• An Early Investor Offers Some Lessons From Alibaba’s Evolution

    An Early Investor Offers Some Lessons From Alibaba’s Evolution

    A co-founder of GGV Capital, one of Alibaba’s earliest investors, reflects on the lessons other companies can take from how the e-commerce giant grew in China and how Yahoo’s investment in the company can still be a model for Western companies looking to enter the Chinese market. Read More

  • The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

    The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

    A lot has been written in the last few years on the evolution of the technology ecosystem in Europe. Our intent with this analysis was to use data to determine the challenges and opportunities surrounding the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. European companies raise smaller rounds at each stage versus their U.S. counterparts and make that funding last as much as eight months longer… Read More

  • 5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once

    5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once

    They say in business you should think big. But when it comes to your career, have you considered thinking “small”? In my experience, a startup is a roller-coaster ride that can offer you incredible career experiences and teach you some invaluable life lessons. Startups can make you more efficient than you’ve ever been, they can help you expand your responsibility and… Read More

  • How To Sell Your Old iPhone

    It’s new iPhone season again and you can expect to see a rush of older iPhones flood the market. It’s a buyers market, but that doesn’t mean the sellers can’t have some fun. If you’re looking to make a quick buck, however, you can easily pop up on your favorite sales site to make back a bit of your investment. I, personally, have funded a few new iPhones with… Read More

  • Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality

    Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality

    When you put a child in virtual reality, they instinctively raise their hands hoping to see them, says Oculus CTO John Carmack. Yet Oculus doesn’t have its own gloves or handheld controllers, despite rumors amongst the VR community that Oculus would reveal a controller today at its Oculus Connect conference. Carmack concluded “The missing link in VR is controllers”. But… Read More

  • Return Of The M&A

    Return Of The M&A

    2014 has seen an unprecedented number of M&A transactions globally, especially within the tech sector. Global tech M&A was up 55% over last year, soaring to its highest level since 2000. Technology related transactions this year alone have generated over $100B. Read More

  • The “Oculus Platform” Marketplace For Virtual Reality App Launches This Fall

    The “Oculus Platform” Marketplace For Virtual Reality App Launches This Fall

    Oculus announced the “Oculus Platform” store for developers to distribute their virtual reality apps and experiences today at the Oculus Connect conference. Starting this fall on the Samsung Gear VR made by Oculus, this revamp of the Oculus Share marketplace will let users browse the Oculus Platform within virtual reality and download apps, games, and entertainment… Read More

  • The Investments In A Wearables Future

    The Investments In A Wearables Future

    People may debate when the wearable first came into being or what industries will be most impacted by the technology, but there is no debating that startup activity in the wearable space has accelerated. if Apple moving into a category is one sure sign of anything, it’s that. Between consumer interest and investor attention, the wearable category is exploding. In fact, it is exploding… Read More

  • Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Prototype With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones

    Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Prototype With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones

    Oculus gave the world the first look at its new prototype Crescent Bay today at the Oculus’ Connect conference (livestream), and I got the very first hands-on demo. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360-degree head tracking, and integrated headphones, plus it’s lighter. Oculus also announced the new Oculus Platform coming to the Samsung VR, which brings VR to a large… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Slight of Hand

    Gillmor Gang: Slight of Hand

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. The new big iPhone and its younger less bigger brother hit the streets, along with the iOS refresh that will link the shipping devices to a late October iPad update and next year’s iWatch. From the redwood forests to the upper West Side, to the early morning lines snaking through the… Read More

  • London’s Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

    London’s Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

    While London Technology Week may not yet rival last week’s London Fashion Week for glamour, there is real substance to the capital’s tech boom. This is why, for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its Silicon Valley conference, Disrupt, to London this October. A number of things are driving it. London has long acted as a “bridge” both to US tech companies… Read More

  • Air Food One Delivers Airline Food Right To Your Door

    Air Food One Delivers Airline Food Right To Your Door

    Have we reached peak delivery service? Just in case you had a craving for airline food for some reason, there’s now a company in Germany that will bring it to you. Air Food One is a subscription food delivery service that has teamed up with grocery company AllYouNeed.com and LGS Sky Chefs to bring leftover airline food right to the door of anyone living in Germany – the service is… Read More

  • Apple Cauterizing HealthKit At Launch Shows How High The Stakes Are 

    Apple Cauterizing HealthKit At Launch Shows How High The Stakes Are 

    Last week, in the fevered cauldron of iPhone 6/6+ reviews, iOS 8 rolling out and shiny new iPhone hardware going on sale it was easy to miss the glitch in Apple’s oh-so-choreographed release matrix: a bug in its new HealthKit develop tool. Read More

  • Watch The Oculus Connect Keynotes Here

    Watch The Oculus Connect Keynotes Here

    Oculus, the virtual reality headset company that Facebook acquired for a mind-blowing $2 billion dollars, is holding its very first conference today. With conferences come keynotes — and with keynotes comes the potential for big announcements. You can watch it all right here. Read More

  • The Demons Of On-Demand

    The Demons Of On-Demand

    Are today’s on-demand and local services really about catering to the lazy rich, as claimed, or are they about a new way to book services from local providers by satisfying demand more efficiently through the use of geolocation and advanced software that can map out where customers are, what they need and when? I’d argue it’s likely the latter, but I also understand the… Read More

  • Going Digital: A New Frontier For Finance

    Going Digital: A New Frontier For Finance

    Financial services are no longer the enigma they once were. Gaining ever-increasing accessibility, these services are on the brink of exploding. While obtaining greater access to financial services comes in part because our world is becoming more digital, it is also a result of new, innovative and disruptive influences chipping into what has long been a cozy oligopoly among established… Read More

  • Let’s Fix The Internet

    Let’s Fix The Internet

    I hate to be the one to tell you this, but: we, the people of the Internet, have collectively run up a colossal amount of technical debt. Much of our online infrastructure consists of band-aid and/or legacy Rube Goldberg solutions hacked together with bubble gum and baling wire; and the only way to pay back technical debt is to fix it. The good news is, we’re finally doing just that. Read More

  • The Big Picture On Digital Receipts

    The Big Picture On Digital Receipts

    What’s happening with digital receipts? The answer to that is – a lot. The last five years or so have seen an explosion of ideas surrounding the capture, management and storage of digital receipts. There has been a mad rush by start-ups and merchants trying to capitalise on the enthusiasm typically generated by a new and innovative concept and it seems, in the process, they have… Read More

  • SchoolMint Takes $2.2 Million To Make School Enrollment Easier

    SchoolMint Takes $2.2 Million To Make School Enrollment Easier

    Startups have raised millions of dollars to improve every aspect of the classroom experience, but now there’s one focused on making it easier to actually enroll kids in schools. San Francisco-based SchoolMint, a new company backed with $2.2 million in financing from investors like New School Ventures Fund, Runa Capital, and Crosslink Capital along with education-focused seed… Read More

  • Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot

    Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot

    What’s going to sell better — the big ol’ iPhone 6, or the friggin’ huge iPhone 6 Plus? The data is really, REALLY early (the phone has only been on the shelves for about 18 hours at this point, after all) — but so far, the 6 seems to be outpacing the 6 Plus by quite a bit. That chart below comes from MixPanel, who is updating every hour. If you’re… Read More