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  • Searching For Truths In Big, Enormous, Massive Data

    Searching For Truths In Big, Enormous, Massive Data

    We have so much data, mountains and mountains of data. In fact, there’s so much, the name ‘Big Data’ doesn’t even do it justice. Maybe we should call it humongous data or at least enormous data. Yet for all this data, it seems we are lost in those piles of data, no closer to┬áthe answers that are supposed to solve our most fundamental business and social… Read More

  • It’s Time For Apple To Open Up

    It’s Time For Apple To Open Up

    By now you’ve seen the headlines. The researchers at Lacoon Mobile Security identified the malicious software Xsser, capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from iPhones and iPads. Read More

  • Lean Hardware: Breeding Hardware Unicorns

    Lean Hardware: Breeding Hardware Unicorns

    About a year ago, Aileen Lee from Cowboy Ventures wrote her seminal piece on billion-dollar startups, now widely called “unicorns.” At the time, she found 39 U.S.-based software companies fewer than 10 years old in that category. As early-stage investors and hopeful hardware unicorn breeders, we looked into the situation of hardware unicorns and up-and-coming “ponies.” Read More

  • The Lesson Of Monument Valley

    The Lesson Of Monument Valley

    I’m fascinated by the reviews left by Monument Valley players after learning that new content was going to cost an extra $2. Why does something so apparently ordinary generate such resentment? Read More

  • Why Did Google Decide To Split Inbox From Gmail?

    Why Did Google Decide To Split Inbox From Gmail?

    A couple of years ago, right around the time Google’s Gmail team decided to start working on a standalone email app, the recently announced Inbox, a major redesign of Gmail was launched. As is the case with all Google products it was first released internally as “dogfood” to let Googlers themselves digest all the new features, or as was the case with this particular redesign… Read More

  • Meet Your New Boss, Mr. Algorithm

    Meet Your New Boss, Mr. Algorithm

    Meet Algo, your new boss. It’s flexible, willing to change work schedules so you can work when you want, and not when you don’t. It’s reasonable, providing you honest feedback without the politics of your last human boss. And Algo will find new projects for you to complete, so you always have something interesting to work on while receiving a paycheck. The best part is… Read More

  • Series B Fundraising For Your Enterprise Startup

    Series B Fundraising For Your Enterprise Startup

    After a seed round of $1-2 million helps build a working prototype and a $5-10M Series A enables a successful beta and launch, what comes next? Lots of entrepreneurs have reached out to me recently to discuss what it takes to raise a successful Series B, and luckily, for many enterprise companies, a similar pattern emerges. Read More

  • 3 Reasons You Can’t Just Ask Customers What They Want

    3 Reasons You Can’t Just Ask Customers What They Want

    Do you like apples or bananas? Coffee or tea? Pepperoni or cheese pizza? Simple questions result in simple answers which, when researching and developing a product is every product owner’s dream. “Just tell me what you want, and I’ll make it.” Quick. Easy. Simple. Read More

  • Managing Talent In A Networked Age, Part 2

    Managing Talent In A Networked Age, Part 2

    In Part 1, my colleague Reid Hoffman said that recognizing that top talent may someday want to leave can lead to more honest conversations at work that can even help with long-term retention. In this article I will discuss how to foster the relationships between your employees and other people in the industry. Read More

  • Adding The Easy Button To Conference Calls

    Adding The Easy Button To Conference Calls

    We’ve all experienced the painful execution of conference calls with the uncomfortable dialing of codes, never-ending instructions, and announcements when you join. There are two approaches to modern conference calling: online conference calls or “modern” offline calls. Read More

  • Universities Are Schooling Tech Companies In Video

    Universities Are Schooling Tech Companies In Video

    It’s no secret that the ivory towers of academia don’t get much respect from the tech industry. It’s become conventional wisdom that Computer Science degrees are out of date before graduates enter the workforce, and that MBA programs forgo developing practical leadership and entrepreneurship skills in favor of theory and rhetoric. Schools are chronically behind when it comes… Read More

  • The Kingmaker Strategy: Pioneered By The Chinese Internet Giants, Coming To America?

    The Kingmaker Strategy: Pioneered By The Chinese Internet Giants, Coming To America?

    A few weeks ago, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba made a number of announcements at its annual developer conference. Several announcements surrounding its mobile strategy related to a Silicon Valley startup called Quixey. What is a $200 billion+ e-commerce giant doing with a startup based in Mountain View, Calif.? Read More

  • Where I Went Wrong, Again

    Where I Went Wrong, Again

    Dear readers: can you believe I’ve been writing this weekly column for four years now? Me neither. But I have, and it’s time for my annual self-flagellation piece, in which I iterate over my opinions and predictions of the previous year, trumpet my triumphs, and confess all the things I got completely wrong. Read More

  • 7 IT Startups That Will Change How Businesses Innovate In 2015

    7 IT Startups That Will Change How Businesses Innovate In 2015

    IT is going through a renaissance right now. New products and services are released every month that dramatically change how we can develop products and manage our IT shops. Innovation is everywhere. It can be hard to keep up, but that is part of the fun. Read More

  • Use Social Media In The Fight Against Communicable Diseases

    Use Social Media In The Fight Against Communicable Diseases

    If there were a way to use existing technology to help identify people potentially exposed to Ebola (or any communicable disease like SARS or the flu) would you be interested in being part of the conversation? It may not be such a far-fetched idea. We may be able to do this already through something we access and use every single day: social media. Every time we tweet, upload a status update… Read More

  • A Quick Look At Google Inbox

    A few weeks ago I managed to get my hands on Google’s new app, Inbox. So far I love it, but it is not quite ready to be my go-to email app for a few reasons. But first, let’s start off with the good. The UI is faster and smoother than the standard Gmail app. It is also more one hand friendly, a feature that will be needed if you are rocking the Nexus 6 monstrosity. Read More

  • To Hit Fast Forward On The Internet Of Things, Get Personal

    To Hit Fast Forward On The Internet Of Things, Get Personal

    Try asking your parents or any friends who live in the suburbs what “IoT” or “smart home” means, and more often than not, you’ll get a blank stare in return. In Silicon Valley it seems like technology is ingrained in every aspect of life, but to the rest of the world, the question still remains, “Why do I want or need that?” Read More

  • The Psychology Of Online Customization

    The Psychology Of Online Customization

    E-commerce firms are discovering the value of online product customization and the additional revenue potential that can be generated from it. Over the last few years, product customization has burgeoned in the online space, as consumers look to buy a plethora of differing mass customized goods from suits to handbags and shoes, from bicycles to personal computers. Read More

  • Calling All Angels, Executives, VCs And Everyone Else To Write Guest Columns For TechCrunch

    Calling All Angels, Executives, VCs And Everyone Else To Write Guest Columns For TechCrunch

    The heart of any website or blog is its community of readers, contributors and commenters. At TechCrunch, part of that has been the guest columns that we publish each week. We have provided space for contributors to enlighten the tech community with their industry insights. And now, things are changing. Read More

  • Don’t Let Mobile Pass You By

    Don’t Let Mobile Pass You By

    Today’s consumers engage with their favorite brands through multiple touch points, ranging from social media, email and mobile. Smart marketers have embraced this cross-platform, cross-device ecosystem to uncover the growth levers that are integral to the success of their businesses. But many are hesitant to venture into the “new world” of mobile — they may not have… Read More