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30 Thought-Provoking Digital Illustrations That Expose The Flaws Of Our Modern Society

Art has recently grown into a relatively strong medium to convey critique. Whether it’s of the way we live our lives, the way “things are done” in our society, or the way we abuse the planet (or abuse each other). In a world where a single picture can tell a thousand words—how information is much more consumed via imagery rather than language—art turns out to be an effective way to understand the scope of an issue and to call for change. This is the trajectory that artist and illustrator Davide…

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FintechOS raises $14M to help banks launch products as fast as fintech startups

Over the last few years, we’ve seen the rise of fintech startups like N26 and Monzo to challenge the incumbents with new products like challenger banks. But what if the big banks wanted to compete in that game themselves? This is the aim of FintechOS, a Romanian startup that actually aims to help incumbents compete in this brave new, competitive, world. FintechOS allows banks and insurance companies to act and react faster than the new upstarts on the scene with plug and play products. It’s announcing today that it has secured $14 million (£10.7 million)…

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As the new year beckons European investors start moving into new roles

As the Holiday Season approaches, new jobs for players in the tech ecosystem beckon. And this is no less true for investors. Two notable moves have recently happened that are worthy of note in the European scene. The first is that GR Capital, a pan-European VC, is opening an office in London and has lured Jason Ball, who, earlier this year, left Qualcomm Ventures where had been European Managing Director for over a decade. Ball spent ten years as a mentor at Seedcamp and individually invested in more than ten…

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Freelancing Hacks of The Year

What does it mean to be employed? Waking up way too early to make your way to the office on time. Crowded office rooms with loud chit-chats. Meetings, tasks, and always grumpy bosses. Long hours doing the same monotonous work, detracting from it all for about half an hour just to grab something to eat. Are you tired of living in a routine? Have you always dreamt of finding a way out of this vicious circle? Luckily, today, you don’t have to sacrifice everything to make money for living.  freelanceTo…

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The Dominos pizza checker is just the beginning workplace surveillance is coming for you | Arwa Mahdawi

The company, which uses a smart scanner to analyse whether food has been made correctly, is far from the only business to use tech to track workers, writes Arwa Mahdawi Hello? Is that Dominos? I would like a large cheese pizza with an ominous side of surveillance, please. Earlier this year, Dominos, the worldwide purveyor of mediocre pizza, introduced a snazzy tool called om Pizza Checker to its Australia and New Zealand locations. According to its website, in-store cameras use advanced machine learning, artificial intelligence and sensor technology to identify…

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I gave away our stuff: the minimalists doing more with less

Growing numbers of people, partly inspired by Marie Kondo, are ditching consumerism for a simpler life Its time to declutter. Fuelled in part by Marie Kondos call to eschew anything that does not spark joy, a growing number of people are questioning whether they are better off with less in life from old jackets stuck under the stairs to unnecessary shopping trips and gadgets that clog up the home, or even a property that is larger than they need. This new push towards minimalism, whereby people live with less, can…

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It’s now easier than ever for US small businesses to go bankrupt | Gene Marks

Reorganizing under chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code has been too onerous and expensive a task but the Small Business Reorganization Act provides relief With the economy relatively strong and most small businesses doing pretty well, this may not seem like the most opportune time to be thinking of bankruptcy. But lets face it: when the economy ultimately turns downwards, many small businesses are going to face financial hardship. And many of those may very well be forced into bankruptcy. In the past the problem has been that getting a…

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PrimaryBid closes $8.6M round for its platform aimed to help retail investors

PrimaryBid, a UK-regulated platform connecting publicly listed companies with everyday investors for discounted share issuances has previously raised $3M. It’s now upped those stakes with an $8.6M funding round, led by UK VCs Pentech and Outward VC with participation from new and existing investors. Craig Anderson, a partner at Pentech, will join the PrimaryBidBoard of Directors with Outward VC having a Board Observer seat. This investment is representative of the trend towards unpacking complex financial investment products for the average person, especially in the UK. The FCA-regulated platform recently made…

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How do you get a loan when your business is in the ‘wrong’ part of town?

A study has found that businesses in lower-income and minority areas received surprise a smaller share of bank loans than those in richer, whiter areas Want to improve your relationship with your banker? The answers easy: just move your business to a nicer part of town. Unfortunately, thats the very real problem faced by many small businesses around the country who are located in lower-income or minority areas. This conclusion was reached in a told the Woodstock Institute. Beard cannot obtain a traditional bank loan so her new business, Marys…

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Startups Weekly: SoftBanks second act

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I noted some challenges plaguing mental health tech startups. Before that, I wrote about Zoom and Superhuman’s PR disasters. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to kate.clark@techcrunch.com or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets. If you don’t subscribe to Startups Weekly yet, you can do that here. accelerating its IPO plans and targeting a September listing. We don’t…

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Superyachts and bad art: how Mykonos became the party island of the super-rich

The Greek island has long attracted a glamorous clique, but the influx of billionaires has transformed it into a haven of absurd luxury Theres nowhere to buy a bucket and spade, but you can pick up a 10,000 (9,000) Gucci clutch handbag or a 250,000 piece of graffiti art. This strip of sand, on the south-west coast of the Greek island of Mykonos, is no ordinary beach. Ha ha, no, says Anna, a smartly dressed hostess welcoming guests to Nammos beach club, when I pop by to ask if there…

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A higher US minimum wage is inevitable so businesses better be prepared | Gene Marks

A minimum wage increase will put pressure on everyones compensation, so businesses may have to cave and pay up Over the past few years many localities and cities, from New York City to Seattle, have passed legislation raising minimum wages that employers must pay to $15 an hour. Now, Washington is taking action. If youre a small business owner, you better be paying attention. Bloomberg very recent one from the Congressional Budget Office that show how a minimum wage hike would cost jobs. But there are other studies (like Read…

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Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and IncomeShould They?

The UK Biobank is the single largest public genetic repository in the world, with samples of the genetic blueprints of half a million Brits standing by for scientific study. But when David Hill, a statistical geneticist at the University of Edinburgh, went poring through that data, he wasn’t looking for a cure for cancer or deeper insights into the biology of aging. Nothing like that. He was trying to figure out why some people make more money than others. Along with a team of European collaborators, Hill sifted through the…

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Payment service Toss becomes Koreas newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first checks for Korea with this deal. Others participating include existing investors Altos Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Goodwater Capital, KTB Network, Novel, PayPal and Qualcomm Ventures. The deal comes just six months after Viva Republica raised $40 million to accelerate growth, and it takes…

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Today in brighter crypto news: SEC says tokens are securities

Crypto news got a little boost last week after a dark month of crashes, stablecoins and birthdays. The SEC ruled that two ICO issuers, CarrierEQ Inc. and Paragon Coin Inc., were in fact selling securities instead of so-called utility tokens. “Both companies have agreed to return funds to harmed investors, register the tokens as securities, file periodic reports with the Commission, and pay penalties,” wrote Pamela Sawhney of the SEC. “These are the Commission’s first cases imposing civil penalties solely for ICO securities offering registration violations.” From the release: Airfox,…

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