Franklin Simmons

Franklin Simmons

Franklin Simmons is BusinessPundit's Tech Editor. His life is consumed with a love of augmented reality, mobility, and emerging technology. He extensively covers all areas of technology, including the computing, automotive, and healthcare sectors.

  • Shazam was set to be a failure and then all of a sudden it wasnt

    Shazam’s cofounder gave his company a 4% chance of working now it’s worth $1 billion

    When Shazam cofounder Dhiraj Mukherjee started his music discovering service in the early days he gave it a 4% chance of working. Speaking at the Startup Grind Europe conference in London, Mukherjee said he calculated the figure in the company’s early days when he realizes Shazam’s complex technology had just a 25% chance of actually working. […]

  • LinkedIn is being purchased by Microsoft

    Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

    Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The tech giant announced the deal on Monday. Microsoft will pay $196 per share for the social enterprise company. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of the professional social network, and will report directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The company says LinkedIn will maintain its “distinct brand, […]

  • Spotify Family Plan

    Spotify family plan drops pricing to $14.99 for 6 people

    Spotify just became much more competitive with Apple Music, dropping the cost of its family plan to $14.99 for up to six people in a household. Families can now subscribe to Spotify Premium for $14.99 per month and get six different Spotify accounts and profiles. Spotify introduced its family plan in 2014 but sold the […]

  • Google Incubator for employees

    Google is creating an in-house startup incubator for its own employees

    Google is planning to keep its talent closer to home by creating an in-house startup incubator for its most entrepreneurial employees, according to a report by The Information. The incubator is called “Area 120” and will be headed up by Google executives Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz. Here’s how Area 120 is setup: Teams at Google will […]