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Futures News - WSJ.com: Using Technology
From today, December 18, 2017
- GoDaddy Out to Lose Bad-Boy Image
The web-hosting firm hopes a coming $20-a-share IPO will help its transition to serious small business.
- Venture Money Floods Into Indian Startups
Venture capitalists are turning their attention to Indian startups as they search for the next Alibaba, boosting the value of many fledgling tech firms to levels some consider frothy.
- 'Piggybackers' Hitch Themselves to Airbnb, Uber
Many entrepreneurs are building so-called derivative startups, or businesses pegged to others? success. At least half a dozen businesses have surfaced pegged to the short-term rental marketplace Airbnb.
- No 'Free Parking' for an App That Tried
Haystack and rival parking apps have been banned in several cities. But some apps that run up against public sensibility?like people auctioning off parking spaces?are actually good ideas.
- Facebook Buys Voice-Recognition Startup
Facebook acquired a voice-recognition startup that claims to ?turn speech into actionable data,? a move that could give the social network more information for targeted ads.
- Gadgets Galore Inject Energy Into CES
It wasn?t long ago that consumer electronics companies seemed stuck in a funk. Salvation has come instead from an explosion of ?mini-hits,? and mobs of companies crowding into the gadget market.
- Making Change: Mobile Pay in Africa
Across Kenya, mobile money is breathing life into micro-business. Firms whose business models are based on mobile payments have shown how targeting some of the world?s poorest customers can pay off.
- WeWork: Now a $5 Billion Co-Working Startup
WeWork, an office developer that sees itself as transformational to its industry as Airbnb and Uber are in travel and transportation, grabbed a $5 billion valuation in its latest financing.
- Startups Mine Data From Fields, Shadows
A growing coterie of entrepreneurs are selling analysis of obscure data sets to traders in search of even the smallest edges.
- Secret of New Veggie Burgers: Plant Blood
Impossible Foods has created a burger that looks, feels, tastes and cooks almost like the real thing. The secret to making these veggie burgers taste like red meat? Bioengineered blood.
- When a Kickstarter Campaign Goes Very Wrong
Many entrepreneurs are using crowdfunding campaigns to raise the profile of their nascent businesses and products. But the plight of Radiate Athletics illustrates the pitfalls of a successful fundraising campaign.
- Small Firms Poised to Spend More on Plants, Equipment
There are signs that small businesses are moving from slashing costs to spending more on new plants and equipment. Among small private firms, 51% said they planned to increase capital outlays in the next 12 months.
- Facebook Ads Costlier for Small Businesses
Small-business owners these days are competing for more limited ad space on Facebook?and paying more for ads even if they don't result in sales.
- Meal-Delivery Startups Look for Winning Recipe
Meal-delivery startups such as Plated and Blue Apron, along with their investors are hoping to avoid the fate of dot.com era food industry failures.
- Direct Seller Crafts Its Own Sales Model
Chloe & Isabel's CEO talks about the challenges of growing a startup and her plans to expand into Asia.
- Africa, a Fertile Ground for Startups
A Nairobi-based startup is launching a router that still works during blackouts and Internet outages, in the latest example of local tech firms creating products specifically designed to address African problems.
- Crowdfunding Isn't Just for the Little Guys
On Indiegogo, a website where entrepreneurs can raise cash, well-financed startups and deep-pocketed companies are testing the market for their ideas.
- One Week, 3,000 Product Ideas
Quirky Inc., a new-product incubator, sorts through 3,000 ideas each week and uses crowd-sourcing to determine what it sells. Separating the winners from flops takes an online community.
- 3-D Printer Users Opt for Trinkets
Fab Labs looking to foster the next entrepreneurs find many users just want to make doodads.
- Bringing Jobs Back to U.S. Is Bruising Task
Crib maker Stanley Furniture and Chesapeake Bay Candle have seen how difficult it can be to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
- Ad-Tech Entrepreneurs Build Cancer Database
Two-year-old Flatiron Health connects doctors with cancer centers to share data about treatments.
- Move Over Avon Lady, the Tweens Are Here
To sell its line of skin-care items designed for girls, Willagirl recruits teen and tweens to pitch directly to their friends, and friends of friends, with the help of social media.
- Twice Takes Second Look at Used Clothes
Noah Ready-Campbell, CEO of online marketplace Twice, talks about women's secondhand clothing and the opportunities he saw for a tech startup that competes with consignment shops.
- Searching in Vain for Web-Ad Help
Thousands of small-business owners pay to get their products in front of potential customers on search engines, but a growing number complain that online marketing firms make promises that don't pan out.
- Pizza Chains Use Web to Get Bigger Slice of Sales
Big chains like Domino's and Papa John's have invested in Web-based systems that let customers order and pay for deliveries quickly. That's giving the chains an edge in the battle for a bigger slice of the industry pie.
- Online Matchmakers Offer New Source of Legal Help
New services offer small firms the chance to hire lawyers for complex jobs
- 'Crowdfunding' Gets State-Level Test Run
A small but growing number of entrepreneurs are taking part in a sort of test run as officials in nearly a dozen states make it possible for resident entrepreneurs to secure financing from everyday local investors, also known as "equity crowdfunding."
- Can the Tablet Take Your Order Now?
Some small-business owners say they now see a possible solution to the problem of rising wages: replacing workers with new and cheaper technologies.
- Pushing Editorial Into World of Apps
The small startup 29th Street Publishing is quietly trying to revolutionize magazine publishing, one app at a time.
- App Building, the Do-It-Yourself Way
Some small-business owners and entrepreneurs who have ideas for apps but don't have technology skills are turning to online tools and crash courses in computer coding so they can produce what they want.
- Mobile Payments Brighten Cash Flow for Small Business
Mobile-payment devices and other technologies are making it easier for business owners to turn sales into working capital overnight.
- Site Unseen: More 'Angels' Invest via Internet
Some "angel" investors are searching for promising startups through funding websites, without ever meeting or even talking to the entrepreneurs involved.
- Giving Politics a Hack
New York's burgeoning technology sector wants to flex its newfound political muscle in this year's mayoral race, the first since digital companies coalesced in the city.
- Data Firm StellaService Raises Funds
StellaService, a startup that measures customer satisfaction with online shopping, raised a $15 million round of funding.
- Tech Founders Get a Hand Pairing Up
The market for services that match up tech founders has grown in recent years as Silicon Valley start-ups have proliferated and investors have increasingly scrutinized founding teams.
- Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerability
With cybercriminals a greater threat to small businesses than ever before, more entrepreneurs are left asking themselves who is to blame for hacking attacks that drain their business accounts.
- Google Tweaks Search, Hurting Firms
Google changed its search algorithm last month, seeking to downplay sites it suspects of artificially boosting their rankings. Now some small businesses say they are scrambling to avoid being relegated to the Internet's junk bin.
- 'Pivoting' Pays Off for Entrepreneurs
Today's tech entrepreneurs often cycle quickly through different ideas until they find one that sticks, and the 'pivoting' is paying off.
- Should Small Businesses Get New Top-Level Domains?
Yes, says Kevin Wilson, because it promises new choices and innovation. No, says Douglas J. Wood, because it will mean expenses for businesses and confusion for customers.
- A New Breed of Rapid-Delivery Apps Cuts Through Urban Congestion
In São Paulo, startup Loggi?s app makes life easier and more lucrative for package-toting couriers, while customers get their goods faster.
- Apps Created for Small Business
New services have cropped up to help even the smallest and most local of businesses make iPhone apps, pitching the programs as the next must-have marketing tool.
- Passwords 101: Protecting Your Data
A tiny firm's data can be just as sensitive as that of a large company ? and a breach of security just as damaging. Here's how to instill the best password practices.
- Firms Get Hand With Twitter, Facebook
Some small-business owners, overwhelmed by the time commitment required of marketing their products and services via social media, are hiring consultants to lend a hand.
- Social-Media Con Game
Companies find new ways to battle fraudsters who create fake corporate profiles.
- A Start-Up's Tale, Tweet by Tweet
The wise use of social media could help speed the birth of many new ventures if a business owner knows how to connect with the right people and learn from their conversations.
- The Customer Knows Best
For small businesses looking for advice, the Internet provides an ideal consultant: the consumer.
- Naming Rights
Relief may be on the way for small businesses stuck with bad Web addresses. Next year, the organization that oversees the Internet will start selling rights to an unlimited number of new top-level domains.
- A Small Company's Web Video Contest Gets People Talking
A song-parody contest helped a classroom technology firm grow closer to teachers and students as well as generate sales leads.