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  • The Startup Illusion Crunch Network

    The Startup Illusion

    In 2005, Steve Jobs delivered his now-famous Stanford Commencement Speech, wherein he explained that attempting to attend a four-year university had been a poor choice. The school was astronomically expensive and “[he] had no idea what [he] wanted to do with [his] life and no idea how college was going to help [him] figure it out.” Read More

  • In Internet Streaming, Goliath Needs David, And David Needs Goliath Crunch Network

    In Internet Streaming, Goliath Needs David, And David Needs Goliath

    In screenwriter William Goldman’s famous words, “Nobody, nobody — not now, not ever — knows the least goddamn thing about what is or isn’t going to work at the box office.” To some extent, this statement still holds true. Many producers, directors and content creators rely on intuition to determine which television programming will prove successful with… Read More

  • Here Come The Dannies Crunch Network

    Here Come The Dannies

    Take a quick look, a sneak peek, into our not-so-distant future, courtesy of the great science-fiction writer Peter Watts(1), who writes in Aeon magazine: “You already know that we can run machines with our brainwaves. That’s been old news for almost a decade… But we’ve moved beyond merely thinking orders at machinery. Now we’re using that machinery to wire… Read More

  • Snoop Dogg For CEO Of Twitter Crunch Network

    Snoop Dogg For CEO Of Twitter

    Snoop Dogg should become CEO of Twitter and I’m about to tell you why. But first, leave Dick Costolo, the outgoing CEO, alone. When Dick became CEO, Twitter was valued at about $3 billion (now it’s $26 billion). The site was constantly overloaded with traffic and would crash. Now it doesn’t crash. Twitter had 30 million active users a month and now has over 250 million… Read More

  • Experimenting With Virtual Reality, Financial Services Enter The Matrix Crunch Network

    Experimenting With Virtual Reality, Financial Services Enter The Matrix

    “You take the blue pill –- the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill -– you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Morpheus and The Matrix introduced virtual reality (VR) to a mass audience, and the technology — once largely the domain of the entertainment industry — is… Read More

  • New Rules Allow Early Adopters to Become Early Investors Crunch Network

    New Rules Allow Early Adopters to Become Early Investors

    Were you one of the first to identify Uber as a game changer?  What about being one of the first to use Amazon or Google in the early days? If you had invested in Uber (now valued at $40B) in 2011, you would currently be sitting on a 600x return. Unfortunately, unless you were already very wealthy, securities laws would have prevented you from being able to invest in the these… Read More

  • Lessons From Dave Goldberg: An Open Letter To Aspiring CEOs And Young Entrepreneurs Crunch Network

    Lessons From Dave Goldberg: An Open Letter To Aspiring CEOs And Young Entrepreneurs

    Silicon Valley and corporate America would be a better place if more people led their companies like Dave. Read More

  • Your Bank Should Be More Like Your Waiter And Less Like Your Landlord Crunch Network

    Your Bank Should Be More Like Your Waiter And Less Like Your Landlord

    The financial services industry in America is locked into a business model of exploitation. For far too long, this has gone largely unchecked and unquestioned, even when advances in technology mean it doesn’t have to be so. Read More

  • Reg A + Gives Women And Minority Founders Access To Startup Capital Crunch Network

    Reg A + Gives Women And Minority Founders Access To Startup Capital

    Reg A+ does not directly solve the ongoing dilemma of access to venture capital dollars for women and minorities. But it does disrupt the investor status quo and provides a much needed alternative to capital for those who need it most. Read More

  • E-Commerce Is All Grown Up And Moving On Crunch Network

    E-Commerce Is All Grown Up And Moving On

    E-commerce obstacles are falling just as the second wave of digital natives is getting their hands on credit cards and debit cards and exercising their newfound online purchasing power. The rise of everything being offered as a service, or available by delivery, helps. As does the fact that e-commerce has gone mobile, moving into social, picture, video and streaming platforms. From Twitter… Read More

  • Deep Learning And The Future Of Search Engine Optimization Crunch Network

    Deep Learning And The Future Of Search Engine Optimization

    The concept of deep learning or deep structured learning has been a frequent topic of conversation in recent months because of the commitment and advancements of some of the world’s largest and most prolific search companies. With organizations like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Baidu (a Chinese search engine) buying into this technology, we are starting to see a huge acceleration of… Read More

  • So You Want To Build A Full Stack Startup In Fintech? Crunch Network

    So You Want To Build A Full Stack Startup In Fintech?

    A recent article in The Economist noted that fintech is “arguably the hottest spot in a bubbly funding environment for startups.” For the last few years, investors have dumped remarkable amounts of money into fintech startups. From payments to lending and investing, these smaller companies have caught the attention of industry incumbents, who have also been pouring money into these… Read More

  • Bridging The Gap Between Education And The Future Workforce Crunch Network

    Bridging The Gap Between Education And The Future Workforce

    The school year has come to an end for students across the country and for newly minted college graduates it can be a tumultuous time filled with anticipation, anxiety, happiness and disappointment. Although some college graduates will find their first, degree-related job right out of college, it’s not the case for most. Read More

  • Personalizing The Factory Crunch Network

    Personalizing The Factory

    Winston Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.” Until recently, the same could be said for the factory model of education. Imported from Prussia and implemented at the urging of Horace Mann, who hoped to create a more “tolerant, civilized society,” the factory model puts kids into age-based classrooms and… Read More

  • Driverless Cars Are Already Here Crunch Network

    Driverless Cars Are Already Here

    With big initiatives under way from Google, Apple, Daimler and more, the autonomous car is driving into view as the future of transportation. Whenever we imagine this technology, the reality always seems distant. Indeed, the dominant narrative of Silicon Valley companies’ development efforts is one of stealth, with eventual glitzy launches far in the future, following lengthy secret testing. Read More

  • Challenges Of The Final Frontier Crunch Network

    Challenges Of The Final Frontier

    Like many kids in my generation, I grew up with Star Trek. I’d watch the original series in re-runs and then the Next Generation in college. I found their take on space exploration fascinating and wondered if we would ever be able to explore the galaxy like Captain Kirk. Read More

  • The Last Mover Advantage Crunch Network

    The Last Mover Advantage

    This is the age of Digital Darwinism, where technology and society evolve faster than any organization can adapt. The best advantage you can leverage is being built for the newly possible. Read More

  • Mobile Apps Will Decide Your Product’s Success Crunch Network

    Mobile Apps Will Decide Your Product’s Success

    My home theater system recently stopped working and I found myself in the market for a specific piece of relatively complex consumer technology: a new receiver. A new home theater receiver is not an insignificant purchase. Surprisingly, the major factor in my decision had nothing to do with price point or technical specs. Instead, I chose a receiver that featured an intuitive mobile app that… Read More

  • The Next Fintech Sandbox Crunch Network

    The Next Fintech Sandbox

    It’s a new day for how we interact with money. You can pay for your morning latte without reaching for a credit card, let alone cash. Most of the recent buzz around financial technology focuses on power players such as Square and Venmo — fintech products that allow users to accept payments or exchange money easily, smoothing the pain points of everyday commerce. Read More

  • The Growth Equity In Venture Capital Crunch Network

    The Growth Equity In Venture Capital

    The technology industry is booming and contrary to popular belief, it’s not just early stage venture funding that’s steering the ship. Helping to propel this rapid expansion is actually another group of investors who specialize in growing established companies and taking them to the next level, aptly named “growth equity.” Read More