• How Keeping Quiet Saved Our Startup $225K

    How Keeping Quiet Saved Our Startup $225K

    Most startup founders don’t think of themselves as master negotiators and struggle to come up with the right things to say in crucial moments. These moments are the perfect time to exercise one of sales’ most valuable tricks: silence. It’s hard to embrace silence during negotiations due to the level of fearlessness and discipline required. However, it’s an incredible… Read More

  • Russian Startup Livemap Lands $300K Grant For Its Motorcycle Helmet With Built-In Navigation

    Russian Startup Livemap Lands $300K Grant For Its Motorcycle Helmet With Built-In Navigation

    As we’re coming up on the next Consumer Electronics Show, I got an update from one of the companies that participated in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at the last CES — Russian startup Livemap. The Livemap team is working to create motorcycle helmets with voice control and GPS navigation directly in your field of vision — so while you’re riding, you can… Read More

  • How Many Millions Should I Take From My Startup?

    How Many Millions Should I Take From My Startup?

    Dear Danny, I am a young founder currently finishing a fundraising process and have multiple term sheets at absurd valuations with no expectation of offering board seats. I am trying to find ways to distinguish between these offers, and I recently heard that some of my best friends are using VCs like ATMs, and taking millions off the table through secondary offerings. I only fly first class… Read More

  • Cybersecurity Hindsight And A Look Ahead At 2015

    Cybersecurity Hindsight And A Look Ahead At 2015

    Editor’s note: Yoav Leitersdorf and Ofer Schreiber are partners at YL Ventures, which invests early in cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data and Software-as-a-Service software companies. This year we witnessed a series of high-profile security breaches, from the aftermath of the Target and Home Depot fiascos, to a number of attacks on other national retailers, including Michaels… Read More

  • Good Riddance To Social Search

    Good Riddance To Social Search

    Remember how not too long ago the future of search — at least according to the big search engines — was social search? Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find any mention of social search on Google or Bing (let alone Yahoo Search). Let’s be thankful for that because social search was an ill-begotten idea to begin with. Read More

  • The Top 10 Pricing Mistakes Companies Are Making

    The Top 10 Pricing Mistakes Companies Are Making

    Price strategy is emerging as a critical path for companies to increase their competitive advantage, and bottom line. Many companies have spent years achieving gains through cost cutting, outsourcing, process re-engineering and the adoption of innovative technologies. However, the incremental benefits from these important activities are diminishing, and companies need to look at other areas… Read More

  • What 2015 Has In Store For Native Ads, TV And Email

    What 2015 Has In Store For Native Ads, TV And Email

    Succeeding as a modern, high-tech marketer means adapting to accelerating changes in technology—whether that’s leveraging Facebook’s newest features, segmenting customers with even more granularity, or finding a new platform for viral distribution before the rest of the business world takes notice. While some marketing principles and approaches stay the same, every year… Read More

  • Aereo To Be Pieced Out And Auctioned Off To The Highest Bidder

    Aereo To Be Pieced Out And Auctioned Off To The Highest Bidder

    Lest you held any lingering hope in your heart of hearts that Aereo would somehow rise from the grave, let them be gone. The courts have just given the greenlight for the company to be pieced apart and its parts sold to the highest bidder. Aereo was a startup that captured over-the-air cable TV and allowed users to watch it (live or DVR’d) on their tablets, phones and PCs for a… Read More

  • Crowdfunding Startups Are Looking To Refashion The Business Of Fashion

    Crowdfunding Startups Are Looking To Refashion The Business Of Fashion

    Crowdfunding is enabling new fashion startups to fight against the industry norm of manufacturing in Asia by bringing production closer to home thanks to lower minimum orders, willing local manufacturers and the trend of unique, customized clothing. Read More

  • 13 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    From Xbox Live being down on Christmas to the worst tech stocks of the year, here are the top stories from 12/20-12/26. 1. Gamers who received new consoles for Christmas found themselves unable to connect and play with friends. On what might be the biggest gaming day of the year, a hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for taking down both Xbox Live and PlayStation… Read More

  • Tech’s Year Of Missed Political Gains

    Tech’s Year Of Missed Political Gains

    The technology sector had a rough year in Washington. In the face of growing political spending, increasing economic might and stumbling government agencies, tech got nearly nothing it wanted in 2014. NSA reform died, as did copyright reform, and patent reform. Immigration reform? Kaput. And the recent election axed important politicians who were allied with the tech industry on certain issues. Read More

  • Who’s Behind The Internet Outages In North Korea, Anyway?

    Who’s Behind The Internet Outages In North Korea, Anyway?

    North Korea blamed the U.S. and called President Obama a “monkey” today when the country’s Internet and mobile network went down for the third time this week. However, it’s still not clear who’s behind the Internet outages. “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” said the National Defence Commission… Read More

  • On Immigration, Engineers Simply Don’t Trust VCs
  • Anonymous Leaked A Massive List Of Passwords And Credit Card Numbers

    Anonymous Leaked A Massive List Of Passwords And Credit Card Numbers

    Following through on threats of a Christmas hack, a Twitter account claiming affiliation with Anonymous released a list of what it says are usernames and passwords for 13,000 accounts on Amazon, PlayStation, XBox Live, Hulu Plus, Walmart and other retail and entertainment services. Read More

  • After Alleged Rape In New Delhi, Uber Lays Out Additional Safety Measures In India

    After Alleged Rape In New Delhi, Uber Lays Out Additional Safety Measures In India

    Following an incident in which one of its drivers allegedly raped a female passenger in New Delhi, ride-hailing company Uber has announced additional safety measures it is taking in India. Those precautions were announced ahead of a hearing that the local Transport Department will be having on Monday to determine whether Uber and other mobile transportation services should be allowed to… Read More

  • Walmart’s New Site Allows Consumers To Exchange Unwanted Gift Cards For Walmart e-Cards

    Walmart’s New Site Allows Consumers To Exchange Unwanted Gift Cards For Walmart e-Cards

    Walmart has teamed up with the gift card exchange website CardCash to launch a new Walmart-branded site where consumers can exchange their unwanted gift cards – many of which were likely received over the holidays – for a Walmart card instead. The site went live on Christmas day and is offering up to 97 percent of the value of the original gift card from over 200 different retailers. Read More

  • Healthcare Predictions For 2015

    Healthcare Predictions For 2015

    Next year will be big for healthcare. We felt small tremors in 2014 of the seismic changes underway. In 2015, I predict five changes to the core of the US healthcare system: insurance, pharmaceuticals, supplies, medical services and payments. Let’s take a look at each of these trends, what they mean for the healthcare sector, and what they mean for you. Read More

  • When Will Your Phone Replace Your Keys And Wallet?

    When Will Your Phone Replace Your Keys And Wallet?

    When I leave my home, I check that I have three things: keys, wallet, phone. How long will it be until the first two are obsolete? My wallet has only three things I actually need: credit cards, cash, ID. Any American with an iPhone 6 has already obsoleted credit cards, courtesy Apple Pay. Any Kenyan, Senegalese, etc. with a phone has long obsoleted cash, courtesy M-Pesa, Orange Money, etc. Read More

  • Thumb Typing Is Changing Our Brains

    Thumb Typing Is Changing Our Brains

    Smartphones are changing us, at least according to researchers at the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich. It seems that as we moved from phones with buttons – BlackBerrys and even feature phones – the parts of our brain associated with the thumbs are changing thanks to increased screen typing activity. Read More

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