• Israel Grows From Startup Nation To Exit Nation

    Israel Grows From Startup Nation To Exit Nation

    Thanks to a string of big exits over the past year, Israel’s technology companies are moving the country from a startup nation to an exit nation. Read More

  • The Human Impact Of The Industrial Internet Of Things

    The Human Impact Of The Industrial Internet Of Things

    Will digital technology be positive for workers and jobs? Amid today’s public debate about the consequences of artificial intelligence and advanced robotics, along comes the industrial Internet of things. Little understood but potentially very significant for multiple industry sectors, this next wave of technology will create more jobs than it will destroy, according to the majority… Read More

  • A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up Its P2P Transfer Business

    A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up Its P2P Transfer Business

    TransferWise, the fast-growing UK-based P2P money transfer startup that has reportedly been in talks with Facebook for remittance services, has raised now raised a large round of funding led by one of the social network’s earliest backers. Andreessen Horowitz is heading up a $58 million round of investment in TransferWise, a Series C round with participation also from previous backers… Read More

  • More Than 200,000 Photographers Have Participated In EyeEm’s “Missions” For Brands

    More Than 200,000 Photographers Have Participated In EyeEm’s “Missions” For Brands

    Whenever a new social network or online community springs up, it seems pretty inevitable that brands will eventually try to build a presence there. Naturally, this can cause lots of handwringing and eye-rolling — that’s why emphatically ad-free social networks like Ello attract a lot of interest, but also seem rather quixotic. So I was glad to get an update on what EyeEm is doing… Read More

  • Investors Want Proof You’re High Fantasy
  • Here’s How To Turn On Windows 10’s New, Hidden Calendar And Clock

    Here’s How To Turn On Windows 10’s New, Hidden Calendar And Clock

    I presume by now that if you are a Windows kid, you are using the newest build of the Windows 10 operating system, the recently released 9926 edition. If you are, go ahead and select the clock in the lower right corner of your screen. It looks slightly mundane, does it not? I thought so. What if it could look like this (Image via Brad Sams): It’s not hard to turn on. I even managed it… Read More

  • Filmmakers Need A Virtual Reality Editing Suite, So Visionary VR Built It

    Filmmakers Need A Virtual Reality Editing Suite, So Visionary VR Built It

    Virtual reality is as different from movies as movies are from novels. It’s hard to port one into another without losing a lot. New storytelling mediums need new creation tools, and Visionary VR is making them. But this isn’t some Final Cut clone. Visionary’s editing suite lives entirely in VR. Directors use their hands to manipulate a 3D timeline, and select camera angles… Read More

  • Digital Distribution Is Changing Who’s Going To See Indie Films

    Digital Distribution Is Changing Who’s Going To See Indie Films

    Combine a culture that increasingly encourages self-expression; an economy that generates considerable surplus capital with low interest rates; Moore’s Law-like improvements in performance-per-dollar in production technology; proliferating on demand distribution outlets for digital media; and persistent underemployment for liberal arts graduates; and what do you get? More films being made! Read More

  • Social Customer Service Firm Sparkcentral Locks Up A $12M Series B

    Social Customer Service Firm Sparkcentral Locks Up A $12M Series B

    Sparkcentral, a company that provides tools to help businesses conduct customer support over social channels, has raised a $12 million Series B round of funding, led by Split Rock Partners. The company previously raised a total of $5.6 million, including a $4.5 million Series A round of capital in October of 2013, or around 15 months ago. That places the company’s Series B round inside of… Read More

  • The Net Neutrality Debate Also Affects SMS

    The Net Neutrality Debate Also Affects SMS

    Net neutrality was one of last year’s biggest tech stories. The one that went mainstream after John Oliver poked fun at it and beseeched his viewers to flood the FCC’s comments page with tirades against a two-tiered Internet (they did, reportedly causing FCC.gov to crash). Read More

  • What Happens To Privacy When The Internet Is In Everything?

    What Happens To Privacy When The Internet Is In Everything?

    This week Google’s Eric Schmidt was on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he suggested that the future Internet will be, in one sense, invisible — because it will be embedded into everything we interact with. Read More

  • As Cloud Arrives On Main Street, We Need A New Set Of Metrics For Cloud SLAs

    As Cloud Arrives On Main Street, We Need A New Set Of Metrics For Cloud SLAs

    A lot can happen in a year, and in the world of cloud computing, 2014 was a breakout one. Cloud adoption finally experienced a tornado of demand that swept up large enterprises en masse. Yet as businesses move services to the cloud and increasingly depend on 3rd party vendors, important questions should be answered around who is responsible for managing these services and how service… Read More

  • Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Music, music everywhere, but what song should I pick? Dance music fans have it particularly tough when it comes to discovery. Spotify’s 100% legal catalogue lacks tons of cool, unofficial remixes and mixsets, while SoundCloud’s limited curation make sorting through the jumble of sporadically released tracks a chore. If only someone would build a Digg/Reddit/Hacker News/Product Hunt… Read More

  • This Entrepreneur Quit His Day Job To Make A Little Rubber Thing For Your Headphones

    This Entrepreneur Quit His Day Job To Make A Little Rubber Thing For Your Headphones

    A cursory search under “headphone management” will bring up virtually hundreds of products. Spoolee’s novel contribution to the category is a twig adrift in an ocean of competition. This seems like a small and unusual product for us to cover but there are three things that make this product stand out and that are worth mentioning: Read More

  • Mozilla Wants To Bring Virtual Reality To The Browser

    Mozilla Wants To Bring Virtual Reality To The Browser

    Last summer, Mozilla launched a very experimental version of Firefox with support for web-based virtual reality apps that could be experienced through the Oculus Rift. Earlier this week, support for WebVR also landed in Firefox’s Nightly and Developer Edition release channels. So why is Mozilla working on virtual reality when its mission is to “promote openness, innovation… Read More

  • Prioritizing Diversity In 2015

    Prioritizing Diversity In 2015

    At a recent forum on diversity in tech, Google’s Director of Global Diversity Talent & Inclusion, Yolanda Mangolini, explained that it is incredibly hard to move the needle on diversity by even 1% at Google’s size. In a blog post on how to recruit more women into tech companies, Jennifer Dulski, President and COO of Change.org, echoed the same sentiment, advising startup… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: HoloCraft

    Gillmor Gang: HoloCraft

    The Gillmor Gang — Benedict Evans, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include the future of sunglasses, why iWatch is the hub of the Notification OS, and the battle for the next 5 years is already over. And then, of course, what the Gang thinks. Plus, David Sifry joins the ladies of G3 to launch the new Handle priority mail/todo/scheduling app. Read More

  • PSA: Amazon Prime Memberships Are 27% Off, Today Only

    PSA: Amazon Prime Memberships Are 27% Off, Today Only

    Don’t have Amazon Prime? Want Amazon Prime? What d’ya know! Amazon Prime is on sale today — a rather rare occurrence. Read More

  • The Portability Angle Of Tech Immigration

    The Portability Angle Of Tech Immigration

    In 2001, I was working for Outride, Inc., an early pioneer in context sensitive search and browser history-based personalization. After the dot-com boom, search became passé. The startup couldn’t raise more money closed and its technology assets were acquired by Google. The founders of Outride were giving glowing recommendations to engineers to get them hired at Google and a few joined. Read More

  • This Industry Is Still Completely Ridiculous

    This Industry Is Still Completely Ridiculous

    Things are getting pretty strange out there. Roughly a year ago I wrote a post entitled “This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous.” Since then, as you probably already know, our world has gotten even more surreal. If anything the ridiculousness is accelerating. It’s like the tech industry is subject to a Moore’s Law of weird. Read More

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