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  • What You Need To Know About Online Video Platforms Crunch Network

    What You Need To Know About Online Video Platforms

    On this 10th anniversary of the first video being uploaded to YouTube, it’s important to look at how the online video industry has changed in the last two years — because the changes have been as significant as those that started 10 years ago. Read More

  • The Martial Arts Of Customer Relationship Management Crunch Network

    The Martial Arts Of Customer Relationship Management

    After spending six years with startups in the Salesforce.com ecosystem, I’ve spent the last six months as an EIR at Foundation Capital. One of the things I hear repeatedly from entrepreneurs as they illustrate their startup’s potential is their plan to “disrupt Salesforce.” Read More

  • Exponential Organizations Are The Future Of Global Business And Innovation Crunch Network

    Exponential Organizations Are The Future Of Global Business And Innovation

    Here’s a strange thought: Not very long ago, vertical integration was the cutting edge of global business. Indeed, well into the last century, the companies considered to be at the forefront of innovation were those resting atop the largest and most sprawling networks of operation. Read More

  • Personal Health In The Digital Age Crunch Network

    Personal Health In The Digital Age

    We live in the digital age. You know that already. Two out of three Americans are now smartphone owners, and more than 86 percent of the population is connected online. But while digital has permeated everything from our social lives to how we work and how we shop, it is only starting to touch how we manage health. Read More

  • How Old-School Management Kills Work Culture Crunch Network

    How Old-School Management Kills Work Culture

    Early in my career, I had an encounter with a senior leader that left such a vivid impression on me that I can still remember it like it was yesterday. It was our first meeting as manager-employee. We were less than five minutes into our conversation when he abruptly and sharply interrupted, “Wait, is your chair higher than mine?” Read More

  • The Netherlands: A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital Crunch Network

    The Netherlands: A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital

    It’s a fascinating time to take stock of startup innovation in the Netherlands, a rare turning point where you can watch the hard work of the past give way to the immense promise of the future. Behind London and Berlin, the Dutch startup scene is already considered to be one of the most prominent in Europe. (If it feels unfair to weigh an entire country against individual cities… Read More

  • DIY Disruption Is The Easiest Way To Innovate Crunch Network

    DIY Disruption Is The Easiest Way To Innovate

    Last month I attended the Collision conference in Las Vegas; it served up a hipster/music festival feel with a decidedly tech twist. The event welcomed old-school headliners like PayPal, Dropbox and Facebook, but also brought in hundreds of tech startups, from cloud management vendor CloudBolt to MedYear, a consumer health information exchange platform. The vibe was electric. Read More

  • Precision Ag Tech Helps California Farmers Grow More With Less Water Crunch Network

    Precision Ag Tech Helps California Farmers Grow More With Less Water

    Will Gerry might look the part of a fourth-generation farmer — dirty denim jeans, shirt sleeves rolled up and a gray beard that wraps from brim to brim on his leather hat. But once Gerry whips the smartphone out of his pocket, he starts rattling off tech jargon and analyzing data points across his farm like a 20-something whiz kid from Silicon Valley. Read More

  • Measuring Your Financial Health Beyond The Credit Score Crunch Network

    Measuring Your Financial Health Beyond The Credit Score

    The credit score has become a ubiquitous way to assess someone’s credit-worthiness. It is used in a host of underwriting decisions and background checks, from mortgages to auto to business loans, apartment rentals and even employment candidacy. But credit scores are not a prevalent factor in peoples’ daily financial habits. Why? Read More

  • Wired For Extremes Crunch Network

    Wired For Extremes

    Chris McNamara stood at the overhang of what would be his final wingsuit BASE jump (parachuting or wingsuit flying from a fixed structure: building, antenna, span and Earth). A 1,500-foot drop was a conservative risk in a community that saw around 30 deaths last year. “After I took flight I had never realized how much physical strength was required in wingsuit BASE. I wasn’t nervous… Read More

  • So About That Whole Tech-Eating-Jobs Thing Crunch Network

    So About That Whole Tech-Eating-Jobs Thing

    The argument seems compelling, the logic inescapable. As hardware doubles its density every 18-24 months, courtesy of Moore’s Law, and as software eats the world, technology will replace a broad swathe of jobs outright–from burger-flippers to physicians–and networks will atomize many others from full-time positions into gigs performed by many fungible workers. Tech, in… Read More

  • From Remnant To Riches: What The Quest For Premium Inventory Means For The Industry Crunch Network

    From Remnant To Riches: What The Quest For Premium Inventory Means For The Industry

    The recent flurry of ad-tech acquisition deals clearly demonstrates that the industry is shifting its focus to developing solutions that support premium inventory. While all the attention has traditionally been around solving for RTB and the programmatic trading of low-value, non-guaranteed inventory, things are changing. Read More

  • Experiential Commerce Is The Next Billion-Dollar Opportunity For Developers Crunch Network

    Experiential Commerce Is The Next Billion-Dollar Opportunity For Developers

    Technology has transformed entire industries over the past decade, from travel and transportation to media and real estate. While commerce has enjoyed some innovation, its transformation is far from over. The next frontier is “Commerce Everywhere,” which blends online and offline experiences to let you make purchases wherever and whenever you want. Read More

  • The Sexiest (And Last?) Job Of The 21st Century Crunch Network

    The Sexiest (And Last?) Job Of The 21st Century

    Data scientist, according to a 2012 Harvard Business Review article, is the sexiest job of the 21st century. Given its authors, Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil, the declaration is hardly surprising. Nonetheless, the IT industry is besotted with the term and expecting huge shortages of skilled workers. Read More

  • Tips For Finding Success As A Female Engineer Crunch Network

    Tips For Finding Success As A Female Engineer

    It was apparent from the first time I took a computer programming class in high school that it was one of the few subjects that really excited me. Initially, it was just an option I was trying out, but I soon knew that engineering was what I wanted to major in and pursue for my lifelong career. The thing I love most about engineering is that there are limitless opportunities to do meaningful… Read More

  • Amid A Collapsing Economy, Greek Entrepreneurs Band Together To Keep Business Going Crunch Network

    Amid A Collapsing Economy, Greek Entrepreneurs Band Together To Keep Business Going

    Greece went to the brink this week. And the country’s entrepreneurs wasted no time in stepping into action. Read More

  • Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice” Crunch Network

    Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice”

    Startups often ask VCs for pre-pitch meetings. These requests usually are positioned along the lines of, “We aren’t looking for money yet, just advice.” Of course, we all know this is just a nice way of getting your foot in the door for a soft pitch. And that’s ok; these meetings enable both sides to get acquainted before the real ask. However, when startups come… Read More

  • Enterprises Don’t Have Big Data, They Just Have Bad Data Crunch Network

    Enterprises Don’t Have Big Data, They Just Have Bad Data

    PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel commonly harps on the tech community for overusing buzzwords like “cloud” and “big data.” He’s not the only one who’s been saying this, but the message still doesn’t appear to be sinking in with most enterprises. Read More

  • Why You Should Advertise Your App On Television Crunch Network

    Why You Should Advertise Your App On Television

    From ad networks and exchanges to demand-side platforms and other app publishers, app marketers have left no stone unturned when it comes to finding new mobile channels on which to advertise their apps. And yet, as the market matures and evolves, most developers are finding mobile as a channel to be saturated, competitive and increasingly expensive. Read More

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    Planting The Seed: Silicon Valley, Mind Control And Finding Order In Chaos Crunch Network

    Planting The Seed: Silicon Valley, Mind Control And Finding Order In Chaos

    “The seed that we planted in this man’s mind may change everything.” – Dom Cobb (Inception). While this quote reads to most with only a Leonardo DiCaprio-style swagger, it is rapidly becoming the prophecy of many innovators. From Silicon Alley to Silicon Valley, investors are captivated by startups leveraging research in cognitive science to affect user behavior. Read More

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