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  • Messaging Apps And Revenge Of The Computer Science Nerd Crunch Network

    Messaging Apps And Revenge Of The Computer Science Nerd

    Early websites were simple HTML. They followed a pattern of a long-form equation, with perfectly balanced sides. There was no CSS to make the HTML code appear a three-dimensional hyperbole, which it is today. I hated CSS then, and I still do today. I feel that designers, whom I both love and hate, took over my web. They took over my simple long-form HTML code and poured it in to the boiling… Read More

  • For Entrepreneurs Suffering From Depression: Step Into The Light Crunch Network

    For Entrepreneurs Suffering From Depression: Step Into The Light

    Look past the smiles, the exuberance and the sales patter – you may just catch a fleeting glimpse of something that is silently destroying them, eating them away from the inside in a slow, deterministic drift towards destruction. Read More

  • How New Technology Connects GED Graduates With New Opportunities Crunch Network

    How New Technology Connects GED Graduates With New Opportunities

    Most GED credential recipients say they take the test to further their education — not end it. In fact, 65 percent of GED credential holders indicated they wanted a job that requires further education or training after passing the test (as reported by GED Testing Service). Unfortunately, fewer than 12 percent went on to do just that. Read More

  • Amazon’s AWS Is Growing Up; Should You Be Scared? Crunch Network

    Amazon’s AWS Is Growing Up; Should You Be Scared?

    AWS’ once welcoming waters turn murky as the platform continues to aggressively expand its footprint. Here’s how startups can stay competitive. Read More

  • Will The Presidential Election Be Decided By Ad Blockers? Crunch Network

    Will The Presidential Election Be Decided By Ad Blockers?

    When Mitt Romney announced his presidential bid in June of 2011, Uber had been operating in NYC for less than a month, Steve Jobs was still alive and Siri hadn’t been born. It might not seem like that long ago, but in the four years since the last presidential race, mobile technology and media consumption habits have changed dramatically. Political campaign managers know this. Read More

  • Machine Learning Versus Machine Discovery Crunch Network

    Machine Learning Versus Machine Discovery

    Machine learning is hot. Where it applies, it heatedly enables data-rich and knowledge-lean automation of valuable tasks of perception, classification and numeric prediction. Its sibling, machine discovery, deals with uncovering new knowledge that enlightens or guides human beings. Let’s consider where learning or discovery best applies — and why this matters for business. Read More

  • On-Demand Darwinism: Survival Of The Fastest Crunch Network

    On-Demand Darwinism: Survival Of The Fastest

    When it comes to evolution, many focus on those special specimens that survive, known as the “fittest.” But what about the losers? Those that couldn’t adapt and simply fell off the merry-go-round of life? In startup-land we have a healthy obsession with failure that helps drive iteration and, in turn, survival — and hopefully massive success. Read More

  • Do iPhones Dream Of Twitter Follows? What The AI Arms Race Means For Creative Technology Crunch Network

    Do iPhones Dream Of Twitter Follows? What The AI Arms Race Means For Creative Technology

    You’re a tech giant that has built an artificial intelligence engine 5-7 years ahead of your competition that uses advanced machine learning to power many of your key products to the top of their class in functionality. What’s next? Share it with the entire internet. Last week Google open-sourced TensorFlow, the machine learning library that allows Google to recognize spoken… Read More

  • Yes, Millennials Do Buy Cars Crunch Network

    Yes, Millennials Do Buy Cars

    History is littered with bad predictions. In 1876, Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer of the British Post Office, claimed that his countrymen and women would never adapt what was then a just-emerging technology. “The Americans have need of the telephone,” he quipped, “but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” Read More

  • How Early Exit Disease Stunts The Growth Of Midwest Startup Communities Crunch Network

    How Early Exit Disease Stunts The Growth Of Midwest Startup Communities

    There is an unnamed epidemic slowly traveling through the middle of the U.S. This epidemic goes by many names, but our venture fund refers to it as “early exit disease.” This disease spreads when founders realize sub-$20 million exits. Many of these exits could have grown much larger. Instead, early exits have been quietly devastating the Midwest region’s startup… Read More

  • Wary Of The “Next Warby” Crunch Network

    Wary Of The “Next Warby”

    Warby Parker is astonishingly successful, whether you judge it by the rave reviews of customers, its valuation or, more impressively, by the number of startups that compare themselves to the iconic eyeglass innovator. Over the last couple of years, I’ve met with dozens of entrepreneurs who have pitched themselves as the “Warby of ________.” Read More

  • The Science Of Selfies Crunch Network

    The Science Of Selfies

    Although the term “selfie” has not yet been added to the official Oxford English Dictionary, the act of taking this particular type of photograph has certainly invaded popular culture around the world, as mobile devices with front-facing cameras, selfie sticks and other accoutrements proliferate. Read More

  • Information Sharing Is Key To Avoiding A Cyberattack Crunch Network

    Information Sharing Is Key To Avoiding A Cyberattack

    President Obama’s recent extraction of a pledge from Chinese leader Xi Jinping that neither government would conduct or continue economic espionage in cyberspace, while important, still comes up far short of addressing the significant and growing global concerns about the potential for a 9/11-style cyberattack on critical financial sectors. Now more than ever, dramatically increased… Read More

  • What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years Crunch Network

    What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years

    As a driver of technical innovation for a software company, a huge part of my job depends on forecasting how current tech trends will play out, merge, dissipate or expand. Here are some of my predictions of what the world will look like in 2020. Read More

  • STEM Education, Meet The New Manufacturing Crunch Network

    STEM Education, Meet The New Manufacturing

    STEM education and the maker movement have flooded our nation’s schools, making project-based learning much easier to mark off of the instructional “must do” checklist toward meeting new criterion and readying students for a career. Our school districts are feeling the pressure to be innovative and find new ways to engage students with technology while adhering to the… Read More

  • If You Want Tech Freedom, Congress Needs To Change A Law Crunch Network

    If You Want Tech Freedom, Congress Needs To Change A Law

    Freedom is critical to the economic engine of Silicon Valley, but laws are not often written to preserve it. A federal decision in October let consumers unlock cell phones, tinker with their tablets and hack into some aspects of their connected vehicles’ software — as long as they don’t break other laws. Unfortunately, this decision has to be renewed every three years, through… Read More

  • America’s Whitest City Explodes With A Fusion Of Inclusion Crunch Network

    America’s Whitest City Explodes With A Fusion Of Inclusion

    It’s tough to see at first glance that diversity matters in Portland, Oregon. After all, Portlandia is widely known as the “whitest city in America.” But hidden within this environmentally friendly rain-soaked scenic city, there are intentional efforts ongoing in economic gardening across multiple community sectors to cultivate the growth of a diverse landscape of job creators. Read More

  • Civic Tech Brings Power And Positivity To The People Crunch Network

    Civic Tech Brings Power And Positivity To The People

    People have long had a complicated relationship with their governments — a tension that is often exacerbated by government policies and processes that cannot keep pace with today’s on-demand culture. It doesn’t have to be like this. The tech community — especially those working in civic tech — know this to be true. From enabling crowdfunding campaigns to… Read More

  • What To Do If Your Lead Investor Asks For ESOP Crunch Network

    What To Do If Your Lead Investor Asks For ESOP

    As valuations continue to rise, early stage VCs are getting more “creative” with their deal structuring. In particular, I’ve seen a rise in requests for ESOP shares to be allocated to lead investors for their “value added services.” It’s common to give ESOP to advisors for their value add, so why not investors? Read More

  • 2016 Will Be The Year Of The Sales Stack Crunch Network

    2016 Will Be The Year Of The Sales Stack

    Selling is a competitive sport, and quota-seeking salespeople are the athletes of that sport: They are scored and compared, there are frontrunners and underdogs and there are winners and losers. Confronted by today’s more informed customer who has readily available competitive, pricing and rating data, salespeople are facing unprecedented pressure to perform — they are expected to… Read More