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  • The Dark Ages of Austin startup capital Crunch Network

    The Dark Ages of Austin startup capital

    An Austin-based venture capital firm recently offered my company $400,000 for 40 percent of its equity. This was one week before their counterpart in the Bay Area offered $2 million for 20 percent of the same company. Nothing had changed in that week, and both received the same pitch and deck in the weeks prior. Read More

  • On the war between hacker culture and codes of conduct Crunch Network

    On the war between hacker culture and codes of conduct

    Did you know that a Code of Conduct war is underway in the world of open-source software development? I realize that this sounds ridiculous. Codes of Conduct boil down to: “a) don’t be an asshole, b) this is how we define ‘asshole’ around these parts”. Who could argue with that? And yet this has become eruptively controversial — and with good reason. Read More

  • Want to compete with Salesforce? Buy Marketo Crunch Network

    Want to compete with Salesforce? Buy Marketo

    There are several enterprise players that want a share of Salesforce’s business, but just aren’t making headway by knuckling up against the company’s dominant, entrenched SaaS CRM offerings. Rather than competing head on, a smarter approach for these businesses is to “front door” Salesforce, instead. Read More

  • How to politely ask people to get the f*ck off their phones Crunch Network

    How to politely ask people to get the f*ck off their phones

    You’re with a small group of friends at a nice restaurant. Everyone is enjoying the food and conversation when someone decides to take out his phone — not for an urgent call, but to check email, Instagram and Facebook. Maybe you’ve witnessed this behavior and found it unsettling. What do you do? Do you sit idly by, thinking disparaging thoughts? Or do you call out the offender? Read More

  • Legal battles loom as technological ubiquity creates tensions between privacy and security Crunch Network

    Legal battles loom as technological ubiquity creates tensions between privacy and security

    The debates in Congress will be ugly, uninformed, and emotional. Lawmakers won’t know which side to pick and will flip flop between what lobbyists ask and the public’s fear du jour. Read More

  • Kissmetric’s Hiten Shah on VC funding vs bootstrapping and how to determine founder ‘grit’ Crunch Network

    Kissmetric’s Hiten Shah on VC funding vs bootstrapping and how to determine founder ‘grit’

    What’s it like being the founder of two wildly successful startups, advisor to Linkedin and Automattic and a prolific angel investor with Buffer and Mattermark? Hiten Shah shares a glimpse in our latest interview. We discussed the pros and cons of VC funding compared to bootstrapping your startup, the implications of financing and self-funding and how Hiten’s time in the startup… Read More

  • Why browser extensions change the way we work Crunch Network

    Why browser extensions change the way we work

    Browser extensions change the way we work. They alter facets of your job by changing the experience of the apps on which you rely so they conform to your workflow — versus having to open 17 separate browser tabs just to complete a simple task. Historically, browser extensions were a little wild as far as how they were built. Read More

  • Apple’s best defense against the FBI is the one it can’t share publicly Crunch Network

    Apple’s best defense against the FBI is the one it can’t share publicly

    With Apple vowing to resist the FBI’s demands for an iPhone backdoor in the San Bernardino case all the way to the Supreme Court, many people assume the company is motivated purely out of principle and concern for their customers. No doubt these are key reasons for Apple’s stand, and I have great admiration for Tim Cook’s leadership on this matter. Read More

  • Computer science is the key to America’s skills crisis Crunch Network

    Computer science is the key to America’s skills crisis

    The United States faces a global competitiveness crisis that, if not addressed, will put our nation at a strategic disadvantage for decades to come. In just a few years, there will be 1.8 million jobs unfilled in our nation because we don’t have enough individuals trained with the necessary technical skills to fill them. Read More

  • Africa Roundup: Goldman backs startup African Internet Group to become continent’s 1st unicorn Crunch Network

    Africa Roundup: Goldman backs startup African Internet Group to become continent’s 1st unicorn

    The big tech news is the recent torrent of capital to Africa Internet Group (AIG)—which owns online retailer Jumia and 9 other e-ventures. Yesterday AIG announced €300 million ($326 million) in funding from backers including Goldman Sachs and MTN. CEO Sacha Poignonnec confirmed the new financing brings company equity to €1.005bn ($1.08bn). This clears the hurdle for AIG to become… Read More

  • When capital prefers venture over public markets Crunch Network

    When capital prefers venture over public markets

    Market movements in the technology sector — particularly in SaaS tech companies — are causing a stir among investors. It’s always a challenge to estimate valuation ranges for publicly traded companies because these calculations require assumptions of growth. Investors are trying to draw parallels between publicly traded companies and private venture-funded companies, but a… Read More