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  • An obscure regulatory debate has put the entire U.S. fintech community on edge Crunch Network

    An obscure regulatory debate has put the entire U.S. fintech community on edge

    An obscure request for comments on regulatory standards, released by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) last March, has since evolved into a complex turf war between the states and Washington, DC. Caught in the middle is the entire online finance industry, raising the question of just what a “fintech” business really is. Read More

  • Why the WikiLeaks CIA dump was the most damaging one yet Crunch Network

    Why the WikiLeaks CIA dump was the most damaging one yet

    There are no hackers anymore — now it’s all about the spies we in the intelligence and security communities are trying to stop. The “insiders” have known this for some time, but it’s becoming more apparent to the business community — and now individuals. Read More

  • How to make Twitter profitable Crunch Network

    How to make Twitter profitable

    Twitter has evolved dramatically since its founding. What the founders fully envisioned we cannot know. Nonetheless, there is one thing we do know: Many business entities have millions of followers and communicate with these followers using Twitter. This is free advertising, no ifs, ands or buts. So, here’s a proposal to radically change the economics of Twitter. Read More

  • Is a “robot tax” really an “innovation penalty”? Crunch Network

    Is a “robot tax” really an “innovation penalty”?

    When Bill Gates recently suggested robots should pay income tax like any other employee, I didn’t immediately disagree. I applaud Gates’ bold thinking to help solve one of society’s biggest upcoming challenges: embracing automation in a way that “lifts all boats” instead of leaving large swaths of society behind. A robot tax would help offset the reduced… Read More

  • Analyzing the spectrum of corporate innovation from R&D to VC Crunch Network

    Analyzing the spectrum of corporate innovation from R&D to VC

    Over the coming decade, ongoing corporate exploration of the incubator, accelerator and venture capital models will expand the use of these additional forms of external innovation. Read More

  • What’s keeping cryptocurrencies from mass adoption? Crunch Network

    What’s keeping cryptocurrencies from mass adoption?

    Speculators flocked to Bitcoin and many of the alt-coins in hopes of getting in early and making a big exit, but everyday users haven’t warmed to cryptocurrencies. There are many reasons why, but one of the largest barriers to mainstream adoption is the price volatility of cryptocurrencies. So the question is, why do the prices change so much in the first place? Read More

  • Canada is North America’s up-and-coming startup center Crunch Network

    Canada is North America’s up-and-coming startup center

    They say that nice guys finish last — and Canada, with its reputation for polite citizenry and its charming prime minister, is used to being overlooked. Sure, Canada may tower over the United States in physical size, but many countries of similar stature — G7 nations, for example — dismiss the Great White North as nothing more than America’s top hat. This is a mistake. Read More

  • In 2017, only 17% of startups have a female founder Crunch Network

    In 2017, only 17% of startups have a female founder

    The percentage of startups that have at least one female founder was flat in the first quarter of 2017. For those who are keeping track, that’s nearly five years with no percentage growth in women-founded venture-backed startups. Read More

  • In the smart city race, we’re betting on transit Crunch Network

    In the smart city race, we’re betting on transit

    After years of talk about smart cities, people are wondering when will we see them really begin to take shape. What will they look like? How will we interact with them? With a lightpost here, a sensor there — when solutions are not clearly connected and without critical mass — you don’t get the combinatorial benefit of different systems working together. That’s all about… Read More

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