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Jemstep provides algorithm-driven advice on how to save for retirement.

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Jemstep provides algorithm-driven advice on how to save for retirement.

Why You Should Consider Taking Financial Advice From a Computer

Simon Roy prefers computers to professional money managers because machines don’t work on commission. The dark truth about the financial services industry is that brokers such as those found at a big bank branch or a strip mall often receive...

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Matt Mickiewicz left 99designs to start DeveloperAuction, an online marketplace that matches engineers and employers.

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Matt Mickiewicz left 99designs to start DeveloperAuction, an online marketplace that matches engineers and employers.

How Donuts Gave Rise to Site Where Employers Can Bid on Engineers

As co-founder of web startup 99designs, Matt Mickiewicz relied on 30 recruiters to find engineering talent for his company in the hyper-competitive market of San Francisco. Results were so poor that when one finally got a prospect hired, the recruiter...

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At SXSW, Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, reminisced about the difficulties of building a business.

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At SXSW, Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, reminisced about the difficulties of building a business.

The Missed Airbnb Investment, Now Worth $250 Million

Airbnb Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky still crashes on couches. The difference is that now, Chesky, the co-founder of the service that lets people rent out rooms and homes online, doesn’t have to. Before the 6-year-old company took off, Chesky...

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Venture capital firms are swiping executives away from Square, the hot mobile-payments startup.

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Venture capital firms are swiping executives away from Square, the hot mobile-payments startup.

Square Loses Another Exec to Venture Capital

For the second time in nine days, a high-ranking executive at the payments startup Square has landed in venture capital. This time, it’s Jared Fliesler, who served as a vice president of user acquisition and business operations at Square, the...

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A chicken soup dish with accoutrements is served at Naamyaa Cafe in London

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A chicken soup dish with accoutrements is served at Naamyaa Cafe in London

Hungry for Photos: OpenTable Buying Foodspotting for $10 Million

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but photos of restaurant food are apparently worth $10 million. OpenTable, the¬†online restaurant reservation company, is announcing today it’s paying that amount to buy Foodspotting, a smartphone application that lets people share...

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There are over a million home design photos to browse and save, to create your dream space.

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There are over a million home design photos to browse and save, to create your dream space.

Houzz Raises $35 Million to Connect Architects and Homeowners

Like so many entrepreneurs, Adi Tatarko and her husband, Alon Cohen, got into the startup game after they couldn’t find a solution to their problem. The Israeli couple wanted to renovate their newly-purchased Palo Alto home, but picking the right...

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Venture capitalist Matt Murphy says this year could be even bigger for corporate-software maker.

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Venture capitalist Matt Murphy says this year could be even bigger for corporate-software maker.

Kleiner Perkins to Invest $200 Million in Enterprise Startups This Year

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will invest at least $200 million this year in mobile applications and cloud computing services for corporate users, investment partner Matt Murphy said. The Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm, which boosted its enterprise-technology investments...

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Is Silicon Valley becoming the new Wall Street?

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Is Silicon Valley becoming the new Wall Street?

Banks’ Pain Is Startups’ Gain

As major banks grapple with layoffs, fewer bonuses and expensive legal bills from mortgages gone bad, financial startups are gaining momentum. Three announcements out of Silicon Valley today illustrate how hot this industry is. Prosper Marketplace, a provider of personal...

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