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Zenefits Under Investigation In California

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techcrunch.com - The hits just keep on coming at the embattled cloud human resources software provider Zenefits, as the California Department of Insurance has begun an investigation into its licensing practices. Th...

GGV Capital Is Raising a Giant New Fund

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techcrunch.com - GGV Capital, a 15-year-old, cross-border venture fund that invests in both U.S. and China-based companies, is raising a giant new fund, shows a new SEC filing that lists a target of $880 million do...

This bill would stop the ongoing saga of the incredible shrinking airline seat

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mashable.com - As the behinds of people in the U.S. have gotten bigger, airplane seats have gotten smaller — faster. But one U.S. politician is determined to make economy seating feel a bit less like a cattle pen...

Silicon Valley rebels grudgingly learn to play by the rules

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mashable.com - The hottest new club in Silicon Valley is the regulatory compliance office. Zenefits is a fast-growing human resources company that received a staggering $4.5 billion valuation last May after barel...

Mobile Payments Startup Payleven Raises Another $10M

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techcrunch.com - The days of Square clones popping up, everywhere you looked and capitalizing on Square’s conservative approach to global expansion, are long gone. But those startups are not. And today, one of them...

Google Finally Expands Europe’s Search Delisting To Google.com Domain

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techcrunch.com - It’s taken well over a year for Google to shift its position but the search giant is finally buckling to European data protection regulators’ demands to apply granted search delisting requests on t...

Tunisia Is Becoming The Middle East’s Next Startup Hub

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techcrunch.com - Madeleine Moreau is a senior political risk analyst with Global Risk Insights, specializing in emerging market strategy in the Middle East. Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia’s new democracy ha...

In Race to Build Kid-Activity Subscription Services, Pearachute Raises $1.2 Million

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techcrunch.com - They’re starting to crop up here and there, new startups that have appropriated the monthly class-pass model and are focused on children’s activities. Last month, a New York-based startup called Ki...

BBVA Shuts In-House Venture Arm, Pours $250M Into New Fintech VC Propel Venture Partners

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techcrunch.com - BBVA — the Spanish banking giant that acquired Simple in the U.S. and last year made a $67 million investment in still-stealth mobile-only bank Atom in the UK — is changing up how it plans to inves...

PayPal Matches Stripe With Its Own Native Shopping Toolkit For Apps

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techcrunch.com - PayPal’s first acquisition after it separated from eBay in 2015 was of a young startup called Modest, which had built a platform for small businesses to integrate buy buttons across third-party app...

Groupon Soars 23% On Favorable Earnings

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techcrunch.com - Not dead yet, deal site Groupon soared 23% in initial after-hours trading, following a better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings release. The company beat analyst forecasts, bringing in $917 mil...

Startups Selling To Other Startups: A House Of Cards?

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techcrunch.com - Bastiaan Janmaat is co-founder and CEO of DataFox Intelligence. “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” the saying goes. Well, if you’re running a startup that sells to other startups, you might b...

Gunn Report For Media 2015

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campaignlive.co.uk - The most-awarded work in 2015 made use of tech and data - and brought fame to brands too, Gideon Spanier writes. Media agencies have always known that the medium can be as important as the message....

Magazine ABCs: ShortList leads men's mags for print/digital

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campaignlive.co.uk - ShortList has the highest combined print and digital circulation of any men's magazine in the UK and Ireland at 505,562, according to figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The top two spot...

Zero-based budgeting: marketing's latest fad

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campaignlive.co.uk - Setting a budget can be a crude and unsatisfactory process. Any of these scenarios sound familiar? You have been given a 20 per cent growth target this year because you managed (by bringing your te...

'I hope we will still be cousins': Levy on Brexit, UK and Publicis restructure

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campaignlive.co.uk - Publicis Groupe's chief executive, Maurice Lévy, has said the group's performance in the UK in 2015 was "better than expected", despite the 4.4 per cent drop in revenues. He spoke to Campaign after...

Pepsi's brand and marketing investment boosts profit in turbulent market... and more

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marketingmagazine.co.uk - Welcome to Marketing's Breakfast Briefing, a daily shot of news and a recap of the best longer reads and videos. PepsiCo announced a 31% hike to $1.73bn in net profit for its fourth quarter results...

How can entrepreneurs best break up with a business partner? | @YEC

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smartblogs.com - The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization composed of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual m...

Why a CEO Must Always Know Their Audience · John Mattone

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johnmattone.com - Successful venture capitalists know from experience that the most successful businesses are the ones that remain connected with their company’s audience – their customers. It may sound easy, but it...

David Connor

David Connor is CEO of eightytwenty, Ireland's Digital Creative Agency of the Year and a regular presenter on the digital and communications industry.

Editor's note

'For the first time in five hundred years, emergent behaviour is running ahead of the so-called hegemony of understanding communications. Essentially, people are back to being at the centre of the solar system and a brand that doesn't understand this, and can't surround the individual in the centre with different platforms of activity, will lose traction and meaning' Richard Seymour. His sentiment captures the theme underpinning evolutionRevolution.
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