Mappedin Raises $3.5 Million in Venture Financing after Growing Revenue by 500 Percent in 2015 | Business Wire

With the new funding and hires, Mappedin positions itself to meet the growing demand from premium malls, REITs, and retailers to drive search and discoverability of the indoors through digital wayfinding. In 2015, Mappedin grew revenue more than 500 percent and is currently forecasted to triple revenue by the end of 2016.

Source: Mappedin Raises $3.5 Million in Venture Financing after Growing Revenue by 500 Percent in 2015 | Business Wire

79% Would Take One-Hour Drone Package Delivery, 73% Would Pay For It 06/30/2016

The Future of Retail 2016 study, comprising a survey of 1,433 U.S. adults, found that 40% of consumers expect that they will receive their first package delivered by drone within the next two years.

And like many other aspects of the Internet of Things, service seems to be a driving factorIf it means receiving a package within one hour, 79% of consumers would choose drone delivery. Furthermore, 73% of consumers say they would pay up to $10 for drone delivery.

Source: 79% Would Take One-Hour Drone Package Delivery, 73% Would Pay For It 06/30/2016

Google launches two new APIs to improve app intelligence and context – Business Insider

Used together, these features will enable developers to provide more customized user experiences.

Snapshot API lets the app request context-based information about users, such as their current location and weather conditions in their area.

Fence API allows the app to react to changes in users’ context. For example, it can tell the developer when the user has plugged in their headphones, so that developers can push notifications to users about certain music or videos.

Source: Google launches two new APIs to improve app intelligence and context – Business Insider

Move Loot, a YC-backed furniture resale marketplace, shuts down, sells customer list to Handy | TechCrunch

There’s some closure (literally and figuratively) for Move Loot, the furniture resale marketplace that we wrote earlier this month was up for sale. The startup — backed by nearly $22 million in funding from a list of top investors that included Y Combinator, GV, Index, Metamorphic and Sherpa — has shut down its business and sold access to its customer list to Handy, the home services company that offers cleaning and repairs on demand. TechCrunch understands that no other assets or employees are a part of th

Source: Move Loot, a YC-backed furniture resale marketplace, shuts down, sells customer list to Handy | TechCrunch

The Global Economy is Failing 35% of the World’s Talent

Across the Index, a total of 19 nations that have tapped 80% of their human capital potential or more. In addition to these 19 countries, 40 countries score between 70% and 80%. A further 38 countries score between 60% and 70%, while 28 countries score between 50% and 60%. Five countries in the Index remain below 50% in 2016.

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The Fallacy of Job Insecurity – The New Yorker

Whether that increase in stability is wholly positive is arguable. In roaring economies, workers switch jobs more often, looking for higher pay or better bosses. The length of time spent at one job goes up in times of economic stress (such as the mid-aughts), when workers hang on for dear life. But whatever the cause, it’s clear that younger workers switch jobs less often than in the past. For women, also, the length of time at the average job has gone up markedly. (It’s now almost the same as for men.) To the extent that there was security in the past, it didn’t apply to women.

Source: The Fallacy of Job Insecurity – The New Yorker

Rapid Emergence of the Gig Economy is Reshaping Businesses Globally as Large Corporations Begin to

ShiftPixy, Inc. creates innovative solution to Employer/Employee problems created by affordable care act (ACA); revolutionizes “GIG Economy” structure by creating its own proprietary workforce to lend out to third party employers. The ShiftPixy Solution allows employers who choose to reduce Employee Work Hours as their default dption to avoid mandated regulatory costs and related burdens; gives them the ability to maintain workforce levels while providing employees opportunity to receive “Full Time” Wages and Healthcare Coverage.

Source: Rapid Emergence of the Gig Economy is Reshaping Businesses Globally as Large Corporations Begin to

StartX alumnus Farm Hill raises $3M as it expands healthy food delivery to San Francisco – Silicon Valley Business Journal

Farm Hill, which launched out of the Stanford-affiliated StartX accelerator, raised $3 million in venture funding this week to help it expand its health-oriented food delivery to San Francisco.

Source: StartX alumnus Farm Hill raises $3M as it expands healthy food delivery to San Francisco – Silicon Valley Business Journal

7% of Americans are ‘super users’ of online services | Pew Research Center

From ride-hailing apps to shopping services, the sharing and on-demand economy has grown in the U.S., yet a relatively small minority of the public is incorporating shared and on-demand services deeply into their day-to-day lives. Still, some Americans are “super users”: 7% have used six or more services (out of a total of 11), according to a Pew Research Center study.

Source: 7% of Americans are ‘super users’ of online services | Pew Research Center

Austin-based Convey Raises $4.5 Million in Venture Capital – SiliconHills

Convey handles the logistics of moving large items from the store to homes and businesses. The company creates fulfillment software for retailers. Its customers include Jet.com, Build.com and Living Direct. Convey reports its software saves retailers approximately 11 to 22 percent, on average, on freight costs and increases on-time delivery.

Source: Austin-based Convey Raises $4.5 Million in Venture Capital – SiliconHills