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5 things you need to know about your 2014 tax return

Originally posted on Global News:

WATCH ABOVE: Heather Loney has the details on what you need to know about your 2014 tax return.

Depending on your income and circumstances, recent changes to Canada’s tax system could provide you a bit of a break at tax time.

“Always do your research, there are always changes,” said Caroline Battista, senior tax analyst at H&R Block Canada. “Some years the changes are bigger than others, but there’s always changes. Make sure you’re getting back as much as you can.”

READ MORE: Filing your tax return? Don’t forget these credits, deductions

Here’s what’s new for the 2014 tax year:

1. Family Tax Cut

A new Family Tax Cut (FTC) was introduced in October 2014. It’s a non-refundable tax credit for eligible couples with children under 18.

Often referred to as income-splitting, the FTC allows a spouse or common-law partner to receive a credit (up to $2,000) based on the tax they…

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Startups Anonymous: The time a 14-year old invested in my startup

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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[This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we’ll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.]

Several years back, while raising money for one of my previous companies, we had a fair amount of inbound interest.

It’s without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: if you’re going to raise money, having inbound interest is the way to go.

Among the intro requests we’d receive on AngelList, we’d also get random, unsolicited emails from angel investors. To be honest, we had enough tire kickers and faux investors reach out during our raise…

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Taipei-Based Accelerator AppWorks Launches $50M Startup Fund

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Tech startups in Taiwan have the benefits of plentiful engineering talent and great hardware manufacturers. What they often lack, however, is money to fuel post-seed stage growth and guidance on what markets to tackle next. AppWorks, an accelerator program based in Taipei, wants to solve both problems with a new $50 million multistage venture fund.

Investors include the National Development Fund, Cathay Life, Phison Electronics, media company UDN Group, CID Group, FarEastTone Telecommunications, Fubon Life, China Trust Ventures, and CDIB Capital.

The new fund, which will focus on mobile commerce, as well as startups that create hardware and software for the Internet of Things, is a successor to AppWorks’ first $11 million venture fund, which it raised in May 2012 to invest in early stage companies. Founded five years ago, AppWorks is one of Taiwan’s highest-profile startup accelerator programs and has graduated more than 190 startups.

Founding partner Jamie…

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Amazon Has Quietly Acquired 2lemetry To Build Out Its Internet Of Things Strategy

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Amazon is taking another step into the Internet of Things. TechCrunch has learned, and confirmed, that the e-commerce and cloud services giant has acquired 2lemetry, a startup based out of Denver that has developed an enterprise-focused platform to track and manage IP-enabled machines and other connected devices.

Terms of the deal, which we heard was finalized earlier this week, were not disclosed. 2lemetry, founded in 2011, had raised $9 million, including a $4 million round in January of this year from investors that included Salesforce Ventures.

Reaching out to 2lemetry, our queries were forwarded to Amazon. A spokesperson confirmed the acquisition with a short statement that noted that the service will continue to operate for existing customers.

“I can confirm that Amazon has acquired 2lemetry and we look forward to continuing to support 2lemetry customers,” a spokesperson said. Those customers include Honeywell, the Demeter energy group and First Mile, an office recycling…

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Treeline Wants To Take The Coding Out Of Building A Backend

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Building the backend to power your dream app is one of the walls that stops front-end developers from even attempting to prototype their own app designs.

It’s got to run fast but efficiently on whatever infrastructure you decide to use. It has to work with any platform you might build a client for. If something goes wrong, it undermines all of the other work you’ve done to make your customers happy.

Y Combinator-backed Treeline is trying to break down that intimidation by stripping the job of building a backend down to its essence: building the pipelines data flows through in an application or service.

“Building the front end of an application is like putting together a house of cards,” Treeline co-founder and CEO Mike McNeil told me during an interview today. “You have to keep track of a bunch of parts and make a series of precise moves in order to build…

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My Friend Mike’s Miracle

Originally posted on God Running:

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Last post we talked about one reason God was so responsive to Jesus’ prayers was because he loved God so much. And because he loved God so much, Jesus was always seeking to give Him glory. If you’re interested you can check it out here: The One Thing You Can Do To Give Life To Your Prayers

Well Monday, two days after that post I received a text from my friend Mark. He and another friend Mike host a podcast called Solomon’s Porch Radio. And Mark’s text said,

“Hey Kurt …..let everyone know to be praying for Mike….he had a heart attack. ..and just went in for surgery.”

So I just arrived home from Portland late the night before and I missed that text. But another friend, Luke Salyer, sent me a DM on Twitter about it, so I called Mark and asked him to keep me up to speed…

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HP is trying to patent Continuous Delivery – here is how you can help block this madness

Originally posted on Matthew Skelton:

Summary: Hewlett-Packard (HP) has filed several patents covering standard Continuous Delivery (CD) practices. You can help to have these patents revoked by providing ‘prior art’ examples on Stack Exchange.

On 1st March 2015 I discovered that in 2012 HP had filed a patent (WO2014027990) with the USPO for ‘Performance tests in a continuous deployment pipeline‘ (the patent was granted published in 2014). The exact search I used was https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?q=performance+testing++in+a+pipeline and the patent grabbed my attention almost immediately as it was around the 5th result (as I write this, it still is):

Search results for performance testing in a pipeline

I immediately tweeted and @-mentioned Jez Humble (@jezhumble) and Dave Farley (@davefarley77), co-authors of the foundational book Continuous Delivery, to alert them (their book was published in 2010, two years before the HP patents were filed).

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