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Startups in 2018: Top Three to Look for

Innovation is in, what’s up for 2018?

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The years come and go, but innovation never dies. With ever-promising technology, partnerships, experienced leadership and a little bit of funding, these startups are on a pathway of success. Be sure to keep your eye out, because this won’t be the last you hear from them.

HackerOne: Paying hackers to do good, not evil

This startup is located in San Fransisco, and their mission sits right when you log into their site “Powered by the intelligence of trusted security researchers and ethical hackers from around the world, HackerOne solutions are designed to help companies and government agencies discover critical security vulnerabilities before they can be criminally exploited.” It has attracted some big names to the platform including Snapchat Uber, and the Pentagon. With a 40 million dollar investment, led by Dragoneer Investment Group, they are more than prepared for whats to come.

Orig3n: DNA Made Easy

By getting a cheek swab, the company provides customers with a DNA analysis that is meant to help people make informed choices about their health. With the rise of Ancestry and 23andme, this Boston based startup is destined for success. It’s expanded beyond the ancestry sector and into beauty, health and fitness. With this relatively low-cost science being accessible to many, in 2017, the Boston-based biomedical research company raised a $20 million round led by Hatteras Venture Partners to grow their business to the next level.

Slack: The optional work-chat.

Although Slack came out in 2014 this year Slack was on the rise! 77 percent of Fortune 100 companies use Slack. There’s a reason it’s working. Slack feeds into the multitasking mentality, allowing workers to communicate efficiently, while keeping conversations in neat, easy-to-access folders. Most importantly- this tool is free. With Slack valuing over 5 billion dollars, the company was attracting interest from technology giants, including Amazon.

 

Erin is a Demi Lovato fan, Mass Communication and Media Studies major, and Multi-Media Specialist for the City of Chelsea, in that order.

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Trump Has a Really Big Budget Proposal

And it might hit higher education right where it hurts.

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The president is feeling confident about his 2019 budget (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The White House’s 2019 budget proposal was released yesterday, with the bold headline being that the administration wants $4.4 trillion for the year. The proposal bears President Trump’s vision of an America armed for war, paid for in part by an America that doesn’t prioritize education.

The $4.4 trillion is a dramatic increase from the amount of money the Trump administration spent during 2017. Much of the added funds would go toward military spending and toward funding a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.

“We’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had, by far,” the president said. To “balance” the federal budget see-saw, Trump removes weight through cuts, scientific research, public broadcasting, and domestic programs benefitting the poor and middle class, such as student loans.

The proposal would also reduce funding for social programs like Medicaid and Medicare. Even with these cuts, government spending is projected to increase the federal debt by at least $7 trillion by 2027.

According to CNBC, “The proposal would sharply curtail income-based repayment plans, scratch the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and embolden the government to go after students who don’t pay their loans and cut funding for federal work study in half.”

Implementation of such changes to loans would be seen by borrowers only after July 1, 2019. 

As lawmakers from both parties digest the details, they will be arming for a potentially long struggle toward approval in the weeks ahead.

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Dunkin’ to Stop Using Foam Cups by 2020

And it’s about time, too.

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There has always been something different about getting coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s a no-frill — but super tasty — alternative to Starbucks or your local brewer, with down home, no-frills feel.

And they serve their brew in those foam cups. Comforting and easy to grab, sure, but not very good for the environment.

Dunkin’ announced today that those polystyrene foam cups will be completely phased out from its stores globally by 2020, reducing the waste stream by millions.

Foam packaging of any kind decomposes very slowly, washes into waterways and can harm sea life and other creatures who depend on the water supply to live.

McDonald’s also said it will get rid of any remaining foam cups in the next few years as well, though they have already drastically reduced dependance on them.

So raise one to Dunkin’ for taking a step in an environmentally friendly direction.

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Buzzfeed and NBC Launched a ‘Millennial Parenting’ Channel Today

Playfull is aimed at parents aged 20-34, which is you, college students with kids.

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NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed launched something that is being called a “millennial parenting channel” today on Facebook.

Peggy Wang, BuzzFeed’s editorial director for lifestyle brands told Digiday that the focus will be giving parents valuable and relatable information with a BuzzFeed bent. Those parents are in the age range of 20 to 34, meaning it would include some college students.

Expect to see a 15-second commercial that will air during the Winter Olympics pushing the Playfull brand.

The idea behind Playfull is to replicate the success of other lifestyle platforms like Tasty and Nifty. Together, those two channels have over 100 million followers on Facebook.

Here’s the video that appeared on Playfull’s page this morning:

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