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  • As tech startups surge in cities, inclusive economic growth must be a priority Crunch Network

    As tech startups surge in cities, inclusive economic growth must be a priority

    Cities are shaping the story of America. The great success we have seen in our nation’s cities is clear — data shapes the narrative. It tells us that the collective, shared future of our cities is not only defined by the continued growth of the tech and the creative sectors — it’s a future where cities must work assiduously to lift all boats with plans for inclusive… Read More

  • Startups, you must raise this much to join the 1% Crunch Network

    Startups, you must raise this much to join the 1%

    Joining the exclusive club of one-percenters is hard, and, by definition, nearly every company fails to gain entry. For founders and investors alike, the heartening thing is that, in most cases, even a small seed and Series A round puts your company in the top half of startups founded in or after 2003. And there’s one good thing about being middle of the pack — you have plenty… Read More

  • The real promise of regulatory technology Crunch Network

    The real promise of regulatory technology

    The future of banking is algorithmic. Bringing together big data and predictive analytics is already enabling financial service providers to make better real-time decisions on loans and other products, with a more flexible, customer-centric user experience. But if banking can be algorithmic, what about financial regulation and supervision? Read More

  • Prevent data breaches, don’t just report them Crunch Network

    Prevent data breaches, don’t just report them

    Public data breach lists are a symptom of a deeper problem: U.S. cybersecurity laws place a disproportionate emphasis on notifying the public after a breach has occurred. While notice always will play a role in remediating harm, policymakers should shift their focus to preventative measures, such as more robust and clearer data security standards and incentives for investments in cybersecurity. Read More

  • The next billion-dollar startup will be in aerospace Crunch Network

    The next billion-dollar startup will be in aerospace

    On the back of the incredible innovations that have disrupted today’s urban transit systems, with new ride-share models, electric energy and autonomous technologies, urban air mobility is poised for massive growth over the next five years. Read More

  • Egnyte reaches GAAP profitability ahead of potential fundraise, IPO ramp Crunch Network

    Egnyte reaches GAAP profitability ahead of potential fundraise, IPO ramp

    If you rewind to late 2013 or early 2014, the market for enterprise startups, and perhaps especially for storage-centered startups, was quite different. Box raised $100 million in December of 2013 and $150 million the following July. Dropbox was on a similar tear, raising a $350 million Series C round in January of 2014 and snagging a $500 million debt facility that April. There was… Read More

  • Former Microsoft design director on shaping Hololens, Xbox and Cortana with inclusive design thinking Crunch Network

    Former Microsoft design director on shaping Hololens, Xbox and Cortana with inclusive design thinking

    Kat Holmes is the former principal director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft. In our thirteenth episode, we talk about the definition of inclusive design, take an inside look at her “special ops” design unit, and dive into the best method for deploying human-centered design. Read More

  • Why we stepped up to the patent troll problem Crunch Network

    Why we stepped up to the patent troll problem

    Entrepreneurs don’t pour all their energy into building startups just to have a patent troll attack them with patents of questionable quality. The patent troll problem is big and growing, posing a threat to startups and established companies alike, costing companies millions in defensive litigation fees and diverting money that would be better spent on innovation. Read More

  • XR is a new way to consider the reality continuum Crunch Network

    XR is a new way to consider the reality continuum

    We are smack dab in the middle of the widespread proliferation of a new medium that plays with and alters our perception of space, time and physical presence. It’s a new something-reality, and folks in the industry and consumers alike are all scrambling to come up with the best way to describe these burgeoning modalities of interacting with physical and virtual space. Read More

  • New tech trade associations will have big role in future tech policy Crunch Network

    New tech trade associations will have big role in future tech policy

    TechNet, a prominent Washington, D.C based tech advocacy group and self-proclaimed “Voice of the Innovation Economy” that counts Apple, Paypal, and Airbnb as members, recently voiced opposition to the Trump administration’s shameful updated executive order on immigration. Although TechNet “speaks” on behalf of its members, the broad composition of the group provides… Read More

  • 2017 tech IPOs are on a tear compared to last year Crunch Network

    2017 tech IPOs are on a tear compared to last year

    By this time last year, one tech company had gone public. Already this year, nine tech companies have gone public on U.S. exchanges. Needless to say, public exits are looking up. That comparison becomes starker when you compare SecureWorks, 2016’s first IPO, to Snap, which went public in 2017. SecureWorks priced under range, and it has since fallen nearly 38 percent from its IPO price. Read More

  • Mailbox founder Gentry Underwood on productivity, collective intelligence and building a $100M email app Crunch Network

    Mailbox founder Gentry Underwood on productivity, collective intelligence and building a $100M email app

    Gentry Underwood is the co-founder of Mailbox. In our 12th episode, we talk on design being a “we” vs an “I” issue, how to be your most productive self, and discuss what it took to turn Mailbox into a $100 million acquisition within 30 days of being launched. Design doesn’t have to be approached as a “we,” according to Underwood. However, when… Read More

  • Nigeria’s Cars45 closes $5M round to digitize Africa’s used autos markets Crunch Network

    Nigeria’s Cars45 closes $5M round to digitize Africa’s used autos markets

    Africa’s startup boom is moving into the used-vehicle space. Nigeria based Cars45.com raised a $5 million Series A round from the Frontier Cars Group, a holding company whose backers include Balderton Capital,  EchoVC, TPG Growth, and NEA. Cars45 will deploy the capital to improve its platform that buys, sells, prices, and rates the condition of pre-owned autos. “The used-car… Read More

  • The past, present, and future of design in Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    The past, present, and future of design in Silicon Valley

    The following is an excerpt from The Way to Design, a guide to becoming a designer founder and to building design-centric businesses. Adapted and reprinted with the author’s permission. Until very recently, success in Silicon Valley required focusing almost single-mindedly on an organization’s technical prowess. It meant having an unimpeachable technical founder, 10X engineers… Read More

  • Tech and politics clash in Cameroon as government restores internet Crunch Network

    Tech and politics clash in Cameroon as government restores internet

    The government of Cameroon ended its internet blackout of parts of the country last week, according to news reports and confirmation from the country’s Ambassador to the U.S. The three month outage forced the hand of Africa’s largest telecom, halted operations of its leading e-commerce startup, and created digital refugees. Read More

  • Giant companies that won’t buy your startup Crunch Network

    Giant companies that won’t buy your startup

    Huge companies in fast-changing, technology-intensive businesses buy startups. After all, they have the money and need fresh entrepreneurial talent to tap new markets and stay abreast of disruption. That’s the collective wisdom about M&A in venture capital and startup circles. It’s also how the venture business survives. But what if the common wisdom isn’t true? Read More

  • How to fix the blockchain ‘fail whale’ problem Crunch Network

    How to fix the blockchain ‘fail whale’ problem

    If you’ve spent any time on the internet over the past several years, you’re no doubt familiar with the “fail whale” that plagued Twitter in its formative years. Users would log in, only to be shown a graphic of a whale with the message: “Twitter is over capacity.” Twitter’s fail whale problem came down to scalability, which is the same issue… Read More

  • A call to action for tech Crunch Network

    A call to action for tech

    Tech is uniting against Trump. From 127 tech firms teaming up against Trump’s immigration ban, to Google employees’ massive walkout in response to the immigration ban, to Lyft’s $3 million donation to the ACLU, tech has taken up the language of protest and spoken loud and clear. However, as the tech community’s voice grows louder, it must be strategic in how it directs… Read More

  • An engineer’s guide to picking a startup Crunch Network

    An engineer’s guide to picking a startup

    One of the questions I often get from engineers I mentor is how do you decide on what early stage startup is worth working for? Often, this is long before you have paying customer logos or big name venture funds with substantial commitments as ‘signals’ of potential success. I was a programmer once. And I had to wrestle with this question too. How do I decide? More than a decade… Read More

  • Behance founder on maximizing creative output and using constraints to boost productivity Crunch Network

    Behance founder on maximizing creative output and using constraints to boost productivity

    Scott Belsky is the co-founder of Behance and investor at Benchmark Capital. In this episode, we discuss how to maximize your creative output, how constraints can – and should – be used to boost productivity, and the patterns most seen in successful businesses. Read More