Why Entrepreneur-Investors Should Jump on the Smart Revolution — Like, Now

Why Entrepreneur-Investors Should Jump on the Smart Revolution -- Like, NowSmart homes are quickly becoming the new normal. For most of us, adoption of this technology is piecemeal: We build our in-home networks by gradually replacing old appliances with new models that offer connectivity. Yet, even at this moderate rate of adoption, it won’t be long before fully networked homes are the standard. So, the question is, how will that change our lives — and businesses? Read more>>

New Bionic Arm Blurs Line Between Self and Machine for Wearers

At 29 years old, Canadian firefighter Rob Anderson lost his left arm and left leg to a harrowing helicopter crash into the side of a mountain. Although fitted with “top of the line” prosthetics for the last 10 years, he said, using them feels like “doing things with a long pair of pliers.” So when researchers at the University of Alberta offered him a place in a new prosthetics trial, he leaped at the chance. Read more>>

3 Essential Traits for Earning the Trust of Your Customers

3 Essential Traits for Earning the Trust of Your CustomersThe most valuable thing you’ll ever own is the trust of your clients, customers, and peers. You can’t buy it, and earning it isn’t always simple. Garnering trust isn’t only a matter of being honest (you should be doing that anyway), but of living up to the standards that your clients and customers demand. Over the years, I’ve noticed three components of every trustworthy business I’ve dealt with, whether in a business-to-business fashion or as a customer myself. Read more>>

How to Build Incredible, Game-Changing Technology Fast (and Right)

How to Build Incredible, Game-Changing Technology Fast (and Right)When the live streaming service Rdio burst onto the scene in 2010, it seemed to have everything going for it. But, by late 2015, Rdio was bankrupt, its intellectual property sold to Pandora for $75 million and its service shuttered. The startup became an object lesson on the failure to develop game-changing technology quickly and correctly. Though Rdio was nearly first out of the gate, its cautious approach to generating revenue let it slip behind Spotify, which moved faster. Read more>>

What Tech Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Startup That Beat Google

What Tech Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Startup That Beat GoogleIn 2015, algorithm developer and facial-recognition technology expert NTechLab was founded. In the company’s first year, it bested Google at facial recognition in the University of Washington’s MegaFace Challenge. How did a young upstart insert itself into a developing industry and steal a coveted prize from a big player? And what can tech entrepreneurs learn from NTechLab’s success? Read more>>

$10 million XPRIZE Aims for Robot Avatars That Let You See, Hear, and Feel by 2021

ANA-Avatar-XPRIZE-integration-exponential-technologiesEver wished you could be in two places at the same time? The XPRIZE Foundation wants to make that a reality with a $10 million competition to build robot avatars that can be controlled from at least 100 kilometers away. The competition was announced by XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis at the SXSW conference in Austin last week, with an ambitious timeline of awarding the grand prize by October 2021. Read more>>