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  • Founder Stories: Wanelo’s Deena Varshavskaya On The Evolution Of Being A CEO

    Everyone knows starting a company and building it up into something is very hard. For Deena Varshavskaya, CEO of Wanelo (“wa-ne-lo” for want, need, love), the path is slightly more difficult being a solo and nontechnical founder building a company that has, to date, raised a decent chunk of financing from some of the Valley’s most savvy investors and grown into one of the… Read More

  • #Love: Design For It Crunch Network

    #Love: Design For It

    If you believed the hype, you’d think technology was killing love. To start, the search has been tainted, or so people say. Algorithms are turning serendipity into superficial math. Swipe right and find yourself mired in a hookup culture gone mad. Try the likes of Grindr and experience the irrevocable blurring of the lines between dating and porn. Emojis offend the language of courtship. Read More

  • The Once And Future Web Platform

    The Once And Future Web Platform

    As a developer, articles declaring the death of the web are easy to dismiss out of hand. It’s not unusual or unexpected for people to predict (or herald the arrival of) the next big thing and declare the status quo dead. Yet despite the mobile explosion over the past few years, the web is going to remain the dominant software platform for the foreseeable future. First, let me say that by… Read More

  • The Price Is Right: For Early-Stage SaaS Companies, It Needs To Be

    The Price Is Right: For Early-Stage SaaS Companies, It Needs To Be

    Nothing is more critical to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business than pricing strategy. Pricing is the moment of truth for a new product … and doubly so when it is a company’s first product. But far more often than not, I’ve observed new startups leaving “money on the table” when it comes to pricing enterprise products. I’ve seen founders say their product… Read More

  • Very Foundation, Much Wow: A Conversation With Dogecoin’s Jackson Palmer

    Very Foundation, Much Wow: A Conversation With Dogecoin’s Jackson Palmer

    In my latest Foundation interview, I sit down with entrepreneur Jackson Palmer. Jackson is the brains behind the fast-growing cryptocurrency known as Dogecoin. We discuss the Dogecoin community’s ability to raise money for good (like sending the Jamaican Bobsled team to Sochi), and Jackson’s views on what digital currency will look like in five years. Jackson on how to grow… Read More

  • #Love: When Mothers Text Crunch Network

    #Love: When Mothers Text

    I bought my mom a cellphone a few years ago. It was just a simple Nokia flip phone. Something to keep with her on long drives to use in an emergency. She has a penchant for driving long distances, often to see me. The first thing she did was send me a text. I don’t even remember what it said. She probably does. But I do remember the exchange that followed. I texted: “hey look at… Read More

  • Lost In Translation — Don’t Mistake British Reserve For Lack Of Ambition Crunch Network

    Lost In Translation — Don’t Mistake British Reserve For Lack Of Ambition

    Editor’s note: Robin Klein is a Venture Partner at Index Ventures in London. This post has been ‘brewing’ in my mind for a number of years now. It’s only taken a shape worthy of publication thanks to Julian Rowe, principal at Horsley Bridge (that Blue Chip investor in the world’s great tech VCs). During a recent meeting, Julian and I were talking about the… Read More

  • How I Killed A Startup In 4 Hours (And Why I Don’t Regret It) Crunch Network

    How I Killed A Startup In 4 Hours (And Why I Don’t Regret It)

    I hate activist journalism. But last week, I was responsible for the death of a startup. It was probably the fastest death in the history of the tech industry: four hours from launch to dead-pool, by my reckoning. If that sounds like boasting, well… I’m afraid it is. Let me explain. Read More

  • Let’s Talk About Exits, Berlin

    Let’s Talk About Exits, Berlin

    This guest post is written by Ciarán O’Leary and Jade Read, VCs at Earlybird in Berlin. They invest across Europe in companies such as Wunderlist, Onefootball, SocialBakers, Auctionata, Rapidminer and EyeEm. Ciarán usually blogs over at What’s missing in the Berlin tech ecosystem? Well, a few things. But the elephant in the room really is one – no, a few… Read More

  • Founder Stories: Serial Entrepreneur Karl Jacob Is Up At The Plate Again With Hangtime

    Founder Stories: Serial Entrepreneur Karl Jacob Is Up At The Plate Again With Hangtime

    If Bo knows football and every other sport, Karl Jacob knows startups. Depending on how you count it, Jacob, a former Apple intern and Benchmark EIR, is on his sixth (or seventh?) startup: Hangtime, which aggregates future events in a single app and database. In his career, Jacob has raised over $200 million in venture capital across the companies he’s founded, and in this discussion… Read More

  • MIT’s FingerReader Helps The Blind Read With A Swipe Of A Digit

    MIT’s FingerReader Helps The Blind Read With A Swipe Of A Digit

    At MIT’s Media Labs, researchers Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber and others are working on the “FingerReader,” a ring-like device that straps itself around your finger and reads printed text out loud with a synthesized voice, thanks to a mounted camera and heavily modified open source software. The FingerReader’s voice is clipped and metallic – what one might liken… Read More

  • A Multi-Factor Analysis Of Startups Crunch Network

    A Multi-Factor Analysis Of Startups

    Every decision we make from what to wear to whom to hire requires a balance of multiple factors. Selecting a startup to invest in isn’t much different. First, we have a number of alternatives, i.e. our deal flow. We don’t have access to all available deals. Second, we have a limited amount of time to decide and we have other constraints, such as how much cash we have… Read More

  • Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast Crunch Network

    Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

    I used to think corporate culture didn’t matter. Discussion of vision, mission and values was for people who couldn’t build product or sell it! We had work to do and this MBA BS was getting in the way! And then my first company failed. Read More

  • A Wearables Startup Playbook Crunch Network

    A Wearables Startup Playbook

    The rise of mobile broadband, commodity sensors, smartphone-based companion apps, virtualized manufacturing and supply chain, crowdfunding, and nimble design have converged to make wearables mainstream. With the category now validated as a strategic hotspot for all major corporations and platforms, investors are clamoring to fund wearable tech startups. Read More

  • Changing Our Education System One Programmer At A Time Crunch Network

    Changing Our Education System One Programmer At A Time

    In the off chance you’ve been sleeping under a rock with no Wi-Fi for the past 20 years, here’s some news: The U.S. educational system is under attack from multiple fronts and is on the verge of being reshaped by a profound entrepreneurial uprising. This is acutely evident in higher education. Colleges are in an unsustainable arms race of spending on non-teaching lures –… Read More

  • These Aren’t The Patent Trolls You’re Looking For Crunch Network

    These Aren’t The Patent Trolls You’re Looking For

    Over the past few years, the debate over so-called “patent trolls” has risen to a fever pitch. Businesses of all sizes have complained about the “horrible” effects of patent trolls. Legal scholars are performing studies to determine their impact. Every branch of the federal government has become involved in attempts to limit their efficacy: President Obama has… Read More

  • Founder Stories: For Matt Tucker, A Life’s Work In Building Jive Software

    Jive‘s CTO, Matt Tucker, is a pretty unassuming guy. If you didn’t know him, you’d never know Tucker is a co-founder of the 13-year old company, which he helped launch from his college days, which was bootstrapped for the first six years of its life, and which went public in 2011. Over the arc of Jive’s history, Tucker has assumed roles both as the CTO and Head of… Read More

  • The Fallacy Of Android-First Crunch Network

    The Fallacy Of Android-First

    In late 2012, we decided to launch Emu on Android first. It went against the conventional wisdom at the time, but we saw a real advantage. 16 months later, we’re back on iOS: Emu for iPhone launched on April 2. Here’s why Android didn’t work out for us…and why you should think carefully before going Android-first. Read More

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