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  • A Gift Guide For Watch Lovers, The Guy’s Edition

    A Gift Guide For Watch Lovers, The Guy’s Edition

    Watches make a great gift (and I’m not just saying that because I love them and write about them.) Watches are personal items that you wear and say something about you; they are functional tools; and they can embody beautiful designs. Watch lovers tend to focus mostly on mechanical watches, which have a timelessness to them and are typically considered more prestigious that ones powered… Read More

  • An Excerpt From William Gibson’s The Peripheral

    An Excerpt From William Gibson’s The Peripheral

    This is Chapter 17 of William Gibson’s new book, The Peripheral. This early chapter introduces us to one of the wildest characters, Conner, a wounded soldier who came back from an unnamed war missing a few limbs.

    Cottonwood Going back to Jimmy’s was a bad idea. Knew it soon as she’d walked into the dark and the dancing, the smell of beer and state weed and homegrown tobacco. Read More

  • How The Tech Sector Can Help Stop Ebola

    How The Tech Sector Can Help Stop Ebola

    In our highly interconnected world, stopping Ebola is on everyone’s mind. The tech community has a significant role to play in the response because it offers solutions that can scale at the same rate as Ebola’s exponential growth. Many are already wondering how they can contribute. Over the past few weeks UNICEF has been contacted by more than 50 technology companies about the… Read More

  • Biz Stone | Foundation

    Foundation: Biz Stone On Moving From Artist To Entrepreneur

    In our latest Foundation interview, I sat down with Jelly CEO and co-founder Biz Stone. We discussed his entrepreneurial roots, leaving college to jump into the world of art and design, and embarking on a social startup in the early days of the web. Biz on shifting from an artist to a tech entrepreneur: This is building companies, and building experiences for people to be able to design their… Read More

  • Feast Your Eyes On The Technologies At The Disrupt London Hackathon

    Feast Your Eyes On The Technologies At The Disrupt London Hackathon

    It’s two days until the cream of London’s developer community descend on The Vault at Old Billingsgate for 24 hours of pizza-fuelled coding. I will be your Hackmaster for the weekend, along with TechCrunch’s very own Sam O’Keefe. To get your salivary glands racing, here’s a list of the API workshops and sponsor prizes that will be running at the event… What Can… Read More

  • Foursquare's Dennis Crowley | Foundation

    Foundation: Foursquare’s Product Future

    In our latest Foundation interview, I sat down with Dennis Crowley at Foursquare’s New York headquarters. Dennis was on our Foundation series in 2011, and we discussed some of the exciting changes that have taken place since then, including the debut of Swarm. We also explored the direction consumer reviews are taking, and Foursquare’s focus on refining personalized local… Read More

  • Digital Dark Matter: The Unseen Forces That Influence Innovation

    Digital Dark Matter: The Unseen Forces That Influence Innovation

    Around AD 150, the Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemy compiled a model of the universe that accurately predicted the movements of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. It was a remarkable achievement, diminished only by the fact that it happened to be entirely wrong. Rather than a relatively simple heliocentric model where planets revolved around a stationary sun, Ptolemy appealed to… Read More

  • ‘Gamification’ Is Dead, Long Live Games For Learning

    ‘Gamification’ Is Dead, Long Live Games For Learning

    Editor’s note: Michael John (“MJ”) is responsible for all creative product development at GlassLab. An industry veteran who has designed commercial video games for close to twenty years, his design credits include the original Spyro the Dragon games on PlayStation and the PSP classic Daxter, along with six years as a senior creative director at Electronic Arts. When I entered… Read More

  • How A Trillion-Dollar Market Remains Hidden In Plain Sight

    How A Trillion-Dollar Market Remains Hidden In Plain Sight

    Remember the hidden cash craze this summer? Someone was hiding money all over cities, leaving people to find it on their own. It got a lot of attention early on and got me thinking that there is a lot more out there than random $50 bills and whatnot. As an investor, we look for huge markets that either have remained hidden or are just starting to be explored. Financial marketplaces is one… Read More

  • Why We Should Treat Teachers Like Software Engineers

    Why We Should Treat Teachers Like Software Engineers

    America is widely considered a global leader in economics, business, and culture. But when it comes to education, the U.S. seems to be falling behind. In the 2012 PISA results, we ranked 27th in math, 17th in reading, and 20th in science. Our high school graduation rates are ranked 18th internationally. A month ago, I had the pleasure of spending two weeks in Korea and Japan, meeting with… Read More

  • Online Native Ads Are Held To Higher Standards Than Those On TV

    Online Native Ads Are Held To Higher Standards Than Those On TV

    National news programs have garnered news of their own recently for adopting native advertising as a source of income. “Good Morning America” recently aired interviews with the new Under Armour spokespeople, Lindsay Vonn and Gisele Bundchen, but only those who waited until the very end of the segment witnessed the “brought to you by” disclaimer. Though some social… Read More

  • Five Things Startups Need To Do To Attract Advertising Pounds, Dollars And Euros

    Five Things Startups Need To Do To Attract Advertising Pounds, Dollars And Euros

    There is a culture in Silicon Valley and its offshoots around the world that says if you build it they will come. That if your tech is smart enough then consumers, brands, fame, fortune and ultimately millions and billions will come your way. To put it simply, once you’ve got VC backing, every other industry will just fall into place. Read More

  • From Model T To 4G: How Connectivity Is Revolutionising The Car

    From Model T To 4G: How Connectivity Is Revolutionising The Car

    The car industry is on the verge of its biggest transformation in over a century. Connected cars are set to revolutionise the car as we know it, with the overall number of vehicles with built-in connectivity expected to make up 90 per cent of the total market by 2020. Not since the Model T Ford became the first mass-produced car in 1908 has the automotive industry been faced with such a… Read More

  • Airbnb Lifestyle: The Rise Of The Hipster Nomad

    Airbnb Lifestyle: The Rise Of The Hipster Nomad

    For the past year, I’ve lived exclusively in temporary housing I’ve found on sites like Airbnb. I didn’t set out with this goal in mind, but it just sort of happened. And now that it’s happened, I’m starting to wonder whether I really want to go back to a pre-Airbnb life. It all started about a year ago, when my husband and I got struck by a serious bout of… Read More

  • Where Does Online Video Go From Here?

    Where Does Online Video Go From Here?

    I’ve spent more than a decade shooting, producing, and developing original content for TV and the web, and have seen both evolve in fascinating ways. In recent years, it’s become obvious that digital video has matured to a place where it can stand as a true peer of traditional media. The milestones speak for themselves: Netflix became the first non-TV network to win an Emmy… Read More

  • Are Bots Hijacking Your Marketing Budget?

    Are Bots Hijacking Your Marketing Budget?

    Ad fraud is a well-known “secret” in the online marketing world, and it’s been around ever since ads have existed on the Internet. Experts estimate that for every $1 a company spends on online advertising, almost half is lost to digital ad fraud. Read More

  • Platforms Triumphed While Content Wasn’t Even Looking

    Platforms Triumphed While Content Wasn’t Even Looking

    Microsoft is buying Mojang (makers of Minecraft) for 2.5 billion dollars. That’s really impressive when you consider that Mojang has been around for only a few years. The deal is one more step in a recent triumph of platform companies – a triumph of recognizing that what people really want is to contribute and participate, not merely consume. YouTube. Twitter. Facebook. Now Minecraft. Read More

  • Why Your Geography Does Not Control Your Destiny

    Why Your Geography Does Not Control Your Destiny

    Editor’s note: Harley Finkelstein is the Chief Platform Officer at Shopify, the Canadian-based company behind the commerce platform that lets anyone sell online and in-store. Follow Harley on Twitter @harleyf
    Now more than ever, geography no longer controls your destiny in the tech world. While fashion centers around cities like Paris and New York, oil and gas around Calgary and… Read More

  • An Immigrant Experience

    An Immigrant Experience

    Editor’s note: Gilles Raymond is the Founder and CEO of News Republic, which offers news from 1,000 licensed content partners worldwide. He previously founded, successfully grew and sold two mobile app companies – IN-FUSIO and Mobilescope. Four times in my life I have been an immigrant: in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Singapore, and currently in San Francisco. Each time I have enjoyed… Read More

  • Big Data Analytics Vs. The Gut Check

    Big Data Analytics Vs. The Gut Check

    Data is more varied and fast-moving than ever, and analyzing it effectively now requires highly sophisticated software and machinery. But where does big data analytics leave the good old-fashioned hunch? What if the data tells a business manager to ‘jump’ but her intuition says ‘stay’? Read More

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