This App Will Give You Real-Time Access to a Live Translator When You Travel

“Uber for ‘x’” is the most overused, maddening phrase in startup land. It’s hype-marketing shorthand for just about every business idea that leverages the sharing economy.   That’s why co-founders Keithan and Quiante Hedrick were initially wary of framing their live-translator-on-demand app, Instaspeakers, as “Uber for translation” to potential investors. But the VCs they spoke…

The Sparkling Water Startup That Uses… Flower Power?

  Petal – the sparkling water infused with flowers and other botanicals   Last spring, when Candice Crane was preparing to launch her botanical-infused sparkling water brand Petal, she didn’t play small.   She knew that her product –– a certified-organic, 15-calorie, caffeine-free “better for you” beverage, was poised to bloom in a market thirsty…

This 91-Year-Old Insurance Giant Stays Young With Smart Acquisitions and Ambitious Investments

  Financial services companies are interesting. At scale, success or failure depends on how willing you are to push the boundaries. That can be through technology or hiring better people or building a culture –– or all three.   American Family Insurance does that. It’s one of the coolest insurance companies. That sounds weird, I…

Future Tech: Sell Your Products Using 3D and 360-Degree Photos

  I’ve been thinking about content creation for as long as I can remember.   I spent most of my childhood walking around manufacturing plants with my dad. Even then, I couldn’t believe they weren’t capitalizing on the coolness factor of the machines. Everyone has this misconception of manufacturing as a murky, dirty, undesirable environment.…