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February 6, 2018

New PCI Standard Will Help Grow Global Card Acceptance

Following the PCI Security Standards Council’s new standard for software-based PIN entry into COTS devices, David Poole, Global Head of Mobile POS Devices at MYPINPAD, shares his thoughts.

We are delighted the PCI Security Standards Council has announced a new standard for software-based PIN entry into COTS (Consumer Off-The-Shelf) devices for card payment acceptance. The standard aligns tightly with our goal of increasing merchant card acceptance globally whilst also mitigating risk for both retailer and consumer.

The standard includes a specification for isolating and protecting the card PIN when entered into touchscreen smart-devices (phones and [...]

 
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January 19, 2018

Distributed Lab Releases An Anti-Corruption Solution To Increase Business Transparency

Blockchain expertise center Distributed Lab has announced a solution based on blockchain technology, which will increase management transparency in the corporate sector and public sector.

“This solution is effectively a prototype for how transparency can be increased in management in the public sector and in state bodies. Testing of this approach in the business world currently looks hugely more realistic by comparison with implementation of the same solution a priori in the state sector. On the other hand, the corporate sector will be getting a usable tool which comes with a large number of features for solving the pressing task of increasing transparency in management and [...]

 
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January 16, 2018

How Startups Are Transforming Retail

Startups are changing how retail functions online and offline. From virtual reality to better payment systems, they are transforming the industry. Startups are bringing new and exciting changes to how you shop every day.

Robot Store Associates

Imagine walking into a store and being greeted by a smiling robot that is automatically restocking shelves and keeping track of merchandise. This imaginary scenario is not far from reality. With a gray body that resembles a pole or stick and two black eyes on a digital screen, Tally is a robotic store associate that can analyze shelves. This robot is able to see if items are running low or misplaced. In addition, Tally can check [...]

 
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January 8, 2018

Top 6 Computer Programming Tools For 2018

Everyone has a unique set of New Year’s Day resolutions, and computer programmers’ resolutions and wishes for 2018 are bound to differ greatly from your run-of-the-mill average resolutions.

And if there’s anything a programmer should plan on doing to make him or herself a better programmer in the year ahead, it’s to get equipped with a new stash of helpful programming tools.

Here are six of the top tools you may wish to add to your programming tool box for 2018:

1. Get the latest version of Retrace

Retrace has long been an essential coding tool that lets you track how often you access Web-based HTTP services. But every new version of Retrace is seeing substantial [...]

 
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July 17, 2017

How to Take Control of Your Startup Finances

Are you worried about your business’s finances getting out of hand? This is a serious concern for all business owners because the financial health of your business will ultimately determine how successful your company becomes. However, there are many ways to take control of your business’s finances so that you can focus on other aspects of your company. Below are some of the best ways you can address the financial side of your organization.

Get Reliable Advice

A large number of the most frequently asked questions about startups are finance-related, so it makes sense to get advice from an expert in this field. A wide range of financial professionals such as [...]

 
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April 5, 2017

Create new ideas for the older generation

Baseline:​ In with the old, out with the new

Date:​ April 28th – 30th, 2017

Starts:​ April 28th at 6:30PM / Ends:​ April 30th at 7:00PM

Venue:​ OXO2 Level Two, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, Southbank, London SE1 9PH

Prizepool:​ £7K

Hashtag:​ #LaterLifeHacks

Twitter account:​ bemyappuk

Get ready to mix the new with the old. Developers, dreamers and designers are invited to an exclusive event on April 28-30 to create ideas for an ageing world. Powered by later lifestyle specialists, Auriens, this 48-hour hackathon will enable the brightest minds to bring about the best new thinking for baby boomers and beyond. One aim: to [...]

 
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February 28, 2017

3 Ways Start-ups Can Ensure Stability

It’s not easy starting a business. Nine out of 10 businesses fail in the first year, with a further 95% failing within five years. The statistics are sobering, but there are many benefits to starting a business. You can be your own boss and if the business is a success, the financial rewards are immense.

The entrepreneurial landscape has never been better. There has been a sustained shift towards entrepreneurialism in the last few years. In 2015, 608,110 new businesses were started, which was a 4.6% increase on the previous year. It’s become easier for people to start a business. Despite the economic upheaval in the last few months, there is every indication that [...]

 
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December 20, 2016

Have you heard of Rainmaker Fundraiser? If not, you should.

Join us to mark the culmination of our charities’ accelerator journey by taking part in our Rainmaker Fundraiser on the 30th January.

We will be bringing together the most exciting business minds from our Rainmaker community and groundbreaking charities from our accelerator, for a live crowdfunding event to launch our graduates into their next stage of growth.

10 charities will come together to give 3 pitches on their collective impact to empower women, support young people and disrupt the criminal justice system. In just six minutes of live crowdfunding we will touch the lives of all their beneficiaries and inspire generosity across the Rainmaker [...]

 
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December 13, 2016

Entrepreneurs receive early Christmas present from John Lewis

Christmas came early for two British entrepreneurs after securing a lucrative partnership with retail giant John Lewis.

Two years ago 20-year-old Louis Porter, and Tom Coleman, 27, used a £3,000 credit card loan to found The Handmade Christmas Co, which makes and sells hand-printed personalised Christmas gift sacks.

The pair impressed John Lewis so much that as well as the sacks being made available in stores and online they also managed to secure two pop-up shops at the company’s flagship Oxford Street and Sloane Square stores. The sacks are also available to buy at the firm’s online store, HandmadeChristmasCo

The partnership comes two years after the [...]

 
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December 5, 2016

VR PR I am: #VRt

Come as you are.

Upload VR did not disappoint. In some ways it felt like what I picture the first dot.com to have been like: one part young-and-talented, one part tech-junkie, and one part rebel-yell. The artistic aspect of The Collective was the most notable, and part of that was certainly to be expected given the name of the event was ‘Art & VR’, but the more permanent components of the space were easy to decipher and just as intriguing as the art exhibits themselves. The work of the artists invited in for the evening was very good, but in the physicality of this co-working space itself, dedicated to the creation [...]

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