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  • RobinSmith | INNOVATE2016
    Crunch Network

    Regenerative medicine today is like the internet in 1993

    Robin Smith is the co-founder CEO of ORIG3N, a regenerative medical company that has crowdsourced blood samples to create the world’s biggest and most diverse bio-repository. According to Smith, regenerative medicine is the next big thing in medical science — so disruptive, in fact, that he says it’s akin to the Internet in 1993. No wonder, then, that ORIG3N has already… Read More

  • Drip irrigation provides a conduit for change Crunch Network

    Drip irrigation provides a conduit for change

    Democratic governments are slow-moving creatures — as they should be. Social stability generally requires that change be evolutionary, not revolutionary, lest the changes imposed set off turmoil that could cause much more harm than the hoped-for good. While that principle works fine for most aspects of society, it’s woefully inadequate when it comes to implementing technology for… Read More

  • Apple lays the groundwork to kill online advertising Crunch Network

    Apple lays the groundwork to kill online advertising

    Their products help us learn, communicate and navigate the world. The companies behind these innovations are battling for the future of computing. Each one is defending their core businesses while placing bets on the future. Their tangled business relationships help mask the underlying strategies that drive them; however, Apple’s strategy to stifle Google’s chief revenue source… Read More

  • Don’t make founders’ equity even Crunch Network

    Don’t make founders’ equity even

    Sometimes I think about replacing the table in my office with a sofa and a box of tissues. I’m a lawyer, but sometimes I feel like a therapist. When startup founders sit down with me to hash out equity splits and trust and commitment issues, their tempers sometimes flare. Uncomfortable silences ensue. Feelings get hurt, and tears sometimes fall. Read More

  • How much does it matter if your software quality sucks? Crunch Network

    How much does it matter if your software quality sucks?

    I ran across a fascinating piece by Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures this week, provocatively titled: “Why Startup Technical Diligence Is A Waste Of Time.” You should go read it, but its central thesis is simple: “in today’s world of SaaS tools, APIs, and cloud infrastructure … technical resources are rarely the cause of success or the reason for failure.” Is… Read More

  • Recasting Silicon Valley’s role in society Crunch Network

    Recasting Silicon Valley’s role in society

    At Bloomberg’s recent technology confab in San Francisco, Marc Andreessen offered a vision for entrepreneurship, defining it as the ability to see how the world potentially could be, then inventing what is needed to change it. Herein lies the dilemma for Silicon Valley: The same questions that spur its entrepreneurs to remake the world are often the same questions that lead it into conflict. Read More

  • Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene Crunch Network

    Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene

    It wasn’t so long ago that venture capital was a suburban California phenomenon. Los Angeles didn’t have much in terms of a real tech scene — and even San Francisco only had a few VCs or tech companies. Now, VC offices have sprung up in San Francisco, moving more of the investment energy up there. That great migration of companies and activity touches upon what is now… Read More

  • Building as a modular gadget Crunch Network

    Building as a modular gadget

    Researchers and companies have been exploring new ways to improve buildings through analytics software, prefabrication, connected devices, new materials and construction automation. It’s striking that most of these efforts are trying to patch problems within the legacy framework of “permanent” construction. Could it be that the one thing that is taken for granted is the… Read More

  • The assimilation of robots into the workforce as peers, not replacements Crunch Network

    The assimilation of robots into the workforce as peers, not replacements

    One might ask why we would ever want to create robots that can do human work when we have so many people who need jobs. The goal of robotics should not be to replace humans with robots, but rather to improve productivity and safety, removing humans from harm’s way and enabling them to focus on things that humans should be doing. Read More

  • The government should be measured in its reaction to the Tesla crash  Crunch Network

    The government should be measured in its reaction to the Tesla crash 

    While I acknowledge and appreciate the role of governmental agencies to protect its citizens from harm, I encourage the NHTSA to be rational and measured in their response. Today, the United States has a significant lead in the autonomous vehicle and self-driving car industry. The NHSTA would be wise to not set us back years or even decades by inappropriately overreacting. Read More

  • Bad UX kills Crunch Network

    Bad UX kills

    It clogs systems, causes accidents, wastes energy and makes people unhappy. It’s more than a bad experience on a website — in cities, bad user experience (UX) design can actually kill. We’re talking about signage, public spaces, civic and emergency communications and other forms of urban design that influence our daily routines and, in some cases, are there expressly for… Read More

  • Waiting for the right professional network Crunch Network

    Waiting for the right professional network

    Today there is enough data available to bring people of similar or adjacent profiles closer, and inform them about signals and contexts where they could either help, pay it forward or seek help. Over a period of time, a community (a micro-market network) will form that will prospect for each other — be it for a job or a deal or funding. Read More

  • Hacking poverty through mobile tech and social entrepreneurship Crunch Network

    Hacking poverty through mobile tech and social entrepreneurship

    In Silicon Valley the term “hacker” has evolved to connote high praise for someone particularly creative, ingenious and adept at finding clever new ways to accomplish a difficult task. And it’s with that framework in mind, rather than some of the other meanings that “hack” has represented over time, that I suggested during my recent TEDx talk that Pope Francis and… Read More

  • Why did Unilever pay $1B for Dollar Shave Club?   Crunch Network

    Why did Unilever pay $1B for Dollar Shave Club?  

    Personal care; food; beverages — in category after category, the pattern is the same. We are seeing the systematic outsourcing of R&D to new retail and consumer brands just launching into the market. Read More

  • Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code Crunch Network

    Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code

    There’s a reason why a college education still demands a level of proficiency in various topics, as well as offers a bulk of elective credits. Even at 20 years old, most people haven’t found enough intersectionality between what they enjoy and what they are good at to pick a career — so why are we talking about grooming children to become software developers before… Read More

  • The role of higher education in entrepreneurship Crunch Network

    The role of higher education in entrepreneurship

    The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report recently published rankings of university entrepreneurship. Among the top 12 schools, the two lists share but a single institution. How can two highly regarded agencies compile lists of excellence with virtually no overlap? It’s hard to measure success when you don’t know what that success looks like. So what is the role of… Read More

  • Bot influencers are the programmatic future of conversational advertising Crunch Network

    Bot influencers are the programmatic future of conversational advertising

    In the near future, ads will just be part of the conversation. Bots, and the AI technologies that drive them, are taking huge leaps forward in sophistication and reach. While bots had previously been limited to very specific requests, such as checking a balance or flight status, next-generation AI will better understand context and integrate with a host of services — including… Read More

  • Combine design thinking and digital health to provide for the underserved Crunch Network

    Combine design thinking and digital health to provide for the underserved

    When it comes to healthcare and wellness, the population of people needing support is quite diverse. Not everyone has adequate health insurance, disposable income for a gym membership or education about proper nutrition. Digital health solutions are poised to fill this gap, but too often they seem designed for those in the same socio-economic situation as the designers. Design thinking can help! Read More

  • Why and how chatbots will dominate social media Crunch Network

    Why and how chatbots will dominate social media

    Since the early 2000s, brands have experimented with social media platforms to communicate with customers and prospects — first through weblogs, then eventually through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Although the capabilities and sophistication have continued to evolve, social media has remained a platform to facilitate human-to-human communication. Then the robots moved in. Read More

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    CrunchBase sees some slowing for early-stage venture in the second quarter Crunch Network

    CrunchBase sees some slowing for early-stage venture in the second quarter

    As in past quarters, a high portion of the largest early-stage fundings went to life science companies developing breakthrough therapeutics platforms. Internet and technology companies also closed some big rounds, particularly in fintech, healthcare services and cloud computing. Read More

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