From TechCrunch: Taxes in the gig economy

 The first generation of gig economy contractors is essentially riding shotgun as an entirely new industry defines itself. While they enjoy flexibility and a convenient way to supplement a primary income, they also must act as guinea pigs uncovering the shortcomings of the industry’s support network. One issue in particular has become a clear gap for gig economy workers: taxes. Read More

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From GeekWire: Pivot Health aims to disrupt healthcare hiring with new tech-fueled job matching platform


Hiring and job searching are both difficult tasks — and in the healthcare world, those tasks are even harder. Clinical workers like nurses and doctors are in constant demand, and studies have found that it takes employers months to fill those positions. That delay can cause big problems for hospitals and other care centers. A new Seattle-based startup, Pivot Health, is aiming to help the healthcare industry solve those problems with a web-based hiring and job matching service. The company will launch the service in Washington state Tuesday, with plans to expand to Oregon and California later this year. Pivot Co-Founder and… Read More

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From TechCrunch: Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt close to becoming Uber’s CEO

 The long and dramatic process for naming a new Uber CEO may be coming closer to an end.
First reported by Kara Swisher, our sources are also telling us that former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is still being seriously considered and the board vote is expected to happen soon. The talks were first reported several weeks ago.
Co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick was asked to resign in June… Read More

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From TechCrunch: Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects

 The startup behind the Prisma style transfer app is shifting focus onto the b2b space, building tools for developers that draw on its expertise using neural networks and deep learning technology to power visual effects on mobile devices. Read Mor…

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From TechCrunch: Tracking viewer responses to media, Cinemmerse wants to set the stage for ‘responsive’ entertainment

 Wendy Dent has a dream. The Australian founder, chief executive and sole employee of Cinemmerse wants to change the way folks think about how they watch everything from advertisements to art films. Read More

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From TechCrunch: Rapportive founder’s new startup Superhuman is what Gmail would be if built today

 Reinventing the email experience is an area numerous startups have tried to tackle over the years, with some apps focused more on triage, others on making a better desktop alternative to Outlook, and still more aiming to re-envision email as a mo…

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From TechCrunch: Y Combinator-backed VIDA turns artwork into fashion, accessories and more

 VIDA, an e-commerce startup that allows artists to upload their designs to be printed on real-world materials – like fabric, leather, metal and more – which are then sold as unique products, has grown its community of artists to over 100,000 members since its launch a few years ago. The company is now participating in startup accelerator Y Combinator, following its recent… Read More

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From GeekWire: Boatsetter brings Boatbound aboard, acquiring Seattle-based ship-sharing startup 


Boatbound has found a new captain. The Seattle startup that operates an Airbnb-like marketplace for boat owners has been acquired by Boatsetter, a bigger boat-sharing marketplace. Boatbound launched in San Francisco in 2012 and relocated to Seattle in 2016, drawn by the city’s large boating community and lower cost of living. The startup allows boat owners to rent out their idles boats to people of all skill levels. Those who don’t know how to operate a boat have the option of renting a captain along with the vessel. Boats can cost anywhere from a $50/day canoe to a $1200/day Bayliner and Boatbound covers the insurance costs.… Read More

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From TechCrunch: Immersv raises $10.5M to shake up mobile advertising with some VR flair

 While VR has shown consumers a great deal of what’s possible when it comes to immersive experiences, the world of potential that VR opens to advertisers has not been explored so heavily, Immersv, a mobile 360 VR ad network, wants to use the strengths of VR to bring improve mobile advertising, not only on headset but smartphones as well. For now, the startup is focusing on pre-roll… Read More

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