Entrepreneurship

Moving to college is hard. Back in the olden days you would have to pack your ink wells, quills and all manner of other useless crap just to survive the arduous task of learning. But NO MORE. Now these days – whether knowingly or not – there are a string of startups that are ready to make life easier for would-be students.

Remember networking before LinkedIn? No, me neither. Now, every day, our inboxes are inundated with emails such as “would you like to upgrade to premium?” or “would you like to congratulate Dave on their new position?”.

The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” has enacted major changes for healthcare providers since it was enacted at the start of President Obama’s first term. Perhaps the two biggest changes to the system have been the “individual mandate,” requiring that all Americans maintain health insurance coverage, and the opening of health care exchanges in each state.

SaaS – or Software as a Service – platforms are all the rage. Essentially a business model where software is licensed and distributed from a central location, SaaS companies can now be found in telecoms, human resources, and more. Here are four that are blazing trails right now:

Remittance fees – the charges applied to international monetary transfers – are a pain. Sums of money that have already been earned can take a serious knock when transfer services get their hands on them. Luckily, new app Kwiksy is taking power away from transfer vendors.

Firefox enjoys a position close to preeminence, doesn’t it? Sure Chrome is flashy and enjoyable, and Vivaldi might be the new kid on the block, but Firefox just sits there, quietly confident in its own considerable abilities.

Today, there’s a complete disrespect for what it takes to build a business. Too many people think they can become an entrepreneur overnight and establish a real business in a 1-2 year window, but it’s just not realistic.

I wasn’t going to let anybody in the world—not the media, not my friends, not my detractors, nobody—define who I was.

The machine revolution has begun, artificial intelligence is here. The latest advancements in machine learning look to transform whole industries, redefining the workforce and in many instances replacing human interactions. Seemingly human chatbots, designed to make people happier in China elicit responses of love and friendship. Mark Zuckerberg wants one in his home, a personal AI butler likened to Marvel’s Jarvis; a being that would not only control home lighting and ambiance, it would also answer the door and recognize Mark’s friends.

We have just lived through the greatest era of fake entrepreneurs. It was a second-wave dot-com boom that lasted five to six years, when money was so readily available (many have referred to it as the Age of the Unicorns) that it felt like anybody could get in on the “become-an-entrepreneur” game. People believed that raising several millions of dollars for a business meant that they were a successful entrepreneur.