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  • Meeting cybersecurity challenges through gamification Crunch Network

    Meeting cybersecurity challenges through gamification

    When it comes to cybersecurity issues, we always seem to be dealing with either shortages or excess. With the dark shadow of bigger security incidents constantly looming on the horizon, both government agencies and private firms are always looking for new ways to meet the challenges and overcome the many shortages the cybersecurity industry is facing. One of the growing trends in this regard… Read More

  • Don’t hand over EV charging in Northern California to PG&E Crunch Network

    Don’t hand over EV charging in Northern California to PG&E

    Northern California has become a test-bed for electric vehicle charging. And it’s no accident; the region is home to more electric vehicles and EV charging stations than anywhere else in the country. Like other innovative industries, the EV charging models, products and services that prove successful over time will scale around the state, the country and the world. Read More

  • How creative thinkers can thrive in a regulated industry Crunch Network

    How creative thinkers can thrive in a regulated industry

    So you want to change the world and help people — and you’ve started a healthcare startup. You know it will take a great team to pull it off, and you’re starting to build the initial group that will mold the company’s DNA. You’re (hopefully) spending time thinking about the kind of people, culture and environment you want to permeate the office and define your… Read More

  • Bringing data to urban governance Crunch Network

    Bringing data to urban governance

    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Flowers in his new role as a What Works Cities (WWC) Senior Fellow. As a What Work Cities Senior Fellow, Flowers will oversee a new Analytics Kick Start Program run by WWC partner the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University (GovEx). He will also hold workshops with city leaders and help facilitate the development of a… Read More

  • Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on Crunch Network

    Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on

    As a former patent examiner, I recognize that the patent system, in its purest form, should protect and incentivize innovation through a limited-term contract, offering exclusive monopoly rights covering a technology, product or design element. In practice, it’s much uglier, and by no means did the Founding Fathers intend for patents to be utilized toward incremental monopolization ploys. Read More

  • Why the Oculus Rift won’t go the way of Google Glass Crunch Network

    Why the Oculus Rift won’t go the way of Google Glass

    On a recent episode of our podcast we spoke about the VR industry with Matt Hartman, director of seed investments at Betaworks. When evaluating VR companies, Hartman looks for whether the company is delivering a “10X experience.” Ultimately, can you deliver 10 times the value of comparable offerings with your solution? For VR companies, the vision of their given solution may not… Read More

  • What we can learn from Uber and Lyft’s Austin recall and initiative efforts Crunch Network

    What we can learn from Uber and Lyft’s Austin recall and initiative efforts

    Technology companies have faced years’ worth of criticism for being behind the times in dealing with political pressure. Unlike other, more old-line industries that saw regulations, taxing and spending policy and government contracts as critical to their success, tech has not been known for its lobbying efforts or for getting involved in political campaigns. Read More

  • What’s trending in the IoT space Crunch Network

    What’s trending in the IoT space

    Our team has been active as investors in the Internet of Things and hardware space over the past two years. We’ve read pitches from hundreds of companies, met with dozens, read hundreds of research reports and spoken with various experts. We’ve invested in six IoT/hardware companies from our global seed fund and seven from our startup accelerator. With this accumulated knowledge… Read More

  • Seven things to watch for at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in San Jose Crunch Network

    Seven things to watch for at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in San Jose

    With Strata + Hadoop World kicking off, it’s always fascinating to step back and look at the contents of the sessions as a way of understanding what’s happening in the world of big data. For those of you who have attended this conference for the more than five years that the event’s been kicking, you’ve likely seen it transform from an arena for software developers… Read More