Young and Successful Tech Pioneers

Their apps and websites are familiar, and millions of us use them every single day – but how many of us really know anything about the entrepreneurs behind some of our favourite phone apps and websites? The massive popularity of their apps has taken the innovators by surprise, too. Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger Kevin Systrom studied at Stanford University and went on to do an internship at Odeo, the company Twitter originated from. After two years with Google, he  met  Mike Krieger, a Brazilian entrepreneur and software engineer, and in 2010 the pair went on to found Instagram, the photo sharing app for mobile phones that allows users to take pictures on their smartphones, customise them and share them on the app or via Twitter and Facebook.…

6 Hot Start-Ups to Watch Right Now

It’s an exciting time for start-ups. With technology moving at such a rapid speed, there’s always something new on the horizon. And there’s no better feeling than knowing that you were onto something before it was cool. So, if you want to be ahead of the curb, here are six startups who you should start paying close attention to, because what they’re doing is bound to be the next big thing. Tastes Like Chicken With sustainability on every innovator’s mind right now, this start-up is trying to see how we can consume less of the world’s resources in what we eat.…

When Kickstarter Crashes And Burns: Three Infamous Crowdfunded Flops

Kickstarter, for those who’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, is one of the hottest start-ups this side of the Sun. Through it, everyone from your neighbor to the biggest names in art, science, and the wildly creative can post a project, and provided it’s good enough (or at least not boring), people from all over the world can donate, crowd=funding the project(s) to fruition and getting some nice bonuses for their trouble. Sometimes, though, things don’t turn out as planned.…

5 Reasons Why You Should Join Bloomberg Current

Bloomberg Current is one of the latest business social networking sites which I think deserve more buzz than it has right now. What is it and why you should join it? I am a long time user of Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Business Exchange (BX.) It’s a news sharing site in which we can either post news pieces or blog posts and discover the latest updates on any business topics you want. I use BX for 2 reasons: Promoting my content and finding stories to blog about and/or share to my social network.…

The Top 4 U.S. Cities for Starting a New Business

Planning is a crucial part of setting up a business. Apart from knowing the kind of business that you want to start, you have to plan where you will set it up. Location will determine the success of your business, so you need to know which cities are best in which to start a business. Here is a short list of U.S. cities where you can successfully start your own business. Dallas, Texas This is a metropolitan area with a population of about 6.5 million people.…

Are Online Ads Both Helpful and Annoying?

Advertising and marketing is one of the most lucrative industries on the planet, with billions of dollars being spent on campaigns to try to boost brand awareness and sales in markets all around the world.  That said adverts are notorious for being one of the most annoying things that any of us can encounter at a particular time. Whether it is on television, in a magazine, or on the radio, many of us tune out once the adverts kick in. Online advertising has been growing at a healthy rate for many years, and the trend is set to continue through the rest of this decade, and surely further into the future, too.…

Hello Glass: Is There a Future for Google Glass for Small Business?

Okay – I’m impressed. Many are impressed. Finally, the future which we can only dream of when watching Mission Impossible is here, today. Google Glass, although still a prototype and you had to compete with thousands other to get one and try it yourself (application for this has been closed, by the way…,) the conversation has started to heat up. …and the hype is also fueled by the media, which buzz the high-tech glasses: Google Glass for adult entertainment; the now dropped potentially-privacy-buster facial recognition capabilities; the many uses of Google Glass – including healthcare, commerce and humanitarian – to name a few.…

The Media and The UK Economy – How Much does It Contribute?

The media – TV, film and online, haven’t been seen as integral to the UK’s overall economic performance, but the creative industries do seem to bring some financial benefits. Well over 100,000 people work in old and new media – newspapers, TV stations, creative agencies, film studios and even social media sites are all major employers. Auntie gives generously As the oldest broadcasting institution in the UK, the BBC has become a reliable source of information and entertainment, whatever some people think of their recent output.…

Banking Giant Claim Small Businesses in North West Cautiously Optimistic for 2013

A survey conducted by Lloyds TSB among smaller businesses in North West England suggests that confidence for the coming year could be on the rise. The banking group spoke to 110 companies in the region, and found that many of them believe that then situation in Europe and at home will improve. 42% of the businesses Lloyds spoke to said that they believe that orders over the first six months of 2013 will go up, while just 13% believe the opposite may be the most likely outcome.…

6 Losing Strategies for Stock Traders

The stock market is a fickle playground – entire life savings can be gained and lost in the space of a day – but despite its turbulent nature, there are some things that you should just not do if you’re looking to emerge unscathed from the financial battlefield. These are ways you could ruin your portfolio and all your investments with disastrous ease, and have ended many a career over the years. Here are six losing strategies for stock traders. 1.…