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  • INNOVATE 2017 | Maria Ressa & Phil Howard
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    Fighting fake news online wins these three projects accolades

    There are few greater threats to democracy in the world today than the proliferation of fake news and propaganda. So it was no surprise that this year’s National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) prestigious Democracy Award focused on websites and research organizations that are countering the distribution of fake news. Read More

  • Do VC woes extend to portfolio companies? For Rothenberg, probably not Crunch Network

    Do VC woes extend to portfolio companies? For Rothenberg, probably not

    As VC brands go, Rothenberg Ventures has seen better days. The firm built up a reputation as an up-and-coming early-stage investor. But Silicon Valley soured on Rothenberg Ventures last year; lawsuits ensued. So it hasn’t been a good year for Mike Rothenberg. But what about the Rothenberg Ventures portfolio? Read More

  • Approaching e-commerce investments in the age of Amazon Crunch Network

    Approaching e-commerce investments in the age of Amazon

    With Amazon as the 800-pound gorilla, many of my fellow investors choose to ignore e-commerce altogether. In fact, the industry hit recent lows in a number of deals and investments. But as Bonobos’ $310 million acquisition by Walmart and Stitch Fix’s IPO demonstrate, there are still plenty of exciting opportunities in this space for investors. Read More

  • The rise of SPACs Crunch Network

    The rise of SPACs

    Every few years efforts to redefine the IPO emerge, and as night follows day, investors get hurt and calls for tighter regulatory reform echo in legislative chambers and cable TV studios. The last significant “re-invention” emerged in the height of the dot-com boom when online brokers started selling newly issued shares directly to retail customers. We all know how that ended. Read More

  • The US-based tech company that just went public in London Crunch Network

    The US-based tech company that just went public in London

    Boku, a U.S.-based carrier billing company, listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market recently, selling £45 million in stock. Only about one-third of those shares were from the company, however, with the rest sourced from extant shareholders. Let’s peek into the Boku offering to see what happened and what we might learn from it. Read More

  • Managing software complexity through intent-based programming Crunch Network

    Managing software complexity through intent-based programming

    Software is losing its magic. We simply demand too much from the current approaches. As a result, software developers are losing the battle with complexity, often without realizing it. To bring the magic back into software, developers need to make software itself more autonomous. Read More

  • 100 cryptocurrencies described in four words or less Crunch Network

    100 cryptocurrencies described in four words or less

    This list describes cryptocurrencies. Each gets four words. There are many. Some are landmarks. Some are scams. Hopefully this provides orientation. Read More

  • Silicon Valley could be the next hotspot for SEC whistleblowers Crunch Network

    Silicon Valley could be the next hotspot for SEC whistleblowers

    In recent years, the SEC has had greater success policing wrongdoing due in large part to the implementation of its whistleblower program. But the whistleblowers’ crosshairs are not limited to Wall Street. Individuals are beginning to come forward in a new sphere of the business world, one with its own reputation of a problematic, win-at-all-cost culture: Silicon Valley. Read More

  • Seizing partnership opportunities in emerging markets Crunch Network

    Seizing partnership opportunities in emerging markets

    Partnering beyond your borders — something many of the world’s leading multi-sided businesses and online marketplaces already engage in — is becoming a low-friction way for those in less developed countries to add their value to the global economy. So what’s keeping businesses from getting contributions from emerging markets, and how do they overcome those obstacles? Read More