Small Business

Bookstore struggling with minimum wage hike gets a lifeline

Alan Beatts was set to close his bookstore this year, after San Francisco voted to hike the city's minimum wage to $15. But Borderlands Books got a lifeline from customers to stay open another year.  More

Control everything with the tap of a button

IFTTT's new Do apps make one-button shortcuts for automated tasks.  More

5 startups that are reimagining the world

Bricks that grow from microorganisms, household garbage turned into art, three-wheeled bike-cars -- these startups are redefining urban living.  More

Pope Francis has arrived ... as a 'plush doll'

Toymaker Bleacher Creatures adds 10-inch collectible Pope Francis to its iconic line of plush figures of athletes, comic book characters and superheros.  More

Is this Richard Branson's next investment?

A few entrepreneurs got the chance to pitch Richard Branson on his private island as part of the first-ever Extreme Tech Challenge. Here's what happened.  More

Game is not over in United Airlines vs 22-year-old

Visitors to Aktarer Zaman's Skiplagged website  More

This company is making luxury jewelry with a 3-D printer

Meet Aaron Issac, the 25-year-old entrepreneur who is getting into the jewelry business and putting a new twist on an old classic.  More

BlackBerry fans rejoice. This gadget is for you

BlackBerry fans rejoice. This gadget is for you  More

Wedding dresses women want, backed by data

Wedding startup Loverly uses its data to create a line of bridesmaid and wedding dresses, designed by Anthropologie designer Eva Franco.  More

Is this the world's most expensive chocolate?

A single bar of this hand-crafted dark chocolate, made from cacao seeds from an Ecuadorian forest, will set you back $260.  More

Israeli startup's unique cybercrime solution

Venture capital firms pour $18 million into a new Tel Aviv based cybersecurity foundry called Team8. Part founder, part accelerator, and part VC, can this unique approach to building cyber security solutions work?  More

Money can buy you love -- or at least make you datable

Singles just don't know how to mingle online. And it's a growing business opportunity that firms like Virtual Dating Assistants, Profile Polish and Live Dating Advice are eying.  More

15-year-old steps down from startup because ... high school

Noa Mintz, founder of Nannies by Noa, hired a full-time CEO to take over the day-to-day of her growing nanny agency.  More

My RadioShack store will be fine

About 20% of all RadioShack stores are independently owned franchises. Many of them are thriving even as the parent company circles the drain.  More

Ferguson police explores 'less lethal' gun attachment

Alternative Ballistics demonstrates new weapon to Ferguson police.  More

Geolocate your keys -- or your cat

With lightweight smart tags called 'pixies,' you can keep tabs on the whereabouts of all your possessions.  More

He brings steam engines back to life

Scott Lindsay's skills are rare yet significant: He's one of the only people in the country who can restore historic steam locomotives.  More

Looking for a good job? Try these cities

New Brookings report lists top cities for 'advanced industries.' Fancy degree not needed.  More

Is this the Super Bowl's next GoDaddy?

Wix is advertising in the Super Bowl -- but it's just the latest tech unknown to make its debut there.  More

Shark Tank contestant may save SkyMall

One of the in-flight catalog's vendors wants to buy the company's assets and reinvent it for the Internet age.  More

How to skip the pre-blizzard frenzy in stores

On demand delivery startup WunWun is expecting its order volume to double by the time they close up shop on Monday. All thanks to a blizzard.  More

Hashtag #money. The business of the pound sign

First introduced in 2007 as way of sifting through Twitter's newsfeed, the hashtag has since spawned new tech businesses and become a pop culture phenom that retailers are cashing in on.  More

Hershey lawsuit angers fans of British chocolate in U.S.

Hershey has forced an importer to stop selling proper British chocolates in the United States, angering fans of Cadbury and Toffee Crisps.  More

Blue collar entrepreneurs

These five entrepreneurs took their blue collar experience and parlayed it into entrepreneurial ventures.  More

Gaza accelerator gets support from Silicon Valley

Gaza Sky Geeks, run by humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, is fighting to bring Silicon Valley's spirit to the Gaza Strip.  More

Self-service beer taps coming your way

Hate waiting for a cold beer refill? Startup PourMyBeer has a solution -- self-service beer walls and beer tables -- that's catching on.  More

Uncle Si's Iced Tea maker sues Duck Commander

Chinook USA blames 'Duck Dynasty' family for its bankruptcy filing.  More

Forget actors -- L.A. is full of wannabe Zucks

2014 was a banner year for Los Angeles' tech ecosystem. Startups raked in over $3 billion in funding, 188% more than the year before.  More

Uber partners with Boston on traffic data

Uber announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to provide ride data to the city of Boston. Don't worry: It's anonymized to protect riders' privacy.  More

Indian startup pays $50 million to compete with Yelp

Zomato acquires IAC-owned Urbanspoon, giving it a major foothold in the U.S. and Australian marketplaces.  More

People are more likely to open their wallets on this day

Kickstarter reveals its 2014 data from a banner year in crowdfunding projects.  More

Foie gras ban overturned in California

Federal judge in L.A. sides with foie gras producers.  More

Drone startups swoop up millions

Drone startup funding is up 44% from 2013. The latest drone darling, Ghost, has captured over $10.7 million from VCs and consumers. And its Indiegogo campaign isn't even over.  More

Oregon Trail returns, dysentery included

A nonprofit digital archive just added thousands of old favorites to its site -- from Oregon Trail to Sim City.  More

Yelp: You can trust our reviews

The FTC ends a year-long investigation into the review site's business practices and takes no action -- for the second time.  More

Cuban entrepreneurs take Startup 101

With low Internet penetration, access to information is one of the biggest challenges aspiring Cuban business owners face. StartUp Cuba aims to combat this.  More

This Colorado pot shop made $3.6 million last year

Toni Fox, owner of 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver says her business has made $3.5 million in revenue since her first pot sale a year ago.  More

No more tipping at this Pittsburgh restaurant

Bar Marco patrons won't be expected to leave a tip after the meal and employees will now be salaried with health care benefits.  More

Alibaba challenger raises $161 million

Alibaba has a new competitor called Wanda E-commerce. It's only four-months old but valued at $3 billion.  More

New bank could save the pot industry

A new lender could open in the next month, solving marijuana business owners' banking headache.  More

Grocery delivery startup banks $220 million

San Francisco-based Instacart raises a fresh round of funding, just six months after raising $44 million.  More

It's true. Everyone eats Chinese food on Christmas

According to data from Google Trends and GrubHub, Chinese food remains the most popular type of food order on Christmas.  More

Here's where all the Jews are hanging out on Xmas eve

Forget Chinese restaurants and theaters, Jews are going here for Christmas Eve. A growing number of savvy entrepreneurs are hosting events geared towards Jewish singles on Christmas Eve, and clubs are cashing in.  More

Unilever lays an egg: Drops Just Mayo lawsuit

Unilever sued Hampton Creek over its egg-free mayonnaise spread Just Mayo. But the company behind Best Foods and Hellman's mayonnaise has now dropped the lawsuit.  More

Alternative lenders are hot -- especially among millennials

With two recent IPOs and a digitally-inclined audience of entrepreneurs, non-traditional financing could finally get its big break.  More

Sell your holiday gift cards for cash

If you're looking to sell your holiday gift cards for cold hard cash... there's an app for that.  More

Reddit cofounder: The next Google is one visa away from leaving U.S.

Reddit's Alexis Ohanian has been vocal about the need for high-skilled visa reform. At stake? The country's position as a tech leader.  More

The heart of the Internet has been hacked

ICANN, the all-powerful but little-known organization that administers global website domain names, has been hacked.  More

Oprah-approved startup raises $6.25 million

News startup The Skimm announced a new round of funding, 1 million active readers, and plans to expand into a 'lifestyle brand.'  More

Cow farmers get high-tech tracking app

Brazilian startup BovControl is turning cows into data with a mobile app.  More

Google Ventures: less Ubers, more health care

The venture capital investment arm of the tech giant has quadrupled its funding of life sciences and health startups this year.  More

7 lifehacks to eliminate your holiday hassle

Whether curating the perfect gift or finding a pet-sitter, these startups offer time-saving services that might just seem like holiday magic.  More

Rahm Emanuel: How Chicago saved its small businesses

With a Bloomberg Philanthropies grant, Chicago doubled down on small business: It developed new funding programs, reduced the time it takes to open a restaurant by 33%, created training materials in five languages and supported new incubators.  More

DIY computer kit gives gift of coding

The London-based startup raised $1.5 million on Kickstarter for its do-it-yourself computer kit. And it's available to purchase in time for the holidays.  More

London's first cereal cafe milks nostalgia

London's new Cereal Killer Cafe is looking to capitalize on hipsters' growing nostalgia for kids' cereals from the 80s and 90s, including favorites such as Lucky Charms and Count Chocula.  More

Army turns soldiers into 3-D avatars

Manhattan-based Body Labs unveils plans to work with the U.S. Army to develop specialty armor for female soldiers as part of a two-year, $825,000 contract.  More

How Memphis is lowering crime and reviving neighborhoods

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton identified youth gun violence and neighborhood blight as the biggest issues facing his city. Here's how he used a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to improve them.  More

Hire a coder behind bars

San Quentin launched a coding class to give inmates a marketable skill -- both behind bars and once they get out.  More

Y Combinator makes push for diversity

Startup accelerator Y Combinator announced the addition of its first full-time black partner for minority outreach. But this isn't the firm's first foray into diversifying Silicon Valley.  More

Angel investing shouldn't just be for Silicon Valley

Angel Investors can be found all over America. But new rules could heavily restrict who can participate.  More

Pot sellers push 'Green Friday'

Colorado's marijuana stores are following the lead of other retailers and offering big deals on pot.  More

Crowdfunding helps Ferguson bakery rebuild

Natalie's Cakes and More has raised $84,000 through GoFundMe after protests trash store.  More

Ferguson looting: My bakery's window is busted

Baker is still baking, a day after shop windows smashed by rioters.  More

Obama's startup visa alternative

Obama doesn't have the authority to create a startup visa, but part of his reform announcement could include a workaround for entrepreneurs: 'parole status.'  More

High-skilled immigration fixes are just a band-aid

President Obama addressed some visa reforms for high-skilled, legal immigrants -- but experts say comprehensive reform is still necessary for the U.S. to stay competitive.  More

This 100 year old turkey is delicious

The Koch family farm breeds turkeys with a 20th century ancestry.  Play

In Cleveland, sheep could be key to city's renewal

Cleveland gets praise for its efforts to bring local healthy food to the community, including a mobile farmers market and a flock of sheep that mow the lawn.  More

Ferguson-area gun sales surge ahead of jury decision

Concealed carry permits are also soaring, fueled by fear of riots.  More

Alfred: A butler for the 99%

Alfred: A butler for the 99%  More

Meet Hong Kong's bagel banker

Bagel aficionado Rebecca Schrage works in finance by day and makes bagels by night.  More

Indian startup funding up 261%

Indian startup funding up 261%  More

Angel fund commits $3.5M to immigrant entrepreneurs

Unshackled is a new angel investment fund that aims to help foreign entrepreneurs work legally on their startups in the U.S.  More

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