What would it mean to eradicate the mosquito?

Paul Orlando Contributor Share on Twitter Paul Orlando has operated startup accelerators on three continents and teaches entrepreneurship and runs the on-campus incubator at the University of Southern California. He writes about unintended consequences and startups. From “blitzscaling” to “move fast and break things,” startups are focused on growth and …

Uncertain times demand a new approach to strategic people management

Is the management of people in organisations today really about growing the long-term value of an employers’ most important asset in an increasing uncertain and skills-short labour market? Or is it more to do with continuing to drive costs down and shareholder returns up; and meeting the bare minimum standards …

Amazon Is Hiking its Minimum Wage to $15 Amid Criticisms Over Worker Pay

Amazon will raise its minimum wage for all U.S.-based employees to $15 next month following months of criticism for the retail giant and its billionaire owner. Effective November 1, the minimum wage for U.S.-based Amazon workers will increase for full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees, as well as employees at …

Xbox One does away with discs in new $249 All-Digital Edition

Discs! What are they good for? Well, if they’re nice if you don’t want to be tied to an online-only ecosystem. But if you don’t mind that, Microsoft’s latest Xbox One S “All-Digital Edition” might be for you. With no slots to speak of, the console is limited to downloading …

Childhood’s end for work and the need for a grown-up conversation about it all

Arguably Arthur C Clarke’s finest novel, Childhood’s End is the story of an Earth that is invaded by a force of alien Overlords. This is not a destructive colonial invasion, which is why there’s no Hollywood blockbuster in the tale, but a seemingly benevolent intervention which ushers in a golden …

Netflix added 9.6M subscribers in Q1, with revenue of $4.5B

Netflix just released its earnings letter for the first quarter of 2019. The company says it saw growth of 9.6 million paying subscribers, up 16 percent year-over-year. That’s significantly ahead of the 8.9 million new subscribers that analysts had predicted. On the financial side, the quarter came in right at …

Instacart raises another $600M at a $7.6B valuation

Instacart chief executive officer Apoorva Mehta wants every household in the U.S. to use Instacart, a grocery delivery service that allows shoppers to order from more than 300 retailers, including Kroger, Costco, Walmart and Sam’s Club, using its mobile app. Today, the company is taking a big leap toward that …

Starting a dog resort — What to include in your luxury boarding services

So you’ve decided you want to open a dog resort that offers high-end luxury boarding services, but you have no idea where to start. I can help you with that! In many places across the country, there is a huge demand for high-end grooming services and boarding facilities. Amenities at …

The Nordic Web Ventures raises a second fund and picks up Atomico’s Niklas Zennström as a backer

The Nordic Web Ventures, the ‘pre-seed’ investment firm founded by Neil Murray in late 2017, has raised a second fund to continue backing very early-stage startups within the Nordic ecosystem. The remit of the new “Fund II” is largely unchanged from the first fund, promising to write the first cheque …

Economy could achieve significant economic boost by addressing skills gaps in younger people

The UK could boost GDP by around £40 billion a year in the long run if it reduces the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) to match Germany, the best performing EU country. Despite making improvements in recent years, the UK only ranks 19th out …

SoftBank’s Deepcore and accelerator Zeroth team up to hunt early stage AI opportunities

Two early stage AI programs are joining forces because, even in the world of artificial intelligence, two heads are better than one. Hong Kong-based accelerator Zeroth — which recently grabbed a majority investment from Animoca Brands — and Deepcore, a Japanese incubator and fund that is part of the SoftBank group, …

Adobe launches an Adobe XD accelerator to woo developers

The design world is in a state of full-fledged competition. Never in history have designers and their respective teams had so many options to choose from. As both demand and supply grow, design players are working to build out the most comprehensive experience possible for their users. Adobe, the incumbent …