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  • Mayfield Fund’s Navin Chaddha On The Road From Entrepreneur To Investor Crunch Network

    Mayfield Fund’s Navin Chaddha On The Road From Entrepreneur To Investor

    Many folks in the tech industry dream of making the jump from entrepreneur to investor, but few actually succeed in taking the leap. Navin Chaddha is one of those lucky few and in this podcast discussion, hear him talk about his history as an entrepreneur, his thoughts on the tech industry today and where it’s going in the future. Read More

  • The Green Rush: Finding Tech Business Opportunities Within The Cannabis Sector Crunch Network

    The Green Rush: Finding Tech Business Opportunities Within The Cannabis Sector

    Cannabis, marijuana, pot, weed, ganja, Mary Jane, doobage. Whatever you call it, it has taken center stage in the world of investment. It’s getting the 15 minutes of fame it rightfully deserves, and it’s getting it right now. Traditionally, whenever anyone mentioned the words “cannabis” and “entrepreneur” together in one sentence, it meant one thing… Read More

  • Lessons From A TechCrunch Disrupt Launch Crunch Network

    Lessons From A TechCrunch Disrupt Launch

    May 26, 2010, was the most stressful and exciting day of my life to date. I’ve called it the most horrible and most wonderful, too. I didn’t sleep the night before. I woke up to pages of notes in my BlackBerry (it was 2010, and I was an ex-consultant), timestamped in 15-minute intervals over several hours, proof that I had woken up, typed an idea rapidly into my phone, laid back… Read More

  • Why Startups Should Leverage Compliance Crunch Network

    Why Startups Should Leverage Compliance

    Business Insider recently reported that “The Clearing House, an advocacy group owned by the world’s largest commercial banks, is gunning for payment startups.” Not surprisingly, the banks don’t enjoy being the only ones told to play by the rules. More to the point, though, forcing Wall Street regulations onto Silicon Valley is their approach to dealing with the threat… Read More

  • In Pursuit Of Presence And True Immersion Crunch Network

    In Pursuit Of Presence And True Immersion

    The experience of “reality” is a result of our sensory organs delivering information about the external world to our brains via electrical stimulus. The brain interprets this input and creates our reality. The ultimate goal of virtual reality (VR) is to achieve a true replacement for the external world as the source of these stimuli, thus creating true immersion, and a sense of… Read More

  • The Real Unicorns Are Female Angel Investors Crunch Network

    The Real Unicorns Are Female Angel Investors

    Despite the attention over the past year, the lack of diversity in tech — both in race and gender — has not markedly changed. Only 3 percent of tech CEOs are women, and just 15 percent of startups have at least one female founder. Most agree that something needs to be done, but much of the attention is misplaced into a caricature. What’s missing? The role of women as… Read More

  • The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup’s IP Crunch Network

    The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup’s IP

    What’s a tech startup’s most valuable asset? It’s not the seed money. It’s not the workspace. And it’s definitely not the espresso machine or Ping Pong table. The priceless heart of a promising startup is its intellectual property (IP) — the disruptive idea, the brilliant invention, the genius breakthrough. This hot commodity needs to be protected by… Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education Crunch Network

    Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education

    Despite Silicon Valley billionaires’ remarkable track record of innovation, it appears they have decided to throw in the towel on higher education. Each year, many donate millions to old-line American colleges and universities that, together, graduate the same number of engineers as we did 25 years ago. STEM jobs will grow by more than 17 percent in the next decade, but an aging STEM… Read More

  • Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You Crunch Network

    Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You

    Early in a startup’s life, the main focus is building the right product for the right market. For most B2B startups, this is the period when you start winning your first 10 customers. These 10 customers are unlike any others you’ll have over the course of your company. Read More

  • Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us Crunch Network

    Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us

    “Brace yourself, Marco…we’ve just been removed from the App Store.” With those words, I visualized everything we’d slaved over for months crumple itself into a ball of trash and — ironically — flinging itself into the bin beside me. But it hardly came as a surprise. Despite stellar traction at over 4 million users and 15 million flings opened per day… Read More

  • How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar Crunch Network

    How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar

    Solar energy in the United States has seen immense momentum throughout the years. When the Solar Energy Industries Association released its annual report in 2008, it concluded that U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached a total of 1.183 gigawatts — a stellar achievement at the time. Contrast that figure with today, and the number is dwarfed by the United States’… Read More

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