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  • SoundCloud Raises $50 Million Round Led By Kleiner Perkins

    SoundCloud Raises $50 Million Round Led By Kleiner Perkins

    SoundCloud has raised a new fundraising round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The amount was not released but TechCrunch understands it to be $50 million. This would give the company a $200 million pre-money valuation. GGV Capital also participated in this round. The social sound platform which has seen high growth in the past year will use the funding to expand more rapidly… Read More

  • 6 Big HealthTech Ideas That Will Change Medicine In 2012

    6 Big HealthTech Ideas That Will Change Medicine In 2012

    "In the future we might not prescribe drugs all the time, we might prescribe apps." Singularity University's executive director of FutureMed Daniel Kraft M.D. sat down with me to discuss the biggest emerging trends in HealthTech. Here we'll look at how A.I, big data, 3D printing, social health networks and other new technologies will help you get better medical care. Read More

  • GymPact Launches To Help You Keep Your Fitness Resolutions (By Paying If You Don’t)

    GymPact Launches To Help You Keep Your Fitness Resolutions (By Paying If You Don’t)

    If you're anything like me, one of your New Years Resolutions may have been to get in better shape. There's no doubt that many of us could stand to live healthier lives, and it's no mistake that devices, services, and tools that help us achieve healthier lifestyles and decreased body masses are on the rise. (See John Biggs' predictions for hot gadgets in 2012 -- you'll notice two fitness gadgets… Read More

  • Uber’s New Year’s Eve Surcharges Demonstrate The Harsh Reality Of Dynamic Pricing

    Uber’s New Year’s Eve Surcharges Demonstrate The Harsh Reality Of Dynamic Pricing

    I woke up this morning to tweets from Uber customers nationwide who felt taken for a ride, literally and figuratively, after requesting an Uber on one of the busiest nights of the year. Despite the fact the company said as such on their blog and communication channels, riders were apparently not expecting the surcharges to be so exponentially high. In exchange for providing cars on demand, Uber… Read More

  • The Internet Is People

    The Internet Is People

    There's always been a tension on the Internet between humans and algorithms. In the early days, Yahoo was a human-curated index, remember? But humans couldn't keep up, and the algorithms took over. Today, the human factor is rising in importance once again with Facebook, Twitter, and countless mobile applications like Instagram. Everything is social. The tension today is between social and… Read More

  • Freight Train Kept A-Rollin’

    Freight Train Kept A-Rollin’

    2011 was the year of Android. A little over a year ago Andy Rubin tweeted that 300,000 Android devices were being activated each day. In January we reported that Android had surpassed iOS in terms of US smartphone market share. In June Android's activations-per-day reached 500,000; this month they hit 700,000. That's more than double the rate at which it was spreading when it overtook iOS. By… Read More

  • Keeping Up With The Normals

    Keeping Up With The Normals

    The holidays for most people who read this site involve answering a cornucopia of tech support questions for their relatives. Honestly, I've watched friends field the most frustrating 45 minute IT department-level questions during holiday time with the family, which inevitably devolves into more of those types of conversations in between "Pass the gravy." These conversations will only increase… Read More

  • A Web Of Apps

    A Web Of Apps

    It is remarkable to think that we're in the early days of the app era, when there are already close to 600,000 iOS applications and nearly 400,000 on Android. The growth of these app ecosystems has been rapid, exponential and shows no signs of slowing down. As well it shouldn't: the untapped, addressable market for mobile apps involves hundreds of millions of users. And yet, app discovery… Read More

  • Facebook Started Saturating The US Market In 2011

    Facebook Started Saturating The US Market In 2011

    Most third party web measurement firms have provided a steady drumbeat of positive growth news for Facebook over the years, as the company has gained tens of millions of users in the US and around the world. But now the social network appears to be reaching market saturation among internet users in some of its early key markets, with one firm showing nearly 75% of all US internet users on the… Read More

  • How to Survive Your First Year As An Entrepreneur

    How to Survive Your First Year As An Entrepreneur

    I loved talking to the skankiest prostitutes at three in the morning with a camera crew around me, fires burning in the street, sad, abused people clinging to scraps of life for their pleasures, bailed out prisoners and the drug dealers waiting for them to be released, homeless addicts with nowhere to go and they only weren't freaks if you saw them at three in the morning . In short,  I loved… Read More