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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. ...

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

The dropout club thousands of doctors want to join

Dr. Karine Kleinhaus [right] with Dr. Sumana Yeturu, a practicing physician with whom she trained in OB/GYN residency. The name is telling, but its members will surprise you. The Drop Out Club is an online networking platform that's helping doctors find careers outside of medicine. In 1999, six former med school classmates met to catch up over drinks. They were eager to compare notes because each had left medici...

31 Oct 12:37 AM 0 Read More...

Afraid of guns? Try this instead

A startup called Salt Supply says its pepper ball gun is tough enough to repel intruders but safe enough to store in the nightstand. A startup is making a new kind of gun for home defense: one that incapacitates, rather than kills, the intruder. Salt Supply Co. has designed a paintball-style gun that shoots pellets filled with pepper spray that rupture on impact. The Salt gun is designed to be a safe alternative...

31 Oct 12:37 AM 0 Read More...

10 best cities for female entrepreneurs

San Francisco is among the top 10 best cities for women entrepreneurs. There's no question: The West Coast has a lot of love for female entrepreneurs. Seven of the top 10 cities for female business owners are in Colorado and California, according to a new report from NerdWallet, which analyzed 174 metro areas with populations over 250,000. Using Census data, the report ranked the hubs on factors like the size...

27 Oct 6:17 AM 0 Read More...

Want to find your next big investment? Mine Twitter.

Want to spot red-hot startups faster than anyone else? Mine Twitter. It's a trick that CB Insights, a data and research firm, has figured out. And in May, it launched a tool to flag the startups that are rising the fastest. The tool currently tracks and ranks 300,000 startups (mostly in the tech space) across key Twitter metrics like engagement (tweets, retweets, favorites), follower growth and mentions. T...

24 Oct 3:02 AM 0 Read More...

Sky taxis are about to become a reality

Jerry Sanders, CEO of SkyTran, with the magnetically-operated SkyTran car. Sick of dealing with the daily traffic congestion on the road? Soon you may not have to. SkyTran's sky taxis are making their debut. The aerial mass transit system features "cars" that magnetically glide 20 to 30 feet above the ground along elevated tracks. Skytran, based in Mountain View, California, has been developing the system f...

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