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  • 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

  • The Honeywell Bubble Count Revisited Crunch Network

    The Honeywell Bubble Count Revisited

    I am a tall straight white cisgendered Canadian man in excellent health, i.e. I won pretty much every available lottery on the day I was born. People expect me to excel at things, or at least they don’t expect me not to. Concierges at five-star hotels are eager to help me, and rarely even ask me whether or not I am a guest. Read More

  • Designing New Mobile Experiences For The Music-Loving Generation Crunch Network

    Designing New Mobile Experiences For The Music-Loving Generation

    As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other. Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the throngs of eager event-goers… Read More

  • The Math Behind SaaS Startup Customer Lifetime Value Crunch Network

    The Math Behind SaaS Startup Customer Lifetime Value

    One of the most critical metrics for software companies — but also one of the most difficult to measure — is the lifetime value of their customers (LTV). The lifetime value dictates how a company should spend its marketing and sales dollars. Unfortunately, many early stage startups struggle to measure LTV, because they haven’t been around very long and, consequently… Read More

  • Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble Crunch Network

    Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble

    Service marketplaces have recently become Silicon Valley darlings. The marketplace model has been a popular way for VCs to efficiently tap into the local economies at scale, specifically the $800 billion home services space. It’s a model that dates back to the initial concept of Yellow Pages in 1883. And it makes sense — giving homeowners a convenient way to find local… Read More

  • Brands Without Wax Crunch Network

    Brands Without Wax

    The ancient Romans had a word to describe the most precious artistic works of the time: sincere. A technique made popular at the time involved inserting wax into a sculpture’s cracks as it aged to preserve its life. From a distance, a work treated in this regard was remarkably indistinguishable from its original. Read More

  • NYC Rises As A Hub For Software-As-A-Service Startups Crunch Network

    NYC Rises As A Hub For Software-As-A-Service Startups

    As the market continues to mature, and as we watch a blossoming of SaaS activity in New York City, we believe that NYC is poised to become a genuine leader in the formation of companies leading the next wave of enterprise transformation. Read More

  • Steve Hilton: CrowdPAC
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    INNOVATE2016: Shining A Light On Political Fundraising

    When it comes to politics, the Internet, it seems, has been a great disappointment. Read More

  • The Psychology Of Insecurity Crunch Network

    The Psychology Of Insecurity

    The latest data breach victim to make the headlines is a big one — deeply personal and private information of more than 21.5 million current and former federal employees and over a million unique fingerprint scans, were leaked in an attack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that is believed to be the work of the Chinese. Government officials said longtime security lapses left… Read More

  • IoT And The Rise Of Subscription Marketing Crunch Network

    IoT And The Rise Of Subscription Marketing

    The ties that bind consumers to brands are growing stronger. At the same time, however, they are fading into the background, thanks to the Internet of Things. Today, a slew of devices, from refrigerators to thermostats, are connecting to the Internet. Soon, the signals from those devices will automate thousands of purchases consumers make. Read More

  • How The Content Giants Are Tackling Global Markets Crunch Network

    How The Content Giants Are Tackling Global Markets

    It’s no surprise that the major content players – Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Yahoo, etc. – continue to capture front page news and headlines every day for their strategic moves and announcements in the United States and other major markets across the world. However, when it comes to emerging markets, while their moves might not garner the same level of attention, make no… Read More

  • Sharing Salaries In A Spreadsheet Is Not The Way To Pay Transparency Crunch Network

    Sharing Salaries In A Spreadsheet Is Not The Way To Pay Transparency

    In the last couple weeks, I’ve seen a lot of media coverage on one former Google employee’s effort to bring more pay transparency to her workplace by creating a spreadsheet for co-workers to share their salary information with one another. Since that story broke, the commentary has been along the lines of, “Yes! You should do this, too. Just tell everyone what you make. It… Read More

  • Riding The Funding Wave Crunch Network

    Riding The Funding Wave

    When we observed an increase in Series A fundings in the first quarter of 2015, we had two theories as to what was happening. First, people are attracted to the Series A figures more than Series B or beyond. This is similar to how people bid on mid-market houses in San Francisco, overbidding on houses around $2 million, but the $5 million houses see much less competition. Second, we might see… Read More

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