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  • With Twitter’s NFL deal, social networks can take on traditional broadcasters at last Crunch Network

    With Twitter’s NFL deal, social networks can take on traditional broadcasters at last

    For years, the media industry has speculated, somewhat worriedly, that big tech companies wanted to branch out, to take on the TV companies – to acquire rights to premium content. By and large, Silicon Valley firms’ coy response has typically been a demure: “We are a platform company, not a content company.” Now that the dust has settled around the deal it’s… Read More

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    INNOVATE2016: Freada Kapor Klein on fixing tech’s gender problem

    Companies that focus on diversity will succeed, because hiring women and minorities makes business sense. But it’s not easy. Scientific research is showing that our brains are hardwired to be biased. Read More

  • How storage is changing in the age of big data Crunch Network

    How storage is changing in the age of big data

    Have you ever tracked all the ways you use data in a single day? How many of your calories, activities, tasks, messages, projects, correspondences, records and more are saved and accessed through data storage every day? I bet you won’t be able to stop once you start counting. Many of us never pause to consider what that means, but data is growing exponentially — with no end in sight. Read More

  • The mercurial nature of P2P lending Crunch Network

    The mercurial nature of P2P lending

    The meteoric rise of e-lending platforms attracted a lot of interest among investors and entrepreneurs. Lending Club and OnDeck have already become public companies, and their competitors, such as Funding Circle, SoFi, Prosper, RateSetter, Zopa, Avant, Kabbage and others continue to develop and increase their loan portfolios. Read More

  • Africa is becoming a testbed for commercial drone services Crunch Network

    Africa is becoming a testbed for commercial drone services

    UPS recently entered into a partnership with Zipline, a medical drone delivery startup, to begin aerial transport of healthcare supplies in Rwanda. Read More

  • Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet Crunch Network

    Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet

    As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value. It would be silly for anyone to claim they could have predicted how these two businesses would compare today, but we can still learn something from examining what sent their fortunes… Read More

  • All the cool kids are doing Ethereum now Crunch Network

    All the cool kids are doing Ethereum now

    In the beginning the Prophet Satoshi brought us Bitcoin. And the cryptogeeks and libertarians looked upon it, and said lo, we smile upon this, for it is good, and decentralized, and solves the Byzantine Generals Problem. For a time all was well. But then came wailing and gnashing of teeth and wearing of sackcloth. And then came the Prophet Vitalik, bearing Ethereum; and lo, it was even… Read More

  • Startups to Congress: Strong data security keeps us competitive Crunch Network

    Startups to Congress: Strong data security keeps us competitive

    Over the past few weeks, Twilio has had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their staff who have taken on the difficult task of balancing security and privacy. We were struck by the sincere desire to understand how actions proposed by those in Washington impact smaller technology businesses. It’s been clear to us for some time that in order to get the full picture… Read More

  • The rise of APIs Crunch Network

    The rise of APIs

    It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the… Read More

  • The wide world of e-sports Crunch Network

    The wide world of e-sports

    I played a lot of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty online when it launched. And by that I mean a lot. I inevitably drifted into watching streams of other players competing in order to improve my game. Eventually I stopped playing as much, and even stopped following the e-sports scene. But since then, professional e-sports has become a global industry, with revenues in the hundreds of millions… Read More

  • How Prince and Bowie started streaming music services Crunch Network

    How Prince and Bowie started streaming music services

    In the wake of Prince’s untimely death, more and more stories have been revealed about his secret life of good works: anonymous checks, civil rights activism, charity concerts, etc. But I’d like to talk about something else — the NPG Music Club, an online subscription music club founded on Valentine’s Day 2001 as a virtual love letter to Prince’s many fans. Read More

  • Reshaping human health and changing lives through gene editing Crunch Network

    Reshaping human health and changing lives through gene editing

    Gene editing is going to fundamentally change our lives and how we traditionally think about health throughout the first half of the 21st century. The question isn’t “When will gene editing become a significant reality for the majority of the world?” The truth is, this is neither science fiction nor a prediction — gene editing is happening now. Read More

  • Startup spending guide: Where to spend money Crunch Network

    Startup spending guide: Where to spend money

    There is no shortage of advice when it comes to which tools software companies should use to run their businesses. We’ve all come across numerous “Top 100 resources for startups”-type posts at least once as we Google our way to entrepreneurial success. But after reading just one of them, it’s not hard to go from “I have no idea what’s out there” to… Read More

  • Purism builds a secure tablet with physical wi-fi and camera switches Crunch Network

    Purism builds a secure tablet with physical wi-fi and camera switches

    Purism, proud makers of one of the first truly open laptops, is moving into the world of pro-level tablets. Their latest product, the Librem 11, is a tablet that runs any GNU/Linux version (they recommend the ultra-secure Qubes) and can double as a laptop. The company made waves with their 15 and 13 laptops and they are bringing the same level of security to the $1,299 tablet. While that’s… Read More

  • Is the new normal really new? Crunch Network

    Is the new normal really new?

    I’ve been hearing a lot lately about “The New Normal” for VC-backed technology companies. It’s not just in the popular press headlines. Nearly every conversation I have with co-investors, founders and LPs these days involves some discussion of current “new normal” market conditions and what they mean. There’s clearly change in the air. Read More

  • It’s time to remove “serial entrepreneur” from our vocabulary Crunch Network

    It’s time to remove “serial entrepreneur” from our vocabulary

    In today’s tech-driven business world, the title “serial entrepreneur” is a coveted badge of honor. It’s easy to understand the appeal of the phrase. It suggests that someone is so full of groundbreaking ideas they can’t channel all of them into just one company. Instead, they choose to focus their genius on creating an array of world-changing, money-making… Read More

  • Chemists create an app that can tell if your beer is skunked Crunch Network

    Chemists create an app that can tell if your beer is skunked

    Bummer, dude! That’s what you say when you find out your whole keg of Heiney is totally skunked but it doesn’t matter because you’ll totally still drink it after you finish the pony keg of Sammo’s Irish Red. But what if I told you that folks in Spain have figured out a way to use an app to tell if your beer is a mess? Whoa, right? Whoa, indeed. Chemists at the… Read More

  • Beyond the Valley Crunch Network

    Beyond the Valley

    As someone who has worked in technology his entire adult life, I can say the following with complete conviction: Somewhere at this moment a young entrepreneur is developing a product, service or business model that will transform the way our world thinks, works, plays, communicates, dates, sleeps or wakes up the day after. He or she doesn’t live in the Valley and probably has no intention… Read More

  • Uncovering and counseling domestic violence victims through the My Plan app Crunch Network

    Uncovering and counseling domestic violence victims through the My Plan app

    ‘Has he threatened you with a gun?’ Is one of the questions a woman will be asked when she’s downloaded the domestic abuse counseling app My Plan. “This scenario is more common on college campuses than we’d like to believe,” said the app’s co-founder, Nancy Glass. Glass, who is a professor and associate dean for research at the Johns Hopkins School… Read More

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