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  • You never forget the pain, so try to avoid it Crunch Network

    You never forget the pain, so try to avoid it

    They say once you’ve had frostbite, you never forget the cold. A founder who has suffered a bad board, or board member, never forgets that, either. I took my company public at age 33 with a board of four: me, someone I trusted and two people who taught me the meaning of the word acrimony. I have been obsessed ever since with helping my founders pick the right board members and avoid… Read More

  • Why your wallet is becoming the next platform Crunch Network

    Why your wallet is becoming the next platform

    As digital wallets increasingly become the origination point for consumer spending, they will become THE platform for downstream financial services — creating an opportunity for startups and a problem for established players. Read More

  • How to quit your job the right way Crunch Network

    How to quit your job the right way

    It’s too easy to slip into melancholy and gloom. Corporations want to ultimately fire you, whether you like your job or not. Their entire purpose is to create and squeeze the efficiencies out of you until you drop dead or are no longer needed. Know when to jump. Read More

  • Technology is finally eliminating geography as a barrier to real estate investing Crunch Network

    Technology is finally eliminating geography as a barrier to real estate investing

    Real estate investing has long elicited a variety of emotions, running the gamut from excitement to anxiety. When dealing with significant sums of capital, feelings of apprehension tend to creep in, especially regarding neighborhood quality, tenant and property management issues and liquidity. But those feelings of apprehension should be balanced by the knowledge that real estate as an asset… Read More

  • The fall of the unicorns brings a new dawn for water bears Crunch Network

    The fall of the unicorns brings a new dawn for water bears

    Last year was a big year for unicorns. According to Venture Beat, there are now 229 unicorn startups, with $175 billion in funding and $1.3 trillion in valuation. In 2015 alone there were 81 new entrants crowned as the legendary beast. However, the glory did not last. We are starting to see the first signs of a tech slowdown. Read More

  • What’s next for personal financial services? Crunch Network

    What’s next for personal financial services?

    Already there has been a huge amount invested in fintech in 2016, with investors funding close to $9 billion in January and February alone. It is a sector of innovation that shows no signs of slowing down. If 2015 was the year of the great “Bank Unbundling,” it was also a year that saw the emergence of a new landscape of financial influencers taking a seat at the table. Read More

  • When will AI and NLP actually turn Siri into your best friend?  Crunch Network

    When will AI and NLP actually turn Siri into your best friend? 

    The discussion around robots has only increased in the past few years. But beyond the physical capabilities of robots, the bigger question is what robots’ minds will be capable of in the future. How will we communicate with a robot’s mind? Will it only act in the physical world or will it also be able to act in the Internet world? Read More

  • Match-fixing comes to the world of e-sports Crunch Network

    Match-fixing comes to the world of e-sports

    In the world of professional eSports these days, money doesn’t rain — it pours. The stakes are high and the competition can be cut-throat, especially given the payday waiting at the end of a match. But the flood of money has brought an unexpected innovation in the way players are cashing in (and cashing out) in the vast virtual world of online gaming —… Read More

  • The FBI is working hard to keep you unsafe Crunch Network

    The FBI is working hard to keep you unsafe

    Did you know that the US government is sitting on its own Strategic Zero-Day Reserve? A “zero-day” is a software vulnerability that allows adversaries to bypass or reduce security restrictions; lets them hack systems which use that software, basically. These are not restricted to shady criminal hackers. They are strategic weapons in the hands of nation-states, including America. Read More

  • How IoT security can benefit from machine learning Crunch Network

    How IoT security can benefit from machine learning

    Computers and mobile devices running rich operating systems have a plethora of security solutions and encryption protocols from which to choose that can protect them against the multitude of threats they face as soon as they become connected to the Internet. Such is not the case with IoT. Read More

  • Drastic disruptions are underway in the energy market Crunch Network

    Drastic disruptions are underway in the energy market

    What if energy “agents” could help us make better choices to cut costs and save the planet? Read More