Angel Investing: Rise of women investors fuels businesses run by women

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Amy Norman and Stella Ma started pitching investors on their San Francisco-based startup, Little Passports, in 2009. Both women had young children and Norman was pregnant. The overwhelming majority of the investors they met with were men who wanted to know “if we were running this as a ‘lifestyle company,’” Ma recalls. Investors passed and word got around Silicon Valley that “there’s no way women like this could grow a company fast enough” to satisfy venture capitalists, Norman says.

 

 

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Imprint Energy is developing flexible, printed batteries for wearable devices

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Ultrathin zinc-polymer battery.

Imprint Energy is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. The California startup has been testing its ultrathin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels, and environmental sensors.

 

 

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Study shows startups are better off taking less venture capital

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Entrepreneurs fared better taking less venture capital.

It seems that raising as much venture capital as humanly possible is Silicon Valley’s mantra, there are reasons to be cautious when signing termsheets. Startups raising a couple of million dollars had a median exit price of more than $10 million, while the outcome for those raising double that was actually worse, a recent study shows.

 

 

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Japanese startup unveils a long-lasting and safer dual-carbon battery

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A dual-carbon battery from a brand new startup out of Japan.

A young Japanese startup called Power Japan Plus, or PJP,  has a new type of battery under development that lasts longer, is safer, charges faster and is less expensive than a standard lithium ion battery. The year-old company uses carbon for both the anode and the cathode portion of the battery and hopes to start producing it later this year.

 

 

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AirHelp gets you money back for canceled or delayed flights

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AirHelp

It can be hard to a book flight on an airline website, so imagine how hard it must be to claim compensation for delayed, canceled or overbooked flights. Meet AirHelp, the startup that will save you all the hassle and claim money for you. AirHelp has unveiled a major new feature, making the claiming process much easier. (Video)

 

 

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$150 smartphone spectrometer can tell the number of calories in your food

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The SCiO is a handheld molecular analyzer.

If you wanted to look up the calorie content of a specific food you are eating you could take it to a lab and run it through a spectrometer. But accurate spectrometers are huge, expensive machines that are often only owned by institutions and require training to use. A new startup, however, wants to make it easy as running an app and pairing a bluetooth dongle. (Video)

 

 

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The problem with profitless-on-purpose startups

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SpoonRocket

There are dozens of services operating in and around San Francisco like – Homejoy for cleaning, BloomThat for flowers, Postmates for courier service, SpoonRocket a gourmet meal-delivery service, and on and on. Most of them provide cheap, convenient amenities at the tap of a smartphone app. Few of them are profitable on a corporate level. And together, they’ve formed the backbone of a strange urban economy: one in which massive venture-capital injections allow money-losing start-ups to flourish, while providing services that no traditional, unsubsidized business can match. It’s an economy built on patience, and the hope that someday, after the land grab is over and the dust has settled, a better business model will emerge.

Sharing is the new buying: Insights into the Collaborative Economy

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A new report, Sharing is the New Buying, offers important insight for big brands who are grappling with the emergence of the Collaborative Economy, and for the startups that are driving this growth. The collaborative economy is a powerful movement in which people are getting the things from each other, it’s a combination of trends like the sharing economy, maker movement, and co-innovation. (Infographic)

 

 

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