Two Entrepreneurs Are Levelling The Playing Field For Small Business

Technology continues to play an enormous role in the speed of business. Transforming industry and its players is a function of adoption. Adoption, in turn, is highly dependent on resource and capital. Small businesses have been and continue to be the casualties in a dynamic market that tends to favour the larger players with money and influence. Steve Lau and Rameez Ansari, co-CEOs of AutoLeap fully intend to change the game for small business.

In both Canada and the United States, small business (by definition, 500 employees or under) make up 99.9 % of the business population. In Canada, similar stats show a small business penetration of 99.7%. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, approximately 33% of business will fail after 2 years. The survival rate after 5 years: US: 50% and Canada: 42.9%.

In 2015 Ansari and Lau acquired FieldEdge,

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Sony Releases PS5 Ad Featuring Rick And Morty

Sony has partnered with Adult Swim’s buddy scientists Rick and Morty to deliver a quirky 30-second PlayStation 5 advertisement.

The two appear in Morty’s parents’ living room, with Rick counting what looks to be a lot of money and Morty standing to the left of the PlayStation 5. Rick tells Morty to “talk about the thing,” to which Morty, stammering as he does, begins to list off some PS5 talking points.

“This is the PlayStation 5,” Morty says, gesturing to the right, where the console stands vertically on a white Ikea-looking table. “It’s really fast. It’s super fast. Like, way less of those long loading screens, you know?” According to Rick, “they” really wanted the two to mention the PlayStation 5’s speed because the fast loading times are “really important to them.”

Morty then very briefly dives into the DualSense’s features. He talks about the haptic feedback in the controller,

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Apple to AT&T Wary of Full Disclosure in Google Antitrust Case

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. and other technology companies said confidential material they provided for the U.S. government’s antitrust probe of Alphabet Inc.’s Google should not be shared with the search giant’s in-house lawyers because the information is too sensitive.

a close up of a laptop computer: The Google Inc. logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. laptop computer in this arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Friday, July 19, 2019. Alphabet Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on July 25.

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The Google Inc. logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. laptop computer in this arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Friday, July 19, 2019. Alphabet Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on July 25.

In a filing Friday in federal court in Washington, Apple said it gave the U.S. Justice Department “competitively sensitive” documents and that allowing lawyers inside Google to see the information would result in “material harm” to Apple. A similar joint filing was made by Inc., AT&T Inc., Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp., Comcast Corp., Sonos Inc., Duck Duck Go Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc.


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What is a trackpad? Here’s what you need to know about your computer’s built-in mouse

a close up of a computer keyboard: Trackpads or touchpads help you navigate programs on your laptop like a traditional mouse. Ye Naiquan /EyeEm/Getty Images

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Trackpads or touchpads help you navigate programs on your laptop like a traditional mouse. Ye Naiquan /EyeEm/Getty Images

  • You can use a trackpad — also known as a touchpad or glide pad — to click, scroll, zoom in and out, switch between tabs, and more on your computer.
  • Trackpads are commonly found on laptops, but they can also be used with desktops in place of a mouse.
  • Your trackpad type and capabilities will be dependent on the kind of desktop or laptop device you have, such as a Mac or Windows PC. 
  • Trackpads take up less space and require less strain on your wrists but must be frequently cleaned and maintained to avoid user issues. 
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If you’re reading this on a laptop, you’re likely using a trackpad right now. 


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Sony Teases A PlayStation Response To Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is likely the most popular gaming subscription service right now, and all eyes are now on Sony’s response to it. In a TASS interview, when asked directly on what Sony might have planned in order to compete with Xbox Game Pass, Sony Interactive CEO Jim Ryan stated that there is “news to come.”

Ryan also pointed out that PlayStation does offer a competitor to Xbox Game Pass already. “We have PlayStation Now…and that is available in a number of markets,” he stated.

In the past few years, Sony has already been steadily trying to compete with Xbox Game Pass. In 2019, it cut the monthly price of PlayStation Now from $20 to $10, seemingly in an effort to match Xbox’s Game Pass monthly base price of $10. In 2020, Sony announced PlayStation Plus Collection, a service that gives PS Plus subscribers a selection of big PS4 titles.

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Optima Wilmette Development Receives Final Approval From Trustees

WILMETTE, IL — Village trustees unanimously approved final plans for a seven-story mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road. The current site of an International Bank of Chicago branch is located across the street from the downtown Wilmette train station.

Set to include 109 luxury apartment units and 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, developer Optima Inc. received final approval last month to build a planned unit development at 1210 Central Ave., less than a year after filing a preliminary application. All but nine of the apartments will be located above the ground floor, while the top floor will include a roof deck and garden.

Optima CEO David Hovey, the project’s architect, contractor and developer, said he was excited to develop another project on Chicago’s North Shore.

“As with each project we design and build, we’re very careful to ensure the buildings

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Bitcoin Investigation Giant To Raise $100 Million At $1 Billion Valuation

A new bitcoin unicorn is about to be born. After days of rumors flying around the cryptocurrency industry, investigation firm Chainalysis confirmed exclusively to Forbes it expects to raise $100 million venture capital at a $1 billion valuation as soon as next week. Led by Tiger Global alum Lee Fixel’s newly founded venture capital firm, Addition, the Series C round is expected to be joined by previous investors Accel, Benchmark, and Ribbit.

Though Chainalysis CEO and co-founder Michael Gronager declined to share the actual revenue generated by the firm, Forbes estimates it made $8 million in 2018, and Gronager says its revenue increased by about 96% over the past year. With revenue expected to double next year and again in 2022, the investment is further evidence there’s more money to be made in crypto than by just buying low and selling high.

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Apple lobbies against Uighur forced labor bill

The staffers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks with the company took place in private meetings, said Apple was one of many U.S. companies that oppose the bill as it’s written. They declined to disclose details on the specific provisions Apple was trying to knock down or change because they feared providing that knowledge would identify them to Apple. But they both characterized Apple’s effort as an attempt to water down the bill.

“What Apple would like is we all just sit and talk and not have any real consequences,” said Cathy Feingold, director of the international department for the AFL-CIO, which has supported the bill. “They’re shocked because it’s the first time where there could be some actual effective enforceability.”

Apple spokesperson Josh Rosenstock said the company “is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with dignity and respect. We abhor

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Small Covid Test Maker Is Going Viral

(Award-winning tech columnist Jon Markman publishes of Strategic Advantage, a popular daily newsletter about the digital transformation of business, entertainment and society — and how to invest in it. Click here for a free two-week trial.)

COVID-19 is surging throughout the country, creating an opportunity for agile diagnostic businesses. This is how one newcomer is building an empire.

Elon Musk made news last week when the Tesla ((TSLA) -Get Report) founder claimed to test both positive and negative for the novel coronavirus, twice. Forty five weeks into the global pandemic and the United States still has a testing problem.

Fulgent Genetics ((FLGT) -Get Report), a smaller company with a $908 million market cap that most investors don’t know, has a solution.

The problem, apart from the raging infection rates globally, is that not all tests are created equally.

Some, like the four given to Musk,

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Delivery-management software startup Onfleet’s Series A pitch deck

  • Onfleet, a delivery-management software company, just raised its $14 million Series A after demand for its service spiked this year.
  • Founded in 2015, Onfleet has been profitable for several years, Khaled Naim, CEO and co-founder of the startup, told Business Insider. It’s raised around $20 million to date in both equity and debt financing.
  • The funding is going toward hiring to keep up with growth and developing more tools for the merchants using its platform.
  • Here’s the 25-slide pitch deck that Onfleet used to raise its $14 million Series A.
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Consumer habits massively shifted online during the coronavirus pandemic, which meant businesses needed to adapt delivery models. The shift gave delivery and logistics companies a massive boost.

Onfleet, a last-mile delivery-management software company, is one such provider. The startup just raised a $14 million Series A led by Kennet Partners at the end

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