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  • The rise of “Generation Health” Crunch Network

    The rise of “Generation Health”

    “We have the opportunity to make the new generation the healthiest generation in history” – Alex Gorsky, CEO, Johnson & Johnson Read More

  • Keys to ascending the consumer-internet throne Crunch Network

    Keys to ascending the consumer-internet throne

    “Category kings,” defined as market-share leaders in particular business sectors, often wind up creating the majority of the market value relative to their competition. This advantage is particularly pronounced in tech: According to some research, over 70 percent of the value created in tech markets is generated by the category’s king (think Amazon in retail, Facebook in… Read More

  • Financing growth with debt in the app economy Crunch Network

    Financing growth with debt in the app economy

    When it comes to obtaining financing to grow your app or game business, there are several options from which to choose that take a debt-based approach, rather than giving away equity in your business. Choosing the right type of financing is critical; making the wrong choice can be costly in both financial and non-financial terms. Read More

  • Drain the swamp Crunch Network

    Drain the swamp

    If you’re an average American, your pension fund is likely backing venture capital funds — and subsidizing our massages, dinners and Uber rides. Pension funds are a huge source of capital for VCs, fueling the system that creates minor improvements for the elites while doing little for middle-class America. It’s time to put the money of working class Americans into vehicles… Read More

  • 12 KPIs you must know before pitching your startup Crunch Network

    12 KPIs you must know before pitching your startup

    It is critically important for the founders of a company to intimately understand the company’s key performance indicators (KPIs). Founders cannot hope to grow a company in any meaningful way without an almost obsessive focus on its KPIs. Let’s review some of the KPIs that are important for founders to understand and for which they should have a strategy, or set of strategies… Read More

  • Kill them with candor Crunch Network

    Kill them with candor

    After failing to secure another round of funding and shutting down my startup, Katch, I’ve been thinking about candor. While failure isn’t a unique story in our industry, talking about it is. Of course, I don’t advocate dwelling on one’s failures as a key to success, but paradoxically I found the quickest path to moving forward from my startup’s demise was to… Read More

  • With one foot in the past and the other in the future, India faces a digital paradox Crunch Network

    With one foot in the past and the other in the future, India faces a digital paradox

    Unlike the decline of the media in the west brought about by smartphones and the internet, the situation in India could not be more different. The value of the Indian newspaper industry has grown by two-thirds in the past six years. The growth of print media is a perfect example of the Indian digital paradox, a phenomenon where India is developing in a distinctly different manner than the west. Read More

  • How other cities can benefit from Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    How other cities can benefit from Silicon Valley

    Startup ecosystems are taking root across the country, and they’re all looking to copy the formula Silicon Valley made so successful. While these startup ecosystems are growing, nothing compares to Silicon Valley. So the question these cities must ask themselves is, “How can we tap into Silicon Valley’s resources to improve our economy?” Read More

  • The top unicorns are overvalued Crunch Network

    The top unicorns are overvalued

    The hot air around young and savvy tech startups is not going anywhere, despite dark prophecies that saw 2016 as the “winter is coming” year. Snapchat and Airbnb are warming up on the sidelines of an IPO, BuzzFeed, Palantir and Uber are snatching hundreds of millions of dollars every couple of months and young startups with no revenues and almost no users raise tens of millions… Read More

  • Actualizing the Internet of Things all starts with wireless Crunch Network

    Actualizing the Internet of Things all starts with wireless

    While it seems “smart” everything is in full swing, the full realization of the Internet of Things is in essence still on standby mode. Homes are smarter than ever and VR, AR, personal drones and a dizzying array of wearables and medical devices flood the market, but there is still potential for more. Indeed, much of the technology is already baked in, just waiting to be actualized. Read More

  • Is a master algorithm the solution to our machine learning problems? Crunch Network

    Is a master algorithm the solution to our machine learning problems?

    Machine learning is not new. We have witnessed it since the 1990s, when Amazon introduced a new “recommended for you” section for its users to display more personalized results. When we search for something on Google, machine learning is behind those search results. The “Friends” recommendations or the suggested pages on Facebook or a product recommendation depend… Read More

  • Why the promise of big data hasn’t delivered yet Crunch Network

    Why the promise of big data hasn’t delivered yet

    The ubiquity of big data is such that Gartner dropped it from their Hype Cycle of Emergent Technologies back in 2015. Across sectors, businesses are scrambling to make every function “data driven,” and there’s no shortage of firms lining up to help them. The big data analytics industry is worth $122 billion — and growing. Read More

  • How to attract top recruiting talent Crunch Network

    How to attract top recruiting talent

    I’ve advised recruiting operations at close to 300 startups, ranging from a five-person team at Scalyr to a several-hundred-person team at Gusto. Most startups share a common theme: Technical recruiting is often a top business priority — and every startup wants to improve its recruiting operations. Read More

  • Build bridges instead of walls Crunch Network

    Build bridges instead of walls

    We are a nation of immigrants, and we must not forget that is a key reason this country has been so successful. The Immigration Act of 1965, which re-oriented U.S. immigration policy to focus on reuniting families and attracting skilled labor, has had a tremendous impact on the technology industry and our country as a whole. To ignore its impact would be a shame. Read More

  • The new A-Team: Agile teams of machines Crunch Network

    The new A-Team: Agile teams of machines

    One of the most popular shows on television 30 years ago was “The A-Team” — the story of five rogue military commandos who teamed together to form an elite fighting unit. Now, a generation later, DARPA and the U.S. military are in search of a new “A-Team” — only this team won’t be comprised of just humans, it will include a few machines, as well. Read More

  • As Sequoia upped investments abroad, other Valley VCs scaled back Crunch Network

    As Sequoia upped investments abroad, other Valley VCs scaled back

    Silicon Valley’s most consistently successful old-guard venture firm now makes the majority of its investments outside the United States. Read More

  • When don’t f*** with people’s cars became don’t f*** with people’s phones Crunch Network

    When don’t f*** with people’s cars became don’t f*** with people’s phones

    As the politics of not messing with people’s cars wanes, a new refrain has taken root — don’t f*** with people’s phones. Read More

  • Voting is at risk; let’s strengthen it Crunch Network

    Voting is at risk; let’s strengthen it

    In the wake of President Trump’s ludicrous lies about illegal votes in November’s election — immediately after the lies about the size of the audience for his inauguration — it’s tempting to just point and laugh at his apparent insecurity and fears of illegitimacy. He does, though, inadvertently raise a point worth considering: how can we strengthen the integrity… Read More

  • Forget flying cars — passenger drones are the future Crunch Network

    Forget flying cars — passenger drones are the future

    In the July 1924 issue of Popular Science, “Ace of Aces” fighter pilot E.V. Rickenbacker told readers to expect “Flying Autos in 20 Years.” Rickenbacker’s flying car would have retractable 12.5-foot wings, a sea-worthy hull and wheels to cruise America’s growing network of highways. Ninety-three years later, personal cars remain land-bound. Read More

  • Consumer-oriented investors may have an edge investing in digital health Crunch Network

    Consumer-oriented investors may have an edge investing in digital health

    Like most consumers, I continue to be frustrated by what feels like the slow progress of innovation in the traditional healthcare system. And yet, I’m eternally optimistic about the early-stage innovation I’m seeing today in the digital health sector. Read More

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