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  • Potcoin, A New Cryptocurrency To Help Ease The War On Drugs

    Potcoin, A New Cryptocurrency To Help Ease The War On Drugs

    It started with one evocative name shouted into the phone from one developer to another: “Potcoin!” The Founding Fathers had to work for years to craft a Constitution that would grant the government the power to “coin money.” However, three developers in the frozen north, who were only able to provide me with pseudonyms because the businesses and investors they’re associated with… Read More

  • Predicting The Next IPO Wave: The Era Of The Enterprise

    Predicting The Next IPO Wave: The Era Of The Enterprise

    Over the last three years, we’ve seen an increasing number of tech IPOs – many from consumer facing companies that we’ve long known were headed for an IPO. I’m talking about Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Yelp, Groupon, Zynga, etc., which most casual observers could see from a mile away. Markets tend to be swayed by sexy consumer offerings; however, we should be paying close attention to the… Read More

  • What Games Are: Patreonomics And “Supposed To Be”

    What Games Are: Patreonomics And “Supposed To Be”

    When considering the economics of games, I'm more and more fascinated by the potential of a scalable patronage model and seen on Patreon. But also by the games industry's continuing resistance to new economics in the face of innovation. Read More

  • How To Build Habits In A Multi-Device World

    How To Build Habits In A Multi-Device World

    Editor’s Note: This excerpt is authored by Nir Eyal and appears in Michal Levin’s new book, Designing Multi-Device Experiences. Nir Eyal is also the author of Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit Forming Products and blogs at NirAndFar.com.  Allow me to take liberties with a philosophical question reworked for our digital age. If an app fails in the App Store and no one is around… Read More

  • Success, Reality And The Myth Of “Up And To The Right”

    Success, Reality And The Myth Of “Up And To The Right”

    Despite what many are led to believe, great startups rarely move linearly "up and to the right." They zig, they zag, they take detours and often “pivot” several times to get to a positive outcome. The BlueKai story is a great example of this point, which I make often to entrepreneurs. Read More

  • Secrets, Lies And Startup Leaks: Mitigating Tech Company Paranoia In An Age Of Constant Crisis

    Secrets, Lies And Startup Leaks: Mitigating Tech Company Paranoia In An Age Of Constant Crisis

    It’s been an interesting few weeks for Silicon Valley insiders. Secret, the anonymous messaging app, has caused several communication crises for some prominent tech companies, and many more are no doubt on their way. By making the entire revelatory process anonymous and shareable, even seductive, the app’s attracted tech company leaks and spiteful rumors like never before. Read More

  • Software Patents Are Bullshit

    Software Patents Are Bullshit

    "Patents are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution for a single purpose: to promote the progress of science and useful arts." Alas, when it comes to software, it is difficult to imagine a system worse at this than the current one. Everyone knows this--and most people will readily admit it--but no one, with the possible eventual exception of the Supreme Court, is willing to do anything about it. No… Read More

  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Dealing With Excuses

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Dealing With Excuses

    I didn't have any money so couldn't start a business. And even if I started one, I didn't have an office, or clients, and I was too shy to cold-call clients. I didn't have connections or rich parents or anything for that matter. I didn't have talent. I just got lucky. Nobody will hire me. I don't have the right equipment. I couldn't write a book because I had no publisher. I couldn't do… Read More

  • How Modern Marketplaces Like Uber And Airbnb Build Trust To Achieve Liquidity

    How Modern Marketplaces Like Uber And Airbnb Build Trust To Achieve Liquidity

    In 2009, Airbnb was close to going bust with revenue flatlining at $200 a week. Since then, over 9 million people have used it to find temporary housing. Etsy was founded almost a decade ago, but doubled its valuation with its last two rounds of funding. The gradual but ultimately huge success of these entrants to the marketplace space has paved the way for Uber and Lyft’s breakout growth. Read More

  • What Games Are: Going Small

    What Games Are: Going Small

    It's amazing just how much small-team game development has changed. Not only it has become viable once again, small game makers have developed much more capacity. We seem to be living in a golden age of work-smarter that's enabling the next generation of game makers to do more than ever. Read More

 
  • Twitter’s Root Injustice

    Twitter’s Root Injustice

    Early adopters rule Twitter. If Twitter wants to survive it will need to make the fight for power that rages inside the platform more fair for all. Read More

  • More?

    More?

    Earlier this week, Nilay Patel at the Verge penned a provocative, and provocatively-titled, pronouncement on the state of the Internet. Never one to mince words, he declared it fucked. I beg to differ from Mr Patel, not to the degree, as a man once said, that nothing is fucked, but I think that, in the words of the rejoinder, the fucking plane has not quite crashed into the fucking mountain. Read More

  • #SXSpontaneity, RIP

    #SXSpontaneity, RIP

    With its ever-expanding programming, clusterfuckery of housing options and the commercialization of what was once considered a must-attend conference for anyone in the know, SXSW hasn't just jumped the shark, it's being openly maligned by veteran attendees. Read More

  • Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP

    Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP

    Building stuff does not make you a startup. “But don’t we need to build stuff and iterate quickly?” I get asked a lot. Well, sure. Once upon a time, when companies used the “old-school” waterfall model to develop products, pushing entrepreneurs to think in terms of building a minimum viable product as quickly as possible made sense. It substantially accelerated the development… Read More

  • A Guide To Post Seed Financing Options

    A Guide To Post Seed Financing Options

    Seed capital availability exploded at the same time the traditional Series A ecosystem began consolidating to fewer and fewer funds. By some counts there are now over 135 active seed capital funds and now less fewer than 90 truly active traditional Series A firms. This has caused what everyone now refers to as "The Series A Crunch." Read More

  • This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous. Let’s Hope It Stays That Way.

    This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous. Let’s Hope It Stays That Way.

    OK. Let's take a step back from all the recent tech news, look at it with fresh eyes--and try not to burst into slightly hysterical laughter. In Japan, some half-billion dollars' worth of cryptocurrency vanished from a site founded to trade Magic: The Gathering cards. In New Zealand, the world's greatest Call of Duty player has launched a political party to revenge himself on those who had himRead More

  • What’s Not Being Said About Bitcoin

    What’s Not Being Said About Bitcoin

    Mt.Gox is gone. The one-time biggest Bitcoin exchange closed its doors this week and filed for bankruptcy this morning. Questions about the future of Bitcoin have once again been up-leveled to the headlines of nearly every major media outlet. Read More

  • The Rise And Future Of The New York Startup Ecosystem

    The Rise And Future Of The New York Startup Ecosystem

    Like many who have been active in the New York startup ecosystem over the past decade, I am optimistic about its future. The last 10 years have seen an increasing number of startup successes in New York. Read More

  • Fixing The “Flappstore”

    Fixing The “Flappstore”

    Flappy bird has been a wake-up call to our industry. Not because of its success but because of what it has revealed. This little game has unexpectedly reset to zero what works for users. And more. As the developer of Flappy Bird, at the summit of its success, decided to kill his app before tens of millions of excited users, a tsunami has shaken the industry and the App Store, and has triggered a… Read More

  • Technology Unlocks “Economies Of Unscale” For Small Businesses

    Technology Unlocks “Economies Of Unscale” For Small Businesses

    Twenty years ago, small business owners lacked the tools to expand outside of their niche markets. Today, the Internet opens a flourishing global market of consumers ready and willing to engage with businesses of any size. As Patrick Collison, co-founder of Stripe, once told me, the company’s largest customers may not even exist today. Anyone can turn a living room idea into the next Fortune 500… Read More