botkeeper has an automated bookkeeping bot for your accounting needs

 There are probably few things that small businesses hate more than accounting. It’s tedious, time consuming and totally vital to ensure that businesses can remain in business and don’t run afoul of authorities. Well, to make the process of bookkeeping a little bit less painful, a number of investors have joined together to finance┬ábotkeeper, which pitches itself as the chatbot… Read More

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Stressing aptitude over achievement, Strive Talent pitches a new way to hire

Employees onboarding concept. HR managers hiring new workers for job. Recruiting staff or personnel in their business company. While unemployment in the U.S. hit a 17 year low and the stock market keeps humming along, there’s a lingering sense that all is still not well in U.S. labor markets. Most jobs require a college degree these days, a proposition that’s becoming increasingly unaffordable even if it is attainable. Many students who graduate are saddled with so much debt that not even a decent salaried… Read More

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Join the TechCrunch Meetup at the World Economic Forum #TCDavos

 TechCrunch is holding an informal meetup during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Grab a free ticket here.
The event precedes our TechCrunch Meetup the week after in Zug, Switzerland, the so-called Crypto Valley. You can grab a ticket here.
The Davos meetup will be co-hosted by Samantha Stein, TechCrunch’s Director of Special Projects & Startup… Read More

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What happens when you sell your startup?

 This is the final installment in the series “A Startup Takes Flight.” We started by creating a company — the Internet of Wings, a provider of drone-delivered chicken sandwiches that pivoted into general food delivery — and examined some of the most common financing terms entrepreneurs and VC investors discuss. It’s time to get our investors a liquidity event… Read More

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Globality raises $35 million for its marketplace to connect small companies with big business

 Small business has long been held as a key driver of the global economy, but these businesses often don’t have access to large multinational companies who could use their services. Hoping to change that paradigm, is Globality, a startup founded by Joel Hyatt, the former head of growth and innovation at the consulting firm, McKinsey, which has just raised $35 million in new financing.… Read More

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Lyft hires Katie Dill as VP of Design

 Lyft has hired Katie Dill as its new Vice President of Design, overseeing design in a broad sense across the company, covering user experience, product and more. Dill joins from Airbnb, where she was Director of Experience and helped usher in the peer-to-peer rental business’s new brand identity. Prior to her time at Airbnb, Dill was a Creative Director at renowned firm frog design in… Read More

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IBM is using the blockchain to speed up and simplify cross-border payments

 The blockchain has long been seen as a method to quicken (and cheapen) cross-borders payments, and now that movement — which includes a number of startups making moves privately — just got its highest profile advocate after IBM announced its own solution focus on banks.
The computing giant has teamed up with blockchain startup Stellar and payment company Kickex┬áto launch a… Read More

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Smart cities are boring. Give us responsive cities.

 As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to – yet. Cities may be getting smarter, but they haven’t noticeably changed from a user perspective. It seems like most of the digital advances in cities have been invisible and focused… Read More

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Small business lending in Mexico gets a boost

 Micro-lending and small business financing are a critical component of economic growth in around the world, and the need for access to low-cost capital is especially important in developing countries. The Catch-22 is that these countries are also the ones where the lending markets are the least developed and where most financial institutions are reluctant to lend money to people who… Read More

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