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The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money - Recode
When Andy Dunn started building his direct-to-consumer menswear brand, Bonobos, in 2007, he saw no great options for e-commerce software. As a result, he estimates that Bonobos spent tens of millions of the $120 million it had raised from investors on building, supporting and tweaking the Bonobos technology stack over the years.

But a decade later, Dunn was able to turn to e-commerce software company Shopify as the platform for Allswell, a mattress brand that Dunn helped incubate in his new role at Walmart where he oversees the company’s digital-native consumer brands.

“Shopify is the absolute game-changer,” Dunn said. “At least 75 percent of the digital brands I talk to today are on Shopify and many of them are now saying we don’t need to invest that much in tech.”
ee  business  entrepreneurship  tech_stack 
8 weeks ago by osi_info_program
Richard Stallman, RMS, on Privacy, Data, and Free Software
What is data privacy? The term implies that if a company collects data about you, it should somehow protect that data. But I don’t think that’s the issue. I think the problem is that it collects data about you period. We shouldn’t let them do that.
privacy  facebook  ee  business 
april 2018 by osi_info_program
People Are Using AI to Create Fake Porn of Their Friends and Classmates - Motherboard
growing community of redditors who create fake porn videos of celebrities using existing video footage and a machine learning algorithm. This algorithm is able to take the face of a celebrity from a publicly available video and seamlessly paste it onto the body of a porn performer. Often, the resulting videos are nearly indecipherable from reality. It’s done through a free, user-friendly app called FakeApp.
ai  business  pornography  evidence  fake 
february 2018 by osi_info_program
Innovative Companies Get Their Best Ideas from Academic Research — Here’s How They Do It
Highlights the importance of federally funded research to business innovation, but mistakenly states that all federally funded research is openly available.
OA  Harvard  Business  Review 
april 2016 by osi_info_program
Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future - The New York Times
Farhad Manjoo article for his "State of the Art" NYT column on technology, business and society. The largest tech companies on earth - Google/Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft -, here named the "frightful 5", like to describe their industry as being risky and disruptive (“someone, somewhere in a garage is gunning for us,” Eric Schmidt once said). But in the larger picture, none of these companies seem to be "losing" the game anytime soon — not in comparison with the rest of the tech industry, the rest of the economy and certainly not in the influence each of them holds over our lives.
platforms  power  business  technology  industry  google  apple  facebook  microsoft  amazon  ds 
january 2016 by osi_info_program
Why HP Wants Autonomy: Math Skills - Technology Review
Acquiring that technology will enable HP to expand its business software products, and put it in a good position to exploit a trend dubbed "big data."
business  hp  autonomy  bigdata  news 
august 2011 by osi_info_program
Merger of Indian Generic Company with Big pharma | Don't trade our lives away
"As another generic company – Sun pharma has join hands with multinational pharma -Merck to push for branded generics in developing countries, the availability of cheap and affordable generic medicines is further threatened."
india  business  generics  accesstomedicines  competition 
april 2011 by osi_info_program
OpenCorporates :: The Open Database Of The Corporate World
New project by two mySociety-associated developers, Rob McKinnon and Chris Taggert, on databasing corporate data
opendata  business  transparency 
february 2011 by osi_info_program
Flat World Knowledge’s Eric Frank: Open Education and Policy - Creative Commons
Jerzy sez: "one of the best OER projects/companies - showing how open textbooks can be sustainable."
OER  business  digest1112 
november 2010 by osi_info_program

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