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Redefining dilution

Everyone generally agrees that dilution should be avoided. VCs insist on pro-rata rights to avoid the dreaded “D” word. Executives often complain, after a new financing, that they should be “mad

Walmart acquiring Shopify is no longer a laughable idea

As competition between Walmart and Amazon intensifies, the acquisition of Shopify's merchant marketplace may be the boost that the Walton family's juggernaut needs to move ahead.

Why self-regulation is better than legislative regulation

Self-imposed third-party algorithm audits should become the norm to prevent overly restrictive government regulations.

With new tech coming online, cities need a department of urban testing

The design and operation of cities is the province of urban planning. But an explosion of startups in cities means a lot of new products and services for urban areas. The problem is, we don’t really

The best Amazon Prime Day deals you can still grab

Amazon Prime Day this year, despite its slow start, broke records and boosted the fortunes of its competitors. And now that it's over, we found some deals you can still take advantage of.

Russian indictments show that the US needs federal oversight of election security

President Trump’s Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, on the heels of 12 Russian intelligence officials indicted for hacking the 2016 election, made it clear that this administration has zero com

Tax robots and Universal Basic Income

Technological innovation is moving at an ever-accelerating pace, and this comes with vast benefits and inevitable changes. One downside is that machine learning and automation are already replacing jo

Update: EV startups Alta, Energica, and Zero could reboot the motorcycle industry

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Update: EV startups Alta, Energica, and Zero could reboo

In Q2 2018, late-stage deals led the world’s venture capital market

Here is what you should take away from the state of the global venture capital market: late-stage deals dominated Q2.

3D printed guns are now legal… What’s next?

On Tuesday, July 10, the DOJ announced a landmark settlement with Austin-based Defense Distributed, a controversial startup led by a young, charismatic anarchist whom Wired once named one of the 15 mo

Furniture startups skip the showroom and go straight to your door

Startups making delivery and transport easier than ever are a hit with venture capitalists, so it’s not a surprise that young tech companies delivering home staples — living room sets, dining room

MallforAfrica and DHL launch MarketPlace Africa global e-commerce site

MallforAfrica and DHL are giving African merchants a global stage. This week the online retailer and delivery giant launch MarketPlaceAfrica.com: an e-commerce site for select African artisans to se

A new hope: AI for news media

To put it mildly, news media has been on the sidelines in AI development. As a consequence, in the age of AI-powered personalized interfaces, the news organizations don’t anymore get to define what

Enterprise software investments may be tepid now, but they’re poised to engage

Have we reached “peak software”? Just like the idea of “peak oil” — the hypothetical point at which global oil production could max out — you could say we’re approaching a saturation poi

Space tech has outpaced space law, and we’re at risk of killing innovation

"Disruption" is a term (over)used in the technology world to describe some development or product that is inherently good. The formal definition of the term, however, is at odds with its casual use: a

Summer road trip tech essentials and extras

Makula Dunbar Contributor Makula Dunbar is a writer with Wirecutter. More posts by this contributor Summer road trip tech essentials and extras Gear for making outdoor fitness more enjoyable Editor’

Technology in healthcare is moving from mainframes to iPhones

New technologies are often first manifested in behemoth machines that may take up entire rooms, only to be miniaturized as the technology matures. We have witnessed this shift over the last 70 years i

Is insurance a rich enough game to disrupt?

For the last decade, the largest technology companies have increasingly looked outside of tech to grow their operations. Now, companies like Apple and Google and Amazon are eyeing innovation across th

In the public sector, algorithms need a conscience

In a recent MIT Technology Review article, author Virginia Eubanks discusses her book Automating Inequality. In it, she argues that the poor are the testing ground for new technology that increases i

Apple’s Shortcuts will flip the switch on Siri’s potential

At WWDC, Apple pitched Shortcuts as a way to ”take advantage of the power of apps” and "expose quick actions to Siri.” These will be suggested by the OS, can be given unique voice commands and w
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