Network isn’t a dirty word

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single to

Blockchain is entering the valley of despair phase, and that’s a mistake

I’ve had a number of conversations with blockchain-focused people over the past few weeks. In some of those conversations there is a palpable excitement and a belief that this technology is going to

How bad decision making could undermine good innovation

Here’s a scary thought for decision makers inside large organizations grappling with digital transformation. You can actually be innovative and have mechanisms in place to react to disruptive fo

Unicorn valuations remain elusive for politics-focused startups

In the last couple of years, venture and seed investors have backed at least twenty companies deploying technology in the political realm, according to Crunchbase data. Funded companies are developing

Technology is disrupting everything

I spent a good part of my day yesterday attending the On-demand Economy conference at MIT. It was an interesting if somewhat academic look at the changes facing us as individuals, organizations and as

INNOVATE2016: Super pollster Frank Luntz talks about Silicon Valley’s language barrier

What really matters to American voters in the 2016 election? According to Frank Luntz, one of the most respected Republican pollsters, it can summarized in a word: “security”.

Disruption In Healthcare Could Be Costly

Entrepreneurs are giving the healthcare industry a much-needed injection of innovation. Enthusiasm for new ideas and solutions in healthcare is clear from the 200 percent growth in funding for digital

An Uber Valuation Comes With Uber Problems

Parents like to say when it comes to raising kids, small kids, small problems; big kids, big problems. As Uber metastasizes into a transportation behemoth with a gargantuan $40B valuation, it’s

The Path To Successful Digital Transformation Starts With Pockets Of Innovation

I’ve been hearing about “Digital Transformation” for a couple of years now, and as I’ve wandered the halls of Web Summit this week in Dublin, I’ve heard lots of talk abou

EMC Cloudscaling Purchase Is One More Attempt To Stay Relevant

While rumors have been flying that EMC has been trying to execute a merger with fellow computing giant HP, it threw a bit of a curve this week when it bought cloud startup Cloudscaling. Just when you

HP Feeling The Sting Of Change

Disruption is an overused word, these days, but even if you’re sick to death of hearing it, you can’t deny that change has swept over HP, a long-time enterprise stalwart, and it&#8217

Taking A Wait-And-See Approach With Disruptive Innovations

There’s been quite the brouhaha lately about disruptive innovation. On one side is Harvard Prof. Clay Christensen (author of The Innovator’s Dilemma) and his long-prevailing theory about how disru

Christensen Vs. Lepore: A Matter Of Fact

Nothing gets keyboards clicking like a good controversy. Recently Jill Lepore, a history professor at Harvard, published a fierce article in the New Yorker accusing another Harvard professor, Clayton

Yo, Virginia, There Is A Cult Of Disruption

Disruption. From frenzied investment pitches on Sand Hill Road to the name of the top conference for startups in Silicon Valley (i.e. the people who pay my bills), that word has become synonymous with

IBM Looks To The Cloud To Fight Disruption

We are in an age of disruption and this is even more pronounced for a large technology company like IBM, but Big Blue finds itself in the position of having to reinvent itself yet again after survivin

What “Disrupt” Really Means

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <em>Andy Rachleff is President and CEO of Wealthfront, an SEC-registered online financial advisor.</em> Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley love to talk about disruption, thou

Jack Dorsey: We Need Revolution, Not Disruption

"We probably need to change the name of this conference," Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey said today from the stage of TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. As much as we love this conference

Fred Wilson On Disruption: "You Can't Stop What People Ultimately Want To Have Happen"

<img src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/dixon-wilson-lee.jpg" /> New York's <a href="http://www.internetweekny.com/">Internet Week</a> featured a panel discussion with Union Squar