Holy hell, a lot of crazy, incredible things happened in 2017. Donald Trump got promoted from his role of Irrelevant Loud Rich Idiot all the way up to Leader of Everything; at any given moment, a hurricane was ruining someone’s life somewhere; North Korea became the final piece of proof that you can always tell exactly how insane someone is by their haircut; and investigative journalism uncovered evidence that literally every man in the galaxy is a pervert. And that’s just some of what went down.
Outside of celebrities and politics, it was a huge year for business, technology and the startup landscape as whole. On SnapMunk, we tried to cover all the big stuff, provide helpful advice and insight into how to succeed as a small business, and every once in a while, just throw you some good old fashioned entertainment. So for your reading and ruminating pleasure, below are the business, technology and startup articles that you, our beloved readers, found the most insightful, interesting and inspiring.
Thanks for joining us for a great 2017, and cheers to what is hopefully an even more eventful 2018.
Happy New Year from SnapMunk!
WHAT’S IN A WORLD-CLASS PITCH DECK: ENTICE INVESTORS WITH TIPS FROM THE MOST SUCCESSFUL STARTUPS
Having an impressive pitch deck is a key component in your fundraising strategy. So if you’re preparing to pull investors, prepare to be inspired.
7 INNOVATIONS THAT WOULD MAKE FLYING MORE TOLERABLE
Sometimes it can be difficult to appreciate the miracle of flight. Innovation, on the other hand, I can’t get enough of.
5 GREEN STARTUPS WORKING TO MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE
With more businesses going green we take a look at five startups and companies that are working to make our world a whole lot healthier.
RESEARCHERS DEVELOP CHEMICAL SUNTAN, DODGING SKIN CANCER IN THE PROCESS
A team from the Massachusetts General Hospital has found that a chemical can be used to trigger melanin production, circumventing UV ray-reliant tanning methods.
A NEW FORM OF STONE PAPER OFFERS LIGHTER, ECONOMIC, AND BETTER QUALITY
TBM is looking to take the world of paper products by storm by promising a product that’s cheaper and better for the environment.
THE 7 DEFINING STARTUP TRENDS OF 2017
It always pays to keep your ear to the industry, and as usual, SnapMunk has your back. Wait, sorry, we mean ear.
NET NEUTRALITY UPDATE: WHO’S PROTESTING, WHO’S FOR, AND WHO’S ON THE FENCE
The Net Neutrality debate is just getting hotter as some of the old ringers finally bow out.
THIS SMART HOME SENSOR AUTO-ADJUSTS ROOMS TO WHO’S IN THEM
This smart home occupancy sensor is designed to adjust device and appliance settings based on who is present in the room.
THE SEX ROBOT ARGUMENT: WHAT EVERYONE IS IGNORING
As everyone debates the issues with the advent of the sex robot, most fail to see why these businesses are pressing forward in spite of the controversy.
HOW STARTUPS CAN JUMP-START PRODUCT GROWTH
Think outside the box. Go for shock factor, if you can. Find an influencer who feels as strongly about your product as you do and use that energy to create momentum.
CURIO CURATES JOURNALISM AS PROFESSIONALLY NARRATED AUDIO FOR $8 WITH MACHINE LEARNING
Not much of a reader? That’s alright. Thanks to Curio, you can listen to articles from The Financial Times, The Guardian, and more. And it’ll cost you less than your Netflix subscription.
7 AVOIDABLE MISTAKES ALL STARTUPS SHOULD BE AWARE OF
Every business makes fairly easily avoidable mistakes when is first starts out. We’ve compiled a list of key ones to watch out for.
AMAZON BOUGHT WHOLE FOODS AND IS AIMING FOR SLACK. WHO’S NEXT?
Are these recent moves by Amazon a sign of strong future growth or the beginning of an end?
AI-POWERED JOB SEARCH: GOOGLE’S NEW WAY TO LOOK FOR JOBS
Google updated their search engine to allow users to make custom job searches based on their own personal criteria.
BUZZ MARKETING: 5 WAYS TO HYPE YOUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
Buzz marketing, also known as viral marketing, is the most effective way to promote your brand. Follow these 5 tips to hype your crowdfunding startup.
GOOGLE’S FUTURISTIC SMART CITY IN TORONTO: THE HIGHLIGHTS
On this episode of Extreme Makeover, Google subsidiary Sidewalk Labs gives Toronto neighbourhood Quayside a $1 billion futuristic transformation. Prepare yourself for taxitbots, flexible buildings, and Neighbourhood APIs.
LEAKED: DONALD TRUMP’S MEETING WITH HIS BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL
Donald Trump met with the seventeen executives appointed to his Business Advisory Council. Industry figures like PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi and Walmart’s Doug McMillon gathered with financial tycoons like JP Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon and Blackrock’s Larry Fink to discuss the Trump administration’s plans for trade, regulation, taxes, immigration, education, and infrastructure, and the issue of female representation in the workforce. Also involved were people like Ginni Rometty (CEO of IBM) and Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla). Travis Kalanick (CEO of Uber), was invited, but abruptly resigned from the council after a campaign to boycott Uber gained popularity on Twitter. SnapMunk has obtained the following leaked transcript of a conversation between Rometty, Musk, and Trump in which the president tries to get to the bottom of Kalanick’s sudden resignation.