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  • Generation Touch Will Redraw Consumer Tech

    Generation Touch Will Redraw Consumer Tech

    Ten years ago, young adults and those in their late teens were among the fastest and earliest adopters of new social networks -- Friendster, Myspace, and ultimately Facebook -- and many other products that define us today. So we should be looking to today's generation, who people often refer to as Millennials, to predict how we will all live and connect 10+ years from now. This generation has… Read More

  • The Danger And Opportunity Of The Intermediate Metric

    The Danger And Opportunity Of The Intermediate Metric

    Are social media companies overvalued? The question is not just a matter of revenue multiples (low or high), but rather whether that revenue is actually generating new sales for advertisers. Google convinced the world to believe in the click, Facebook has done the same with the Like, Twitter with the follower, and Pinterest is planning on unveiling the same with the Pin. Read More

  • Examining The Effects Of Patent-Troll Legislation On Startups

    Examining The Effects Of Patent-Troll Legislation On Startups

    Non-practicing entities (NPEs), or patent trolls, have largely stayed off the political radar for the 12 years since the term "patent troll" was coined. But the political winds have changed in the last year, as NPEs have now become a favorite whipping boy of Congress -- and the president, the Federal Trade Commission, the State of Vermont and the International Trade Commission. There are six bills… Read More

  • Let’s Have General Solicitation As Congress Intended It

    Let’s Have General Solicitation As Congress Intended It

    Everyone passionate about the startup company funding ecosystem was overjoyed by the news last week that “general solicitation” would soon be okay for startups looking for angel investors. With one fell stroke, the artificial networking inefficiency imposed by the ban on public communication would be gone. Entrepreneurs and accredited investors would be able to talk freely. Startups would have… Read More

  • Why Behavior Change Apps Fail To Change Behavior

    Why Behavior Change Apps Fail To Change Behavior

    Imagine walking into a busy mall when someone approaches you with an open hand. “Would you have some coins to take the bus, please?” he asks. But in this case, the person is not a panhandler. The beggar is a PhD. As part of a French study, researchers wanted to know if they could change how much money people gave to a total stranger using just a few specially encoded words. They discovered a… Read More

  • Rating The Venture Capitalists

    Rating The Venture Capitalists

    For a profession full of business strategy experts, it’s impressive how rarely and narrowly the venture capital industry is subjected to conventional competitive analysis. Ask yourself: who are the VC’s customers? Limited partners (LPs) is probably the technically correct answer, but startups would certainly be the more fashionable one. It’s a reasonable debate. Either way, one’s the… Read More

  • In The Cloud OS Debate, OpenStack’s Success Inspires Backlash

    In The Cloud OS Debate, OpenStack’s Success Inspires Backlash

    In God we trust. All others bring data. This quote, widely attributed to total quality management pioneer W. Edwards Deming, came to mind this morning as I read an anonymous Tumblr post taking me to task for my “State of the Stack” presentation. Specifically, the author took issue with the analysis concluding that OpenStack has won the open source cloud wars. Read More

  • The Death Of Google Reader Opens The Door To A Smarter Subscription Ecosystem

    The Death Of Google Reader Opens The Door To A Smarter Subscription Ecosystem

    Editor's note: Julien Genestoux is the founder and CEO of Superfeedr. We all know that Google Reader, which used to be the most obvious RSS subscription tool, is now gone. At the same time, we see “follow” buttons on just about every website. We are at a tipping point with two contradictory trends: the decreased visibility of RSS feeds and the popularity of the “follow” feature. Read More

  • Will Apple Sideline Siri Before She Kills Google?

    Will Apple Sideline Siri Before She Kills Google?

    Editor's note: Dan Kaplan is a freelance Content Strategist and armchair futurist. He has worked in marketing for Asana, Twilio and Salesforce. In the wake of Apple's big iOS 7 reveal, there has been much hoopla and quibbling. The bulk about it has centered around the design choices made by Jony Ive, his team and (apparently) some icon designers in marketing. Read More

  • Startups Compete To Win The Mobile App CRM Battle

    Startups Compete To Win The Mobile App CRM Battle

    Editor's note: Ankur Jain is a venture investor at Nexus Venture Partners. Nexus invests in early and early growth stage companies across sectors in India and the U.S. The rapid growth of mobile device usage has created major gaps in CRM capability; as smartphone adoption has exploded, companies have scrambled to launch mobile apps, many of which are disconnected from an organization's broader… Read More

 
  • Launching A Startup? Make A Clean Legal Break From Your Employer First

    Launching A Startup? Make A Clean Legal Break From Your Employer First

    Editor's note: Stephanie Singer practices law at WilmerHale, where she advises emerging companies in the technology and life sciences industries on formation, financings and ongoing corporate matters. Before quitting your job to launch a startup, read the documents you signed with your current employer carefully. They could contain provisions that put your new venture at risk. Read More

  • Big Labor’s Anti-Immigration Rumor Machine

    Big Labor’s Anti-Immigration Rumor Machine

    Editor’s note: Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow at Stanford Law School, Director of Research at Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and VP of Innovation and Research at Singularity University. The passage of immigration reform by the Senate was a big step forward. The bill is far from perfect, but goes a long way towards solving Silicon Valley’s talent shortage -- and America’s… Read More

  • Old Ideas Are Better Than The Idea You Just Thought Of

    Old Ideas Are Better Than The Idea You Just Thought Of

    Editor's note: Jake Knapp is a design partner at Google Ventures. It drives me crazy every time I hear about Mailbox, the fancy-pants email app that Dropbox bought for a gazillion dollars. I mean, come on, it’s such an obvious idea -- the app’s killer feature is "email snoozing." It’s basically organized procrastination, and it’s been around since David Allen’s Getting Things Done… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Real Estate Update: The Craziest Market In The U.S. Just Got A Little Less Crazy

    Silicon Valley Real Estate Update: The Craziest Market In The U.S. Just Got A Little Less Crazy

    Editor’s note:Glenn Kelman is the CEO of Redfin, a technology-powered real estate broker backed by Madrona Venture Group and Greylock Partners. Well what do you know! After writing on TechCrunch for the past year about how Silicon Valley’s Gatsbyesque wealth couldn’t find much real estate to buy, Bay Area inventory is up. Bidding wars are down. And rising rates are squeezing buyers who… Read More

  • Berlin’s Network Effect Will Make It A Global Startup Center

    Berlin’s Network Effect Will Make It A Global Startup Center

    Editor's note: Matt Cohler is a General Partner at Benchmark and was the lead investor in Asana, Instagram and Quora among others. Throw a dart at a map. There’s a pretty good chance it'll hit near someplace hoping to become the "next Silicon Valley." I’d bet on Berlin. I believe Berlin has the best shot in the Western world outside of Silicon Valley at becoming a place with a true tech… Read More

  • Calculating The Long-Term Value Of A Bitcoin

    Calculating The Long-Term Value Of A Bitcoin

    Editor's note: Joshua Seims is an angel investor and entrepreneur based in San Francisco.  He is currently building a company that provides secure storage of Bitcoins. A big question that's debated in the Bitcoin community is "How much will Bitcoins be worth in the long term." Here's how I approach this question. First, I agree with the common sentiment that in 10 years, bitcoins willRead More

  • Yanked From The Cloud: Why Connectify Unplugged Its Switchboard Campaign

    Yanked From The Cloud: Why Connectify Unplugged Its Switchboard Campaign

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Connectify, a Philadelphia-based software company obsessed with making the Internet faster and using Kickstarter to do so, this week pulled the plug on Switchboard, its most recent connectivity campaign. Alex Gizis, Connectify’s CEO, said his backers wanted it that way. Connectify is no stranger… Read More

  • Making Sense Of The Internet Of Things

    Making Sense Of The Internet Of Things

    Editor's note: Matt Turck is a managing director of FirstMark Capital. The emerging Internet of Things is experiencing a burst of activity and creativity that is getting entrepreneurs, VCs and the press equally excited. The space looks like a boisterous hodgepodge of smart hobbyists, new startups and large corporations that are eager to be a part of what could be a huge market, and all sorts of… Read More

  • The First Six Months Developing For The Computer On My Face

    The First Six Months Developing For The Computer On My Face

    Editor's note: Jon Gottfried is a Developer Evangelist at Twilio, co-founder of the Hacker Union, and a StartupBus Conductor. Being one of the first cyborgs in the world has meant that I have been privy to a unique set of bizarre experiences. Experiences that lead to some early observations and theories about the future of Google Glass and wearable technology.  Read More

  • The Former Flickr Employee Guide To Tumblr Yahoo Survival

    The Former Flickr Employee Guide To Tumblr Yahoo Survival

    Editor's note: Kakul Srivastava is CEO and co-founder of Tomfoolery, Inc. She was General Manager for Flickr from 2004 - 2009 and helped the product grow from 37,000 users to over 60 million. Simon Batistoni is VP of Platform and co-founder of Tomfoolery, Inc. He joined Flickr in 2006 as the engineering lead for internationalization.  Read More