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  • So Long #Gamergate. What Did You Teach Us?

    So Long #Gamergate. What Did You Teach Us?

    The hashtag is still going, as are the fervent speculations and plans for operations on 8chan and Reddit, but the movement that is #Gamergate is dead. But what, if anything, did it teach us? Read More

  • Travel, Retail And Media Are 3 Industries Taking Over The App Store

    Travel, Retail And Media Are 3 Industries Taking Over The App Store

    Mobile apps have come a long way since Apple launched the App Store in 2007, with over 5 million apps available across the leading app stores. While many factors have contributed to the growth, the ability to reach a global audience with a relatively small upfront investment has certainly been a significant contributor. The potential ROI if an app is successful is huge — just ask… Read More

  • The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

    The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

    We are entering an exciting period for Artificial Intelligence. We’re seeing more consumer impacting developments and breakthroughs in AI technology than ever before. And as Nova Spivack recently argued, it’s reasonable to expect that major players like Apple, IBM, Google and Microsoft, among others, will lead a fierce consolidation effort for the AI market over the next 5 years. Read More

  • 10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT

    10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT

    When it comes to corporate IT, revolution is in the air. The way companies buy, build, manage, optimize and secure information technology is changing dramatically. From cloud computing to big data analytics to ubiquitous mobile connectivity, corporate IT systems are getting faster, more efficient, cheaper to operate and easier to use. In the process, a new wave of tech companies has emerged… Read More

  • A Guide To Co-Leadership: Why It’s Hard, Why It’s Good, And How To Make It Work

    A Guide To Co-Leadership: Why It’s Hard, Why It’s Good, And How To Make It Work

    In September Larry Ellison stepped down from the helm at Oracle and appointed a co-CEO pair as his successors. Articles about the announcement spoke of such dual arrangements in discouraging and doubtful tones. Meanwhile, in NYC, a well-regarded VC recently told me that she thought at least 50 percent of early-stage startup failures are rooted in co-founder conflicts. Read More

  • Are American Tech Companies Disloyal?

    Are American Tech Companies Disloyal?

    FBI Director James Comey had some choice words this week for startups and technology companies about their increasing use of encryption and their responsibilities to law enforcement. Speaking at Brookings, Comey argued that “…if the challenges of real-time interception threaten to leave us in the dark, encryption threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place.” He… Read More

  • Handbook For A New Era Of Crowdfunding

    Handbook For A New Era Of Crowdfunding

    Ever been to Indiegogo? Kickstarter? Spend any cash? What’d you leave with? Why does anyone buy a product that doesn’t exist yet…and may never exist? On the surface, crowdfunding seems to defy logic. Economists find the phenomenon of crowdfunding startling. If you think like an economist, crowdfunding shouldn’t work. But it does. And those who understand why it works… Read More

  • Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

    Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

    To anyone who is tuned into the tech world, it should not come as earth shattering news that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things have hit a major convergence point in the tech industry. What is fairly new however is that the two have become so closely intertwined with each other that you can no longer think about one without thinking of the other. Read More

  • You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis

    You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis

    Dear developers: Do you feel insecure because you’re only fluent in a mere eight programming languages used across three families of devices? Does exposure to yet another JavaScript framework make you shudder and wince? Have you postponed a pet project because you couldn’t figure out which cloud platform would be best for it? You too may suffer from Developaralysis. Be afraid. There… Read More

  • Bitcoin 2.0 Crowdfunding Is Real Crowdfunding

    Bitcoin 2.0 Crowdfunding Is Real Crowdfunding

    In the past few months we’ve been hearing a lot about how bitcoin’s underlying technology is going to revolutionize not only our monetary system, but also notary services, DNS, authentication, intellectual property ownership and data storage. While most of the amazing products and services that were supposed to emerge on top of the bitcoin protocol have yet to see light… Read More

  • One Year Into Title II Of The JOBS Act

    One Year Into Title II Of The JOBS Act

    Editor’s note: Rob Leclerc is the CEO of AgFunder, an online investment marketplace for agriculture and agtech opportunities. The first rule of raising capital is: you do not talk about raising capital. That was the de facto credo of nascent startup companies looking to secure investors before the fall 2013. Then on September 23, 2013, the SEC promulgated the new Title II rules of the… Read More

  • Why The Future Of Digital Security Is Open

    Why The Future Of Digital Security Is Open

    The topic of digital security often brings to mind the image of bleak and dark future, where computers, mobile devices and other systems are riddled with malware and cyber criminals lurk, ready to steal our data and crash our systems. We have good reason to be nervous. We’ve seen plenty of cyber-security breaches in the past few years, like credit card thefts at Target and password issues… Read More

  • How Tech Companies Can Help Their Coders

    How Tech Companies Can Help Their Coders

    Any time I ask software developers what they do to become better at their craft, I get a mix of responses—from taking on side projects, to scanning Hacker News, to following podcasts, to taking online courses and tutorials. And often it’s a mix of those things, all of which mostly happens off the clock. Read More

  • The New Mobile-Cloud Enterprise

    The New Mobile-Cloud Enterprise

    Enterprise IT is undergoing a platform shift from web-based, client-server systems to a mobile-cloud platform. This shift has caught the attention of all the major tech vendors who have either acquired or launched Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Backend as a Service (BaaS) technologies to address this growing opportunity. Facebook acquired Parse, PayPal bought StackMob, Salesforce… Read More

  • How Product Hunt Hopes To Avoid The Pitfalls That Wounded Quora And Buried Digg

    How Product Hunt Hopes To Avoid The Pitfalls That Wounded Quora And Buried Digg

    When Ashwinn Krishnaswamy and two of his buddies were living with their parents and working out of a basement in the suburbs of Philadelphia, they had only their development skills, a solid sense of product design, and a simple idea in their heads. The way friends and peers discuss articles and web pages, they figured, is broken. Despite the rise of Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest, email… Read More

  • If We Build IoT, They Will Come. Right?

    If We Build IoT, They Will Come. Right?

    It looks like this IoT trend is starting to catch on with the developer community. At least, that’s a conclusion one could draw from the reported results of a new Evans Data Corporation survey. Of the 1,400 developers who participated in this survey,40% percent said they were either working on applications for connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) now or expect to begin work… Read More

  • How Tech Can Foster Financial Capability For The Underbanked

    How Tech Can Foster Financial Capability For The Underbanked

    In 2014, the financial services industry is looking to technology as a vital link between financial capability and under-resourced communities. Investments in these technologies are imperative to alleviate economic disparity and create better, safer options for the underbanked. Bridging the fiscal divide is a challenge we all share. Read More

  • 8 Things About Hardware Crowdfunding We Learned From 20 Campaigns

    8 Things About Hardware Crowdfunding We Learned From 20 Campaigns

    So far HAX startups have run 20 successful campaigns, making us the most prolific investor in crowdfunded hardware projects. As active participants and keen observers, we identified a few ideas that could help creators, backers, media and investors. Read More

  • Navigating The Entrepreneur’s Path

    Navigating The Entrepreneur’s Path

    The mythos and mystique around starting your own business are thick. The romanticized view of founders slaving away in garages ready to unleash their “great idea” upon an adoring public and fawning investors is the stuff of American dreams. The reality is businesses are often born in desperation, fueled by loneliness and doubt. The distance between starting your own firm in… Read More

  • Apple Pay And Digital Currency Mean Time Is Running Out For Physical Cash

    Apple Pay And Digital Currency Mean Time Is Running Out For Physical Cash

    With the announcement of Apple Pay, Apple is betting that consumers want an even more convenient way to pay in person. Many in the payment space have attempted to make this evolutionary leap, but it seems that with Apple’s dominance of the easy-to-use mobile device market, it is uniquely positioned to become successful. There are existing examples of similar, successful implementations… Read More

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