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  • We need more driverless car accidents Crunch Network

    We need more driverless car accidents

    A driverless car was involved in a traffic accident on a California city street earlier this year. No one was hurt in the small fender bender, but the accident does signal we are making incredible leaps forward on the road toward driverless cars. It may sound counterintuitive, but this crash shows just how far autonomous technology has come in such a short time. Read More

  • Zmodo’s Pivot gives you 24/7 monitoring on the cheap Crunch Network

    Zmodo’s Pivot gives you 24/7 monitoring on the cheap

    We’ve come a long way from the days of pale beige IP webcams with wonky interfaces and limited recording times. Today’s webcams, like the Zmodo Pivot, are motion-sensing, low-light seeing, and notification-rich cylinders that hide out in secret places and store video for days at a time. In essence webcams have morphed from wonky toys to actual tools and, in the process, have gone… Read More

  • Why owning your cable box won’t kill your favorite shows Crunch Network

    Why owning your cable box won’t kill your favorite shows

    A funny thing happens when the Federal Communications Commission moves to introduce competition into a consumer market. The industry, once so accustomed to acting the monopoly or duopoly in its sector, must suddenly “deal with” thousands if not millions of unhappy customers and a heated public debate. In the case of cable companies fighting the FCC’s set-top box proposal… Read More

  • Manu Kumar on how venture capitalists manage their time Crunch Network

    Manu Kumar on how venture capitalists manage their time

    To get an accurate view of how VCs spend their time, we surveyed 100 investors from The Twenty Minute VC to determine the most efficient time allocation. Read More

  • How will marketplace lending become a mainstream investment asset class? Crunch Network

    How will marketplace lending become a mainstream investment asset class?

    A friend who recently started his own business couldn’t obtain a mortgage from three banks. I suggested he try marketplace lending platforms like SoFi to take advantage of the ongoing innovation in fintech. However, SoFi turned him down, as well, because it abides by the same underwriting rules as traditional banks. Like the banks, SoFi sells their mortgage loans to Fannie Mae. Read More

  • With Twitter’s NFL deal, social networks can take on traditional broadcasters at last Crunch Network

    With Twitter’s NFL deal, social networks can take on traditional broadcasters at last

    For years, the media industry has speculated, somewhat worriedly, that big tech companies wanted to branch out, to take on the TV companies – to acquire rights to premium content. By and large, Silicon Valley firms’ coy response has typically been a demure: “We are a platform company, not a content company.” Now that the dust has settled around the deal it’s… Read More

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    INNOVATE2016: Freada Kapor Klein on fixing tech’s gender problem

    Companies that focus on diversity will succeed, because hiring women and minorities makes business sense. But it’s not easy. Scientific research is showing that our brains are hardwired to be biased. Read More

  • How storage is changing in the age of big data Crunch Network

    How storage is changing in the age of big data

    Have you ever tracked all the ways you use data in a single day? How many of your calories, activities, tasks, messages, projects, correspondences, records and more are saved and accessed through data storage every day? I bet you won’t be able to stop once you start counting. Many of us never pause to consider what that means, but data is growing exponentially — with no end in sight. Read More

  • The mercurial nature of P2P lending Crunch Network

    The mercurial nature of P2P lending

    The meteoric rise of e-lending platforms attracted a lot of interest among investors and entrepreneurs. Lending Club and OnDeck have already become public companies, and their competitors, such as Funding Circle, SoFi, Prosper, RateSetter, Zopa, Avant, Kabbage and others continue to develop and increase their loan portfolios. Read More

  • Africa is becoming a testbed for commercial drone services Crunch Network

    Africa is becoming a testbed for commercial drone services

    UPS recently entered into a partnership with Zipline, a medical drone delivery startup, to begin aerial transport of healthcare supplies in Rwanda. Read More

  • Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet Crunch Network

    Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet

    As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value. It would be silly for anyone to claim they could have predicted how these two businesses would compare today, but we can still learn something from examining what sent their fortunes… Read More