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  • Software For The Full-Stack Era Crunch Network

    Software For The Full-Stack Era

    The history of software is dominated by companies that automated how the biggest companies in the world did business. IBM automated clerical tasks, SAP unified corporate financials, and Siebel digitized Rolodexes for relationship-driven salespeople. With that focus in mind, it’s no wonder that many of the world’s largest technology companies survive based on their ties to IT… Read More

  • Startups Grow In Africa, But Ecosystems Need More To Flourish Crunch Network

    Startups Grow In Africa, But Ecosystems Need More To Flourish

    Obamania has gripped Kenya as the 44th U.S. president lands in Nairobi, the country’s capital, for a visit. From t-shirts, mugs, and caps with Barack Obama’s name and image to “Obama themed ringtones,” (“Yes we can!”) it will not be hard for the U.S. president to find entrepreneurs in Kenya. Among East African countries Kenya, Africa’s fifth… Read More

  • The Three Qualities Twitter’s Next CEO Must Have Crunch Network

    The Three Qualities Twitter’s Next CEO Must Have

    Perhaps you’ve heard there’s a job opening over at Twitter. The blue bird is looking for its next CEO after longtime leader and all-around good guy Dick Costolo decided to step down after a successful run taking Twitter from mid-sized startup to public company. Read More

  • Technology Is Magic, Just Ask The Washington Post Crunch Network

    Technology Is Magic, Just Ask The Washington Post

    Most people don’t understand how technology works. When they flip a light switch, or tap their phone, what happens next is essentially magic to them. Oh, they may be able to handwave a bit about electrons and volts and microprocessors and radio waves and packet-switched networks, but they’re just mouthing the words. They don’t actually understand any of those things. Read More

  • How To Win The Day Crunch Network

    How To Win The Day

    Hal Elrod was dead for six minutes. The car he was driving crashed head on into a truck. His girlfriend, sitting next to him, was unscratched. The roof of the car sliced open his head, causing brain damage. Bones in his face, his arm, all over his body were broken and he was in a coma for six days (during which time his girlfriend broke up with him). When he woke from his coma the doctors told… Read More

  • Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico Crunch Network

    Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico

    Imagine a country with 100 million mobile phones, but just 15 percent of residents have a credit card. A country where more than half of the population is under age 27, but less than half has Internet access. That, in a nutshell, underscores the opportunities and challenges for innovators and investors evaluating Mexico’s emerging innovation economy. Read More

  • It’s Time For “The Visual Internet” Crunch Network

    It’s Time For “The Visual Internet”

    One of the amazing accomplishments of the smartphone is how it’s inspired us to take photos and share them — tons of them, with everyone. It’s estimated we have already taken more than a trillion photos in 2015. That would be more snapshots than have been taken in all of photographic history till now. We should be proud. But it isn’t enough to take a photo. We need to… Read More

  • Keep Your Apps Playful Crunch Network

    Keep Your Apps Playful

    Computer software and apps are our modern-day toys. Whether it’s a hot dating app or a system for planning molecules (a true story), interface designers must treat the process of creating a new app as if they were creating a new toy. I’m calling it “playification,” and I believe it’s a must-have tool for anyone in our industry. Read More

  • The Rise Of Silicon Savannah And Africa’s Tech Movement Crunch Network

    The Rise Of Silicon Savannah And Africa’s Tech Movement

    Tech will be on President Obama’s agenda as he hosts the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, taking along internet pioneer Steve Case and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. Nascent as it may be, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) does have a promising tech sector — a growing patchwork of entrepreneurs, startups, and innovation centers coalescing country to country. Read More

  • Creating The Open-Source Community Of Your Dreams Crunch Network

    Creating The Open-Source Community Of Your Dreams

    When a company decides to embrace open-source software development, releasing the code under a suitable license is only the tip of the iceberg. The real challenge that companies face is learning how to attract and collaborate with contributors. It’s not easy, but fostering the growth of a healthy community is a necessary step that will help your open-source software project fulfill… Read More

  • What The Tech Bubble Means Outside Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    What The Tech Bubble Means Outside Silicon Valley

    It’s a place, a mindset, a nickname, a metonym, an innovation hub, a TV show and a standard against which all cradles of technology are measured. Silicon Valley prides itself on having a meta-status that defies easy categorization, but this cannot save it from the impending bubble. According to investors like Mark Cuban, Chris Sacca, Bill Gurley, Manish Goyal and Bharat Ramnani… Read More