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  • The monetization promise and pitfalls of Pokémon Go Crunch Network

    The monetization promise and pitfalls of Pokémon Go

    Pokémon Go has been downloaded more than 100 million times since its July debut, making it the biggest-growing mobile game ever. Naturally, the phenomenon has drawn much commentary about what this means for marketing, but I am more interested in what it teaches us about making money. Read More

  • Growing up in the intelligence era Crunch Network

    Growing up in the intelligence era

    IT is shifting from the SaaS workflow applications that characterized the cloud computing era to those that help customers make decisions: the intelligence era. The source of competitive advantage is shifting from code to unique data + self-learning code. This brings a change in the expectations of investors. Here we review the requirements of enterprise software investors in the intelligence era. Read More

  • Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding Crunch Network

    Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding

    mSurvey, a Kenya based startup specializing in mobile data collection, has raised seed capital as it looks to expand its survey business in partnership with retailers in sub-Saharan Africa. Safaricom, Cross Culture Ventures, and the Virgin Group’s Alpha Angels joined an investment round in the four year old business. “It’s a seed round. I can’t disclose the amount… Read More

  • The ethics of transhumanism Crunch Network

    The ethics of transhumanism

    While many of the ideas of transhumanism are noble, the field is accused of sharing traits with eugenics. I can’t answer the many ethical, moral and existential questions raised by transhumanism. All I know is that it’s inevitable that advances in robotics, bionics, AI and genetics will affect the next phase of human evolution — we shouldn’t underestimate the ethical… Read More

  • How data science fights modern insider threats Crunch Network

    How data science fights modern insider threats

    Insider threats are the biggest cybersecurity threats to firms, organizations and government agencies. This is something you hear a lot at security conference keynotes and read about in data breach reports, whitepapers and surveys — and these insider threats are becoming increasingly more difficult to detect and prevent, as well as more frequent. Read More

  • The new collaboration economy Crunch Network

    The new collaboration economy

    Technology is creating a new generation of companies that increasingly choose to collaborate as a coordinated ecosystem, even if they have overlapping or competitive offerings. This transparent way of doing business is transforming the way services are delivered and products are developed. Read More

  • The biggest threat facing connected autonomous vehicles is cybersecurity Crunch Network

    The biggest threat facing connected autonomous vehicles is cybersecurity

    Connected, autonomous vehicles are around the corner. Many of the most innovative and deep-pocketed companies in the world are racing to bring them to market — and for good reason: the economic and social gains they will generate will be tremendous. But any transformative technology creates new challenges and risks in addition to benefits. This is no exception. Read More

  • Why AI consolidation will create the worst monopoly in US history Crunch Network

    Why AI consolidation will create the worst monopoly in US history

    Forget Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — we need a trust-buster like Teddy Roosevelt, who in 1902 attacked the Northern Securities Company, a railroad holding company led by J.P. Morgan and James J. Hill. Consolidation in any market is expected, but AI is consolidating at such a rapid clip, at such an early stage and by so few companies that there are strong reasons to be concerned. Read More

  • Payment innovation: Take the better option now Crunch Network

    Payment innovation: Take the better option now

    While innovations like mobile payments and biometrics may one day change the way we safeguard consumer financial information in the digital age, we cannot neglect the here-and-now of both online and off-line users. The overwhelming majority of Americans use credit cards at the point of sale. Unfortunately, we’re falling short in protecting them, even though the remedy is simple. Read More

  • The new paradigm for human-bot communication Crunch Network

    The new paradigm for human-bot communication

    Chatbots offer the promise of frictionless access to goods, services and information, but creating effective bots can be deceptively tricky. The flip side of the opportunity to interact with users in a seamless, natural way is that user expectations can be prohibitively high. Bots need to be smart and provide greater convenience than apps. Read More

  • Tech is primed for an upswing Crunch Network

    Tech is primed for an upswing

    The past 15 months has created a lot of confusion around where the technology sector is going. I’m constantly being asked by entrepreneurs if the timing is right to start a new business and would I invest in these current markets? Yes and yes. Read More

  • Hollywood’s take on cybersecurity Crunch Network

    Hollywood’s take on cybersecurity

    It can be tough going to the movies as a cybersecurity expert. Films handling the very real issues of internet security and modern computer science are overwhelmingly unrealistic. As we get our tickets and popcorn ready for “Snowden,” it’s a good time to take a look at the handful of film and TV projects that actually got hacking, and the complicated business of security in… Read More

  • The pitfalls of venture funding Crunch Network

    The pitfalls of venture funding

    As the venture funding landscape continues to flourish, entrepreneurs who want to build a sustainable business should proceed with caution before heading down the VC path. As a veteran in the startup space, I’ve done and seen a lot. As a result, I’ve become educated about the pros and cons of venture funding, along with the keys to understanding when it’s the right time to… Read More

  • How not to describe yourself if you want to get funded Crunch Network

    How not to describe yourself if you want to get funded

    We are the  Uber of our industry, applying curated, user-generated gamification to the sharing economy. That’s pretty much it. That’s the sentence you’d craft if you’re looking to turn off venture and angel investors with a mission statement containing buzzwords that are losing popularity or were never compelling in the first place. Using CrunchBase data, I queried… Read More

  • Coding needs a new youth movement Crunch Network

    Coding needs a new youth movement

    Coder or not, at one point or another you’ve thought of tackling web design. Or mobile app development. Or database querying. Or something else from the evolving list of savvy, modern languages out there. (Yes, there are hundreds and hundreds.) For non-coders, the lack of control and reliance on developers plays into the pressure to pick up on at least some form of programming —… Read More

  • The case of alpha business models and beta technology Crunch Network

    The case of alpha business models and beta technology

    Allstate is on a mission to vertically develop its telematics expertise and find new sources of revenue across different sectors by launching a new standalone unit called Arity (dedicated to data collection and analytics). It’s no surprise that Allstate’s own brands, such as Esurance and Answer Financial, are clients. It’s a start on the path to the unknown. Read More

  • Designing for voice differs from traditional UX Crunch Network

    Designing for voice differs from traditional UX

    Whether designing a software or hardware product, you focus on a few key principles: What you’re creating should be easy to use, elegant and intuitive. How does this differ, then, when you’re designing something that isn’t seen, but spoken? How do users’ brains work differently when talking rather than reading, pointing, clicking, swiping and typing? Read More

  • How the International Olympic Committee is using technology to educate future host cities Crunch Network

    How the International Olympic Committee is using technology to educate future host cities

    As the Rio Games draw to a close and the competing athletes pack up, leaving the Brazilian metropolis behind, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is already hard at work laying the foundation for the future spectacle of Olympic games. Throughout the Games, the IOC’s Olympic Games Knowledge Management program has been collecting data and compiling reports to share knowledge of… Read More

  • Tech and the presidential race Crunch Network

    Tech and the presidential race

    For presidential nominee Donald Trump, the importance of articulating a vision for the tech industry seems to be lost. While nominee Hillary Clinton released a comprehensive technology policy platform that should excite software developers, Mr. Trump doesn’t pay much attention to our industry’s concerns and is, frankly, on the wrong side of many of the most important issues facing… Read More

  • Anand Shah | INNOVATE2016
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    How government can unlock three trillion dollars of value in the digital economy

    The traditional Silicon Valley view is that innovation happens in spite rather than because of government. But according to Accenture Senior Director of Strategy, Anand Shah, government does have an important role to play in stimulating growth. Read More

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