Startup Ecosystem Report, Applying to an Accelerator & More Reading List Highlights

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1. McDonald’s, late to mobile ordering, seeks to avoid pitfalls

By Lisa Baertlein – Reuters

Digest: Mobile

Curator: Edith Yeung

Unlike many others, McDonald’s app will track a customer’s location to ensure that orders are sent to the right restaurant and timed so that food is not left to wilt under heat lamps. Read More

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2. 2017 Startup Ecosystem Report

By Startup Genome

Digest: Startup Communities

Curators: Julian Miller, Shane Reiser, Brad Feld

Here’s a great in depth report containing a treasure trove of information about the state of startup communities around the globe. Read More

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3. Applying to an Accelerator

By Nicole Glaros – Techstars Blog

Digest: Angel Investor

Curator: Berg Moe

Cody Simms, Greg Rogers (Executive Directors) and Nicole Glaros (Chief Product Officer) of Techstars answered questions from founders about applying to an accelerator. Read More

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4. Google Splitting Hangouts for Enterprise


Digest: Enterprise

Curator: Shuonan Chen

Google is getting back into the team collaboration space to take on Slack, Microsoft Teams, Workplace by Facebook, and Cisco Spark with a new service called Hangouts Chat. Available in a private beta, it blends private rooms for conversations and integrations not only with G Suite, but also third-party services. Hangouts Chat is a free service that comes as part of your G Suite subscription and is intended to help Google better appeal up-market at the enterprise. Read More

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5. SXSW News: Google and Levi’s Project Jacquard Jacket Has Restored My Faith in Wearables

By Nick Statt – The Verge

Digest: Wearables

Curators: Aashay Mody, Ashish Aggarwal

Wearable technology once promised to take us away from our phones and to improve our lives in subtle but powerful ways. The reality, however, has been a bit less exciting. More often than not, devices have been hampered by clunky design and bad taste, resulting in products that are expensive, unnecessary, and ugly. Yet it’s these drawbacks that highlight just how interesting Levi’s new connected smart jacket is — and why it’s a bolder and perhaps more promising form of wearable tech. The Verge argues that the jacket solves for a real problem we can observe, and not a perceived or invented problem. That, in our view, is what makes this wearable particularly intriguing. Read More

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