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  • Tobias Stone talks about identity, cryptography, and the future of citizenship

    Tobias Stone talks about identity, cryptography, and the future of citizenship

    In this episode of Technotopia I walk to Tobias Stone, a writer, entrepreneur, and academic. Tobias has been writing on Trump and Brexit and worked with Identity.ee, a workgroup focused on cryptographically proven citizenship. Stone believes that the Estonian model of e-idenity is the future and that the mission for every country should be to make their workers, citizen, and expats digital. Read More

  • CubeFit TerraMat hides under your standing desk to give your feet a rest

    CubeFit TerraMat hides under your standing desk to give your feet a rest

    Back before humans invented chairs we humans stood a lot. Now, almost 100 years later, we tend to sit. However, some people still stand. For those people there is the TerraMat. The TerraMat is like a cat toy for you feet. It features a number of little bumps and ridges designed to let you stretch, exercise and massage your feet while you’re standing. It was created by two… Read More

  • Get your pitch applications in for the Boulder Micro-Meetup

    Get your pitch applications in for the Boulder Micro-Meetup

    A reminder that I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. You’ll have 2 minutes to pitch in front of two local judges and then 2 minutes of questions. No slides, no props, no costumes (Ok, maybe costumes.) Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To get there, park around Spruce and Broadway and it’s… Read More

  • A new app lets you list and Shout

    A new app lets you list and Shout

    Shout is a sharing app. Think of it as a stripped-down Pinterest for those with no interest in messing with pretty photos of cookies and you get the general idea. And I think, with a little work, it could be a go-to collaboration tool for partners shopping for supplies, couples interested in not buying two boxes of beans at the grocery store, and a micro-blogging platform for the plugged… Read More

  • Let’s meet up for a Micro-Meetup in Boulder next Wednesday

    Let’s meet up for a Micro-Meetup in Boulder next Wednesday

    I’ll be in Boulder for a few weeks and would love to hear some pitches and maybe give out some tables for Disrupt. I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To get there, park around Spruce and Broadway and it’s in the same building as Zeal Optics and Unseen Bean. Read More

  • The Casio Edifice EQB501 takes a licking, connects to your cellphone

    The Casio Edifice EQB501 takes a licking, connects to your cellphone

    Casio makes beefy watches for not-always-beefy people. Their latest, the Edifice EQB-501 is an interesting amalgam of form, function, and high tech features and it has enough dials, buttons, and sensors to keep well-connected on your trek through the jungle, urban or otherwise. This monster watch is 44.4mm wide and water resistant up to 100 meters. It connects to your phone and the CASIO… Read More

  • The Art of the Pitch

    The Art of the Pitch

    Vitaly M. Golomb┬áleads global investments at HP Tech Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Silicon Valley’s original startup and is the author of Accelerated Startup, a book about ramping up your business. Below is a fascinating excerpt from the book about Golomb’s favorite thing: pitching. If you’ve ever seen me speak at an event, you have probably noticed that I get… Read More

  • The Gladius underwater drone will shoot in 4K as it reaches the briny deep

    The Gladius underwater drone will shoot in 4K as it reaches the briny deep

    First drones took to the air. Now they take to the sea! The Gladius is basically a remote-controlled submarine with a 4K camera that can dive to 100 meters. A big, yellow double-barreled monster, the beast is controlled via a phone-connected remote and it is semi-tethered, which means it can roll out about 500 meters with the right gear. Read More

  • If you like to linger where it’s shady the Populele wants to linger too

    If you like to linger where it’s shady the Populele wants to linger too

    If music be the food of love then get ready to hit the Old Country Buffet. A wild new startup is about to unleash Populele, an electric Ukulele that will teach you how to play old Uke standards like Ukulele Lady, D’yer Maker, and Tiptoe Through The Tulips. The $149 ukulele has surpassed its goal on Indiegogo and is slated to ship this year. The instrument has a 72-led fretboard that… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Boulder next week

    Let’s meet in Boulder next week

    I’ll be in Boulder for a few weeks and would love to hear some pitches and maybe give out some tables for Disrupt. I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. Read More

  • Immigrant eyes

    Immigrant eyes

    Over the past few years we’ve seen a lot of anger. We’ve seen a seemingly sane country cut itself off from mainland Europe and we’ve seen a seemingly beneficent border police force turn angry. We’ve heard that immigrants steal our jobs, kill our people and bring in drugs and terror. This is wrong. Read More

  • The Atomo Modular Electronics System is like LEGO for electronics

    The Atomo Modular Electronics System is like LEGO for electronics

    One of the hardest things about Raspberry Pi and Arduino is figuring out where to stick all the pieces. While both of these systems work well alone — you can have a lot of fun with just a board and an internet connection — it’s also fun to add little things like printers and screens to make fun projects. That’s where the Atomo comes in. Read More

  • Piwik Pro raises $2 million to truly liberate your analytics

    Piwik Pro raises $2 million to truly liberate your analytics

    You know when you set up a website and you add a Google Analytics tracker to see how many visitors you have? What you’re actually doing is giving Google and other parties access to your stats and users. Sure there are privacy protections in place and things aren’t all that bad but what if your website or app is particularly sensitive? Then you use something like Piwik or, now… Read More

  • In the future there will be mindclones

    In the future there will be mindclones

    This an exciting excerpt from the new book Thinking Machines by Like Dormehl. The book offers a detailed history of primitive machine learning and a dense and fascinating look at the future of true artificial intelligence. The book is available now. Marius Ursache wants you to live forever. It’s not a shock to find out that, in an industry that skews as young as tech, few people spend… Read More

  • Cubspot finds camps and classes for your wee ones

    Cubspot finds camps and classes for your wee ones

    Cubspot: come for the “EdTech SaaS marketplace” but stay for the opportunity to find camps and classes for your kids this summer. Cubspot is the brainchild of Rachael Shayne, a former brand manager for Nestle, The North Face, and Oakley. Over a bottle of wine she and her friends talked about how hard it was to find classes for their kids in the summer. “We talked about… Read More

  • Sift raises $1.5 million to unlock your credit cards

    Sift raises $1.5 million to unlock your credit cards

    Did you know that your credit cards can do amazing things? Aside from drawing you into crippling debt while forcing you to be part of the vast cycle of economic servitude, credit cards also offer cash-back on purchases, protection on items you buy and refunds! That’s what Sift wants to help you unlock. Read More

  • PegaSwitch is an easy exploit toolkit for the Nintendo Switch

    PegaSwitch is an easy exploit toolkit for the Nintendo Switch

    A day after the world got confused whether or not the Switch was truly hacked, a group of programmers have released PegaSwitch, a “toolkit” that allows for limited code execution, allowing users to execute some unsigned code on the Switch. To be clear, this is not a full jailbreak but instead a proof-of-concept that could lead to a jailbreak. Read More

  • See you tonight at the New York Micro-Meetup

    See you tonight at the New York Micro-Meetup

    In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique 8 pitches on March 13th at 7pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 4th Floor. This is an informal pitch-off, but the two best teams will get two tickets to Disrupt New York and the undying admiration of millions of people (actually… Read More

  • Hackers release proof-of-concept Nintendo Switch jailbreak

    Hackers release proof-of-concept Nintendo Switch jailbreak

    In what amounts to an innocuous but important proof-of-concept, a hacker called qwertyoruiopz has released a pseduo-jailbreak that allows you to run arbitrary code on the Nintendo Switch. The interesting thing? Because of a bug in the browser software used on the Switch, the same jailbreak that let iOS 9 users modify their phones has been repurposed to attack the console. The jailbreak code… Read More

  • CoSMo CEO Michel Morvan talks about augmented intelligence

    CoSMo CEO Michel Morvan talks about augmented intelligence

    Michel Morvan is the CEO of The CoSMo Company, a big data service provider and insight generator. He knows how to use AI to help C-level execs make decisions and he thinks the current crop of AI is just the beginning. Morvan doesn’t believe AI will become “self-aware.” Instead, he speaks of “augmented intelligence,” robots that help us think better and make… Read More

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