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Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is now working on Inrupt, a new platform that’s intended to decentralize the web and give users full control over how their personal data is used.

Everhour’s lessons learned from growing its SaaS business to $1M in ARR
Everhour co-founder Mike Kulakov recently wrote down his key learnings after scaling his business to more than a million dollars in annual recurring revenue.  It’s packed with great insightson product testing, looking for funding, and more.

After years spent lagging behind, now Microsoft is beating Apple at its own game
Microsoft was long seen as being weak in the hardware space, but that perception is quickly changing.  Its Surface Go 2, is being hailed as a serious threat to the MacBook Air, and the company is attracting attention for its renewed focus on design.

InVision is embracing remote work, and the productivity benefits that come with it
With more than 700 employees around the world, InVision epitomizes the concept of a distributed startup. This piece does an excellent job of breaking down how having a remote workforce can be a key asset, and how to maximize productivity with such a model.

Inside the ascent of Priscilla Chan, head of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative
An emerging leader in the startup world, Priscilla Chan is now the leader of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and she’s getting ready to place some serious investments – particularly in the healthcare sector, a key area of focus for CZI.

Basecamp’s founders on how to run a calm workplace
Basecamp’s co-founders have just released their latest book, “It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work”. It’s a simple, yet profound piece of work that explains how to grow one’s business without suffering from overwork – a must read for all founders.

The father of the Web has a radical new plan to transform the internet
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is now working on Inrupt, a new platform that’s intended to decentralize the web and give users full control over how their personal data is used.

Here’s how much startup executives really get paid (and why it matters)
Using data from a16z, this report from BusinessInsider details how much Silicon Valley startup executives are actually getting paid today, while exploring the variability in pay within the industry.

For many startups, Silicon Valley is no longer the place to be – here’s why
This piece illustrates how European startups are increasingly looking to grow in-market, rather than expanding into Silicon Valley – and it’s illustrative of a wider trend that’s seeing more entrepreneurs forgo the valley and seek capital and talent elsewhere.

How to know when it’s time to give up on your startup
Every great idea has a lifespan, and sometimes it’s hard to know when to call it quits on your startup idea. Serial entrepreneur Andrew Odendaal shares how to tell when it’s time to wind up one’s startup, and why self-awareness is so important.

Here’s why VCs are pouring a record $1B into coffee startups this year
This year, VCs are expected to invest more than a billion dollars in coffee startups for the first time ever. The increased investor interest is being driven by an overall increase in coffee consumption, as well as several recent exits by major coffee brands (such as Blue Bottle Coffee, which was acquired by Nestle last year for $425M).


MeetInstaaa, the tool that lets you launch a product to thousands with a click

Developer startup Jfrog has just landed a $165M in funding

Facebook is partnering with Singapore’s government on a new data-focused startup accelerator

Electric vehicle startup Aspark has just unveiled the world’s fastest-accelerating car

SMRT’s new startup helps any organization provide on-demand mobility services

After raising $220M in funding, Rappi is Latin America’s newest unicornAmazon has quietly launched an accelerator program to create more brands

Twitter is rolling out a “data saver mode” to make its mobile app more efficient

LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman is about to put $1.5B of his fortune into high-impact investing bets

This ex-Uber exec is launching a mental health startup, and it’s now out of stealth mode



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