Category Archives: Economy and Society

Porsche launches on-demand subscription for its sports cars and SUVs

Subscription-based car programs are increasingly an option automakers are looking to change up ownership and deal with the changing demands of customers.Porsche’s new Passport subscription program could be just what you’re looking for. The on-demand short-term rental program allows anyone in Atlanta to subscribe for $2,000 per month, which will provide access to eight models of Porsche including the 718 Boxster, Cayenne and Cayman S at launch. Read more>>

Startup Accelerators Have Become More Popular in Emerging Markets — and They’re Working

oct17-02-168261058For decades, we have heard that emerging markets are poised for huge growth that will yield even greater prosperity. But a long list of obstacles always seems to be getting in the way of realizing this potential. Startup accelerator programs have been touted as one path to faster progress. Much like their famed Silicon Valley counterparts, emerging market accelerators aim to boost startups’ potential for raising growth capital. This research shows that the effects of acceleration are remarkably similar for entrepreneurs across countries and even continents. Read more>>

Unsexy Flexport scores $65 million as software eats shipping

Freight forwarding is a multi-trillion industry of moving boats, trucks and planes full of stuff across the world. Historically, freight forwarding has been handled by a mess of paper manifests, emails and spreadsheets. Flexport is both a traditional freight forwarding service and a data provider. It has just raised a $65 million Series B at a valuation well over $300 million to make freight forwarding programmable. Read More>>

The Security Threats Small Businesses Must Keep Their Eyes On

When it comes to hackers and cyber attacks, the name of the game is staying ahead of these people and programs that can sabotage a company, especially if you are a small-business owner. While larger companies can bounce back from data breaches , small to midsize business don’t always have the resources. To make sure small-business owners are equipped with the tools and resources needed to stay protected, we asked a number of experts what security threats SMBs face and how to remain safe. Read More>>

Automakers Befriend Start-Ups Like Uber, Girding Against a Changing Car Culture

Automakers are looking toward a technology-driven future, one where they increasingly acknowledge that getting around may not require owning a car or even without knowing how to drive. This type of alliances are the latest in a string of pairings between technology companies and traditional automakers that are scrambling to re position themselves. Read More>>

Bringing Energy Upgrades To the Nation’s Inner Cities

America’s inner cities are filled with aging buildings that are notoriously energy-inefficient. It’s a problem that Donnel Baird sees as an opportunity. Baird is CEO and co-founder of BlocPower, a startup that aims to revolutionize how small businesses and nonprofits secure funding for energy efficiency and clean energy projects in low-income neighborhoods. Read More>>

1 million people are now connecting to Facebook without leaving a digital trail

More than one million people are now connecting to Facebook through the Tor “dark web,” which maintains their privacy and leaves no digital trail. The number of Facebook over Tor users over an average 30-day period has about doubled in less than a year, now hitting 1 million. Tor allows anonymous web browsing by sending data through multiple encrypted steps. Read More>>