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  • Crunch Network

    10 Amazing Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Mobile Phones

    Over the past few years, mobile phones have become a kind of addiction. Indeed, it’s almost impossible to imagine life without them. But how well do you really know that best friend (fiend?) in your pocket? Here’re a few surprising facts about that thing you whip out roughly 85 times a day.   Read More

  • How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls Crunch Network

    How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls

    Patent trolls, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), pose a major threat to American businesses. A study published by the Boston University School of Law revealed that more than six times as many patent lawsuits are filed today as in 1980. More than 10,000 companies have been sued at least once by a PAE, and litigation by PAEs using acquired patents is increasing at an… Read More

  • SEO Doesn’t Have To Be A Shot In The Dark Crunch Network

    SEO Doesn’t Have To Be A Shot In The Dark

    To many startups, search engine optimization (SEO) is a task that sits on their company’s back burner. With features to launch and customers to support, the idea of spending time fiddling with your title tags can seem like a fool’s errand. That’s especially true when there’s no guarantee that your hard work will result in a single additional visitor from Google. Read More

  • Startups Selling To Other Startups: A House Of Cards? Crunch Network

    Startups Selling To Other Startups: A House Of Cards?

    “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” the saying goes. Well, if you’re running a startup that sells to other startups, you might be putting all your eggs in one blender. B2B companies whose customers are other early stage B2B companies put themselves doubly at risk: Not only are startups failure-prone by nature, but an early stage company with strong fundamentals… Read More

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    Crunch Network

    INNOVATE2016: Have French Reforms Created A New Tech Hub In Europe?

    France, that European country with a legacy for strict government controls and regulatory oversight, seems to be reinventing itself. Read More

  • Who Will Own The Virtual Reality Interface? Crunch Network

    Who Will Own The Virtual Reality Interface?

    The mainstream is starting to consume virtual and augmented reality experiences, but we’re only at the start of what will be a long and iterative transition to a new interface. Read More

  • Tunisia Is Becoming MENA’s Next Startup Hub Crunch Network

    Tunisia Is Becoming MENA’s Next Startup Hub

    Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia’s new democracy has struggled to enact prudent economic policy to provide employment and opportunity for its young, growing population. Unemployment is currently at 15 percent, with one-third of jobless youth being university graduates. To overcome the education-employment gap, young Tunisians are taking matters into their own hands. Talented… Read More

  • Who Is A VC? Crunch Network

    Who Is A VC?

    Last year, I dug into why there are so few black people in venture capital. More recently, the folks over at Social Capital and The Information took a crack at providing the data around diversity among partners within venture capital. I’ve now decided to take a more comprehensive look at diversity within venture capital across all levels. Read More

  • The Mobile Health Paradox: Why Data Isn’t Nearly Enough Crunch Network

    The Mobile Health Paradox: Why Data Isn’t Nearly Enough

    Across most developed economies, healthcare costs are rising faster than inflation. A key cause of the rise in healthcare spending lies in the spiraling costs of treating preventable chronic diseases. These facts suggest that many of the key healthcare challenges of the twenty-first century lie in how we tackle chronic disease. This article will explore the role of mobile technologies in… Read More

  • HaLow Is The Natural Next Step In The Evolution Of IoT Crunch Network

    HaLow Is The Natural Next Step In The Evolution Of IoT

    At the start of this year, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the long-awaited Wi-Fi HaLow standard for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah wireless networking technology. HaLow extends a flavor of Wi-Fi into the 900 MHz band, which provides greater range than the pre-existing 2.4 GHz standard, provides better connectivity through barriers such as walls and promises extensibility in the… Read More

  • From Nokia’s Snake Game To Supercell, Finland’s Gaming Industry Is Serious Business Crunch Network

    From Nokia’s Snake Game To Supercell, Finland’s Gaming Industry Is Serious Business

    In September last year, Finland’s finance minister Alexander Stubb dubbed the country as the new sick man of Europe and while the country’s economy is fledgling and signs point to continued lackluster growth, the country’s startups – and especially its vibrant gaming scene – are flourishing, despite the uncertainty. According to a report from 2015, 179 game… Read More

  • The Ultimate Ad Crunch Network

    The Ultimate Ad

    If Mad Men is to be believed, the difference between a successful brand and a failure is the perfect ad: one witty line, the perfect image; an overall feeling that captures and captivates the target audience and converts them into customers. The world hasn’t changed that much since the Mad Men days (though we’re thankful for somewhat more egalitarian work environments). Read More

  • The Money In Open-Source Software Crunch Network

    The Money In Open-Source Software

    It’s no secret that open-source technology — once the province of radicals, hippies and granola eaters — has gone mainstream. According to industry estimates, more than 180 young companies that give away their software raised roughly $3.2 billion in financing from 2011 to 2014. Despite the growing popularity of open-source software, though, many open-source companies are… Read More

  • The Holy Grail of Web Scale Crunch Network

    The Holy Grail of Web Scale

    With customers demanding access to goods and services where and when they want, and servers deluged with requests, concurrency and expectations of responsiveness, organizations of all types are focused on building “web-scale” systems. Initially built by companies such as Facebook and Google because their sheer size demanded it, web-scale technology has become the mantra for… Read More

  • Health And Fitness Data Is Useless Crunch Network

    Health And Fitness Data Is Useless

    Data is hot right now. We generate tons of it, but most of it sits there, latent, unused and useless. This is particularly pronounced when it comes to health and fitness data, where we strap on our fitness trackers and expect the pounds to melt away with each step passively logged. But we haven’t seen a dramatic improvement in our nation’s health with the emergence of the… Read More

  • Free Basics And Facebook’s Waterloo In India Crunch Network

    Free Basics And Facebook’s Waterloo In India

    The project was ill-conceived and showed a lack of understanding of India’s culture and values. Mark Zuckerberg surely had good intentions in wanting to provide Internet access to hundreds of millions of people who lack access. But he went about it in the wrong way. Read More

  • A Look At The Marketplace Lending Originator Ecosystem Crunch Network

    A Look At The Marketplace Lending Originator Ecosystem

    At the end of 2015, Canaan hosted its first FinTech Central event, which included a panel that had leaders from across the marketplace lending originator ecosystem. A marketplace lending originator is a company that sells loans online using retail, institutional and bank capital. Over the last few years, marketplace lenders (MPLs) have created massive businesses by providing capital to… Read More

  • Gil Penchina On What It Takes To Build The World’s Largest AngelList Syndicate Crunch Network

    Gil Penchina On What It Takes To Build The World’s Largest AngelList Syndicate

    For Penchina, the next decade will see the creation of a more democratic venture capital and early stage investment industry, and Flight is at the forefront. Read More

  • Was Black Friday A DiSaaSter Or Simply Reversion To The Mean? Crunch Network

    Was Black Friday A DiSaaSter Or Simply Reversion To The Mean?

    Last Friday, LinkedIn, Salesforce and Workday lost $18B in market capitalization. To put that in perspective, these three SaaS companies lost more in market cap on Friday than 15 current SaaS leaders are worth…combined. How can this be possible? LinkedIn, Salesforce and Workday are growing revenue with sticky customers and they are targeting large addressable markets. Are they now… Read More

  • As Its Market Grows, Nigerian E-Commerce Startup Africa Internet Group Raises $83 Million Crunch Network

    As Its Market Grows, Nigerian E-Commerce Startup Africa Internet Group Raises $83 Million

    Some of Africa’s best funded ecommerce startups just secured more capital. Read More

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