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  • How Cards Are Quietly Transforming The Web

    How Cards Are Quietly Transforming The Web

    Nearly three hours a day. That’s the average amount of time you and I spent on our phones every day in 2014. Our dependency on mobile devices for information has forced the design of the web to change. Netizens have come to expect mobile content is optimized in a way that brings them exactly what they are looking for front and center. Read More

  • Sharing Is Everything But Caring In The Sharing Economy

    Sharing Is Everything But Caring In The Sharing Economy

    One of the hot topics so far this year is what will become of P2P services and the sharing economy. Last year Airbnb became the largest hotel chain in the world, Uber expanded abroad with large protests from incumbents in the taxi industry and P2P-lender Lending Club got listed on Wall Street. Read More

  • Beauty By Design: The Intersection Of Data And Digital Art

    Beauty By Design: The Intersection Of Data And Digital Art

    It’s only through parallel creative exploration that the broader ramifications of open data can be clarified and communicated, both in terms of the value of the art itself and also what it can reveal about our increasingly complex lives. Read More

  • Postponing IPOs Can Deliver Information Advantage

    Postponing IPOs Can Deliver Information Advantage

    It’s taking longer for startups to get to IPO, but that’s not necessarily bad news for investors in private companies. Why? Because startups today aren’t just valuable for their future exit potential, but for the proprietary data they produce while still private. Read More

  • It’s Well Past Time VCs Hired HR Directors

    It’s Well Past Time VCs Hired HR Directors

    Those following the Pao/KPCB saga in court yesterday were treated to the testimony of Trae Vassallo, a former Kleiner partner, who claimed on the witness stand that she too was uncomfortably propositioned by Ajit Nazre. Nazre was the Kleiner partner who Pao claims in her lawsuit harassed her after the two had a falling out. Vassallo said in court that when she brought this to the attention of… Read More

  • Before You Fly Over Kansas City, Read This

    Before You Fly Over Kansas City, Read This

    Yeah, we got Google Fiber before you did, so get over it…because we can’t have this conversation until you consider the idea that Kansas City might actually be for real. Are we ready for the big time? Nope, not yet, but our MVP is looking really good. Here’s one man’s opinion on a city that is trying to find a seat at the grownup table. Read More

  • The Web: Headliner Or TV’s Supporting Actor?

    The Web: Headliner Or TV’s Supporting Actor?

    Super Bowl XLIX was the most watched television show in U.S. history. It was also the most socialized Super Bowl ever measured, with 265 million Facebook posts, likes, and comments, and more than 28 million global tweets. Today’s TV viewer doesn’t just watch TV anymore — they scroll through Twitter and Facebook in real time, watch YouTube Videos, send Snapchats, and pin… Read More

  • Coaxing US Banking And Payments Into The 21st Century

    Coaxing US Banking And Payments Into The 21st Century

    In the last decade, financial institutions and industry regulators, driven by consumer demand and fintech innovators, have slowly changed the way transactions are being processed in the United States. The national standard for electronic transfers continues to be the ACH system – a legacy system with origins dating back to the 1960s. NACHA, the national rule setting body for the network… Read More

  • Defining The Digital Currency Professional

    Defining The Digital Currency Professional

    As new industries develop, new professions emerge. And when much is at stake and the industry is marked by an asymmetry of information between the layman and those in advisory roles, an organized process for defining and certifying those professionals is required. This process is critical for the success of the industry, as well as the success of those professionals who have invested in… Read More

  • Software And Data Are Disrupting Venture Capital Firms

    Software And Data Are Disrupting Venture Capital Firms

    Over the last decade, the estimated number of new tech startups formed in the U.S. each year ranged from 16,000 to 20,000, and the total amount of venture funding per year for software startups increased from ~$5 billion to $19 billion. Most recently, over the past five years, terabytes of structured data about these startups have been proliferating on the web (see CrunchBase profile growth… Read More

  • As Startups Mature, Debt Markets Beckon

    As Startups Mature, Debt Markets Beckon

    Editor’s note: Malte Susen and Ariadna Masó are both working as debt investment professionals at international corporate and investment banks.  As debt financing professionals, we have witnessed hundreds of challenging loan and bond financings for larger businesses. A company’s financing can be pivotal to its success, yet executives often struggle to optimize capital structures… Read More

  • Startup Lessons From My Screenwriter Life, Part 1

    Startup Lessons From My Screenwriter Life, Part 1

    I spent the first 10+ years of my career writing and directing movies. Now I’m a startup CEO. Between these two roles, I’ve learned a lot about the process of getting ideas into focus and onto the screen, whether that’s the silver screen or my Macbook screen. With the Oscars turning our attention to this year’s great cinematic achievements, here are some lessons I… Read More

  • After Funding, Watch Burn Rates And Beware The Tyranny Of Incrementalism

    After Funding, Watch Burn Rates And Beware The Tyranny Of Incrementalism

    Every dollar the founders take out of the company sets the tone for the entire business going forward. Every dollar spent is a dollar of dilution, as it costs equity. Every unnecessary dollar spent on the founders sets the tone that cash should be more important than equity to everyone involved in the business. Read More

  • The Untapped Industry Of Vehicle History Checks

    The Untapped Industry Of Vehicle History Checks

    Carwow recently received £4.6m in series A for flipping the car-buying experience on its head, and JustPark received a large amount last year. More recently we’ve seen the UK government give “hands-free” cars the go-ahead. The automative industry is undoubtedly flaring up with some awesome tech innovations, but there is still one sector to tackle: vehicle history checks, a… Read More

  • Software Patents Are Increasingly Coming Under Fire In Court

    Software Patents Are Increasingly Coming Under Fire In Court

    Last summer, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International in which it directed lower courts to scrutinize computer-implemented abstract methods very closely. Alice’s impact was unclear at the time the decision issued, but lower courts have since relied on the Supreme Court’s opinion to invalidate a number of software patents in… Read More

  • Should You Be A Startup CEO?

    Should You Be A Startup CEO?

    This is the narrative that isn’t talked about – but I promise you it’s the more common narrative amongst even those that went to top-tier schools, got the right jobs, worked hard in their 20s but didn’t quite join Google, Facebook, Twitter at the right time. Read More

  • Managing Tensions In Online Marketplaces

    Managing Tensions In Online Marketplaces

    Specifically, I believe all of these marketplaces need to nurture and manage conditions of “perfect competition” to thrive. A big part of managing two-sided marketplaces involves managing tensions between the two, often opposing “sides”. Typically these are consumers on one side and micro-entrepreneurs or small businesses on the other. Depending on the type of… Read More

  • The “Common Plus” Opportunity

    The “Common Plus” Opportunity

    It’s become increasingly common for early-stage entrepreneurs to “lead their own rounds” via the use of convertible notes. In cases where they set financing terms themselves, they often set a high valuation cap and sign initial angel investors onto those terms rather than waiting for VCs to join. While this sounds like it’s good for founders, it can actually harm… Read More

  • And The Best Native Ad Award Goes To …

    And The Best Native Ad Award Goes To …

    Although the Super Bowl is still “king” when it comes to TV ad space, annual award shows like the Oscars and the Grammys are also very attractive to advertisers. For the recent Grammy Awards, 30-second commercials went for $1 million apiece, while half-minute ads for this year’s Oscar telecast are selling for $1.9 million. Read More

  • How Technology Is Tricking You Into Tipping More

    How Technology Is Tricking You Into Tipping More

    My taxi pulled up to the hotel. I got out my credit card and prepared to pay for the ride. The journey was pleasant enough but little did I know I was about to encounter a bit of psychological trickery designed to get me to pay more for the lift. Read More