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What do rising rates mean for online lenders? — Murat Giray Kaya | E+ | Getty Images The past half-decade has been a gold rush for new online lenders. With banks drowning in regulation and the explosion of big data opening the space to more upstarts, a wave of Web-based lending companies have emerged with the goal of luring more consumers.

Tech's pro-gay stance collides with gender problem — Stevanovicigor | Getty Images Can the technology industry be a fervent opponent of anti-gay discrimination while simultaneously a cozy boys club accused of discriminating against women? These are the two prevailing narratives about the current state of tech, and they're colliding in a big way.

How this security start-up joined the unicorn club — Large enterprises have been adding Web-connected devices to their network much more rapidly than security systems have been evolving. Information technology managers have no way of keeping track of all the various desktops, laptops, servers, printers, routers, phones and virtual machines within a network.

How ex-Googlers are building the computing future — Ex-Google and Facebook developers can also be prominently found throughout the big data world, with companies like Hortonworks and Cloudera relying on their expertise to build database technology that connects formerly disparate silos of information, enabling powerful analytics.

Is Twitter big enough to be in venture capital? — Leon Neal | AFP | Getty Images When technology companies start venture capital arms, it's typically because they have massive balance sheets and need to find productive ways to put idle cash to work. Intel and Qualcomm, the most valuable U.S.

Why Start-Ups Need to Start Listening to the Fed — Tech start-ups don't talk much about interest rates. New products, customer acquisition and growth growth growth are top of mind. To the extent that today's emerging companies consider the cost of capital, it's usually while raising a venture round. Over the next year, that's likely to change.

Why start-ups need to start listening to the Fed — An inability to find yield in the fixed-income markets along with turmoil in many foreign countries has led big private equity shops, hedge funds and mutual fund companies to seek returns in alternative areas.

Can Ticketfly take on Ticketmaster? Hello Canada — Ticketfly gained national exposure last year when it took over ticketing for the ginormous hippy love fest in the Nevada desert known as Burning Man, which attracted 66,000 attendees from across the globe. The start-up's next target in its effort to take on industry giant Ticketmaster: Canada.

How to use March Madness to make sales work harder — March Madness has arrived. In coming days, office workers across the country will spend countless hours watching helplessly as their Final Four picks sweat it out in the early rounds against Cinderellas like Coastal Carolina and North Dakota State.

SXSW may be corporate, but start-ups still flock to it — South by Southwest Interactive is big, corporate, unruly and losing its edge, but whatever you think of it the tech festival is still a haven for early-stage start-ups, a survey says. Nasdaq Private Market conducted the survey of private companies at SXSW to see the maturity, focus and fundraising expectations of businesses in attendance.
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Mar 31, 2015

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