• INNOVATE 2018 | Sir Martin Sorrell
    Crunch Network

    2018 might be Amazon’s year to take a leading role in online advertising

    With WPP’s over 200,000 employees and a $75 billion media book, Sir Martin Sorrell has a uniquely privileged insight into the future of the online advertising industry. And he believes that 2018 might be the year that a third company joins what he calls the Facebook/Google “duopoly” in online advertising and search. Read More

  • Sex, the final frontier: Cindy Gallop raises $2M from mysterious investor for social sex tech

    Sex, the final frontier: Cindy Gallop raises $2M from mysterious investor for social sex tech

    “Everything’s a battle,” Cindy Gallop sighs, although it’s clear she relishes those battles. What she means is that the entire Internet has long been divided into two separate, walled fiefdoms: one labelled “pornography,” the other marked with those three dread words “no adult content.” The territory between those two worlds, which she is trying… Read More

  • The Chinese think Palo Alto is dumpy

    The Chinese think Palo Alto is dumpy

    Good news! The great Raw Water Story of 2017 is finally over. Google tells me that searches went up ten-fold over the raw water craze, but thankfully, humans seem to have filtered out any more stories or follow ups. Silicon Valley can rest easy. But wait! There is another crisis brewing, and it isn’t the animal fecal matter in your algae water. Over the past few days, we’ve seen… Read More

  • Mike Moritz and the declining America worker

    Mike Moritz and the declining America worker

    Storied Sequoia investor Mike Moritz threw fire into the tech Twitter gumbo with his observations of hard-working Chinese workers and slothful Silicon Valley engineers. Moritz, a billionaire, clearly needs page views to fund his retirement. The major money quote about Silicon Valley is this: “In recent months, there have been complaints about the political sensibilities of speakers… Read More

  • Katalyst.Ventures, a new firm led by Susan Choe, has raised $34 million

    Katalyst.Ventures, a new firm led by Susan Choe, has raised $34 million

    There aren’t a lot of venture funds that are led by a single general partner who happens to be a woman. Sonja Hoel Perkins is one. The longtime Menlo Ventures managing director founded her own venture firm two years ago. Cindy Padnos, who spent four years with Outlook Ventures as a director before founding her own firm, Illuminate Ventures, nine years ago, is another. Now Silicon Valley… Read More

  • Startup fundraising and exits look bullish for bio and health Crunch Network

    Startup fundraising and exits look bullish for bio and health

    After nearly a year, venture capitalists nabbed their first U.S. acquisition for more than a billion dollars. And it wasn’t a tech startup. Nor was it a company on the list of known unicorns. And it had nothing to do with blockchain. Read More

  • Women’s March embraces collaborative social app Crunchet

    Women’s March embraces collaborative social app Crunchet

    Today’s nationwide Women’s March attendees will advocate for voter registration through every conceivable social network, so one of its planning organizations has allied with a new app that lets you combine posts from across apps. Crunchet will help the Women’s March Alliance and Chicago march create collages of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, Spotify, and… Read More

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