Dan Kaplan

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  • Virtual Reality Porn And The Future Of Loneliness Crunch Network

    Virtual Reality Porn And The Future Of Loneliness

    Welcome to the very-near future of porn. A few weeks back, a sex toy company called Lovense and a virtual reality porn company called VirtualRealPorn announced their collaboration. Soon, VirtualRealPorn’s growing library of VR porn videos will coordinate with Lovense’s digitally-endowed vibrator and Fleshlight-esque Max toy to stimulate your sensitive bits in sync with virtual sex. Read More

  • Peter Thiel Is Wrong About Lean Startups Crunch Network

    Peter Thiel Is Wrong About Lean Startups

    Before I dive into the many ways that Peter Thiel gets the lean methodology as wrong as a glowing review of 50 Shades of Grey, let me say this: He is one incredibly savvy dude. Most of the time, Thiel undoubtedly deserves his confidence in his business intuition. Sometimes, however, he does not. His total, utter misunderstanding of Lean Startup methodology springs to mind. Read More

  • The Apple Watch Can Be A Sixth Sense Crunch Network

    The Apple Watch Can Be A Sixth Sense

    The world around us is screaming with signals our original five senses don’t detect. Unlike some snakes, we can’t sense infrared with our naked eyes and unlike ducks and geese, we don’t have a native intuition for magnetic fields. But we’ve got pretty incredible brains, which we’ve used to craft ways to augment our five basic senses for a very long time. Read More

  • A Connected Planet, Digital Telepathy And Other Passions Of Ramez Naam Crunch Network

    A Connected Planet, Digital Telepathy And Other Passions Of Ramez Naam

    Ramez Naam started his career in technology at Microsoft in 1995, where for six years, he worked on early versions of Internet Explorer and Outlook before launching a nanotechnology company in 2001. Those were the early days for nanotechnology — before everyone realized that its real commercial applications were at least a couple of decades away. Read More

  • Facebook, Oculus And The Future Of Virtual Reality

    Facebook, Oculus And The Future Of Virtual Reality

    If Facebook wants to take that $3.2 billion dollars it invested to acquire Oculus VR and turn it into hundreds of billions of dollars, it will have to do more than feed it money. When the time comes, Facebook will have to be ready, willing, and able to deploy the the tremendous resources and focus necessary to make the metaverse and the Oculus Platform a reality and a success. Read More

  • Facebook 202X: How It Becomes The Multitool For The Modern Totalitarian, Part 1 Crunch Network

    Facebook 202X: How It Becomes The Multitool For The Modern Totalitarian, Part 1

    Maybe it is naive, but I’d always hoped that Facebook would evolve into the internet’s humanizing, unifying force—the one that stretched across geographical, national, religious, and racial boundaries to show us that we are the same… that even when we disagree about the tactics, we all want the same things for ourselves and our children: to be safe, to be at peace, to have… Read More

  • How Product Hunt Hopes To Avoid The Pitfalls That Wounded Quora And Buried Digg Crunch Network

    How Product Hunt Hopes To Avoid The Pitfalls That Wounded Quora And Buried Digg

    When Ashwinn Krishnaswamy and two of his buddies were living with their parents and working out of a basement in the suburbs of Philadelphia, they had only their development skills, a solid sense of product design, and a simple idea in their heads. The way friends and peers discuss articles and web pages, they figured, is broken. Despite the rise of Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest, email… Read More

  • Digital Telepathy Is The Future Of The Human Species Crunch Network

    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

  • How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google Crunch Network

    How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google

    It always breaks my heart a little when the startups with the most radiant potential hit their troughs of disillusionment and then cash out to a deep-pocketed buyer. This is not because I begrudge the founders of these startups the personal wealth or success that comes with their exits. Indeed, the wallets of everyone involved usually get a lot fatter, and that’s fantastic. But these… Read More