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  • Innovation under the hood will rev the engines of a fintech revolution Crunch Network

    Innovation under the hood will rev the engines of a fintech revolution

    New consumer-facing financial applications are being built on top of old banking infrastructure, while other startups are going around financial infrastructure altogether. Together, they are unbundling the roles of banks and other financial incumbents. Read More

  • Dronerise: gradually, then suddenly Crunch Network

    Dronerise: gradually, then suddenly

    Drones feel a bit like old news already, don’t they? At least in the Valley, with its hyper-fragmented mayfly attention span. The military has used them for decades. DJI, the undisputed (consumer) polycopter industry leader, was founded in 2006. We tech journalists can’t stop talking about drones, but they’re still mostly playthings, curiosities. One might well ask: what… Read More

  • Putting the “intelligent” machine in its place Crunch Network

    Putting the “intelligent” machine in its place

    Sometimes even just defining the problem you’re trying to solve is the hardest part. We need human intelligence to decide how and when to use machine intelligence, and the more sophisticated the uses we make of machine intelligence, the more critically we need human intelligence to ensure it’s deployed sensibly and safely. Read More

  • Janet Yellen eats the world Crunch Network

    Janet Yellen eats the world

    In a world economy with slow growth and increased uncertainty, policymakers have had two sources for hope — the tech industry and low interest rates. Could it be these goals are at odds? Read More

  • Hidden Figures: Inspiring STEM heroes for girls Crunch Network

    Hidden Figures: Inspiring STEM heroes for girls

    There is a much-loved aphorism used by parents of all generations that says “you are what you eat.” I would also suggest that a similar phenomenon holds true for career choices: “You become what you see.” Unfortunately, cinema often does society a disservice in that very few strong, independent women present compelling career choices for our young girls. Read More

  • ITC protection of IP necessary for continued innovation Crunch Network

    ITC protection of IP necessary for continued innovation

    The genius and creativity of American scientists and inventors has long kept the United States at the forefront of innovation and helped to drive U.S. economic success. The federal government’s role in this effort often involves providing seed money for research and experimentation and, increasingly, in protecting American intellectual property rights in the global marketplace. Read More

  • Why white men are diversity’s missing stakeholders Crunch Network

    Why white men are diversity’s missing stakeholders

    We need to evolve the tech industry’s approach to diversity and inclusion. Despite the best of intentions, our expectations have been unrealistic — and Silicon Valley has started to recognize its own idealism. It’s time to get real, and that means acknowledging a very sobering fact: We need white men on our side and active in the diversity discussion if we’re ever going… Read More

  • What Facebook’s European payment license could mean for banks Crunch Network

    What Facebook’s European payment license could mean for banks

    Early in December, Facebook finally unveiled their newly acquired licenses for e-money and payment services out of Ireland. The rumors of Facebook entering the payment space in Europe have been going on ever since it was reported that Facebook applied for a money transfer license a while ago. Read More

  • The reality of VR/AR growth Crunch Network

    The reality of VR/AR growth

    “VR will be big, AR will be bigger and take longer.” What sounded revolutionary when we first said it two years ago has become accepted wisdom. But now the market has actually launched, and we’ve got 12 months of real-world performance and major tech players’ strategies emerging. And that’s changed our views on VR/AR growth. A lot. Read More

  • Why entrepreneurs should avoid federal fixation Crunch Network

    Why entrepreneurs should avoid federal fixation

    Over the past year, the presidential campaign captured the world’s attention. Now all eyes are on Washington and the emerging administration. Indeed, the federal government dominates the news. To put it mildly, there’s no sign that will change anytime soon. Entrepreneurs in enterprise technology often experience a similar federal fixation. Here’s why they shouldn’t. Read More

  • The outlook for Bay Area startup space in 2017 Crunch Network

    The outlook for Bay Area startup space in 2017

    One of my favorite things to do is riff on Bay Area real estate and tech  —  of all kinds, residential, commercial, retail … and Justin Bedecarre has been working with San Francisco founders for almost a decade in the commercial real estate market. He’s now a founder of HelloOffice, a technology-powered commercial real estate brokerage. We talk about what 2017 holds for… Read More

  • .me — 10 years and two percent of exports Crunch Network

    .me — 10 years and two percent of exports

    Ten years ago, Montenegro became an independent country, separating from Serbia by a narrow margin of less than 1 percent of required votes in an independent referendum. This new independence meant many changes for a country that’s roughly the size of Connecticut. One of those important changes was something few expected: the country’s new domain name extension. Read More

  • Will U.S. sanctions against Russia fix cybersecurity? Crunch Network

    Will U.S. sanctions against Russia fix cybersecurity?

    The United States has finally announced a comprehensive package of responses to Russia’s 2016 influence operation against the U.S. elections. This is a significant response, but a closer reading of the package reveals four important lessons about what this means for deterrence, statecraft and cybersecurity. Read More

  • Six truths for successful startups tackling the older adult care opportunity Crunch Network

    Six truths for successful startups tackling the older adult care opportunity

    The current market for older adult care is massive — and growing at an unprecedented rate. According to an AARP report, the 106 million Americans over 50 represent a transformative force that will generate more than $13.5 trillion in annual economic activity by 2032, accounting for more than half of the U.S. GDP. Read More

  • Startups are making the rejection letter a thing of the past Crunch Network

    Startups are making the rejection letter a thing of the past

    It seems clear that job rejections are headed for the nostalgia pile, alongside Pop Rocks, big hair, Fanta and hockey fights. Before too long, we’ll look back on the era of rejection letters as “the good old days.” Read More

  • The future is a decentralized internet Crunch Network

    The future is a decentralized internet

    In a world with many blockchains and hundreds of tradable tokens built on top of them, entire industries are automated through software, venture capital and stock markets are circumvented, entrepreneurship is streamlined and networks gain sovereignty through their own digital currency. This is the next phase of the internet. Read More

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    INNOVATE2017: Why tech should resist a Trump presidency

    According to Ben Jealous the former CEO of the NCAAP, a partner at Kapor Capital and a surrogate for Bernie Sanders during the election, the correct response is to “resist” Trump. That’s because, Jealous argues, Trump is “all over the place” and thus, like other “fickle” dictators in history, definitively untrustworthy. Read More

  • Off-the-beaten-path innovation could rejuvenate Twitter Crunch Network

    Off-the-beaten-path innovation could rejuvenate Twitter

    With rumors swirling that Twitter may (or should) sell, it’s time to ask: Is that for the best? Will it maximize what Twitter can — and should — become? In short, no. Twitter doesn’t need to sell. Instead of going external for a shot in the arm, the networking brand should work internally — get creative with offerings and tweak current features. Read More

  • AirWander for your wanderlust: legitimately impressive Crunch Network

    AirWander for your wanderlust: legitimately impressive

    It’s reassuring to know that, jaded as I am, every so often, I can still stumble across a service that makes me think: “At last! I’ve waited years for this to exist!” So I’m exceedingly pleased to tell you all about AirWander, a web site built for peripatetic travel junkies like me; one which — at last — allows you to easily search for, and book… Read More

  • Using data science to beat cancer Crunch Network

    Using data science to beat cancer

    The complexity of seeking a cure for cancer has vexed researchers for decades. While they’ve made remarkable progress, they are still waging a battle uphill as cancer remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Yet scientists may soon have a critical new ally at their sides — intelligent machines — that can attack that complexity in a different way. Read More