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Genesis Duo & Uno 3D Printers to Launch on Kickstarter Starting at $249 Next Week

Genesis Duo & Uno 3D Printers to Launch on Kickstarter Starting at $249 Next Week | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Kickstarter has been a tremendous platform for new 3D printer manufacturers to launch their machines on. While we have seen several projects fail because of a lack of sound business strategies, there have been...
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This startup wants to take on Uber and Lyft with self-flying cars

This startup wants to take on Uber and Lyft with self-flying cars | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Imagine a world in which you call up a plane on your smartphone as easily as you can summon cars from Uber and Lyft. Then take it to the next level: The plane has no pilot, completely controlled by automatic algorithms.
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This idea is in impressive and just amazing how our technology and engineering is just betters by the years. This areo-moblie will be the solution of hectic traffic, car accidents and more. I love the fact that it can travel for 900 miles and 3 hours in the air, in just one hour you can get so far and get to so many places. I know that Google has been working on these flying cars for years and they are close on making it happen and providing to the people. As well as the Uber Company, which was a phenomenal idea, it prevents people from drinking and driving. Uber is not only making it easier for people but also its saving lives by the day.  Im just in love with the idea and I love how the government is trying to make it easy for us. But ,The question is how much will this flying car cost? 

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Companies like Uber could learn a thing or two from this office cleaning startup, where the workers are as happy as the clients

Companies like Uber could learn a thing or two from this office cleaning startup, where the workers are as happy as the clients | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Managed by Q is reinventing the on-demand economy.
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Sharing economy startup Jobado launches - StartupJuncture

Sharing economy startup Jobado launches - StartupJuncture | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
After receiving 550.000 euro in seed funding, sharing economy startup Jobado officially launched yesterday, February 16th.
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Sharing economy startups Airbnb and Uber don't share similar CEOs - San Francisco Chronicle

Sharing economy startups Airbnb and Uber don't share similar CEOs - San Francisco Chronicle | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Airbnb and Uber are the twin pillars of the sharing economy, two enormously successful startups in San Francisco that have transformed entire industries.
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LazyCoins Launch Highlights Challenges for UK Bitcoin Businesses

LazyCoins Launch Highlights Challenges for UK Bitcoin Businesses | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A British startup has launched a cryptocurrency exchange and plans a merchant payment processor focused on businesses in London soon.
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This NYC Startup Brings the Sharing Economy to Personal Investing - AlleyWatch

This NYC Startup Brings the Sharing Economy to Personal Investing - AlleyWatch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Look at it this way: stockbrokers share information among themselves.
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8 Groundbreaking Startups Making the Circular Economy Look Easy | Sustainable Brands

8 Groundbreaking Startups Making the Circular Economy Look Easy | Sustainable Brands | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
On January 20th, one of these companies will be crowned king of entrepreneurship at The Circular Economy Awards — recognizing those that have made a notable contribution to driving the circular economy.
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What makes a city ideal for startups | The Maker Movement

What makes a city ideal for startups | The Maker Movement | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What makes a city ideal for startups? According to Fab Lab founder Katie Rast, the answer to this question goes far beyond traditional quantifiable data. San Diego is inarguably securing its status as a hub for startups, technology and innovation – the goal now is to continue its expansion in the right direction. It’s all happening right here in the I.D.E.A. District and its surrounding neighborhood. So just what is it that makes this area so appealing to the creative class? Rast explains that the culture of a city is similar to that of any organizational structure: “It really helps to decide what types of companies are going to exist and thrive there. Right now, this idea of East Village’s renaissance is very attractive to a lot of startups, because startups are usually people at the forefront of a movement, and so they see the potential even before the ground is broken.” Startup culture is a key component to maintaining the forward momentum in downtown San Diego, and the opportunity to build from the ground up is a unique one. As the physical space becomes increasingly desirable, it draws an influx of the highly coveted creative class – an invaluable resource even on the most basic levels of urban growth. Economists have identified correlations between cities that attract young talent and a region’s overall economic prosperity; Fab Lab and similar organizations are exactly the type of magnets that attract said talent. The combined efforts between I.D.E.A. District and these organizations as we strive together to foster a community built around the creative class is now on track to follow a serious recipe for success.

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Make 2015 the Year You Finally Launch Your Own Startup - Huffington Post

Make 2015 the Year You Finally Launch Your Own Startup - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Around the world we are facing unprecedented unemployment -- even in the developed world. Youth are particularly hard hit. In 2014 more than 1.6 million students graduated from American colleges and universities. Many moved directly into the swollen ranks of the unemployed. After taking on enormous debt to finance their studies, they ended up competing for unpaid internships or low-paying jobs for which their education is irrelevant. This violates the tacit pact made with them: If they were industrious, law-abiding and diligent students, their lives would be prosperous.

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▶ GE Garages in Washington, D.C. - YouTube

Technology is changing the way we create from someone sitting at their desk to people working on the manufacturing floor. Printers now use plastics and metals instead of just ink. Prototyping may take hours, not weeks, months or years. Software is sharpening design ability beyond a pencil's reach. Join us at the Garage to explore what's happening now and discover what's changing the future of manufacturing around the world. http://www.gegarages.com/
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Fine Grained

Fine Grained | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The problem with modern capitalism is that there are not enough capitalists. We need a system that encourages diverse ownership of capital if we want to build and support the middle-class. My worst fear is that we are transition towards a polarized economy - an economy where you have a small group at the top that owns most of the capital, and a large low-skilled, low-paid working class. For example, replacing a family owned grocery store with a chain store would be polarizing as the capitalist that owns the store and the building is no longer the local grocer, but a parent company in a far off city. The parent company pays a manager, but that manager is merely a salaried position, not an owner - their wealth does not include the business and the premises - so the mean wealth may be the same in both scenarios, but the median wealth shrinks as the wealth accumulates in the hands of a few. 
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Sharing economy helps start-ups

CNN's Nina dos Santos looks at what the shared economy is and how it's a model for success for small start-ups.
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THINGS: Sweden's first hardware hub to open in Stockholm - STING - English

THINGS: Sweden's first hardware hub to open in Stockholm - STING - English | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Officially opening its doors on 26th March 2015, Stockholm-based THINGS is Sweden’s first co-working space for hardware start-ups, focusing on high growth areas such as the Internet of Things, wearables, 3D scanning and printing, and medtech.
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Uber, Mint, and Square investor Rob Hayes shares what he looks for in community-driven startups | VentureBeat | Business | by Carrie Melissa Jones

Uber, Mint, and Square investor Rob Hayes shares what he looks for in community-driven startups | VentureBeat | Business | by Carrie Melissa Jones | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There are three specific signals that indicate if your community-based product or service has what it takes to grow into a big business.
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Chasing unicorns: Inside the not-so-exclusive billion-dollar startup club

Chasing unicorns: Inside the not-so-exclusive billion-dollar startup club | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
At the peak of the dot-com bubble in the early 2000s, Nirav Tolia watched his consumer reviews website Epinions surge to a valuation of about $150 million, then quickly plummet to $30 million.
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Crushing Amazon Would Be Nice, But Jet.com Also Wants to Boost Small Merchants

Crushing Amazon Would Be Nice, But Jet.com Also Wants to Boost Small Merchants | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Everyone loves a David and Goliath story, and the tale of entrepreneur Marc Lore versus Amazon certainly looked like one back in 2009. As founder of Quidsi, the e-commerce company behind sites like Soap.com and Diapers.com, Lore had built one of the fastest growing startups in the country by daring to take on the giant of e-commerce that is Amazon. That is, until Amazon undercut Quidsi’s prices, leading to the eventual sale of Quidsi to Amazon in 2010.

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5 Internet of Things & Data Startups Worth Keeping an Eye On

5 Internet of Things & Data Startups Worth Keeping an Eye On | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Having accelerated 200 startups who’ve raised €64,693,647 between them, Startupbootcamp know a thing or two about sniffing out killer startups.
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Europe’s Data-Driven Manufacturing Industry: join our webinar on February 18th | Open Evidence

Europe’s Data-Driven Manufacturing Industry: join our webinar on February 18th | Open Evidence | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are delighted to invite you to the webinar on Europe’s Data-Driven Manufacturing Industry: Benefits and Impacts on European factories’ operations”, the second webinar of European Data Market study. The objective of the study is to define, assess and measure the European data economy, in support to the achievement of the Data Value Chain strategy of the European Commission.

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Hackathons, Smart Cities and Startups: Life Inside a Coworking Space

Hackathons, Smart Cities and Startups: Life Inside a Coworking Space | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

So you’ve got your Next Great Idea for a data science startup that’s going to change the world. There’s a diverse number of paths you could take- incubators, accelerators, hiring a cheap office space- but one option we hear less about is coworking. We recently spoke to William van den Broek, one of the Co-Founders of the Mutinerie coworking spaces in Paris, about why he sees coworking as “the future of work”.

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The Startup Revolution Is About To Surge Again - Fast Company

The Startup Revolution Is About To Surge Again - Fast Company | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The next wave will be all about building scale-ups. What if we could help founders reach scale more consistently? Imagine if we could get even 10% more startups to scale. Even better, what if we could cut the 90% failure rate in half? What would that look like?

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The Startup Meant to Reinvent What Bitcoin Can Do - MIT Technology Review (blog)

The Startup Meant to Reinvent What Bitcoin Can Do - MIT Technology Review (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A company given $21 million by leading Silicon Valley investors aims to extend Bitcoin’s functionality so it can power much more than just payments.
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The Sharing-Economy PR Stunt That Turned Into a Real Business - Wired

The Sharing-Economy PR Stunt That Turned Into a Real Business - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Peers was never really grassroots, and its high-minded founders never intended for it to shill for the startups either. Peers is its own startup, a company intent on boosting the prospects of sharing economy---and making some money in the process.
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The Sharing-Economy PR Stunt That Turned Into a Real Business | WIRED

The Sharing-Economy PR Stunt That Turned Into a Real Business | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Peers was never really grassroots, and its high-minded founders never intended for it to shill for the startups either. Peers is its own startup, a company intent on boosting the prospects of sharing economy---and making some money in the process.
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Why the majority of sharing economy start ups will fail

Why the majority of sharing economy start ups will fail | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Before you eagerly launch the next “AirBnB for drills or shoe racks”, remember sharing economy start ups are businesses just like any other.
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