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  • Understanding The Aftermath Of SpaceX’s Failed Falcon Launch Crunch Network

    Understanding The Aftermath Of SpaceX’s Failed Falcon Launch

    While there were no humans on board and no accidents on the ground, the lost cargo contained over 4,000 pounds of food, water, and science experiments for the crew on station. William Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, stated that the ISS crew will be fine and has sufficient supplies for the next four months. Read More

  • Making Diversity Your Strategic Weapon Crunch Network

    Making Diversity Your Strategic Weapon

    Technology has made it possible to build global companies in half the time and with half the effort than a mere five years ago. Brands of all sizes have an unprecedented opportunity to reach a staggeringly large audience. But to be taken seriously on a global scale, companies need to embrace a different way of doing business. Read More

  • New Startup Construct Tackles One Of Brazil’s Most Inefficient Industries Crunch Network

    New Startup Construct Tackles One Of Brazil’s Most Inefficient Industries

    Construct co-founders Drew Beaurline and Patrick Albert are taking on one of the nation’s most corrupt and bureaucratic industries – possibly a job only twenty-something foreigners with no particular background in construction would be naïve enough to attempt. Read More

  • The Latest Big Data Innovation Is Consumer Empowerment Crunch Network

    The Latest Big Data Innovation Is Consumer Empowerment

    Digital privacy is on the ropes, and public cynicism is running high. But there are glimmers of innovation in what could be a new phase for Big Data: empowering the customer. Read More

  • Redfin’s Irrational Moment Crunch Network

    Redfin’s Irrational Moment

    Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman recalls a tense board meeting when his company discussed eliminating its customer commission refund in the latest Greymatter video from Greylock Partners. Typically in real estate transactions, the seller of a home pays a commission of 5% which is split between the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent. Traditional brokerages keep all of their commission. Read More

  • The Sorry State of “Games Are Art” In 2015 Crunch Network

    The Sorry State of “Games Are Art” In 2015

    With Apple’s banning of games wholesale because of a flag we have yet another example of how games are censored more than other media, how games are devalued and treated as second class media citizens. This at a time when experimental games are under threat from all quarters. Games should be treated as equals. Read More

  • Where Are The Invisible Apps? Crunch Network

    Where Are The Invisible Apps?

    More than a year ago, Matthew Panzarino wrote an article on TechCrunch in which he described a new type of mobile app experience that he coined the Invisible App. He predicted that we would imminently see the rise of a huge number of apps that would live in the background, anticipating our needs based on sensor and contextual data, and do things for us before we even had to ask. What an… Read More

  • Uber Ruling Is A Harbinger Of The Need For Employment Law Change Crunch Network

    Uber Ruling Is A Harbinger Of The Need For Employment Law Change

    The recent ruling by a hearing officer with the California Labor Commission in a case involving an Uber driver is bad public policy. The issue this ruling addresses — whether the driver should be classified as an “employee” or “contractor” — is of crucial importance to Uber and all the on-demand companies that use a similar business model. Read More

  • Moving The Economy Beyond The Turing Test And Man Vs. Machine Crunch Network

    Moving The Economy Beyond The Turing Test And Man Vs. Machine

    We need economics that sees dollars as means and improving the connection between people as the meaning. Read More

  • 10 Things That Can Derail A Round Of Funding Crunch Network

    10 Things That Can Derail A Round Of Funding

    We read a lot about the seemingly 50-plus eight-figure venture rounds happening every day. All those great stories; this Razor-a-Day company raising at $600 million, that Valets-for-Pets company raising at $400 million. And we see a lot of advice on how to put together a good deck, do a good pitch, etc. What I’ve rarely seen is founder advice on why deals fall apart post-term sheet. Read More

  • They’re All P2P Employment Agencies Crunch Network

    They’re All P2P Employment Agencies

    Instagram is big. But Upwork and YouTube are bigger. Twitter is big. But Uber and Airbnb are bigger. Your startup idea is big. But your startup idea that pays people is bigger. What do YouTube, Airbnb, Uber and Upwork have in common? You can get paid using them. And thousands of people are getting an income from them right now. Read More

  • Why Your Next Package Will Be Delivered By An Uber Crunch Network

    Why Your Next Package Will Be Delivered By An Uber

    Geographic saturation is the key to network effects and profitability in the ridesharing business. The more drivers Uber or Lyft have in a given region, the faster the pick-up times, the better the customer experience, and the more rider demand — which in turn allows drivers to earn more money, and attracts more drivers to the network. Read More

  • From Social Networks To Market Networks Crunch Network

    From Social Networks To Market Networks

    Most people didn’t notice last month when a 35-person company in San Francisco called HoneyBook announced a $22 million Series B. What was unusual about the deal is that nearly all the best-known Silicon Valley VCs competed for it. That’s because HoneyBook is a prime example of an important new category of digital company that combines the best elements of networks like Facebook… Read More

  • Robot Writers Need Something To Say Crunch Network

    Robot Writers Need Something To Say

    Robot writers are hot. No, that statement is not a call to fix their air conditioners, much less to date them. It’s to acknowledge that pioneers in artificial intelligence (AI) and automated writing have gotten a lot of media attention (partly because it hits close to home; the deployments are public and noticeable and it invokes the perennial concern about job loss due to automation). Read More

  • The SaaSing Of The Music Business Crunch Network

    The SaaSing Of The Music Business

    The music business is about to undergo another seismic shift. And Apple’s streaming service is the tsunami that will force the industry to rebuild. Again. It was around 2005 when I joined Warner Bros. Records as their new head of technology. I was the 20-something-year-old kid who was supposed to have every answer about all things digital. Read More

  • The Future Is Here, It’s Just Unevenly Distributed Systems Crunch Network

    The Future Is Here, It’s Just Unevenly Distributed Systems

    Hearken to me, my fellow developers. We live in complex and confusing times. Once we sought to make things ever simpler. Then we discovered that simple isn’t necessarily scalable, or efficient, or resilient, and turned to favoring composition over simplicity, deconstructing our systems into multiple independent services. And now–well–now it sometimes seems we have hit upon… Read More

  • The Berlin Startup Ecosystem Needs An IPO In The U.S. Crunch Network

    The Berlin Startup Ecosystem Needs An IPO In The U.S.

    On the heels of Microsoft’s acquisition of the Berlin startup darling 6Wunderkinder for a price between $100 and $200 million, the debate rages on about whether Berlin startups should be bolder and wait longer for an exit. The consensus in the Berlin startup ecosystem is that we are still missing one extraordinarily big success. Read More

  • The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst Crunch Network

    The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst

    Euphoric reaction to superstar tech businesses is rampant — so much so that the tech industry is in denial about looming threats. The tech industry is in a bubble, and there are sufficient indicators for those willing to open their eyes. Rearing unicorns, however, is a distracting fascination. Read More

  • Messaging And The Apple Watch Crunch Network

    Messaging And The Apple Watch

    Although the Apple Watch boasts the ability to instantly notify users with important updates — breaking news stories, changes to their bank account or the achievement of a fitness goal — its 42mm screen can be a major constraint for developers and designers. Read More

  • A Closer Look At The Silicon Valley Vs. Wall Street Talent War Crunch Network

    A Closer Look At The Silicon Valley Vs. Wall Street Talent War

    Gordon Gekko is but a distant blip in the rear-view mirror for this generation’s best and brightest. In lieu of Wall Street, today’s top graduates are flocking to Silicon Valley and other top technology hubs in droves, drawn in by visions of challenging the status quo with world-changing apps and the opportunity to make a real, lasting impact in the world. Read More

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