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  • Crowdsourcing Dystopia Crunch Network

    Crowdsourcing Dystopia

    Violent extremism starts with an idea and an entrepreneur. On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you’re a team of heroic proportions, larger than life. Read More

  • Farewell To Flash: What It Means For Digital Video Publishers Crunch Network

    Farewell To Flash: What It Means For Digital Video Publishers

    It’s been more than five years since Steve Jobs wrote his infamous “Thoughts on Flash” letter citing the high level of energy consumption, lack of performance on mobile and poor security as the reasons his company’s products would not support Adobe Flash technology. Finally, it appears we’re getting closer to the curtain closing on Flash. Read More

  • There Is No Silicon Valley Crash Coming — For A While Crunch Network

    There Is No Silicon Valley Crash Coming — For A While

    Talk of the bubble bursting eventually surfaces with every successful market. When valuations are increasing exponentially, excitement is building to a fever pitch, and companies are sprouting seemingly overnight — it’s almost like everyone becomes afraid that success won’t last. Read More

  • Tapping Into The Emotional Internet Crunch Network

    Tapping Into The Emotional Internet

    Wearables currently decipher physiological biometrics — heart rate, pulse, caloric intake. But in the coming years, we’ll see emotion-sensing wearable technology that clues us into specific human emotions. When this data is shared across networks, we’ll enter the dawn of the “Emotional Internet.” Read More

  • How The Digital Economy Can Help End Extreme Poverty Crunch Network

    How The Digital Economy Can Help End Extreme Poverty

    When I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recently as part of the U.S. government’s delegation to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, I was struck by how much the international development landscape is changing. Where governments were once the primary source of development assistance, today the private sector, civil society, academia and donors are all working… Read More

  • Money And Politics: Bitcoin’s Governance Crisis Crunch Network

    Money And Politics: Bitcoin’s Governance Crisis

    A lot of intriguing and conflicting things have been said about Bitcoin in the past few years. Some see it as the salvation of the financial system, others as a new toy, appealing only to the technologically savvy. Say what you will, but so far, Bitcoin is a technological success. Minor glitches aside, the developer community that originally rallied to launch this project forward turned an… Read More

  • The Future For Artists And Celebrities (And YouTubers) Is Direct Intimacy Crunch Network

    The Future For Artists And Celebrities (And YouTubers) Is Direct Intimacy

    The most-watched Game of Thrones episode ever, this past season’s finale, had 8.11 million viewers. Meanwhile, Pentatonix, a musical a capella group on YouTube since 2012, gets 10 million views each week. My point isn’t that these personalities will eventually replace premium content, but rather that YouTubers and independent artists have been commanding comparable audiences to… Read More

  • Artificial Intelligence, Legal Responsibility And Civil Rights Crunch Network

    Artificial Intelligence, Legal Responsibility And Civil Rights

    I have been a huge science fiction fan as long as I can remember, and a recurring theme in both science fiction literature and movies is the creation of artificial intelligence. However, the subject is becoming increasingly more science and less fiction. Read More

  • Don’t Be Apple Crunch Network

    Don’t Be Apple

    There is so much to admire about Apple. They make superb, beautiful products. Their amazing comeback story is unparalleled in corporate history. Steve Jobs has become something akin to a modern-day patron saint of the tech industry. Tim Cook is, rightly, enormously respected. So why do I think they represent so much of what’s wrong with the tech world? Read More

  • How Coursera Cracked The Chinese Market Crunch Network

    How Coursera Cracked The Chinese Market

    Most U.S. consumer Internet companies have a hard time breaking into China. Cultural differences and the Internet firewall are a huge barrier to entry. Even tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter have pulled out or found themselves on the wrong side of the Chinese firewall. So how did Coursera, a relatively young company, achieve this significant milestone? Read More

  • China Draws Executives From Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    China Draws Executives From Silicon Valley

    China recently published its GDP growth for Q1 of 2015 at 7 percent. While this figure is drastically lower than the double-digit growth seen in previous years, it has still attracted foreign companies to invest and enter into the Chinese technology market. As a result, salary and compensation packages for executives at Chinese tech companies are approaching those of Silicon Valley, and… Read More

  • Don’t Reverse Mobile-Platform Improvements That Benefit App Developers And Consumers Crunch Network

    Don’t Reverse Mobile-Platform Improvements That Benefit App Developers And Consumers

    The global app industry has grown dramatically in recent years. Creative developers, enabled by harmonized platforms that incorporate inexpensive feature-rich devices and extraordinary software tools, have powered this growth. But for developers and millions of consumers, the opportunity could significantly diminish if governments reverse technological progress that has been so critical to… Read More

  • Optimizing South Korean Technology For American Users Crunch Network

    Optimizing South Korean Technology For American Users

    Navigating culture and business practices can be a trying task for any company going global. For tech companies, this often can mean coping with varying degrees of Internet connections from different service providers. If one is not careful, this could be an insurmountable hurdle. Success or failure can depend on a company’s ability to quickly adapt and prepare for the unexpected. Read More

  • The Second Coming Of Deep Linking Crunch Network

    The Second Coming Of Deep Linking

    For developers and users, mobile deep linking has been a fantastically anticlimactic technology. Deep linking has existed since iOS 2.0, a time when fewer than 1 in 10 of us had a smartphone and Facebook had around 80 million users. Over the last seven years, many companies have riffed on the theme of deep linking. Read More

  • INNOVATE2016: Larry Downes
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    INNOVATE2016: Silicon Valley Is A Political Issue In The 2016 Election

    Why should Silicon Valley care about the 2016 election? According to Georgetown University’s Larry Downes, it’s going to be an election in which the most disruptive technologies – from the Internet of Things to drones to Bitcoin to Uber – are becoming political issues. Read More

  • What We Need To Know About On-Demand Work Platforms Before Regulating Them Crunch Network

    What We Need To Know About On-Demand Work Platforms Before Regulating Them

    As we fast approach the 2016 election cycle, the future of on-demand work platforms is at a crossroads, with Uber, TaskRabbit and other market leaders facing increased scrutiny and skepticism from regulators and political leaders. At the same time, these platforms inadvertently contribute to a growing anxiety among the public, who are concerned that the on-demand economy may change the future… Read More

  • Lessons Learned From My First Startups Crunch Network

    Lessons Learned From My First Startups

    I was born an engineer and an introvert. The rest is pretty predictable. When I was three I obsessed over jigsaw puzzles. At five, LEGO. I showed whatever I built to my mom, and she gave me a stream of positive, non-objective feedback. She didn’t need completed puzzles or LEGO models; she would have loved anything I built. Read More

  • The ‘Do It When I Want Economy’ Is Here To Stay Crunch Network

    The ‘Do It When I Want Economy’ Is Here To Stay

    The public discourse about the “on-demand” economy gets a D+. Wherever I turn, whether it’s the Economist, New York Times, TechCrunch, ReCode, Forbes, Washington Post or Business Insider, journalists, politicians and tech influencers all too often flock around a frustrating mix of myths, memes and conflation. OK, that’s a bold claim. So you be the judge. Read More

  • An Analysis Of Zirtual’s Reality And The Perils Of Debt Crunch Network

    An Analysis Of Zirtual’s Reality And The Perils Of Debt

    Debt is a harsh mistress, especially for a startup tech company. Read More

  • Airbnb On Growth
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    Airbnb On Building A Global Company

    The RISD grads were so passionate about their idea that they bootstrapped their company with a binder full of credit cards and sold politically themed cereal boxes during the 2008 presidential campaign – called Obama O’s and Captain McCains – for $40 a box. Read More

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