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  • Don’t Dismiss Developers

    Don’t Dismiss Developers

    Danny Crichton recently asked TechCrunch readers if developer-focused startups will ever find investors. It’s a debate that surfaces frequently in technology circles, with camps emerging on each side. On one hand, we find the “middleware analogists” — those who equate “selling to developers” to “peddling middleware,” which is code for… Read More

  • The Internet’s Missing Link

    The Internet’s Missing Link

    When the web was originally designed, its creators aspired to include a way to transfer value. According to the HTTP standard, error code 402 was “reserved for future use” and was labeled “Payment Required.” Just as we needed a way to freely share information, we needed a way to freely exchange value. Implementing a standardized payment protocol was a natural fit. But… Read More

  • We Have Entered The Golden Age Of Hardware Hacking

    We Have Entered The Golden Age Of Hardware Hacking

    Hardware is the new hotness. This has been true for some years now: but today, the acorns planted by Arduino, TechShop, Kickstarter, lean prototyping, etc., are finally beginning to sprout into oaks. The best thing about this year’s Disrupt SF conference was that its Startup Alley boasted far fewer sugar-water SoLoMo apps…and many more nifty hardware start-ups. Read More

  • What $1 Million Won’t Buy You

    What $1 Million Won’t Buy You

    What’s the value of talent today in Silicon Valley? This year, a startup with revenues of $10 million wanted to find a new chief executive following its Series B raise and offered $450,000 in compensation (5% of revenues). Another startup, quickly growing and approaching an IPO, did a search for a CEO to lead it onto the public markets. In addition to a hefty compensation package, the… Read More

  • Closing The Gaps In Mobile Health

    Closing The Gaps In Mobile Health

    As our health system transforms to be more patient-centered, evidence-based and effective, mobile technology has been conspicuously absent from daily healthcare workflow. But if we truly envision a future in which patients are at the center of our health system, it’s time for that to change. Read More

  • #GamerGate – An Issue With Two Sides

    #GamerGate – An Issue With Two Sides

    Nearly a month after it began, GamerGate is a fire that refuses to go out. The hashtag campaign has opened up a chasm between the gaming press and their audience. Currently standing at close to a million tweets (over twice that of #Destiny), it shows no signs of stopping. A related tag, #NotYourShield, has cleared 120,000. But what lies behind it? Why did it come about? And why are people… Read More

  • The All-You-Can-Eat Apps Mobile Trend Coming From Asia

    The All-You-Can-Eat Apps Mobile Trend Coming From Asia

    Although word ‘disrupt’ has taken a lot of flak recently, there are still innovations that can reorder an entire market – and one has just crossed the Pacific Ocean. On Tuesday, August 19, Sprint announced the release of App Pass, a subscription service that allows customers to access a curated selection of premium apps and games for $4.99 per month. Subscribers also get… Read More

  • Digital Telepathy Is The Future Of The Human Species

    Digital Telepathy Is The Future Of The Human Species

    The story of life on Earth thus far has had an unmistakable direction, and it has moved towards greater complexity. Sure, evolution has seen lots of fits and starts and collapses and mass extinctions. And yes, some replicators (like viruses) seem to have become less complex over time. Read More

  • To Bridge the Skills Gap, Focus On Improving Computer Science’s Image

    To Bridge the Skills Gap, Focus On Improving Computer Science’s Image

    It’s becoming increasingly clear that computer science education grapples with a stubborn image problem. And it’s one that we simply cannot afford to ignore any longer. As information technology permeates nearly every aspect of our world today – from personal mobile devices to automated HR systems to the smart grid – it fuels a rapidly growing need for computer scientists. Read More

  • The Reinvention Of Medicine: Dr. Algorithm V0-7 And Beyond

    The Reinvention Of Medicine: Dr. Algorithm V0-7 And Beyond

    Editor’s note:┬áVinod Khosla is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, which is focused on impactful sustainable energy and information technology investments. The “practice of medicine” developed through tradition, and the experiential evolution of best practices with small-scale medical research studies can be substantially improved through… Read More

  • The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

    The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

    A lot has been written in the last few years on the evolution of the technology ecosystem in Europe. Our intent with this analysis was to use data to determine the challenges and opportunities surrounding the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. European companies raise smaller rounds at each stage versus their U.S. counterparts and make that funding last as much as eight months longer… Read More

  • 5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once

    5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once

    They say in business you should think big. But when it comes to your career, have you considered thinking “small”? In my experience, a startup is a roller-coaster ride that can offer you incredible career experiences and teach you some invaluable life lessons. Startups can make you more efficient than you’ve ever been, they can help you expand your responsibility and… Read More

  • Return Of The M&A

    Return Of The M&A

    2014 has seen an unprecedented number of M&A transactions globally, especially within the tech sector. Global tech M&A was up 55% over last year, soaring to its highest level since 2000. Technology related transactions this year alone have generated over $100B. Read More

  • The Investments In A Wearables Future

    The Investments In A Wearables Future

    People may debate when the wearable first came into being or what industries will be most impacted by the technology, but there is no debating that startup activity in the wearable space has accelerated. if Apple moving into a category is one sure sign of anything, it’s that. Between consumer interest and investor attention, the wearable category is exploding. In fact, it is exploding… Read More

  • Going Digital: A New Frontier For Finance

    Going Digital: A New Frontier For Finance

    Financial services are no longer the enigma they once were. Gaining ever-increasing accessibility, these services are on the brink of exploding. While obtaining greater access to financial services comes in part because our world is becoming more digital, it is also a result of new, innovative and disruptive influences chipping into what has long been a cozy oligopoly among established… Read More

  • Let’s Fix The Internet

    Let’s Fix The Internet

    I hate to be the one to tell you this, but: we, the people of the Internet, have collectively run up a colossal amount of technical debt. Much of our online infrastructure consists of band-aid and/or legacy Rube Goldberg solutions hacked together with bubble gum and baling wire; and the only way to pay back technical debt is to fix it. The good news is, we’re finally doing just that. Read More

  • The Big Picture On Digital Receipts

    The Big Picture On Digital Receipts

    What’s happening with digital receipts? The answer to that is – a lot. The last five years or so have seen an explosion of ideas surrounding the capture, management and storage of digital receipts. There has been a mad rush by start-ups and merchants trying to capitalise on the enthusiasm typically generated by a new and innovative concept and it seems, in the process, they have… Read More

  • Amazon Attempts To Upend The Television Ratings System – No, Really

    Amazon Attempts To Upend The Television Ratings System – No, Really

    On January 26, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show premiered on CBS on the East Coast. The show was poorly reviewed and, worse still, the TV ratings were just okay. As the legend goes, the president of CBS, who was in New York that night, saw the show for the first time and was appalled by its lack of quality. He immediately called his executives in Los Angeles, telling… Read More

  • Patient Access And Control: The Future Of Chronic Disease Management?

    Patient Access And Control: The Future Of Chronic Disease Management?

    Sufferers of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States are among the more active practitioners of disease self-management. It involves, among other disciplines, rigorous self-monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure levels, strict dietary discipline and, possibly, self-administering of insulin injections. It is a complex program of continuous diagnosis and treatment that also… Read More

  • Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

    Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

    In 2001, Arthur Levine, then president of Columbia University Teacher’s College, predicted that one day faculty members would become free agents, increasingly independent of their colleges and universities. “It is only a matter of time before we see the equivalent of an academic William Morris Agency,” Levine, now president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, wrote in The… Read More

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