Facebook is reportedly looking to boost its Internet.org connectivity project with a $60m purchase of Titan Aerospace in an effort to bring affordable connectivity to more of the the world’s unconnected five billion people. Titan Aerospace manufacture near-orbital, solar-powered drones which can fly for five years without needing to land.
D-Rev, a US-based non-profit set up in 2007 to redesign medical devices for the poor has run into a slew of challenges while trying to break into the African market.
Silicon Valley is pushing further into the automobile sector. Google is already exploring that market and Apple recently announced plans to partner with Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes to bring its new offering, CarPlay, to cars. CarPlay allows iPhones to plug into cars so that drivers can call up maps, make calls and request music.
Linda Liukas, a native of Finland, has launched a book called Hello Ruby, designed to teach five- to seven-year-olds how to code. Since then, Liukas has raised $387,000 on Kickstarter from over 9,000 backers.
“My dad said, if you’re going to do a job, do a job, and if you’re not going to do a job, don’t do a job,” says Microsoft’s former CEO Steve Ballmer, as he offers some tips to new and upcoming entrepreneurs on how to nurture and grow their business.
Setting up shop in San Francisco’s South of Market district, home to Twitter, Yelp and others, these five entrepreneurs have the potential to shake up urban life.