Category Archives: Buisness Productivity

How a college dropout learned to code on Codecademy, then launched a company that was accepted into the buzziest Silicon Valley startup incubator

How a college dropout learned to code on Codecademy, then launched a company that was accepted into the buzziest Silicon Valley startup incubator

Patrick Stapleton founded Tipe.io, a CMS platform that was accepted into Y Combinator’s 2018 class. Stapleton, a college dropout, learned to code almost entirely from resources he found online. He says he owes his education in coding to Codecademy, another Y Combinator company.  In March, Patrick Stapleton launched his company, , a content management system that’s geared toward nontechnical users. Despite creating a highly technical product, Stapleton’s route to programming recalls the nontraditional path taken by many  startup founders before him:  Stapleton is a college dropout and a […]

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$13 billion Atlassian explains how the 'joy of missing out' led it to totally reinvent one of its core products (TEAM)

$13 billion Atlassian explains how the 'joy of missing out' led it to totally reinvent one of its core products (TEAM)

Atlassian Stride, the Aussie software giant’s new chat tool, is in general availability starting today.  Stride will mostly replace the very popular HipChat, which has been a flagship of the company’s line for many years.  Atlassian says that Stride was created on the notion that modern messaging apps are too distracting — which is why it comes with Focus Mode, a way to block out incoming messages until you’re ready to reengage.  But creating all of Stride’s good stuff meant scrapping HipChat and starting over, which is […]

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This Silicon Valley startup has quietly raised $500 million to help diagnose cancer using controllers

This Silicon Valley startup has quietly raised $500 million to help diagnose cancer using controllers

Since its debut six years ago, Redwood City-based startup Auris Health has quietly raised $500 million to develop a series of tools designed to innovate surgical robotics technology. The company’s latest product, Monarch, is a controller-operated robotic camera that allows physicians to visualize the inside of the human body. The technology, which was approved by the FDA earlier this month, could become a key tool in helping physicians diagnose lung cancer early on.  If you’ve never heard of Auris Health, it’s for good reason: Despite the vast […]

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$9 billion Stripe just bought a payments startup backed by Eric Schmidt as it goes after even larger customers

$9 billion Stripe just bought a payments startup backed by Eric Schmidt as it goes after even larger customers

Stripe, a $9 billion startup, has purchased Index, a point-of-sale-software developer backed by Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. The move comes as Stripe goes after larger customers such as Allianz, Booking.com, and Zillow. The acquisition of Index will give Stripe a formal product for physical stores for the first time. Stripe, the $9 billion payments-processing startup, has purchased Index, an in-store-payments startup backed by the former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s venture-capital firm, Innovation Endeavors. Index provides software for in-store payments systems, like the PIN pads you use to […]

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A decades-old time-management strategy can help you become more productive and less stressed at work

A decades-old time-management strategy can help you become more productive and less stressed at work

President Dwight D. Eisenhower developed the “Eisenhower Matrix.” It’s a tool for figuring out what’s important versus urgent. The tool was featured in Stephen Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Your goal should be to spend time on tasks that are important but not urgent for maximum productivity. The world of work has changed a lot since the 1950s. But some things have stayed the same. The “” is a tool developed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who served as president from 1953 to 1961 […]

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Paychex Small Business Snapshot: 1 in 5 Business Owners Are Unaware of the DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule | Business Wire

Paychex Small Business Snapshot: 1 in 5 Business Owners Are Unaware of the DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule | Business Wire

ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to finalize its proposed overtime rule in the coming months, and despite the fact that it is expected to have a significant impact on businesses, 1 in 5 business owners claim they are unaware of the rule altogether. Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, HR, retirement, and insurance services, is offering five recommendations business owners should consider implementing now in order to prepare for the final rule. The rule, as […]

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Amazon is reportedly planning to offer a new credit card tailored to the needs of small business owners

Amazon is reportedly planning to offer a new credit card tailored to the needs of small business owners

Amazon is in talks with JPMorgan Chase to offer a co-branded credit card for small business owners, Bloomberg reports. The credit cards would offer rewards points on purchases, and in the future, business insurance plans to small business owners, one unnamed source told Bloomberg. Amazon is looking to woo small business owners with an attractive new credit card offering, . According to Bloomberg’s anonymous sources, the online market retailer has been in talks with JPMorgan Chase to offer a co-branded credit card tailored to the needs of […]

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Google Ventures is investing in a startup that lets lots of people use augmented reality together

Google Ventures is investing in a startup that lets lots of people use augmented reality together

Google’s venture capital arm, Google Ventures, led a $14.5 million investment round in UK startup Blue Vision Labs. Blue Vision Labs is working on shared augmented reality technology to let people use AR together. The company sees uses of its technology in gaming, navigation, enterprise, and self-driving cars. Google Ventures led a $14.5 million (£10.3 million) round of funding in a UK startup that has created technology to allow lots of people to use augmented reality (AR) at the same time. Blue Vision Labs has operated in […]

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15 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter about business

15 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter about business

Some of the best documentaries available on Netflix are on the topic of business. From “Generation Startup,” which follows college grads launching businesses in Detroit to the beloved “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” there’s a wide variety of documentaries with lessons to share. If you have a Netflix membership, these documentaries are free to watch — and you can stream them instantly. If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands but don’t feel great about spending it binging the latest TV drama, we’ve got you […]

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Retail Gift Card Trends in the United States: 2015 in Review – Research and Markets | Business Wire

Retail Gift Card Trends in the United States: 2015 in Review – Research and Markets | Business Wire

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Retail Gift Card Trends in the United States: 2015 in Review” report to their offering. The research report, Retail Gift Card Trends in the United States: 2015 in Review, documents the dollars loaded in 2015 onto closed-loop prepaid cards or prepaid account access devices issued by retailers. The double-digit gift card load growth in 2014 was not sustained as retailers focused on convincing shoppers to favor merchandise with discounts and sales. The new report includes distribution information […]

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