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  • Is The Vertical Approach To Enterprise Software Enough To Help You Win The Market?

    Is The Vertical Approach To Enterprise Software Enough To Help You Win The Market?

    Editor’s note: Boris Wertz is the founder of version one ventures. We already know that the most profitable companies from the first wave of cloud software were players in the horizontal space. Companies like Salesforce and Workday replaced on-premise solutions and won huge markets. This is old news. What’s new is the fact that there’s a second wave of disruption in… Read More

  • The Exciting Uncertainty At The Intersection Of Content And Commerce

    The Exciting Uncertainty At The Intersection Of Content And Commerce

    Editor’s note: Mike Jones is CEO of Science, Inc., a Los Angeles-based technology studio. Content and commerce have always had a symbiotic relationship that many traditional content providers tried to separate. The slow adoption of all that the digital revolution has to offer – curation, aggregation, social, and automation – has also hobbled many traditional content providers. Read More

  • Is Equity Crowdfunding A Threat To Venture Capitalists?

    Is Equity Crowdfunding A Threat To Venture Capitalists?

    Editor’s note: Zach Noorani is a former VC and current second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Isn’t it fun to ponder the awesome disruptive power that equity crowdfunding might have over the venture capital industry? The very people who spend their days plotting the disruption of any industry touched by technology are themselves displaced by hordes of technology-enabled angel investors. Read More

  • Are Tablets Mobile? The Samsung Galaxy S4 Could Finally End The Debate

    Are Tablets Mobile? The Samsung Galaxy S4 Could Finally End The Debate

    Editor’s note: Bill Ready is CEO of Braintree, an online and mobile payment provider to many of the top apps in the App Store, including Uber, Airbnb, Angry Birds, OpenTable, Fab and HotelTonight. When asked about a Facebook app for iPad in November 2010, Mark Zuckerberg brushed off the question with a quip. “iPad’s not mobile. Next question…. It’s not mobile… Read More

  • If You Think 10% Is A Good Transaction Fee For Your Marketplace, Then It Will Struggle

    If You Think 10% Is A Good Transaction Fee For Your Marketplace, Then It Will Struggle

    Editor’s note: Sunil Rajaraman is the co-founder and CEO of Scripted.com, a marketplace for businesses to create content at scale; Scripted has a pool of 80,000 freelance writers and 1,000 customers. Follow Sunil on Twitter @subes01. Like many others, I read the news about Zaarly, reported by TechCrunch’s Rip Empson last weekend, with some degree of shock. Zaarly is a… Read More

  • Is The Death Of JavaScript Upon Us, Or Is A Universal Language Transformation Underway?

    Is The Death Of JavaScript Upon Us, Or Is A Universal Language Transformation Underway?

    Editor’s note: Péter Halácsy is co-founder and CTO of Prezi. Startups identify with JavaScript. When you’re just starting out, you need to be dynamic. You need to be flexible. You need to be able to bust out a prototype that just works, and you need to be able to change it on a dime without recompiling your code. JavaScript was once the startup of the browser wars, and it… Read More

  • The Facebook Gaming Ecosystem: A Cross-Sectional Study Of The Top-Rated Apps

    The Facebook Gaming Ecosystem: A Cross-Sectional Study Of The Top-Rated Apps

    Editor’s note: Hassan Baig is an entrepreneur who runs White Rabbit Studios, a South Asian gaming startup he founded four years ago in Pakistan. Services like AppData have been providing individual stats for a long time, but snapshot-like analyses of top-rated games on Facebook’s App Center have not yet been done. Such a study could be useful for game developers or strategic… Read More

  • Beware SXSW Networking Syndrome

    Beware SXSW Networking Syndrome

    Editor’s note: Geoff Lewis is a principal at Founders Fund and formerly served as co-founder and CEO of Topguest.  This email landed in my this week: Hi Geoff! I’m organizing an exclusive dinner on March 9 or 10 at SXSW for a few close friends. @Garyvee might attend and I’d love for you to join. Please RSVP by March 5. “Wow! I’m wanted!” I thought to… Read More

  • How Stripe, Weebly And Cue Make Programming Challenges That Are Good For Recruiting

    How Stripe, Weebly And Cue Make Programming Challenges That Are Good For Recruiting

    Editor’s note: Robby Walker is co-founder and CTO of Cue. His previous company, Zenter, sold to Google in 2007. Programming challenges are a fantastic way to connect great people with great jobs, particularly great jobs at startups. Startups like Weebly and Cue have spent weeks of valuable engineering time building programming challenges. And tens of thousands of engineers spend… Read More

  • Twitter Still Doesn’t Have A Patent On Pull-Down-To-Refresh, But It’s About To

    Twitter Still Doesn’t Have A Patent On Pull-Down-To-Refresh, But It’s About To

    Over the past few years there has been a lot written by me and others about Twitter’s acquisition of the pull-down-to-refresh patent application with its purchase of Tweetie. According to Public PAIR (search for application number 2010-0199180), the USPTO has completed its examination of the patent application, and found allowable claims. Twitter has decided to take the… Read More

  • Your SXSW Survival Guide

    Your SXSW Survival Guide

    For the first time in 10 years, the lead-up to SXSW is, well, quiet. The usual influx of party invitations, Twitter stream inundation and press speculation around what’s going to be this year’s “breakout app” just hasn’t happened. Perhaps it’s because March is creeping up on us, having SXSW start earlier than usual. Or maybe the signal vs. noise ratio… Read More

  • Riding On The Wings Of Angels, VCs Avoid The So-Called Series A Crunch

    Riding On The Wings Of Angels, VCs Avoid The So-Called Series A Crunch

    Editor’s note: Erik Rannala is co-founder and managing partner of MuckerLab. Much has been written about the Series A crunch that is facing entrepreneurs and their investors. Those who believe the crunch is upon us contend that a significant number of seed-funded startups will not be able to raise follow-on financing. A cursory review of the data reported recently by CB Insights… Read More

  • Netflix’s Content-Marketing Secret Sauce Is Wrapped Up In ‘House Of Cards’

    Netflix’s Content-Marketing Secret Sauce Is Wrapped Up In ‘House Of Cards’

    Editor’s note: Brandon Carter is a marketing manager at Outbrain, a content discovery platform on a mission to help readers find the most interesting content online. It’s been nearly impossible to consume any kind of media in the last two weeks without hearing about Netflix’s new original series “House of Cards.” With all 13 episodes released simultaneously… Read More

  • Holograms, ‘Minority Report’ Gestures And Other Ways Your Meetings Will Change By 2018

    Holograms, ‘Minority Report’ Gestures And Other Ways Your Meetings Will Change By 2018

    Editor’s note: Jeff Cavins is the CEO of visual collaboration company FuzeBox. I probably won’t ruffle too many feathers when I say very few people love meetings. As much as we’d like to think otherwise, meetings just don’t elicit the same emotions as, say, space flight. Read More

  • Federal Government Makes Silo-Busting, Startup-Unleashing Healthcare Move

    Federal Government Makes Silo-Busting, Startup-Unleashing Healthcare Move

    Editor’s note: Dave Chase is the CEO of Avado.com, a patient portal and relationship management company that was a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist. For the first time, the federal government has provided large financial incentives to share one’s health data between authorized healthcare providers and with patient themselves to facilitate patient engagement. In the past, there was… Read More

  • Dear Vivek: Think Big On Immigration

    Dear Vivek: Think Big On Immigration

    Editor’s note: Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois in the U.S. Congress and is the Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Vivek, I was sorry to read in your most recent post that you were “disappointed” with my response to your article on immigration and Silicon Valley, but I am not surprised. You and I… Read More

  • Mobile Is About Doing One Thing Great, Not Just Being Mobile First

    Mobile Is About Doing One Thing Great, Not Just Being Mobile First

    Editor’s note: Mrinal Desai is co-founder and CEO of addappt, developer of an iPhone address book app that your friends maintain. Many startups present themselves as mobile-first operations. These discussions about whether to be mobile- or web-first mimic discussions that take place about companies in the retail space. But what exactly is it about the mobile market that changes the… Read More

  • The Real Top 15 Venture Capital Deals Of 2012

    The Real Top 15 Venture Capital Deals Of 2012

    Editor’s note: Brad Garlinghouse is CEO of YouSendIt, the cloud file collaboration service. He is an avid angel investor in and advisor to several consumer and enterprise tech companies. The news that electric car company Fisker Automotive could potentially be acquired by Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor for about $425 million reminded me of an article that’s been eating at me… Read More

  • What’s Slowing Down Mobile Video Adoption? Android, Disagreements On HLS And MPEG-DASH Standards

    What’s Slowing Down Mobile Video Adoption? Android, Disagreements On HLS And MPEG-DASH Standards

    Editor’s note: Bismarck Lepe is co-founder and president of products at Ooyala. Mobile World Congress kicks off next week, and business and technology leaders from around the world will converge in Barcelona to see what’s next in mobile tech. But one thing you won’t find amid the keynotes, networking gardens and after parties is a frank discussion about why mobile… Read More

  • Tumblr Is Not What You Think

    Tumblr Is Not What You Think

    Editor’s note: Adam Rifkin is co-founder and CEO of PandaWhale, an online network of interesting things and people. Pop quiz: what is the favorite social networking site of Americans under age 25? If you guessed Facebook you are way behind the eight-ball, because Tumblr now enjoys more regular visits from the youth of America. That figure struck me while reading Garry Tan’s… Read More

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