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  • Startups Can’t Afford To Ignore Government Crunch Network

    Startups Can’t Afford To Ignore Government

    Last week, California threatened Uber with license suspension for failing to comply with state laws. Last month, Santa Monica banned Airbnb vacation rentals. But in spite of regulatory challenges faced by companies like Airbnb and Uber, entrepreneurs still act like government isn’t an issue. After all, startups are disruptors, and government is just a monolithic barrier to… Read More

  • Culture, Capacity And Craftsmanship: How To Hire For A Startup Crunch Network

    Culture, Capacity And Craftsmanship: How To Hire For A Startup

    There’s a lot of glory and fun when you’re immersed in the startup experience. Building a team from scratch usually means that everything is fresh and unwritten. Joining a new venture to do something that’s never been done before is exhilarating. And having an impact on the mission of your young new company is empowering. You get to say, “This has my fingerprints on it. Read More

  • Why Isn’t The Inventor Of SMS Better Known? Crunch Network

    Why Isn’t The Inventor Of SMS Better Known?

    When Alexander Graham Bell died in 1922, he went down in history as the ‘inventor’ of a telecommunications system that forever changed the way we interact. When Matti Makkonen – AKA ‘the Father of SMS’ – died last month, few people outside the industry had heard the name. Why is one man an icon of technology and the other relatively obscure? Read More

  • Fintech’s Five Dark-Horse Cities Crunch Network

    Fintech’s Five Dark-Horse Cities

    With global investment in fintech having tripled in the last five years, the financial sector is without a doubt in the midst of a revolution. The leading cities in the global fintech race are relatively unsurprising: Silicon Valley, New York, London and Hong Kong are the epicentres of the investment blast. But it’s the newcomers that are diversifying the market. Read More

  • The Importance Of Design Thinking For Big Data Startups Crunch Network

    The Importance Of Design Thinking For Big Data Startups

    We’ve reached a point technologically where consumers are no longer impressed by access to data, as data availability, even our own, is increasingly the norm. Instead, the usability of that data is what’s driving demand for new products and services. Even the term “Big Data” is slowly being replaced by “Business Intelligence” as data is increasingly… Read More

  • Executives And Managers Should All Be Elected Crunch Network

    Executives And Managers Should All Be Elected

    When my co-founders and I launched SumAll four years ago we decided we didn’t want to work in an evil, miserable environment. When people have crappy managers and deceitful executives, they start to hate life, and things get evil quickly. So, we came up with a solution: Let employees elect their own leaders and make all managers accountable to the people they manage; if leaders… Read More

  • Hold Up, Millennials, We Old Dogs Still Know A Few Tricks Crunch Network

    Hold Up, Millennials, We Old Dogs Still Know A Few Tricks

    In my previous TechCrunch article you learned that I’m a big fan of the millennial generation. A really big fan. So much so, and as a result of the article, I’ve been informed by several individuals (both publicly and privately) that I am a millennial trapped in a GenX body. I’ll take that. Read More

  • A Car Full Of People With No One Driving Crunch Network

    A Car Full Of People With No One Driving

    Since the days of the horse and buggy, there has been a fundamental relationship between vehicle and driver. The advent of driverless cars will invert this dynamic as we all roll forward into the future. What should cities do now to prepare? Due to the popularity of application based on-demand vehicle services, we have some foreshadowing of what may arise. Read More

  • Iranian Startups Embrace Landmark Agreement With U.S. Crunch Network

    Iranian Startups Embrace Landmark Agreement With U.S.

    As negotiators finalized a deal on Iran’s nuclear program last week, entrepreneurs in Iran cheered. The deal, brokered after 20 months of negotiation, will restrict Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting of international sanctions on the country. For Iran’s nascent startup scene, the lifting of sanctions – the most extensive in place since 2002 – is a… Read More

  • London Is No Silicon Valley, But It Brings Together Many World-Class Industries Crunch Network

    London Is No Silicon Valley, But It Brings Together Many World-Class Industries

    While London is no Silicon Valley, or even New York, it is a melting pot of talent, and its tech scene is growing fast. In the whole of 2010, the total funding raised by London tech firms was less than £10 million. So far in 2015 it’s close to £1 billion, and there is an increasing amount of capital (“dry powder” in industry parlance) available to help identify and scale… Read More

  • From Beanie Babies To Bugattis: Building An Enduring Marketplace Crunch Network

    From Beanie Babies To Bugattis: Building An Enduring Marketplace

    There are certain moments that really matter when building a massive company, and one of those moments is when you discover you have more to lose than gain by taking a risk. For Simon Rothman, the founder of eBay Motors, that lesson was learned from his journey leading eBay’s expansion from being a collectibles-only auction site to a platform for buying and selling cars. “eBay in… Read More

  • Is For-Profit The Future Of Education In Brazil? Crunch Network

    Is For-Profit The Future Of Education In Brazil?

    Entrance exam test prep, which can cost $500-$1000 a month, is largely limited to the elite class in Brazil, and only available in major cities, by comparison Descomplica charges about $3 a month — less than 1% of the cost of a typical test prep course offered in Brazil. It’s a disruptive premise when you consider that traditional academia extracts its value from exclusivity. Read More

  • Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing” Crunch Network

    Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing”

    Makers have long been known as hobbyists or tinkers. However, with increased access to professional-grade tools, the maker movement is transforming business as usual. Through collaboration and connectivity, makers are inspiring innovation on a daily basis with the creation of smart gadgets, machines, robots and wearables. Read More

  • How I Got Wooed By Startups As An Intern Crunch Network

    How I Got Wooed By Startups As An Intern

    My life changed when I got a job at a startup. I was 19 years old and had just finished my first year at the University of Michigan. By some stroke of luck I managed to land a software engineering internship at a venture capital-backed startup called UpTo. Located in downtown Detroit, I actually stayed on with them on and off throughout most of college. Read More

  • Think Outside The Valley: How Tech Companies Can Change The World Crunch Network

    Think Outside The Valley: How Tech Companies Can Change The World

    As beneficiaries of online services and marketplaces, tech companies should work toward making a positive impact in their own communities or a greater impact in the world. Read More

  • Want To Be The Next Amazon? Go Cross-Border From Day One Crunch Network

    Want To Be The Next Amazon? Go Cross-Border From Day One

    The business of e-commerce is still mostly a national affair. U.S. consumers order from U.S. retailers like Amazon, Gap and Walmart; Chinese consumers buy from Chinese sites such as Tmall, Taobao and JD.com; and Indian consumers flock to Flipkart and SnapDeal. Read More

  • The Message Is The Medium: Reasons ‘Assistants-as-App’ Work Crunch Network

    The Message Is The Medium: Reasons ‘Assistants-as-App’ Work

    On a typical day, I’ll chat with colleagues on Slack. Later, I’m sure to receive a message from a friend on WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Then, on my way home, I’ll use good old SMS to let my wife know I’m on my way. What’s been absent from these conversations is commerce. Although messaging is the way users communicate with each other, it’s not how… Read More

  • The Future Of Podcasting Crunch Network

    The Future Of Podcasting

      Podcasting is having a celebrity moment: Serial’s Sarah Koenig has appeared on The Colbert Report; Arnold Schwarzenegger has been on the Tim Ferriss show; and, most recently, Barack Obama visited Marc Maron’s garage to appear on his WTF podcast. The $65 Billion Question Beneath the headlines, however, we see conflicting stats that lead us to ask whether podcasting is truly… Read More

  • Welcome To The Unicorn Club, 2015: Learning From Billion-Dollar Companies Crunch Network

    Welcome To The Unicorn Club, 2015: Learning From Billion-Dollar Companies

    It’s been over a year since we wrote our original post sharing our analysis of the last decade’s most successful U.S.-based, venture-backed tech companies. In that piece we focused on the many entrepreneurs and investors who seek to build big, revolutionary companies valued at a billion dollars or more. Read More

  • We’re All Doomed, Or, Towards A Border Gateway Super Posse Crunch Network

    We’re All Doomed, Or, Towards A Border Gateway Super Posse

    Everything is broken. Just ask any security engineer. Way back in 1998, the members of the hacker collective L0pht testified to Congress that they could take down the entire Internet in 30 minutes by abusing BGP, the Border Gateway Protocol, an obscure but critically important routing system. That was seventeen years ago and BGP is still vulnerable. Everything is terrible. Read More