Why you should remove WordPress themes and unused plugins

Editor’s Note: This article was first published on July 28, 2014. It was updated on October 28, 2018. Developing a WordPress site is often an iterative process. Because WordPress is so flexible, you tend to try many different layouts, themes, and plugins. Then, you finally land on a configuration that meets …

Effectively managing retail inventory during the holiday sales rush

Before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us. You know this, and you’re gearing your retail business up for the massive sales rush you look forward to. And that means managing retail inventory is a top priority. Those soaring sales are awesome, but you know from experience that …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Chilly reception for marijuana tycoon game shows games industry’s backwards stance on drugs

Intense and graphic violence is something we’ve come to simply expect from games, but sexual and other adult themes are still largely taboo — including, as publisher Devolver Digital is learning, drugs. Even if the game in question is a relatively serious tycoon-type look at the current (and legal!) business …