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  • What Do The App Store, PlayStation 2 And The Roman Empire Have In Common? Crunch Network

    What Do The App Store, PlayStation 2 And The Roman Empire Have In Common?

    If you casually follow tech industry headlines, you might be convinced that the app store model is the bright future of software distribution. So when I say, “I have clear evidence that the app store model is dying,” you may look at me as skeptically as you’d view any wild-eyed street-corner prophet. Read More

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    INNOVATE2016: The Next Generation Of Politicians Must Understand Innovation

    The future lies with Californian politicians. Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee are examples of politicians who are no longer stuck in the mindset of the past, perhaps because they are all very familiar with models of Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship. Read More

  • Technology And Data Are Spurring A Clash Of Travel Titans Crunch Network

    Technology And Data Are Spurring A Clash Of Travel Titans

    There’s no way to put this gently, so here it goes: The rapid advancement in digital technology is transforming the cozy world of travel retail into an all-out war for customers. And that’s a good thing for you and me as travelers, because it will ultimately mean more selection, better customization and, potentially, lower prices. Read More

  • The Dawn Of The Classic Publishing Era Crunch Network

    The Dawn Of The Classic Publishing Era

    My father was a journalist. Growing up, I remember how excited I would get when visiting the printing house of the newspaper he worked for. I loved everything about the large, industrial printers — the noise they made, their fading bluish color and especially the smell of freshly printed papers. That romantic era ended with the dawn of the Internet. Read More

  • Three Tips For Worker Classification For The Next On-Demand Startup Crunch Network

    Three Tips For Worker Classification For The Next On-Demand Startup

    While Uber and TaskRabbit have become household names, and the on-demand economy continues to boom, the problem of worker classification continues to bedevil companies in the on-demand marketplace. For new startups looking to enter this exciting landscape, there are many lessons that can be learned from the demise of companies like Homejoy, as well as from companies like Instacart and Luxe… Read More

  • Mayfield Fund’s Navin Chaddha On The Road From Entrepreneur To Investor Crunch Network

    Mayfield Fund’s Navin Chaddha On The Road From Entrepreneur To Investor

    Many folks in the tech industry dream of making the jump from entrepreneur to investor, but few actually succeed in taking the leap. Navin Chaddha is one of those lucky few and in this podcast discussion, hear him talk about his history as an entrepreneur, his thoughts on the tech industry today and where it’s going in the future. Read More

  • The Green Rush: Finding Tech Business Opportunities Within The Cannabis Sector Crunch Network

    The Green Rush: Finding Tech Business Opportunities Within The Cannabis Sector

    Cannabis, marijuana, pot, weed, ganja, Mary Jane, doobage. Whatever you call it, it has taken center stage in the world of investment. It’s getting the 15 minutes of fame it rightfully deserves, and it’s getting it right now. Traditionally, whenever anyone mentioned the words “cannabis” and “entrepreneur” together in one sentence, it meant one thing… Read More

  • Lessons From A TechCrunch Disrupt Launch Crunch Network

    Lessons From A TechCrunch Disrupt Launch

    May 26, 2010, was the most stressful and exciting day of my life to date. I’ve called it the most horrible and most wonderful, too. I didn’t sleep the night before. I woke up to pages of notes in my BlackBerry (it was 2010, and I was an ex-consultant), timestamped in 15-minute intervals over several hours, proof that I had woken up, typed an idea rapidly into my phone, laid back… Read More

  • Why Startups Should Leverage Compliance Crunch Network

    Why Startups Should Leverage Compliance

    Business Insider recently reported that “The Clearing House, an advocacy group owned by the world’s largest commercial banks, is gunning for payment startups.” Not surprisingly, the banks don’t enjoy being the only ones told to play by the rules. More to the point, though, forcing Wall Street regulations onto Silicon Valley is their approach to dealing with the threat… Read More

  • In Pursuit Of Presence And True Immersion Crunch Network

    In Pursuit Of Presence And True Immersion

    The experience of “reality” is a result of our sensory organs delivering information about the external world to our brains via electrical stimulus. The brain interprets this input and creates our reality. The ultimate goal of virtual reality (VR) is to achieve a true replacement for the external world as the source of these stimuli, thus creating true immersion, and a sense of… Read More

  • The Real Unicorns Are Female Angel Investors Crunch Network

    The Real Unicorns Are Female Angel Investors

    Despite the attention over the past year, the lack of diversity in tech — both in race and gender — has not markedly changed. Only 3 percent of tech CEOs are women, and just 15 percent of startups have at least one female founder. Most agree that something needs to be done, but much of the attention is misplaced into a caricature. What’s missing? The role of women as… Read More

  • The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup’s IP Crunch Network

    The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup’s IP

    What’s a tech startup’s most valuable asset? It’s not the seed money. It’s not the workspace. And it’s definitely not the espresso machine or Ping Pong table. The priceless heart of a promising startup is its intellectual property (IP) — the disruptive idea, the brilliant invention, the genius breakthrough. This hot commodity needs to be protected by… Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education Crunch Network

    Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education

    Despite Silicon Valley billionaires’ remarkable track record of innovation, it appears they have decided to throw in the towel on higher education. Each year, many donate millions to old-line American colleges and universities that, together, graduate the same number of engineers as we did 25 years ago. STEM jobs will grow by more than 17 percent in the next decade, but an aging STEM… Read More

  • Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You Crunch Network

    Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You

    Early in a startup’s life, the main focus is building the right product for the right market. For most B2B startups, this is the period when you start winning your first 10 customers. These 10 customers are unlike any others you’ll have over the course of your company. Read More

  • Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us Crunch Network

    Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us

    “Brace yourself, Marco…we’ve just been removed from the App Store.” With those words, I visualized everything we’d slaved over for months crumple itself into a ball of trash and — ironically — flinging itself into the bin beside me. But it hardly came as a surprise. Despite stellar traction at over 4 million users and 15 million flings opened per day… Read More

  • How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar Crunch Network

    How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar

    Solar energy in the United States has seen immense momentum throughout the years. When the Solar Energy Industries Association released its annual report in 2008, it concluded that U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached a total of 1.183 gigawatts — a stellar achievement at the time. Contrast that figure with today, and the number is dwarfed by the United States’… Read More

  • Graduated From An Engineering Bootcamp? Now What? Crunch Network

    Graduated From An Engineering Bootcamp? Now What?

    While hip hop may have ‘too many mc’s and not enough mics’, in tech, there are too many startups and not enough seasoned technologists. Over the last seven years, hopeful entrepreneurs have flooded the market, looking to cut their teeth in the hopes of building the next billion-dollar business. Read More

  • Email Is The Last, And Ultimate, Social Graph Crunch Network

    Email Is The Last, And Ultimate, Social Graph

    One of the magical innovations of the Web 2.0 era was when the bigger social platforms opened their doors to third-party app developers. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter widely touted ,and profited from, the concept of allowing consumers to plug their social graph into other applications. We saw the meteoric rise of games, apps and business tools that leverage the ability to quickly insert… Read More

  • The SaaS Success Database Crunch Network

    The SaaS Success Database

    What does it take to build a billion-dollar SaaS enterprise-software company? We gave a 30,000-foot answer to this complex — and fascinating — question in a recent TechCrunch post, The SaaS Adventure. To recap: We’ve observed seven key phases in most SaaS companies’ go-to-market success. We dubbed this journey the “SaaS Adventure,” which is broadly how we… Read More

  • Baby, We Won’t Drive Our Cars: The Future Of Automotive Transportation Crunch Network

    Baby, We Won’t Drive Our Cars: The Future Of Automotive Transportation

    “Transportation tech is not only changing how we get from A to B, it’s fundamentally altering the underlying infrastructure of our cities.” Read More

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