UK Startups Call On Politicians To Improve Visas, Broadband, Skills, Regulation

TechCrunch

Ahead of the next General Election, over 150 UK tech startups and investors have backed a new “Startup Manifesto” (in PDF or Slideshare) aimed at lobbying the main UK political parties to shape policy towards a tech-driven society.

The non-partisan 24-point Startup Manifesto, published by the non-profit Coalition for a Digital Economy (known as Coadec) asks policymakers to — among others things — invest in super fast broadband and relax rules on hiring international talent, including streamlining visas for entrepreneurs and graduates, and improve the teaching of coding in schools.

The backers of the Manifesto, include a who’s-who of the UK tech scene including King,TransferWise, SwiftKey, Lovestruck, Funding Circle, MOO, Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, Passion Capital, Techstars London, Seedcamp and Accel Partners.

The Manifesto, put together by Coadec Executive Director Guy Levin (a former economic adviser to the Chancellor, George Osborne MP, when he was in Opposition) has received…

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Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.”
Book of Five Rings

A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and thenimplementing the idea.

A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival.

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I was driving home from the BIO conference in San Diego last month and had lots of time for a phone call with Dave, an ex student and now a founder who wanted to update me on his Customer Discovery progress. Dave was building a mobile app for matching college students who needed to move within a local area with potential local movers. He described his idea like “Uber for moving” and while he thought he was making real progress, he needed some advice.

Customer Discovery
As the farm fields flew by on the interstate I listened as Dave described how he translated his vision into

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What Happened To Jennifer Lawrence Was Sexual Assault

The Belle Jar

TW for talk of sexual assault, victim blaming, misogyny

You’ve probably heard about the nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence that were leaked online yesterday. The leak also included nude pictures of Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and several other women, but, naturally, it’s Lawrence who’s drawing most of the heat because she’s super-famous right now. She’s also known for being charmingly awkward and honestly if I had to place any bets I would guess that most people were hoping that she would respond to this with some kind of hilariously crass Real Talk about sex and her body and being naked. I keep seeing comments by people who want her to provide the punchline to this joke; what they don’t seem to understand is that this is not a joke, this is a form of sexual assault.

Jennifer Lawrence and the other women involved in this leak were photographed…

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How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries

TechCrunch

Editor’s note:Daniel Marovitz is CEO of Faculty of 1000. Prior to that, he was the CEO and co-founder of buzzumi, a cloud, enterprise software company.

Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is earned by a few powerful publishers that enjoy profit margins of up to 40 percent. Inflated subscriptions sold to academic libraries keep them moving ahead because the librarians feel they have no choice but to buy. These companies add little value to the actual publishing product but they are entrenched.

Many forces are now at work to change the status quo which has existed for more than 100 years.

The primitive publishing model employed by these publishers is actually a detriment to science. Research paid for by taxpayers is often restricted behind pay walls, major breakthroughs that could potentially save lives languish in articles…

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The FCC To Host Net Neutrality Round Tables

Fingers crossed something good will come out of this !

TechCrunch

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host four “Open Internet Round Tables” to discuss a number of topics that relate to net neutrality.

The six sessions start with basic questions regarding the brass tacks of net neutrality itself, moving into the more technical aspects of the idea. The economics of broadband, a related topic, will also be discussed. According to the FCC, the sessions will help it “further develop” its “understanding of the issues” at hand.

At the risk of being too pleasant on a Monday morning, the idea isn’t a bad one. Discussing net neutrality issues will allow for more granular arguments and, hopefully, less space for generic statements of broad philosophical bent that do little to advance the conversation.

Here’s the schedule:

  • September 16 (morning): Policy Approaches to Ensure an Open Internet
  • September 16 (afternoon): Mobile Broadband and the Open Internet
  • September 19 (morning): Effective Enforcement of Open Internet…

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FashionTech

Refinery’s insight into some of the big FashionTech companies.

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And after L’Oreal’s new app Makeup Genius they are looking at other BeautyTech innovators.

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Fashonista gives a list of some of the BeautyTech they have noticed, it is all very mod. Check it out

And HERE is a look back at what Fashionista said about FashionTech last year… How are these companies doing now?

Messaging gets a virtual reality twist with new app Traces

Gigaom

The day has arrived, perhaps sooner than you’d predict: The messaging craze has gotten its own virtual reality upgrade. And no, it’s not some weird birth child out of the Facebook-Oculus Rift lab.

Not content to compete with the simple sharing of the Snapchats and the WhatsApps, British neuroscientist Dr. Beau Lotto conceived of Traces. It’s an interactive app where users can only see notes from their friends when they’re standing in a particular place. Geolocation meets messaging meets augmented reality meets tech brains everywhere exploding.

If you can get over the Silicon Valley-ness of the whole concept, the app is a window into marketing and communication in the future, and perhaps has something to do with Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift. It’s also just really cool.

Users select a contact, then add whatever media they want to their message. That can be a piece of music, text, a…

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