Austin Hill

  • What Can We Call Blockchain To Help People Understand It?

    What Can We Call Blockchain To Help People Understand It?

    Understanding blockchain technology is not for the average person. This is level 10,000 on the nerd scale. Which makes for a sizable challenge if you’re a startup trying to build a business based on a technology most people will struggle to comprehend. Read More

  • Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains Crunch Network

    Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

    “Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet,” says Naval Ravikant. “Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle,” concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin. Even if you don’t believe in Bitcoin as a currency, and I’ll grant there’s plenty to… Read More

  • Google, Eich, Rice: The Evil That Tech Does Crunch Network

    Google, Eich, Rice: The Evil That Tech Does

    Techies hate politics. Well, no: we hate the idea of politics. Whenever I talk to pretty much anyone in the industry about politics as a sphere of human endeavor, from individual coders to zillionaire VCs, pained expressions cross their faces and they rush to distance themselves from the whole toxic mess. Which is a problem on two levels. One, now that technology is the dominant cultural… Read More

  • Investor Austin Hill Cashes Out Of BumpTop And Standout Jobs On The Same Day

    It is only Monday, but Canadian seed investor and serial entrepreneur Austin Hill is having a pretty good week. Two of his portfolio startups were acquired this week. The biggest exit was BumpTop, which Google snapped up for a rumored $25 million to $35 million. Hill was one of the first seed investors in BumpTop, which raised less than $2 million total. BumpTop’s 3D desktop interface… Read More