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Startups

77 airline bankruptcies won’t scare these 6 startups from taking to the skies

by Michael del Castillo Rusted airplane

I n spite of the airline industries' reputation as being a place rife with bankruptcies, a wave of startups are lined up to brave the often-times not-so-friendly skies. In the past 20 years there have been 77 bankruptcies and multiple liquidations of airlines, the failure rate is so high that of 400 carriers authorized to operate in the United States since 1978 only 68 are still flying, according  ...

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WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel shows off the 'Apple iTime Smartwatch'

by Alex Dalenberg

The smartwatch race is heating up. We finally got an inkling of what Apple's long-rumored smartwatch might look like thanks to this recently-granted patent. Meanwhile, our own Teresa Novellino dropped by this week's Wearable Tech Expo to get a sense for some of the hurdles facing existing smartwatch makers like Pebble. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel recently had some fun with the smartwatch hype,  ...

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The Pipeline: YouTube loses music boss, HP bets big on big data, and Visa invests in payments startup

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A look at the hottest deals, business moves and upstart entrepreneurs for July 24 from around the country, as reported by The Business Journals and other local business publications.

Deals and money plays

Boston… Visa’s now a financial backer of payments startup Loop Pay. The credit card giant has invested an undisclosed amount in the company.

Silicon Valley…HP gets into big data, big time.  ...

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Innovation

Investment in Mexican bitcoin startup shows isolating effects of regulation

by Michael del Castillo The border

A n uncertain business climate thanks to likely U.S. regulation of cryptocurrency has forced two bitcoin founders to cut U.S. transactions from their business model.

The startup, Volabit, originally intended to include a service allowing for cross-border financial exchanges, or remittances, from Mexican employees in the U.S. to their families back home. But in a report published today by  ...

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Startups

When entrepreneurs say 'tomayto' and investors say 'tomahto'

by Alex Dalenberg Tomayto, Tomahto

E ntrepreneurs are always pitching, but what is a pitch supposed to be anyway? The entrepreneur doing the pitching may have a very different idea about what the word means than the investor being pitched.

On his blog, Bilal Zuberi, a partner at Palo Alto-based Lux Capital, which invests in emerging technologies such as 3D printing company Shapeways, describes a conversation he recently had with a  ...

2 hours ago
Startups

Entrepreneur dreams of disrupting restaurant scheduling

by Lauren K. Ohnesorge photo1

I f you’ve waited tables, you’re probably familiar with the sticky notes – the notes on the calendar where a fellow server is begging in ink for someone – anyone – to take his Saturday night shift.

Durham entrepreneur Peter Michaels says he’s invented an app to solve that problem. His new startup, ShiftZen, is about to transition its technology out of beta mode.

For employees, it  ...

4 hours ago
Hot Shots

Sad end for upstart teen pilot’s flight around the world

by Teresa Novellino Haris Suleman

H aris Suleman, a teenage boy from Indiana who planned to fly around the world with his dad in a single-engine plane, has died near American Samoa. His father, Babar Suleman, is as of this morning still missing at sea.

The Sulemans left on their worldwide adventure on June 19 from Greenwood, Indiana, with two goals in mind: One was to break the record for the “fastest circumnavigation around  ...

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