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Startups - Silicon Nation: Buffalo

How this Buffalo startup plans to disrupt golf

by Dan Miner Golf course hole ball

BUFFALO—Buffalo has a second startup company with big plans to disrupt the golf industry.

Perfect Golf, run by Buffalo-based Robert Samuels, publicly launched a video game Tuesday in partnership with Jack Nicklaus, called "Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf."

The game is currently available on PC and Apple devices and will be migrated in the coming months for Playstation and Xbox devices. Its current  ...

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Startups - Augmented reality

Ex-Microsoft workers launch HoloLens-based design studio

by Rachel Nielsen Loook rendering

PUGET SOUND—A new company is joining the ranks of Seattle area businesses in the field of computer-generated reality.

Founded by two former Microsoft executives who worked with Microsoft's HoloLens holographic platform, the company, called Loook, is designing applications for clients using mixed reality.

Unlike virtual reality, which is a 360-degree experience in a totally computer-generated  ...

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Startups - Remodelers

This startup aims to help homeowners eager to remodel

by Krystal Peak Jiyan Wei and David Petersen

SAN FRANCISCO—Anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area knows that the real estate market is red hot, but anyone who has attempted to build or remodel a home can tell you that no matter how big the industry gets, transparency and hard numbers are hard to find.

Enter BuildZoom, a Y Combinator-backed startup that helps homeowners find contractors for remodeling projects. With funders like Peter Thiel  ...

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Innovation - Innovate to survive

How an old-line hardware giant hopes to lure millennials

by Ken Elkins

CHARLOTTE—Lowe’s Cos. Inc. is aiming its pitch at millennials with a series of new advertising spots on social media.

One series of ads is being posted on YouTube, using what Marci Grebstein, Lowe’s chief marketing officer, calls the “long-form spot.”

“It gives you a much longer amount of time to tell a story,” she says in an interview.

The three-minute stories, called Lowe’s  ...

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Startups - Silicon Nation: Charlotte

Inside the meeting that landed this Charlotte startup's CEO on a red carpet in Hollywood

by Hilary Burns TCM2

CHARLOTTE—David Hickson walked down the red carpet behind Alec Baldwin. A bunch of other celebrities were there, too, but Hickson didn’t recognize them. He’s more of a sports guy than a pop-culture fanatic.

Hickson is the CEO and co-founder of fullcube, a Charlotte-based startup aiming to disrupt subscription-based industries.

Last week, Hickson flew to Los Angeles with three of his  ...

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Hot Shots - 5 Questions for ...

Techstars vet Henrichs on fintech 2.0: Regulation poses challenge

by Anthony Noto Jason

NEW YORK—When it comes to running a successful startup, entrepreneurs would be wise to pick the brains of experts like Jason Henrichs.

The managing director of Startup Institute, an offshoot of Techstars, has been an investor and advisor for about two decades. These days, Henrichs — a Chicagoan — finds himself traveling to New York for Startupbootcamp, the Manhattan accelerator program  ...

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Innovation - Because Tesla

Tesla has Bioweapon Defense Mode

by Gina Hall biohazard bubble

SILICON VALLEY—The Tesla Model X can help you survive a biological attack — and look cool doing it — with the car’s Bioweapon Defense Mode.

The Palo Alto-based electric car company performed a test on its air filter in extreme conditions. Researchers set up the Model X in a plastic bubble contaminated with a high concentration of tiny particles dangerous for human health. The Model  ...

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