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  • New York-Based Tech IPOs Signal East Coast Tech Validation Crunch Network

    New York-Based Tech IPOs Signal East Coast Tech Validation

    Silicon Alley’s digerati are poised to celebrate what’s been years in the making as the locus for tech public offerings expands beyond Silicon Valley. Further evidence is mounting that New York’s scene is building momentum thanks to marquee public offerings are anticipated from Etsy to Gilt Groupe, AppNexus to Outbrain, with many more expected in the offing. Read More

  • The Risk Of Reviewing The Reviewer Crunch Network

    The Risk Of Reviewing The Reviewer

    Reviews impact everything: what brands we trust, what we purchase, what we eat, and even how we travel. Online reviews have factored into my purchasing decisions as a millennial. I was barely a teenager when Yelp was founded, and today, over a decade later, reviews have transformed the online consumer landscape. Yet what does the future hold as we enter an age when even the customer –… Read More

  • A Connected Planet, Digital Telepathy And Other Passions Of Ramez Naam Crunch Network

    A Connected Planet, Digital Telepathy And Other Passions Of Ramez Naam

    Ramez Naam started his career in technology at Microsoft in 1995, where for six years, he worked on early versions of Internet Explorer and Outlook before launching a nanotechnology company in 2001. Those were the early days for nanotechnology — before everyone realized that its real commercial applications were at least a couple of decades away. Read More

  • A New Revolution Modernizes The Revenue Supply Chain Crunch Network

    A New Revolution Modernizes The Revenue Supply Chain

    These days, marketing technology companies (MarTech) are white-hot. No one can deny the incredible opportunity these startups have presented for venture capitalists. The value of these applications is the ability to enable marketing teams to identify prospects more quickly and convert them into qualified leads for sales more effectively. Read More

  • Whatever Happened To PaaS? Crunch Network

    Whatever Happened To PaaS?

    In 2009 I discovered Google App Engine and fell in love. Its promise: any software developer could build web apps available to anyone, anywhere, 24/7, without having to worry about server configuration, or database setup, or OS versions, or security patches, or load balancing, or scaling. Automatic scaling! All we had to do was write our code; App Engine would handle everything else. Read More

  • As Vertical Marketplaces Rise, Craigslist Faces Its Demise Crunch Network

    As Vertical Marketplaces Rise, Craigslist Faces Its Demise

    Craigslist is one of the largest marketplaces on the Internet today, but as we see it, not for long. Over the last several years, we’ve watched businesses and consumers shift away from Craigslist and toward vertical marketplaces. The shift implies an abundance of exciting vertical marketplace investment opportunities. Read More

  • Is Competition Really For Losers? Crunch Network

    Is Competition Really For Losers?

    While declaring “competition is for losers” has become fashionable among unicorn-chasing VCs, most founders still reject this line of thinking. They know there is a gray area, and that large markets with multiple similar companies can produce multiple success stories. Nevertheless, any startup that can’t explain why they will be 10x better versus their competition on a… Read More

  • Why Hollywood Needs To Make Technology A Priority Crunch Network

    Why Hollywood Needs To Make Technology A Priority

    Every day, it seems there are new headlines on the strained relationship between technology and entertainment. Variety’s recent “Broken Hollywood” story was essentially a battle cry from entertainment heavyweights sounding off on the biggest challenges they’re facing in an industry undergoing a great deal of turmoil. In 2015, when we’ll see an estimated one… Read More

  • Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters Crunch Network

    Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters

    When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, it struck a very vulnerable target. The Pacific nation is considered one of the world’s poorest and is ranked by the United Nations’ WorldRiskIndex as the most disaster-prone country. Yet for a storm significantly stronger than Hurricane Katrina, Cyclone Pam resulted in a relatively low number of casualties. Early warnings helped save scores of… Read More

  • Securing A Huge Growth Round Crunch Network

    Securing A Huge Growth Round

    Pitching VCs is a serious challenge at any stage, but asking for a $30-60 million check is usually the sale of a founder’s life. Convincing an investor to accept a valuation that most normal people think you’d deserve in a year’s time (at best) piles on the challenge. I’ve recently been working with a few of our portfolio companies on these kinds of deals and wanted… Read More

  • Stop Fearing Artificial Intelligence Crunch Network

    Stop Fearing Artificial Intelligence

    As yet another tech pioneer with no connection to artificial intelligence steps out to voice his fears about AI being catastrophic for the human race, I feel the need respond. While I respect Steve Wozniak’s technological contributions to our culture, I fear that he, like so many others (Musk, Hawking, Gates), is poisoning the well for fear of something he doesn’t truly understand. Read More

  • Connecting The Dots Between Tax Day, Identity Theft And Digital Transformation Crunch Network

    Connecting The Dots Between Tax Day, Identity Theft And Digital Transformation

    It probably is no surprise to the security professional community that once again, identity theft is among the IRS’ Dirty Dozen tax scams, according to a recent IRS.Gov Newsroom article. Criminals use stolen social security numbers and other personally identifiable information to file tax claims illegally, deposit the tax refunds to rechargeable debit cards, and vanish before the… Read More

  • The Implications Of The Seed Funding Boom Crunch Network

    The Implications Of The Seed Funding Boom

    Josh Kopelman wrote a great post recently highlighting the current state of the early-stage funding market. One of his main points was that the Series Seed round is becoming so easy to raise that founders aren’t being tested and thus often surprised when it becomes difficult to raise their Series A. Read More

  • Modeling Mediums Of Communication Crunch Network

    Modeling Mediums Of Communication

    Communication mediums can be classified by their context. Example: if your audience is just one person, it’s a different communication experience then when your audience is a company or a crowd. Another metric is whether delivery is synchronous or asynchronous. By targeting a particular experience and delivery mode, a communications product is determining a language for our… Read More

  • Introducing The TC Network And Editorial Calendar Crunch Network

    Introducing The TC Network And Editorial Calendar

    The Internet has always been about experimentation, collaboration and communication. It was designed to erase the physical and intellectual boundaries that separate us by making communication effortless and nearly instantaneous. At its core, that vision of collaboration remains very much a part of the connected experience. Here at TechCrunch, we share that notion of collaboration and open… Read More

  • Understanding Tech Penetration In Latin America Crunch Network

    Understanding Tech Penetration In Latin America

    It’s pretty telling that Mark Zuckerberg, didn’t choose Beijing, London or Dubai, to have the first Facebook overseas town-hall meeting. He chose a place that 10 years ago, few people in Silicon Valley knew much about, and much less regarded as a player in technology. He chose …you guessed it…Latin America. Read More

  • The Potential Upside To A Technology Bubble Crunch Network

    The Potential Upside To A Technology Bubble

    Over the last few months the question has been asked by almost everyone in the startup and venture capital community: Are we in a tech bubble? I don’t think there’s even a question anymore. Many founders are in deep denial valuing their pre-revenue SaaS Uber for CRM cloud based big data machine learning platform for millions of dollars pre-money. When a potential investor asks… Read More

  • The Future Of Messenger Crunch Network

    The Future Of Messenger

    It took Dasher.im three months to get its first angel investment via message. The NYC startup, built by Jesse Boyes, previously head of mobile development at Gilt Groupe, had set up Venmo payments to send right in the stream of the chat app. For the first few months the main use of payments were to add your $0.02 as a sort of emoji replacement to punctuate your advice at the end of a… Read More

  • With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again Crunch Network

    With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    Technology tends to run in cycles, and as it evolves some early failed attempts might be worth another look in the context of more modern infrastructure. In several instances lately, whether streaming video or meal delivery, everything old has become new again. Streaming Video? Been There, Done That Let’s start with video streaming darlings Meerkat and Periscope as a prime example… Read More

  • Augmented And Virtual Reality To Hit $150 Billion, Disrupting Mobile By 2020 Crunch Network

    Augmented And Virtual Reality To Hit $150 Billion, Disrupting Mobile By 2020

    Virtual reality and augmented reality are exciting – Google Glass coming and going, Facebook’s $2 billion for Oculus, Google’s $542 million into Magic Leap, not to mention Microsoft’s HoloLens. There are amazing early-stage platforms and apps, but VR/AR in 2015 feels a bit like the smartphone market before the iPhone. We’re waiting for someone to say “One… Read More