• SAM Labs raises $4.5M to turn kids into IoT-mavens

    SAM Labs raises $4.5M to turn kids into IoT-mavens

    London-based SAM Labs just announced that it raised $4.5M from a group of investors led by Imperial Ventures. In addition, the round was padded out with smart money from a number of angels specializing in high growth education technology. The investment will help the company continue its mission to introduce the Internet of Things to kids. Read More

  • Twitter’s dysfunctional Wall Street relationship

    Twitter’s dysfunctional Wall Street relationship

    Twitter’s stock is cratering this week following its earnings report on Tuesday, down around 15% and shaving more than a billion dollars off its market cap — again. This isn’t even an all-time low for Twitter. But the company is a long, long ways from its successful run after its initial public offering. At the time, Twitter was showing — while slow — user growth… Read More

  • Keith Block talks life at Salesforce and being a Boston sports fan in San Francisco

    Keith Block talks life at Salesforce and being a Boston sports fan in San Francisco

    The day I met Keith Block at the Salesforce World Tour in Boston he was relaxing in a suite at the Hynes Convention Center, a man at ease with his considerable responsibilities as vice chairman, president and COO at Salesforce. His Twitter bio, like mine, also lists him as a Boston sports fan. We had a lot to talk about. The day we chatted, Block had been front and center at the… Read More

  • Here’s why we only did three deals last year Crunch Network

    Here’s why we only did three deals last year

    There has been a huge disconnect between private and public company valuations over the last few years. This isn’t the first time I’ve said it. It probably won’t be the last. During this period of froth, companies were able to raise capital at increasingly ludicrous valuations, and entrepreneurs turned fundraising into a sport. Deals closed peaked in 2014, but all-time… Read More

  • Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement Crunch Network

    Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement

    After 4 billion years of evolution by one set of rules, our species is about to begin evolving by another. Overlapping and mutually reinforcing revolutions in genetics, information technology, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and other fields are providing the tools that will make it possible to genetically alter our future offspring should we choose to do so. For some very… Read More

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    INNOVATE2016: Policy risk should be on the agenda for startups

    Former Clinton Administration staffer Dan Rosenthal says entrepreneurs need to think about local regulations and policy landscape. Read More

  • Sell your clothing and electronics with these apps

    Are you looking to clean out your closet and make money while doing it? You no longer have to haul your used items to a consignment shop. A number of apps have made selling used things easier than ever, and we’re not talking about eBay. TechCrunch tested out and chose our favorite apps for spring cleaning. Poshmark Poshmark is basically an Instagram for selling your clothing. Take a photo… Read More

  • Why image recognition is about to transform business Crunch Network

    Why image recognition is about to transform business

    From programs that help the visually impaired and safety features in cars that detect large animals to auto-organizing untagged photo collections and extracting business insights from socially shared pictures, the benefits of image recognition, or computer vision, are only just beginning to make their way into the world — but they’re doing so with increasing frequency and depth. Read More

  • New initiatives emerge to help refugees Crunch Network

    New initiatives emerge to help refugees

    Prompted by the ongoing refugee crisis affecting much of the western world, new initiatives have emerged to provide solutions to the many challenges facing the beleaguered masses. In a sea of clueless government bureaucrats and fearful citizens, these new startups want to tap into the potential of the newcomers. Privately funded initiatives may one day become the norm in helping tackle… Read More

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