Apple has reportedly bought a music startup that says it can find ‘the next Justin Bieber’ — and it may give Apple Music an edge against Spotify (AAPL)

Apple has bought music analytics firm Asaii for under $ 100 million, Axios reports. Apple declined to comment or confirm the Axios report. Asaii’s website says it can “find the next Justin Bieber, before anyone else.” Apple is investing in companies with unique music data to improve its Apple Music product, which has fewer subscribers […]

The US has a major truck driver shortage — but the co-founder of a trucking startup that’s attracted $80 million in funding says there are 3 other issues that are making the shortage seem worse than it is

Courtesy of Transfix The truck driver shortage has dominated America’s headlines in the logistics space this year. However, Transfix CEO Drew McElroy said the driver shortage isn’t the only thing that’s dragging the industry down. With billions of miles being driven empty every year and technology like GPS not being widely implemented, McElroy said the […]

10 cities where it’s the cheapest to get a startup off the ground

Startups are prominent in cities like San Francisco, New York City, or Washington DC — but those are also among the most expensive places to start a new business.  Depending on your industry, it can be advantageous to start a business in one of the US cities with the lowest costs.  SmartAsset ranked the cities […]

15 Stellar Startup Business Ideas for the Burgeoning Entrepreneur

We live in a gig economy and more and more people are embarking on new business ventures for themselves. In 2016, nearly 34 percent of the workforce was made up of freelancers and that’s expected to rise to 43 percent by 2020. Whether you’re looking to leave your full-time job behind or embark on a […]

Online luxury startup M.Gemi only makes limited quantities of all its shoes, and its cult-favorite suede flat is sure to sell out again this fall

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. M.Gemi The hallmarks of traditional luxury — prohibitive prices, intimidating shopping experience, and infrequent product launches — are flipped on their head by M.Gemi, a popular online company […]

This educational startup in Russia shrinks kids down to the size of individual atoms using virtual reality

MEL Science I recently had the strangely-pleasurable experience of being shrunken down virtually to the size of an individual electron, gaining an immersive 360-degree view of the invisible world that forms the very basis of our reality. MEL Science, a company based in St. Petersburg, Russia, provides a series of virtual reality experiences that can […]

This $215 backpack from a San Francisco startup is full of clever features for commuters — here’s why it’s my go-to

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. ISM The ISM Classic Backpack was designed as a unisex bag for anyone in need of something durable for commuting, yet luxurious enough for professional and formal environments. The bag […]

This online startup makes shopping and caring for beautiful house plants convenient and easy — even for people who don’t think they have a green thumb

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Léon & George What sounds like it could be a recipe for disaster — an indoor house plant you never see in person that is packed into a […]

Pokemon Go crashing on startup error during Shiny Ho Oh countdown

Niantic has released plenty of new quests and raids to complete before the end of August in Pokemon Go. One of the big new events is catching a shiny Ho Oh, which will only be around for a limited time in Raid boss battles. “Attention, Trainers! For a limited time until August 27, the Legendary […]

A Silicon Valley startup with Chelsea Clinton on its board is launching the first at-home test for an HIV prevention drug, and you can try it right now

Nurx Nurx, a Silicon Valley prescription drug delivery startup that once solely dispensed birth control, is launching a new service that allows patients who want HIV-prevention drug Truvada to do the required testing at home. It’s a big move for the company, which recently raised $ 36 million and added Chelsea Clinton to its board […]