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4 industries you probably didn't realize could be impacted by net neutrality

Aeon - Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:06:12 GMT
With a historic net neutrality vote set to take place tomorrow, people across the United States are rightly concerned about the future of the internet. Visions of price-tiered online spaces dancing in their heads, constituents all over the country are reaching out to their elected officials in a likely doomed effort to forestall what many see as the inevitable destruction of our mostly level digital playing field. But tomorrow's vote is about more than whether Comcast can charge you extra for streaming movies on Netflix. Just as the internet has seeped into many unexpected facets of our lives, abandoning net neutrality could have unexpected consequences in places you might not expect.  Read more...More about Tesla, Bitcoin, Healthcare, Net Neutrality, and Internet Of Things

How archaeologists used VR to make an ancient capital come to life

Aeon - Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:03:37 GMT
Now you can travel back to ancient Cyprus, thanks to a VR app developed by researchers.  The Paphos Theatre in VR app, available on Google Play and iTunes, is the result of 20 years of excavation by University of Sydney archaeologists, and lets you explore the ancient Nea Paphos' Theatre during its heyday in 150 AD. SEE ALSO: Busting myths about virtual reality in cinema Nea Paphos was the capital of Cyprus, located off the coast of Turkey, during the Roman and Hellenistic periods (c. 300 BC-400 AD) until an earthquake destroyed everything in 365 AD.  University archaeologists, led by Dr. Craig Barker, and Melbourne digital technology firm Lithodomos created a 360-degree experience which lets you check out Nea Paphos' epic theatre. Able to host 8,500 people and 100 metres in diameter, the theatre boasted imported Mediterranean architecture, including a grand Roman façade, imperial statues and marble columns. Read more...More about Apps, App, Vr, Cyprus, and University

The price is right! Pace raises £2.5M to automate hotel room pricing based on demand

Aeon - Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:10 GMT
 Pace, a London startup that has developed tech that uses machine learning to let hotels set room prices dynamically based on demand, has raised £2.5 million in seed funding. The financing round is led by InterGlobe, with participation from Seedcamp, Speedinvest, and Amadeus Capital Partners. The company says it will use the new capital to invest in its tech and marketing teams.

Today's best tech deals: $600 off a Samsung 4K HDTV, $500 off a Dell laptop, and more

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:19:10 GMT
Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Green Monday may be a totally made up holiday, but the sales are real. So real, in fact, that they're still going strong. SEE ALSO: Amazon has tons of adorable pet products on sale today If you've still got some people to shop for or are just looking for some stuff for yourself, we've rounded up the best deals on tech products we could find today. From Amazon gadgets to 4K TVs to a pet DNA kit, we've got you covered no matter who you're shopping for. Featured Deals Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Core i5-8250u Quad-Core 1080p 15.6" Laptop w/ 8GB RAM + 256GB SSD — $599.99 at Dell (list price $749.99)Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Core i7-7500U 14" 1080p IPS Laptop w/ 256GB SSD — $495.99 at Dell (list price $959.99)55" Samsung UN55MU6300 4K HDR-Pro Smart TV + $200 Dell GC — $599.99 at Dell (list price $799.99)Dell UltraSharp UP3017 30" 2560x1600 IPS LED Monitor (Refurb w/ 1-Year Dell Warranty) — $599 at eBay (list price $829.99)Luma Home 802.11ac Dual-Band WiFi Mesh Router (3-Pack) — $149.99 at Amazon (use code: 20OFFLUM - list price $299)Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB Unlocked Smartphone Read more...More about Amazon, Samsung, Kindle, Huawei, and Playstation

This Photoshop course is 97% off, which is basically the closest to free you can get

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:46:53 GMT
Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Professional photo tools like Photoshop are no longer just for the pros. Not only are they pretty easy to learn, just a few tweaks to lighting and color grading can turn your photos from ho-hum to seriously wow-worthy. SEE ALSO: This DSLR camera has 'food mode' and it's $300 off at Target today What you can do with Photoshop all comes down to having the right learning tools — like the Complete Photoshop Mastery Bundle, a series of eight courses that contain 20 hours of training.  You’d be surprised at what you can do to photos without knowing much about photography. In this bundle, you'll learn how to add sunlight effects for that soft, nostalgic look, use curves and masks to create artwork inspired by 19th-century Art Nouveau portraits, and retouch your photos. More of the noir type? Learn how to style your photos so they look like they were grabbed right from the silver screen, colorize black and white photos, enhance portraits, and more.  Read more...More about Photography, Adobe, Photoshop, Canon, and Dslr

Amazon launches free same-day shipping for Prime members

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:41:34 GMT
Amazon has a holiday gift for its Prime members.  The online retailer has launched free one-day and same-day delivery for Prime members for the duration of the holiday season.  SEE ALSO: A new 'Lord of the Rings' series is coming to Amazon That means Amazon Prime members can order Christmas gifts as early as Dec. 24, if orders are in before 9:30 a.m. local time, though some later orders may be fulfilled. Last year's latest fulfilled holiday order was placed at 10:23 a.m. on Christmas Eve, the company claims.  While Prime members always get unlimited free two-day shipping, free one-day and same-day shipping is only available between today and Dec. 24 at 11:59 p.m. For non-Prime customers, same-day delivery is $8.99 plus $0.99 per item.  Read more...More about Amazon, Holidays, Holiday, Amazon Prime, and Amazon.Com

Amazon has tons of adorable pet products on sale today

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:09:49 GMT
Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. On the 11th day of Christmas, Amazon gave to me: dog DNA kits, vacuums for those hairballs, sales on pet cameras, and a squirrel hiding in a fuzzy tree. SEE ALSO: Pets deserve to be played with even when you're not home Amazon's 12 Days of Deals have been going strong since December 3, with a specific theme each day to help you with holiday shopping. Today's deals are all about the animal lover and — let's be real — should just be everyone.  Whether you've been thinking about picking up a pet camera for your aunt who's super attached to her Frenchies or need to restock on Temptations treats to get your cat through the long car ride to your parents' house, today's the day to do it. Head on over to Amazon's deal page to browse their whole selection, or read on to find our best bets for the furry friends on your gift list. Read more...More about Dogs, Pets, Toys, Dyson, and Gift Ideas

Here's the new Fed dot plot

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:04:44 GMT
The Fed just gave us some information about its plans for the future.

Fed raises interest rates at Yellen's last meeting as chair

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:00:00 GMT
Futures traders saw a 100% chance of a rate hike.

THE MOBILE CARRIER LANDSCAPE: How AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are overcoming slow ...

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:00:00 GMT
BI IntelligenceThis is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.It hasn't been smooth sailing for telecoms in recent years. Native voice and messaging services, which once accounted for the vast majority of telecoms' subscriber revenue, are struggling to compete with over-the-top (OTT) apps, like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber — and they're losing.A fierce and ongoing price war among the Big Four carriers is only compounding the pressure telecoms are facing. The consequent resurgence of unlimited data plans is straining carriers' networks, and revenues are suffering.Nevertheless, telecoms are now better positioned than ever to play a bigger role in their subscribers' lives. Consumers spend more than half of their digital time on smartphones, compared with a third on PCs. This shift has effectively placed telecoms at the front door of consumers' digital experience.In a new report from BI Intelligence, we examine where the wireless industry stands as a result of the price war and uptick in data demand from consumers. We also look at how technological advancements and the adoption of new product lines could incentivize the next wave of revenue growth for telecoms. Finally, we explore potential barriers to carriers' growth, and examine which of the Big Four carriers are poised to lead the pack.Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:Native voice and messaging services, which once accounted for the vast majority of telecoms' subscriber revenue, are struggling to compete with over-the-top apps.A fierce ongoing price war among the Big Four is only compounding the pressure telecoms are facing.Still, consumers' growing dependence on smartphones and data means telecoms are now better positioned than ever to play a bigger role in their subscribers' lives.As digital continues to reshape the wireless industry, telecoms are preparing for the next wave of disruption, including connected cars, augmented reality, and 5G.Despite a plethora of opportunities, several existing and emerging threats could impede telecoms' growth and expansion efforts.In full, the report:Describes how the US wireless carrier is shaping up.Explores the effect of the fierce pricing wars taking place, and the methods carriers are using to retain their subscribers.Highlights the new technology carriers are using to drive growth and revenue. Looks at the potential barriers that could limit carriers' growth and examines who's best positioned to come out on top.To get the full report, subscribe to an All-Access pass to BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report and more than 250 other expertly researched reports. As an added bonus, you'll also gain access to all future reports and daily newsletters to ensure you stay ahead of the curve and benefit personally and professionally. >>Learn More NowYou can also purchase and download the full report from our research store.

10 apps that will make your life easier this holiday season

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:00:00 GMT
Save money, stay organized, and share grocery lists and gift lists with family and friends this holiday shopping season.

INSIKT raises $50 million to lend to low-income communities

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:56:30 GMT
 Loans can be the hardest to get for the people who need them the most. An estimated 45 million Americans don’t have a credit score and others have trouble bringing up their scores, even if they are in a better financial position than in years past. While most lenders would consider low-income families with bad credit scores to be too risky, a startup called INSIKT believes that it…

Silicon Valley might get some relief from high housing prices — Google will build nearly ...

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:54:46 GMT
Google is planning to build a new campus in Mountain View, California, that will include nearly 10,000 housing units, office space, and a public park.

Awful men are everywhere on Google's 2017 'Year In Search'

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:54:23 GMT
Google has released its annual "Year in Search" feature and the ongoing sexual assault and harassment reckoning is front and center. SEE ALSO: Time Person of the Year poll honors the women who broke the silence with #MeToo Perhaps most surprising was the figure at the top of trending search results. Globally, Matt Lauer was at the top, followed by Meghan Markle, Nadia Toffa, Harvey Weinstein, and Kevin Spacey. (The U.S.-only list isn't much different, dropping Toffa and adding Michael Flynn to the top five.) Read more... trends.embed.renderTopChartsWidget("87f8c2b8-1a52-4529-9d4e-5372182c976d", {"geo":"GLOBAL","guestPath":"https://trends.google.com:443/trends/embed/"}, 2017); More about Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Sexual Misconduct, Tech, and Web Culture

ICO funding soars above $4 billion as US regulators crack down

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:54:00 GMT
The red-hot market recently hit the new benchmark, according to fintech analytics provider Autonomous NEXT.

Salma Hayek shares harrowing story of Harvey Weinstein's behavior after she rejected him ...

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:46:42 GMT
Salma Hayek wrote a New York Times op-ed detailing a harrowing account of alleged demands and threats made by Harvey Weinstein in her 2002 film "Frida."

DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: NYP, Walgreens launch telemedicine service — Cybercriminals continue ...

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:45:00 GMT
New York-Presbyterian and Walgreens are just the latest firms joining forces to push telemedicine and digital health further into the mass healthcare market.

10 jobs everyone under 40 wants to get

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:39:05 GMT
Researchers looked at employment data to determine which careers attracted the most millennials.

Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso just raised venture funding for her new company

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:36:08 GMT
 Sophia Amoruso famously founded the retailer Nasty Gal, growing it from an eBay store that sold vintage items to a darling of the fashion world that was seeing more than $300 million in sales at one point. Somewhere along the way, however, Nasty Gal lost its way. In the meantime, Amoruso is on to a new business, and now it’s venture-backed.

SpaceX employees are instructed to hire people 'better than themselves' — and they look for 3 ...

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:33:15 GMT
A vice president of human resources at SpaceX said hiring managers at the company look for passion, drive, and talent in the intense interview process.

The FCC plans to repeal net neutrality this week — here's how it would change how much you ...

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:31:00 GMT
A repeal of net neutrality means you would be charged extra money to access websites like Netflix or Spotify.

The best fine motor toys for toddlers

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:30:00 GMT
Kids learn by playing, so why not help them develop fine motor skills with fun toys? These are the best fine motor toys for toddlers.

Joe Biden comforts Meghan McCain about her father's cancer in an emotional moment on 'The View'

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:29:42 GMT
Former Vice President Joe Biden shared an emotional moment with Meghan McCain over her father Sen. John McCain's cancer diagnosis.

How to be the most insufferable person at your ugly Christmas sweater party

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:26:55 GMT
If you're still browsing thrift stores in search of an outfit for an upcoming ugly Christmas sweater party, look no further.  The ugliest (and, I'm sorry to say, the most insufferable) sweaters on the market are these pullovers emblazoned with the cryptocurrency logo of your choice.  SEE ALSO: Bitcoin is a victim of its own success Hodlmoon, "home of the ugly crypto sweaters," offers six cryptocurrency-inspired designs, including bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin.  And though each sells for $59.99 a pop, customers can also make their purchase using bitcoin or litecoin. (Per their price breakdown, $59.99 converts to 0.00354359 bitcoin and 0.1891 litecoin.)  Read more...More about Tech, Culture, Cryptocurrency, Culture, and Web Culture

Republicans are moving ahead with tax reform — here's how your tax bracket could change in 2018

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:26:00 GMT
Income tax brackets will change in 2018 if tax legislation is passed under President Donald Trump.

The White House is preparing for the possibility of North Korea collapsing on its own

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:23:45 GMT
Tillerson made remarks on Tuesday reframing US policy towards North Korea, but also mentioned how the White House is preparing for the country's collapse.

Democrats have their sights set on a major Republican after Doug Jones' upset win in Alabama ...

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:19:50 GMT
Democrats see Ted Cruz as uniquely vulnerable in the wake of Doug Jones' upset win in Alabama.

13 things mentally strong leaders don't do

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:19:45 GMT
The best leaders avoid toxic behavior that hurts their productivity and ability to show compassion to others.

Deputy attorney general grilled by Congress amid attacks on Mueller and the Russia probe

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:15:06 GMT
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was interviewed by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Our favorite smart luggage you can still use despite new airline rules

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:15:00 GMT
Two of the Insider Picks team's favorite smart luggage makers designed their bags with removable batteries, so they're compliant with the new airline rules.

Science says you can't win an argument over email — and there's a better way to convince your ...

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:09:04 GMT
Talking to your colleagues face-to-face is more likely to get you a favorable response than communicating over email.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on just what's at stake with net neutrality

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:02:46 GMT
The Federal Communications Commission is schedule to vote on Thursday to remove just about any and every regulation on internet providers.  Mignon Clyburn, the longest-serving commissioner on the FCC, has a message for you.  "We used to talk about clean water. We used to talk about good roads," Clyburn said during an interview for the Mashable podcast Biz Please. "Now, this is the information superhighway, and the opportunities are unbound when it comes to it. So when we talk about opportunities for our communities and how we get from where we are now to where we desire to go in an expedited fashion, technology is the key and connectivity is essential." Read more...More about Net Neutrality, Tech, Activism, and Media Industry

This Chrome extension will save you from 'The Last Jedi' spoilers

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:58:54 GMT
If you're desperately trying to avoid spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this app is for you.  Force Block is a Google Chrome extension that warns you if you're about to visit pages that may have Star Wars spoilers. The warnings take the form of cute slogans that reference previous Star Wars movies, such as "That's no moon, it's a spoiler" and "The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of spoilers."  SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' zero-spoiler review: See it. Just see it. The extension is available for download on the Chrome Web Store. It was created to detect spoilers for The Force Awakens, but will detect spoilers for The Last Jedi starting Dec. 13.  Read more...More about Google, Chrome, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode 8, and Star Wars The Force Awakens

Fanchest raises $4M in seed funding to become the best gift for sports fans

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:31:03 GMT
 Here’s a great present for a sports fan this holiday season: Fanchest is a Brooklyn-based startup that curates and sends team-themed gift boxes as gift. The boxes start at $59 and include about $80 worth of apparel and gear from whatever pro or college team you choose. Today the startup has announced $4M in seed funding with a diverse group of investors like New Orleans Saints…

Lily raises $2M from NEA and others for a personal stylist service that considers feelings, not just fit

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:10:26 GMT
 One of the reasons recently IPO’d Stitch Fix became so popular among female shoppers is because of how it pairs the convenience of home try-on for clothing and accessories with a personal styling service that adapts to your tastes over time. But often, personal stylists bring their own subjective takes on fashion to their customers. A new startup called Lily aims to offer a more…

ispace just raised $90 million to launch two private moon missions by 2020

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:40:39 GMT
 Japanese company ispace has raised $90.2 million in a Series A funding round, an amount it’s calling the “largest ever” Series A in commercial space financing. The funding comes from Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Development Bank of Japan, Tokyo Broadcasting System, Konika Minolta and others, and will help the company continue its progress towards a very…

Indiegogo now lets you fund via token sale

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:52:09 GMT
 Crowdfunding service and Kickstarter-competitor Indiegogo is now offering an ICO service alongside its partner, MicroVentures. The company will allow users to participate in SEC-complaint ICOs and, like its slow-burning equity crowdfunding service, will pick and choose startups that match certain exacting criteria. These tokens sales will be SEC complaint and the sales are performed within…

Events management platform Bizzabo raises $15M growth round

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:24:58 GMT
 Just eight months after its last round of funding, events management platform Bizzabo has raised another $15 million. The new round, which brings Bizzabo’s total funding so far to $30 million, was led by Pilot Growth Equity, with participation from Maor Investments and returning investors.

NSI Ventures hits first close on new $125M fund for Southeast Asia

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:47:27 GMT
 There’s been pause since Southeast Asia last welcomed fresh venture capital, but one reload is on its way after NSI Ventures, an early investor in Indonesian unicorn and Uber rival Go-Jek, announced a first close of its second fund. The target is $125 million, which represents a significant increase on its first fund of $90 million. The firm said it has pulled in $75 million of…

FreightHub, a European ‘digital freight forwarder’, scores $20M Series A

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:00:34 GMT
 FreightHub, a Berlin and Hamburg-based startup that claims to be Europe’s first fully digital freight forwarder, has raised a $20 million Series A round, just 1.5 years since launch. The round is led by VC firm Northzone, with participation from existing investors. The latter includes Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital (GFC), Cherry Ventures, Cavalry Ventures, and La Famiglia.

Commerce platform iZettle raises $47M at a $950M valuation

Aeon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:00:17 GMT
 iZettle — the commerce platform based out of Stockholm that competes against companies like Square, Paypal and SumUp to provide card transactions using smartphones and tablets as well as related accounting services — has raised another €40 million ($47 million) as it approaches a $1 billion valuation. CEO and co-founder Jacob de Geer told TechCrunch the money will go towards…

Betting consumers are tired of bad bank behavior, Aspiration raises $47 million for its alternative

Aeon - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:27:03 GMT
 A who’s-who of celebrities, investors and celebrity investors have come together to invest $47 million into Aspiration, the company launched by a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton to challenge the traditional banking industry.

Upstream Security reels in $9M Series A to protect connected cars

Aeon - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:40:09 GMT
 Upstream Security, a new startup founded by two cyber security industry veterans, announced a $9 million Series A today to help protect connected vehicles and eventually autonomous cars. Today, that probably means a car using a service like OnStar to connect over the internet to your manufacturer for a menu of in-car services such as automated crash detection and stolen vehicle assistance. In…

Mindspace raises $20 million to launch co-working spaces in the US

Aeon - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:37:39 GMT
 Co-working startup Mindspace recently raised $20 million as it gears up to launch its first two locations in the U.S. While Mindspace is looking to go big or go home in the U.S., it’s starting off slow with its first two locations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Mindspace started in Tel Aviv about four years ago and has since expanded to Germany, Poland and the U.K.

Clubhouse nets $10m Series A from Battery Ventures to make software development fun again

Aeon - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:00:02 GMT
 People often describe work as a rat race, but for a lot of engineers, that isn’t too far off. Take one Jira ticket off the queue, fix the bug or add the feature, mark the ticket as complete and move as quickly as possible to the next ticket. Engineering for many organizations — perhaps despite the intentions of management — ends up being more like a deli counter or an I Love…

SEC shuts down Munchee ICO

Aeon - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:24:33 GMT
 In what should be an interesting beginning to the coming avalanche of ICO failures, the SEC has come down hard on Munchee, a company that built a $15 million token sale. The SEC chairman recently noted that coin offerings are, in fact, securities and that pre-sale participants must be registered with the SEC. The Munchee ICO aimed to fund the MUN coin, a payment system for restaurant reviews.…

Homeis, a culture network for immigrants, launches and nabs $4m seed round led by Spark Capital

Aeon - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:22 GMT
 Immigrating to a new country is one of the most challenging experiences any person can face. In a single instant, your social networks, your ability to communicate, and your knowledge of how a society functions disappears, and nearly everything has to be learned from scratch. That extraordinary dislocation is one reason why ethnic enclaves exist in large cities like New York City or San…

India’s Vahdam Teas raises $1.4M to bring fresher tea to your door faster

Aeon - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:49:21 GMT
 Vahdam Teas, an e-commerce that’s focused on selling the freshest brews on the planet, has closed a Series A funding round worth $1.4 million to grow its business. The funding was led by new backers Fireside Venture, Mumbai Angels, Singapore Angel Network and undisclosed existing investors. The two-year-old company previously raised a $500,000 seed round from angels in January of this…

Max Levchin’s Affirm raises $200 million at a nearly $2 billion valuation

Aeon - Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:27:45 GMT
 Affirm, the platform that helps consumers find financing, is getting some financing of its own. The San Francisco-based company confirmed that it’s raising $200 million, led by GIC, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Spark Capital are also participating. Affirm’s valuation is estimated to be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.

Zyper thinks ‘micro influencers’ are the future of online advertising

Aeon - Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:22:45 GMT
 Advocacy marketing — the idea of getting existing customers to talk about your company and its products — is nothing new, but as marketing spend has shifted online, a number of startups have tried to figure out ways of making it more scalable. One such company is Zyper, founded by Amber Atherton, who previously featured in British reality TV show “Made in Chelsea”.

Teabox raises $7M for its global tea-commerce business

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:23:24 +0000
 Teabox, the company pioneered the concept of selling tea to direct to consumers online, has served up $7 million in fresh funding to grow its five-year-old business. This new infusion of capital — last tea joke, I promise — is a Series B round that takes Teabox, which has head offices in India and Singapore, to just shy of $15 million in funding to date. The round was led by…

The price is right! Pace raises £2.5M to automate hotel room pricing based on demand

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:10 +0000
 Pace, a London startup that has developed tech that uses machine learning to let hotels set room prices dynamically based on demand, has raised £2.5 million in seed funding. The financing round is led by InterGlobe, with participation from Seedcamp, Speedinvest, and Amadeus Capital Partners. The company says it will use the new capital to invest in its tech and marketing teams.

INSIKT raises $50 million to lend to low-income communities

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:56:30 +0000
 Loans can be the hardest to get for the people who need them the most. An estimated 45 million Americans don’t have a credit score and others have trouble bringing up their scores, even if they are in a better financial position than in years past. While most lenders would consider low-income families with bad credit scores to be too risky, a startup called INSIKT believes that it…

Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso just raised venture funding for her new company

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:36:08 +0000
 Sophia Amoruso famously founded the retailer Nasty Gal, growing it from an eBay store that sold vintage items to a darling of the fashion world that was seeing more than $300 million in sales at one point. Somewhere along the way, however, Nasty Gal lost its way. In the meantime, Amoruso is on to a new business, and now it’s venture-backed.

Fanchest raises $4M in seed funding to become the best gift for sports fans

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:31:03 +0000
 Here’s a great present for a sports fan this holiday season: Fanchest is a Brooklyn-based startup that curates and sends team-themed gift boxes as gift. The boxes start at $59 and include about $80 worth of apparel and gear from whatever pro or college team you choose. Today the startup has announced $4M in seed funding with a diverse group of investors like New Orleans Saints…

Lily raises $2M from NEA and others for a personal stylist service that considers feelings, not just fit

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:10:26 +0000
 One of the reasons recently IPO’d Stitch Fix became so popular among female shoppers is because of how it pairs the convenience of home try-on for clothing and accessories with a personal styling service that adapts to your tastes over time. But often, personal stylists bring their own subjective takes on fashion to their customers. A new startup called Lily aims to offer a more…

ispace just raised $90 million to launch two private moon missions by 2020

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:40:39 +0000
 Japanese company ispace has raised $90.2 million in a Series A funding round, an amount it’s calling the “largest ever” Series A in commercial space financing. The funding comes from Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Development Bank of Japan, Tokyo Broadcasting System, Konika Minolta and others, and will help the company continue its progress towards a very…

Indiegogo now lets you fund via token sale

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:52:09 +0000
 Crowdfunding service and Kickstarter-competitor Indiegogo is now offering an ICO service alongside its partner, MicroVentures. The company will allow users to participate in SEC-complaint ICOs and, like its slow-burning equity crowdfunding service, will pick and choose startups that match certain exacting criteria. These tokens sales will be SEC complaint and the sales are performed within…

Events management platform Bizzabo raises $15M growth round

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:24:58 +0000
 Just eight months after its last round of funding, events management platform Bizzabo has raised another $15 million. The new round, which brings Bizzabo’s total funding so far to $30 million, was led by Pilot Growth Equity, with participation from Maor Investments and returning investors.

NSI Ventures hits first close on new $125M fund for Southeast Asia

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:47:27 +0000
 There’s been pause since Southeast Asia last welcomed fresh venture capital, but one reload is on its way after NSI Ventures, an early investor in Indonesian unicorn and Uber rival Go-Jek, announced a first close of its second fund. The target is $125 million, which represents a significant increase on its first fund of $90 million. The firm said it has pulled in $75 million of…

FreightHub, a European ‘digital freight forwarder’, scores $20M Series A

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:00:34 +0000
 FreightHub, a Berlin and Hamburg-based startup that claims to be Europe’s first fully digital freight forwarder, has raised a $20 million Series A round, just 1.5 years since launch. The round is led by VC firm Northzone, with participation from existing investors. The latter includes Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital (GFC), Cherry Ventures, Cavalry Ventures, and La Famiglia.

Commerce platform iZettle raises $47M at a $950M valuation

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:00:17 +0000
 iZettle — the commerce platform based out of Stockholm that competes against companies like Square, Paypal and SumUp to provide card transactions using smartphones and tablets as well as related accounting services — has raised another €40 million ($47 million) as it approaches a $1 billion valuation. CEO and co-founder Jacob de Geer told TechCrunch the money will go towards…

Betting consumers are tired of bad bank behavior, Aspiration raises $47 million for its alternative

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:27:03 +0000
 A who’s-who of celebrities, investors and celebrity investors have come together to invest $47 million into Aspiration, the company launched by a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton to challenge the traditional banking industry.

Upstream Security reels in $9M Series A to protect connected cars

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:40:09 +0000
 Upstream Security, a new startup founded by two cyber security industry veterans, announced a $9 million Series A today to help protect connected vehicles and eventually autonomous cars. Today, that probably means a car using a service like OnStar to connect over the internet to your manufacturer for a menu of in-car services such as automated crash detection and stolen vehicle assistance. In…

Mindspace raises $20 million to launch co-working spaces in the US

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:37:39 +0000
 Co-working startup Mindspace recently raised $20 million as it gears up to launch its first two locations in the U.S. While Mindspace is looking to go big or go home in the U.S., it’s starting off slow with its first two locations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Mindspace started in Tel Aviv about four years ago and has since expanded to Germany, Poland and the U.K.

Clubhouse nets $10m Series A from Battery Ventures to make software development fun again

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:00:02 +0000
 People often describe work as a rat race, but for a lot of engineers, that isn’t too far off. Take one Jira ticket off the queue, fix the bug or add the feature, mark the ticket as complete and move as quickly as possible to the next ticket. Engineering for many organizations — perhaps despite the intentions of management — ends up being more like a deli counter or an I Love…

SEC shuts down Munchee ICO

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:24:33 +0000
 In what should be an interesting beginning to the coming avalanche of ICO failures, the SEC has come down hard on Munchee, a company that built a $15 million token sale. The SEC chairman recently noted that coin offerings are, in fact, securities and that pre-sale participants must be registered with the SEC. The Munchee ICO aimed to fund the MUN coin, a payment system for restaurant reviews.…

Homeis, a culture network for immigrants, launches and nabs $4m seed round led by Spark Capital

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:22 +0000
 Immigrating to a new country is one of the most challenging experiences any person can face. In a single instant, your social networks, your ability to communicate, and your knowledge of how a society functions disappears, and nearly everything has to be learned from scratch. That extraordinary dislocation is one reason why ethnic enclaves exist in large cities like New York City or San…

India’s Vahdam Teas raises $1.4M to bring fresher tea to your door faster

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:49:21 +0000
 Vahdam Teas, an e-commerce that’s focused on selling the freshest brews on the planet, has closed a Series A funding round worth $1.4 million to grow its business. The funding was led by new backers Fireside Venture, Mumbai Angels, Singapore Angel Network and undisclosed existing investors. The two-year-old company previously raised a $500,000 seed round from angels in January of this…

Max Levchin’s Affirm raises $200 million at a nearly $2 billion valuation

Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch - Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:27:45 +0000
 Affirm, the platform that helps consumers find financing, is getting some financing of its own. The San Francisco-based company confirmed that it’s raising $200 million, led by GIC, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Spark Capital are also participating. Affirm’s valuation is estimated to be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.

Press Releases

Investors have placed a one-way bet on Uber—which made us want to find a way to short it

Aug 05, 2016

http://qz.com/707947/investors-have-placed-a-one-way-bet-on-uber-which-made-us-want-to-figure-out-a-way-to-short-it/

In its first seven years of existence, Uber has irked cities, flouted regulators, and petrified whole industries. It has yet to make money but is worth a fifth more than BMW and almost a third more than General Motors, both the owners of tons of futuristic technology, tens of billions of dollars in capital equipment, and big profits. In recent deals resembling famous speculative bubbles, rich investors eager for a piece of this juggernaut have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into custom funds that provide exposure to Uber but no equity or financial disclosure.

Which is to say that investors have made a one-way, uber-bullish bet on Uber, forecasting that the company will be at the center of an utter transformation of our collective lifestyle. If not everyone is betting on it, they’re at least not betting against it. We can state that with some certainty because even if you want to short Uber—which you might wish to if only to hedge or to take on a bit of high-end risk—it is generally thought impossible to do.d.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s);


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Verizon to Acquire Yahoo for $5 Billion

Jul 25, 2016

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/25/verizon-to-acquire-yahoo.html

On Monday, Verizon Communications announced the plans to acquire Yahoo for approximately $5 billion in cash.

Share prices of both companies moved slightly higher in premarket trading after the announcement, but turned lower. By early afternoon, Yahoo was down 2.7%.

Verizon president of product innovation and new businesses, Marni Walden said on CNBC that the deal included Yahoo’s core operating business and patents. Walden said that the acquisition will help the telecom company in building a media company as it gives them the scale to increase their audience from millions to billions.

The transaction seems to boost Verizon’s AOL internet business by providing access to Yahoo’s advertising technology.


Press Releases

Kadmon Holdings $100 Million IPO Terms Set

Jul 14, 2016

Kadmon was founded by former ImClone CEO Sam Waksal and which is now led by his brother Harlan Waksal.

The New York, NY-based company plans to raise $100 million by offering 5.6 million shares at a price range of $16 to $20, with certain insiders having indicated on buying 40% of the deal. Additionally, Kadmon filed documents for top shareholders who are selling 1.4 million shares. At the midpoint of the proposed range, the value of the common shares outstanding post-offering will be $613 million; with the inclusion of the 830,000 underwriter over-allotment if exercised, the value of the common shares outstanding post-offering will be $628 million.

Kadmon Holdings, a biotech developing kinase inhibitors for autoimmune disease, fibrosis and solid tumors was founded in 2009. They booked $38 million for the past 12 months ending March 31, 2016. The company plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under $KDMN with target to go public week of July 25, 2016.


Press Releases

Kadmon Holdings, LLC Launches IPO

Jun 10, 2016

The Aeon Fund Team is pleased to announce that as of 7:52AM this morning, Kadmon Holdings LLC filed their S-1 with the SEC.

Kadmon Holdings is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company that develops products addressing the following diseases: autoimmune and fibrotic, oncological, and genetic. With Kadmon’s multi-disciplinary approach, the company has developed a series of products and drug pipelines to combat serious and rare diseases.

The IPO is filed to offer up to $115,000,000 in common stock as well as $25,000,000 in convertible term loans for a total of $140,000,000.

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Aeon Funds Launch Fiber Income Notes

Mar 22, 2016

(Newswire.net -- March 23, 2016) -- Aeon's newest investment opportunity, called Fiber Income Notes, are now available and have already been met with great enthusiasm. Investors seeking yield, security and favorable tax treatment have shown strong demand for the product. These Fiber Incomes Notes represent the second phase of the what began as an equity ownership in this long term project and partnership, acquired through the Aeon Fiber Opportunity Fund I, LP. The Aeon Fiber Opportunity Fund was launched in January, 2015.

Aeon Funds, along with operating partner, Delcom Telecommunications, a Florida-based "Fiber to the Home" telecommunications provider has developed an investment product that provides investors with a collateralized debt instrument, delivering a 6% yield, and offering tax advantages that are unique to income investments. The Fiber Income Notes have a 10-year term and are callable in 5 years at a 2% premium. Principal and interest payments are made monthly.

Brendan Rempel, one of the fund's managers, stated, " We have worked hard to satisfy the demand for an investment product that would diversify our client’s portfolios, and provide attractive returns with no correlation to the broader markets. In addition, we are able to allocate depreciation to the Fiber Note Holders that can be used against this income and other passive returns in investor's portfolios. In some cases, the Fiber Income Notes while yielding 6% could have a taxable equivalent yield of more than 10% depending on your tax bracket."

Don Smith, Founder and CEO of Delcom Telecommunications, Inc. summarized , we believe an investment in our active Ethernet fiber-to-the-home model is a perfect collateralized, technology-diversified, piece to add to any investors portfolio. It affords the investor solid sheltered income, but puts them in the forefront of participating in this state of the art technology that will truly future-proof the communities it services with unsurpassed bandwidth, spectacular picture quality and thousands of other products that are now, or will be, available in the near future to our customers.

The Fiber Income Notes are collateralized by the installed infrastructure and the subsequent revenue from the Long-term Bulk Service Agreements executed between Delcom Telecommunications and the Home Owner Associations in Florida that Delcom provides with service.

The increase in demand for streaming content is causing a major need for faster broadband speeds, and the trend will continue. Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, SKYPE and FaceTime, along with other similar services, are creating the need for greater bandwidth capacity. These services are best provided through Fiber to the Home (“FttH”), which has seen double-digit growth year over year, and keeps increasing at a steady pace. This growing demand for Video‐On‐Demand (“VoD”) is causing a simultaneous need for greater bandwidth, and could provide investors in this space a healthy return on investment.

THE OPPORTUNITY STARTS IN FLORIDA

Numerous developments have been passed over throughout the country, despite these locations profit potential. In Florida alone, tens of thousands of gated communities and high-rise condos have been passed over for upgrades. The Florida market alone represents a substantial opportunity for our partner Delcom and its investors to begin capturing the growing demand for FttH. Residential properties managed by homeowners’ associations (“HOAs”) in Florida typically sign long‐term Bulk Service Agreements (“BSAs”) of seven to fifteen years, guaranteeing payment to their providers. Delcom’s future proofing model, Florida’s growing population, and the frequent use of BSAs are the ideal mix of features for an attractive tax favorable alternative investment, such as the Fiber Income Notes.

There will be Limited Supply.

While there will be ongoing Fiber Notes issuances, the notes are in limited supply and expected to be in high demand. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please click here or visit aeonfiber.fund. A representative of the fund can be reached at (732) 400-6102 or via email at info@aeonfund.com.

About Delcom,

Delcom, is a leading provider of community Solutions that combined the power of fiber with point-to-point delivery to the front door to open up a world of endless possibilities. To learn more please visit them delecomtele.net

About Aeon Funds

Invest in what's next. The Aeon Family of Funds is a collection of affiliated investment vehicles formed and operated to provide access to a variety of primary and secondary alternative investment products normally reserved for institutional investors. The Managers of each of the Aeon Funds focuses on finding, structuring, and offering opportunities for individual accredited and qualified investors to participate in the enterprises shaping our future.

To learn more about a specific Aeon Fund, please visit Aeon.Fund

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