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Small Business Start-ups


  • Airbnb is approaching 1M guests per night Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:06 PM ET
    A computer screen in the Airbnb offices in Paris.

    Airbnb, valued at $13 billion in October, allows people to rent out homes or spare bedrooms in 34,000 cities around the world.

  • TORONTO, May 27- Canadian payments software startup Payfirma has raised C $13 million in its first institutional funding round and is considering an initial public offering in 2016, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday. CEO Michael Gokturk said in an interview the company is considering an IPO as early as 2016, and could list in Toronto and New York.

  • Snapchat CEO sees a bubble, blames interest rates Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:09 PM ET
    Evan Spiegel at the 2015 Code Conference.

    Snapchat's young CEO Evan Spiegel said that years of near-zero interest rates have led people to make "riskier investments" than they otherwise would.

  • When Chinese flight booking operator Baitour needed cash to grow its business last year, it turned to Internet finance startup Jimu Box.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, May 25- When Chinese flight booking operator Baitour needed cash to grow its business last year, it opted against using Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, its long-term lender and the world's largest bank, turning instead to Internet finance startup Jimu Box. For Baitour, getting funds via Jimu Box, a peer-to-peer online platform that...

  • Hiring young data pros? Here's what they want Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:14 PM ET
    Data analyst

    Entry-level data scientists often prefer start-ups and small firms, where they believe they'll get to tackle tough problems.

  • Start-up creates the 'Uber for drones' Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:01 PM ET
    Industrial uses for drones are increasingly common. Here, a drone photographs flooding near oil operations in Kersey, Colorado, May 11, 2015.

    Workmode matches companies wanting a drone with qualified pilots who own and operate them. Hence, the comparison to Uber.

  • Uber for drones Friday, 22 May 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Uber for drones

    A startup in San Francisco called Skycatch matches companies that need drone photography with certified drone pilots. Google Ventures is a major investor.

  • What your breath tells you about your health Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:41 AM ET
    What your breath tells you about your health

    Charles Michael Yim, Breathometer founder and CEO, and Kevin O'Leary, "Shark Tank" co-host, discuss two new products to hit the market: "Breeze" and "Mint."

  • Drones for hire Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:24 AM ET
    Drones for hire

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on tech startup Skycatch, which offers a new service that helps companies find and hire drone pilots.

  • Unicorn bubble trouble brewing? Friday, 22 May 2015 | 6:52 AM ET
    Unicorn bubble trouble brewing?

    Kevin Kinsella, Avalon Ventures founder, provides insight into venture capital firms betting big on startups and whether the play is getting too crowded.

  • Shoppers, this can help you save on shipping costs Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 6:48 PM ET
    Shoppers, this can help you save on shipping costs

    Cai Li, co-founder of Singapore-based AirFrov, introduces his start-up which matches shoppers keen to purchase items from overseas with frequent travelers.

  • VANCOUVER/ TORONTO, May 21- The successful initial public offering of Shopify could prompt Hootsuite, another promising Canadian tech startup, to tap public markets sooner rather than later, its chief executive said on Thursday. "I've talked about 18 to 24 months, but I'm very bullish given the success that Shopify has had, and maybe we will want to speed that up a...

  • Need a man? This business says, just rent one Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Wealthy couple in limosine

    This start-up is selling a new guilt-free entertainment option for women: male arm candy for special events or just help around the house.

  • Can video game playing end ADHD drug reliance? Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:36 AM ET
    A Myndlift presentation

    Myndlift is a tech start-up combining mobile gaming with neurofeedback monitoring as an alternative to the surge in ADHD drug prescriptions.

  • Want to be a VC for just $155? Here's how Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:30 AM ET
    Want to be a VC for just $155? Here's how

    Mark Pearson, co-founder of Fuel.Ventures, discusses how he is crowdfunding his venture fund to invest into e-commerce start-ups.

  • How to make $100 million selling optimism Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 2:49 PM ET
    John and Bert Jacobs, Life is good

    Brothers Bert and John Jacobs have grown the Life is Good brand to $100 million in global sales without a single advertisement.

  • GrubHub's growth recipe Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 11:14 AM ET
    GrubHub's growth recipe

    Kayla Tausche sits down with Matt Maloney, GrubHub founder & CEO, at the iCONIC Tour in Chicago to discuss the company's aggressive innovation and growth initiatives.

  • Apple buys GPS company Coherent Navigation Monday, 18 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Apple buys GPS company Coherent Navigation

    Apple adds precision GPS firm Coherent Navigation to its stable of mapping startups.

  • 13 wacky and original ideas raising millions Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Magnifying glass over illustration of lightbulb in head

    Hundreds of noteworthy new businesses had to be turned away from the 2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 list. Here's a look at the honorable mentions.