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Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:28:24 +0000


4 Free Sites That Can Teach You Code

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:00:19 +0000

Learning how to code is more accessible and affordable than ever, but not everyone has time to take off work or leave their job to pursue their interest or passion. While there are very affordable classes you can take from the comfort of your...

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4 Tips from Experts on How to Be Happier at Work

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:50:23 +0000

Count yourself among the lucky if you’re one of the few people in the world that loves their job. While perks like remote work, flexible schedules, and other work-life balance initiatives have made life a little easier, poor management, low wages, and a lack...

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How Wearables Could Read Your Body Vibrations as a Security Measure

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:30:56 +0000

I’ve chatted with plenty of security experts in my role as a senior writer here at TechCo, and they all agree on one thing: Security concerns won’t be going away in the future. More than one expert has drawn a comparison to an arms race,...

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The Google-fication of Cities Begins With Toronto

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:30:15 +0000

By the year 2000, the world was supposed to be a mirror image of the Jetsons. Flying cars were going to be the norm, artificially intelligent robots were going to clean up after us while making humorous quips about our hygiene, and cities were...

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Learn How to Get in the Cryptocurrency Investment Game

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:30:53 +0000

Testing the waters in the world of cryptocurrency is easier than one thinks. Since 2009 when cryptocurrency came to be from an unknown person or group of people under the name Satoshi Nakamoto was released as an open-source software, there has been a surge of...

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3 Ways to Run a Coworking Space Like WeWork

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:30:21 +0000

If you haven’t heard of WeWork at some point in your professional career, where have you been? This coworking giant has build dozens of offices all over the world with the sole purpose of allowing people to work in a more comfortable and casual...

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12 Leadership Books That Continue to Inspire Entrepreneurs

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:50:16 +0000

If there is a single truth that can be tied to all growing organizations it’s that they are led by leaders, not bosses. These are the entrepreneurs who do more than seek fame and fortune, but have a mission and vision, and also know...

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Tech Experts Are Split on Whether We Can Squash Online Fake News

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:20:45 +0000

“Fake news” — a phrase that existed to describe the sharp rise and sustained dominance of online misinformation during the 2016 election season for about two weeks before it turned into a joke phrase that every TV show, friend, and politician you know has...

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4 Traits That Set Real Entrepreneurs Apart from Wannabes

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:30:26 +0000

The word “entrepreneur” is being thrown around a lot these days. The term has become so commonplace that distinguishing the real entrepreneurs from the wannabes remains a challenge. Though it is true that a genuine entrepreneur can come from any socioeconomic strata, being a...

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9 Solutions to Improve Your Company’s Data Security

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:15:17 +0000

It’s not just the big companies that need to worry about security measures, small businesses, startups, even freelancers,  are becoming more concerned about protecting one’s data. We asked 9 entrepreneurs what their favorite tool or solution they used to quickly improve their company’s data...

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11 Browser Extensions to Improve Your Team’s Workflow

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:30:48 +0000

When you’re trying to find the tools to make sure your team is fully productive, then these browser extensions can help keep everyone on track. We asked 11 entrepreneurs what their favorite browser extension and why.   LastPass It’s the best extension that I have...

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4 Back-to-School Strategies to Create an Ideal Millennial Marketing Strategy

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:00:58 +0000

If you are planning on brand marketing to college students, who are also a part of the millennial generation, you don’t want your strategy to be just another flyer or advertisement emblazoned with the words “back-to-school sale.” You’re dealing with a lot of competition, so...

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LEGO Celebrates Women of NASA With Latest Build Set

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:50:59 +0000

Growing up if you were a girl that wanted to play with LEGOs, you had to head over to the boy’s isle and find the latest Sci-Fi set. Today, LEGO is developing more gender-neutral sets and finding new ways to encourage girls to become...

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Anyone Can Find Your Location With Just $1,000 Worth of Mobile Ads

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:30:33 +0000

Anyone who’s ever flipped through a copy of 1984 knows what a creepy dsytopian surveillance society looks like. What most people don’t seem to have picked up on is that the process of a society turning into that type of dystopia is frog-boilingly slow. One...

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3 Business Buzzwords That Are Making Your Coworkers Hate You

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:30:19 +0000

Working in an office comes with its own set of buzzwords. From “having enough bandwidth” to “circling back,” employees in offices big and small need a non-existent dictionary to navigate everyday life at their jobs. However, there are a few buzzwords that rub people...

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This Freelancer Tool Will Make Your Admin Tasks Suck Less

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:20:25 +0000

The gig economy is expected to earn and estimated $1 trillion in 2016, and by 2020 between 43 to 50 percent of the economy could be freelancers, according to various reports. What that means for you is that if you are already your own...

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Stuck Working in the Corporate World? Here’s How to Win Back Your Freedom

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:30:42 +0000

Very few people want to be trapped in a corporate job where you feel like you’re just putting in your time and doing what you’re told. Some people think the only way to escape this feeling is to become an entrepreneur and become your...

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36 Percent of the U.S. Workforce Freelanced in the Last Year. Here’s Why That Matters.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:50:47 +0000

The most comprehensive study of the independent workforce just landed for the year, bringing with it a couple of important data points about the continued rise of freelancing in the U.S. Not only are 36 percent of the U.S. workforce clocking freelance hours, but...

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7 HR Mistakes That Will Make Your Employees Consider Quitting

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:20:06 +0000

There’s no denying that HR departments get a bad wrap. Whether it’s Toby on The Office or just your everyday workplace complaints, these employees have dedicated their time to making sure the office runs smoothly. Unfortunately, this kind of job can lead to a lot...

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Techstars Music Accelerator Adds International Members to Help Startups

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:30:21 +0000

A big part of the Techstars Music Accelerator strategy is our deep cooperation with the global music business. We believe cooperation produces greater return on investment. Today, we are thrilled to announce the addition of three new member companies for Techstars Music 2018: Concord...

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Why Founders Should Avoid Trying to Be a Know-It-All

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:15:32 +0000

If you have a teenager in the house, chances are they think they know everything. This can also happen with founders assuming they know everything about building a business. We asked Hugh Weber, a researcher, network theorist, storyteller, community organizer, design advocate and small...

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How Technology Can Preserve Democracy

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:00:21 +0000

We live in strange times indeed. With reports of electronic meddling by foreign actors in the 2016 elections, recurrent cries of “fake news,” and actual online misinformation campaigns, it’s become apparent that technology has had widespread effect on democracy in the US. In fact,...

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10 Startups on Display at Techstars Chicago Demo Day

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:50:45 +0000

Techstars is easily one of the most esteemed startup accelerators in the world. With programs in dozens of international cities and partnerships with hugely influential corporations, Techstars has shown startup founders and entrepreneurs that there is no better place to grow and build their...

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Facebook Just Bought tbh, an App for Teens You’ve Never Heard of Because You’re Old

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:30:44 +0000

Haven’t felt the sands of time slipping through your fingers yet today? Facebook just shelled out to acquire an app for teens that didn’t even exist last July. tbh, an annoymous messaging app for teens, debuted in August, and has earned 5 million downloads and...

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Burrito-Delivering Drones Come to Australia, and We’re Jealous

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:30:43 +0000

While still adamantly feared by the average consumer, drones have a lot of practical applications that cannot be ignored. Whether it’s infrastructure analysis, recreational use, or to make the Super Bowl Halftime Show amazing, these unmanned flying vehicles have made quite an impression on...

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How This Rust Belt City Built a Tech Ecosystem

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:20:00 +0000

In Illinois, the Greater Peoria region has historically been a center for engineering and manufacturing excellence. It’s also home of the Caterpillar company that’s not only known for supplying farming equipment, but also helped with several projects including: widening the Panama Canal and providing equipment...

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Survey: People Are Even Stressed Out by the Photos on Their Phones

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:30:44 +0000

In 2017, people are more stressed than ever. Some of that’s down to the political climate, but entire demographics are reporting more stress than before: Teenagers have more high anxiety, while startup founders regularly discuss their higher rates of stress and depression and one...

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OnePlus 5 Packs a Lot of Punch, A Bit of Controversy [ Review ]

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:50:26 +0000

In the world of smartphones, crazy price tags are becoming the norm. However, one Chinese company continues to push back against the fold while still having some of the top specs available. OnePlus the brand with a motto of never settling, constantly offers the...

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2017 Looks Like the Biggest Year for Cord-Cutters Yet

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:20:26 +0000

Looks like the revolution won’t be televised. Because after the streaming revolution is over, nothing’s going to be televised. After combing the public filings for major pay TV companies including AT&T, Comcast, Dish, Charter and Verizon, streaming watchdog site Exstreamist has officially predicted that 2017...

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How to Create Content for Shrinking Attention Spans

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:30:39 +0000

Do I have your attention? Good. The idea that our attention spans are increasingly shrinking is one we hear all the time. Blame it on the mobile revolution. There is so much content to consume online, along with so many interruptions during the day,...

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Scale Your Business By Focusing on the Right Things

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:15:42 +0000

Anyone can have a great idea. Turning that idea into a profitable business is the tough part. To find out how some of the brightest CEOs and founders today are scaling their ideas and making millions in profits annually, I turned to some of...

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Here’s Some Actionable Advice for Starting a Successful Startup

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:00:50 +0000

Steve Jobs once said, “Apple still operates like a startup.” He meant that you don’t need a large staff when it comes to your creative team. You just need one person that’s in charge of different aspects of your business who can do one thing...

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The Value in a Community Is a Shared Sense of Destiny

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:50:33 +0000

Building a community is more than a few events, it takes people working together and sharing a sense of destiny. We talked with Hugh Weber founder of OTA, a for-purpose organization focused on sparking transformation through creative connections and collisions in the Midwest, about his experiences...

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Benjamin’s Desk and 1776 Are Merging

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:30:13 +0000

Philadelphia-based coworking network Benjamin’s Desk and DC-based incubator 1776 have officially announced their merger. And yes, both of their names are references to the American Revolution, thanks for noticing. The goal of the merge: To create a combined network that can rocket them to the...

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Make Your Old Air Conditioner Smart Home Compatible with Sensibo Sky

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:30:29 +0000

The smart home movement is in full effect, for the right price. Unfortunately, that price is pretty high, particularly for the everyday consumer. If only there were a way to add smart features to your otherwise disconnected portable air conditioner sitting on your window...

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Bitcoin Trading Company bcause Closes Series A Led by SBI Holdings

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:20:44 +0000

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been the talk of the financial world for a few years now. While big banks and notable minds have condemned the revolutionary digital currency has a bad idea, more and more industries are adopting it into their platforms. And...

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6 Tips for Affordably Bringing Your Product to Market

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:30:55 +0000

So you have a great idea for a new product, but you don’t have the money or skills necessary to realize your dream. A lack of money and experience can be an overwhelming obstacle for new entrepreneurs. Fortunately there are ways to push through these...

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Study: 1 in 3 Tech Employees Self-Identify as Workaholics

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:50:17 +0000

Possibly the biggest socially acceptable item to complain about at your job is just how hard you’re working. But working too hard takes a toll: Workaholics are about three times more likely to be depressed or anxious. I have to wonder: How many people...

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Why Companies Should Invest in an Internal Marketing Team

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:20:33 +0000

Businesses spend thousands (sometimes tens of thousands) of dollars to market themselves by looking to outside avenues like social media, ad platforms, email marketing and search engine optimization. A far more effective investment is creating a well-equipped internal marketing team — a team of satisfied,...

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Effective Project Management Starts With Asking Why

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:30:33 +0000

It’s no secret that product managers have a very difficult job. They are in a position of having to lead, but frequently must do so through influence instead of authority. To navigate the difficulty of their management position while being effective leaders, product managers...

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7 Signs That Your Business Is Headed For a Growth Spurt

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:15:03 +0000

The hustle-and-bustle of daily tasks make it difficult for entrepreneurs to take a step back and answer one vital question – is my business really growing? Here’s 7 things that can give you an indication that you’re going in the right direction – up. ...

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5 Easiest Ways to Gain Your Customers’ Trust

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:30:51 +0000

In a world full of cyber attacks and data breaches, customer trust is more valuable than ever. Unfortunately, customers of today have trouble trusting companies that don’t follow a certain set of guidelines. Fortunately, we’ve got a few of them for you right here....

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Friday Feedback Wins Startup South Portland Contest

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:45:44 +0000

Luke Thomas took home top honors, along with $1,500, recently at the Startup South Portland final pitch contest with his software startup, Friday Feedback. Thomas, a South Portland resident, has been quietly working on Friday Feedback for the past year, putting in about 10...

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How VPNs Can Help Startups Improve Cybersecurity

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:30:20 +0000

It cannot be denied that there is a fast growth of internet access all over the world. By checking current numbers showed by, you will spot the live users stat at nearly 3.7 million. While it’s good to know that a lot of...

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14 Low Cost File-Sharing Services That Your Whole Team Can Use

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:30:11 +0000

The days of filing cabinets and fax machines over. With most business practices being performed through the cloud, the world is more connected than ever. However, if you want to make sure your information is safe and sound, setting up a file-sharing service is...

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Hiring Is Your Single Most Important Skill as a Founder

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:45:29 +0000

The longer I’m involved in Codeship (the company I co-founded), the more other founders I mentor, the more I’m convinced that people and a great team is the lifeblood of a fast growing startup. I would even go so far as to say that people are...

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5 Ways to Cut IT Costs Without Impacting Performance

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:30:09 +0000

Most decision makers at companies large and small are placing an increased emphasis on IT these days. Unfortunately, with this enhanced focus often comes rising costs, something smaller companies have trouble managing. But what if someone told you that you could cut IT costs...

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5 Ways to Successfully Reach Prospective Talent

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:30:23 +0000

There’s never been a better time to be a software engineer. The global IT market is growing at such a lightning pace that the thinning labor pool can’t seem to replenish itself fast enough to meet the colossal demand. Poaching top talent has become...

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TechCo Top Stories: VR Movies, Innovate Celebrate, and Startup of the Year

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:30:24 +0000

Well, Innovate Celebrate 2017 is in the rear view mirror and we could not be more proud of the startups that competed, the entrepreneurs that spoke, and the attendees that made the conference such a hit. From day one of excursions to the final...

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The Early-Stage Startup Playbook for SaaS Productivity Products

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:20:13 +0000

When you’re just starting out, knowing what tools work the best for all the different current or future needs will save you time. Here’s our list of tools that can help you Do More Faster. Warning, the article is long but detailed with reviews...

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