This ridiculous electric SUV concept is over the top in every way


Chinese EV startup ‘BYTON‘ has an electric SUV concept in the works and it’s packed to the brim with unnecessary tech—including a massive 49-inch gesture-controlled dashboard display and a fitness tracker that keeps tabs on your heart rate, blood pressure, and weight. The SUV isn’t available for pre-order yet, but the startup plans to add some autonomous driving features in 2019. Read more…

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Got your own business? This course on QuickBooks can teach you how to manage finances.


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There’s a lot that goes into running your own business. You need to hire and manage an entire staff, pitch your million dollar idea to investors, and steer your company toward a bright, prosperous future. The last thing you should have to do is get caught up in bookkeeping.

That’s what’s so great about QuickBooks Pro. Once you connect the software to your bank account and credit cards, you can categorize expenses, manage bills, and pay employees with ease. If you’re brand new to the program, this QuickBooks Pro 2017 Training course might help. Read more…

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BizPlan software is a must-have for anyone starting a business


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So you just had a Eureka moment and a brilliant business idea magically popped into your head. You presented the concept to your friends and family and garnered a favorable response. You even wrote a business plan that lays down all your ideas.

And now what?

As an aspiring business owner, you should know from the start that there’s a difference between a business plan and a business plan that results in funding. Writing one is easy, sure, but crafting a compelling one that would get investors to drop dough is an entirely different story. Thankfully, as with all things, there’s an app for that! Read more…

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Online graphic design startup Canva is now worth $1 billion


Canva is Australia’s first unicorn of 2018, after raising $40 million (AUD$50.9 million) to push the design startup’s value over $1 billion.

Now available in 190 countries, with over 10 million users, the online design and publishing platform was launched in 2012 by CEO and co-founder Melanie Perkins — now the youngest female entrepreneur to have reached unicorn status. 

“It’s still extremely early days for us yet, and we feel like we’ve done one percent of what we believe is possible but it’s quite exciting to get to this point in time, and it’s been a huge journey,” Perkins told Mashable. Read more…

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‘Genies’ are like Bitmojis that try to make millennials care about the news


A startup has launched what may be the most adorable news app ever. 

The company, Genies, Inc., has launched the Genies app, where you can create an adorable clone of yourself that will bring you news throughout the day, and can be shared with friends on iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct Message, Snapchat, and SMS. 

“If you ask Gen Z millennials where they get their news, nine times out of 10 they’ll say they get it on Snapchat or Instagram,” said Genies CEO Akash Nigam. “We’re trying to exemplify that exact same type of use case.” 

Here’s how it works. First, you sign into the Genies app and create a Bitmoji-like animated clone of yourself. There are hundreds of skin tones, noses, eye colors, and articles of clothing to choose from, so your character will be more nuanced, and more trendy, than their Bitmoji competitors.  Read more…

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5 secrets behind building a successful membership-based business


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How this handy tool could help double website conversion rates


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You’d never leave a party without saying goodbye, but people do it all the time online. In fact, 90 percent of website visitors leave a website without taking any action at all.

If you’re running a website and this sounds like a huge missed opportunity, that’s because it is. But there are some great tools that can help you get more visitors and unleash your website’s full potential. For starters, there’s GetSiteControl Plus.

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New startup lets you take out interest-free loans to buy art on the spot


Ever been to an art exhibition, spied something you like, wanted to snap it up immediately, but didn’t have the coin? Don’t ask your bank, ask Art Money.

Launched in 2015, Australian startup Art Money is designed to help regular folks buy art on the spot in local galleries — and now it’s going worldwide. Started with a handful of Sydney galleries by 10 Group, Art Money is now available in 350 galleries worldwide, from Auckland to Singapore to New York. 

Art Money has sold more than 1,000 artworks through its interest-free loan program — and one quarter of customers were first-time art buyers. The team says they’ve seen more than $2 million spent in Sydney galleries with their program — and now, 90 percent of galleries in inner city Sydney offer Art Money. Read more…

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New Zealand is luring the world’s tech talent over by flying them there for free


When people think of moving to New Zealand, they think of pretty images of lush greenery and snow-capped mountains. And then there’s the draw of great work-life balance — and shelter from an apocalypse, no less.

But to build itself into a technology hub, it needs the specialised workforce. 

Wellington, the country’s capital with a population just under 500,000, is working on that by offering 100 tech workers a free week-long trip to the city, under its LookSee Wellington programme.

The unconventional marketing plan will fly you out, if you agree to pre-arranged job interviews with companies in the area.  Read more…

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Tech company offers freaky microchip implants to employees

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Umbrella-sharing startup fails to predict people would steal all their umbrellas


Yes, even the most honest person on the planet will jack your umbrella, and now we have proof. Sort of. 

It was a noble idea: Bring the same innovation that has made bike-sharing an international success story to all the businesspeople and commuters who need an umbrella when unexpectedly caught in the rain. 

But what China-based startup E-Umbrella didn’t count on is the fact that, unlike shared bikes, when someone gets a hold of a good umbrella, they don’t really want to let go. According to a report from Caixin Global, the company lost a whopping 30,000 umbrellas after just a few days. Read more…

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