Amazon Echo Show review: A better video and visual experience with Alexa

REVIEW: Well before any of its competitors put out a similar device, Amazon introduced the Echo Show in mid-2017, incorporating the sound and intelligence of Alexa with visuals to accompany voice responses. Some of the lessons learned from the first Echo Show are addressed in a second-generation device, which offers …

India’s budget hotel startup OYO raises $1B for international growth

OYO, the India-based startup that operates a network of budget hotels, has pulled in $1 billion in new funding to grow its business in China and expand into other international markets. The majority of the funding — $800 million, to be exact — was led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund with participation from Lightspeed, …

Salesforce’s first blockchain plunge will involve development tools

Last year, Salesforce chairman Marc Benioff mentioned, perhaps for the first time, his interest in the the blockchain. It was not known at the time if he was seriously interested, or if Salesforce would indeed offer a way to use the blockchain on the Salesforce platform. Today, a little over …

India’s ride-hailing giant Ola hits the brakes on food delivery business Foodpanda

India’s ride-hailing giant Ola, which has expanded to select international markets and set ambitious goals for its electric vehicles business, is struggling with selling food. Ola has suspended local operations of Foodpanda, the Indian business of the food delivery startup it acquired in late 2017, according to local newspaper Mint. The move …

Fathers seek more flexible working, but remain concerned about impact on career

As more and more women are staying in the workplace after having children – and often full time – parents are demanding greater access to flexible working, but dads are still being held back by old-fashioned policies and fears that their employer will react negatively to requests to work flexibly, …

Wunderlist creators raise $19 million for Pitch, a next-gen collaborative presentation platform

In June 2015, news emerged that Microsoft had snapped up German startup 6Wunderkinder, creators of the popular productivity app Wunderlist. Fast-forward three years, and a triumvirate of the startup’s original founders are back in the mix with a brand new pitch called, well, Pitch. Founded out of Berlin in January of this …

Friday finds: some things about life, work and everything we unearthed this week

Just because somebody’s an introvert, doesn’t mean they want to be alone It’s really not a good idea to zap your brain to boost creativity. And yes some people are doing that A complete, interactive map of all the world’s coworking spaces Setting a maximum wage for CEOs would be …

LevelTen Energy raises $20.5 million for its renewable energy marketplace

LevelTen Energy, a marketplace that consolidates renewable energy projects and potential buyers to lower prices for aggregated buyers and expand the market for sellers, has raised $20.5 million in a new round of funding. Investors in the round included the venture arms of utility and energy companies like Constellation Technology …

How to Build a WordPress Theme from Scratch: First Steps

WordPress themes give WordPress users the ability to completely change the look of a WP website, as well as add functionality to it. In this three-part series, we’ll introduce WordPress themes, showing how they work, how they’re structured, the PHP architecture behind them, and other relevant information. We’ll then embark …

Personal Equipment For Adventure Sailing Vacation in A Cold Climate

Adventure sailing vacation does not only happen when the seas are calm and the weather is warm. This can also happen when the weather is cold which is why everyone is required to bring some personal equipment to maximize the trip and make sure everyone is safe. The things you …

Speeding up WordPress with memcached and W3 Total Cache

Editor’s note: Caching plugins like W3 Total Cache are often blacklisted by managed WordPress hosting plans. These hosting plans frequently have caching built-in, which may conflict with caching plugins. How would you like to improve your site speed, boost SEO, and saveon bandwidth? You can accomplish all of this and …

What is upselling and how can you do it without scaring away your customers?

What is upselling? Well, there are certain terms and questions that invoke a slightly dirty feeling. Upselling — a classic salesperson’s technique — is one of them. However, the reality is it can become a vital part of your aftercare and overall sales strategy. Of course, your goal should always …

New experiments with transcripts, plus game streaming and social platforms

From Extra Crunch Apologies – yesterday’s daily got stuck on a plane from LAX and never sent out. This is your combined Tuesday + Wednesday editions. New Experiment: The Bold Italic’s popular podcast This is Your Life in Silicon Valley is a mainstay on playlists in the Bay Area. Given …

A blockchain firm bought asteroid mining company Planetary Resources

Here’s a match made in…I don’t know, somewhere on the blockchain, I guess. Pioneering space startup Planetary Resources was acquired by, of all things, a blockchain firm this week. ConsenSys, a Brooklyn based firm that specializes in all things Ethereum issued an announcement noting that it has snagged the asteroid …

Minimum investment for EB-5 investor green card expected to more than double

While not a startup visa, the EB-5 investor green card offers many entrepreneurs a path to a green card by investing money and creating jobs in the U.S. Under the EB-5 program, an entrepreneur’s family is also eligible for green cards. Imminent regulatory changes to the EB-5 program are expected …

With so much late-stage money available, why are tech companies going public now?

Ajay Chopra Contributor Ajay Chopra co-founded Pinnacle Systems in his living room and grew it to a multi-billion dollar public company before becoming a venture capitalist with Trinity Ventures. More posts by this contributor Private equity buyouts have become viable exit options — even for early-stage startups Full autonomy is …