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Inside the launch of Paris startup superhub Station F

Entrepreneurs in Paris have a new home.

A giant incubator for startups, Station F, opened its doors to the public on Thursday night in a launch party attended by French president Emmanuel Macron, Station F's billionaire founder Xavier Niel, director Roxanne Varza, and Nest founder Tony Fadell.

Station F can house up to 1,000 startups, all of whom need to be part of an existing programme. The incubator has its own programmes, like the Founders programme, but there are also bigger companies running their own startup accelerators inside the building. These include Facebook, Microsoft, Vente-Privee, Amazon Web Services, and Zendesk.

The building is the biggest central space for startups in the world. Station F is the length of the Eiffel Tower lying sideways, and is based out of an abandoned railway depot that's undergone a £217 million transformation.


Joe Scarborough says congressman called him after a red-faced Trump went on 'vicious' rant about Mika Brzezinski and blood during healthcare meeting

Joe Scarborough said Friday that a "very well-known congressman" called him after a meeting during which President Donald Trump ranted about his "Morning Joe" cohost, Mika Brzezinski.

The president on Thursday sparked outrage when he tweeted that Brzezinski once visited his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, while she was "bleeding from a face-lift."

In a Washington Post column published early Friday titled "Donald Trump is not well,"


Google is the reason why YouTube isn't a default app on the iPhone anymore (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)

In 2012, Apple and Google were going through a breakup of sorts.

Apple released a new version of iOS without the Google Maps or YouTube apps, which had previously been included on the iPhone as default apps since the first iPhone.

Now, we know why YouTube was pulled as a default app: Because Google requested it. And, it had nothing to do with Apple's famous decision to make its own mapping software. 

Apple wanted to include YouTube on the first iPhone, so it asked Google for special privileged access to the video platform, although it built the YouTube app itself.

Then five years later, Google decided to "take back control of our app," according to Hunter Walk, a venture capitalist at Homebrew who worked at YouTube for years.


Samsung is reportedly building a new factory to keep up with demand for OLED screens

A new report from Korean outlet ET News says that Samsung subsidiary Samsung Display has begun construction of a new facility in South Korea to keep up with Apple's demand for OLED panels.

ET News says that Samsung already expanded one of its existing plants to hit a production target of 135,000 panels per month, while the new facility should help ramp the number up to 270,000 units in total.

The sizeable $20 billion (£15.4 billion) investment comes as Samsung Display is the only supplier Apple has selected to mass produce the display that will allegedly cover the entire front of its tentatively named "iPhone 8."


Facebook Messenger wants to become the new Yellow Pages (FB)

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The 9 things that separate merely successful startups from ones that become billion dollar businesses

There are thousands of tech startups, but only a lucky few (or, technically 205) ever become valued as billion-dollar businesses.

So what's the difference between a merely successful company and a billion-dollar one?

Y Combinator cofounder Jessica Livingston has a ready answer: "An unpromising idea that blossoms into a frightening big one, and driven founders who see that opportunity and run with it."

Livingston cofounded Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley startup accelerator that churns out batches of 200 companies every six months. She's seen thousands of companies become successful. But she's also seen a lucky few like Airbnb that have become huge businesses.


An Amazon engineer let strangers play $50,000 of his money on the stock market — a month later, he's beating the Nasdaq

In late May, Amazon engineer Mike Roberts unveiled Stockstream — an experiment in letting viewers of his Twitch livestream play the stock market with $50,000 of his own money.

A month later, and the experiment is still going strong. Over the course of 2,125 trades, Stockstream players have voted to pick out a diversified portfolio that now includes a handful of shares in Ford, Costco, Apple, and GE, among many others.

"I'm actually quite surprised/pleased with how well the portfolio has been doing," Roberts tells Business Insider. 


How far Apple's business has rocketed since the iPhone first launched (AAPL)

With Thursday marking the tenth anniversary of the day the iPhone first went on sale, it’s a good time to look at exactly how important the landmark device has been for Apple as a company.

In short, as this chart from Statista shows, it’s been like printing money.

Comparing its 2016 figures to those from 2006 — the year prior to the iPhone’s launch — Apple’s annual revenue was up 11x, its net income was up 23x, and it’s altogether become the most valuable company in the world.


Amazon's Echo Dot is outselling Google Home — but many consumers aren't convinced they need a voice assistant

Sales of smart speakers are growing rapidly, but many consumers don't yet see a need for them, a new study indicates. 

Recent analysis by Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) shows that smart speakers — as well as the voice assistants that come with them — have seen a huge spike in popularity.

During this past holiday season, US sales jumped nearly 1,000% from the same period a year earlier. But even outside the holidays — when about three out of every four smart speakers was sold last year —sales have been up 39 percent on a year-over-year basis. 


The judges at a startup contest hosted by Salesforce gave these 4 key tips to get funded (CRM)

In the midst of Salesforce's developer conference TrailheaDX, three start ups battled it out on stage to convince a panel of judges that they were worthy of the $50,000 prize.

The prize money from Dreampitch ultimately went to Digital Onboarding, a company whose product is pretty close to its name.

But the real prize may have been the advice for startups offered by the panel of judges. 

Here's what the four VC investors said start ups should do to really make a pitch pop:

Discuss market size early, says Aileen Lee, founder and partner at Cowboy Ventures. Lee said she listens closely for big numbers, and that any market under $5 billion won't be worth while for most venture capitalists. Big numbers early on in a pitch are the quickest way into a VC's heart. Sell yourself as the solution, says Josh Stein, partner at DFJ Ventures. Stein said he likes to know three things up front—why now, why this team, and ...