Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco

Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco

THE NEW YORK TIMES | In search of reasonable rent, the middle-class backbone of San Francisco — maitre d’s, teachers, bookstore managers, lounge musicians, copywriters and merchandise planners — are engaging in an unusual experiment in communal living: They are moving into dorms.

Spotify Should Model Netflix According To Industry Insider

Spotify Should Model Netflix According To Industry Insider

ANDROID HEADLINES | Spotify should become its own record label according to one industry expert. The world’s biggest streaming service recently announced plans for its own initial public offering but after confirming a huge loss of $1.5 billion in 2017, a number of investors appear to be pretty reluctant when it comes to investing in the company.

Spotify is hemorrhaging money and it needs to become Netflix to stop the bleeding

Spotify is hemorrhaging money and it needs to become Netflix to stop the bleeding

MARKETS INSIDER | Spotify's direct public offering confirmed potential Spotify investors' biggest fear — that music rights and licensing fees were a huge cost of doing business. But one industry expert believes there’s one way for Spotify to break out of the music industry's chain: become a music label themselves.

Don't Try to Be 'Disruptive.' To Really Have an Impact, You Need to Reverse Engineer the Future.

Don't Try to Be 'Disruptive.' To Really Have an Impact, You Need to Reverse Engineer the Future.

ENTREPRENEUR | The inventor and author Ray Kurzweil likes to say that the next 100 years will resemble 20,000 years of progress if we continue to innovate at our current rate. I think rather that next 15 years will feel like walking into the future -- the way it must have felt at the turn of the 20th century.

How Much Do Spotify And Record Labels Still Need Each Other?

How Much Do Spotify And Record Labels Still Need Each Other?

BILLBOARD | So far, Spotify's relationship with the recording business has resembled many marriages, says MIDiA Research managing director Mark Mulligan: A passionate honeymoon, followed by a series of arguments over which partner is in charge, and then a realization that both depend on each other.

Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything

Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything

TechCrunch | Who needs Amazon when you can make your own online distribution channel? At least, that’s the idea behind Grove Collaborative, a natural home care products company that ships natural cleaning brands like Method and Mrs. Meyer’s.

Parlaying Failure to Fortune with Paul Martino

Parlaying Failure to Fortune with Paul Martino

Software Engineering Daily | In 2003, Paul Martino co-founded Tribe.net, one of the earliest social networking sites. Tribe had significant traction, with hundreds of thousands of users. In the early 2000s, hundreds of thousands of users was enough traffic to pose a company with engineering challenges. Paul had studied computer science, and was able to use his knowledge of high-performance computing to write an efficient graph database, and solve the other technical puzzles that the company faced–but the business did not ultimately work out.

How to tell when someone is talking BS about AI

How to tell when someone is talking BS about AI

The Drum | With the upcoming Dmexco and Ad WeekNew York trade shows on the horizon, the words 'Artificial Intelligence', or 'AI', are likely to be ringing in the ears of attendees. The Drum probes experts on how to tell who actually knows what they're talking about, and who is just using another buzzword.

Cannabis website Herb raises $4.1M

Cannabis website Herb raises $4.1M

TechCrunch | We get a lot of weed-related pitches at TechCrunch, but most of them don’t come with the pedigree of Herb‘s investors. Herb is announcing today that it has raised $4.1 million in seed funding led by Lerer Hippeau Ventures, with participation from Slow Ventures, Buddy Media co-founder Michael Lazerow, Bullpen Capital, Shiva Rajarama, Liquid 2 Ventures (the firm led by football legend Joe Montana), Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke, Shopify COO Harley Finkelstein and Adam Zeplain.

MLB players promote dedicated social app with Lucktastic games

MLB players promote dedicated social app with Lucktastic games

Mobile Marketer | The Major League Baseball Players Association, the collective bargaining representative for players in the league, granted a license to sweepstakes app Lucktastic to create free scratch cards that feature star baseball players. MLBPA Fun Packs will be released each week for the remainder of the 2017 season, according to a release made available to Mobile Marketer.