• Chris Sacca says there’s “a greed case for diversity”

    Chris Sacca says there’s “a greed case for diversity”

    Chris Sacca, the angel investor in companies like Twitter, Uber and Instagram, gets it. He understands that diversity is simply good for business. “There is a greed case for diversity,” Sacca told CNN’s Laurie Segall at the Collision Conference yesterday. “Diverse perspectives bring us into markets we didn’t know existed.” It’s true. There’s a… Read More

  • Hear AI play Beethoven like The Beatles

    Hear AI play Beethoven like The Beatles

    Here’s what it sounds like when artificial intelligence learns to play “Ode To Joy” in the style of EDM, Brazilian guitar, and The Beatles’ “Penny Lane”: The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris was challenged to re-orchestrate the theme song of the European Union. Using  the max entropy approach of machine learning, they taught a computer how to… Read More

  • Tall poppy syndrome and the Canadian opportunity Crunch Network

    Tall poppy syndrome and the Canadian opportunity

    There’s an epidemic in Canada. That epidemic is a mentality that leaves top talent with no option but to leave the nation’s borders and with them, everything they learned. It undervalues breakthroughs developed and paid for by Canadian taxpayers. It’s a mindset that resents the success of others. It’s a bad case of tall poppy syndrome. Read More

  • Microsoft’s new tool for building line-of-business apps is now in public preview

    Microsoft’s new tool for building line-of-business apps is now in public preview

    Microsoft PowerApps allows anybody to build basic business apps without having to touch any code. These apps can run on the web and on mobile (through the PowerApps apps for iOS and Android). Microsoft first announced a private preview of this project last November but starting today, it’s open for anybody who wants to give it a try. Building apps in PowerApps is mostly a… Read More

  • Handcuffed to Uber

    Handcuffed to Uber

    A quick scan of LinkedIn for former employees underscores the point. Of Uber’s roughly 6,700 employees, only a tiny fraction have left, and in most cases, those hires weren’t around long enough to be worrying about vested options. Employees of privately held companies have long wrestled with this issue. (We wrote about it here last summer.) With valuations of many privately held… Read More

  • CloudMagic can now tell you everything about the person who just emailed you

    CloudMagic can now tell you everything about the person who just emailed you

    CloudMagic, an email application that has grown to 4 million users, has just added a useful feature that can aid those who receive a lot of email from people they don’t know: Sender Profile. Similar to services like LinkedIn’s Rapportive or newly launched Connect from Clearbit for desktop email, Sender Profile lets you quickly view a summary of information about the person who… Read More

  • 13 TechCrunch stories you don’t want to miss this week

    13 TechCrunch stories you don’t want to miss this week

    This week, earnings reports continued, Elon Musk announced plans for SpaceX’s first Mars mission, we spoke with the Reverend Jesse Jackson about diversity in the tech industry and more. These are the stories everyone in tech is talking about. Read More

  • Amazon shares pop 10.6 percent following surprisingly good earnings

    Amazon shares pop 10.6 percent following surprisingly good earnings

    Amazon shares opened at $665.55 this morning, up 10.6 percent compared to yesterday’s closing price of $602. In other words, Amazon’s market capitalization just grew by nearly $30 billion. Yesterday, Amazon announced some blockbuster earnings. This was the company’s most impressive quarter. In particular, Amazon Web Services is growing like crazy and could generate well over… Read More

  • A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

    A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

    News that Google would soon begin testing a new mobile travel application leaked out last week, and now we have more details, including screenshots, of what that app will look like. The app, called Trips, is being trialed with a small group of testers, and will allow users to keep track of past and upcoming trips, while also making recommendations about tourist destinations, restaurants… Read More

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