Potential Beta

What is Potential Beta?

Potential Beta is a battery monitoring application that allows you to sync multiple devices and view the battery, WiFi, and Bluetooth status of each device. This is helpful if you own multiple devices and want to see the battery state on all of them at once. It’s free to use in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

Here’s how the app works. You create an account on one device and then sign into that same account on other devices. Once everything is connect, you’ll be able to see the battery level, WiFi, and Bluetooth on all of the connected devices. As an added bonus, you can also turn off WiFi and Bluetooth on any of your devices using any of your other devices. It’s not groundbreaking but it can save you a few seconds. Continue reading

Young Millionaires: How These Entrepreneurs Under 30 Are Changing the World

Young people today don’t just sit around and think about changing the world to suit their purposes–they do it. They may be inexperienced, but they’re fearless when it comes to tackling long-stagnant business models and technologies with fresh new approaches– ones that align with their internet upbringing and their expectation that commodities and information be transparent and easily shared. What might seem naive or reckless to the old-school regime is simply business as usual to big-dreaming upstarts who’ve been raised on the belief that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.

Occasionally, this boldness translates to major profits– and that is the case with this year’s crop of Young Millionaires, who have found dizzying success before the age of 30. They’re breathing new life into industries and functions that have been unchanged seemingly forever: car rentals, wardrobe staples, even the simple act of typing on keyboards. They may be young, but we expect them to have influence that lasts.

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How to Recruit an All-Star Team for Your Startup

Having an amazing team is the greatest asset you can have to build a strong company. When you pitch investors, the first thing they’ll usually look for is the team. While recruiting methods have differed from the past, many founders have yet to adjust to new ways of finding talent. What’s more interesting is when it comes to hiring. Although hiring is one of the most important jobs a founder can do, many don’t take it seriously enough. Simply going out for drinks and chatting is not the way to hire an all-star team.

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Need a Business Idea? Here are 55

Today, tens of thousands of people are considering starting a home based business, and for good reasons. On average, people can expect to have two and three careers during their work life. Those leaving one career often think about their second or third career move being to their own home. People who have been part of the traditional nine-to-five work force and are on the verge of retiring from that life are thinking of what to do next. The good news: Starting a homebased business is within the reach of almost anyone who wants to take a risk and work hard.

$1,500 or less to start up

Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Create a flier outlining your services. Before you do that, you need to know what those services will be. Do you want to simply do bookkeeping for a small business? A more involved level of accounting would be do actually work up balance sheets, income statements, and other financial reports on a monthly, quarterly, and/or annual basis, depending on the needs of the business. Other specializations can include tax accounting, a huge area of potential work. Many business owners don’t mind keeping their own day-to-day bookkeeping records but would rather get professional help with their taxes.


In many parts of the country, this business tends to be seasonal, but you can find ways around that. Rent a storage unit and offer to store people’s bicycles over the winter after you do a tune-up and any needed repairs on them. If you want to cater to the Lance Armstrong wannabes, you can have business all year round. These road race riders are training through snow, sleet and dark of night. Some of them work on their own bicycles, but many of them don’t, so you can get their business all year. And if you keep Saturday shop hours, you can be sure you will have a group of enthusiasts coming by to talk all things cycling.

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Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield of Flickr fame, continues to defy its namesake: we have heard from sources that the company is raising a new round of funding at a valuation of between $800 million and $1 billion, just six months after raising nearly $43 million.

The total raise is said to be eight figures, and Sequoia and KPCB are participating, our sources tell us, although the company has been talking to multiple other VCs. The Information has also reported the rumors.

Asked for confirmation on the funding, Butterfield would not comment directly except to say that 2014 has been “crazy,” and that it would be very likely that his company would raise money some time “in the next six years.”

(Butterfield is known for his sometimes colorful ways with words.)

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Squawkin – Indie app of the day

What is Squawkin?

Squawkin is a new social media application that focuses more on messaging than on things like check ins or status updates. You can control the size of your messaging circles by using three different tiers and it does provide a little something different. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with no in app purchases.

Here’s how the app works. Once you sign up and get settled in, you’ll be able to start interacting with people on Squawkin. There are three tiers of communication that you can use. There is the usual private messaging which is self explanatory. Groups allows you to create a group and populate it with people you know. Then those people can interact much like a chat room. The third tier is called Crowds and that’s kind of like following something on Twitter. You follow a person or interest and you can post there to have everyone see it. Likewise, they can do the same.

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The Surprising New Math of Startups

There were some revelations lurking in the data generated by the Kauffman Foundation’s Firm Survey, one of the longest and largest studies ever of privately owned startups. Three researchers, Carmen Cotei and Susan Coleman of the University of Hartford and Joseph Farhat of Central Connecticut State University, parsed the rich data to see what effect things like age, gender, and amount of startup capital had on company outcomes after five years.

They were a little amazed at what they learned. For instance, intellectual property had no significant effect on survival or closure. And they found no statistical difference in the survival or closure rates between male- and female-led companies. “This really surprised us,” said Farhat. “We haven’t been able to establish that definitively before.” Time to check a few assumptions at the door when predicting startup winners and losers.

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