From Fast Growth to Profits
For the last decade, young tech companies were fueled by a wave of venture capital-funded excess, which encouraged fast growth above all else. But now some investors and startups are beginning to rethink that mantra and instead invoke turning a profit, the New York Times reports. The change is being driven by the stumbles of some high-profile “unicorns.”
A Nobel Prize for Lithium Batteries
This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to a trio of chemists—including one from SUNY Binghamton—who spent decades developing the lithium-ion battery, Scientific American reports. This innovation made possible pocket-sized mobile phones, laptop computers, electric cars and renewable-energy devices such as solar panels.
How Tech Is Changing Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball has lost ground in popularity to the NFL and NBA, which have been quicker to adopt more advanced technologies that optimize player performance and the viewing experience. Now, MLB is embracing the tech takeover to help capture the interest of the next generation of fans, Digital Trends reports.
Why Good Design Is Good for Business
“Good design is good business!” Makes a nice sound bite, but how does design actually contribute to the bottom line? Writing on UX Planet, Ted Goas describes how good design creates trust, is a competitive differentiator and has good ROI.
Email Newsletters Are the Next Thing ... Again
From a venture capital perspective, The Atlantic says, it’s hard to think of anything less thrilling than email, a decades-old technology that essentially everyone is accustomed to using for free. But Andreessen Horowitz this summer led a $15.3 million round of funding for Substack, a leading new email newsletter startup.
Podcast Ad Blockers Don’t Pose a Threat—Yet
Ad blocking for audio has arrived, Ad Age reports. But the tech is in its infancy and for now poses little threat to a half-billion-dollar marketing channel where skipping an ad is already as easy as clicking a fast-forward button.
Finding Any Location—Without an Address
London startup what3words says traditional location addresses are expensive to provide, restrictive and prone to error. The company’s answer, SiliconValley.com reports, is to divide the world into 57 trillion squares and give each one quirky, three-word addresses that what3words says can track down pretty much any place on the planet.
Social Media Is Overtaking Print in Ad Spending
Advertising spending on social media this year will overtake print media for the first time worldwide, according to a new forecast. Spending on social media will jump 20 percent to $84 billion this year, while newspaper and magazine spending will fall 6 percent to $69 billion, Mobile Marketer reports.
What Exactly Is Fast-Growing R?
As a data science tool, R is experiencing massive user growth, on its own and relative to many other prevalent languages. But how well do users understand R? Writing on Towards Data Science, Keith McNulty composed 10 fun R questions to test users' knowledge.
Gifts for Paranoid Tech Lovers
Want to try something different this gift-giving season? Mashable suggests this: Gifts that help your loved one evade the surveillance economy. Its list includes phantom glasses that block some forms of facial-recognition tech and Silent Pocket's Faraday sleeves that will protect personal electronics from unwanted intrusion.