• Online Jobs Marketplace Freelancer.com Moves Into Home And Local Services

    Online Jobs Marketplace Freelancer.com Moves Into Home And Local Services

    Make way for one more company that wants to carve out a business in local and home services. Following in the footsteps of Amazon and Google in their race after the likes of Angie’s List, TaskRabbit, Thumbtack and Handy, Freelancer.com is launching a marketplace for local plumbers, cleaners, cooks, couriers and others to offer their services on demand in their vicinity, starting… Read More

  • HTC One M9 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: HTC One M9

    The HTC One M9 isn’t all that different from its predecessor the M8 — it still has a premium though relatively thick design, but it upgrades in the camera department as well as in general processing speed. But does it stand out? Biggs feels that the One M9 isn’t suited for the current competitive landscape, given the recent release of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge &mdash… Read More

  • Fintech Startups Navigate Legal Gray Areas To Build Billion-Dollar Companies

    Fintech Startups Navigate Legal Gray Areas To Build Billion-Dollar Companies

    Innovation, growth, technology, user experience, revenue and gross margin have become synonymous with how you define success for a tech startup. What is missing from this list is local, state, and federal regulation; terms that startups in the financial technology sector understand far too well as either barriers to or catalysts for growth and early success. Read More

  • We Need To Get The Internet Of Things Right

    We Need To Get The Internet Of Things Right

    Nowadays, it seems that everything is connected to the Internet. There are connected socks, shoes, shirts, hats, glasses, appliances, beds, homes, drones, cars, and even diapers. Yet, for the Internet of Things (IoT) to play a key role in shaping our future, we need to get a few thingsright. The statement, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” has never… Read More

  • The Year Of Mobile Payments

    The Year Of Mobile Payments

    Ask most people what the state of mobile payments is today, and they’ll tell you it’s just kicking off. With Facebook announcing the option to ‘send money to friends’ via messenger and the release of Apple Pay last year, 2015 has excitedly been dubbed “The Year of Mobile Payments.” Yet what most people don’t realise is that these services are… Read More

  • The Unbundling Of Everything

    The Unbundling Of Everything

    We’ve been living in a bundled world. ESPN packaged with Nickelodeon, healthcare tied to employers, learning wrapped up in colleges and degree programs. We’ve grown up surrounded by so many bundled products and services that it’s easy to become blind to the flexibility and value presented by unbundling. Read More

  • We Need Algorithmic Angels

    We Need Algorithmic Angels

    A lot has been written on how algorithms are manipulating this and that in today’s Internet. However, there hasn’t been so many concrete proposals on how could we create more human-centered algorithmic solutions. For example, do we need algorithms that are on our side? Read More

  • What The Apple Watch Could Be

    What The Apple Watch Could Be

    What is the Apple Watch? The simple answer is Apple’s first smartwatch. In fact Apple calls it its “most personal device ever”. But early reviewers have wrestled with the raison d’être of the Apple Watch. Read More

  • How To Sell Your Company Without A Buyer

    How To Sell Your Company Without A Buyer

    Conventional wisdom is that startups are bought, not sold. The logic follows that no matter how much an entrepreneur wants to sell a company, there needs to be an eager buyer and no amount of seller desire can manufacture one. Some people interpret this wisdom to mean that they should spend no time getting to know buyers and when a large company is ready to buy their startup, they’ll… Read More

  • Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol

    Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol

    You may have never heard of it, but if you are a Chrome user, chances are you’ve used Google’s QUIC protocol already. As Google disclosed this week, about half of all requests from Chrome to Google’s servers are now served over QUIC. So what’s the big deal here? QUIC is Google’s experimental, low-latency Internet transportation protocol over UDP, a protocol… Read More

  • Cleantech Is Dead, Long Live Cleantech

    Cleantech Is Dead, Long Live Cleantech

    I’m old enough to remember when the smartest folks on Sand Hill Road thought cleantech was going to be the next big thing. When venture dollars into the “sector” (really, a loose collection of very different markets and technologies, bundled together under a convenient label) were growing by leaps and bounds year over year. When the New York Times declared “Capitalism… Read More

  • Oh, The Places You Will Go With Hackers

    Oh, The Places You Will Go With Hackers

    Wanderlust in San Francisco used to mean going anywhere west of Mount Sutro to exotic locales like the Outer Sunset. But a new generation of creative worker, backed by the cloud and increasingly ubiquitous worldwide internet connectivity, is seeking to travel outside of the 7×7 to the wider world of the seven continents. Two startups, RemoteYear and Hacker Paradise, are taking… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Money for Nothing

    Gillmor Gang: Money for Nothing

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 17, 2015. A trip through the Valley and venture money, 3D goes 360, Microsoft forks Android, and The Gang compares Watch delivery dates. More on Liner Notes on Medium. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @kevinmarks, @kteare Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read More

  • With Hykoo, You Can Combine Video And Text To Create 12-Second Short Films

    With Hykoo, You Can Combine Video And Text To Create 12-Second Short Films

    Despite all the mobile video apps out there, Gary Krieg said there’s still something missing — a need he’s trying to fill with his new app Hykoo. See, Vine has created its own set of stars, and Meerkat and Periscope offer new platforms for livestreaming, but Krieg pitched Hykoo as an attempt to build an Instagram for video (which, yes, Instagram itself is also doing ). Read More

  • You Don’t Need A Digital Strategy, You Need A Digitally Transformed Company

    You Don’t Need A Digital Strategy, You Need A Digitally Transformed Company

    In 2015 it seems foolish to have a digital or mobile strategy, you just need a business strategy for the modern world. Whether it’s Uber reinventing the transportation business, Instagram changing the nature of photography or Netflix disrupting video content, what binds these companies is they brought digital thinking to the very heart of their companies, not just bolted it onto the side. Read More

  • Moscase Is Like Batman’s Utility Belt For Your iPhone

    Moscase Is Like Batman’s Utility Belt For Your iPhone

    The average phone case is basically a piece of plastic that protects your device when you drop it. But what if you could add modular features to your iPhone like a heart rate monitor, a grappling hook, or a backup battery? Now you can. Moscase comes to use from Hungary and is being crowdfunded to the tune of $150,000. The case protects your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and has a removable back. You… Read More

  • On The War On General Purpose Computing

    On The War On General Purpose Computing

    The powers that be want to control your phones and your drones. And who can blame them? It was inevitable. Of course they’re upset that smartphones are making it hard to catch speeders. Of course manufacturers are hurrying to ensure that drones refuse to fly to certain locations, before they’re forced to do so by law. Those are the instruments of power in today’s and… Read More

  • How The Facebook Bubble Is Driving Online Startups Into The Arms Of Offline Advertising

    How The Facebook Bubble Is Driving Online Startups Into The Arms Of Offline Advertising

    Facebook advertising played a big part in my startup’s rapid growth. So big in fact that in our first two years of operations, all other online advertising platforms combined did not provide as big a growth contribution to the business as Facebook singlehandedly did. And yet, over the past nine months, I’ve been making every effort possible to divert our 8-figure annual… Read More

  • This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

    This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

    My favorite DIY projects are ones that an idiot like myself can do in a few days. To wit, this Raspberry Pi laptop that lets you create a portable computer with keyboard and mouse with only a few parts. The project uses the PiJuice battery module and a 5-inch TFT module. In this project you simply cut or print a case for the screen – this one uses laser cut wood – and an HDMI cable. Read More

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