• Cowboy Ventures adds longtime attorney Ted Wang as partner

    Cowboy Ventures adds longtime attorney Ted Wang as partner

    Ted Wang has spent his career helping startups make important decisions, from Facebook, to Twitter, to Dropbox to Jet. He’s done it as a partner with the law firm Fenwick & West over the last decade. Now he’s betting his skills can translate as an investor. Indeed, today, Wang joins the seed-stage venture firm Cowboy Ventures as a full-time investment partner. Firm… Read More

  • D-Wave ups its quantum annealing game to 2000 qubits

    D-Wave ups its quantum annealing game to 2000 qubits

    Universal quantum computers don’t exist, but that hasn’t stopped D-Wave from carving out its own place in the quantum computing market. Today, the 17-year-old company is announcing its forth quantum chip, the 2000Q, doubling the number of qubits on its exiting 1000Q chip. The Burnaby, British Columbia based company’s chips fall under a specific class of quantum… Read More

  • Juicero loses another member of its founding team

    Juicero loses another member of its founding team

    Six months after introducing Juicero to the market, its Doug Evans jumped ship from the company he founded after selling off Organic Avenue in 2012 (that juice company would go on to file for Chapter 7 in 2015). In October, the luxury juice squeezing startup brought former Coca-Cola North America president Jeff Dunn on in his stead. Just last week, the company slashed the price of its… Read More

  • Target will launch its own mobile payments system this year

    Target will launch its own mobile payments system this year

    Target’s Cartwheel application has grown to some 27 million shoppers who have used it over the past three years following its debut to save over $600 million at checkout. Now, the retailer hints it may be adding mobile payments to the app, and potentially its main Target application, as well. The company didn’t confirm which of the two, or if both, would be updated to include… Read More

  • Ford hires Apple, Nike and Burberry alum to lead global branding efforts

    Ford hires Apple, Nike and Burberry alum to lead global branding efforts

    Ford has picked up a new executive with a strong history of success in marketing and communications across a range of verticals; the automaker announced today that Musa Tariq will join as vice president and chief brand officer at the company, acting as the senior-most creative and strategic branding employee at the company across its global operations. Tariq will join Ford on January 30… Read More

  • Amazon’s new Echo wake word makes your Star Trek dreams come true

    Amazon’s new Echo wake word makes your Star Trek dreams come true

    Amazon has a new wake word for its Echo speakers, letting you trigger the Alexa voice assistant by uttering “Computer” aloud. It’s far more susceptible to accidental activation, yes, but it’s also a dream come true for Star Trek fans who watched both original series and TNG crew members address the Enterprise’s on-board computing systems directly. I have tried… Read More

  • Box unveils an overhauled Box Notes productivity platform

    Box unveils an overhauled Box Notes productivity platform

    Box Notes, a productivity tool at Box, is announcing updated functionality and a new design. The platform, which Box says is used by nearly 40% Fortune 500 companies, will now let users view and edit all notes within a single browser, without having to leave Box Notes to search folders. They will also be introducing desktop apps, to make it easier to access Box Notes on both Mac and PC… Read More

  • Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools

    Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools

    Microsoft today announced Intune for Education, a new tier of its existing enterprise application and device management service that’s specifically meant for school. In addition, the company announced that a number of its partners will soon start shipping a wider variety of affordable Windows 10 PCs. This move comes shortly after Google announced yet another push for its Chromebooks… Read More

  • Cisco debuts its own smart whiteboard priced to compete with the Google Jamboard

    Cisco debuts its own smart whiteboard priced to compete with the Google Jamboard

    If you haven’t been following the enterprise space of late, you may well have missed the memo that collaborative white boards are the hot newness. Microsoft has one and Google has one, and really, it was only a matter of time before those stalwarts of workplace hardware Cisco got in on the fun. As its name implies, the Cisco Spark Board is built around the company’s proprietary… Read More

  • (Still) a good time for seed Crunch Network

    (Still) a good time for seed

    I was enjoying burgers with an economist friend who is interested in the world of venture. We were bouncing ideas around about where venture is heading, especially at the earliest stages, where I spend my time. His questions resonated with my inner econ nerd. And having thought about it since, I believe that the market for making seed investments remains quite attractive. Read More

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