Knock out! Dutch startups battle it out in the ringGet in the Ring is a global pitch competition held in 80 countries. Six regional finalists in thee weight classes compete in a one-on-one ‘fight’ throughout five rounds – team, achievements, business model and market, financials and proposition, and freestyle. Here are the six Dutch startups that battled it out last night.
7 essential personal safety apps for emergency situationsIn a time when everyone is far too familiar with incidents of natural and unanticipated disaster, there is a great need to explore faster and more effective methods of activating relief efforts. Communications technologies — including social and mobile tools — play an ever increasing role in emergency response and rescue efforts, as well as overall personal safety.
10 mHealth companies cooler than Life AlertMobile health (mHealth) is a rapidly growing area of health technology with significant potential to improve care processes such as medication compliance, safety monitoring, health information, access to care and communication with providers. Smartphones and other mobile computing devices are everywhere, enhancing the potential to assess and improve health. Senior citizens especially stand to benefit from these new technologies.
5 major cyber hacks and the tools that might stop them next timeOn the internet, hackers and security breaches are a fact of life. Every tech company out there has to take steps to secure their data against attacks. Sometimes when big-name companies are the target of attacks, glaring oversights in their security measures come to light.
11 fitness technologies that won’t let you skip leg dayNot a day goes by without a new fitness app, activity tracker or connected device promising to turn you into the ultimate athlete or yoga master. Fitness is such an active market that simply keeping track of it on Index probably has me burning more calories than I could eat in a day!
10 stellar NewSpace initiatives that are out of this worldWe've put a man on the moon, a rover on Mars, and there are continuously astronauts aboard the International Space Station. We've achieved a lot in space, but there's always more progress to be made! NewSpace initiatives are bringing exciting new technologies and the tech-startup mentality to the space... space.
10 logo redesigns that missed the (brand)markThe foundation of any brand is its logo. As such, with every redesign, a brand risks alienating its core following, who then flock to social media to broadcast their disapproval. Here are ten examples of of logo redesigns that slightly missed the (brand)mark.
‘There’s an Airbnb for that’: 5 services for your specific sharing needsWhen startup markets expand, some of the services new companies offer tend to get oddly specific. Here are some companies that took the Airbnb model and decided to focus on some very niche audiences with, in some cases, some very particular needs.
Why you need to pay attention to Switzerland as a startup nationSwitzerland is no stranger to innovation. Einstein published some of his most influential and revolutionary works at the University of Zurich, and the world’s first webserver was Tim Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer at CERN, on which he also wrote the first Web browser. When it comes to startups, everything is in place to create home-runs; mind-blowing technology, leading research facilities and a track record of some of the sharpest minds in the world. Here's why you should be looking to Sw...
Generation Y-Not: These 10 young entrepreneurs didn’t let age hold them backThere was a time when the phrase ‘young entrepreneurs referred to people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who founded Microsoft and Apple respectively at ages 23 and 21. Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook at 19. Following this trend, entrepreneurs are getting younger and younger. So young, in fact, the latest crop of founders includes CEOs who haven’t yet legally become adults – some aren’t even old enough to drive.
The future is now: 6 startups bringing science fiction to lifeWe all get hyped for the gadgets and technologies that could make our lives look like a badass science fiction movie: drones, hoverboards, robotics, VR, AR, self-driving cars or even flying cars (which for some obscure reason still persist as part of our expectations as nobody seems to realize that a car that flies is called a plane). While futuristic startups surely get more attention from the public and in popular media, it doesn’t necessarily convert into big investments. Whether ...
5 highly specific dating appsThere are those out there who believe the increasing popularity of dating apps like Tinder is killing traditional dating. Whether that's the case or not, one thing is clear: dating apps are so popular that there are endless variations on the same idea. Some of these apps cater to the most niche audiences imaginable. Here is a list of five of the most specific (and odd) examples we could find.
6 tech startups sowing seeds for the future of cannabisFollowing the legalization of cannabis in several states, a whole market is starting to form around this newly available product. Naturally, tech startup founders are not ones to miss out. More and more tech startups are jumping into the fray to see how green their thumbs can get. Here are six of those companies with high growth potential.
Music, state, and venture capital: A tech guide to Austin.Right in the heart of Texas lies Austin; a liberal-minded city famous for its music and food scenes, and increasingly its tech scene. Austin is home to over 900 tech startups, and has produced a few big exits already (including Homeaway and RetailMeNot). Read on to find out what makes this city tick, how it builds successful startups and what keeps Austin weird.
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