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  • Avoid Stagnation: Acceleration Trumps Incubation Crunch Network

    Avoid Stagnation: Acceleration Trumps Incubation

    Interest in startup accelerators and incubators has exploded in the past several years, but how effective have they been? One thing that has become clear is that “incubator” and “accelerator” refer to two very different models for startup workspaces, and the distinctions may have significant effects on startup success. Read More

  • Potcoin, A New Cryptocurrency To Help Ease The War On Drugs Crunch Network

    Potcoin, A New Cryptocurrency To Help Ease The War On Drugs

    It started with one evocative name shouted into the phone from one developer to another: “Potcoin!” The Founding Fathers had to work for years to craft a Constitution that would grant the government the power to “coin money.” However, three developers in the frozen north, who were only able to provide me with pseudonyms because the businesses and investors… Read More

  • David Byttow of Secret | Foundation

    Foundation: Secret’s David Byttow Talks Privacy, Security, and Company Origins

    Today is an exciting day for Secret, one of the most talked about new startups in Silicon Valley which just raised another round of funding. I sat down with Secret’s co-founder David Byttow this week for a revealing conversation about his time as an engineer at Google, Medium, and Square, and how he gained the courage to break out on his own as an entrepreneur. Read More

  • Predicting The Next IPO Wave: The Era Of The Enterprise Crunch Network

    Predicting The Next IPO Wave: The Era Of The Enterprise

    Over the last three years, we’ve seen an increasing number of tech IPOs – many from consumer facing companies that we’ve long known were headed for an IPO. I’m talking about Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Yelp, Groupon, Zynga, etc., which most casual observers could see from a mile away. Markets tend to be swayed by sexy consumer offerings; however, we should be paying… Read More

  • Reverb CEO Tony Tam | Founder Stories

    Founder Stories: When It Comes To Open-Source Technologies, Reverb’s Tony Tam Has A Word For It

    Have you ever watched a TED talk and thought, “That should be a company!” Well, that’s happened a few times, I’m sure, and one of them is right here in Silicon Valley. Years ago, wordsmith Erin McKean delivered a TED talk on her vision around the lexicography and meaning of words. This particular talk struck a chord with an investor named Roger McNamee, who in turn… Read More

  • Success, Reality And The Myth Of “Up And To The Right” Crunch Network

    Success, Reality And The Myth Of “Up And To The Right”

    Despite what many are led to believe, great startups rarely move linearly “up and to the right.” They zig, they zag, they take detours and often “pivot” several times to get to a positive outcome. The BlueKai story is a great example of this point, which I make often to entrepreneurs. Read More

  • Secrets, Lies And Startup Leaks: Mitigating Tech Company Paranoia In An Age Of Constant Crisis Crunch Network

    Secrets, Lies And Startup Leaks: Mitigating Tech Company Paranoia In An Age Of Constant Crisis

    It’s been an interesting few weeks for Silicon Valley insiders. Secret, the anonymous messaging app, has caused several communication crises for some prominent tech companies, and many more are no doubt on their way. By making the entire revelatory process anonymous and shareable, even seductive, the app’s attracted tech company leaks and spiteful rumors like never before. Read More

  • TraveDoc, A Healthcare App For Travelers, Will Expand To The Middle East And South Asia

    TraveDoc, A Healthcare App For Travelers, Will Expand To The Middle East And South Asia

    If you get sick while traveling, TraveDoc, an Uber for healthcare that currently operates in Ghana and Singapore, wants to be your go-to app. This week, CEO Marcel Muenster told me his company has imminent plans for expansion to the Middle East and South Asia, although he didn’t specify which countries, or even how many. Read More

  • Centrify’s Tom Kemp On Preparing Technology Companies For The Long Haul

    On a first glance, it wouldn’t be apparent that Tom Kemp, a co-founder and the CEO of Centrify, runs one of the world’s best private enterprise technology companies. Turns out, he’s on his second startup, this one — Centrify — started back in 2004. For the past nine years, Kemp and his team have been hard at work building security and ID management products for… Read More

  • Twitter’s Root Injustice Crunch Network

    Twitter’s Root Injustice

    Early adopters rule Twitter. If Twitter wants to survive it will need to make the fight for power that rages inside the platform more fair for all. Read More

  • #SXSpontaneity, RIP Crunch Network

    #SXSpontaneity, RIP

    With its ever-expanding programming, clusterfuckery of housing options and the commercialization of what was once considered a must-attend conference for anyone in the know, SXSW hasn’t just jumped the shark, it’s being openly maligned by veteran attendees. Read More

  • Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP Crunch Network

    Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP

    Building stuff does not make you a startup. “But don’t we need to build stuff and iterate quickly?” I get asked a lot. Well, sure. Once upon a time, when companies used the “old-school” waterfall model to develop products, pushing entrepreneurs to think in terms of building a minimum viable product as quickly as possible made sense. It substantially accelerated… Read More

  • A Guide To Post Seed Financing Options Crunch Network

    A Guide To Post Seed Financing Options

    Seed capital availability exploded at the same time the traditional Series A ecosystem began consolidating to fewer and fewer funds. By some counts there are now over 135 active seed capital funds and now less fewer than 90 truly active traditional Series A firms. This has caused what everyone now refers to as “The Series A Crunch.” Read More

  • What’s Not Being Said About Bitcoin Crunch Network

    What’s Not Being Said About Bitcoin

    Mt.Gox is gone. The one-time biggest Bitcoin exchange closed its doors this week and filed for bankruptcy this morning. Questions about the future of Bitcoin have once again been up-leveled to the headlines of nearly every major media outlet. Read More

  • The Rise And Future Of The New York Startup Ecosystem Crunch Network

    The Rise And Future Of The New York Startup Ecosystem

    Like many who have been active in the New York startup ecosystem over the past decade, I am optimistic about its future. The last 10 years have seen an increasing number of startup successes in New York. Read More

  • Fixing The “Flappstore” Crunch Network

    Fixing The “Flappstore”

    Flappy bird has been a wake-up call to our industry. Not because of its success but because of what it has revealed. This little game has unexpectedly reset to zero what works for users. And more. As the developer of Flappy Bird, at the summit of its success, decided to kill his app before tens of millions of excited users, a tsunami has shaken the industry and the App Store, and has triggered… Read More

  • Technology Unlocks “Economies Of Unscale” For Small Businesses Crunch Network

    Technology Unlocks “Economies Of Unscale” For Small Businesses

    Twenty years ago, small business owners lacked the tools to expand outside of their niche markets. Today, the Internet opens a flourishing global market of consumers ready and willing to engage with businesses of any size. As Patrick Collison, co-founder of Stripe, once told me, the company’s largest customers may not even exist today. Anyone can turn a living room idea into the next… Read More

  • Mobile Is From Mars, Facebook Is From Venus, And WhatsApp Is Ephemeral Crunch Network

    Mobile Is From Mars, Facebook Is From Venus, And WhatsApp Is Ephemeral

    You can only admire Mark Zuckerburg. If the game is Whack-A-mole he is prepared to whack them, small, medium or large – no matter the cost. Whacking moles is the only way to earn points and points translate into life. Think about it. Would you give up 20 percent of your worth and 35 percent of your cash if you got to live on in the face of an otherwise certain demise. Of course you would! Read More

  • When Founders And Investors Split Over An Acquisition Offer Crunch Network

    When Founders And Investors Split Over An Acquisition Offer

    For one founder who recently sold his startup, it was the culmination of a long journey. At the same time, the founder, who spoke to me on the condition of anonymity, had problems during the acquisition process, feeling bullied by a venture investor. The investor argued against a sale of the startup, and then after agreeing to the sale, proceeded to call the buyer and yell about terms of the deal. Read More

  • Obamacare Spurring A New Generation Of Startups Crunch Network

    Obamacare Spurring A New Generation Of Startups

    Spurred by the Affordable Care Act, the American healthcare system in 2014 has entered a period of titanic change. The process will be messy and disruptive – it already is. While challenging for consumers of healthcare services, the shifting landscape provides tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs, setting up the potential for an accelerated shift in healthcare delivery in the U.S. Read More

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