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  • Innovation was the epic fail of 2016 Crunch Network

    Innovation was the epic fail of 2016

    The problem with the ongoing discourse on innovation is that it doesn’t answer the fundamental question of what exactly is meant by the term. Rather, we are inundated with simplistic calls for more innovation in government and complaints about why there isn’t enough. Read More

  • 2017 crowdfunding guide Crunch Network

    2017 crowdfunding guide

    More than two years ago we wrote about what we learned from the 20 campaigns our startups had run. Fast-forward to 2017: The B2C startups HAX has invested in now count more than 75 successful campaigns (our 200-strong portfolio is about half B2C). Here’s what you need to know to succeed in 2017. Read More

  • Not another AI post Crunch Network

    Not another AI post

    This post is about a better world brought by human ingenuity. It’s about a human opportunity, an invitation to founders and investors in advanced economies to come and help us change the lives of billions of humans. Come join the movement to help mankind move forward for a better, fairer future. It’s time! Read More

  • Cash is no longer king Crunch Network

    Cash is no longer king

    The idea of a cashless society is one of the topics that stirs up a heated debate when it comes to the digitalization of banking and society. While the anonymity of cash acts as an enabler for the illegal economy, many fear that the lack of said anonymity will inevitably lead to an Orwellian society where individual freedom is limited. Read More

  • Why 2017 will be the year of the industry cloud Crunch Network

    Why 2017 will be the year of the industry cloud

    2016 was another year of impressive growth in the Enterprise cloud software space: Last year there were 31 cloud software companies that were publicly held and commanded a market capitalization north of $1 billion. 2016 also was notable because cloud companies with businesses aimed at vertical industries became juicy buyout targets for large horizontal software companies. Read More

  • Conversational AI and the road ahead Crunch Network

    Conversational AI and the road ahead

    In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing number of so-called “intelligent” digital assistants being introduced on various devices. Although the technology behind these applications keeps getting better, there’s still a tendency for people to be disappointed by their capabilities — the expectation of “intelligence” is not being met. Read More

  • If Trump wants an easy policy win, he should focus on funding smart cities Crunch Network

    If Trump wants an easy policy win, he should focus on funding smart cities

    As America’s cities continue to grow, they face mind-boggling challenges: worsening traffic, increasing pollution, expensive housing, aging infrastructure and strained services. These challenges can only be solved by harnessing the power of big data, machine learning and other technology. Read More

  • Smart cities must be people-centered, equitable cities Crunch Network

    Smart cities must be people-centered, equitable cities

    Technology has always been a critical force deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities. The development of smart cities builds upon this strong historical foundation with a digital foundation that allows cities to function more efficiently, be more responsive to community members and ultimately create better, more equitable urban environments where people thrive. Read More

  • Self-driving care Crunch Network

    Self-driving care

    U.S. healthcare might learn a thing or two from the modus operandi of Google’s fleet of autonomous vehicles — the information and skills that self-driving vehicle systems must share represent compelling models and lessons that might be adapted to healthcare. Read More

  • Why we need diverse founder and funding teams and how to find them Crunch Network

    Why we need diverse founder and funding teams and how to find them

    Diverse teams perform better. First Round Capital found that, over 10 years, teams with at least one female co-founder performed 63 percent better than male-only teams. Racially diverse teams also perform 35 percent better than their industry peers. Yet only 8 percent of venture capital money is going to women-led companies, and 1 percent is going to companies with a black founder. Read More

  • Rethinking contributors on TechCrunch Crunch Network

    Rethinking contributors on TechCrunch

    After a very successful two-year run, we’re going to be changing the way that contributions work on TechCrunch. When we started the Crunch Network experiment, the goal was to bring a wide array of voices to the site that were delivering deep domain-related experience that augmented the work of our staff writers. The startup community is rich with people thinking hard about a lot of… Read More

  • Trump and the EU-US privacy shield laws Crunch Network

    Trump and the EU-US privacy shield laws

    On January 25, the Trump administration injected a whole new level of uncertainty into the already-fragile EU-US data flow agreement, known as the Privacy Shield. With the stroke of a pen, President Trump signed an executive order entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” which directed agencies to “exclude persons who are not United States… Read More

  • The dramatic rise in hacktivism Crunch Network

    The dramatic rise in hacktivism

    2016 was the year hacktivists disrupted cyberspace like never before. The December launch of the new movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was well-timed — epitomizing outsiders banding together to bring down powerful enemies against long odds to steal confidential plans. This plot is similar to hacktivist agendas over the past year. Read More

  • Incubating innovation Crunch Network

    Incubating innovation

    Stanford University is regularly credited for playing a key role in the economic and technological success story that is Silicon Valley. So what should universities elsewhere be doing to emulate that same success? One academic says the schools of the future should be great, big incubators. Read More

  • Policy rollbacks can’t counteract technology advances in retirement investing Crunch Network

    Policy rollbacks can’t counteract technology advances in retirement investing

    Technology has already upended the current brokerage model and millennials, the largest generation in U.S. history, won’t settle for anything less than a service that puts their interests ahead of company bottom lines. Read More

  • The court system should know as much about electronically stored information as does your teenager Crunch Network

    The court system should know as much about electronically stored information as does your teenager

    Devices that compile, analyze and store electronic information are everywhere. Known as the Internet of Things, the number of devices connected to the internet is already double the number of humans on earth. Electronically stored info from smart appliances, home security systems, fitness trackers and personal assistants are compiling a mass of info that is making its way into U.S. courts. Read More

  • The implications of the end of net neutrality Crunch Network

    The implications of the end of net neutrality

    When Donald Trump pulled off a stunning victory to win the U.S. presidency, the entire world began to speculate about what a Trump administration will look like. As the chief executive of a native advertising network, I — and many others that work in digital media — am keeping a particularly close eye on how the president will handle net neutrality. Read More

  • How mobile technology is transforming lives in rural India Crunch Network

    How mobile technology is transforming lives in rural India

    Deep in a rural village in India outside the city of Jhansi, children play on dirt roads where goats and cows roam. The humble and colorful homes have mud floors, and women collect drinking water from wells. All the sights and sounds are quintessential aspects of the region, with the exception of one feature — the use of smartphones to save lives. Read More

  • When less is more Crunch Network

    When less is more

    Money doesn’t necessarily mean freedom. Yet the ability to maneuver in response to business challenges is the one thing a startup founder needs most. Some of these decisions are minor; others are existential. As grueling as it can be to make a call on the hard decisions, it’s much worse to be unable to make a key decision at all. Read More

  • Unlocking the potential of eye tracking technology Crunch Network

    Unlocking the potential of eye tracking technology

    The concept of measuring and responding to human eye motion, or eye tracking, isn’t new, but the past year saw a rising interest in the technology. There have been a slew of acquisitions of eye tracking startups by large firms and the rollout of several devices and software that support eye tracking. “Eye tracking sensors provide two main benefits,” says Oscar Werner… Read More

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