29 7 / 2014

Twitter Stock Surge Sparked by Earnings



July 29 (Bloomberg) — Twitter’s user base is growing at a steady pace as its second-quarter revenue topped analysts’ estimates, sending its shares soaring more than 20 percent. Estimize CEO Leigh Drogan and Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson take a look at the numbers on “Street Smart.

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29 7 / 2014

A Portrait of the Artist as a FinTech Employee



My artist friends don’t get that I work at a financial services company. We were Fine Arts majors together in college. Quinn is a photographer, and he manages an artist’s studio. I’m a classically trained painter, and I work at Artivest.

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29 7 / 2014

Venture Will Only Get Better



The future will be amazing. Today is pretty awesome too.

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28 7 / 2014

Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard?



For a long time, U.S. News & World Report had a monopoly on the college rankings game. Every August, the magazine would announce that, once again, Harvard was America’s best college, or Princeton, or, to shake things up, a tie between Harvard and Princeton.

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28 7 / 2014

Hold the Phone: A Big-Data Conundrum



One advantage of being a professor is that you can ramble about your eccentric theories to a captive audience. For example, I often grumble to my graduate students that every time a new iPhone comes out, my existing iPhone seems to slow down.

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27 7 / 2014

Amazon apparently set to launch Square-competitor in August as it develops biometric payment solutions



Amazon could be preparing to launch its own mobile credit card reading hardware in the coming weeks, according to internal Staples documents hinting at such a launch that we’ve obtained.

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27 7 / 2014

Alan C. Greenberg, 86, Dies; Led Bear Stearns in Good Times and Bad



Alan C. Greenberg, a risk-chasing Wall Street titan who built Bear Stearns into a global investment banking powerhouse and shared responsibility, many analysts said, for its collapse as America slid toward a calamitous recession in 2008, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 86.

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27 7 / 2014

#backtowork #textgram #inspired #startups #itsbusinesstime

#backtowork #textgram #inspired #startups #itsbusinesstime

25 7 / 2014

Estimize — Angie’s List is Dying For the Same Reason Facebook is Winning



Last quarter we wrote a big post about how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to unbundle Facebook and how Angie’s List could learn from his strategy. Mark Zuckerberg has been executing flawlessly on the monetization of Facebook and demolishing the consensus from Wall Street each quarter.

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25 7 / 2014

The Week in Tech M&A — July 18, 2014



Here’s the latest from the week in tech M&A. Samsung is reportedly in talks to acquire SmartThings for around $200 million.

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25 7 / 2014

Top 5 Awesome Apps For Investors



NetDania Forex & Stocks – The World’s Highest Rated Finance App. Superior interbank FX rates, real-time stocks, live streaming charts, gold and silver rates, 20,000+ financial instruments, and live news from marketplace News International and FXWirePro.

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24 7 / 2014

Forget Fintech, We Need More “Invest-Tech”



It may shock those of you reading this on your phones, tablets or new smartwatches, but much of the world’s financial capital is still tracked in spreadsheets. Crazy? You bet.

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23 7 / 2014

How the Crowd Taught a Robot to Build a LEGO Turtle



Humans learn by imitation. There’s no predicting what your kid will bring home from school or the park. What if machines could learn like kids? In fact, they can and do. Robots don’t go to the park or school (yet)—but they live in labs and can go online.

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23 7 / 2014

welcometokindergarten:

Investors learn important truths, but we sometimes choose to suspend this knowledge when it feels better not to be encumbered by it. As an investment advisor, I come into contact with this phenomenon on a daily basis. No one is immune to it, myself included.

Below are seven essential truths of…

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22 7 / 2014

Also, Introductions and the “forward intro email”



Making introductions is one of the most rewarding things we do as backers and builders of startups, and as affiliates of Bloomberg — where we love bringing promising startups to the attention of a company we admire.

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