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  • Co-founder conflict Crunch Network

    Co-founder conflict

    Here’s how it felt in the weeks before I resigned from my last startup: I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. Resting pulse at 120. I had reached a point where I couldn’t agree with my co-founder over the future of the company. I had to step away. Every co-founder situation is different, but one common problem revolves around how founders engage in conflict: either not… Read More

  • Why a cybersecurity solution for driverless cars may be found under the hood Crunch Network

    Why a cybersecurity solution for driverless cars may be found under the hood

    Autonomous vehicles were one of the most talked about technologies in 2016. Ever since Tesla, Google and Uber put these vehicles on the consumer trend map, I’ve been daydreaming of the day I might own one. Unfortunately for me, and the auto industry, that day might not be coming too soon — if they can’t keep the cars and their drivers safe, I’ll never have one sitting in… Read More

  • The value of venture capital investors and the importance of physical infrastructure Crunch Network

    The value of venture capital investors and the importance of physical infrastructure

    Why is it important to invest via VCs, and do they add value further to the money they invest into a growth business? Furthermore, what role do physical transport links play in terms of business success and innovation in this, the digital age? Read More

  • The importance of streaming to e-sports Crunch Network

    The importance of streaming to e-sports

    There are three key ingredients for a game or pastime to become a sport: playing, competing and viewing. The ability to play and compete are necessary steps in the transformation from game to sport. However, broadcasting and viewing are the crucial components to enable widespread adoption and popularity. Just as with offline sports, e-sports require these elements. Read More

  • The bull case for Snapchat Crunch Network

    The bull case for Snapchat

    Before I make a product-driven case for Snap Inc. achieving a $100B market cap by 2020, I should note that I’ve been a Snapchat bear for much of the company’s existence. That guy at the water cooler scoffing at Evan Spiegel for turning down Facebook’s $3B acquisition offer and complaining that the Snapchat app violates every principle of user-centric design? Guilty. Read More

  • What Betsy DeVos means for edtech Crunch Network

    What Betsy DeVos means for edtech

    Betsy DeVos was barely confirmed last week as the new Secretary of Education –- or should I say bearly. In her welcome address to the Department of Education on Wednesday, Secretary DeVos made light of her remark about schools needing guns to protect children from grizzly bears: “For me, personally, this confirmation process and the drama it engendered has been a … bit of a… Read More

  • US regulatory environment threatens the rise of fintech Crunch Network

    US regulatory environment threatens the rise of fintech

    The growth of fintech is challenging governments to devise new regulations to meet the demands of the burgeoning industry. The U.S. currently draws the largest amount of fintech investment and is home to many early success stories. Therefore, it may come as a surprise that the regulatory environment in America is hindering the growth of fintech and its impact on the broader economy. Read More

  • Your in-car attention is media’s next battleground Crunch Network

    Your in-car attention is media’s next battleground

    Whether it’s Uber or someone else that dominates the land grab for newly unlocked media time, the components of an in-car media future are materializing. Today it’s smartphones; tomorrow it will be VR headsets, as well as holographic media and AR. Read More

  • How workforces can prepare for software stealing our jobs Crunch Network

    How workforces can prepare for software stealing our jobs

    Employees throughout the world are are struggling to compete in a fast-moving and dynamic global job market, thanks to an unprecedented number of technological advancements and highly linked information networks. Read More

  • VCs swipe left on dating apps Crunch Network

    VCs swipe left on dating apps

    VC investment in dating startups declined over the past year, with smaller average rounds and fewer funded companies, according to Crunchbase company profile data. Read More

  • Investing in GoodBusiness Crunch Network

    Investing in GoodBusiness

    Since 2001, impact VC firms have raised $13 billion to invest in companies that provide a social or environmental benefit as part of running their for-large-profit business. Indeed, $10 billion of that has been raised since 2010 alone. Impact VCs are VCs first that intend to generate market-beating financial returns because of, not in spite of, an impact-oriented investment thesis. Read More

  • Congressional Republican threats to Caltrain funding could cripple Bay Area’s growth Crunch Network

    Congressional Republican threats to Caltrain funding could cripple Bay Area’s growth

    For $2 billion, Caltrain electrification would wire the line between San Francisco and San Jose and buy new high-performance electric trains, reducing local travel time by twenty minutes, and yet, the Republican Party is threatening to cancel the project. Read More

  • UPDATED: Attack of the drones Crunch Network

    UPDATED: Attack of the drones

    A drone recently crashed into a Boeing 737 as it approached a landing strip in Mozambique. The damage to the aircraft was extensive. Over the last year, drone crashes have been reported at a nuclear facility, the Empire State Building and one crashed through a window into an office building. For some, the war of the machines has begun — and you don’t need deep pockets to play. Read More

  • Unpacking the Govtech market Crunch Network

    Unpacking the Govtech market

    Venture Capital is key to ensuring the digital transformation of government becomes long-term sustainable and successful reality. If we want to see an increased activity in the number of GovTech startups, then the lines of communication need to be active and open. Read More

  • The next big gold rush Crunch Network

    The next big gold rush

    As we look to the next evolution of our digital ecosystem, it seems certain that virtual goods will play a much larger role. From vanquishing new breeds of digital monsters to defining a modern asset class, virtual goods will enable new experiences and redefine traditional ones. Indeed, this new gold rush will create opportunities for the enterprising prospector and shovel-seller alike. Read More

  • With $6B in deals in 2016, ID management is a hot sector you may have missed Crunch Network

    With $6B in deals in 2016, ID management is a hot sector you may have missed

    What technology is popular with acquirers, helps save enterprises from expensive breaches, and could even curtail the third-leading cause of death? If you answered identity management, congratulations. That’s the takeaway from a Crunchbase analysis of the identity management space, performed in the wake of a spate of recent acquisition and large funding rounds for companies in the sector. Read More

  • Breaking Into Startups: How Divine broke the cycle of recidivism to become a leader in criminal justice reform Crunch Network

    Breaking Into Startups: How Divine broke the cycle of recidivism to become a leader in criminal justice reform

    When people are released from prison, it is often hard for them to reintegrate into society because of their “criminal” history. To that end, finding a job is almost impossible when a company runs a background check, and the recently “freed” person is forced to return to crime in order to put food on the table. That cycle is called recidivism, and our guest talks about… Read More

  • Leveling the playing field for women in tech is vital for emerging industries Crunch Network

    Leveling the playing field for women in tech is vital for emerging industries

    When I hear about the need to push gender diversity in tech and improve gender disparity in the industry, it takes me a second to appreciate the full reality of the situation. When the industry’s playing field is devised and maintained mostly by men, it leaves women at an inherent disadvantage. The bias is hardwired into the system, making it hard for men to see the problem. Read More

  • Can you trust crypto-token crowdfunding? Crunch Network

    Can you trust crypto-token crowdfunding?

    In 2016, blockchain startups raised some $200 million in Initial Coin Offerings, a new form of crowdfunding based on cryptocurrency tokens. Some of the startups have raked in millions of dollars; several have failed to deliver. Expert opinion is highly polarized on the crypto-token crowdfunding hype, its reliability, its legality and its future. Here’s what you need to know. Read More

  • Attack of the apps Crunch Network

    Attack of the apps

    Mobile surveillance by ad-sponsored smartphone apps is intrusive and creepy — and it can easily compromise your enterprise’s data. Read More