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  • How artificial intelligence is changing online retail forever Crunch Network

    How artificial intelligence is changing online retail forever

    AI is all around us, from searching on Google to what news you see on social media. With the momentum around AI growing, it’s not surprising that some of the most innovative retail sites have been experimenting with the use of AI, as well. Businesses that ignore this growing trend will find themselves playing catch-up for years. But how, exactly, is this technology going to change retail? Read More

  • Escaping the trough of disillusionment for virtual and augmented reality Crunch Network

    Escaping the trough of disillusionment for virtual and augmented reality

    The desire for virtual reality is no new revelation. Since the renaissance artists have played with panoramas, depth, and other tools of perception to create illusions that are virtually or “almost” real. 21st-century virtual reality (with “virtual” now meaning software-rendered) is also a well-trod idea within the still nascent history of computing technology. VR has… Read More

  • Floodgate’s Mike Maples on what makes category kings Crunch Network

    Floodgate’s Mike Maples on what makes category kings

    Category leaders usually capture 70-80 percent of the profits in their market, which is why venture funds need to find them to gain the outsized returns they must generate in order to return their fund. In our latest interview with Mike Maples, founding partner at Floodgate, we discover the characteristics of these category kings and how they change consumer behavior. Read More

  • The new world of mobility Crunch Network

    The new world of mobility

    The race to rule the autonomous car market is on. Google, Ford and now Uber have stepped up to the challenge, each with their own vision and ambitions as to what a driverless world will look like. What’s clear is that technology is playing an ever-increasing role — where cities and existing modes of transit have stumbled — allowing us to completely rethink the mobility landscape. Read More

  • How VCs can do more good Crunch Network

    How VCs can do more good

    Venture capital does many great things for the United States. Importantly, it fuels the innovation economy, churning out disruptive products, companies and entire new industries. Indeed, venture is extreme capitalism. Creative destruction rolls over incumbents, and society is usually better off as a result. But a good society requires more than just a robust economy. Read More

  • What ‘mobile’ should mean for healthcare Crunch Network

    What ‘mobile’ should mean for healthcare

    Ask a set of healthcare professionals about the future and they’ll answer: “Mobile.” But after a number of recent discussions with healthcare executives, I’ve noticed the industry is lacking a clear definition of what “mobile” really means. Read More

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    INNOVATE2016: The dark confessions of a lifelong Republican entrepreneur

    Sean Ammirati has many identities: serially successful start-up entrepreneur, Carnegie Mellon University professor, venture capitalist at Birchmere Ventures, best-selling writer and lifelong Republican.  He certainly proud of the first four of these identities. But the fifth thing – his status as a lifelong Republican – is now causing him severe embarrassment. The Grand Old Party… Read More

  • Industrial robots will replace manufacturing jobs — and that’s a good thing Crunch Network

    Industrial robots will replace manufacturing jobs — and that’s a good thing

    There is no denying that the U.S. and Canada have been losing jobs to offshore competition for almost half a century. From 2000-2010 alone, 5.6 million jobs disappeared. Interestingly, though, only 13 percent of those jobs were lost due to international trade; 85 percent of job losses stemmed from “productivity growth” — another way of saying machines replacing human workers. Read More

  • With a €20 million Series A Snapp opens up ride-sharing in Iran Crunch Network

    With a €20 million Series A Snapp opens up ride-sharing in Iran

    Investors have turned Iran into the latest country to embrace the ride sharing and car-hailing app phenomenon. The Iran Internet Group has secured a €20 million Series A round of financing for its ride-sharing application, Snapp. The South African mobile phone company MTN led the round and is the sole investor. MTN is also a major shareholder of Irancell and Iran Internet Holdings. The… Read More

  • Pioneer Square Labs’ Greg Gottesman on the studio model for high growth startups Crunch Network

    Pioneer Square Labs’ Greg Gottesman on the studio model for high growth startups

    You were a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group for many years but recently left to found Pioneer Square Labs. You employ a different model for building startups, i.e,. it is neither a venture capital firm nor an accelerator. How is this new model different or better? The traditional way of starting a company will remain the most common, which is you have an idea and bootstrap it or… Read More

  • A decentralized web would give power back to the people online Crunch Network

    A decentralized web would give power back to the people online

    Recently, Google launched a video calling tool (yes, another one). Google Hangouts has been sidelined to Enterprise, and Google Duo is supposed to be the next big thing in video calling. So now we have Skype from Microsoft, Facetime from Apple, and Google with Duo. Each big company has its own equivalent service, each stuck in its own bubble. These services may be great, but they… Read More

  • The importance of science fiction to entrepreneurship Crunch Network

    The importance of science fiction to entrepreneurship

    There are three types of science fiction (in my view): crap, serialized crap and hard-science science fiction. The last type contains a wealth of visions of the future, many of which we enjoy today, and is referenced in the names of, or has influenced, many tech startups and world-class entrepreneurs. Read More

  • Why an unhackable mobile phone is a complete marketing myth Crunch Network

    Why an unhackable mobile phone is a complete marketing myth

    The mobile security market is taking off due to high-profile hackings. Is there such a thing as an unhackable phone? Consider this: The smartphone in your pocket is 10 times more powerful than the fastest supercomputers of just 20 years ago. The complexity is mind-boggling — and so are all the security vulnerabilities. Anyone claiming to sell an “unhackable phone” is… Read More

  • How blockchain can change the music industry Crunch Network

    How blockchain can change the music industry

    Since the 1999 launch of Napster’s music-sharing platform, the music industry has been in near-constant turmoil, with dipping revenues, lack of transparency, piracy problems and feuds over the fair distribution of dividends. The blockchain has drawn the attention of investors and professionals in different industries, and is now showing promising signs to change the music industry. Read More

  • E2E or GTFO Crunch Network

    E2E or GTFO

    Oh, Yahoo. We’re not just mad at you. We’re also really, really disappointed. First it took you two years to figure out that you were hacked by a nation-state. Then you allowed another nation-state — the US government — to scan all of your user’s emails … using a buggy Linux kernel module … without ever telling your security team. Seriously, Yahoo? Read More

  • Government’s refusal to recognize the rise of independent contractors is hurting the economy Crunch Network

    Government’s refusal to recognize the rise of independent contractors is hurting the economy

    The workforce of the 21st century has been changing for years.  Government, only recently perceiving the movement from a traditional workforce to an independent contractor model, is stifling innovation and hurting workers in the process. From Boston to Seattle, we are seeing a myriad of impulsive efforts to regulate everything from how an individual may use their vehicle to whom they allow… Read More

  • Online food delivery still presents a $210B market opportunity Crunch Network

    Online food delivery still presents a $210B market opportunity

    I wrote last year about the broad, secular shift to online food ordering, and the significant capital inflows into the space that we were seeing. Fast-forward a year, and we’re now looking at a very different funding environment: international inflows of capital to the food delivery category dropped 69 percent in Q1 ’16, and then dropped another 49 percent in Q2 ’16. Read More

  • Determining the worth of your SaaS company Crunch Network

    Determining the worth of your SaaS company

    The opaque, confusing and highly volatile practice of valuing a private SaaS business is frustrating for entrepreneurs and investors alike. Furthermore, the lack of transparency adds a tremendous amount of friction to a capital raise or the sale of a company. The reality is, it’s not all that hard to get a quick read on your SaaS company’s valuation. Read More

  • It takes more than a village Crunch Network

    It takes more than a village

    Where there is wireless connectivity, there is a way to improve lives. That’s why countless mobile-for-development programs designed to address health, education and economic issues have been flooding Africa. Hailed as the “mobile continent,” Africa has generated $150 billion through the mobile ecosystem. But not every tech-for-good initiative can be M-PESA, the mobile… Read More

  • Whether it’s Disney, Amazon, or Apple, someone’s definitely going to buy Netflix Crunch Network

    Whether it’s Disney, Amazon, or Apple, someone’s definitely going to buy Netflix

    New rumors swirl in our Media 2.0 world about one massive potential tantalizing and game-changing deal – Disney buying behemoth SVOD service Netflix. That makes sense – and may happen – but Apple (or even Amazon) make even more sense. Each has the means (Disney’s market cap is about 3X Netflix’s, Apple’s is a whopping 12X, and Amazon’s is 8X). In… Read More