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  • With 3D Printing, Medical Devices Are Cool Again

    With 3D Printing, Medical Devices Are Cool Again

    The recent, successful human implantation of a 3D-printed vertebra at Peking University in China captured the public’s imagination. I read the news (and its quick spread) as evidence that medical devices are dare I say, cool again. Read More

  • The Strength Of A Transparent Startup

    The Strength Of A Transparent Startup

    If you ask a member of the business-tech community about the benefits of closed systems versus their open counterparts, one word that will almost certainly come up is “security.” There’s been a long-held belief in the tech industry that closed systems are more difficult to corrupt and, therefore, more secure than systems built on a philosophy of radical openness. Read More

  • FoundationDB And The New NoSQL

    FoundationDB And The New NoSQL

    Databases are the spine of the tech industry: unsung, invisible, but critical–and beyond disastrous when they break or are deformed. This makes database people cautious. For years, only the Big Three–Oracle, IBM’s DB2, and (maybe) SQL Server–were serious options. Then the open-source alternatives–MySQL, PostgreSQL–became viable. …And then, over the last… Read More

  • Stop Being Afraid Of Negative Reviews

    Stop Being Afraid Of Negative Reviews

    In 2008 I was working at BigMachines, a B2B software company in the sales automation space. That year we made the controversial decision to invite prospective clients to our annual user conference. Traditionally, we didn’t invite prospects. We knew some of our customers weren’t 100% happy with the product, and we were afraid they would scare away business. Read More

  • Perks Don’t Work

    Perks Don’t Work

    In Silicon Valley and across the technology industry, there is a real risk of commoditizing engineers. What does that mean? Literally treating engineers like a commodity to be “bought” instead of thinking about the reasons they love to go to work. Read More

  • Your Company’s Future Depends On Sharing

    Your Company’s Future Depends On Sharing

    We all know the sharing economy is taking off and transforming industries. When your company is swept up, will you utilize the trend to drive competitive advantage? Read More

  • The Effect Of HubSpot’s CRM Launch On Salesforce

    The Effect Of HubSpot’s CRM Launch On Salesforce

    After several years of relatively stagnant waters, what was a dull CRM landscape dominated by one player is heating up dramatically these past months. Salesforce officially put their $3.5b market acquisitions building blocks together on a “Marketing Cloud” at last month’s Dreamforce event. It also announced its entry into health care and targeting a $1 billion in… Read More

  • Lessons From ESOS Energy Legislation In The UK

    Lessons From ESOS Energy Legislation In The UK

    The U.K. recently announced compliance guidelines for the government’s new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), a mandatory energy assessment and energy-saving identification scheme in response to the requirement “for all Member States of the European Union to implement Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.” Read More

  • Startup Opportunities Abound In The Age Of Infinite, Resilient, Immutable Infrastructure

    Startup Opportunities Abound In The Age Of Infinite, Resilient, Immutable Infrastructure

    As we wind down 2014, a wave of innovation is sweeping infrastructure software and providing outsize opportunities for start-ups. From the introduction of Amazon Web Services in 2006 and the beginning of infrastructure-as-a-service, to the unveiling of Github in 2008 and the continued expansion of open source software, infrastructure technologies have evolved at a frenetic pace. Read More

  • A Facebook Hack To A Greater Democracy

    A Facebook Hack To A Greater Democracy

    A month after the mid-term elections, the Republican Party is rejoicing and the Democrats are reeling. But it’s democracy that took a big hit. According to the NY Times, this election was the worst voter turnout in 72 years. Only 36.3 percent of the nation’s eligible population voted. New York drew only 28.8 percent. California and Texas also drew less than a third. Washington D.C. Read More

  • Excerpt From “Startupland”: How Three Guys Risked Everything To Turn An Idea Into A Global Business

    Excerpt From “Startupland”: How Three Guys Risked Everything To Turn An Idea Into A Global Business

    Things were looking dire. We were rapidly running out of money at Zendesk, and I was rapidly running out of money personally. Read More

  • It’s Computer Science Ed Week And It’s Time To Do Something

    It’s Computer Science Ed Week And It’s Time To Do Something

    It’s Computer Science Education Week and for thousands of students around the country, that means nothing. So what can you do about it? Thankfully, as a member of the tech community, you can do something. Read More

  • Investing In Games: Broad Or Deep?

    Investing In Games: Broad Or Deep?

    Suppose two studios approach you. Studio A has a strategy centered around making a big play on one game. It plans to take your investment and use it to make that game as best it can and find success. Studio B has a different idea. It plans to make many small games, build a platform and ecosystem between them and see which works. Then to accelerates what works to success. Which should you choose? Read More

  • Texting Turns 22

    Texting Turns 22

    Half a lifetime ago a 22-year-old Neil Papworth sent the first ever short message service (SMS). His fifteen-character missive – ‘merry christmas’ – was sent to colleague Richard Jarvis on December 3rd, 1992. Read More

  • Fashion And Tech Companies Merge Online And Offline Sales

    Fashion And Tech Companies Merge Online And Offline Sales

    With online sales up 17% and physical retail down 11%, it’s no wonder retailers large and small are increasingly living online. An alternative to simply shuttering the windows, though, is to experiment with new technologies to integrate the showroom, the storefront, and the web. Read More

  • Moore’s Law And The 30-Year Rule

    Moore’s Law And The 30-Year Rule

    Citations of Moore’s Law are growing exponentially. In fact the number of articles with some mention of the law, which has come to mean computing capacity doubles every 10 months, are accelerating. TechCrunch alone returns 220 pages of results. If you consider the comments, trackbacks, and social mentions it is only a matter of time before the internet is just one large recitation. Read More

  • The Dawning Virtual Age

    The Dawning Virtual Age

    We all experienced a colorless world not too long ago — a colorless computing world. The arrival of graphics processing for personal computers 30 years ago banished monochrome and grayscale displays and triggered a revolution in computer-graphics-enabled applications, gaming and entertainment. Read More

  • Six Drivers Of The $700B Mobile Internet

    Six Drivers Of The $700B Mobile Internet

    Mobile internet is all about big numbers. Revenue will more than triple to $700 billion by 2017, there was over $19 billion invested and $94 billion exits in the last 12 months, average sector returns were up to 15.6x all of the money invested over the last three years, public stock market returns were up to 78 percent in the last year, and there are 32 billion-dollar mobile Internet… Read More

  • Starting And Finishing In Columbus

    Starting And Finishing In Columbus

    Historically, a concentration of the country’s startups with the most upside move to the Valley, Boston, New York and Austin for what the geography can do for them. This isn’t news. In fact, I was one of them. Read More

  • Legal Tech Startups Have A Short History And A Bright Future

    Legal Tech Startups Have A Short History And A Bright Future

    Legal technology is booming, with companies attempting to disrupt the legal space at every level and from every angle. And with good reason. Some estimates value the market size at as much as $400 million. While legal still hasn’t caught up with other industries — either in terms of funding or widespread adoption, the future is bright and coming at us fast. Read More