• The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two

    The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two

    In the second of a three-part series exploring the constants of game design, we delve into talking about elegance, naturalism and the role of time. Read More

  • Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion

    Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion

    After years of backing headline-grabbing consumer internet deals, it seems that venture capitalists are paying more attention (and more money) to the seemingly staid and stodgy enterprise technology companies (the businesses that sell technology to make businesses work better). Their mission: to explore new ways of organizing data, to seek out new models for efficiency and security for… Read More

  • The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

    The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

    For many users, the desktop productivity app probably never fully went away. Anyone who uses Microsoft Exchange for email or calendaring, or Microsoft Word as their word processor, can tell you that those applications remain omnipresent in a number of organizations. What has changed, however, is how users first find and connect with those applications. Read More

  • The VP of Devil’s Advocacy

    The VP of Devil’s Advocacy

    In the 2013 film, World War Z, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is riding through the streets of Jerusalem as Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken) explains how the city was able to avoid the zombie apocalypse: The tenth man. If nine of us look at the same information and arrive at the exact same conclusion, it’s the duty of the tenth man to disagree. No matter how improbable it may seem, the tenth man… Read More

  • How Can We Make Recruiting Better?

    How Can We Make Recruiting Better?

    Recruiting is broken. In fact, it is so broken that almost no one I have ever talked to about the subject has offered up a point of disagreement. Not one person has said, “I love recruiting” or “We find that recruiting works just great for us.” Among the Valley’s cognoscenti, today’s startup truism is that recruiting is the most important function of a… Read More

  • Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential

    Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential

    Yo! Is tech turning too stupid for its own good? Attempts at building better healthcare systems do not get the kind of investor interest that a new app called Yo! seems to be getting. While the whole world was deriding (and downloading) Yo!, the company quietly (well, not quite) raised further funding at a $10 million valuation. Read More

  • BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator’s Dilemma

    BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator’s Dilemma

    Elon Musk has defined the standard for a future mass-produced electric car – it must cost around $40,000, have a range of 200 miles, and be comparable to a BMW 3 series. BMW is now delivering its new i3 to the US market in accessible volumes. There are lots of great lessons for entrepreneurs to learn from watching the BMW versus Tesla battle. Read More

  • The First Trillion-Dollar Startup

    The First Trillion-Dollar Startup

    In 1957, eight entrepreneurs decided to do something that seemed crazy. They launched a new tech company called Fairchild Semiconductor in a small town south of San Francisco. The entrepreneurs had a difficult start, but Fairchild eventually became the first major computer chip company in the region. Read More

  • How To Save Books

    How To Save Books

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war on traditional publishing by announcing its $10/month Kindle Unlimited book subscription service. At first glance this might seem useless and ridiculous: Read More

  • Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

    Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

    TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services. A second source says Apple bought BookLamp’s employees and technology for a price that was “higher than… Read More

  • How Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Stacks Up A Month Later
  • Elon Musk’s Answer To Stephen Colbert’s Vision Of Ambient Wireless Charging: “We’ll Do It”

    Elon Musk’s Answer To Stephen Colbert’s Vision Of Ambient Wireless Charging: “We’ll Do It”

    Last night Tesla’s Elon Musk appeared on The Colbert Report, and he discussed some of SpaceX‘s recent successes, the upcoming update for Tesla vehicles that let you name your car, as well as his general path towards supervillainy. Aside from the usual comedic hijinks, the segment also touched on some of Musk’s concepts for the future, and also on what Colbert himself wants to… Read More

  • The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet
  • Can’t Manage A Standing Desk? Meet Cubii, The Sitting Exerciser

    Can’t Manage A Standing Desk? Meet Cubii, The Sitting Exerciser

    Sitting down — and the sedentary lifestyle it encourages — is killing you, slowly but surely. The problem is, standing desks aren’t for everyone. Making the switch is a big deal. I love mine but it took a week of pain and suffering to go from seat to feet, and it still feels pretty tough on calves and soles after a full day-long standing stretch. So here’s a third… Read More

  • Watch iOS 8′s Latest Beta Transcribe Voice To Text In Near-Real Time

    Watch iOS 8′s Latest Beta Transcribe Voice To Text In Near-Real Time

    Apple’s iOS 8 beta 4 just hit the interwebs today, and among the new features found therein, there’s a cool new visualization of the iOS dictation feature (seen in the MacRumors video above) that shows your words being transcribed almost in real-time as you say them. It’s a feature that previously appeared in Siri, but it’s new to the dictate option found in Messages… Read More

  • The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable

    The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable

    Though the app stores continue to fill up with ever more mobile applications, the reality is that most of these are not sustainable businesses. According to a new report out this morning, half (50%) of iOS developers and even more (64%) Android developers are operating below the “app poverty line” of $500 per app per month. Read More