Hyperloop's first priority is local runs, not Elon Musk's S.F.-L.A. original idea

Officials with Hyperloop One want to build their first systems along existing highways in places like the Bay Area and L.A., not on long runs between those two ends of California. Read more »

Startups - San Francisco Business Times

Women bank on big opportunities in fintech

by Mark Calvey Joanne Bradford, COO of SoFi at office in the Presidio, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—The burgeoning fintech sector is providing plenty of opportunities for women entrepreneurs and executives, but it also comes with challenges.

Signs of growth abound for fintech, with the top 50 fintech companies in the Bay Area now employing almost 20,000 people.

No wonder Joanne Bradford, chief operating officer at SoFi, urges women to go where the growth is occurring. Fintech  ...

54 minutes ago
Startups - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Fran Tarkenton's daughter-in-law sees opportunity in student loans

by Phil W. Hudson

ATLANTA—A new start up founded by the daughter-in-law of National Football League Hall of Famer and veteran entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton and the son of early Atlanta tech entrepreneur and investor Ben Dyer is looking to disrupt the student loan industry.

Jeannie Tarkenton and Jesse Dyer have launched Funding University Inc., a private student lender, that offers a single loan product – a  ...

4 hours ago
Startups - Executive profile

All eyes on Twitch after Amazon's billion-dollar bet on the video site

by Richard Procter Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch

SAN FRANCISCO— Twitch has gained notoriety for both its product — streaming video of people (mostly) playing video games and offering live commentary — and its size: it was bought by Amazon for $970 million in 2014.


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Startups - Silicon Nation: Denver

This tech startup aims to disrupt the whiteboard. Really.

by Greg Avery mcSquares close up

DENVER—Anthony Franco often gets a surprise reaction when people find out what he’s doing since leaving the Denver web-technology business he founded and sold to one of the world’s largest advertising conglomerates.

“'You’re selling whiteboards?' A lot of people say that to me,” Franco says with a laugh.

The veteran tech entrepreneur who’s last business, EffectiveUI, was bought by  ...

23 hours ago
Advice - Expert advice

How to make the business case for investing in professional coaching

by Magdalena Mook How to make the business case for investing in professional coaching

What does a successful startup with five employees have in common with an established corporation that operates hundreds of locations around the world?

When it comes to investment decisions — either financial or effort-based — they have to be justified. Whether it’s a process conversion or new management effort, stakeholders and executives must be able to evaluate the reasoning and  ...

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Advice - Expert advice

10 ways to grow trust in your work relationships

by Harvey Mackay 10 ways to grow trust in your work relationships

I am convinced that T-R-U-S-T is the most important five-letter word in business — not sales or money or any other replaceable commodities.

Trust can be fragile, especially in the workplace. Once it’s broken, few companies, managers or employees ever win it back.

At every level of every organization, workers need to understand the importance of keeping their word and living up to the  ...

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Loot - Software is eating energy

Why Peter Thiel backs this under-the-radar energy startup

by Annie Gaus Peter Thiel

SAN FRANCISCO—A startup that helps companies cut back on energy bills got a boost from a prominent Silicon Valley backer: Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan's Mithril Capital Management, a $1 billion fund that invests in high-growth tech companies.

Stem, which repurposes batteries from Panasonic, Tesla ( NASDAQ: TSLA) and Samsung for enterprises to roll back energy use at peak times, has raised $105  ...

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