ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, plans to launch a free music streaming app

Does the overcrowded and cut-throat music streaming business have room for an additional player? The world’s most valuable startup certainly thinks so. Chinese conglomerate ByteDance, valued at over $75 billion, is working on a music streaming service, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The company, which operates popular …

Greatest motivator for employees is more recognition, whether monetary or not

The biggest motivator for staff at work is more recognition, whether monetary or not, according to a new survey on rewards at work by XpertHR. When asked which rewards are most important to employees, more than half (53 percent) said higher basic pay, followed by a wider range of benefits …

Lemonade picks up $300 million Series D led by SoftBank Group

Lemonade, the insurance startup founded by Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger, has today announced a $300 million Series D financing led by the SoftBank Group, with participation from Allianz, General Catalyst, GV, OurCrowd and Thrive Capital. Lemonade uses an AI-powered bot to digitize the insurance buying experience for renters and …

People often feel as if they are kept in the dark about flexible working

New research from LinkedIn (registration) claims that a third (36 percent) of UK professionals believe their employer does not do enough to support new parents. The release of the figures comes as LinkedIn claims that 18th March was the day that working families only just start getting paid for the …

The Three Words You Should Never Use in a Work Email—And What to Say Instead

You’re waiting to hear back from a colleague, a boss, a prospect, a client, a potential employer. It’s been a while. You’ve checked your junk folder. Nothing in there. Are they avoiding you on purpose? Did they forget? Is it a no? Do they hate the idea you pitched? Do …

Nonprofit landing pages: 4 lessons from for-profit organizations

Looking to get more strategic about your nonprofit landing pages? Performing a competitive analysis is an excellent way to do it. However, many nonprofit leaders limit their research to direct competitors, missing out on the lessons that can be learned from organizations outside their industry. A key objective for most nonprofits …

Twitter makes ‘likes’ easier to use in its twttr prototype app. (Nobody tell Jack.)

On the one hand, you’ve got Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lamenting the “like” button’s existence, and threatening to just kill the thing off entirely for incentivizing the wrong kind of behavior. On the other hand, you have twttr — Twitter’s prototype app where the company is testing new concepts including, …

Optimize your website with our favorite WordPress SEO tips and tricks

Editor’s Note: This article on WordPress SEO tips and tricks was first published on February 4, 2015. It was updated on November 23, 2018. Most users adopt WordPress because it’s free, it’s easy to use, and it offers an abundance of resources and extensions. What people don’t realize is WordPress …

Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb has rejoined the venture world — but he hasn’t forgotten Juul

Scott Gottlieb, the former Food and Drug Administration chief, became known during his tenure for his efforts to regulate the tobacco and e-cigarette industries — and for his particular focus on Juul, the fast-growing e-cigarette company that Gottlieb squarely blames for creating a “youth epidemic” of e-cigarette use by teenagers. …

Hardware startups take center stage for Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen

Software grabs so much attention that it even has its own catchphrase — there’s an app for that. It’s not a bad thing, but we know nothing happens without hardware. That’s why we’re hunting for the best early-stage hardware startups to take center stage at Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen on …

India’s Rivigo raises $65M to expand its freight and logistics platform

Rivigo, a tech startup in India that wants to build a more reliable and safer logistics network, has raised $65 million as major investors continue to place big bet on opportunities in overhauling trucking system in the country. The Series E round, which has not closed, for the five-year-old startup …

Celebrate Black History Month: How to prepare your nonprofit

Black History Month isn’t a holiday in the conventional sense, but it’s an observance that deserves your nonprofit’s attention. Now’s the time to determine how to prepare your nonprofit — and make changes and additions to your strategy to take advantage of it — as you celebrate Black History Month. …

Fresh out of Y Combinator, Tandem lands millions from Andreessen Horowitz

Tandem, one of the most sought after companies to graduate from Y Combinator’s summer batch, will emerge from the accelerator program with a supersized seed round and an uncharacteristically high valuation. The months-old business, which is developing communication software for remote teams after pivoting from crypto, is raising a $7.5 …

5 online security musts for churches and other religious organizations

Online security is often hit-and-miss in most religious organizations. It’s been my experience that many religious organizations — at least the churches — are seriously lacking in the security department, and are often working on a mishmash of technology, which causes its own problems. I don’t know if it’s the trusting …