• Salesforce acquires MetaMind

    Salesforce acquires MetaMind

    MetaMind, a Palo Alto-based AI startup founded in July 2014, is being acquired by Salesforce. According to a new post published at the company’s website by CEO Richard Socher — a Stanford PhD who studied machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing and computer vision — Salesforce plans to use its technology to “further automate and personalize… Read More

  • Africa’s commercial drones take off Crunch Network

    Africa’s commercial drones take off

    Some of Africa’s first commercial drone startups are generating clients and income. South Africa’s Rocketmine and Ghana’s Aeroshutter are completing services such as 3D volumetric image processing, aerial advertising, and music video production for multinational mining companies, global telecoms firms, and African pop stars. Read More

  • Overseeing A Successful Founder-CEO Succession Crunch Network

    Overseeing A Successful Founder-CEO Succession

    Replacing a founder-CEO is no small matter. The founder-CEO is the core around which a startup grows. Replacing that “core” is a highly divisive and hotly debated topic in startup and VC circles. Ideally, the founder-CEO takes the startup to its exit — but history shows that most founder-CEOs are replaced, voluntarily or involuntarily, within the first 3-5 years. Read More

  • Diamonds Born In Santa Clara

    Diamonds Born In Santa Clara

    A Santa Clara, California-based company called Diamond Foundry is this morning taking the wraps off what it’s been creating over the last three years: the ability to produce diamonds. In Santa Clara. As the company explains it, it discovered a plasma that allows atoms to attach themselves to a thin slice of diamond that’s been extracted the old-fashioned way, by being plucked from… Read More

  • Makerbot Lays Off 20% Of Employees, Restructures Brooklyn Offices

    Makerbot Lays Off 20% Of Employees, Restructures Brooklyn Offices

    Makerbot CEO Jonathan Jaglom has announced that they are laying off about 20% off the company’s 400 staff or about 80 people. The move follows a previous round of layoffs that dropped 20% of the original workforce and closed the company’s three retail stores. The company is also closing one of its office spaces in Industry City and is relocating the software and sales teams to… Read More

  • Uniting The CEO And The Board Crunch Network

    Uniting The CEO And The Board

    Cat people and dog people. East Coasters and West Coasters. Capitalists and communists. They all look at the world so differently. Now consider venture capital board members and CEOs. Sure, they all have the same goal: to ensure that the company succeeds. Yet this dynamic can be adversarial, sometimes even hostile. And it really doesn’t have to be that way, even in the worst of times. I… Read More

  • The Nest Is Being Robbed

    The Nest Is Being Robbed

    Another day, another Tweetstorm by Chris Sacca about Twitter’s CEO situation. His tune is the same, with the volume turned up ever so slightly. Most importantly, the signal he’s sending out is very similar to an S.O.S. Since July 1st, Twitter’s interim CEO has been Jack Dorsey, and the chatter around who would be the next permanent CEO, succeeding Dick Costolo, has been nonstop. Read More

  • GoPro’s Nick Woodman To Speak At Disrupt SF 2015

    GoPro’s Nick Woodman To Speak At Disrupt SF 2015

    The last time GoPro CEO and Founder Nick Woodman stopped by Disrupt SF, the company had yet to go public, the Hero3 had just been announced and VR was still a thing of the future. We’re excited to announce that Woodman is returning to Disrupt SF and there is plenty to discuss. Woodman started GoPro in 2002 on the back of a loan from his parents and the proceeds from selling beads and… Read More

  • Crowdfunding Platform OurCrowd Seeks A Broader Audience, Including Traditional VCs

    Crowdfunding Platform OurCrowd Seeks A Broader Audience, Including Traditional VCs

    Many crowdfunding startups now make it easier for founders to reach a bigger audience of investors. The question is whether investors are as keen to continue funding crowdfunding sites. OurCrowd may find out soon. The two-and-a-half-year-old, Jerusalem-based hybrid platform enables accredited investors to back startups through its site, as well as makes direct investments in each of… Read More

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