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Media - Fun and games

Indie video game company looks to crowd to complete game

by Hayley Ringle

PHOENIX—Phoenix-based Data Realms LLC has released its second choose-your-own adventure, digital video game, “Planetoid Pioneers,” after seven years in the making.

The single-player to multiple-player, independently-made video game launched in April for early access on Steam, which is like iTunes for games, for $40.

It is being offered as a sort of crowd-sourced video game development to  ...

8 hours ago
Startups - Silicon Nation: Newark

Audible founder banks on Newark to be the next hot startup hub

by Anthony Noto Newark Venture Partners

NEW YORK—For years, Newark was synonymous with dangerous neighborhoods and local corruption while across the river, N.Y.C. enjoyed a burgeoning tech ecosystem. Well, New Jersey's largest city is about to get its due, according to Audible founder and CEO Don Katz.

Newark Venture Partners (NVP), a nascent venture capital firm, is on its way to raising $50 million for its debut fund. Part of the  ...

10 hours ago
Innovation - Cancer fighters

How an adoption led 2 Bay Area companies to new fight against cancer

by Ron Leuty Evan Goldberg - NetSuite

SAN FRANCISCO—Evan Goldberg’s life changed six years ago — and with the help of two young Bay Area life sciences companies and a national network of cancer researchers, the founder of business software company NetSuite Inc. hopes to change the lives of thousands more people as well.

An initial $10 million gift from Goldberg and his wife, Cindy, formally launched the BRCA Foundation recently  ...

10 hours ago
Rebel Brands - Silicon Nation: Chicago

Forget deals, Groupon wants to be known as an experience engine

by Lewis Lazare Groupon Have Dones

CHICAGO—In a bold move to create a new, different and bigger national profile, Groupon revealed Monday it is launching a multi-million-dollar national ad campaign that positions Groupon as an online deals company that traffics — first and foremost — in experiences.

The debut TV spot from Chicago boutique ad shop O'Keefe Reinhard & Paul makes the argument that experiences matter far more  ...

11 hours ago
Advice - Expert advice

One of the biggest myths of the second half of life

by Bob Buford One of the biggest myths of the second half of life

One of the big myths of halftime is that you have to ditch everything you have ever worked on and make a huge and radical change.

Yes, some people do that. But many more do not. My worry is that the notion of a daunting seismic shift might cause you to avoid exploring halftime altogether, and that would be tragic, in my opinion.

The truth is, everybody’s halftime story and journey is  ...

13 hours ago
Hot Shots - The maker economy

Thousands of 'Makers' nerd out at annual event (Photos)

by Cromwell Schubarth

SILICON VALLEY—San Mateo was ground zero over the weekend for drone fights, fire-breathing metal monsters and many other things that hundreds of do-it-yourself science enthusiasts cooked up for the annual Maker Faire.

Thousands of nerds, young and old, gathered for three days at the event that has hatched clones around the world since it was first held in 2006.

Many of the events have become  ...

13 hours ago
Hot Shots - Thiel's advice

Peter Thiel has a contrarian view of Shakespeare, too (VIDEO)

by Cromwell Schubarth Peter Thiel at Hamilton College

SILICON VALLEY—"To thine own self be true," is one of those phrases that has turned up in probably thousands of speeches delivered at graduations, but contrarian entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel thinks it is very bad advice.

The phrase is a cliche given in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" by a character that Thiel said is accurately descibed in the play as a "tedious old fool."

"How do you  ...

14 hours ago
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