• Amazon Vs. Hachette: Fewer Middlemen Equals A Better World

    Amazon Vs. Hachette: Fewer Middlemen Equals A Better World

    By now everyone is well aware of the ongoing battle between Amazon and publisher Hachette. The thing is, we all know how this story ends, we just don’t know when it will be over. This one does not have a David vs. Goliath ending. Goliath is going to win — and that is a good thing for the world. Read More

  • AnandTech Founder Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From Writing

    AnandTech Founder Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From Writing

    We don’t always note when fellow tech writers hang up their hats, as those posts can start to seem a bit inside baseball-y. There are times when we just can’t help it, though — some writers are just too darned important. This is gonna be one of those times. Anand Lal Shimpi, namesake founder of the much-adored hardware news/review site AnandTech, announced his retirement… Read More

  • How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries

    How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries

    Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is earned by a few powerful publishers who enjoy profit margins of up to 40 percent. Inflated subscriptions sold to academic libraries keep them moving ahead because the librarians feel they have no choice but to buy. These companies add little value to… Read More

  • Lessons From The Sharing Economy

    Lessons From The Sharing Economy

    Companies everywhere are jumping on the sharing economy trend – from sharing skills to houses to cars, the sharing economy is transforming many industries. Technology has lowered the barriers so that anyone can provide services blurring the line between “personal” and “professional.” Read More

  • Intel’s CEO Envisions A Future Where Wearables Don’t Look Like Wearables — And It’s Not That Far Away

    Intel’s CEO Envisions A Future Where Wearables Don’t Look Like Wearables — And It’s Not That Far Away

    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich foresees a day when a wearable is no longer seen a one-size-fits-all device that you put on your wrist. That day could be coming sooner rather than later, as Intel-based wearable products will likely be shown off in the coming weeks at NY Fashion Week. Read More

  • Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship

    Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship

    One of the brilliant things about tech leaders and pundits in Silicon Valley is their true passion for entrepreneurship and their belief in the power of the human spirit and intellect. Surrounded by the sight of so many motivated and talented founders in the Valley itself, they assume that this optimistic sensibility can override nearly any obstacle for a dedicated entrepreneur. Read More

  • Five Factors In Building Giants Of The Big Data Era

    Five Factors In Building Giants Of The Big Data Era

    As we enter the second half of 2014, it would be fair to say that big data has gone mainstream, attracting coffee table books, multiple industry landscapes, consumer applications, and large amounts of funding. Having seen many technology cycles during our 45 years in venture capital including the birth of the PC era, the transition to client-server computing, then Web-based computing, to… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Summertime Blues

    Gillmor Gang: Summertime Blues

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. This one seems more like an AA meeting for Apple addiction, as the Gang stumbles around pretending to be interested in Twitter tinkering with the Favorites model while just killing time until September 9. The reason we’re in reasonable humor is that we know we’re in for… Read More

  • DrinkMate Is A Tiny, Plug-In Breathalyzer For Android Devices

    DrinkMate Is A Tiny, Plug-In Breathalyzer For Android Devices

    Devices that plug into smartphones to augment the built-in sensors with additional smarts are continuing to make their way to market, many fueled by crowdfunding. Here’s another contender aiming to extend the capability of Android smartphones: a teeny breathalyzer called DrinkMate, currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter to make it to market by December. Read More

  • In Defense Of Square Smartwatches

    In Defense Of Square Smartwatches

    All the smartphone hype is currently around round watches. When LG and Samsung announced their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year, most pundits had a heard time getting excited about them — in part because everybody was still waiting for the round Moto 360. Since then, we haven’t heard all that much about the square watches from those two manufacturers… Read More

  • How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google

    How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google

    Editor’s note: Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling. It always breaks my heart a little when the startups with the most radiant potential hit their troughs of disillusionment and then cash out to a deep-pocketed buyer. This is not because I begrudge… Read More

  • Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

    Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

    Anonymity: it’s all the rage–Whisper, Secret–and it’s rage-inducing. A Brazilian court has ruled that Secret must be removed from app stores there, and existing installs remotely wiped. The UK’s House of Lords has recommended the end of online anonymity. As usual, judges and politicians don’t understand technology. Anonymity can used for awful things, yes… Read More

  • Multi-Factor Analysis Of Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 Class

    Multi-Factor Analysis Of Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 Class

    In my previous article, I wrote about how multi-factor analysis of startups helps avoid decision biases such as availability, anchoring or the famous “herd-mentality.” The merits of the theories behind this approach go back to the 1950’s. But based on the feedback our team received, we felt encouraged to share a sample analysis with everyone to explain the inner workings of… Read More

  • Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

    Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

    After eight years of studying best practices for expanding a business, a pair of Stanford professors are scaling up the size of their classroom with their first foray into massive open online courses (MOOC). Huggy Rao and Robert Sutton, the authors of “Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling For Less,” will bring the lessons they learned from their research to… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    Before we take off for the long weekend, check out the best stories from the past week (8/23-8/29). After months of rumors suggesting that Google was prepped to snatch up Twitch, Amazon ended up dropping the money to make this deal happen. Alex Wilhelm originally reported the news for TechCrunch, but Kyle Russell offered some critical analysis about how Amazon’s acquisition is too big… Read More

  • Clever Launches New Instant Log In Feature

    Clever Launches New Instant Log In Feature

    When adults are struggling to remember all of their passwords, how can second graders? After launching to provide a common API for K-12 education two years ago, Clever wants to help instructors teach more and worry about resetting students’ forgotten passwords less. The education technology company recently launched a feature that will allow students to use a single sign on to all of… Read More

  • The Revival Of Semiconductor Funding

    The Revival Of Semiconductor Funding

    Over the past few years the semiconductor funding ecosystem experienced a significant downturn. According to the GSA survey, there were only 5 Series A semiconductor funding rounds and 10 exits in 2010 in North America, Europe and Israel. Most of the VCs who invested in Semiconductors shifted their focus to software startups due to higher scalability, faster time-to-exit and low cost of failure. Read More

  • WTF
    Someone 3D Printed A Castle In His Backyard And It’s Awesome

    Someone 3D Printed A Castle In His Backyard And It’s Awesome

    I now know what I want for my birthday. Using customized 3D printing technology, Andrey Rudenko printed a castle in his backyard. It took him two years from conception to completion. The result is incredible: Better than that image is a clip from his website, showing how the construction process worked: According to Rudenko, building the castle with concrete had some unique issues. Rudenko… Read More

  • ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

    ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

    Since the introduction of custom keyboards in iOS 8 at this year’s WWDC, we’ve seen a few implementations come from developers preparing solutions aiming to make the typing experience more convenient on the iPhone. Taphive’s ThemeBoard is something else — it’s a keyboard that mostly acts like Apple’s, but you can customize it with designs from the community. Read More