The bitcoin train is really made up of two revolutions in one: Money and finance, based on the bitcoin protocol, and exploiting the “currency programmability” aspects; and decentralized applications, based on the blockchain’s distributed technology capabilities. Read More
Editor’s Note: Kevin Skobac is a senior vice president for innovation, digital and social at SS+K and the co-founder of SS+K Labs, an in-house incubator of creative technologies. For many years we’ve been blissfully riding a personal digital media revolution. Better technology has solved more problems, enabling us to do more, consume more, and create more. The excitement… Read More
Malaysia is currently affected by the worst floods in a decade, with as many a quarter million people displaced from their homes, according to Reuters. The flooding has killed 21 people in the country’s Northeast, which was hit hardest.
Countries, corporations, and organizations have opened up their wallets in order to aid those affected by the disaster. And now, the platform FundedByMe is asking the crowd to pitch in whatever they can to help the victims of the flooding.
It’s an international effort, with Stockholm-based FundedByMe joining forces with the South Korean messaging app Between and the online publication Vulcan Post joining hands to promote the campaign.
The goal is to raise a fairly modest amount of €6250 ($7600), with the deadline coming up in 12 days. The proceeds will all go to the non-profit organization Mercy Malaysia, which is currently raising money for the flood relief efforts. FundedByMe is waiving its fees for this campaign (though there will still be payment processing fees of roughly two percent).
“We would like to express our deepest appreciation to the supporters who will generously come forward to provide monetary assistance, donation in kind as well as human resources on location,” the campaign page reads.
So far, only 13 individuals have contributed a total of €300, though there is time yet for others to pitch in.
There are other campaigns for the disaster relief effort — on Indiegogo, for example — which are also claiming to be raising money for the victims. While these may also be legitimate efforts, it’s always a good idea to back the campaigns that have a plan to distribute the money to a specific organization, and that are backed by companies that ensure the money gets to the right people.Read More →
In the digital age, it’s critical for retailers to collect and manage customer data. This information is the key to providing personalization for any kind of shopping experience, as it allows retailers to understand customer preferences and analyze shopping histories. Smartphone payment systems like Apple Pay are an important method of obtaining this data since they allow data… Read More
The sharing economy will breed new companies designed to enable greater numbers of customers to take advantage of peer-to-peer moneymaking opportunities.
“The next wave of opportunities in businesses will be companies that look at how we support development of the sharing economy,” says Sundararajan, who specializes in the digital economy and the economics of sharing (among other subjects). “This means companies that make it easier for everyone to play a part, companies that really bring peer-to-peer into everyone’s life.”
SOURCE link to full article:http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/239233Read More →
Earlier today, Ant Financial, the Alibaba Group affiliate that operates Alipay, China’s largest online payment platform, said that it had taken a minority stake in mobile security technology startup V-Key to beef up the safety of its products as it prepares to expand overseas. Just a few hours later, Alipay announced that it has opened an office in Sydney, Australia to help promote… Read More
European ‘venture accelerator’ Seedcamp has announced it has made 11 new investments, out of the 21 drawn from around Europe that pitched at their annual event in London last week. It made 11 investments, 7 directly from Seedcamp Week applicants, and 4 from the new Seedcamp Fund. The companies are: ● Carbon Voyage, London, UK – “Creating technology that makes… Read More
TechCrunch is excited to announce Black Girls Code as the recipient of the first TechCrunch Include Grant of $50,000. The mission of Black Girls Code aligns perfectly with the founding goals of the Include Grant by aiming to increase participation of women and girls of color in technology and computer science by facilitating early involvement in the field, moving them from being consumers… Read More
The online technology training service Pluralsight has raised a whopping $135 million in new financing as it looks to consolidate its position as a major player in personal and professional continuing information technology education.
“We believe in the vision we have of democratizing professional education,” says Pluralsight chief executive Aaron Skonnard, and apparently the… Read More