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2. Finding seed funding for your project it's a difficult task. I’ve made a list of a few European VCs you should approach.

The average seed funding raised for their more recent investments since November 2018 stands at $2.025 Million. On average, their investments into early-stage businesses total between £50,000 and £250,000 for seed funding rounds. With regards to their level of funding for seed stage startups, they offer investment of up to 1 Million Euros.

3. Google reaped millions in tax breaks as it secretly expanded its real estate footprint across the U.S.

With their growing reach into the U.S. economy and in the face of greater political scrutiny, tech giants including Google and Amazon are on a tear to expand - but communities now see their arrival more skeptically for the disruption, environmental impact and higher cost of living they often bring, as well as the incentives they seek, despite their deep pockets. "If you scrutinize the winners and losers in this bargain, you see that Google is overwhelmingly the winner. Google has a strategic interest in getting their name out of these deals so that they go down more quietly, without public debate." Lenoir, N.C., where Google announced in 2007 that it would build a data center, agreed to treat as a trade secret information about energy and water use, the number of workers to be employed by the data center, and the amount of capital the company would invest, according to the documents.

4. Ajit Pai orders phone companies to adopt new anti-robocall tech in 2019

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been pressuring phone companies to implement the "SHAKEN" and "STIR" robocall-blocking protocols, which perform Caller ID authentication. In November, Pai criticized seven phone providers that he said apparently do "Not yet have concrete plans to implement a robust call authentication framework." The carriers that earned Pai's ire were CenturyLink, Charter, Frontier, Sprint, TDS Telecom, US Cellular, and Vonage. "Chairman Pai believes that wireless providers, interconnected VoIP providers, and telephone companies should make real caller ID authentication a priority and believes that major carriers can meet his 2019 goal."

5. Crown Castle: Bill Gates bought 5.3 million shares of this hot tech stock

Bill and Melinda have seen the future, and it is 5G. The bread and butter of that technological revolution is Crown Castle International Corp., a real estate investment trust that is the largest provider of shared communication infrastructure in the U.S. Bill Gates Snapped Up 5.3 Million Shares in Crown Castle. According to the latest U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the pair purchased 5.33-million shares in Crown Castle International Corp.Advertisement. Why did Melinda and Bill Gates add 5,332,900 shares of Crown Castle International Corp. to their holding of 19 equities? It all has to do with Crown Castle's communication infrastructure and the rollout of 5G technology.

6. Are Menial Tasks Keeping Your Organisation from Reaching Business Goals?

Not only are they responsible for tasks that are vital to business development, but they're constantly scheduling meetings, taking calls and catching up emails and administrative tasks. You want team members to have the same practices across the organisation to maximise productivity and eliminate as many menial tasks as possible. Samewave is social performance management software that helps organisations reduce menial tasks such as email overload with group chat streams and direct messaging, helping eliminate pointless meetings with frequent communication and accountability towards goals.

8. How One Small Maker Is Sustainably Shaking Up The American Fruit Snack Market | B Corp

It's no secret that most fruit snacks in American grocery store aisles contain excessive amounts of sugar despite clever marketing tactics to garner consumer trust such as labels like "Made with Real Fruit." One popular brand of strawberry-flavored snacks lists its first three ingredients as sugar, maltodextrin and corn syrup, and in the product's near dozen-word ingredient list, strawberry appears nowhere. Enter Peaceful Fruits, a Northeast Ohio company that aims to change the fruit snack game by offering consumers what founder Evan Delahanty calls "The most natural and highest-quality fruit snack on the market." Peaceful Fruits' snack bars include only real fruit and in some cases a splash of lemon or orange juice. Many of the company's competitors in the packaged fruit snack space use fruit concentrate as their first ingredient.

9. Gazprombank Freezes Accounts Of Venezuela’s PDVSA To Reduce The Risk Of The Bank Falling Under U.S. Sanctions

Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank. Reuters reported this month that PDVSA was telling customers of its joint ventures to deposit oil sales proceeds in its Gazprombank accounts, according to sources and an internal document, in a move to try to sideline fresh U.S. sanctions on PDVSA. Washington says the sanctions, imposed on Jan. 28, are aimed at blocking Maduro's access to the country's oil revenue after opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself interim president and received widespread Western support. In 2013, PDVSA said it signed a deal with Gazprombank for $1 billion in financing for the Petrozamora company.

10. Penguin books executive admitted that the e-books hype may have driven unwise investment, with the company losing too much confidence in “the power of the word on the page.”

Despite the increasing realization that digital and print can easily coexist in the market, the question of whether the e-book will "Kill" the print book continues to surface. Movies, radio, television, hyperlinks and smartphones - all conspired to destroy print books as a source of culture and entertainment. The ones who still worry for the disappearance of print books may rest assured: Books have endured many technical revolutions, and are in the best position to survive this one.

11. Opinion | Bill de Blasio: The Path Amazon Rejected

Mr. de Blasio is mayor of New York City.Feb. 16, 2019.The first word I had that Amazon was about to scrap an agreement to bring 25,000 new jobs to New York City came an hour before it broke in the news on Thursday. Support for the new headquarters was strongest in communities of color and among working people who too often haven't gotten the economic opportunity they deserved. Amazon's path in New York would have been far smoother had it recognized our residents' fears of economic insecurity and displacement - and spoken to them directly.

12. Google reportedly scored tax breaks using secret shell companies

Google used shell companies and subsidiaries to hide its involvement in expansion plans that yielded millions of dollars in tax breaks, according to a report by The Washington Post on Friday, casting light on how tech companies cut deals with local governments. In the case of the Texas data center, Google was seeking a decade of tax breaks, but Midlothian's head of economic development was barred from disclosing Google's involvement in the project, the report said. Partnership for Working Families, which obtained the Google records and shared them with The Post, has sued the city of San Jose over its negotiations with Google.

13. Another 'Socialism' Fail: Panera Bread Closing its Last Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant in Boston

Panera Bread will be closing its last pay-what-you-can restaurant, located in Boston, on Feb. 15. "The Panera Bread Foundation and our Boston team have been humbled by those community members who have embraced our mission to help fight food insecurity and supported the Boston Panera Cares community cafe," Panera Bread said in a statement to Boston.com. "During its six years in operation, we served meals with dignity to everyone who walked through our doors. Despite our commitment to this mission, it's become clear that continued operation of the Boston Panera Cares is no longer viable. Panera remains dedicated to our other long-term philanthropic programs, like Day-End Dough-Nation, which donates $100 million worth of retail goods annually to feed those in need nationwide."

14. As Amazon Air Expands, FedEx And UPS May Suffer

Amazon aims to compete with FedEx and UPS in the logistics and shipping industry. That's what analysts told CNBC after Amazon Air recently expanded to 50 planes and announced it will open a $1.5 billion air hub in Northern Kentucky in 2021. Amazon is handling up to 26% of its own shipping, meaning FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service are losing a portion of Amazon's business.