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Celebrating the Life and Work of Tony Hsieh

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By Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo. It’s with profound sadness we mourn the loss of a true visionary, author, mentor, thought-leader, investor, and friend, Tony Hsieh. Readers may be interested to know that Tech.co

CES 2021 Is Now Officially an All-Digital Experience

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All the optimism in the world couldn't make an in-person CES 2021 happen, as the world's largest trade show has officially been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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How the Tech Giants are Adjusting to Working From Home

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced many companies to embrace working from home. And for some, the transition will last much longer than others. Google has announced that its staff will work from home until at least July 2021.

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More Than 50 E-Scooters Pulled From Portland River

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The e-scooter vandalism pandemic continues, as Portland authorities have reportedly hauled more than 50 e-scooters out of a Portland river last week. E-scooters have begun taking over US cities in recent months, with Chicago being the latest to implement the technology just last month.

Can You Ask for Office Rent Relief? How to Manage Your Lease During COVID-19

Office leases are one of companies’ largest expenses, and if your whole team is working from home with no clear end in sight, you may be wondering what to do about your lease.

How the New Shopify-TikTok Partnership Helps Small Businesses

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A just-announced partnership between the social giant TikTok and the ecommerce giant Shopify could mint a brand-new class of TikTok-friendly ecommerce stores. The two platforms are both huge in their respective markets: By connecting TikTok's audience with small businesses online everywhere, this team-up could offer a lifeline to business owners amid a rocky economy. How the Partnership Works.

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Best Tips for Working from Home Effectively

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The coronavirus outbreak has many businesses urgently considering their work-from-home policies. If you're soon likely to be logging on from your living room, there are some best practices for working from home that will keep your tasks efficient and your business secure. Working from home has become standard for many professionals in recent years.

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How One Co-Working Space is Dealing with the Pandemic

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The current Covid-19 pandemic has had an epochal effect on businesses, and even the humble office space has taken a blow, with millions of us now working from home. While most companies are able to continue operating with employees remote working, what about those businesses where the office itself is the revenue model? One such business is LABS, a shared office space company that has eight locations in London, plus one in Tel Aviv.

Best Alternatives to the Amazon Affiliate Program

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Jeff Bezos didn't get to be the world's richest man by writing a lot of checks, and one recent way to keep Amazon's profits healthy has been to cut its affiliate commissions scheme. Amazon used its popular affiliate program to spur additional growth, getting reviewers and publishing sites – including us here at Tech.co – to link to Amazon in exchange for a small payout whenever a reader bought something by following that link. But, Amazon is cutting back on such perks.

Amazon Quietly Slashes Affiliate Rewards

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Amazon has discreetly made massive changes to its affiliate rewards scheme, with huge implications for sites that have come to depend on monetizing this way. The Amazon affiliate reward program, which pays websites with commissions in return for sending users to Amazon, is used by thousands of websites (including Tech.co) to generate revenue. The buyer doesn't incur any extra cost, but Amazon does have to split some of its healthy-looking profits with other websites.

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Study Finds Tech is Number One Industry for Workplace Drinking

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Workplaces and alcohol have a long and tipsy history together, from 60s-era Mad Men culture to a co-working space hot-button topic today. It’s no secret that the tech industry is pretty drink-friendly, with a beer fridge often nestled between the ping-pong table and a snack bar on the list of attractive workplace perks. But, in recent years, we’ve started side-eyeing tech’s drinking habits.

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Wix Announces Half Price Flash Sale

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Wix has announced a limited-time half price sale on its website builder plans, with a 50% off deal beginning today and ending on Wednesday. The half price sale is open to new users and anyone currently using Wix's free plan. This means you can access one of the best website builders and ecommerce platforms on the market from as little as $6.50 per month. With the Covid-19 lockdown giving plenty of people the extra time and incentive to build their own website, Wix's offer is particularly timely.

13 Ecosystem Builders That Are Boosting Startup Growth

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If you’re an early-stage entrepreneur, technology has served you well. The barriers to entry when it comes to launching a company require less tension and a lot less capital. In fact, for the most part, all you need is a laptop and Wi-Fi connection. Still though, when founders are seeking funding, “ 75 percent of the venture capital goes to three states: Massachusetts, New York, and California,” said Steve Case in an interview with Recode.

22 Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch Out For

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While the Bay Area hold the title of most prolific startup ecosystem , there’s no denying that California is a veritable gold mine of entrepreneurial talent. Los Angeles, for one, is not only brimming with innovative ideas, it’s also home to a wide range of unique startups that are solving the problems of the world. Everyone knows that a startup is only as good as its leadership, which is why the 22 startups listed below are helmed by some of the best and brightest in Silicon Beach.

Lime Scooters Being Hacked in Australia

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Pranksters in Brisbane, Australia, have hacked the audio files on rentable scooters owned by transportation startup Lime. At least eight scooters had their messages switched. According to local news, the scooters had their audio messages replaced with more edgy statements, although Lime has failed to see the funny side. The news follows a series of unfortunate events for scooter companies, from criticism from environmentalists to vandalism. What Has Happened to the Lime Scooters?

Study: 17% of Tech Workers Are High on the Job

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Nearly 17 percent of tech workers admit to being under the influence of marijuana while at work at some point in their careers, according to a new study. Not only that, but the number is on the rise: Either a steadily increasing number of people are getting high at work, or they’re just increasingly willing to admit it. Here’s a look at the phenomenon, along with a few educated guesses as to the reasons behind the the growth of the stoned working class. Getting High Is On the Rise.

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6 Ways Tech Startups Are Changing in 2019

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Tech startups are always looking to capitalize on the next big thing. And every year, the startup ecosystem is slightly different. Entrepreneurs preparing to launch a startup in 2019 should be aware of the latest trends that will guide their successes or failures. Industry analyst Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends presentation relies on data gathered across 2017.

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Tesla Adds Dog Mode – Because Twitter Asked

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Tesla has announced that a “dog mode” will be added to its cars as soon as this week. The reason? Someone asked Elon Musk for it on Twitter. The latest mode is just the latest in a long line of updates and improvements that Tesla has rolled out across its cars, with some being recommendations tweeted directly at Musk, then quickly adopted. It’s a far cry from the way other car manufacturers deal with customer feedback.

Tech.Co Has Been Acquired by Global Digital Media Business

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Today, I’m excited to announce that Tech.Co has been acquired by MVF , an international publishing and tech company. MVF was founded in the UK by five friends in 2009, and has driven incredibly fast growth over the past 9 years. They opened an office in Austin, Texas and have expanded their workforce to over 400 staffers. Most importantly, we like them. They are incredibly excited about the Tech.Co brand, and have impressed us with their ability to scale businesses.

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How Deepak Chopra Is Using Virtual Reality To Improve Your Health

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In addition to being a tool for burgeoning startups and lucrative companies, virtual reality is also a great way to escape the stress of everyday life. Whether you’re whisking away to another planet or sitting by the beach, a little virtual relaxing can do the body good. Now, virtual reality is being used as a therapeutic meditation tool to help people find their zen and reduce stress-related health issues.

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Acting and Modeling Startup Castar Is Thriving in LA

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Los Angeles is the destiny of people wanting to succeed in the field of acting. People flock from around the world just to have a chance at a glimmer of fame. And while you might think only 20-something aspiring actors and models are headed to the California city, it’s also the perfect place for a tech startup focused on acting and modeling to set up shop. That is exactly what Castar did.

Gimlet Media and Anchor: What Spotify’s Acquisitions Mean for Podcasts

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After a deal that just closed this week, Spotify is stretching its streaming wings beyond music and into podcasts. It reportedly paid a hefty $230 million to acquire the podcast publisher and network startup Gimlet Media, and has also acquired the podcast monetization platform Anchor for an undisclosed price. It’s the biggest podcast industry acquisition ever, and Spotify isn’t done.

Monzo: What do you need to know?

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In June 2019, banking start-up Monzo announced its plans to launch in the US. The UK finance company has garnered a lot of attention, both online and in real life, thanks to its distinctive coral-colored cards, and its intention to make the banking process easier. But what is Monzo, exactly? And what do its plans to grow its offering in the US look like, and potentially mean, for US consumers? What is Monzo?

The World’s First Augmented Reality Dating App Is Finally Here

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Before Pokémon Go hit smartphones around the world like a ton of bricks, the augmented reality discussion was cemented in a futuristic image of the tech. Think Ironman’s heads up display without the cumbersome helmet and the English voice assistant. People have had high expectations for augmented reality and consumers are waiting for the technology to catch up. Fortunately, one app is attempting to tackle the problem in everyone’s favorite niche: the dating world.

Chuz Is the Recommendation App Millennials Deserve

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Millennials are all about convenience. Fortunately, Chuz is on a mission to give them an easy, one-stop shop to find new places to eat, drink and play. Live in Los Angeles and New York City, and available on iOS , Chuz is a smart companion with a curated list of go to spots. It learns your preferences and provides tailored recommendations by time and location. Businesses will be able to connect with consumers in real-time, sending them offers and special deals.

Floravere Delivers Luxury Wedding Gowns to Your Doorstep

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Between late appointments, pushy sales people and sticker shock, finding the perfect wedding dress can quickly turn into a frustrating nightmare for any blushing bride. Floravere , the first direct-to-consumer luxury bridal brand, is putting convenience back into the bride’s hands by delivering sample wedding gowns directly to their doorstep. Molly Kang, the founder of Floravere, started her company out of her own frustration of finding her wedding dress.

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Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator

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There’s no denying that BB-8 was the star of the most recent installment in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One. What you might not realize is that the adorable droid was the brain child of Sphero, a robotics and digital technology company and an alumni to the Disney Accelerator program. The BB-8 app-enabled Droid had such a global adoption among kids and adults that it was named the number one Star Wars toy of 2015.

Effective Networking Starts With Empathy

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The better you understand someone, the more you will be able to relate to them in all areas of life. This is just some advice from Alejandro Rioja , CEO of Flux Ventures. We asked him about building relationships and advice for founders needing to expand their network. What is one practical tip you’d give a young entrepreneur who is just setting out to build a professional network? There is no better network builder than providing value.

The Business Tech You Need in 2020

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The new year is officially here and, hopefully, your business is thriving. Customers are happy, clients are beaming, and the revenue just keeps rolling in. However, as a business owner, you know that resting on your laurels can be dangerous, which is why staying up to date with the latest business technology is a necessity. Companies of all shapes and sizes are now taking advantage of digital resources to help run everything from daily tasks to tedious data analysis.

What to Expect From CES 2020

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The new year is just hours away, which means that shortly, thousands of journalists will be flocking to Vegas to attend CES – home of the largest annual tech showcase on the planet. Flesh will be pressed, complimentary bars emptied, but most importantly we'll get a first look at some of the gadgets that will dominate 2020. So what can we expect to see? From robotic buddies to super high definition TVs, there will be plenty to catch up on and look forward to in the coming year.

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The Top 30 Celebrity Investors in Tech

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The tech world is filled with unique personalities, budding innovators, and a great deal of money. That’s why the tech world is the perfect place for celebrities to get their feet wet when it comes to investment opportunities. Whether it’s popular musicians, award winning actors, or championship wielding athletes, they all can diversify their portfolio by becoming a celebrity investors in tech startups.

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Codesmith Raised $1.1 Million Funding Round Lead by Test Prep CEO

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Coding bootcamps have proven to the cure for a workforce that isn’t qualified to handle the complicated technologies that rule the business world today. They are relatively short, they are taught by experts, and they provide an avenue to employment after graduation. And one well-known coding bootcamp has made an effort to focus on engineering thanks to a huge investment from a Malibu CEO. That’s right, LA-based Codesmith has just raised a $1.1

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How to Start a Podcast

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2019 was the year podcasting turned into a major industry. A few high-profile acquisitions put Spotify into the running against Apple, while buzzy new startups like Luminary jumped into the pool as well. Today, major media prognosticators including market research company Forrester and the Interactive Advertising Bureau foresee podcasting as the next billion-dollar media market , with a report from the latter saying that one-billion-dollar mark could be surpassed as soon as 2021.

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Why Coachella Valley Is a Hub for Renewable Energy Startups

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Coachella Valley is referred to as the “Desert Empire” to differentiate it from the neighboring urbanized Inland Empire and the Imperial Valley. The Valley also houses desert resort cities of Palm Springs and Palm Desert and is the location for the infamous Coachella Music Festival. What you may not know that in the middle of these buzzing cities lies a hub for renewable energy innovation.

Why Coachella Valley Is a Hub for Renewable Energy Startups

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Coachella Valley is referred to as the “Desert Empire” to differentiate it from the neighboring urbanized Inland Empire and the Imperial Valley. The Valley also houses desert resort cities of Palm Springs and Palm Desert and is the location for the infamous Coachella Music Festival. What you may not know that in the middle of these buzzing cities lies a hub for renewable energy innovation.

Why I Made the Decision to Go from Home Office to Coworking Space

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Coworking has exploded globally over the past two years. According to one study, there were over 835,000 people working out of coworking spaces last year. The number of coworking spaces alone is expected to jump from 11,300 in 2016 to 13,800 by the end of this year. The largest VC backed companies in this space have raised several hundreds of millions in funding to help expand their global footprint.

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Startup Spotlight: Cyber Security, Car Care, and Reducing Grunt Work

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With the new iPhone X, biometric security was taken to the next level with FaceID to protect one’s personal and banking information. Each week, TechCo features tech startups that can help streamline your daily life. This week in Startup Spotlight, we found an affordable cyber security service for small businesses, biometric startup with facial recognition tech for businesses, car care for smart cities, a platform that will reduce the grunt work at marketing agencies, and more.

Everything You Need to Know About Hyperloop

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Since 2013, when Elon Musk released his white paper for an emerging mode of transportation using low air pressure within a tube, companies around the world have answered the call to build the next generation of futuristic transportation. Since that time the speed at which companies have developed both technologically and from a business perspective has been nearly as staggering as the 760 mph system itself. This has caused much confusion both in the public and the media.

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3 Ways to Leverage Micro-Influencers and Grow Your Business

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One of the major shifts we have seen in consumer behavior is how reliant they are on reviews and third party recommendations. In fact, 71 percent of people say they make buying decisions based on recommendations they find on social media. These social recommendations often come from third party reviews, like bloggers and other influencers, leaving company ads less desirable. On average, 75 percent of people don’t trust ads. This makes company sponsored ads a potential ROI disaster.

Omnia Brings Wireless Car Charging to the iPhone 7 and 6 [ Review ]

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Early this month Apple announced two new iPhones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. One of the biggest changes besides to the design on both was the addition of wireless charging using QI technology. With the addition of wireless charging you’d simply place your phone on a charging pad and it would start to charge, and some even support fast charging. For those of us with the current generation of iPhones, we are left to the general wonky, and often fraying lightning cables. Woe is us.

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How Facebook Videos Can Boost Your Social Media Campaign

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The popularity of video in marketing has risen in recent years. Here at Sparkhouse in southern, California, we aren’t aware of a decrease in literacy (though the replacement of emoticons for words might say otherwise), but perhaps it tickles a certain part of the brain that enjoys the easiness of visual stimulation over reading all those words on that tiny screen. At any rate, companies would be smart to take full advantage of this marketing trend.

Why Hollywood is Joining the Video On-Demand Market

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The idea of video on demand has been around since as early as 1990 when GTE partnered up with AT&T to create the first VOD system. It relied on the use tapes as the source of video streams. Two years later in 1992 VOD servers were capable of supplying previously encoded digital video from disks and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). Fast Forward to the present day and look how far VOD has been driven by a vast number of separate technological wonders.

Exponential vs Sustainable Growth: The Donkey Revolution

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There are arguments for and against the exponential growth or the slow, sustained growth of a startup. There is no doubt that Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) currently, and will continue to play a vital role in the global economy by contributing considerably to employment and income generation. Furthermore, the number of SME startups will continue to grow exponentially.

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