• Fiberead Helps Foreign Authors Break Into China’s E-Book Market

    Fiberead Helps Foreign Authors Break Into China’s E-Book Market

    China’s book publishing market is worth about $20 billion and e-books are a fast-growing segment, but it’s difficult for foreign authors to gain a foothold. First they have to find a publisher and then wait for their book to be translated and edited, a process that can take up to a year. Fiberead, a Beijing-based startup, wants to make the process faster and more straightforward. Read More

  • Notes From The Game Developers Conference

    Notes From The Game Developers Conference

    This year’s GDC featured a wide range of themes and topics, subjects of interest and discussion. It was also a somewhat uncertain and quiet GDC however. Read More

  • On International Women’s Day, Thoughts On Gender And STEM

    On International Women’s Day, Thoughts On Gender And STEM

    In nearly every country in the world, technology plays a major role. Yet, even though women make up half the global population, they make up only a fraction of technology college graduates and the technology workforce. And, there’s a disturbing trend in some regions of the world where the number of women pursuing education and careers in technology fields are declining. Read More

  • An Investor’s Take On The Mobile World Congress

    An Investor’s Take On The Mobile World Congress

    MWC has become a valuable forum to meet with mobile hardware and software innovators, many of which are exhibiting with large partners at the show or behind closed doors as they seek new avenues to access markets. Read More

  • What I’ve Learned About Deal Sourcing

    What I’ve Learned About Deal Sourcing

    I’ve spent the past two years selling to, building for, and raising from VCs. In this time, I have met with thousands of people who play various roles in the deal sourcing and dealmaking process and learned a fair amount about the thinking behind sourcing deals. These are some of my observations. Read More

  • Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ Watch Event Live Blog

    Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ Watch Event Live Blog

    At 10 AM PT on Monday, March 9, Apple will be hosting an event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, and the Apple Watch will probably be the start of the show. The company’s first smartwatch is sure to offer up a few surprises, even though we’ve already seen a lot of official information about the Apple Watch emerge since it was unveiled last September. Bookmark this page… Read More

  • No One Is Neutral On Title II

    No One Is Neutral On Title II

    The FCC recently voted to reclassify high-speed Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This effectively treats the Internet as a public service. In a simplistic sense, this enables the FCC to regulate in such a manner as to prevent the paid prioritization or the blocking of content – issues linked to the public advocacy of net neutrality. While the fundamental… Read More

  • Selling A Wearable Apple

    Selling A Wearable Apple

    “Oh, Apple’s making a luxury watch thing, of course it hired the CEO of Burberry to pitch it.” That’s the common line of thinking when it comes to how Apple will change its retail operations to sell the watch. But I think that’s shortsighted, and ignores several realities about Apple then and now — and whether Apple is actually a luxury retailer. The Apple… Read More

  • Smule CEO Jeff Smith Is Weirdly Optimistic About The Music Industry

    Smule CEO Jeff Smith Is Weirdly Optimistic About The Music Industry

    “I think this is one of the most exciting times to be in the music business.” That’s not a sentiment I hear very often, but it’s what Smule CEO Jeff Smith told me this week. You could, I suppose, classify this as typical startup bluster — After all, Smith and I were talking about the success that Smule has been seeing with social music apps like Sing! Karaoke. Read More

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