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  • Top The Charts With Your Mobile Game App This Holiday Season

    Top The Charts With Your Mobile Game App This Holiday Season

    The holiday season is fast approaching, and for mobile gaming studios it’s make or break time. How can you earn one of the coveted spots in Apple Store’s Top 10 list without exhausting your marketing budget? Below are five steps to help you develop an effective strategy for getting your mobile game apps noticed by consumers this holiday season. Read More

  • Bitcoin 2.0: Sidechains And Ethereum And Zerocash, Oh My!

    Bitcoin 2.0: Sidechains And Ethereum And Zerocash, Oh My!

    Strange, interesting, and wildly ambitious things are afoot in the world of Bitcoin and blockchains. I give you Zerocash, a completely anonymous currency; Ethereum, a blockchain platform designed to decentralize much of the Internet; and Sidechains, a proposal to accelerate the evolution of Bitcoin itself. Any one of these could conceivably become a very big deal. All three? Prick up your ears. Read More

  • How To Tell If You’re Burning Money Too Fast

    How To Tell If You’re Burning Money Too Fast

    Questions about cash burn have blazed through Twitter like wildfire. Entrepreneurs are asking us: How do I know if I am burning money too fast? Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer for an entrepreneur on what level of burn is appropriate for their startup. However, every entrepreneur should consistently assess their runway and revise spending against their strategic goals. Read More

  • Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    Not long after the Alibaba IPO, eBay announced that it aims to spin off PayPal as a separately traded company. The rumors of PayPal as an acquisition target are already looming, and one of the contenders is Jack Ma’s Alipay, now called Ant Financial. A deeper insight into Alipay is interesting in light of the potential changes similar players like Apple, Amazon and PayPal pose for… Read More

  • Chicago And Big Data

    Chicago And Big Data

    As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for… Read More

  • Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

    Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

    In the past few weeks and months, conversations about women in our industry have run the gamut from companies such as Apple and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children and Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep to the data-rich, but solution-poor disclosure of just how few women are at the top of tech. Read More

  • When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

    When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

    Many founders and CEOs of start-ups don’t spend a lot of time thinking about CFOs. When it comes to finance for a start-up, founders focus on more pressing needs: What’s my burn rate? How long is my runway? How does our annual recurring revenue (ARR) look? How much more money do we need? Read More

  • So Long #Gamergate. What Did You Teach Us?

    So Long #Gamergate. What Did You Teach Us?

    The hashtag is still going, as are the fervent speculations and plans for operations on 8chan and Reddit, but the movement that is #Gamergate is dead. But what, if anything, did it teach us? Read More

  • Travel, Retail And Media Are 3 Industries Taking Over The App Store

    Travel, Retail And Media Are 3 Industries Taking Over The App Store

    Mobile apps have come a long way since Apple launched the App Store in 2008, with over 5 million apps available across the leading app stores. While many factors have contributed to the growth, the ability to reach a global audience with a relatively small upfront investment has certainly been a significant contributor. The potential ROI if an app is successful is huge — just ask… Read More

  • The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

    The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

    We are entering an exciting period for Artificial Intelligence. We’re seeing more consumer impacting developments and breakthroughs in AI technology than ever before. And as Nova Spivack recently argued, it’s reasonable to expect that major players like Apple, IBM, Google and Microsoft, among others, will lead a fierce consolidation effort for the AI market over the next 5 years. Read More

  • 10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT

    10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT

    When it comes to corporate IT, revolution is in the air. The way companies buy, build, manage, optimize and secure information technology is changing dramatically. From cloud computing to big data analytics to ubiquitous mobile connectivity, corporate IT systems are getting faster, more efficient, cheaper to operate and easier to use. In the process, a new wave of tech companies has emerged… Read More

  • A Guide To Co-Leadership: Why It’s Hard, Why It’s Good, And How To Make It Work

    A Guide To Co-Leadership: Why It’s Hard, Why It’s Good, And How To Make It Work

    In September Larry Ellison stepped down from the helm at Oracle and appointed a co-CEO pair as his successors. Articles about the announcement spoke of such dual arrangements in discouraging and doubtful tones. Meanwhile, in NYC, a well-regarded VC recently told me that she thought at least 50 percent of early-stage startup failures are rooted in co-founder conflicts. Read More

  • Are American Tech Companies Disloyal?

    Are American Tech Companies Disloyal?

    FBI Director James Comey had some choice words this week for startups and technology companies about their increasing use of encryption and their responsibilities to law enforcement. Speaking at Brookings, Comey argued that “…if the challenges of real-time interception threaten to leave us in the dark, encryption threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place.” He… Read More

  • Handbook For A New Era Of Crowdfunding

    Handbook For A New Era Of Crowdfunding

    Ever been to Indiegogo? Kickstarter? Spend any cash? What’d you leave with? Why does anyone buy a product that doesn’t exist yet…and may never exist? On the surface, crowdfunding seems to defy logic. Economists find the phenomenon of crowdfunding startling. If you think like an economist, crowdfunding shouldn’t work. But it does. And those who understand why it works… Read More

  • Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

    Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

    To anyone who is tuned into the tech world, it should not come as earth shattering news that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things have hit a major convergence point in the tech industry. What is fairly new however is that the two have become so closely intertwined with each other that you can no longer think about one without thinking of the other. Read More

  • You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis

    You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis

    Dear developers: Do you feel insecure because you’re only fluent in a mere eight programming languages used across three families of devices? Does exposure to yet another JavaScript framework make you shudder and wince? Have you postponed a pet project because you couldn’t figure out which cloud platform would be best for it? You too may suffer from Developaralysis. Be afraid. There… Read More

  • 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