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  • The Land Of Milk, Honey And Fraud Prevention Crunch Network

    The Land Of Milk, Honey And Fraud Prevention

    Israel has become a hotbed for startups in the fields of identity verification and fraud prevention. The IDF Unit 8200 develops systems for gathering intelligence, automatically sifting through data to flag dangers, and escalating serious threats for manual review. Read More

  • Making Sense Of The Valuation Disequilibrium Crunch Network

    Making Sense Of The Valuation Disequilibrium

    To bring the market back into equilibrium more quickly, VCs, particularly growth-stage VCs, owe it to entrepreneurs to offer candor and transparency about how we think about valuing companies. Read More

  • Imagining Snapchat’s Future Crunch Network

    Imagining Snapchat’s Future

    Snapchat could be used by over 1 billion daily active users in time and substantially accelerate how many videos and photos people share and consume. But there’s more to be done and questions to be answered. Read More

  • How DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy Crunch Network

    How DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy

    DHL, the international express delivery company, started its business by offering free plane tickets to people on the street. For the trouble of giving up their baggage allowances, passengers were handed a free round trip plane ticket to Hawaii. Founded as a courier service in 1969, DHL used the spare capacity in travelers’ luggage to transport high value documents. To understand why it… Read More

  • The Probable, The Possible, The Delusional Crunch Network

    The Probable, The Possible, The Delusional

    In 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed before a joint session of Congress that before the end of the decade America would put a man on the moon. This was not an empty political promise to get elected, but a commitment of a sitting President boldly exposing himself to political ridicule in the face of failure. If we can take ourselves back to that moment, it would be fascinating to… Read More

  • Seeing Beyond The Hubris Of Facebook’s Free Basics Fiasco Crunch Network

    Seeing Beyond The Hubris Of Facebook’s Free Basics Fiasco

    What Zuckerberg and his U.S. team didn’t understand was that in India you can buy computer tablets and smartphones for as little as $50, and that 100MB of data—which is more than a Free Basics user will consume in a month—costs much less than a dollar. Read More

  • How To Expand Your Marketplace To LA Crunch Network

    How To Expand Your Marketplace To LA

    “The theme of LA is diversity.” That is what DoorDash’s Kevin Huang told me in our conversation about how expanding on-demand marketplaces into LA differs from other markets. As an LA-based enterprise and marketplace investor, one of the most common questions I get from entrepreneurs is how to expand marketplaces into LA. While this includes all the usual difficulties of… Read More

  • When Data Goes Bad Crunch Network

    When Data Goes Bad

    So I know this guy Sulemaan from my Toronto days. Really good guy, despite being a Spurs fan. Sulemaan has a son, Syed, who is flagged as a security risk, a suspected terrorist, every time he flies. Syed is six years old. This is, of course, completely insane. But the data has been parsed; the algorithm has spoken; and so others must suffer from the idiocy of those who built the system. Read More

  • Unscaling Energy Crunch Network

    Unscaling Energy

    Solving climate change is the biggest opportunity for entrepreneurs in our generation. In fact, the planet’s best hope lies in unleashing startups to unbundle and “unscale” the global energy industry. So far, almost all the conversation and policy-making around climate change has focused on austerity — some mix of sacrifice and grudging duty. That came together in the… Read More

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    10 Amazing Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Mobile Phones

    Over the past few years, mobile phones have become a kind of addiction. Indeed, it’s almost impossible to imagine life without them. But how well do you really know that best friend (fiend?) in your pocket? Here’re a few surprising facts about that thing you whip out roughly 85 times a day.   Read More

  • How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls Crunch Network

    How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls

    Patent trolls, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), pose a major threat to American businesses. A study published by the Boston University School of Law revealed that more than six times as many patent lawsuits are filed today as in 1980. More than 10,000 companies have been sued at least once by a PAE, and litigation by PAEs using acquired patents is increasing at an… Read More

  • SEO Doesn’t Have To Be A Shot In The Dark Crunch Network

    SEO Doesn’t Have To Be A Shot In The Dark

    To many startups, search engine optimization (SEO) is a task that sits on their company’s back burner. With features to launch and customers to support, the idea of spending time fiddling with your title tags can seem like a fool’s errand. That’s especially true when there’s no guarantee that your hard work will result in a single additional visitor from Google. Read More

  • Startups Selling To Other Startups: A House Of Cards? Crunch Network

    Startups Selling To Other Startups: A House Of Cards?

    “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” the saying goes. Well, if you’re running a startup that sells to other startups, you might be putting all your eggs in one blender. B2B companies whose customers are other early stage B2B companies put themselves doubly at risk: Not only are startups failure-prone by nature, but an early stage company with strong fundamentals… Read More

  • INNOVATE 2016 | Macron Master
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    INNOVATE2016: Have French Reforms Created A New Tech Hub In Europe?

    France, that European country with a legacy for strict government controls and regulatory oversight, seems to be reinventing itself. Read More

  • Who Will Own The Virtual Reality Interface? Crunch Network

    Who Will Own The Virtual Reality Interface?

    The mainstream is starting to consume virtual and augmented reality experiences, but we’re only at the start of what will be a long and iterative transition to a new interface. Read More

  • Tunisia Is Becoming MENA’s Next Startup Hub Crunch Network

    Tunisia Is Becoming MENA’s Next Startup Hub

    Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia’s new democracy has struggled to enact prudent economic policy to provide employment and opportunity for its young, growing population. Unemployment is currently at 15 percent, with one-third of jobless youth being university graduates. To overcome the education-employment gap, young Tunisians are taking matters into their own hands. Talented… Read More

  • Who Is A VC? Crunch Network

    Who Is A VC?

    Last year, I dug into why there are so few black people in venture capital. More recently, the folks over at Social Capital and The Information took a crack at providing the data around diversity among partners within venture capital. I’ve now decided to take a more comprehensive look at diversity within venture capital across all levels. Read More

  • The Mobile Health Paradox: Why Data Isn’t Nearly Enough Crunch Network

    The Mobile Health Paradox: Why Data Isn’t Nearly Enough

    Across most developed economies, healthcare costs are rising faster than inflation. A key cause of the rise in healthcare spending lies in the spiraling costs of treating preventable chronic diseases. These facts suggest that many of the key healthcare challenges of the twenty-first century lie in how we tackle chronic disease. This article will explore the role of mobile technologies in… Read More

  • HaLow Is The Natural Next Step In The Evolution Of IoT Crunch Network

    HaLow Is The Natural Next Step In The Evolution Of IoT

    At the start of this year, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the long-awaited Wi-Fi HaLow standard for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah wireless networking technology. HaLow extends a flavor of Wi-Fi into the 900 MHz band, which provides greater range than the pre-existing 2.4 GHz standard, provides better connectivity through barriers such as walls and promises extensibility in the… Read More

  • From Nokia’s Snake Game To Supercell, Finland’s Gaming Industry Is Serious Business Crunch Network

    From Nokia’s Snake Game To Supercell, Finland’s Gaming Industry Is Serious Business

    In September last year, Finland’s finance minister Alexander Stubb dubbed the country as the new sick man of Europe and while the country’s economy is fledgling and signs point to continued lackluster growth, the country’s startups – and especially its vibrant gaming scene – are flourishing, despite the uncertainty. According to a report from 2015, 179 game… Read More

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