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  • There’s more than one way to share your car Crunch Network

    There’s more than one way to share your car

    Over the past several years, the popularity of “sharing economy” models has skyrocketed. The key to success has been finding a category with high demand but low capacity utilization, then relentlessly focusing on the customer experience. Although vehicles are among the most expensive assets purchased by consumers, their historical utilization rate has generally hovered around a… Read More

  • The four key responsibilities of a good board member Crunch Network

    The four key responsibilities of a good board member

    “Competence is under-rated,” is not what one would expect to hear from an investor and member of multiple boards on the topic of what makes a great director. However, for Rory O’Driscoll, a founding partner at Scale Venture Partners, do no harm may be the most important motto for a director to keep in mind. “In the mind of the entrepreneur; they’re not thinking is… Read More

  • Disrupting the world of science publishing Crunch Network

    Disrupting the world of science publishing

    Every scientist wants their paper to appear in Cell, Nature or Science. Being associated with such publications is synonymous with prestige and excellence. However, these journals are typically known to have an acceptance rate of 5-10 percent. ScienceMatters is trying to pave the way to a more democratized system by offering an open-source publishing platform for scientists to share their work. Read More

  • We’re all screwed, but let’s not be nihilists Crunch Network

    We’re all screwed, but let’s not be nihilists

    We are so doomed it’s almost funny, and always have been. Don’t worry, I’m not being political! …well, not exactly. I’m talking about the State of Internet Security, which is, as always, disastrous-verging-on-cataclysmic. Are you worried about Russian hackers? Hah! You should be so lucky as to be hacked. We should all be so lucky as to have a functional Internet they… Read More

  • Technology as a force for division — and unification — in politics Crunch Network

    Technology as a force for division — and unification — in politics

    The functions of government outlined in the U.S. Constitution can be broadly broken down into the promotion of unity, justice, peace, defense and welfare. Nearly 230 years later, in an age when software rules the world, these principles remain constant — but the way in which the average citizen experiences and interacts with government and politics has changed immeasurably. Read More

  • Ears, hands or eyes Crunch Network

    Ears, hands or eyes

    Even before smartwatches, I did not wear a watch. I did not buy an Apple Watch or Pebble, despite the cool factor, even though I always upgrade to the latest iPhone as soon as it comes out. I would also suggest that in order for an innovative new device to take off and become a platform, it actually needs to pioneer a new user interface that utilizes a different one of our limbs or senses. Read More

  • UPDATED: Machine learning can fix Twitter, Facebook, and maybe even America Crunch Network

    UPDATED: Machine learning can fix Twitter, Facebook, and maybe even America

    UPDATE: A previous version of this post went up under the editor’s byline. The author of the piece is Chris Nicholson.  Quitting Twitter is easy — I’ve done it a hundred times. Someone called it “a clown car that drove into a gold mine,” and like all clown cars, Twitter makes the passengers get out once in awhile. If I go back, it’s because I’m addicted. Read More

  • How to recruit, hire and retain female engineers Crunch Network

    How to recruit, hire and retain female engineers

    Leaders at tech startups are alarmed by the absence of women from mission-critical roles — software engineering, especially. This article is a how-to guide for finding and hiring women software engineers who will get the job done. Front-end or full-stack, QA or customer success specialist, it doesn’t matter. These steps to success apply to hiring women into any coding or… Read More

  • Giving corporate innovation a jolt Crunch Network

    Giving corporate innovation a jolt

    Today’s competitive business world demands innovation. Corporations need to innovate to inspire, compete and survive. However, the burden of innovation has largely rested on startups. Large corporations and established businesses are expected to out-think their rivals, but more often we see that they rely on minor product updates or acquisitions in place of home-grown innovation. Read More

  • Mobile and enterprise are the keys to VR/AR scale Crunch Network

    Mobile and enterprise are the keys to VR/AR scale

    Though PC and console VR are the sexier formats we’re all excited about, is mobile where VR will really scale in the near term? This is a question I’ve been posing to investors and innovators. Read More

  • Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize the supply chain Crunch Network

    Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize the supply chain

    At the time of its inception some two centuries ago, the supply chain was a revolutionary idea that would improve visibility and control on goods and products as they moved from point A to point B. But the old concept and technology can no longer support today’s production and supply cycles. Hopefully, the supply chain problem can be remedied with blockchain. Read More

  • Tesla’s Autopilot and the double standard for automotive safety systems Crunch Network

    Tesla’s Autopilot and the double standard for automotive safety systems

    This summer saw the inevitable controversy arise when a Tesla automobile was involved in a fatal traffic accident while operating in its headline-grabbing Autopilot mode. While early reports seem to point toward human error by both parties involved, many people are debating what responsibility falls onto Tesla and its autonomous-driving functions. Read More

  • Seven principles to ignite a culture of innovators Crunch Network

    Seven principles to ignite a culture of innovators

    Every big company was a lean and mean startup at one time. Now, confronted with digital disruption all around us, we’re all rushing to rekindle the entrepreneurial flame that first put our businesses on the map. Every company wants to be “innovative,” but “innovation” has become an overused buzzword that has lost its meaning. Companies should focus more on the… Read More

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    The history behind a $5 billion eSports industry

    According to a Activate’s recent Tech & Media Outlook for 2017, annual revenue for eSports is projected to exceed $5 billion by 2020. For comparison, that’s more than the National Hockey League’s (NHL) $3.7 billion in average revenue and the $4.8 billion from the National Basketball Association (NBA). eSports events are filling existing sports stadiums, including KeyArena… Read More

  • Bad PR agencies can kill a startup before it has a chance to succeed Crunch Network

    Bad PR agencies can kill a startup before it has a chance to succeed

    Right now there’s a multi-million-dollar con being played on employees, investors and founders of startup companies — and they don’t even realize it. In a dying media world where quality coverage has become invaluable to a rising startup, public relations agencies charge startups anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000+ per month for their services. Unfortunately… Read More

  • Blockchain technologies could transform government services Crunch Network

    Blockchain technologies could transform government services

    With the current election season sparking yet another conversation about how government can better monitor our elections and deliver secure services, emerging blockchain technologies may provide a solution. By providing both security and transparency — reducing the risk of foul play and enabling everyone to audit the results, blockchain solutions could reshape the future of American… Read More

  • There is no IoT Crunch Network

    There is no IoT

    There’s a general malaise growing around IoT. After years of hype, more hype and even more hype, people are now starting to wonder: Where is this shiny, artificially intelligent, fully connected future of things we were promised? Read More

  • Why nature is our best guide for understanding artificial intelligence Crunch Network

    Why nature is our best guide for understanding artificial intelligence

    In living organisms, evolution is a multi-generational process where mutations in genes are dropped and added. Well-adapted organisms survive and those less fortunate go extinct. This is Natural Selection. Resilience is great, but if you don’t grow gills in time for the flood, then tough luck. Read More