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  • The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst Crunch Network

    The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst

    Euphoric reaction to superstar tech businesses is rampant — so much so that the tech industry is in denial about looming threats. The tech industry is in a bubble, and there are sufficient indicators for those willing to open their eyes. Rearing unicorns, however, is a distracting fascination. Read More

  • Messaging And The Apple Watch Crunch Network

    Messaging And The Apple Watch

    Although the Apple Watch boasts the ability to instantly notify users with important updates — breaking news stories, changes to their bank account or the achievement of a fitness goal — its 42mm screen can be a major constraint for developers and designers. Read More

  • A Closer Look At The Silicon Valley Vs. Wall Street Talent War Crunch Network

    A Closer Look At The Silicon Valley Vs. Wall Street Talent War

    Gordon Gekko is but a distant blip in the rear-view mirror for this generation’s best and brightest. In lieu of Wall Street, today’s top graduates are flocking to Silicon Valley and other top technology hubs in droves, drawn in by visions of challenging the status quo with world-changing apps and the opportunity to make a real, lasting impact in the world. Read More

  • The Future Of Algorithmic Personalization Crunch Network

    The Future Of Algorithmic Personalization

    Personalization algorithms influence what you’ve chosen yesterday, what you choose today and what you’ll be choosing tomorrow. Simultaneously, there seems to be something wrong with personalization. We are continuously bumping into obtrusive, uninteresting ads. Our digital personal assistant isn’t that personal at all. We’ve lost friends to the algorithmic abyss of the… Read More

  • To Bootstrap Or Not? Crunch Network

    To Bootstrap Or Not?

    Bootstrapping is a tougher choice than ever for startups. Seed capital is so widely available that deals for the hottest companies can close in days, and many entrepreneurs never even consider bootstrapping their company. On the other hand, some startups don’t have the luxury of securing investors to help launch their company, and others see enough value in going it alone they forgo… Read More

  • Running Out Of Money Isn’t A Milestone Crunch Network

    Running Out Of Money Isn’t A Milestone

    Nearly all startups use the same methodology to figure out when to raise their next round of capital. The founder projects the planned burn rate and estimates the day they will run out of cash. Then they subtract a margin for fundraising approximately four months from the date the company’s bank account will be empty, and declares the difference the fundraising-process start date. Read More

  • The Limitless Capability Of The Next Web Crunch Network

    The Limitless Capability Of The Next Web

    Uber made an important move last March, a move that reinforced my vision of where the Internet is headed. For the first time, users are able to summon an Uber ride from other applications without ever opening the Uber app itself. Some of you have already encountered this new capability firsthand. This “programmable Web” was a key enabler of Siri and is a decades-long… Read More

  • Three Questions For The ASU/edX Global Freshman Academy Online Program Crunch Network

    Three Questions For The ASU/edX Global Freshman Academy Online Program

    In April, Arizona State University and edX announced a first-of-its-kind program that will have important repercussions for the future of higher education. The Global Freshman Academy (GFA) will allow students to take their entire year of freshman courses online, and earn credit to continue on at ASU or another institution. Read More

  • Cloud Giants And The War For Customer Data Crunch Network

    Cloud Giants And The War For Customer Data

    Apache Spark’s effect on the data landscape is akin to the leap in Internet applications enabled by the move from dial-up to broadband. Read More

  • Turnaround Management: Does Your Company Need A New Captain? Crunch Network

    Turnaround Management: Does Your Company Need A New Captain?

    When thinking of business “turnaround,” names like McDonald’s and Samsung come to mind as they struggle to navigate the changing market and waning consumer interest. Yet, a business at any stage of growth may require a turnaround or ‘pivot’ on its core strategy. This is a concept with which many startup founders are familiar. Read More

  • Forget China, There’s An E-Commerce Gold Rush In Southeast Asia Crunch Network

    Forget China, There’s An E-Commerce Gold Rush In Southeast Asia

    There’s a myopia blinding e-commerce players to the reality of opportunities in Southeast Asia. Everyone is looking at Asian economies from under the shadow China casts on the economic landscape, which can’t help but obscure the picture. China is one of the most developed markets in e-commerce today and with mobile commerce via WeChat, the dominance of Alipay and the… Read More

  • Hadoop Standardization Is Essential For Industry Growth Crunch Network

    Hadoop Standardization Is Essential For Industry Growth

    There’s no doubt that as data grows, Hadoop has proven to be the platform of choice for big data. According to Allied Market Research, the Hadoop market is worth an estimated $3 billion, and will surpass $50 billion by the end of the decade. Yet its long-term success depends on implementing standardization and a more structured process for innovation. Read More

  • Turning Water Problems Into Business Opportunities Crunch Network

    Turning Water Problems Into Business Opportunities

    California Governor Jerry Brown recently imposed mandatory water restrictions to combat severe drought that “demands unprecedented action.” Many investors have grown familiar with the global trends changing in the way water is supplied, transported, treated and used. Those mega-trends, however, have not translated into much action from the venture community. Read More

  • Design Tips For VR Games Crunch Network

    Design Tips For VR Games

    VR’s coming whether you like it or not. How best to make use if it? Read More

  • Building A Diverse Board Makes Sense For Startups Crunch Network

    Building A Diverse Board Makes Sense For Startups

    While there is a lot of existing data tying board diversity to better company performance, most of it focuses on companies that are already public. That misses the broader and potentially much more impactful opportunity for startups and growth stage tech companies: to build a diverse board now, not later. Why now? Read More

  • Slack Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg For Enterprise Tech Crunch Network

    Slack Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg For Enterprise Tech

    Slack’s valuation soared to $2.8 billion in less than two years, and has doubled in the past six months alone — all without any big marketing campaigns. The startup’s adoption curve and rave reviews are something many founders and investors dream about, but few actually achieve. Read More

  • Enterprise Software’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity  Crunch Network

    Enterprise Software’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity 

    There is a massive opportunity for startups to define a new era of work, and it’s not just the products and platforms they build that will look completely different, but in some cases, their business models as well. Read More

  • The Real Cost Of Paying Overtime Crunch Network

    The Real Cost Of Paying Overtime

    The debate on overtime pay has surged in the last year: Who should be paid for overtime? How many people should receive these benefits? As the Department of Labor prepares to revise the rules this month, determining which workers are eligible for overtime pay, employees, unions and employers alike will be closely monitoring the reforms, given the impact on millions of Americans. Read More

  • Ignoring Junior VCs Is A Mistake Crunch Network

    Ignoring Junior VCs Is A Mistake

    Many first-time founders underestimate the value of junior VCs, which can be a costly mistake. Investors look for hungry founders because they have the grit to fight through sleepless nights, setbacks and roadblocks. Similarly, founders should be looking for hungry venture capitalists; they will find none hungrier than the junior VC on the team. Read More

  • More Startup Funding Is Available, But Who’s Getting It? Crunch Network

    More Startup Funding Is Available, But Who’s Getting It?

    Last year was fantastic for startup fundraising, continuing an upward trend with a dramatic increase to more than $47 billion (a 62 percent increase from 2013’s figures). On the surface, this is great news — more venture capitalists are pouring more money into startups, thereby increasing the amount of available resources for new ideas. Read More

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