• Some individuals, like Beyoncé and Steve Jobs, had already made it big.While working as a secretary for the London office of Amnesty International, Rowling was fired for daydreaming too much about Harry Potter, and her severance check would help her focus on writing for the next few years.During these years, she got married, had a daughter, got divorced, and was diagnosed with clinical depression before finally finishing the book in 1995."When I got to Dallas, I was struggling — sleeping on the floor with six guys in a three-bedroom apartment," Cuban writes in his book "How to Win at the Sport of Business."He went on to study business at Baruch College and served in the Army until the age of 24 when he left to work for Brooks Brothers.Her relationship with Levin eventually ended because he did not want to marry or have children.
ABC doesn't rank the top success stories to come out of its hit reality show "Shark Tank," where aspiring entrepreneurs make funding pitches to the "sharks" pictured here.We reached out to the six main sharks, combed through clips and interviewed more than 25 contestants, who track fellow Tank alumni, to come up with this list of 10 of the best businesses to graduate from the show.
Millions of children worldwide feel the same way, with Minecraft a veritable phenomenon in the younger generations.Plus, Cuban highlights Minecraft as an easy way for kids to learn the fundamentals of computer science, while still having all the fun of building and engineering their worlds.That's what makes Minecraft so appealing for the Mavericks, says Cuban.For its part, Mineplex is an online destination for the Minecraft faithful, where hundreds or thousands of players gather to cooperatively build or play competitive "minigames" against each other.It's supported by premium memberships, which start at $10 for the lifetime of a Minecraft account.The star resident of Mineplex is millionaire YouTube sensation "CaptainSparklez," who films his popular Minecraft videos on the server.His arrival on Mineplex vaulted the server, already popular, to a population boom.In Dallas Mavericks World, visitors to Mineplex will be able to compete in basketball mini-games, as well as participate in building contests.It's officially launching later this summer.
Here s something of a surprising Wednesday morning announcement: You can now listen to Google s music-streaming service directly within the TripAdvisor Android app.Starting today, any Google Play Music user can launch the TripAdvisor Android app and access music stations based on specific locations, for example Rio de Janeiro or Paris.It s seemingly designed to help travelers get in the mood by listening to soundtracks relevant to their destination or current location.For example, if you re doing some research into a Cuba holiday, you ll be able to play Cuban-themed songs right then and there.Or if you ve already landed in Argentina, you may be able to tap some tunes to tango around your hotel room while researching things to do nearby.If you re not a Google Play Music subscriber, you ll be able to nab a 2-month free trial directly through the TripAdvisor app, which isn t bad considering you can normally only get a 30-day free trial to the music service.Whether TripAdvisor users are the types to sign up to a new music-streaming service on a whim remains to be seen, but this latest tie-up gives an interesting glimpse into Google s plans to battle Spotify and Apple Music through third-party partnerships.Google reckons it can gain mindshare by shoehorning its service into other popular services, and you never know, it might just work.We ve checked the TripAdvisor Android app, and this latest update doesn t seem to be live yet, so we can only assume it s being pushed out later today.For the record, Google Play Music is available in around 60 countries globally, including most of Europe, the Americas, and parts of Asia.
When a customer arrives at his studio, he takes their photograph in whatever they happen to be wearing.According to AP, many people in Cuba want to look presentable in their passport photographs.But wearing a suit in the Cuban heat isn t much fun, and for many people buying a three-piece in the first place would be an expensive decadence.To overcome the problem, Marreroo initially offered his clients a real suit to wear for the photoshoot, but apparently they didn t dig wearing used clothing.So instead, he started photoshopping smart clothes onto the photographs of people wearing their regular scruffy T-shirts.He now apparently finds himself part of a circle of photographers who trade images of smart clothes amongst themselves.
When a customer arrives at his studio, he takes their photograph in whatever they happen to be wearing.According to AP, many people in Cuba want to look presentable in their passport photographs.But wearing a suit in the Cuban heat isn t much fun, and for many people buying a three-piece in the first place would be an expensive decadence.To overcome the problem, Marreroo initially offered his clients a real suit to wear for the photoshoot, but apparently they didn t dig wearing used clothing.So instead, he started photoshopping smart clothes onto the photographs of people wearing their regular scruffy T-shirts.He now apparently finds himself part of a circle of photographers who trade images of smart clothes amongst themselves.
Mark Cuban has made a number of investments through his hit reality show "Shark Tank," where he appears as an investor.He's also seen how a "Shark Tank" appearance could instantly boost the sales of the companies he invests in.But it looks like Cuban believes Amazon is the better platform to promote and sustain the sales of his portfolio companies.According to Amazon, Cuban is bringing more than 100 items from about 20 of his portfolio companies, including the ones that previously appeared on "Shark Tank," such as Tower Paddle Boards and Nuts 'n More.The products will be showcased under a section called "The Mark Cuban Collection" on Amazon Exclusives, but will be available on Amazon's main website as well.Cuban's move also suggests more companies are seeing Amazon Exclusives as a viable platform for growing their businesses.Amazon takes a cut of their sales in return.Cuban cited the "back-end support" and logistics that Amazon offers for customers as big benefits.Sales from the Exclusives store has passed $50 million in 2015, and it's been growing 15% a month since the start of the year, Amazon added.Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.NOW WATCH: There's a Keurig-inspired machine that makes individual tortillasLoading video...
Superfeedr, a company with tools that help websites send and receive content through common protocols like Atom and RSS using PubSubHubbub and XMPP, today announced that it has been acquired by Medium.The Superfeedr web service and application programming interface API won t be going away, Superfeedr founder and chief executive Julien Genestoux wrote in a blog post.But Genestoux is already having a visible impact on the Medium product.Medium already lets you add your own domain name, import and export all of your posts, point to a canonical URL if you cross-posted, supports DNT … and we ve started working on more!Medium, which lets anyone start a blog and now has a full-featured app for reading content posted on the platform, has not made many acquisitions since it was founded in 2012 Matter is the big one that jumps out .But the company has sought to become a publishing platform for other companies through the launch of Medium for Publishers.San Francisco-based Superfeedr started in 2009.Investors include Betaworks and Mark Cuban.
We've all known Minecraft is a massive phenomenon, and now we have the data to prove it.Mojang, the Microsoft-owned publisher of Minecraft, says it's sold 106,859,714 copies of the block-building game since its launch in 2011 — including four copies sold to those few thousand permanent residents of Antarctica.Since the beginning of 2016, Microsoft says, people have bought 53,000 copies of Minecraft every single day, across the PC, iPhone, Android, and video game console versions.40 million players sign on to the game every month across all platforms.Microsoft even made a handy infographic to show all of this off:Microsoft purchased Mojang for $2.5 billion in 2014.Since then, Minecraft has expanded rapidly, including partnerships with Nintendo and Facebook's Oculus Rift.Thanks to its ability to teach kids the fundamentals of computer science in a fun way, Minecraft has also found its way into the classroom — and parents like Mark Cuban love playing with their kids, to encourage that learning.NOW WATCH: 6 reasons why 'Minecraft' is so incredibly popularLoading video...
The startup doesn t plan to stop serving these customers following the acquisition.By the way, you can now go in your Medium settings and turn on full content RSS feeds.With today s acquisition, it means that Medium is committed to building a platform that communicates with the rest of the internet.Superfeedr had raised an undisclosed amount of money from Betaworks and Mark Cuban.It s probably not the biggest acquisition of the year, but still an interesting move.Featured Image: Google
Snapchat quietly purchased a 3D selfie startup called Seene, according to a new report from TechCrunch's Romain Dillet and Natasha Lomas, who cite anonymous sources.The acquisition happened "a couple of months ago," according to the report.No price was disclosed, although TechCrunch characterized it as "low."Seene's technology utilizes your smartphone camera to create a 3D image of whatever you point it at.The result is a still 3D photograph image that moves when you tilt your phone or swipe with your finger — something many Snapchat users would love.While the most obvious use could be Snapchat creating a 3D selfie lens, the company does have a research lab and it's rumored that it could be working on some virtual reality play or a Google Glass competitor as well.Snapchat could not be immediately reached for comment.NOW WATCH: Mark Cuban explains why downloading Snapchat is a huge mistakeLoading video...
Google has launched a new tool to show how fast and mobile-friendly a website is, and it doesn't seem to be a huge fan of Google's own products.Google debuted the tool on its Small Business blog, in a post that explains the virtues of good site design: "If a potential customer is on a phone, and a site isn t easy to use, they re five times more likely to leave."But when The Next Web's Natt Garun tested it, she found that Google's own websites didn't fare so well.Here is what she found for Google's main search page:That was Thursday, and by the time we tested it on Friday, it had changed interesting :Regardless, YouTube still got crushed when we tested it:And the actual site for the group within Google that made the tool Think With Google  only did so-so when we tested it today:On Thursday, The Next Web found Think With Google scoring significantly worse.With regards to its Mobile Speed metric, Google writes, "If customers are kept waiting for too long, they ll move on to the next site ...The world s gone mobile.Now, it s your turn."Google was not immediately available for comment.NOW WATCH: Mark Cuban explains why downloading Snapchat is a huge mistakeLoading video...
Based on Sena's own estimates, GCP's sales cost only accounts for 8% of its total operating expenses, a tiny portion compared to some of the larger enterprise players.And although GCP ramped up its sales hires in recent months, nearly doubling to 50 sales reps in the West Coast alone, Sena notes that Google's investment seems more focused on the technical side than sales — potentially weakening its growth prospects in the enterprise space, which tend to rely heavily on sales people to sign large business customers.Google s Cloud investment seems more focused on tools and infrastructure versus the sales headcount needed to help Google garner greater Cloud market share…as a result, we tend to view AWS s business as being under less competitive threat than we did previously, which our new estimates better reflect," Sena wrote.Unlike consumer products that could sometimes become major hits without much sales and marketing efforts, enterprise technology is still an area that's largely dictated by a strong sales culture.It's possible to penetrate small businesses and teams within large businesses without any sales people, but to sell to large businesses who drive the big bucks, a large sales team is essential.AWS's recent $400 million deal with Salesforce, for example, wouldn't have happened without a large number of enterprise salespeople involved.Sena's note argues GCP's level of investment — not just in sales, but across data centers and infrastructure — also falls behind competition.Google CEO Sundar Pichai has stated that the company will invest "significantly" in GCP this year, and has brought in VMWare cofounder Diane Greene, who's one of the most powerful people in enterprise tech, to lead GCP last year.Plus, as Sena noted, a lot of GCP's investments are flowing into improving its technical capabilities, giving it a niche advantage over other cloud providers.Its pricing is also more competitive than others, he notes.In any case, all this leads to the conclusion that GCP won't be a major threat to the market leading AWS in the near future, Sena writes."In sum, while big-name customer additions notably Snapchat, Spotify, and some of Apple s business and the hire of Diane Green have created some obvious reasons for concern from an AWS standpoint, our conclusion is that AWS is likely better situated than some may perceive," he writes.Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.NOW WATCH: Mark Cuban explains why downloading Snapchat is a huge mistakeLoading video...
Related: 'Screw It, Just Do It': Exclusive Video Interview With Richard Branson1.Posting feel good content may help drive engagement and clicks, but content that sends traffic to your website is what converts followers and likes into leads and ultimately, sales.In his book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, leading social media expert and New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk recommends offering fun, valuable content several times before ever asking for something from your social media followers.Whether it s a cute animal picture, a funny meme or a personal story, Branson shares things he enjoys on Twitter.More importantly, he shares content that he knows his followers will enjoy.While sending traffic back to your website is essential to growing your business, sharing content your followers will enjoy offers some balance to business-oriented content, simultaneously increasing the likelihood followers will trust the quality of your hook content.
During an interview on CNN s New Day, Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and the Landmark Theaters chain, also doubled down on his recent comments that the presumptive GOP nominee would be a puppet president.Speaking to host Chris Cuomo, Cuban argued that Trump has a poor grasp of many public policy issues and that he d be susceptible to manipulation if elected president.You re going to have to be guided by others in everything, Cuban said.Whoever is closest to him is going to have a whole lot more impact on this country than probably Donald will.Trump has said that he doesn t expect fair treatment from Curiel in the Trump University lawsuits because the judge s Mexican heritage would supposedly bias him against Trump, whose signature policy issue is a promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.Last month, in an apparent reference to Trump s wild claims and whipsawing policy positions, Cuban compared the business mogul to that guy who ll walk into the bar and say anything to get laid.
About 4 million people, 36 percent of the population, depend on agriculture in some way for their livelihood.A series of belts drives two hydrostatic transaxles—essentially, axles turned without shifting gears—one for each rear wheel, similar to many lawn tractors.All the farmer has to do is jack it up, remove the bolts, slide the wheels over, and put the bolts back in.Additional farming implements can be hooked up to the tractor.Under the belly of the tractor is a hitch system for attaching implements.Only a handful of components makes up the finished tractor: the frame, which is split into two parts that bolt together at the center; the motor and both axles; four rims and tires; the shaft for the front wheels; the steering wheel and column; the seat; hydraulic fuel tanks; and gas.The Cuban government would take care of human resources, using criteria submitted by Cleber to find employees and negotiate salaries.The company could break $100 million in sales within 10 years if all goes well, Berenthal says.If it s going to be as successful as you say it s going to be, he says, pointing to the offices on the blueprints, you ll need more.
So seriously, stop what you re doing and get over to our ticketing page right now to get your extra early-bird tickets to the best startup show in the Bay Area.You ll get to watch a few dozen startups take part in the illustrious Startup Battlefield competition, in which they ll be vying for the $50,000 grand prize, the coveted Disrupt Cup and, perhaps even more importantly, the attention of investors, press and the rest of the tech community watching in person and online.You will also be able to check out hundreds of early-stage startups on display in Startup and Hardware Alley, pitching their products and services to the thousands of attendees on the show floor on all three days of the show.Past speakers include the likes of Mark Cuban, Houzz CEO and co-founder Adi Tatarko and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to name just a few.Disrupt SF 2016 runs from September 12-14 at San Francisco s lovely Pier 48, and we can t wait to see you all there.Our sponsors help make Disrupt happen.
As it considers opening routes to Havana, the department's selection process has been complicated because airlines have requested far more routes than are available under the U.S. agreement with Cuba.A decision on Havana routes is expected later this summer.The routes approved Friday were not contested because there was less interest among U.S. airlines in flying to Cuban locations other than Havana.The Cuban destinations are Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.All flights currently operating between the two countries are charters, but the agreement the administration signed with Cuba in February allows for up to 110 additional flights -- more than five times the current charter operations.Last year, it saw 18 percent more passengers than in 2014, according to government aviation officials.
It requires a second level of proof of who you are - typically a code sent to your phone - before you can log in.However, hackers and hijackers are managing to find ways around it.Earlier this week, Alex MacCaw, cofounder data API company Clearbit, shared a screenshot of a text attempting to trick its way past two-factor authentication 2FA on a Google account.Here's how it works: The attacker sends the target a text message, pretending to be the very company that the target has an account with.They say they have detected "suspicious" activity to the account, and so are sending the 2FA code to the target, which they should then text back to them to avoid having their account locked.The victim, worried they are being hacked and not wanting to lose access to their data, sends the code back, believing they have thwarted the attempted hack.But in doing so, they actually give the hacker the one thing they needed to break into the account.The hacker enters the victim's password, followed by this ill-gotten 2FA code, and they're in.The attacker can sometimes even spoof their identity - so the text looks like it comes from Google, or Facebook, or Apple, rather than an unknown number.Of course, the attacker still needs the victim's password for this to work.To stay safe, use a strong, unique password for every account you have - managing them all with a password manager if necessary - and don't text your two-factor authentication codes to anyone, even if they appear legitimate.SEE ALSO: Twitter says it hasn't been hacked — now stop reusing your passwordDON'T MISS: Celebrities keep getting hacked because they're making a massive security mistakeNOW WATCH: Mark Cuban explains why downloading Snapchat is a huge mistakeLoading video...
Not so many years ago, Apple didn't allow anyone under 18 to attend its annual worldwide developer conference.Brilliant under-age programmers used to devise ways to sneak in.Today, Apple has a scholarship program that invites young programmers to apply for a scholarship to the show.This year, 350 scholarship winners are attending the WWDC show including about 120 kids under 18, Apple says.And even among those bright kids, one stands out, as the youngest ever WWDC attendee: a 9-year-old Australian girl: Anvitha Vijay.Vijay coded her first app at age 7, self-teaching herself by watching how-to-code videos on YouTube and elsewhere on the web, she told Fortune's Leena Rao.Today, Vijay has created a handful of apps.She even has one available on the App store, called Smartkins, an app for kids that has over 100 different animal names and sounds, and allows kids to even record their own thoughts and sounds very cute .Vijay has impressed Apple so much, that she got to meet CEO Tim Cook.While Cook always meets the teen developers who come to the show Apple has a whole list of activities for them , Cook gave Vijay a special shout out.In the first few minutes of the show, he pointed her out in the audience saying,  I met her and she is going to make one heck of a developer.NOW WATCH: Mark Cuban explains why downloading Snapchat is a huge mistakeLoading video...
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