Column

  • 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

  • Genomics Needs A Killer App

    Genomics Needs A Killer App

    Genomics has undergone a major shift in the last year. The drop in price in the past decade from $3B to $1K to sequence a genome is the 10X force likely to cause an inflection point in a number of health-related industries. But despite the price, right now genomics is a niche product in large part used in and promoted by academia. Read More

  • Thou Shalt Not Google

    Thou Shalt Not Google

    At every break during the high-profile Pao versus Kleiner Perkins trial these past couple of weeks, judge Harold Khan reminded the jurors, “Do not form or express any opinions about the case. Do not do any research. Do not read any news reports. Do not Google the case.” It’s a pretty difficult ask, as the trial is one of the most mediated Silicon Valley has ever seen… Read More

  • SEC Greenlights Equity Crowdfunding, So Anyone Can Invest In Startups

    SEC Greenlights Equity Crowdfunding, So Anyone Can Invest In Startups

    Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new set of rules implementing Title IV of the JOBS Act. The release of these final rules further advances one of the core principles and goals of the 2012 law: to create an environment where emerging enterprises can raise public capital efficiently. Read More

  • Spear-Phishing Could Enable Cyberterrorism Attacks Against The U.S.

    Spear-Phishing Could Enable Cyberterrorism Attacks Against The U.S.

    If terrorists ever orchestrate a violent cyberattack against the U.S., the odds are 9 in 10 that spear-phishing will be the first step of their assault. The same technique that has breached Sony, Anthem, Target, the Pentagon and thousands of organizations every year, spear-phishing is used in some 91 percent of cyberattacks, according to the security firm Micro Trend. We can either spread… Read More

  • A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

    A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

    As the first quarter of 2015 draws to a close, it’s clear that the venture capital industry is evolving. Since 2005, thousands of new millionaires have been minted by the IPOs of Alibaba Group, Lending Club, Go Pro, Box, Zendesk, Facebook, Pandora, Zynga, Linkedin, Homeaway, Zipcar and countless others. Read More

  • Reach Your Customers Through The Subconscious

    Reach Your Customers Through The Subconscious

    Consider a scene that happens a billion times a day, at a billion computers across the globe. A man is searching online for new running shoes, or a woman is clicking through e-commerce sites on the hunt for a birthday gift, a new dress or a book to read on her next vacation. Shoppers navigating the online marketplace think they are in control of their decisions. But the truth is, as they… Read More

  • Beyond The Maquiladora: A Look At Mexico’s Startup Scene

    Beyond The Maquiladora: A Look At Mexico’s Startup Scene

    If Mexico is indeed in the process of building the world’s next great economy, technology and innovation will be a part of its foundation. Read More

  • Adapting To The Changing Global Enterprise Security Landscape

    Adapting To The Changing Global Enterprise Security Landscape

    The finishing touches of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are underway, and with it, many international companies that have data passing through the EU, house customer data of EU residents or are based in the EU are concerned about how they will fare once the new law is enacted. And they should be, as non-compliance could result in costly penalties under the… Read More

  • Bootstrapping Is The New Seed

    Bootstrapping Is The New Seed

    The all-American ‘rags to riches’ story is one that many can identify with or find inspiration from — going from sleeping in your car to owning more than you hate to admit, or coming from humble beginnings only to reach fame and fortune. Entrepreneurship is the vehicle of this story, where we have the power to make something from nothing. Read More

  • Alibaba And The Cognitive Dissonance Of American Data Policy

    Alibaba And The Cognitive Dissonance Of American Data Policy

    American cyber policy makers may well rue not paying heed to Burnham. The legal interpretations they currently espouse may soon turn around to bite them in the proverbial hypocritical posterior. The issue is put in stark relief by the recent announcement from Alibaba, the Chinese technology company that plans to open up a new data center in Silicon Valley. From a business perspective… Read More

  • Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not

    Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not

    I’ve heard people wonder if we’re in a bubble with regard to startups. Is it as bad as the 2000 dot-com bubble? Might it actually be worse? I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the available data to see if we can figure this out with more than just a personal opinion. After all, I’m responsible for running Google Ventures, and data are important to us, as is the answer. Read More

  • Cities Take Lead On App Development

    Cities Take Lead On App Development

    What kinds of apps do cities need? This is a key question that cities have been asking themselves and answering in a range of ways in recent years. Before we even can truly answer that question though, it’s key to understand the important role of cities in everyday life. We wake up in our home in a city, walk in a city, bike in a city, commute to work or school in a city, frequent… Read More

  • Lessons From The New Threat Environment From Sony, Anthem And ISIS

    Lessons From The New Threat Environment From Sony, Anthem And ISIS

    The cyberattack on Sony Pictures entertainment left plenty of roiled waters in its aftermath. Lawsuits from employees whose personal information was leaked … apologies to President Obama and other subjects of hasty emails … U.S. sanctions against North Korea and a war of words back and forth … and the irony of Sony turning to the entity most identified in those emails as a threat to… Read More

  • Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?

    Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?

    Matt Burns wrote about a situation at his son’s school last week that could have happened almost anywhere in the United States. The school had organized a career day, and his son, who is seven years old, told his teachers he wanted to be a video game designer one day. His teacher’s response was not to be enthusiastic, but rather to dismiss the goal, saying that his son should… Read More

  • Four Patents That Changed Enterprise Storage

    Four Patents That Changed Enterprise Storage

    Sports fans get very excited about Final Fours — whether it’s the new four-team playoff in college football, the semi-finals competitors at Wimbledon or, most famously, the remaining competitors in NCAA basketball’s March Madness. As we are in the midst of this year’s tournament, I started pondering a Fab Four, if not the Final Four, of the world’s impactful… Read More

  • I Beat A Patent Troll And You Can Too

    I Beat A Patent Troll And You Can Too

    Editor’s Note: Chris Hulls is the chief executive of the family networking and communication service, Life360. I thought I was finished standing up to bullies when I left junior high. Being the quiet guy and a late bloomer made me an easy target growing up, but I eventually fought back and after that no one ever bothered me again… that is, until now. As a tech founder… Read More

  • How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Government

    How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Government

    In many ways, the technology industry and government couldn’t be more different: one is brash, aggressive and risky; the other is rightfully thoughtful, slow moving and cautious. But as demonstrated recently by events like the White House Cyber Security Summit at Stanford and through continued collaboration efforts across the public health and banking spaces, both sectors can learn a… Read More

  • Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters

    Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters

    Editor’s Note: Ben Murray is the editor for The Space, a digital art non-profit organization in the UK and was a former BBC digital editor.  The line “good artists copy; great artists steal,” attributed to Pablo Picasso and appropriated by Steve Jobs in a 1995 interview, is in some ways at the core of much of the aesthetic endeavors that engage modern technology. Jobs… Read More

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. ...