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  • 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 Crunch Network

    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

  • YC Demo Day Session 2: Helion, BitAccess, uBiome, Fixed, And More

    YC Demo Day Session 2: Helion, BitAccess, uBiome, Fixed, And More

    Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 Demo Day is in full swing here at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The room is packed with investors and press, the coffee is flowing, people in startup t-shirts are pitching, and a team of us TechCrunch writers are hunched over our laptops taking notes on each company that takes the stage. There will be four sessions in total today, and… Read More

  • Squarespace Founder On Setting Goals | Foundation

    Foundation: The Squarespace Ideation Narrative

    In our newest Foundation interview, I spend some time with Squarespace founder and CEO Anthony Casalena. Anthony provides a fascinating look at the Squarespace ideation narrative, and the company’s short-term and long-term goals. Anthony on managing a team at a startup: “You can’t wish trust into existence. Trust is built and shared experiences. I think of how aligned we are… Read More

  • #Love: Hacking Social Isolation

    #Love: Hacking Social Isolation

    Dr. Christina Villarreal is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. For professional inquiries, visit her website here The evolution of technology into our everyday lives is allowing us to do things more efficiently than ever. The act of finding, experiencing and ending relationships is all now widely available at the touch of a finger to a screen. For many… Read More

  • Encrypted To The Last Drop

    Encrypted To The Last Drop

    Everything is for sale in the dark web marketplaces. Anonymous buyers can procure everything from prescription painkillers to exotic designer drugs. You can hire sex workers and buy weapons in the same exchange. Danger lurks around every corner and Satoshis flow like water while whales make it rain on encrypted Tor gambling servers. Read More

  • #Love: My ‘Friends’ Don’t ‘Like’ Me

    #Love: My ‘Friends’ Don’t ‘Like’ Me

    When I was writing Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do, I read an article by Robin Dunbar, evolutionary anthropologist, which said that humans cannot process more than 150 friendships at any given point in our lives. This really resonated with me as I had been feeling spread thin on social media, only getting glimpses of the people I wanted to interact with because of… Read More

  • #Love: Meeting My Real-Life Husband In Virtual Vegas Crunch Network

    #Love: Meeting My Real-Life Husband In Virtual Vegas

    Tinder, Match.com, Plenty of Fish, OKCupid. With dozens of internet dating sites available today, it seems that much of the younger generation is comfortable with the concept of meeting their significant others online. But as a divorcee and mother of two, the idea of going online to meet anyone (especially my future husband) was a foreign concept. But when my two daughters came to me wanting… Read More

  • Science On The Edge (Of Tomorrow) Crunch Network

    Science On The Edge (Of Tomorrow)

    There are plenty of reviews available for those of you looking for advice on whether or not the new military sci-fi flick “Edge of Tomorrow” is worth seeing in theaters. This is not one of those reviews. My purpose in screening the film—and in getting an inside perspective from the film’s director, Doug Liman—was to peer into the depths of the fictional… Read More

  • Headspace Releases New Version Of Its Meditation Platform

    Headspace Releases New Version Of Its Meditation Platform

    Headspace is a web and mobile meditation platform that allows you to cram 10 to 60 minutes of calm and clarity into each day of your over-connected and fast-paced life. The company is releasing a new version today, after reaching over 1 million users in 150 countries. I have been a daily user of Headspace for six months now, and it’s interesting to see how technology can help when it… Read More