8 Ways EdTech Startups Are Setting Classroom-Innovation Trends

Technology in education is changing how we think about learning and success. September 14, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Change drives change. Technology and digital footprints have altered the way businesses work, employees perceive work and even the way families function. Classrooms were not to be left behind. In 2018, there was a marked increase in investor interest in learning startups, especially those that are AI-based. According to a report by market-research firm Metaari titled “The Stunning 2018 Global Learning Technology Investment Patterns: The Rise of the Global Edtech Unicorns,” the investments made to EdTech companies soared past $16.34 billion, with China and the U.S. leading the way, followed by India and Israel. More recently, UK education conglomerate  Pearson announced a commitment of  $50 million solely to fund next generation EdTech startups to keep up with changing trends. With that in mind, here are eight ways in which EdTech is […]

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3 Blockchain Improvements That Will Lead to Its Mainstream Adoption

These are the keys to a network’s expansion. September 11, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Amazon, Walmart, Facebook, IBM: These are among the household names using blockchain to change business. In fact, according to a recent Deloitte survey, more than half of companies say blockchain is a critical priority for their organization. And 83 percent say there’s a compelling business case for the innovation. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) has arrived, but the question is whether it’s scalable to match the marketplace’s high expectations. Consumers want real-time transactions while having assurance of security from validating nodes. Businesses also want high throughput for their global operations, with zero downtime. But it doesn’t always work that way, especially with new tech. There are glitches, bugs and design flaws. Moreover, regulators often force organizations (or networks) to change how they operate. Here are three critical features that a blockchain network must have to […]

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How Startups Develop and Deploy Matching Algorithms

There’s plenty to learn from the ways in which their methods both improve and hinder us. September 6, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. These days, much of our lives seem dictated by algorithms. Our streaming services decide which movies and TV shows would be a good fit for us based on our previous viewing history and apparent tastes. Our dating apps set us up with matches likely to kindle a romance. Even our ridesharing apps try to connect us with the best possible driver on the road. So how exactly do startups handle the development of these matching algorithms and what can the average entrepreneur learn from these examples? Ridesharing First, ridesharing services like Uber use a specific dispatch algorithm to make sure the closest and most appropriate vehicle for a ride is always the one that goes for it. Despite such a simple […]

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3 Surprising Ways That Video Game Companies Leverage AI

Esports is proving to be a leader in implementing artificial intelligence. September 6, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A couple years ago, Google pitted AlphaGo — an AI designed to master Go, a famous chinese board game, by watching other players and learning from their actions — against the world’s top players. The results shocked the gaming world: AlphaGo beat Ke Jie, the Go world champion.  But that was just one surprising AI gaming experiment among many over the next few years. Big-name video game companies like Blizzard Entertainment, EA, Apex Game Tools and others have started using AI to change the face of their industry. How are they doing it? Here are three primary ways. 1. For Esport’s coaching and feedback. In case you’re not familiar with the term “esports,” it’s exactly what it sounds like: competitive video gaming with pro players, pro teams, fans and big […]

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How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Waste.

Startups need to keep up with the competition, but not all new innovations are a good fit. September 6, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Startups are the perfect customers for technology companies. They’re eager to grow, they need to keep up with their competitors and they’re open to new ways of doing things. Entrepreneurs themselves are often attracted to anything shiny and new; there’s not much convincing to be done. But therein lies the rub: They’re startups. Fledgling businesses often have a limited number of employees and an even more limited budget. That means that enterprise systems or big-budget packages are out of reach or impractical, no matter how appealing they may be. That sometimes doesn’t stop entrepreneurs from pulling the trigger. Research-and-advisory company Gartner predicts that IT spending will hit $3.8 trillion this year. If all of that technology was necessary, it would be […]

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8 Ways IoT Devices Can Improve Your Business Office

Automation and internet-connected products can lead to a happier and more connected workplace. September 3, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The Internet of Things, or IoT, is a growing infrastructure of internet-enabled objects ranging from vacuums to light bulbs, all aimed at increasing control, automation and even data collection. IoT can be a huge benefit for a business office when used appropriately. Looking for ideas? Try these. 1. Track maintenance with IoT printers. Many offices are already used to internet-connected printers, but a new generation of smart alternatives is hitting the market that allow more than network printing. They monitor their paper and ink and can warn a support person when they’re getting low. They can also connect to inventory systems to know how much spare ink or paper they have on hand and can even make orders for more without human involvement. Never […]

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The 4 Big Reasons Apps Fail

And how to ensure yours doesn’t. September 3, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. According to Statista, there are more than 2.2 million apps available for iOS users and more than 2.1 million on the market for Android users. A report published by App Annie found that the average smartphone owner uses an average of 30 apps each month and nine per day, with most users spending well over two hours each day on their apps. Needless to say, apps have become an integral part of our daily lives, so it’s no surprise that major corporations and small startups alike have made their development a central part of doing business. Alas, not all apps can be successful. In fact, there is a very high chance that yours will fail to generate purchases or even the downloads needed to thrive. After all, while there are millions of apps […]

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VR is Incredibly Empowering for Working Women

Virtual technology can help create a more equal reality. September 2, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Virtual reality (VR) is changing the way we view the world and each other, literally. Already, the innovation has made advancements throughout numerous industries — entertainment, business, healthcare, etc. — reimagining the way we communicate, learn and work.  Still, critics counter that its software and programming foster sexism and gender bias, evidenced by the traditional power structures that prevail in leadership positions today. However, interest has increased in using the immersive tech for social change, so it’s worth asking: Can we truly realize VR’s potential to help, and not hinder, working women? The answer, I believe, is yes. While it’s true that programmers must take proactive measures to ensure that VR avoids creating hostile environments for women, groundbreaking VR applications can empower female leaders by nourishing supportive mentorship groups, educating on […]

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7 Tech Trends to Watch Out for In 2020

With innovations developing fast, we predict the sector’s most significant coming changes. September 2, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This current year has already ushered in a tidal wave of tech innovations, from the rise of social robots and personal assistants to Amazon Prime’s one-day delivery gamble and the proliferation of voice search. The latter alone became a $1.8B retail segment in the US in 2017, and is predicted to rise to around $40B by 2022. Amazon Prime’s ability to prioritize Prime subscribers in their supply chain and get them their packages within 24 hours has rocked the world of online retail. Chatbots have been heavily deployed this year too, and are generally well-received by customers who would otherwise have to call or submit forms. But we’re more than halfway through 2019, so it’s time to ask: What big tech changes are going to affect the way we live and work in 2020?  1. […]

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Track Your Email Smarter With This Program

This email tracker for Gmail lets you know exactly when people read your messages. August 31, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Knowing the moment when people read your texts feels kind of like a superpower. But when it comes to email, we don’t have the same advantage. Unless you have a subscription to Mailcastr, that is. Mailcastr is an email tracking app for Gmail that allows you to know exactly when your emails are read. You’ll find out with real-time notifications where your readers’ are located, what device they’re using, and when someone clicks on links within your message. And thanks to a dashboard of historical data, you’ll be able to analyze your past […]

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Stock Up on Device Accessories From Nomad During This Sale

Nomad’s stylish-yet-sturdy accessories will help you charge your battery, find your phone and more. August 24, 2019 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. If you’re hunting for electronics accessories that won’t let you down, look no further than Nomad. They have a roster of rugged cables, chargers and tile trackers that pack resourceful tools into a can’t-miss minimalist design. Nomad’s designs look like a million bucks, but they won’t charge you that much for their thoughtful accessories. Check out their latest deals and get yourself something nice. Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack This PowerPack can survive the toughest outdoor treks, or just a long day commuting and working. Its military-grade resistance can survive a four-foot drop, and […]

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Stay Connected Anywhere in the World With This Device

Tern lets you access the internet anytime, anywhere via 4G connectivity without changing your phone plan. August 23, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. As the world is becoming increasingly dependent on the internet, you’re no longer faced with the problem of finding a way to go online when you’re in a foreign country. In fact, it’s become even harder now to decide the method in which you wish to stay connected. You either have to do research on the best local sim card to purchase (which you won’t get to use later on) or find a portable WiFi network that offers the best value for your money. Both options entail doing hours of research […]

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The Real Reason Sales and Marketing Teams Use AI

How artificial intelligence can make your team more human. August 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Did you know that only one percent of cold calls even lead to an appointment, according to a popularly cited study by Baylor University’s Keller Center for Research? The problem with cold calling is that it lacks a personal touch. Most of the time, the sales rep doesn’t offer anything the customer wants, because they don’t know what they want. You may not have considered this before, but incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into the process could actually improve results by delivering customer insights to sales reps, ensuring they only contact interested individuals. So while much has been made about AI’s ability to automate routine processes, comb through mountains of data and even do more complex tasks, such as writing standard news content, it can also help sales teams provide […]

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6 AI Tools Entrepreneurs Can Use on a Budget

Countless businesses are already taking advantage of AI tools. August 17, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Artificial intelligence resources are touted as necessary tools to compete in today’s market, and many businesses are jumping on this bandwagon. According to a 2019 survey by Gartner, AI usage grew 270% over the last 4 years tripled in the last year alone. Why? Because current data demonstrates the real value and benefits of these tools. Among early AI adopters, 83% achieved substantial or moderate economic benefits according to a study by Deloitte. While this is exciting data, how can entrepreneurs leverage AI and machine learning (ML) to benefit startups and smaller companies? Lead Generation and Sales AI-driven lead intelligence software systems can deliver significant value for any size business. As reported in the Harvard Business Review, companies using AI for sales increased their leads by more […]

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How to Use Podcasting to Help Your Brand

August 16, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. More than half of all Americans over the age of 12 have listened to at least one podcast, with virtually a third downloading or streaming a minimum of one per month (up from one in four people two years prior). That dwarfs the number of nationwide active users on Twitter. And if most forward-thinking companies wouldn’t dream of ignoring a major social-media platform when designing their marketing strategy, why overlook developing a podcast?  Brands that aren’t already investigating potential podcasting strategies need to get started. With podcast advertisers having spent nearly $500 million to reach audiences in 2018, the competition for effective partnerships is already getting fierce. Like any other marketing outlet, podcast advertising has its quirks and specificities, but savvy companies can capitalize in numerous ways on the medium’s wide appeal. To that end, here are some tips for effectively boosting your […]

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Domino’s Will Use E-Bikes to Deliver Pizzas Across the U.S.

It’s an eco-friendly (and sometimes faster) alternative to delivery cars. August 13, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Domino’s Pizza is once again adopting cutting edge delivery vehicles, although you’re much more likely to see these ones in action. In the wake of successful tests, the restaurant chain is launching a U.S.-wide e-bike delivery program that will give stores the choice of using custom Rad Power e-bikes to carry pizza. They’re typical electric two-wheelers at their heart with motors that assist pedaling for 25 to 40 miles on a charge with a 20 mph top speed, but they also include front and rear insulated cargo spaces that hold a combined 12 large pizzas. A delivery person could make several stops before having to cycle back to home base. It’s not hard to see the allure. They’re not only more environmentally friendly than cars, they can sometimes be faster when riders […]

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How Self-Driving Cars Could Shape Our Future

Once challenges are surmounted, the world (and world of business) may be altered forever. August 12, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Self-driving cars are a shared ambition among Google, Tesla, Apple, Uber and Lyft, among other automotive, tech and ridesharing companies. For Uber and Lyft specifically, it’s a matter of cutting costs. However, fiscal expediency is not the main benefit of this emerging technology. Roughly 94 percent of traffic accidents are caused by human error, and to many, autonomous vehicles (AVs) seem to be our only path toward lessening related fatalities. In addition, driverless cars have other benefits, such as lower fuel consumption, lower CO2 emissions and a reduction in congestion. Here are the main ways they stand to change our lives and carve out a lane in the consumer marketplace, as well as the challenges this fledgling sector will need to overcome. A Zero-Incident Future We are […]

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Nearly 24 Percent of Parents Are Buying Tablets for Their Preschoolers

August 12, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag When I was in fifth grade, the tech bug bit — my tweenage cohorts and I grew desperate for phones (back when they still flipped). Some got lucky; others, not so much. Regardless of how we fared, we all agreed: No one younger than us should have a phone. Our logic was two-fold. In part, we were wiser, kinder, and more mature than those fourth-grade philistines. And of course, we genuinely couldn’t fathom what a toddler would do with one. But that was a decade ago (yes, it weirds me out too), and the tech landscape has changed dramatically — iPhones became ubiquitous, laptops became essential and tablets simply became. As parents equipped themselves with fancy devices, their kids benefitted. Want to shut up your screeching three-year-old? Hand them an iPad and load up a (hopefully not edited) Peppa Pig video. Simple. Now you’ll walk down […]

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4 Security Tips To Help Your Business Grow

Technology is the key to making sure no one unlocks your doors or data. August 9, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The world of corporate security is a dangerous place. Small businesses in particular can find themselves on the back foot very quickly, especially when arrayed against criminals that have experience in breaking down much larger security systems. Small Business Trends noted that nearly 9 percent of small businesses were victims of theft or burglary in 2016. Despite this threat, there is hope, since a company can take steps to increase its security. The most common security issues involve computer systems and customer data, but many companies don’t realize the necessity of securing brick-and-mortar premises the same way they would their online presence. By increasing security to a physical location, the company can benefit from increased brand confidence and better job performance and satisfaction among its […]

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Postmates Will Test Delivery Robots on San Francisco Sidewalks

The company says it’s the first permit ever granted for sidewalk robotics operations in the city. August 8, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget San Franciscans might soon see Postmates’ cute delivery robot rolling down their sidewalks. According to TechCrunch, the food and groceries delivery service has secured what could be the first permit allowing sidewalk robotics operations in the city. Postmates introduced the big-eyed, Wall-E-like Serve in December, revealing its plans to send the robot with your orders to your homes and offices. You’ll be able to unlock its compartment — it can carry up to 50 pounds of goods and for up to 30 miles on a single charge — using your phone or a code the service gives you. A few years ago, San Francisco served as a testing ground for delivery robots from various companies. That stopped after the city restricted their use on its sidewalks, requiring firms that […]

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