Wu Tang and Yahya

NEW YORK — In a world of free music and poorly compensated musicians, Wu-Tang Clan decided to put the art of music center-stage by selling their most recent album via Paddle8, a new auction house trying to modernize the art industry.

On Tuesday, the New York City-based company announced it had sold Wu-Tang Clan's the one-of-a-kind album, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin…” to an unnamed  ...

23 hours ago
Technology - Manufactured in America

Robotic camera company shifts from startup to scale-up mode

by Kristen Mosbrucker Chris Boyle, chief executive officer of Soloshot

SAN ANTONIO — One technology company that crafted a robotic tripod device for cameras is launching a third rendition as the seed of investments are bearing fruit just before the holiday shopping season — as the company slides past the startup phase.

Soloshot Inc. began as a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 and garnered $75,000 for a user tracking tripod that filmed and followed anyone  ...

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