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  • Bitcoin 2.0 Crowdfunding Is Real Crowdfunding

    Bitcoin 2.0 Crowdfunding Is Real Crowdfunding

    In the past few months we’ve been hearing a lot about how bitcoin’s underlying technology is going to revolutionize not only our monetary system, but also notary services, DNS, authentication, intellectual property ownership and data storage. While most of the amazing products and services that were supposed to emerge on top of the bitcoin protocol have yet to see light… Read More

  • One Year Into Title II Of The JOBS Act

    One Year Into Title II Of The JOBS Act

    Editor’s note: Rob Leclerc is the CEO of AgFunder, an online investment marketplace for agriculture and agtech opportunities. The first rule of raising capital is: you do not talk about raising capital. That was the de facto credo of nascent startup companies looking to secure investors before the fall 2013. Then on September 23, 2013, the SEC promulgated the new Title II rules of the… Read More

  • Why The Future Of Digital Security Is Open

    Why The Future Of Digital Security Is Open

    The topic of digital security often brings to mind the image of bleak and dark future, where computers, mobile devices and other systems are riddled with malware and cyber criminals lurk, ready to steal our data and crash our systems. We have good reason to be nervous. We’ve seen plenty of cyber-security breaches in the past few years, like credit card thefts at Target and password issues… Read More

  • How Tech Companies Can Help Their Coders

    How Tech Companies Can Help Their Coders

    Any time I ask software developers what they do to become better at their craft, I get a mix of responses—from taking on side projects, to scanning Hacker News, to following podcasts, to taking online courses and tutorials. And often it’s a mix of those things, all of which mostly happens off the clock. Read More

  • The New Mobile-Cloud Enterprise

    The New Mobile-Cloud Enterprise

    Enterprise IT is undergoing a platform shift from web-based, client-server systems to a mobile-cloud platform. This shift has caught the attention of all the major tech vendors who have either acquired or launched Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Backend as a Service (BaaS) technologies to address this growing opportunity. Facebook acquired Parse, PayPal bought StackMob, Salesforce… Read More

  • How Product Hunt Hopes To Avoid The Pitfalls That Wounded Quora And Buried Digg

    How Product Hunt Hopes To Avoid The Pitfalls That Wounded Quora And Buried Digg

    When Ashwinn Krishnaswamy and two of his buddies were living with their parents and working out of a basement in the suburbs of Philadelphia, they had only their development skills, a solid sense of product design, and a simple idea in their heads. The way friends and peers discuss articles and web pages, they figured, is broken. Despite the rise of Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest, email… Read More

  • If We Build IoT, They Will Come. Right?

    If We Build IoT, They Will Come. Right?

    It looks like this IoT trend is starting to catch on with the developer community. At least, that’s a conclusion one could draw from the reported results of a new Evans Data Corporation survey. Of the 1,400 developers who participated in this survey,40% percent said they were either working on applications for connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) now or expect to begin work… Read More

  • How Tech Can Foster Financial Capability For The Underbanked

    How Tech Can Foster Financial Capability For The Underbanked

    In 2014, the financial services industry is looking to technology as a vital link between financial capability and under-resourced communities. Investments in these technologies are imperative to alleviate economic disparity and create better, safer options for the underbanked. Bridging the fiscal divide is a challenge we all share. Read More

  • 8 Things About Hardware Crowdfunding We Learned From 20 Campaigns

    8 Things About Hardware Crowdfunding We Learned From 20 Campaigns

    So far HAX startups have run 20 successful campaigns, making us the most prolific investor in crowdfunded hardware projects. As active participants and keen observers, we identified a few ideas that could help creators, backers, media and investors. Read More

  • Navigating The Entrepreneur’s Path

    Navigating The Entrepreneur’s Path

    The mythos and mystique around starting your own business are thick. The romanticized view of founders slaving away in garages ready to unleash their “great idea” upon an adoring public and fawning investors is the stuff of American dreams. The reality is businesses are often born in desperation, fueled by loneliness and doubt. The distance between starting your own firm in… Read More

  • Apple Pay And Digital Currency Mean Time Is Running Out For Physical Cash

    Apple Pay And Digital Currency Mean Time Is Running Out For Physical Cash

    With the announcement of Apple Pay, Apple is betting that consumers want an even more convenient way to pay in person. Many in the payment space have attempted to make this evolutionary leap, but it seems that with Apple’s dominance of the easy-to-use mobile device market, it is uniquely positioned to become successful. There are existing examples of similar, successful implementations… Read More

  • The Answer Engine: How Humans Can Provide Better Knowledge Than Algorithms

    The Answer Engine: How Humans Can Provide Better Knowledge Than Algorithms

    When you have a question you need answered, do you ask a friend – or a robot? The answer to that question used to be easy. But the rise of Siri, Yahoo and Google has ushered in an era in which we turn, not to experts, but to search engines to answer our questions. By failing to solicit human responses in the pursuit of information, I believe we are making a big mistake – in… Read More

  • The Internet Of Someone Else’s Things

    The Internet Of Someone Else’s Things

    The Internet Of Things is coming. Rejoice! …Mostly. It will open our collective eyes to petabytes of real-time data, which we will turn into new insights and efficiencies. It will doubtless save lives. Oh, yes: and it will subtly redefine ownership as we know it. You will no longer own many of the most expensive and sophisticated items you possess. You may think you own them. But… Read More

  • Sound And Architectural Vision

    Sound And Architectural Vision

    In the race to build the newest, coolest and greenest tech offices, architects and their clients are sparing no expense on the best materials and features. Curved glass? Check. Rooftop parks? Check. But many of these buildings omit one of the most important architectural materials of all time: sound. As sound expert Julian Treasure says, architects are designing buildings with their eyes, but… Read More

  • The Key To Raising Your Seed Extension Round

    The Key To Raising Your Seed Extension Round

    Given the growth in seed funding driven by the combined forces of the “Micro-VC glut” and increasing activity by angel investors (often via crowd funding), it’s become increasingly common to meet so called “Seed Orphans” looking to raise seed extension rounds. These companies often have good teams that have achieved solid initial traction, but were asked by Round… Read More

  • Supply-Side Challenges Of The On-Demand Economy

    Supply-Side Challenges Of The On-Demand Economy

    As the on-demand and sharing economy grows at a feverish pace, led by companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Postmates, Instacart and Homejoy, worker rights has become one of the focal points of the most prominent technology trends in recent history. The companies in the blossoming on-demand and sharing economy cumulatively employ hundreds of thousands of workers directly and indirectly. Read More

  • 10 Men Making Waves For Women In Tech

    10 Men Making Waves For Women In Tech

    On September 20th UN Women announced the HeForShe campaign, an effort to invite men and boys to join in advocating for gender equality. Actress and UN Women Ambassador Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame gave a moving speech to launch the campaign, which has been met with both cheers and criticism from the media. Read More

  • Airbnb and Uber Face Some Harsh Realities

    Airbnb and Uber Face Some Harsh Realities

    Airbnb and Uber are maturing startups both facing some hard realities as they grow. While they have found a loyal and happy user base, they are facing tough resistance from not just the taxi and hotel industries they are disrupting, but also political and social resistance from quarters they probably never imagined when they started their businesses. In Europe and the US we are beginning to see… Read More

  • Could A Nobel Prize-Winning Innovation Have Almost Been Overlooked By Silicon Valley?

    Could A Nobel Prize-Winning Innovation Have Almost Been Overlooked By Silicon Valley?

    I want to congratulate Shuji Nakamura (pictured above), the founder of Khosla Ventures portfolio company Soraa, and his fellow collaborators who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics yesterday. They join an esteemed group of Nobel laureates that includes Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Niels Bohr, all of whom have changed the course of human history. Read More

  • There’s Something Going On In L.A.

    There’s Something Going On In L.A.

    It’s the new refrain I hear from investors and even entrepreneurs these days. I hear it right after people decide to come by for a few days to “check out what all the fuss is about.” I hear it when I visit LPs (the people who invest in VCs) all across the country, “Yeah, I haven’t been out there for a few years but I keep hearing that something is going on… Read More