Innovation Digest: from 3D Liver to Beer Sensors

Amazon Reaches Out to Individual Bookstores: Amazon announced a program, Amazon Source, to allow independent bookstore owners to sell its popular reading devices, the Kindle. In return, the booksellers receive a small payment on each sale and a commission on all e-books the...

Business Digest: Jobs Growth, California Town Bankruptcy

Strong Jobs Growth: In October, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 204,000 and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in leisure and hospitality, retail trade, professional and...

Behind the Scenes: Startup Internship Program

At a time when entrepreneurship is hailed as the Next Big Thing, and everyone secretly envisions themselves as an undiscovered, underappreciated Steve Jobs in the making, there is a kind of romance in the idea of working at a startup. During his talk on campus a month ago, Alexis...

Y Combinator: Looking Beyond the Application

In the minds of many entrepreneurs, a startup graduating from Y Combinator walks away with a crown. Indeed, this increasingly influential incubator is more than a “financial aid office,” using a college example. It helps admitted startups pave the trails not only to...

Pinterest + Gumroad: Building Products People Love

Whether you’re an up-and-coming comic book artist or a big-name musician like Eminem or Ellie Goulding, chances are you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to sell your product directly to your audience. You’ve probably thought “Why is it so easy to share something for free on...

Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran Talks Failure

Barbara Corcoran is not someone we would associate with failure. A frequent face on ABC’s Shark Tank, she co-founded the real estate business the Corcoran Group in 1973, and has gained a prominent reputation in the New York real estate scene as a notable investor and commenter....

KeyMe: The Solution to Locking Yourself Out

Ninety million people in the US have experienced the frustration of accidentally locking themselves out of their homes. Chances are, you are one of them. What do you do then? Most of the time, you call a locksmith, and spend $200 and precious time waiting to get a new lock and...