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  • How To Build A Political Social Network That Actually Works

    How To Build A Political Social Network That Actually Works

    Editor’s note: Lucas Dailey is a UX designer and chief innovation officer at political social network MyMaryland.net. My political social network startup died last year, and I eulogized it in a public post-mortem here on TechCrunch. The experience (and the article) led to a job taking over the product reins at nonprofit MyMaryland.net. Here are some tips for charting your own course… Read More

  • Bringing Down The Mexican Tech Mafia: How Hackers Stopped A $9.3 Million Fraud

    Bringing Down The Mexican Tech Mafia: How Hackers Stopped A $9.3 Million Fraud

    Editor’s note: Maria Rocio Paniagua currently works at Flit, a PR firm that helps products, projects and events launch in Mexico. “When the geeks go marching in, good stuff can happen, but if everyone joins in, real change can take place.” That’s what the hackers and team behind Codeando México, a civil innovation platform where government and organizations… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Get Together With The Band

    Backed Or Whacked: Get Together With The Band

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Last week, Backed or Whacked look at a trio of wristbands that can hold a buck, make a bun and prevent a burn all without any assistance from a successful mobile app platform. But as a host of… Read More

  • The eBay Class Of 2000-2005: Where They Are Now And Why We Should Care

    The eBay Class Of 2000-2005: Where They Are Now And Why We Should Care

    Editor’s note: Sergio Monsalve is a Partner at Norwest Venture Partners where he is focused on early and growth investments in e-commerce, consumerized SaaS, consumer finance, and educational technologies.  As a venture capital investor, I look for disruptive companies with breakthrough technologies, and — most importantly — I look for highly talented teams. In the… Read More

  • What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games

    What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games

    A lot of recent moves in the gaming space to ban, investigate or curtail certain aspects of its output can seem egregious. However seen in the light of how shady game makers tend to behave, and the need to keep their sleazy tactics at bay, such moves are often understandable. Still, there are costs to games as a medium that this sort of thing keeps happening. Read More

  • Through The Looking Glass: Hiring Sales People

    Through The Looking Glass: Hiring Sales People

    Editor’s note: Ben Horowitz is co-founder and partner of Andreessen Horowitz. Perhaps the most common mistake that I see a technical founder make when building her sales organization is that she applies strategies to the sales-hiring process that work when building the engineering team. This may sound shocking, but sales people are different from engineers, and treating them like… Read More

  • Beyond The Bitcoin Bubble

    Beyond The Bitcoin Bubble

    A few months ago, while visiting a hacker friend’s magnificent new San Francisco loft, he gestured to a little alcove stuffed with server racks and said: “And over there are the Bitcoin mines.” I smiled and nodded, thinking, Oh, right, Bitcoin. Is that still a thing? Andy, if you’re reading this, I apologize. Is it ever, and how. Over the last few weeks the hype… Read More

  • Entrepreneurial Excellence: Can 10,000 Hours Of Practice Make Perfect?

    Entrepreneurial Excellence: Can 10,000 Hours Of Practice Make Perfect?

    Editor’s note: Jon Auerbach is a partner at Charles River Ventures, a 42-year-old early stage venture firm based in Menlo Park and Cambridge, Ma, where he focuses on mobile technologies. Research over the past two decades has identified a strong link between hours of practice and expertise in sports, chess and the performing arts. In the early 1990s, Anders Ericsson, a psychologist… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: The Battle Of The Bands

    Backed Or Whacked: The Battle Of The Bands

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Crowdfunding sites have become a breeding ground for smartwatches and even a fair number of dumb watches. But assuming one opts in for such a portable time-telling conveyance, that usually leaves… Read More

  • From Selling Scoops Of Ice Cream To Founding ZeroCater

    From Selling Scoops Of Ice Cream To Founding ZeroCater

    Editor’s note: Arram Sabeti is CEO of ZeroCater. Five years ago I moved to the Bay Area because I wanted to start a company. I came here armed with that single goal and the education of a dozen Paul Graham essays. To me, determination has an almost magical quality. I’d always felt that with enough of it I could do absolutely anything. Read More

  • Considering Convertible Debt? Don’t Sell Yourself Short

    Considering Convertible Debt? Don’t Sell Yourself Short

    Editor’s note: Patricia Nakache is a general partner at Trinity Ventures where she invests in early stage social commerce and entertainment companies. The prevailing wisdom among entrepreneurs these days is that they should initially fund their startups with a $1-2 million convertible note.   The logic is that raising a convertible note, even a capped one (as most are), is less… Read More

  • Where The Free Software Movement Went Wrong (And How To Fix It)

    Where The Free Software Movement Went Wrong (And How To Fix It)

    The biggest change I’ve seen in the tech industry in the past decade isn’t social media, cloud computing, big data, consumerization or even mobile. It’s the mainstream acceptance of open source. Even 10 years ago open source was controversial. Back then “open vs. proprietary” arguments would still erupt at meetings and parties. Back then vendors spread FUD about… Read More

  • Check In, Flame Out: How To Save Foursquare

    Check In, Flame Out: How To Save Foursquare

    This hasn’t been a great year for Foursquare. “Check-ins are no longer what they used to be,” as Ingrid Lunden observed last month. There seems to be a general consensus that “Foursquare keeps resembling Yelp more and more…” but that comparison isn’t necessarily flattering, especially since there’s little doubt that Yelp has much greater… Read More

  • Virality Is The X-Factor Of Mobile-First Business Apps

    Virality Is The X-Factor Of Mobile-First Business Apps

    Editor’s Note: Joe Floyd is a VC investor at Emergence Capital Partners. Away from the fickle eyes of consumers, deep in the basement of app stores, enterprise mobile apps are fighting each other for the attention of business users. Given the restrictions of their target audience, business app developers simply cannot utilize the same techniques that consumer app companies leverage. Read More

  • Why VCs Love The Bitcoin Market

    Why VCs Love The Bitcoin Market

    Editor’s note:  Jeremy Liew is a managing director at Lightspeed Venture Partners. As a VC, my interest in the Bitcoin ecosystem is not ideological but, rather, mercenary. I see the opportunity for Bitcoin to disrupt multi-billion dollar markets, but in doing so also create new big markets. There are three key markets in Bitcoin. Read More

  • Crowdfunding Industry Celebrates First Anniversary of JOBS Act Despite Delays

    Crowdfunding Industry Celebrates First Anniversary of JOBS Act Despite Delays

    Editor’s note: Danae Ringelmann is a co-founder of Indiegogo. Prior to that, she was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies, including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney and Electronic Arts. One year ago, U.S. lawmakers joined together with overwhelming bipartisan support to pass the JOBS Act. It was an exciting moment in history — one that my… Read More

  • Facebook Isn’t Forking Android, They’re Spooning With It

    Facebook Isn’t Forking Android, They’re Spooning With It

    Facebook is absolutely, positively, 100 percent not working on a phone. The first rule of tech news remains intact: when a company says they’re definitely not doing something, it’s as sure a sign as you can get that they will eventually do said thing. Read More

  • 256 Shades Of Grey

    256 Shades Of Grey

    I want a black and white computer, and I don’t want it out of sheer, wanton weirdness. I actually think it’s a good idea. Here’s why. Read More

  • All Things SXSW (Re)Considered

    All Things SXSW (Re)Considered

    Editor’s note: Marc Ruxin is CEO and co-founder of TastemakerX. If you went to SXSW 20 years ago, you would have been there to see and discover new music. You worked at a label or publishing company, or perhaps you were a journalist or PR rep. Sure, there were locals and college kids swaying next to you at the shows, but in the end, SXSW was an industry event where bands were… Read More

  • Strategies For VCs To Increase Startup Success Odds

    Strategies For VCs To Increase Startup Success Odds

    Editor’s note: David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital and founder and chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York.. Lots of venture capitalists claim to add value to the companies in which they invest. But how do they do it?  And does it really produce better returns for their investors? We recently wrapped up a study on best practices of… Read More