Secrets of the Seasonal Business

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Secrets of the Seasonal Business

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The Innovative Technologies That Helped Keep Athletes & Spectators Safe in Rio

In the months leading up to the 36th Olympic Games, there were countless concerns about health and safety for the thousands of athletes and supporters who would descend on Rio; understandably so, with threats ranging from Zika and water quality issues to violent crime and terrorism. That prompted Olympic officials and Brazilian government leaders to seek out the world’s most advanced health and security innovations in an effort to keep Rio’s millions of visitors as safe as possible during the two-week event – and much of that technology was provided by American businesses. While several notable incidents took place outside of the confines of the Olympic arenas (most notably, the saga that continues to unfold with the four American swimmers), the Games wrapped up on Sunday without any major security breaches and no reported terrorist attacks (despite several credible threats). Some, if not much, of the credit falls on innovative […]

The Innovative Technologies That Helped Keep Athletes & Spectators Safe in Rio

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This Startup Crowdfunded 36 Olympic Dreams in Rio

Crowdfunding has become increasingly popular across a number of disciplines, with ambitious entrepreneurs, cash-strapped artists and political hopefuls all turning to new online funding portals to raise money to finance their dreams. Thanks to one up-and-coming startup – and with a little help from Coca-Cola and POWERADE – that’s now a possibility for Olympic athletes, too. In fact, three dozen of them are in Rio right now thanks to crowdfunding. Started in 2013, Sponsorise.me has emerged as the leading sports-focused crowdfunding site in Europe and recently started gaining popularity in the United States. In short, the site allows fans, friends, family members and any one else to financially back an athlete’s or team’s journey in exchange for unique rewards, ranging from autographed memorabilia to meeting the athletes in person. Check out an example campaign below: “Every day, millions of athletes and teams are looking for sponsors to finance their project, […]

This Startup Crowdfunded 36 Olympic Dreams in Rio

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How Edtech Startups Are Enriching Salt Lake City’s Economy

Every startup hub has a unique reputation. New York City is known for its financial technology companies, Silicon Valley is king of apps and software, and Boston is driving innovation in the health care space. But what about Salt Lake City? No, this city isn’t pushing the limits of skiing technology as you might expect – rather, it’s emerged as one of America’s premier destinations for education technology companies. Salt Lake City’s edtech standouts include Pluralsight, an on-demand education training website that raised $135 million in 2014, which was the largest venture-funding investment for a Utah company at the time. Meanwhile, local technology company Instructure, creator of an online course management system called Canvas, raised $40 million last year and boasts clients around the world. Nearby, software company MasteryConnect raised $5 million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, in 2015. The startup’s platform helps teachers monitor […]

How Edtech Startups Are Enriching Salt Lake City’s Economy

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These Startups Have Given the Fashion Industry A Whole New Look

Looking for a personalized wardrobe picked out by your very own stylist? Seeking beauty and lifestyle goods on a budget? Or maybe you’re just looking to shop the latest indie designs from around the world? Whatever the case, a new crop of tech-centric fashion startups are stitching together solutions that are putting a new look on a centuries-old industry. Rent the Runway When entrepreneurs Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss launched Rent the Runway in 2008, they gave women the opportunity to borrow high-end apparel and accessories at relatively affordable prices. The so-called “Airbnb of couture” has merged technology and fashion to create a winning business platform that delivers bridesmaid dresses, shawls for prom, and pumps for fancy work functions right to a customer’s front door. The startup handles everything from dry cleaning to styling advice. It even offers an optional $5 insurance policy so fashionistas can sashay in style without […]

These Startups Have Given the Fashion Industry A Whole New Look

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Team USA’s New Olympic Training Partner: Innovative Startups

Olympic athletes are always looking for new ways to gain an edge over the competition. Whether it’s a special diet, a unique workout routine, or the latest and greatest apparel and equipment, every competitor has those special secrets that contribute to his or her success. In Rio, some Olympic athletes and coaches (including several members of Team USA) have adopted an unexpected training partner: tech companies. Here’s an inside look at some of the innovative companies that have helped athletes from around the world train for the Olympic Games. Halo Can smart headphones make athletes faster and stronger? U.S.-based startup Halo Neuroscience thinks so. The company, founded in 2013, has created a futuristic headset that pushes gentle electrical pulses to an athlete’s brain while they work out in an effort to boost athletic performance. The technology underpinning the device is called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS, which studies have […]

Team USA’s New Olympic Training Partner: Innovative Startups

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Tech isn’t just for the boys: How Atlanta is rebooting diversity

The tech industry is no longer just a boy’s club. For years the industry has been lambasted (for good reason) over its lack of diversity and gender discrimination. For instance, a recent diversity report interviewed over 200 women in tech and found that 47 percent have been asked to do lower-level tasks (e.g., note-taking, ordering food, etc.) that male colleagues were not asked to do while 66 percent of women felt left out from important networking events because of their gender. But the tide seems to be turning, and one place you can see this happening is in burgeoning tech hubs like Atlanta. The city’s diverse demographics make the metropolis the perfect place to promote diversity. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the country, industry advocates and concentrated efforts by a few companies—such as Slack and the Magic Johnson-backed recruiting firm Jopwell—are working behind the scenes to change the face of tech, recognizing […]

Tech isn’t just for the boys: How Atlanta is rebooting diversity

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The Olympic Athletes Who Compete in the Entrepreneurial Arena, Too

As the 2016 Summer Olympics kick into full gear in Rio, we’re taking a look at athletes who compete in both the business arena and on the greatest stage in sports. Here are some of the notable Olympians who have also found success as entrepreneurs: George Foreman As a boxer in the 1968 Summer Olympics, George Foreman won gold and went on to cement his legacy as a two-time winner of the world heavyweight championship. Later, as a businessman, he became the spokesperson for Salton, Inc. and launched the George Foreman Grill, selling over 100 million units in a little more than 15 years. Last year, Foreman launched his own meat business as well, George Foreman’s Butcher Shop. In addition to the titles of Olympic gold medalist and entrepreneur, Foreman is also an author and an ordained minister. Maria Sharapova Former Olympian and silver medalist (in women’s singles tennis) Maria […]

The Olympic Athletes Who Compete in the Entrepreneurial Arena, Too

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