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How to make Americans care about refugees

As the global refugee crisis escalates, one startup is out to prove that there are plenty of Americans who want to help. New York-based Hive, which launched in 2014, is funded by the United Nations Refugee Agency. Its primary mission is to engage more Americans with the plight of refugees. "The United States is the largest donor of refugee relief. And the U.S. resettles more refugees than any other country,"...

28 Nov 5:58 AM 0 Read More...

10 cool holiday toys

How do you make coding fun for kids? Robots, obviously. Dash and Dot are mini robots that do just that. Dash dances, sings, races around and responds to voice commands. Dot doesn't move, but with an app, kids can code it to become a blinking nightlight, play tug-of-war with Dash and even bark. Toymaker Wonder Workshop created four free apps that kids can use to code new features into the robots. ...

23 Nov 8:28 PM 0 Read More...

Square IPO flops: Unicorns going extinct?

Call it a moral victory for the unicorns. Shares of Square rose 45% Thursday. But it's still a sign of weakness for Silicon Valley's ballyhooed startups. Square (SQ), the mobile payments processing firm run by Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) CEO Jack Dorsey, opened at $11.20 and quickly rose as high as $14.78 before finishing the day a little bit above $13. But Square priced its initial public offering Wedn...

20 Nov 2:08 AM 0 Read More...

Back to the bistro! Paris restaurants try to bounce back

A flower is placed inside a bullet hole in the window of Le Carillon restaurant following terrorist attacks across Paris. French restaurateurs and cafe owners are banding together to get diners back in their doors following Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. The term #TousAuBistrot -- which roughly translates to "back to the bistro" -- is trending on Twitter (TWTR, Tech30). Restaurant guide Le Fooding is cr...

18 Nov 5:03 AM 0 Read More...

One small business will score a free Super Bowl ad

Chubbies Shorts, Vidler's 5 & 10 and Death Wish Coffee are the three finalists in Intuit's contest to win a free 30-second Super Bowl ad. One small business is just weeks away from scoring a win of a lifetime: a free 30-second ad that will air during the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is the most watched event of the year, and a 30-second ad spot is expected to cost a record-breaking $5 million. Most small bu...

16 Nov 10:53 PM 0 Read More...

Wanted: 100,000 new STEM teachers

In schools across America, there are "Help Wanted" signs advertising jobs that desperately need to be filled. They're all for teaching positions in STEM fields -- which have 100,000 open positions nationwide. 100Kin10 is a New York nonprofit trying to fill those roles. Its name reflects its goal: train and place 100,000 new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers by 2021. "There...

13 Nov 7:33 PM 0 Read More...

How to build a $100 million company out of mud

It doesn't sound like fun. Running through mud for more than 10 miles, plunging into icy water, climbing over 10-foot high walls, jumping through burning hoops. And then the grand finale: A sprint through a field of live electrical wires carrying up to 10,000 volts, or twice the level recommended for cattle fences. Not pleasant at all. Yet just this year, half a million people paid up to $200 each to...

12 Nov 1:25 PM 0 Read More...

How this company earns millions with Instagram

Frank Body has made millions without using traditional advertising. Coffee grounds are the new black. Skincare company Frank Body has made a business out of selling the stuff as a body scrub and expects to make over $19 million this year. The Australia-based company was launched in March 2013 by five friends. They put up a total of $3,000 -- and recouped it in one week. The secret to the company's success? ...

08 Nov 4:03 AM 0 Read More...

No really. This pencil grows into a tomato

What happens to a wooden pencil after you wear it down to a stub? It gets tossed into the trash. "There are 15 billion pencils made annually, and three million of those just in the United States. That's a lot of pencil stubs thrown away," said Michael Stausholm, CEO of Sprout World. Denmark-based Sprout World wants to shrink this waste. The startup makes plantable pencils that grow into vegetables, h...

05 Nov 12:52 AM 0 Read More...

HP boss Meg Whitman sounds the alarm on unicorns

Meg Whitman knows firsthand what a tech bubble looks like. As the CEO of eBay, she had a front-row seat to the dotcom craze of the late 1990s. That bubble burst, tanking the broader economy and the retirement accounts of millions of Americans in the process. Now Whitman is CEO of aging tech giant Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, Tech30), which Sunday began a big transformation as it breaks into two companies. ...

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