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  • Taxes in the gig economy Crunch Network

    Taxes in the gig economy

    The first generation of gig economy contractors is essentially riding shotgun as an entirely new industry defines itself. While they enjoy flexibility and a convenient way to supplement a primary income, they also must act as guinea pigs uncovering the shortcomings of the industry’s support network. One issue in particular has become a clear gap for gig economy workers: taxes. Read More

  • Here are the top schools among founders who raise big dollars Crunch Network

    Here are the top schools among founders who raise big dollars

    You don’t need a fancy university degree to launch a startup and secure venture capital. But looking at the data on who gets funded, alumni affiliation sure seems to be a big contributing factor. Read More

  • Changing the security landscape for entrepreneurs Crunch Network

    Changing the security landscape for entrepreneurs

    Cloud computing and the IoT have given rise to seemingly intractable security exposure. The good news is that a new technological advance could unleash the full promise of cloud computing and put IoT on the verge of everyday use by U.S. intelligence agencies and in the private sector. Called “homomorphic encryption,” it allows data to be queried and analyzed without decrypting it. Read More

  • Can Didi out-network Uber to win the global ridesharing market? Crunch Network

    Can Didi out-network Uber to win the global ridesharing market?

    News from the ridesharing industry seems to come in one of two flavors. There’s salacious coverage of the cultural and leadership woes of the industry’s reigning champion, Uber. And, every month or so there’s a story about another nine-figure investment/buyout in the sector. We’re going to focus on investment activity and the structure of its investment network in… Read More

  • Can the security community grow up? Crunch Network

    Can the security community grow up?

    As the times change, the security community needs to adapt. We live in an imperfect world, as Alex Stamos, Chief Information Security Officer of Facebook pointed out in his recent BlackHat 2017 keynote address. Instead of trying to punish each other, hackers and innovators need to work closely to ensure a higher order. Other security thought leaders have echoed similar sentiments. Amit… Read More

  • Separating fiction from feasibility in the future of drone delivery Crunch Network

    Separating fiction from feasibility in the future of drone delivery

    From donuts to life-saving anti-venom, drone delivery draws attention to what the technology might look like in a few short years. While the full potential of drones extends beyond transport, there’s little doubt that the fledgling technology will turn consumer package delivery upside down. Read More

  • Hey politicians — don’t hate the internet, hate the game Crunch Network

    Hey politicians — don’t hate the internet, hate the game

    We must ask ourselves, what aspects of the internet are intrinsic to democracy and are they divisible from those necessary for control? Freedom of speech and the right to privacy are essential to democracy and need to be preserved online. Read More

  • Uber’s design director on what it took to redesign a global product Crunch Network

    Uber’s design director on what it took to redesign a global product

    Didier Hilhorst is a director of design at Uber. In this episode, he shares how his graduate degree in economics helped mold him as a designer and, in turn, shape how he and his team redesigned Uber from the ground up. It’s not every day economics and design overlap with one another. But for Didier, they do. He explains how elements usually not thought of as a design tool, such as price… Read More

  • Female founders take charge in Vietnam Crunch Network

    Female founders take charge in Vietnam

    The first time Huong Tran pitched a group of Vietnamese investors on Epomi, a beauty retail startup she founded in 2014, she was shocked by their reaction. “They told me that women are too emotional to run a business and they don’t like investing in them,” she said. “This was one of the leading international VC firms in Vietnam—I didn’t expect… Read More

  • Netflix should be afraid of Disney’s OTT play Crunch Network

    Netflix should be afraid of Disney’s OTT play

    With a 1-2 gut punch of streaming video on demand services for Disney and ESPN content, Disney looked straight into Netflix’s eyes and pronounced, “Game On!”  So, how worried should Netflix and its investors be? In a word, “Very.” Read More

  • INNOVATE 2017 | Hilary Mason
    Crunch Network

    Why AI is now at the heart of our innovation economy

    We humans use machines as tools — and the advent of AI doesn’t change this. “Machines aren’t rational,” argues Hilary Mason, implying that there are many more important things for us to worry about than an imminent singularity. Read More

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