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  • 70 years of VC innovation Crunch Network

    70 years of VC innovation

    How old is venture capital? Probably as old as the first hunter/gatherer. Yet, until the mid-20th century, it was mostly practiced by wealthy individuals and families. Modern VC was initiated by French-born American Georges Doriot in 1946, who founded the world’s first publicly owned VC firm. Since then, VC has not stopped finding new ideas to provide an edge for success. Read More

  • Do cities still want a sharing economy? Crunch Network

    Do cities still want a sharing economy?

    Cities make the sharing economy work, and the urban environment is the critical differentiator for experimentation, change and scale. In just a few years, the sharing economy has grown from a niche service only found in tech hubs to a larger share of the economic pie — and it has significantly impacted the local economies of cities. Read More

  • Where venture capitalists invest and why Crunch Network

    Where venture capitalists invest and why

    Entrepreneurs looking to raise capital are often told that investors like to keep things close to home. Is that true? The question influences where people locate companies. After all, if investors are only willing to invest in their own backyard, you might be better off starting your next company as close to capital as possible. Unless, of course, the conventional wisdom is wrong. Read More

  • Are flying cars the future of transportation or an inflated expectation? Crunch Network

    Are flying cars the future of transportation or an inflated expectation?

    It’s clear that flying cars are transitioning from a fascinating concept to a quite-mature technology and promising investment thesis. But will we see flying cars out in the world? And how will the market environment evolve? Read More

  • What happens when you sell your startup? Crunch Network

    What happens when you sell your startup?

    This is the final installment in the series “A Startup Takes Flight.” We started by creating a company — the Internet of Wings, a provider of drone-delivered chicken sandwiches that pivoted into general food delivery — and examined some of the most common financing terms entrepreneurs and VC investors discuss. It’s time to get our investors a liquidity event… Read More

  • The merger between AT&T and Time Warner is a raw deal for the rest of us Crunch Network

    The merger between AT&T and Time Warner is a raw deal for the rest of us

    Any day now, the Department of Justice will announce whether the AT&T-Time Warner mega-merger will be permitted.  And anyone with a cell phone, a cable subscription, or an internet connection has a huge stake in this decision.  Read More

  • Big tech goes five for five Crunch Network

    Big tech goes five for five

    As October came to a close, three of the five largest American tech companies beat earnings expectations. The quarterly results of Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet were impressive, with each firm bringing in both more revenue and profit than analysts had expected. And, as we explored at the time, the companies managed to come up with their wins in unique fashion. And so it goes this time… Read More

  • Covert influence is the new money laundering Crunch Network

    Covert influence is the new money laundering

    As more media companies realize Russia bought advertising space or promoted news stories — fake and otherwise — on their platforms, covert influence has become the new money laundering. Both activities hide below the surface of legitimate enterprises, cast a shadow of disrepute on those very enterprises and can be neutralized through transparency and accountability. Read More

  • What’s holding back VR? Crunch Network

    What’s holding back VR?

    When it comes to virtual reality, we’re in a classic tech-industry moment: lots of chatter but seemingly little movement. We hear future-focused cheerleading from all corners about VR’s incredible potential, yet the 6.3 million headsets shipped last year is hardly cause for a ticker-tape parade. So what’s holding back VR? Read More

  • Quantifying the driverless startup boom Crunch Network

    Quantifying the driverless startup boom

    For driverless car startups, raising capital seems to happen on autopilot. Investors and acquirers have put billions into the space over the past couple of years in the race for early-mover advantage. They’ve shown no desire to hit the brakes lately either, as indicated by a spate of recent deals. Read More

  • Why the ‘end of the startup era’ could be great for entrepreneurs Crunch Network

    Why the ‘end of the startup era’ could be great for entrepreneurs

    Three prominent tech thinkers recently declared the end of the startup era, questioned the future of tech innovation generally and heralded the rise of the “Frightful Five” — Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft — who will dominate the future of tech. All of the posts make credible arguments, but ignore how consolidation could be good, even great, for startups. Read More

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