• Gary Johnson | INNOVATE 2016

    INNOVATE2016: Libertarian Presidential candidate says “We need to Uber everything”

    Whatever one thinks of his ideology, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson may be the pro innovation candidate that Silicon Valley has been waiting for. Read More

  • Still a virtual reality skeptic? Here’s why you shouldn’t be Crunch Network

    Still a virtual reality skeptic? Here’s why you shouldn’t be

    As VR becomes a force in the gaming world (and other sectors), I can’t help but draw the evident parallels between the emergence of 3D-console gaming and quasi-nascent VR. Though some remain skeptical about VR, it will become a widely adopted technology that can drive adoption of other technologies, just like 3D-gaming technology did. Read More

  • Virtual and augmented reality need a PG-13 moment Crunch Network

    Virtual and augmented reality need a PG-13 moment

    We’ve passed a significant milestone in consumer adoption of virtual reality and augmented reality — although it’s clear that we’re a few models away from a truly refined VR/AR experience. However, with VR and AR poised to become a mainstream force, it’s the opportune time to think about how kids will interact with these technologies. Read More

  • WTF
    Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson arrested while Periscoping

    Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson arrested while Periscoping

    Police arrested more than 200 people marching down the side of the road in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last night, according to several reports, including a strong voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, Deray Mckesson. Mckesson, who is very active on social media and police reform projects, was taken into custody Saturday night while walking down the side of the road and filming the protest… Read More

  • OMG Digital is basically BuzzFeed for Africa

    OMG Digital is basically BuzzFeed for Africa

    OMG Digital, a West Africa-based startup founded by Prince Boakye Boampong and Jesse Arhin Ghansah, is on a mission to bring relatable content to African millennials. The two are currently participating in Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, with the hopes of becoming the BuzzFeed for Africa, or, a media site known for highly shareable content. OMG Digital launched its entertainment… Read More

  • Insurance is ready for an upgrade Crunch Network

    Insurance is ready for an upgrade

    Insurance may be widely perceived as a sleepy backwater when it comes to innovation in technology, but that’s about to change. Whether the transformations to come — which we expect to impact the industry on a number of different fronts — end up bolstering a particular insurer’s future or undermining it depends on whether they seize the opportunity to reinvent their… Read More

  • The reality of AR/VR survival Crunch Network

    The reality of AR/VR survival

    VR will be big, AR will be bigger (and take longer). But as in most early-stage tech markets, growth will be curved, not straight. There will be a few billion dollars of revenue this year, a progressive ramp in 2017 and a hoped-for inflection point in 2018 (when AR could deliver that magic combination of hero device, long battery life, cellular capability, strong app ecosystem and telco… Read More

  • Strike the right balance on drone policy Crunch Network

    Strike the right balance on drone policy

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — are on the cusp of a major commercial trial that has the power to save thousands of lives. This pilot [program isn’t taking place in the Bay Area or Boise or Boston. Instead, it will take place 7,200 miles away — in Rwanda. Read More

  • Eyefluence shows us how we’ll be able to navigate screens with our eyes

    What if you could control a computer screen with just your eyes? Well that’s the vision of Eyefluence, a Silicon Valley-based startup that is working on technology for hands-free navigation. The team has been working on prototypes, testing it out with augmented reality glasses equipped with cameras that can assess where you’re looking at any given time. Users can click on icons with… Read More

  • The reward for mining Bitcoin was just cut in half

    The reward for mining Bitcoin was just cut in half

    It’s Halvening!!! Bitcoin just experienced a major milestone in its short little lifespan. The reward for mining a block (a block = a ledger of transaction data) was just cut in half from 25 bitcoins to 12.5 bitcoins. This means that assuming a price of $650 per coin, going forward miners will make ~$8,125 per block they mine, compared to $16,250 before the halving. But it’s ok! Read More

  • Deleted Tweet archive PostGhost shut down after Twitter cease and desist

    Deleted Tweet archive PostGhost shut down after Twitter cease and desist

    PostGhost was a nascent website that archived the tweets of the famous, rich, and important. The site got popular for finding and storing the deleted Tweets of politicians and even Lindsay Lohan who plead with the English PM to #remain. “We created the website postghost.com to provide the public with a more accurate history of public statements made by the most influential public figures… Read More

  • Inside the ape cage with Antonio Garcia Martinez, author of Chaos Monkeys

    Inside the ape cage with Antonio Garcia Martinez, author of Chaos Monkeys

    If you’re in a startup or even plan to sue one, Chaos Monkeys is the book to read. Antonio Garcia Martinez is a former physics major turned Wall Street quant turned startupper and he’s an amazing writer, able to encapsulate in a few words an era of greed, avarice, and ridiculous button-down-shirt/sweater vest combos. The world in which Garcia Martinez operated wasn’t pretty. Read More

  • The two best pieces of early-stage pitching advice Crunch Network

    The two best pieces of early-stage pitching advice

    Over the past 10 years I’ve been on the first cap tables of three startups for which I’ve been responsible for closing their capital-raising efforts. I’ve raised money from the smallest angel investor to the biggest European VC funds and some of the world’s largest corporate investors. My present role has me on the other side of the table, assessing the pitches of… Read More

  • Westphalexit Crunch Network

    Westphalexit

    As technology advances, a world partitioned into nation-states makes less and less sense. That may sound crazy, if you take it as granted that our world must be divided into nations. But the whole concept of a “country” is a 400-year-old weird hack, riddled with crippling bugs, plagued by contradictions that sharpen each year. It is unlikely to survive this century. Read More

  • The Brexit hangover has left UK startups drained — Are the brains next?

    The Brexit hangover has left UK startups drained — Are the brains next?

    As the UK referendum result dropped in that fateful Friday morning, the tech startup world didn’t immediately grind to a halt. Websites kept loading. Apps kept opening. But what left UK technology entrepreneurs aghast was not just that Britain had chosen to leave the European Union after 40 years, but that all those years of trying compete with the giants of Silicon Valley would now… Read More

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