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  • The Lean Hardware Startup: Investing in Hardware Startups

    The Lean Hardware Startup: Investing in Hardware Startups

    Nest and Oculus got acquired for billions, Jawbone and GoPro are going IPO, multiple projects are crossing the $1m bar on KickStarter. Something is happening in hardware. Yet many investors from angels to institutional investors are still reluctant to getting into hardware before it’s a proven market. At HAXLR8R we typically invest a year before the product hits the market. Here is some… Read More

  • “Full Disclosure” Shutdown Raises Questions About Email Mailing Lists In The Social Media Era Crunch Network

    “Full Disclosure” Shutdown Raises Questions About Email Mailing Lists In The Social Media Era

    In the days before Twitter, Facebook and even Friendster had arrived, a great deal of social interaction on the Internet occurred via email mailing lists. The closure last week of an information security mailing list, Full Disclosure, prompted a number of InfoSec professionals to ask whether these lists still have relevance when so many powerful new social media platforms are available to… Read More

  • Hack Your Summer Crunch Network

    Hack Your Summer

    Summer is just around the corner, and if you’re in college, chances are either you’ve already got your internship lined up or you’re racing to get an internship lined up. What happens if you can’t get one? Read More

  • Winning AngelList

    Winning AngelList

    It’s a 500,000 person party, and you’re invited. It’s 24/7, no charge for entrance, and when you leave you could go home with a pile of cash instead of a creeping hangover. As Fred Wilson says, “If you’re working in tech and you’re trying to raise an angel round, you have to be on AngelList. You just have to be there.” Read More

  • Facebook’s Oculus Buy Will Force A New Social Future Crunch Network

    Facebook’s Oculus Buy Will Force A New Social Future

    Some reacted to Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR less than enthusiastically, but the announcement is one of the most exciting opportunities for the future of Social VR — a future where virtual reality will help build stronger online interactions through more expressive communication and shared experiences. Read More

  • The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft Crunch Network

    The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft

    Microsoft had become an oft-ignored, behemoth to the North, despite $77 billion in revenue and $57 billion in profits. It seemed that the mobile revolution had passed it by. Although Steve Ballmer was already making many of the right moves, it took new CEO Satya Nadella to fully accept that Microsoft had to move beyond Windows into a new future of apps and cloud services. Read More

  • How One Cloud Enterprise Startup Decided To Sell To Microsoft Crunch Network

    How One Cloud Enterprise Startup Decided To Sell To Microsoft

    When Ursheet Parikh sold his company StorSimple in 2012 to Microsoft, it was one of the largest deals in the cloud infrastructure sector to date. But that wasn’t the only thing unusual about it. It was also a fairly large deal for which he played the “banker” and negotiated the deal. This is not unheard of, but it is an interesting example of how such a process can work in… Read More

  • Pre-IPO Imperative: Know Your Customer Crunch Network

    Pre-IPO Imperative: Know Your Customer

    The IPO window is currently wide open. Riding the wave of strong IPO performance over the past few years (the classes of ‘12 and ‘13 IPOs have on average returned 234 percent and 78 percent, respectively, according to Deutsche Bank data), a growing number of high-growth, venture-backed companies are filing for IPOs. In fact, five venture-backed IPOs have been completed already… Read More

  • Facebook Bought Oculus VR To Create The Metaverse, Or Why Angry Kickstarter Backers Need To Chill Crunch Network

    Facebook Bought Oculus VR To Create The Metaverse, Or Why Angry Kickstarter Backers Need To Chill

    There are many people out there who take a pessimistic view of Facebook. To them, Mark Zuckerberg is a huckster, out to sell us the snake oils of distraction and dopamine in exchange for our eyeballs and personal data. I take the more optimistic view. Read More

  • Pedius Lets Italy’s Deaf Make Phone Calls, With More Countries To Come

    Pedius Lets Italy’s Deaf Make Phone Calls, With More Countries To Come

    Pedius is a four month-old Italian start-up that has an app currently available for Android that enables the deaf to make phone calls. The user texts a message, and that text translates to speech at the other side of the phone call. There is also a clean-looking website to accompany it, and, although it is currently available only in Italian, it is soon set to expand to Brazil, the United… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone 5c Sales Story Is A Complex One

    Apple’s iPhone 5c Sales Story Is A Complex One

    For years, pundits and analysts have been suggesting that the only way for Apple to compete against cheap Android phones, especially in China and throughout Asia, was to produce a cheap iPhone. Well, Apple finally relented (sort of) when it released the cheapish iPhone 5c –only data suggests that the Chinese prefer the higher-end iPhone. Read More

  • Automating Layouts Bring Flipboard’s Magazine Style To Web And Windows Crunch Network

    Automating Layouts Bring Flipboard’s Magazine Style To Web And Windows

    Good layout design frames a story and impacts how you are informed by the content. For example, in the hallways of Sports Illustrated, editors hang up every page of the print edition to be reviewed and manually tweaked before publication. Read More

  • Let’s End The Search For Mobile TV Crunch Network

    Let’s End The Search For Mobile TV

    Mobile TV has never been a thing. Since the Sony Watchman in 1982, we’ve been excited at the prospect of mobile TV, but no matter how good our devices are, there still seems to be something missing. As recently as this January, Josh Elman noted to John Borthwick that the results of the Homescreen 2014 study show that even now, no one keeps mobile video apps on their smartphone… Read More

  • A May-December Media Strategy Could Help Locally Focused Startups Crunch Network

    A May-December Media Strategy Could Help Locally Focused Startups

    In Silicon Valley, it’s sometimes easy to focus solely on social and other types of cutting-edge, digital advertising when advising startups on their marketing strategies. But these businesses can also amp up customer acquisitions by combining their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest strategies with old-school, traditional-media marketing campaigns. Read More

  • After WhatsApp: An Insider’s View On What’s Next In Messaging Crunch Network

    After WhatsApp: An Insider’s View On What’s Next In Messaging

    I was driving to a meeting in San Francisco when I got the message: “Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.” I pulled over and watched as messages started to stream in. Everyone had the same question: Is Facebook crazy? As the CEO of the only smartphone messenger more popular than WhatsApp in the US, I gave them all the same answer: “No.” In fact, we had expected… Read More

  • Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking Crunch Network

    Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking

    Imagine you’re a 17-year-old girl at a well-to-do high school in Los Angeles, and you just discovered Snapchat. Until that moment, every time you thought about sending risqué photos to your romantic interest, you had to worry about images of your naked self ending up on the internet. When you wanted to gossip with your peers about a crush or a friend or an enemy, you had to worry about… Read More

  • Lawyer, Disrupt Thyself Crunch Network

    Lawyer, Disrupt Thyself

    According to TechCrunch, law is the sector with the least VC investment. I’m not at all surprised by that. I’ve been practicing law for nearly 25 years, in myriad settings (large firm, GC at a tech company and now GC at a venture capital firm), and I’ve seen precious little innovation in my field over that time, and certainly nothing that promises to be… Read More

  • Brazil’s ‘Constitution Of The Internet’ Puts Net Neutrality In The Spotlight

    Brazil’s ‘Constitution Of The Internet’ Puts Net Neutrality In The Spotlight

    Brazil’s Congress is days away from voting on Marco Civil, the country’s first major internet legislation, and the big issue at stake is net neutrality. Read More

  • Why We Hate Google Glass — And All New Tech

    Why We Hate Google Glass — And All New Tech

    I have a theory. When it comes to new technology, there are a bunch of early adopters who start using it and everyone else sees the very worst in the technology, ultimately belittling, dismissing and making fun of those who use it. But in spite of this initial negative reaction the technology finds its way into the mainstream, after a time, and the early fears and misinformation fades away. Read More

  • Why Can’t A Startup Build A Self-Driving Car? Crunch Network

    Why Can’t A Startup Build A Self-Driving Car?

    On a 10- to 20-year horizon, large-scale technologic innovation is going to center around machine intelligence, robotics and sensors. Each of these fields requires gargantuan amounts of capital and a lot of patience, a combination well beyond the scope of even the most progressive venture capital firm. Read More

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