Startups

No one likes to talk about it, but the odds of an individual startup making it are pretty daunting. If you want to shift those odds in your favor, one of the most important things to do is to understand where the potential traps are.

While the global economy has proved to be fertile soil for launching small to mid-sized businesses, there has never been a time in which the competition in the small business arena has been as intense as it is currently. The exceptional level of competition has forced business owners to look for ways to improve their competitive edge, and one of the most effective ways of doing this is to enhance efficiency by improving overall business processes. Business process management has become a central focus among businesses, and it has led to a substantial increase in the purchase of business process management software.

The considerable hype that Jet.com received prior to its launch created high hopes for the subscription shopping program. In the months and days leading up to its debut, Jet CEO and founder Marc Lore tried again and again to downplay the notion that his company would compete head-to-head with Amazon. Those efforts failed, but now that it’s live, consumers and analysts can and will decide on their own whether it fulfills their expectations — not to mention Lore’s recurring promises.

Valuation is one of those ubiquitous words: at least when it comes to discussions around startups — and, of course, stock market multiples. But it can be confusing because there is not just one type.

The REACH NeXT site is live and ready for you to Apply To Pitch if you have a startup, or buy tickets if you’d like to attend. It’s set to be the most exciting tech event to hit Los Angeles. Attendance will be limited to 1000 people, which will include startups, members of the press, top tier talent and some of the most prominent venture funds.

ScholarshipOwl, a free online membership service that matches students to U.S. college and graduate-school scholarships and then automates the application process, has opened the beta version of its service to all users. During a closed part of the beta process, the site attracted more than 25,000 members.

Its that time of the week folks! Get your day started with your weekly dose of tech news in 60sec. This is episode 3 of the TechZulu Tech Wrap. Produced by PodShare’s Elvina Beck and Kera Package for July 13-19, 2015.

Entrepreneurship is undergoing many technological changes. The rise of powerful new tools for automation and management of business tasks is taking the world by storm, because it lets one entrepreneur accomplish much more with their time than they ever could before. That opens up new possibilities for them in terms of what to do with their business and how long they can run it alone.

Techstars Disney Accelerator class of 2015 was announced yesterday. The ten companies in this year’s program represent a diverse cross-section of technologies, and are inspired by their visions for the applicability of these technologies in the media space.

We’ve always been huge advocates of startups. So it brings not only TechZulu, but also Gadget Review great pleasure to announce a partnership with Microsoft.

In the coming weeks we will begin to search out qualified startups who can take advantage of what Microsoft has to offer. Is that you? If so, we want to hear from you.