For the fifth year, the latest and greatest of the tech world's startups descended upon Austin, TX, to pitch their companies and products as part of SXSW's Interactive Accelerator, a competition to highlight the year's best innovators. The winners of 2013's startups range from the medically groundbreaking — Alzheimer's detection years before symptoms manifest — to customizable 3D-printed dolls that may have kids next Christmas season saying, "Barbie who?" Here, a look at the cream of the interactive startup crop.
From the Rotten Tomatoes of literature to a magical Chinese translation app that needs no data, there are quite a few new technologies we're looking forward to in the fifth batch of early-stage companies selected for 500 Startups's accelerator program. This past year, 500 Startups "incubated" over 30 new companies, pairing each startup with the funding, mentors, and designers needed to build a successful tech company.
The startup accelerator hosted its last Demo Day this week, featuring its current class of startups striving to develop the world's next disruptive technology. These are our picks for the most promising web, app, and ecommerce startups from the bunch, and you can bet we'll be keeping a close eye on these companies in the coming year.
Small start-ups are great to work for, but LearnVest shares why it might be better for your wallet to work for a larger company.
We’re big fans of the start-up culture here at LearnVest, obviously.
But here’s something to consider next time you’re choosing between the big corporation and the scrappy mom-and-pop: The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest report shows that, on average, a larger company will pay better than a small one.
At a company with 500 employees or more, the average compensation is a whopping $42.39 per hour, while companies with fewer than 50 workers pay on average just $22.96 per hour. That’s almost half!
If there's anyone who knows how to amp up productivity, it'll be start-up founders who work 24/7 when they are trying to get their brand-new company off the ground. Matt DeCelles, a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, recently gave a couple of really useful productivity tips on Quora. They may very well change the way you work!
Virtual inspiration board site Pinterest is the latest to join the billion-dollar valuation club, and it actually has a calculated worth of $1.5 billion after funding from Japanese ecommerce company Rakuten.
Only a year ago, Pinterest was valued at $200 million, making it just one of the many Silicon Valley sites to experience rapid growth and success as a startup. In the last 18 months, companies including Airbnb, Dropbox, Evernote, and Square made headlines in funding news that estimated the companies' worth at $1 billion or more each. The news of these startups plus Facebook's current $104 billion valuation has us wondering: which, if any, of these companies does the public think is actually worth the money?
Kickstarter, the crowd-sourced funding platform that turns creative ideas into reality, this week announced its 10,000th successfully funded project in the company's two-year history. We've spent hours exploring the projects up for support on the website. From musicians looking to record their first studio album to helping technology entrepreneurs gather cash to make a gadget prototype, surfing through the funding requests shows a glimpse into the passions of the Kickstarter community. If there is a campaign appealing to users, they can pledge various dollar amounts to help bring the ideas to life.
The graph provided by Kickstarter shows most of the successfully funded projects are music or video. Though there are many technology projects on the site, many have significantly higher budgets due to the costs of manufacturing, which may be why there are far fewer completed tech projects. The 10,000 projects raised over $75 million to fund the budding entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, designers, and writers.
Have you pledged money to any Kickstarter projects? After the break, take a look at Kickstarter's video breezing through the 10,000 funded projects.
Introducing . . . another new wave of startups that will help you save on car rentals. Bay area companies like Getaround, RelayRides, and Spride Share, are providing a cheaper zipcar-like alternative, according to the New York Times. However, instead of renting cars from a company, you'll be able to get your car from an individual who has decided to rent his car out.
This online peer-to-peer lending service is a bonus for both parties, because as a car owner, you'll be able to earn money on the side when you're not using your car, and as a renter you might be able to fork out less if the stranger decides to charge a lower rate. This new trend in car lending has come about due to the new changes in California's auto law, which fully insures both drivers and owners who participate in car-sharing services. What do you think — is this a service you would use?