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San Francisco just voted to regulate the glut of shared electric scooters that startups are putting all over the city’s streets

San Francisco just voted to regulate the glut of shared electric scooters that startups are putting all over the city’s streets

San Francisco has voted to regulate electric scooters, requiring them to apply for a permit before operating on city streets. The legislation was passed unanimously.  The San Francisco MTA expects applications for permits to be ready in May. Just weeks after a raft of electric scooters have filled the streets of San Francisco — and drawn complaints from local residents — the city has voted to regulate them.  In a unanimous vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to require electronic scooter startups to […]

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PaySimple Teams with Profit Rhino to Benefit Home Service Businesses

The new payment integration between PaySimple and Profit Rhino will remove many of the obstacles home service businesses face when trying to accept . PaySimple and Profit Rhino Partnership Plumbers, electricians, gardeners and handymen are all examples of the  keeping homes up and running when something goes wrong. But the way in which they bill and collect for the services they provide is in most cases not optimized for today’s digital world. The partnership between PaySimple and Profit Rhino will make payments possible no matter where these home service […]

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4 Trends Customer Service Teams Are Using to Kill the Competition

Sponsored Post Today’s customers are more demanding than ever. They want: Personalized service with recommendations just for them. Mobile service, just like in all the apps they use daily. Instant service. Nobody’s willing to wait on hold anymore. Predictive service, so problems are solved before they’re even known. All these things will become commonplace for customer service in the future… The problem is customers want them now. Manual processes and disconnected systems just aren’t suitable to meet the increasing demands, and what this all boils down to is this: Your business […]

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A Chicago startup called Cameo lets you buy personalized messages from celebrities to surprise your friends with

A Chicago startup called Cameo lets you buy personalized messages from celebrities to surprise your friends with

A Chicago-based startup is letting customers buy personalized messages from celebrities to share with friends for special occasions. The celebrity lineup is made up of 1,400 athletes, musicians, social media influencers, and more, all of whom set their own price per message and get 75% of the cut.  Founder Steven Galanis wants “to help the 99 percent of talent monetize,” and engage with their fans the way that “the Kardashians and the Drakes of the world” get to, he told the . If you can’t say it with […]

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59% of POS Systems in the US — including at Small Businesses — Now Accept EMV Cards

When the deadline for the “liability shift” was almost up in October 1, 2015, the number of small businesses having  was at 8.33 percent. According to Visa, 59% of U.S. POS locations now accept the chip, a 578 percent growth since 2015. Chip Card Transition Update The new numbers were released at the recent 11th annual Secure Technology Alliance Payments Summit held together with the U.S. Payments Forum All-Member Meeting, and the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) EXPO in Orlando, Fl. The summit is held to discuss […]

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TaskRabbit Cybersecurity Incident Leaves “Taskers” Temporarily without Customers

Customers and 60,000 “taskers” — many of whom work as freelancers —  were in for a rude awakening Monday April 16 when TaskRabbit announced its site had been taken down following “a cybersecurity incident.” After alarm bells were sounded by several TaskRabbit users, a by the company confirmed the situation. TaskRabbit Cybersecurity Incident As of this writing, the site remains inaccessible accept for a landing page briefly explaining the situation. On the page, TaskRabbit the matter is being investigated and in the meantime the app and the […]

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New York-based coding boot camp General Assembly is getting acquired for $412.5 million

New York-based coding boot camp General Assembly is getting acquired for $412.5 million

Coding boot camp General Assembly is getting acquired for $412.5 million by workforce staffing agency Adecco, Axios reports.  Adecco and GA have been in talks about how they could best work together since last fall.   Coding boot camp General Assembly is getting acquired for $412.5 million by the European human resources and staffing firm Adecco,  The New York-based coding school, which , offers courses on data analytics, UX design, and coding languages to both individuals and company teams. GA largely focuses on recruiting workers and re-training […]

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How to Give Your Small Grocery Store the Edge without Lowering Prices

Competing against big retail chains on price points is nearly impossible for small grocery store owners. Luckily, good price is not the only way to boost sales. Grocery Experiences Matter According to compiled by Rave Reviews, American consumers value convenience over a good price. In other words, facilitating great user experience can make a bigger impact than even lowering prices. Consumers Becoming More Tech Savvy Convenience is driving modern consumers toward technology. And more buyers are placing their orders online. According to statistics, 42 percent of consumers […]

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Silicon Valley's newest investor is a guy who raised $3 million to start ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Capital — named after the shrugging emoji tattooed on his wrist

Silicon Valley's newest investor is a guy who raised $3 million to start ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Capital — named after the shrugging emoji tattooed on his wrist

Niv Dror, AngelList’s former head of marketing, has launched a $3 million venture-capital fund called Shrug Capital, stylized as ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Capital. The fund has received investments from influential Silicon Valley venture capitalists such as Founders Fund’s Cyan Banister and Andreessen Horowitz’s Marc Andreessen and Chris Dixon. Dror told Business Insider that the shrug emoticon, which he had tattooed on his left wrist two years ago, was among his favorite keyboard-shortcut responses. In October 2016, Niv Dror, then an editor for the product editorial site Product Hunt, on […]

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64 % of Small Businesses Spend At Least $1000 on Tax Administration Work

The new tax reforms passed by the Trump administration were supposed to simplify the tax system. However, The National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) 2018 Small Business Taxation Survey reports administrative burdens still outpaces those of finance as 63 percent said they spend more than $1,000 annually on the administration of federal taxes. NSBA 2018 Small Business Taxation Survey The 2018 NSBA survey provides insightful opinions on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act from small businesses across the US. As part of the NSBA’s advocacy of small businesses, […]

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