The No-Code Movement Means Anyone Can Be a Tech Founder

Entrepreneurs of the future may seem a lot more tech savvy…while also being a lot less technically savvy. It’s thanks to a movement called No Code, and it could change how business is built.



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With a spate of new tools that don’t require writing code, anyone can build a website, launch a mobile app, customize an e-commerce shopping experience, or even create a logo. “You don’t need to have a computer science degree to start a tech company. You just need an idea,” says Brianne Kimmel (pictured), whose VC fund, Worklife, has invested in these platforms. “The first No Code conference was just a year ago, so it’s very new. But it’s been fascinating to see, during COVID, the number of family members sitting down at the dinner table and starting a mini tech company.”

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Blueprint Studios Founder Launches Cloud-Based Virtual Event Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Illumeet, a cloud-based technology company, is launching its proprietary platform for virtual events that enables brands to deliver content, connect with consumers, and create memorable virtual experiences. Illumeet is a comprehensive web-based ecosystem that offers innovative digital solutions that exceed the functionalities of online meetings or webinars.

Companies now have the ability to build interactive online experiences that go beyond traditional virtual events. Through its immersive interactive event platform solutions, Illumeet is packed with rich features that mimic in-person events through engaging content, interactive applications, and live networking opportunities. Illumeet’s platforms transform event experiences by creating novel digital environments fit with engaging media and content while allowing attendees to come together and have meaningful interactions online. 

Illumeet offers a wide range of proprietary applications and out-of-the-box tools that integrate seamlessly within the platform while also standing on their own. These

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Who Is Patrick Byrne? ‘Overstock’ Founder Under Fire After Claiming He Can Save Election

A Trump-supporter and conservative says he can gather a team of “hackers and crackers” to save the election and have Trump become president again. 

Patrick Byrne, the founder of Overstock.com, is no stranger to controversial topics. He was asked to step down as CEO of the company last year when he had a relationship with a Russian spy, and now, he’s claiming he knows how to fix the fraud in the election. 

Like Trump’s accusations, Byrne believed that the Democrats had something to do with the election and how Joe Biden had so many votes. 

He told Youtube channels and various podcasts this past week that he has funded an army of hackers, cybersleuths and people with odd skills to crack the fraud, according to The Daily Beast. 

His claims were again, similar to those of the Trump administrations. He explains how the voting machines were compromised or miscounted, but

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Zappos Founder Tony Hsieh Dies at 46; Bezos Mourns Untimely Loss

(Bloomberg) — Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Zappos.com who revolutionized the online shoe industry and gained notoriety for his company’s unique corporate culture, has died. He was 46.

The cause of Hsieh’s death wasn’t released. Puoy Premsrirut, a lawyer for Hsieh, told news outlets that Hsieh had been injured in a house fire while visiting Connecticut. He was with family there when he died Friday night, KLAS-TV reported.

A Harvard graduate, Hsieh gained success in the dot com era. He joined Zappos in 1999 when it was called ShoeSite.com and led it for two decades. Amazon.com Inc. purchased the company for $1.2 billion in 2009 and Hsieh remained as chief executive officer until stepping down in August.



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Amazon’s purchase of the company signaled Jeff Bezos was both impressed and threatened with Zappos’

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‘Top 100 Female Founder’ and CEO of Joylux on her audacious promotion of pelvic floors



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Colette Courtion has staked her claim where tech innovation has largely feared to tread: women’s pelvic floors.

“People want to discount this body part as not being important or not wanting to talk about it,” said Courtion. “This is a part of the body that has been ignored.”

But roughly half of the world’s population have them and many would benefit from healthcare attention. So more than six years ago, Courtion launched Joylux, a Seattle-based startup that sells electronic devices that can help women strengthen their pelvic floor and improve their vaginal health.

The creation of Joylux came from a lucky coincidence of professional experience and personal life. Courtion had worked for nearly 15 years in beauty and anti-aging technologies, including serving as CEO of JeNu, which sells a device that uses ultra-sound energy to reduce

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Huawei founder says American politicians wants to kill the company

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  • Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei addressed Honor employees in a written speech on Thursday.
  • He said that some American politicians want to kill the company.
  • He also encouraged Honor to become Huawei’s competitor after the two companies split.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei reportedly posted an emotionally-charged farewell speech for departing Honor employees on Thursday.

According to Reuters, Zhengfei addressed the sub-brand on the company’s employee forum and blamed its recent sale on the spate of US sanctions. His comments line up with Huawei’s recent statement where it said that it’s under “tremendous pressure” from the US government.

“Wave after wave of severe US sanctions against Huawei has led us to finally understand, certain American politicians want to kill us, not just correct us,” Zhengfei said in his speech.

While Huawei could deal with the difficulties, it didn’t want to risk the livelihood of

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Huawei founder urges Honor subbrand to become competitor after split

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei called on employees of its departing Honor subbrand to strive to surpass its parent in a farewell speech as the tech giant sells the budget brand to keep its sanction-hobbled supply chains alive.

FILE PHOTO: Ren Zhengfei, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies speaks during a session at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Huawei Technologies said earlier this month it would sell Honor to a new entity called Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology, formed of its agents and dealers, so it could resume sourcing components currently restricted by U.S. sanctions.

The U.S. government says Huawei is a national security threat, a claim the company denies.

“Wave after wave of severe U.S. sanctions against Huawei has led us to finally understand, certain American politicians want to kill us, not just

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Founder of Epic Queen receives the Innovators Under 35 LATAM award from MIT Technology Review magazine



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  • Each year, the magazine owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) awards 35 young Latinos who positively transform the quality of life.
  • Ana Karen is CEO of Epic Queen, a social enterprise that inspires girls and women to be curious and courageous through STEM education.

Ana Karen Ramírez , founder of Epic Queen , is recognized by MIT Technology Review magazine with the Innovators under 35 (IU35) award , which places her as one of the brightest minds in Latin America for her work in empowering girls and women with training in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Each year, the magazine owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) awards 35 young Latinos who positively transform the quality of life around the world in five categories: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Visionaries, Humanitarians, and Pioneers.

The founder of Epic Queen was awarded in the Visionaries

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WWT Founder Dave Steward on COVID-19, Race in America

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Dave Steward is not your typical billionaire tech-company founder. His company is based in St. Louis, not San Jose. He brings his deep faith into the workplace. Earlier this year, he wrote Leadership by the Good Book, with a foreword by Bishop T.D. Jakes, about applying biblical principles to a business setting. He’s a salesman, not a technologist—he was once FedEx’s salesperson of the year.

And Steward, 69, is the rare Black chairman in an industry that has struggled with diversity, particularly at senior levels. His privately owned $12 billion company, World Wide Technology (WWT), is thriving in the current COVID-19 environment, helping a broad range of corporations select and

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Apple still lives off Steve Jobs technology: Founder of Telegram

The new iPhone 12 Pro was harshly criticized and described as an “incredibly clumsy piece of ‘hardware’” by Russian businessman Pàvel Dúrov , founder of the Telegram messaging service on his blog .



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According to Dúrov, this model of mobile device lacks originality and innovation, since it consists of wide bezels and a ‘notch tab’ that “creates a low ratio between body and screen and an overall outdated feel for the device”.



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Nowadays, the trend for smartphone manufacturers is to design smartphones in such a way that the outer bezels occupy the least amount of front space on the device, creating a perspective of an ever-larger screen.

“It is not surprising that iPhone sales fell 21% earlier this year. If this trend continues in seven to ten years, the global market share of iPhones will

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