Small Business Start-ups


  • Just five start-ups surpassed a $1 billion valuation in the first quarter of 2016 as venture capitalists held tight to new cash.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 12- Serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur Max Levchin has raised $100 million for his consumer lending startup Affirm, bucking the trend of falling valuations and slowing growth confronting other financial technology companies. The funding round, which puts Affirm's total financing at about $425 million, came from a longtime friend of...

  • A shot of a beach taken in the air using Birdie.

    Some engineers are aiming to make aerial photography easier with a device that lets users throw their cameras.

  • The Burner mobile app generates disposable phone numbers for calls, texts and voicemail.

    A "burner" phone may seem more "Breaking Bad" than "Shark Tank." But an app that mimics them has found a home in the boardroom.

  • Boutique fitness centers muscle market share

    CNBC's Diana Olick reports small gym studios seem to be popping up all over and are taking market share from traditional training centers, and now claim 42% of the 54 million fitness users.

  • Boutique fitness companies take over Manhattan

    Specialty gyms, such as indoor cycling and kettle-bell boutiques, are eating up New York City's commercial real estate. CNBC's Diana Olick reports.

  • Under Armour CEO: Now good a time as any for entrepreneurs

    Kevin Plank, Under Armour Founder & CEO, talks about his entrepreneurship competition the Cupid's Cup, as well as the health of business and competitiveness in the U.S.

  • Happy National Beer Day!

    The Alementary Brewing Company's Mike Roosevelt and Blake Crawford, discusses the opening of their craft brewery facility in New Jersey next week, and weigh in on the craft beer craze and science of beer.

  • A trader works at the Israeli stock exchange.

    Tech and cyber-security know-how, startup spirit, VC funds and even the climate make Israel a bit like the Bay Area, says Richard Beales.

  • A woman boards a Bridj bus in Washington, D.C.

    As states move to raise the minimum wage to $15, some sharing economy companies are already championing higher pay and worker benefits.

  • The Toyota 4Runner recently took a 20,000-mile cross-country road trip, stopping along the way to demonstrate its technology to partners, potential partners and universities.

    Kymeta is a Redmond, Washington-based start-up that wants to revolutionize mobile Wi-Fi access, and it has Bill Gates' backing.

  • Nathan Kundtzn, CEO of Kymeta Corp. in Seattle, Washington.

    Kymeta, based in Redmond, Washington, is out to revolutionize global mobile communications, and it has Bill Gates' help. CNBC's Kate Rogers reports.

  • Road to Iconic

    CNBC's Kate Rogers reports from Seattle ahead of the Iconic Conference about the startup scene there including mobile wifi company Kymeta.

  • Mutual funds hurting unicorns?

    Jessica Lessin, Founder of The Information and CNBC Contributor, discusses mutual fund investment into startups.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 1- Slack has raised $200 million in venture capital financing, boosting its valuation to $3.8 billion, the messaging software startup said on Friday. Slack's $200 million round is its largest yet, the latest sign that some companies are still able to attract wary investors, many of which are flush with cash. Slack on Friday confirmed the round,...

  • Woman texting while walking, smartphone

    The workplace messaging app said it raised $200 million in its latest financing round and now has a post-money valuation of $3.8 billion.

  • Woman using Uber app

    The Uber business model, it seems, is losing some of its sheen and isn't one size fits all. Inside the shifting American workforce.

  • Grover Norquist

    Enjoying the services provided by the likes of Uber? Don’t vote for Hillary Clinton, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist says.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 18- Silicon Valley payments company Stripe is bringing its services to Cuba to help entrepreneurs there start new businesses, an action that brings U.S. tech services to Cubans as relations between the two countries thaw. Stripe, a startup valued at $5 billion that gives websites and apps an easier way to process payments, said on Friday it...

  • SpoonRocket

    The crowd is thinning in the sardined space of food delivery start-ups — and more are likely to shutter, industry watchers say.