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  • Communicating Through Touch Crunch Network

    Communicating Through Touch

    Three squeezes means I-love-you; two squeezes means I’m-scared. My 11 year-old daughter and I share a special language of hand-squeezing. We developed patterns to relay assurance, fear, surprise, and “check out the crazy outfit in that direction”. It’s useful and fun to have a touch-based language, plus it’s fast, discreet, and intimate. Read More

  • Fixing “Videogames” Crunch Network

    Fixing “Videogames”

    Games don’t seem to be taking over the world. Games struggle to gain a wider acceptance equivalent to their footprint. Plenty of people play games but much fewer want to really associate themselves with “Videogames”, an entity that many people within gaming talk about, participate in and subscribe to. And Videogames is often not warm. It’s cold, sour and riven with… Read More

  • In Search Of European Unicorns Crunch Network

    In Search Of European Unicorns

    When you look at the returns of a typical VC fund, they may appear somewhat evenly distributed. For instance, 25% of the portfolio may be worth zero, 25% may return one times the cash invested, 25% may yield a reasonable three times multiple, and what happens to the remaining 25% will determine whether or not you are a top-tier venture capitalist. Since fund returns are usually discussed in… Read More

  • Tapping Into The Growth Of India’s Emerging Mobile Markets Crunch Network

    Tapping Into The Growth Of India’s Emerging Mobile Markets

    It took only seconds for Xiaomi phones to sell out on the e-commerce platform Flipkart in India. This feat is staggering considering the Indian e-commerce industry is a relatively new concept for many consumers. In fact, Indian smart phone sales doubled from 156 million sold in 2013 to 364 million units sold thus far in 2014. With a product in such high demand, mobile manufacturers that want… Read More

  • Separating The Rest From The Best In Venture Partners Crunch Network

    Separating The Rest From The Best In Venture Partners

    I‘ve studied Tier 1 venture firms for over seven years, and I see two weaknesses in partners, particularly young ones, that separate the rest from the best: they don’t take enough risk, and they aren’t candid enough with the founders they don’t fund (or even sometimes with those they d Read More

  • IoT Startups Need To Consider Their Business Models Carefully Crunch Network

    IoT Startups Need To Consider Their Business Models Carefully

    With forecasts projecting that billions of new devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, device makers are rushing to release new products they hope will corner the Internet of Things market. This much was evident at CES this year, when dozens of companies exhibited new connected hardware for the home, car, body, factory floor and more. Read More

  • Getting Into An Accelerator Is More Than Just Luck Crunch Network

    Getting Into An Accelerator Is More Than Just Luck

    Everyone is familiar with Y Combinator and TechStars, but not as many people know about Seedcamp. It is arguably the most prominent startup acceleration program in Europe and it has helped some of the world’s top startups get off the ground, including TransferWise, GrabCAD FrontBack and Editd. Read More

  • Website Hackers Slip Under The Radar With Impersonator Bots Crunch Network

    Website Hackers Slip Under The Radar With Impersonator Bots

    It was late December when we were contacted by a financial service provider who began noticing a spike in online registration requests. Rather than resulting from end-of-the-year sales efforts, this spike was caused by a targeted spam attack that flooded the organization with fake registration forms, most of which looked reputable enough not be discarded on sight. The reason for concern was… Read More

  • Reimagining The Network For A Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Crunch Network

    Reimagining The Network For A Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

    You’re only as strong as your weakest link, and that’s the Internet’s biggest problem today. For more than two decades the very backbone of theInternet — the network — has subsisted in the shadows, pinned beneath the weight of a fast-growing Internet economy and a powerful cohort of incumbents with much to lose. Since the early days of SaaS, the tech world has set… Read More

  • Creeping Towards Hardware As A Service Crunch Network

    Creeping Towards Hardware As A Service

    There seems to be cool new hardware everywhere I look these days. Swimming drones. Crash-proof flying drones. Creepy robots. Kickstarters like Hackaball, “a smart and responsive ball children can program to invent and play their own games.” Startups like Orion Labs, with their Star-Trek-esque Onyx communicator. Read More

  • Employment Issues Your Startup Should Not Ignore Crunch Network

    Employment Issues Your Startup Should Not Ignore

    Startups of all sizes face challenges in finding folks who want to work at the company and share their vision. Hiring is tough and welcoming these people into your organization can present “sleeper” employment law challenges and pitfalls that often go overlooked, much to the detriment of the bottom line. Too often, startups attract talent by offering equity in the quickly… Read More

  • Your Fitness App Is Making You Fat Crunch Network

    Your Fitness App Is Making You Fat

    Fitness apps are all the rage. An explosion of new companies and products want to track your steps and count your calories with the aim of melting that excess blubber. There’s just one problem — most of these apps don’t work. In fact, there is good reason to believe they make us fatter. One study called out “the dirty secret of wearables,” citing that… Read More

  • New-Age Bootstrapping Is Not A Money Problem, It’s A Product Opportunity Crunch Network

    New-Age Bootstrapping Is Not A Money Problem, It’s A Product Opportunity

    The tendency for entrepreneurs is to build big products. The problem with big, feature-rich products is that they take substantial time and money. People talk about this topic frequently, especially in the technology sector. What I’m laying out here however, is slightly different. I’m discussing how bootstrapping has evolved. How bootstrapping has become more of a product problem… Read More

  • How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI Crunch Network

    How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI

    There’s a pragmatic approach to the great artificial intelligence debate, one that responsibly answers both the trepidations and aspirations of top scientists and technologists in this field. I agree that anyone concerned with technology should be jolted awake by the warning that Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and many scientists have now delivered. The early days of… Read More

  • Dear Packaging, I Hate You Crunch Network

    Dear Packaging, I Hate You

    Few people hate packaging more than I do. There are the obvious reasons: environmental unfriendliness, messy cleanup, and the sometimes unfathomable difficulty of opening the thing. These are mere tactical annoyances. Something much scarier has been happening to packaging over the past few years: It’s gotten really nice. This is bad, especially for small companies shipping their… Read More

  • The Moment I Knew Twitter Had To Buy Periscope Crunch Network

    The Moment I Knew Twitter Had To Buy Periscope

    I’ve been using Periscope for about five months. I would run into the team almost daily at a coffee shop, and since we were both in pre-launch building mode, watching their team grow as they built their product was inspiring. It was Wednesday, January 28, when I saw exactly what Periscope would mean for Twitter users. I had decided to take an old college friend and his father to dinner… Read More

  • The Internet Is Flat, Now What? Crunch Network

    The Internet Is Flat, Now What?

    The Internet is getting very flat, very quickly, and traditional roles in its economy have already been thrown into flux. As Internet use in developing countries has grown, so has Internet entrepreneurship, with India, China, South America and Africa already hatching their own behemoth startups. Alibaba – though particularly massive – is hardly the only example. Read More

  • The Gold Apple Watch Is Perfect For Douchebags Crunch Network

    The Gold Apple Watch Is Perfect For Douchebags

    Apple’s focus should be on selling as many watches as possible, not becoming a fashion brand. Read More

  • When Google Knowledge Graph Meets Healthcare Crunch Network

    When Google Knowledge Graph Meets Healthcare

    Google recently announced the rollout of an update to its Knowledge Graph, which now provides a broad set of answers to common medical questions for searches related to health conditions. According to Google’s official blog, one in 20 searches is health related, so as they expand on the search terms triggering the new Knowledge Graph result, the potential number of queries affected by… Read More

  • Millennials Insist The Future Will Be Shared Crunch Network

    Millennials Insist The Future Will Be Shared

    What happens when 80-year-old laws meet 21st-century millennial? We’re about to find out. In California, the state Department of Motor Vehicles threatened the future of ride sharing by dusting off a 1930s law that requires Lyft, Sidecar and Uber drivers to get commercial license plates if they are picking up passengers. This despite rulings by the California Public Utilities Commission and… Read More