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  • Let’s Make ‘Off The Grid’ A Thing Of The Past

    Let’s Make ‘Off The Grid’ A Thing Of The Past

    We live in a world where there are nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as people on earth, where we can instantly see a real time view of streets or buildings halfway across the planet, and where our TVs, homes, and cars get smarter by the day. The level of connectivity that we currently enjoy could barely have been imagined even a decade ago, and yet the reality is that even today we… Read More

  • AgTech Is The New Queen Of Green

    AgTech Is The New Queen Of Green

    Before Monsanto acquired Climate Corporation in late 2013 for nearly $1 billion, few investors gave much thought to technological innovation in our agriculture system. What a difference a year can make. In what can be described as the Netscape moment for agriculture technology (AgTech), the sector had a breakout year in 2014, receiving over $2.36 billion of investment across 264 deals spanning… Read More

  • Feds Nabbed For Big Bitcoin Heist Involving Gox And Silk Road

    Feds Nabbed For Big Bitcoin Heist Involving Gox And Silk Road

    New information in the Silk Road case is sending ripples of schadenfreude through the cryptocurrency community as it reacts to a foiled effort by two US Federal Agents to skim thousands of Bitcoin out of Silk Road and Mt. Gox coffers. Read More

  • Technology Is The Path To Turkey’s Future

    Technology Is The Path To Turkey’s Future

    While most tech followers might not know it yet, there’s a new country emerging as a leader in technology. Turkey’s rapid economic growth, even in theface of the global economic downturn, has made it a model for dozens of countries across the world looking to develop everything from a robust banking system to health care reform. While this growth was impressive, it has set up… Read More

  • Lessons In Designing Great Enterprise Software

    Lessons In Designing Great Enterprise Software

    As people are bringing new expectations of a quality user experience into the workplace, delivering a consumer grade experience is becoming critical for all business software, and is increasingly a fundamental way for software makers to compete in the market. While most software makers are increasingly aware of this truth, the challenge today is how to effectively make the transition to… Read More

  • In The Land Of Opportunity, Why Hinder Our Own Success?

    In The Land Of Opportunity, Why Hinder Our Own Success?

    We often hear that America is a nation of immigrants, but some members of Congress have forgotten the simple truth – immigration is our country’s single greatest competitive advantage in a growing global economy. The primary driver of the U.S.’s position as the worldwide leader in innovation and entrepreneurship is due to tireless, talented, hardworking immigrants coming to… Read More

  • The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

    The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

    Enterprise mobile applications – like enterprise cloud applications a decade before – are poised to become a $100 billion market opportunity. I’ve worked with enterprise technologies exclusively for more than a decade and have watched as cloud apps took the enterprise by storm, giving businesses more flexibility and power than ever before. Now, enterprise mobile is taking a… Read More

  • Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure

    Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure

    During April, the nation will observe Financial Literacy Month – meaning it’s time to revisit the diverging roads to funding early-stage startups. The rise of non-traditional routes for raising capital, such as Kickstarter, has catalyzed a much-needed renaissance in funding options for entrepreneurs. With the passing of the JOBS Act, entrepreneurs have a bevy of new opportunities… Read More

  • The VR-Smartwatch Continuum

    The VR-Smartwatch Continuum

    There’s a lot of enthusiasm at either end of the spectrum for “go big” virtual reality and “go small” smartwatches and other wearable devices. Is the “game-changing” hype of either justified? Or are they overblown? Read More

  • Unpacking Etsy’s S1

    Unpacking Etsy’s S1

    Etsy’s S1 filing didn’t disappoint. Etsy is a powerful business with extraordinary network effects. Its customers are extremely loyal, and its committed sellers are earning significant income. But there are legitimate concerns: it is the quintessential case study on the challenge of low margin platforms. Additionally, it faces uphill challenges – a slowing growth curve… Read More

  • Crossing the Cybersecurity Trust Chasm

    Crossing the Cybersecurity Trust Chasm

    We need to (re)build trust: between the government and the public; between a company and its employees; between a company and its customers; between different private sector companies; and finally between the government and the private sector. Read More

  • Reimagining Everyday Objects

    Reimagining Everyday Objects

    Can we agree that the term “internet of things” should go away when we’re talking about consumer products? Like the “world wide web” before it, the internet of things phrase is a relic from the past. I don’t need a connected washing machine or internet-enabled color changing LED light bulb and nor does anyone else. “Things” don’t need… Read More

  • Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform

    Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform

    America is finally discovering what Asia has known for years: mobile messaging is a commerce platform. Read More

  • The JOBS Act Is Progress But Much Remains To Be Done

    The JOBS Act Is Progress But Much Remains To Be Done

    We’re approaching the third anniversary of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, an omnibus bill of far-reaching financial reforms that was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. Containing seven Titles, the legislation’s intent was, and is, to create cost-effective access to capital for companies of all sizes. Title II and Title III, the Access to Capital… Read More

  • The Most Powerful Force In The Universe

    The Most Powerful Force In The Universe

    There was an incredible media glare this week on the Kleiner Perkins sex discrimination trial and its negative outcome for Ellen Pao, but all the news about equality in tech was not nearly as negative. One of the most significant victories for women in tech came this week from Google, where Ruth Porat, the current Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Stanley, accepted an offer to join the… Read More

  • How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees

    How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees

    Legislative debate regarding expanding the H-1B visa program is heating up in the U.S. Senate. H-1B visas allow foreign workers—specifically those in technical roles—to legally work in the United States. In lobbying for an expansion of the current H-1B visa program, Google executive Eric Scmidt summarized, “We take very, very smart people, bring them into the country, give them… Read More

  • Mobile Marketing Trends To Follow From The Israeli Elections

    Mobile Marketing Trends To Follow From The Israeli Elections

    The impact of mobile and social media on every aspect of our lives is nothing new, but certain events can really shine a light on how mobile has changed our way of conduct. The presidential elections do just that. During the 2012 elections, mobile was already at the center of everything, but the smartphone industry was relatively in its diapers and smartphone shipment has since grown by… Read More

  • The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

    The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

    The foundations of the business travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 million on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2% from last year), but how they spend that money has become a source of tension and uncertainty. Sharing economy startups like Airbnb and Uber are challenging traditional travel vendors – and in the process… Read More

  • European Tech Verticals To Track

    European Tech Verticals To Track

    While the high-level investment trend in innovative technology is similar between the U.S. and Europe, digging deeper exposes interesting differences. Europe seems to be punching above its weight in some predictable areas like banking and hospitality while being weaker in historically strong areas like fashion and insurance. At a high level, the trend of early-stage technology deals over the… Read More

  • A Farewell To Jobs

    A Farewell To Jobs

    Few subjects elicit more skepticism than the so-called “sharing economy.” Kevin Roose argues: “The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Trust, It’s About Desperation.” Catherine Rampell warns: “there’s a dark side to these work arrangements … the shifting of risk off corporate balance sheets and onto the shoulders of individual Americans.” Read More

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