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Bidding Website Rentberry May Be the Startup of Your Nightmares

Rentberry has been operating in test cities and angering affordable housing advocates since 2016. But with its new expansion into 1,000 cities in the United States, the rental bidding website is about to piss off a lot more people. Read More >>

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Makers Launches ‘Google For Founders’

Startup founders and wannabe entrepreneurs now have their own search engine in the form of Makers Search, a vertical search engine created by Berlin-based pre-seed investor Makers. Read More >>

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Online Platform Teaches Dying Languages To Save Them From Extinction

There are heaps of ways to learn languages online, from intensive tutored courses to fun cartoony apps. You can even learn made-up languages, like Dothraki, Klingon and Esperanto - a fact that must be somewhat frustrating to Inky Gibbens, founder of the Tribalingual platform for dying languages. Read More >>

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Lessons From the Sexting App Whose Partyboy CEO Blew Millions Before Burning Out

There’s no shortage of catastrophic flame-outs in tech. Take, for example, junk science blood-testing startup Theranos, which raised obscene amounts of venture capital only to be sued by its own investors, close its labs, and come under criminal investigation. (Move fast and break stuff, right?) But what could have led to the downfall of humble chat app Fling? Read More >>

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Olympic Swimmer Phelps Wants To Get Into Tech

23-time gold medallist Michael Phelps says he would "love to get involved" with the tech world, according to an interview with . Read More >>

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The Men Who Run Startups Blame Lack of Diversity on Everyone Else

There is a well-documented problem with diversity in the male-dominated tech world. Who’s to blame? A new survey of some of the most powerful future Silicon Valley millionaires reveals that men, shockingly, want to blame everyone and everything but the tech industry itself. Read More >>

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CIA-Backed Startup Palantir Is Coming For Your Kids

Palantir, a secretive startup funded in part by the CIA’s investment arm In-Q-Tel, had a booth at Google’s “Geek Street” fair in New York City’s Union Square today. Read More >>

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Beyoncé Startup, Beyoncé Startup, Beyoncé Startup

Hold up, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is now a tech investor! Bey has invested $150,000/£115,702 into a startup called Sidestep as part of her management company, Parkwood Entertainment. That’s not a tonne of cash, but it’s at least enough to pay a few telephone bills, to say nothing of those pesky startup automo’ bills. It will certainly pay for a few glasses of lemonade. Read More >>

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Vegan Mayo Startup Paid Contractors to Buy Its Culinary Abomination

Hampton Creek is a Silicon Valley startup that sells, among other products, an eggless mayonnaise substitute called Just Mayo. The company reportedly had some surprising “customers,” however: people it paid to buy the product. Oh, Silicon Valley. Always looking to disrupt the natural order of things. Read More >>

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Watch the Years-Long Process of Turning a Tree Into a Bowl

The adage goes, “measure twice, cut once”. Frank Howarth’s projects are a little more complicated than the average woodworker’s, so he measures a slew of times, cuts out test pieces, and yes, still makes mistakes. But it’s all in pursuit of the perfect bowl. Read More >>

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Insane Startup Wants to Create a Man-Made Meteor Shower For the 2020 Olympics

In today’s ‘I can’t believe they’ve been funded’ news, a startup called Star-ALE wants to create a man-made meteor shower over the city of Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics opening ceremonies. But unlike fireworks, this pyrotechnics show will be visible from an area over 120 miles across Japan. Read More >>

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Would You Pay £345 a Week to Live in This Glorified Hostel?

The housing crisis is edging an entire generation out of the most expensive cities on the planet. But what if you could still live in those cities, moving between them like a digital-age vagabond, sharing well-appointed apartments for short stints with likeminded globetrotters? That’s the promise of a new co-living startup called Roam. Read More >>

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This Portable Shower Reuses the Same Water for Two Whole Weeks

Indoor plumbing and unlimited clean water aren’t available everywhere. That’s why this clever, compact shower that recycles the same water several times—after purifying it after each use!—seems very handy. Read More >>

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Scale is a Sound-Absorbing Modular Wall That’s Perfect For Startups

Design company Layer has created a new modular system capable of replacing rubbish plasterboard walls and temporary partitions. Named Scale, the quick-to-assemble, environmentally-friendly system is claimed to be sound-absorbing, and therefore could prove a promising option for startup incubators. As it's supposed to be easy to install, fast-growing companies could increase the size of their workspace at any point, rather than wasting time trying to find a new home, all while blocking out their neighbours' brainstorms. Read More >>

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What Happens When Your Dad Is Killed While Staying In an Airbnb

With over one million unregulated listings globally, critics of Airbnb have long said it’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt at one of the startup’s rentals. The most nightmarish scenario possible happened to a writer who is now coming forward: On Thanksgiving Day 2013, his father died from injuries sustained at the Airbnb where his family was staying. Read More >>