Save the planet #2 – 4 start-ups serving the water crisis

Our world today is way different than the one we had a decade ago : turning the water off when brushing your teeth is not sufficient anymore. Our needs of drinking water are considerably greater than the disposable quantity we have today. By 2025, according to the United Nations’ data, almost two thirds of the… Read More

Can traditional banks survive the FinTech wave ?

FinTech promises to disrupt banking, but faces unique challenges. From a complex regulatory environment to an extremely cautious user-base, mobile banks and investment apps have their work cut out for them. Emerging technologies have dramatically changed the mechanics of basic banking functions like loans, payments, and cheque-cashing and savings. In the world of FinTech (short… Read More

Presscast.io : the Robin Hood of media advertisers

Presscast’s co-founders are self-professed media & publishing fanatics with a chip on their shoulder, and they’re out to disrupt the advertisers they blame for journalism’s decline. “Our goal is to breathe new life into media”, explains Louis Thibault, co-founder of Presscast.io. What started out as a frustrating realization about the corrosive nature of online advertising… Read More

Cork, eco friendly, customizable : innovation meets smartphone design

Innovation seems to be happening everywhere, and the smartphone industry is no exception.  Still, when’s the last time the phone itself was innovative ? Meet Ikimobile:  the Portuguese startup that built an Android phone with a cork case, a natural and 100% renewable material. Ikimobile made a name for itself by ditching the plastic, metal… Read More

New robotic and bionic prosthetics : a revolution in the medical field ?

Michael Goldfarb, professor at Vanderbilt University, has designed a prosthetic ankle that perfectly mimics the movement of a human ankle. Will new technologies, including 3D-printing, allow faster innovation in the prosthetics research ? The key difference between Goldfarb’s device and conventional prosthetics is that Goldfarb’s design is robotic, which allows it to adapt to the… Read More

Calm, a meditation app that helps you relax on your phone

The San Francisco-based meditation app Calm raised over $500K in funding from investors. Its total investment reached one million dollar. The company, founded by Michael Acton Smith and Alex Tew, raised $578.000 from Jason Calacanis’s Launch fund and AngelList syndicate, Matt Mullenweg, and Matt Cheng among others. Since its arrival on the Apple Store in… Read More

Cloud seeding : the latest technical development in drought prevention

The “cloud seeding” technique is not new. Yet, a company called Weather Modification Inc. decided to use it to help and stop droughts and improve water cycles around the world. Climate change is a serious issue which could cause water shortages for two-thirds of the world population by 2025, says World Wildlife Fund. Weather Modification… Read More