Friday, November 30, 2018
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by Tomas Zalatoris, Clouder

Now is a very good time to be an online marketplace founder. Marketplaces are disrupting just about every industry and global growth continues to explode. In 2017, Amazon generated $31.88 billion in third-party seller service revenues, up from $22.99 billion in the previous year.

Third-party sellers are those who sell their products via sites like Amazon—rather than from their own website. This allows Amazon to generate additional revenue without stocking additional products. It also offers the seller a platform, with a proven ‘footfall’, upon which to sell their products—without the need to set up their own eCommerce site from scratch.

The giants such Amazon and eBay will continue to dominate, but they may not always be the right choice for specialist sellers who want to reach a bigger audience and continue to give their customers great value and exemplary service. That is why we’ve seen more niche and specialized marketplaces spring-up and succeed in recent years. They offer alternatives to more generalized platforms that may not have as much focus on seller and customer support, or may not be able to attract the niche audience needed.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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by Anthony Main, The Distance

Recently, Samsung announced their folding Galaxy X smartphone. This followed the launch of the FlexPai by Royole Corp and there are rumors of similar devices from Motorola, LG, Huawei and Apple launching in 2019. Many app owners are becoming concerned about how these devices will impact their apps and websites.

From the announcements, patent applications and design concepts, the main goal for the manufacturers seems to be to design devices which offer a smaller, more convenient form factor but with the benefit of large screen real estate. The demand for bigger pocket-sized devices has been clear, as all device manufacturers (including Apple – despite Steve Job’s best wishes) now offer oversized pocket-bulging devices.

As this trend seems to be increasing, and with the introduction of devices which unfold to support such demands, usage patterns will change and users and app owners will find new ways to take advantage of the technology advances.

Samsung Folding Phone

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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By André Roque

When they first list their property on Airbnb, most people think of it as an easy way to make more money. But managing your property takes up to a day per week of rental as you: manage your listing, respond to inquiries, wash sheets and towels, check guests in and out and deal with general admin.

In some countries, you have to register your property as a short-term rental business, issue invoices and/or report guests’ identities to comply with local regulations.

Due to all this work, it’s estimated that 40-50% of new hosts leave the market within the first year.

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Monday, November 5, 2018
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By John Auckland, Tribe First

Equity crowdfunding is a brilliant way of raising new funds both for young business looking to get off the ground and giants such as BrewDog who are seeking to grow rapidly and capitalize on the publicity.

However, it can also be quite a scary concept for those unfamiliar with the process, and understandably so. Essentially, you’re publicly asking the world to endorse your idea with their money, so the fear of failure can be immense!

Crowdfunding platforms do their best to support campaigners, but it would be near-impossible to provide a standard solution to help each and every business that approaches them. Each campaign requires a lot of time, dedication and thorough research to set it up for success.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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By Jérôme Faissat, co-founder, Andersen

Until quite recently the electric vehicle (EV) was viewed as an idea largely promoted by environmentalists. However, there has been a rapid rise in the popularity of EVs.

In 2010, only around 100 EVs were sold in the US, yet by 2017 over 200,000 were sold. In total, there are estimated to be over a million EVs currently on the road in the US alone. Research suggests that by 2030 there will by 500 million EVs worldwide and that, given the exponential growth rate so far, even that figure may be an underestimation.

There is an infrastructure issue currently facing the EV market – availability of charge points. There is a shared pain for all drivers worrying about how far they can drive before they might get stranded.

Given the rapid speed at which the EV market is evolving and the issues for mass-adoption, let’s look as what may happen to increase charge points.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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By Marc Hurr and Daniel Eduardo Suero, co-founders of iBAN Wallet

It’s an inescapable fact that banking is changing. A perfect storm has been created for the big bank following the 2008 global financial crisis which eroded consumer confidence. In addition technology and smartphones are providing new opportunities for FinTech businesses.

The Impact of Technology in Banking

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
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by William Sachiti, Academy of Robotics

Have you ever wondered how an autonomous vehicle sees? How it manages to navigate its way around obstacles and avoid pedestrians – even if one runs out in front of it?

To teach an autonomous vehicle to do all these things, we need to start by gathering huge quantities of data. To do this a data gathering car is used.

Data Gathering Speedster

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
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by Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington and Helena Calle, from Fast Future

Cortana. Siri. Alexa. One of the subtle strategies designers use to make it easier for us to integrate AI into our lives is “anthropomorphism” –  the attribution of human-like traits to non-human objects.  However, the rise of AI with distinct personalities, voices, and physical forms is not as benign as it might seem. As futurists who are interested in the impacts of technology on society, we wonder what role human-like technologies play in achieving human-centred futures.

For example, do anthropomorphized machines enable a future wherein humanity can thrive?  Or, do human-like AIs foreshadow a darker prognosis, particularly in relation to gender roles and work?  This article looks at a continuum of human-like personas that give a face to AI technology.  We ask: what does it mean for our collective future that technology is increasingly human-like and gendered?  And, what does it tell us about our capacity to create a very human future?

Artificial Intelligence 3382507

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Monday, August 13, 2018
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 10:00 am

Hugo Tilmouth
    
Hugo Tilmouth is an award winning Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of ChargedUp. He has a background at the intersection of clean tech and startups.

In this conversation, Hugo talks about ChargedUp. ChargedUp is a network of dispensing stations that allows users, for a small fee, to borrow a battery pack from one location, charge their mobile device and return the battery to another location. All the batteries are recharged using 100% green energy. Located in restaurants, cafes, transport hubs, sports stadia, and tourist attractions; users will never be far from a ChargedUp station.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
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by Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington and Helena Calle, from Fast Future

In many places summer means electrical grids working overtime to keep cooling and ventilation systems going.  In less developed parts of the world, temperatures will reach levels where people will die.  Our comfort and survival depend on our ability to continue to power the planet.  But energy resources are not equally distributed.

Many see this situation being addressed slowly over the next fifty years – too late for those without reliable energy supplies. But what if we embrace a fundamental shift in thinking? In our book, The Future Reinvented – Reimagining Life, Society, and Business, we explore alternative, surprising, and unexpected scenarios of how we might change the path to the future.  To look at the reinvented future of energy, we use these perspectives, and explore four scenarios which draw on a workshop our team designed and facilitated at the Finland Futures Research Conference in Tampere, Finland in June 2018.

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