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  • The bizarre naming trends that modern startups follow Crunch Network

    The bizarre naming trends that modern startups follow

    Startups put great effort into finding the perfect name. Ideally, it should be short, memorable, descriptive, and easy to pronounce. Names that meet all the criteria are commonly taken, however, so most founders find a compromise. They settle on a creative misspelling, add a word or just string together sounds they like. In the end, the hope is that a well-named startup will have an easier… Read More

  • A new era for startup investing in Latin America Crunch Network

    A new era for startup investing in Latin America

    Startups in Latin America are using creative solutions to address not just local but also global problems. For investors outside the region, the prospect of working with these startups can appear attractive, yet complicated. Investing in early-stage startups in Latin America can present challenges; however, time and time again I’ve found it can be well worth the effort. Read More

  • Profiting socially on nickels and dimes Crunch Network

    Profiting socially on nickels and dimes

    As the #DeleteUber count increases, Lyft has cleverly seized the opportunity to distinguish itself as a beacon of goodwill. In its most recent attempts to gain public favor, Lyft will soon be taking a stand by pledging fixed commitments to charities when you take a seat as a Lyft passenger. Read More

  • Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage Crunch Network

    Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage

    Let’s say you randomly selected 1,000 seed-stage startups based in the United States. How many of those would go on to raise a Series A? Of companies that go on to raise a Series A, how many would go on to raise a Series B? You could keep this process going until only a few companies remain. But it’s not enough to just ask what the survival rate of companies is from round to round. Read More

  • The war over artificial intelligence will be won with visual data Crunch Network

    The war over artificial intelligence will be won with visual data

    Major technology companies and new startups are at war over having the most valuable artificial intelligence and at the core of this war is having unique high quality visual data. This battle will be won by owning the connected camera. The majority of the data our brains analyze is visual, and therefore the majority of the data needed for artificial intelligence to have human (or better… Read More

  • There’s no shame in a $100M startup Crunch Network

    There’s no shame in a $100M startup

    The era of unicorn startups has created a distorted view of entrepreneurial success. All the talk about billion-dollar exits has inflated the numbers that define a win. Starting and selling a company for $100 million dollars is an outlier event in terms of pure entrepreneurial probability, but such outcomes are viewed as well short of success in many corners of today’s startup world. Read More

  • As technology lends you its ear, these technologies will determine what it hears Crunch Network

    As technology lends you its ear, these technologies will determine what it hears

    In 1999, while traveling through Eastern Europe, I was robbed in a relatively remote area of the Czech Republic. Someone called the police, but we quickly realized we couldn’t communicate: They didn’t speak English and I could offer no Czech. Even the local high school English teacher, who offered her assistance, didn’t speak English well enough for me to effectively… Read More

  • IPOs, leaving money on the table and get off my lawn Crunch Network

    IPOs, leaving money on the table and get off my lawn

    IPO pops, who makes off with the money and leaving money on some damn table. Read More

  • Enrico Fermi and the future of venture capital Crunch Network

    Enrico Fermi and the future of venture capital

    Enrico Fermi tore a large sheet of paper into small pieces and dropped them. A few seconds later, the pieces were blown a short distance in midair and landed some eight feet away. Fermi paced the distance, then consulted a chart he prepared earlier. Based on the corresponding data, he told the people around him that the shockwave that hit the air to blast the papers out was from a force of… Read More

  • Google Material Design Lead shares origin story of the company’s design vision Crunch Network

    Google Material Design Lead shares origin story of the company’s design vision

    Rich Fulcher is the head of Material Design UX and Engineering at Google. In our fourteenth episode, we talk about how Material Design was built, how to create your own design language within your company, and why strong culture plays a critical role in the design process. When Larry Page returned as CEO of Google, he gave the company a very broad mandate. To “make Google… Read More

  • Africa Roundup: Cameroon’s #BringBackOurInternet succeeds, Nigeria’s Cars45.com raises $5M Crunch Network

    Africa Roundup: Cameroon’s #BringBackOurInternet succeeds, Nigeria’s Cars45.com raises $5M

    Cameroon’s #BringBackOurInternet movement achieved its demand. After 94 days of a state imposed web blackout, on April 20 the country’s government turned the net back on. The three month outage forced the hand of Africa’s largest telecom (MTN), halted operations of its leading e-commerce startup (Jumia), and created digital refugees. The disruption also prompted the… Read More

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