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  • Education As A Tool For Disrupting Terrorism Crunch Network

    Education As A Tool For Disrupting Terrorism

    Last year will be remembered as one of the biggest years of extremist violence around the world. The west has experienced several brutal tragedies, while those in the Middle East and central Africa have survived unimaginable suffering at the hands of such terrorist groups as Boko Haram and ISIS. Still, education is the enemy of radicalism. Read More

  • The Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    The Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley

    No longer having to commit 20 years to service, interested technologists can put in a year of their time working in the public sector rather than spending a year traveling the world. Anyone who has come into government has been able to make change happen and that is an incredible asset to bring back to the startup ecosystem. Read More

  • Opportunities In The Risk Business Abound As Insurance Is Ready For Disruption Crunch Network

    Opportunities In The Risk Business Abound As Insurance Is Ready For Disruption

    Whether medical, automotive, life, residential, or commercial, the value proposition of smoothing out potential cash flow outlays often makes sense. Pretty cool. But on any chart highlighting relative customer satisfaction across industries, you will consistently find that insurance ranks among the last — only ahead of real estate, telcos and cable companies. Read More

  • Let’s Fix Startup Board Meetings Crunch Network

    Let’s Fix Startup Board Meetings

    I spend a lot of time in board meetings. Specifically, private company startup board meetings. Rooms filled with some of the most talented, bold, daring and dedicated people on the planet, devising solutions to some of the economy’s toughest problems. More often than not, however, most of these board meetings fail. Despite the good intentions and great experience in the room, the… Read More

  • 3D Touch Opens A New Dimension Of User Interaction Crunch Network

    3D Touch Opens A New Dimension Of User Interaction

    We spend so much time touching our devices — but what if they could touch us back? Apple’s recent leaps with 3D Touch technology show that this could soon be a reality. Feel a surface texture, communicate with braille, even play an instrument — the tactile capabilities of future technologies are set to transform our digital experiences. Read More

  • Fintech Is Just Getting Started Crunch Network

    Fintech Is Just Getting Started

    In just the first week of trading in 2016, the S&P 500 lost 6 percentage points and more than one trillion dollars in market capitalization. With the worst start in more than a century, the markets seem to be predicting a slow period for the U.S. economy. One segment that I think has the potential to survive, if not thrive, in the expected volatility this year is financial technology. Read More

  • Marketing In The Fast Lane With Self-Driving Cars Crunch Network

    Marketing In The Fast Lane With Self-Driving Cars

    From George Orwell predicting the overwhelming reach of television in 1984 to the video phone calls in Back to the Future, it seems that technology often imitates pop culture. Nowhere could that be truer than with the new developments in self-driving vehicles. These self-driving vehicles won’t just change the way we look at transportation. They will shift people’s behavior in a… Read More

  • Africa’s Tech Gold Rush Crunch Network

    Africa’s Tech Gold Rush

    Africa is on the verge of something big. This seems to be a quiet, cautious consensus in some investment communities. The past year has been peppered with stories of tech startup hubs emerging across the continent, from Lagos to Kigali to Agadir. The model of American tech entrepreneurship looks to be slowly sparking a renaissance in the Silicon Sahara. Read More

  • Don’t Mortgage Your Startup Crunch Network

    Don’t Mortgage Your Startup

    The last 5-10 years have been an extraordinary time for early stage tech founders to raise money. But easy access to capital has ingrained some bad habits among founders. There has always been the risk of over-funding your company or not being able to find a funder for your next round, but now it’s far more common to see founders blithely accepting deal terms that could kill their… Read More

  • Tech Valuations In 2016: The End Of The Line For Sloppy Growth Crunch Network

    Tech Valuations In 2016: The End Of The Line For Sloppy Growth

    What’s going on in technology investing right now? Is this another 2001, when tech imploded? Another 2008, when the wider world crashed but tech powered through? Or is it like Facebook in 2012, a valuation blip and a chance to buy? Anecdotes about dead unicorns are not enough. An explanation has to start with a framework and a qualitative description of what is driving the markets… Read More

  • Transcending Borders Through Technology Crunch Network

    Transcending Borders Through Technology

    As is clear from the front pages of newspapers recently, we are living in a world where open democratic values are under attack. Paris, Bamako, San Bernardino, Jakarta and Ouagadougou have all been targeted by terrorists. At the same time, we are in the midst of a technological revolution that is reshaping our society. The Internet of Things is driving a whole new way for businesses to… Read More

  • Will the Bubble Burst? Ask Your Cabbie Crunch Network

    Will the Bubble Burst? Ask Your Cabbie

    There are too many headlines and articles about bubbles, market crashes, negative interest rates and venture-backed unicorns. Why write one more? Because I believe there is a much more pragmatic way to evaluate what you are reading from all the “experts.” Experts armed with mountains of data and statistical analysis predict the stock market is going to crash, while at the same… Read More

  • One Sidecar, Up With A Twist Crunch Network

    One Sidecar, Up With A Twist

    I’m old enough that when someone says Sidecar, I immediately think of Cointreau, lemon juice and cognac, shaken and served up. What’s remarkable to me is that the folks at GM, one of the country’s most venerable industrial enterprises, heard “Sidecar” and instead saw an interesting enough opportunity to find $39 million in cash to buy a shuttered company. Read More

  • How The Growth Of Mixed Reality Will Change Communication, Collaboration And The Future Of The Workplace Crunch Network

    How The Growth Of Mixed Reality Will Change Communication, Collaboration And The Future Of The Workplace

    Sci-fi tech, meet Wall Street. A recent report from Goldman Sachs predicted that within 10 years, virtual reality hardware will be an $80 billion industry. This “base case” forecast assumed that adoption will be slow, as compared to that of smartphones and tablets, but, the report noted, “as the technology advances, price points decline, and an entire new marketplace of… Read More

  • The Great White Fail Whale Crunch Network

    The Great White Fail Whale

    Call me Ishmael. Some years ago–never mind how long precisely–having nothing particular to interest me in meatspace, I thought to visit the Vale of Silicon. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen. Whenever my meds get such an upper hand of me, that I yearn to troll passersby–then, I account it high time to get to cyberspace. Read More

  • The State Of P2P Lending Crunch Network

    The State Of P2P Lending

    P2P lending became one of the hottest industries in fintech — or any other any industry — in 2015. Companies raised large venture rounds, investors found unicorns and there were even a couple of IPOs. Will 2016 continue this trend, or will the P2P lending bubble finally pop? Read More

  • Small Businesses Need Quick Action On Safe Harbor Crunch Network

    Small Businesses Need Quick Action On Safe Harbor

    With a January 31 deadline looming and the Judicial Redress Act languishing in the Senate, it is imperative for Congress to act quickly to take an important step in finding a replacement for Safe Harbor and ensuring that small digital businesses can continue to operate in Europe. Read More

  • Is Logistics About To Get Amazon’ed? Crunch Network

    Is Logistics About To Get Amazon’ed?

    In November 2015, Beijing Century Joyo Courier Services registered with the U.S. government as an ocean shipping provider. So what? Well, Beijing Century Joyo Courier Services is a subsidiary of none other than Amazon. And earlier in the year, Amazon had already expanded its logistics presence with air transportation and trucking. Read More

  • The State of Digital In Iran Crunch Network

    The State of Digital In Iran

    I don’t think anyone really understands the depth of digital upheaval Iran has experienced in the past few years. Social media and e-commerce consumption have both gone topsy-turvy in parallel to an overwhelming migration to smartphone devices. Read More

  • Twitter’s Jeff Seibert On Startup Lessons Learned From Being Bought By Unicorns Like Twitter And Box Crunch Network

    Twitter’s Jeff Seibert On Startup Lessons Learned From Being Bought By Unicorns Like Twitter And Box

    Last week I had the chance to speak with Jeff Seibert, senior director of product at Twitter and co-founder of Crashlytics (acquired by Twitter for $259 million) and one of the main individuals leading the new guard at Twitter. Read More