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How Cuba's growing internet is fuelling new businesses. Will a 3D body scanner help you get fit? - The Verge. Innovators in the Marijuana Industry. The last few decades have witnessed a tremendous shift in public opinion regarding the use of marijuana for both recreational and medical use.

Innovators in the Marijuana Industry

In North America, Canada is on the verge of legalizing recreational marijuana and the United States is slowly transforming state-by-state. And investors are beginning to warm up to startups in the space, with investments coming from names such as Founders Fund, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Y Combinator. Entrepreneurs are now developing tools laser-focused on businesses operating in the legal cannabis sector.

From compliance platforms and business intelligence tools to automated crop management, startups are attacking every aspect of the cannabis landscape. Understanding the challenges facing the sector and the opportunities for serving both businesses and consumers is essential for staying at the forefront of this quickly evolving industry.

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“Design thinking” explained - Raconteur. When Thomas J.

“Design thinking” explained - Raconteur

Watson Jr. told IBM staff in the 1970s that “good design is good business”, he started a debate that still rages today. Design thinking has had failures, but most stem from misunderstanding it as pure creative or pure mechanics. It is both: escalating design principles outside product to empower anyone creating ideas to create for customer needs first, solve complex challenges, drive value and, perhaps above all, create and mobilise a flexible culture fit for addressing today’s digitally transforming world. National Payments Corporation of India.

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0. 78 Amazing WeChat Statistics (June 2016) This report is a digital collection of all the WeChat statistics I have been able to dig up over the years; 78 of them including stats on: Company statsUser statsActivity statsWeChat Payments StatsWeChat Moments StatsEtc.

78 Amazing WeChat Statistics (June 2016)

-all in one place I try to go through each and every stat regularly and update as much as possible, but we all know that some stats are easier to track down than others. As always, every stat is linked to its original source and has the source date listed. To get your copy of this stat report, click on the button below to purchase it.

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Technology revolution. There are echoes of our current era of technology-driven change in a pair of photographs taken in New York City in the early part of the last century.

Technology revolution

The images are of the Flatiron Building viewed from across the intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and East 23rd Street, and they are strikingly similar except for one important feature. In the first image, taken in 1905, the primary mode of transportation is equine—horses haul carts laden with freight, horse-drawn carriages convey people, and horse-drawn cabs sit curbside waiting for fares. In the second image, taken 20 years later, not a single horse can be seen.

Who Is Louise Delage? The Troubling Truth Behind an Overnight Instagram Success. We all know a girl like Louise Delage.

Who Is Louise Delage? The Troubling Truth Behind an Overnight Instagram Success

You've been on Instagram for years and are scraping by with 50 likes on a good day—then she appears on the scene, with her fun little life, and cultivates over 16,000 followers in a few months. In the years following LonelyGirl15, we learned to be wary of that kind of success. Who is this girl, and what does she do? But "personal branding," Instagram stardom and the overall pressure to demonstrate the most photogenic parts of our lives have perhaps blunted our critical knives.

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Tokenization. Payments 101. The Best Startup Pitch Decks (from real companies) Insurance briefings - Insurance Hound. Market-data - Page 1. Starling. Yesterday the European Parliament voted to pass the Payment Services 2 Directive.

Starling

In a rather timely fashion, we had just published a paper on this subject, so we have reproduced it here. If you would like a copy of the original, please email terry@starlingbank.com. Smart Card Alliance. VR. Lead gen. How Robyn Exton grew popular lesbian dating app Her. Image copyright Her When Robyn Exton first launched her dating and social networking app for lesbians and bisexual women, a lack of cash for advertising meant she'd go to nightclubs armed with bottles of spirits.

How Robyn Exton grew popular lesbian dating app Her

"In the early days I'd go to nightclubs with a bottle of sambuca in one hand, and tequila in the other, and encourage girls to download the app in return for a shot," says the 29-year-old. Then at UK lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) festivals Manchester and Brighton Pride, she targeted women by standing outside the portable toilets handing out toilet paper with flyers promoting the app.

This was back in 2013, and Ms Exton's low cost, but innovative, approach to marketing soon saw user numbers rise steadily, then further gaining traction thanks to positive word of mouth. Image copyright Thinkstock.

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A small business API for on-demand fulfillment. If you accept requests for food delivery, cleaners, handyman services & more, connect with our workforce of 650,000+ small businesses to grow faster.

A small business API for on-demand fulfillment

How it works Take requests from your customers on your mobile app or website. Send us the request You can pick a specific business to handle the request, or let local businesses compete for it on price and time. The request is completed The business will deliver / pickup / reserve what the customer requested. Your customers' happiness is our priority. For Cyclists.

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Verification / ID / Fraud. Itsabot. Social Commerce. ATM Idea. AI. Technology. Followup. The Year of the Breaches And How The Industry Responded. Features Analytics - Home. The Fraud Practice; Fraud Library - Modeling and Analytics. Forum Video: HotelTonight's CEO on Curation in Travel. Sam Shank, co-founder and CEO of HotelTonight, spoke earlier this month at the Skift Global Forum.

Forum Video: HotelTonight's CEO on Curation in Travel

Before HotelTonight, Shank founded and was CEO of DealBase.com, a travel deals search engine, and was CEO of TravelPost.com, a hotel reviews site. When Skift spoke to Shank this summer, he explained how HotelTonight approaches curation: “The way we think about curation at HotelTonight is that it should feel like recommendations from the coolest person at the cocktail party you are at or recommendations from your most in-the-know friend.” Invest + Make - Bloomberg Beta.

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