Even when big local retailers hold sales, it can be difficult to find products priced better than those at less prominent stores or even overseas. However, with a bit of digging around you can usually turn up a few deals, and Dick Smith’s today-only sale, offering 10 per cent off a large number of items, is no exception. More »
New research conducted by an Indian high school student could help make visual content online more accessible to color blind users.
Animesh Tripathi, 17, is investigating algorithms that could determine how to most effectively adjust color schemes online. The technology would let color blind users consume content such as videos, images, and charts, which would otherwise be difficult for them to see, more easily.
"Some simple technical changes on the receiving end go a long way in enhancing the visual experience for the color blind," he told Mashable. "Devices tend to have magnifying and color-inversion features for visual problems, however, despite the prevalence of color blindness, there has not been any native, inbuilt feature that can correctvisual content at the press of a button." Read more...
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PreneurCast is a podcast for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. Each week, author and marketerPeteWilliams and digitalmediaproducerDom Goucherdiscuss entrepreneurship, business, internet marketing and productivity. This week, Pete and Dom discuss positive constraints — what they are and how they can help you focus, be more productive and achieve your goals. Pete [...]
In today’s connected world, brand advocacy is more vital than ever. Did you know that on average, 32 per cent of advocates recommend ten or more brands a year? It’s true. They do this via Facebook (35 per cent), email (57 per cent) and the good old word of mouth (a whopping 92 per cent!). [...]
Berlin-based travelcomparison platform GoEuro today announced a multi-million dollar investment led by Lakestar and including an unnamed angel investor from the travelindustry. The exact amount of the deal was not disclosed.
GoEuro, which allows users to compare the price and journey time of air, rail, and bus travel options in a single search, has had a bumper year.
The startup launched in May 2013 after announcing $ 4 million in seed funding from Hasso Plattner Ventures and BatteryVentures. It has since expanded its service beyond Germany to both the UK and Spain.
The startup claims it now serves almost 23,000 locations in these countries. It will use the latest funding round to launch in four more markets by summer 2014. In fact, GoEuro already has a position open on its jobs page for an Italian country manager.
On the funding, GoEuro CEO Naren Shaam said, “The Lakestar team brings to the company a strong background of B2C investment history and know-how, including the likes of Airbnb, Spotify, Skype, and Klarna. It is a vote of confidence not only for GoEuro but for the multi-mode travel space as a whole.
“Onlinetravel has traditionally been dominated by websites focused on air, hotel, and car rental, but the growing capability of rail and bus operators has opened the door to platforms which compare and combine rail, coach, and air travel on one site.”
Although GoEuro has plenty of financial backing, it does find itself in a crowded industry in Europe. In its home town of Berlin the startup faces competition from Waymate, which launched last year and includes car travel, while ItalianstartupWanderio also lists the CO2 emissions for each option.
Successfully building these comparisonplatforms is no easy task, mostly because it requires relationships with large, beaurocratic travel organizations that often don’t want to give out proprietary data.
It does, however, have the potential to be very lucrative for the startup that manages to edge out its competition. When we talked to him last year, Shaam claimed the online travel market is worth roughly $ 320 billion in Europe.
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Many cash-poor businesses cut corners where they really can't afford to, legal affairs. Anna Pino, CEO of virtual accelerator Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, says they see many instances where start-ups have tried to cut costs by copying things like privacy policies and terms and conditions off the Internet, in the process putting their businesses at [...]
BarbaraCorcoran is a big name in business in New York. She started her own business in the 1970s and sold it in 2001 for a tidy $ 66 million. Since then, she has made a name for herself as an angel investor on one of those television based business pitchshows. And, good angel too [...]