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  • Climate change and cleantech provide unlikely first flashpoints in Presidential debate

    Climate change and cleantech provide unlikely first flashpoints in Presidential debate

    In the opening moments of the presidential debate, some of the first flashpoints came over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s push for clean energy and clean technology in her economic development plan. While both presidential challengers, Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump, support infrastructure spending, Clinton came out during the debates with a full-throated support… Read More

  • Tech really wants to fix this election

    Tech really wants to fix this election

    With just 42 days left until the election, it’s crunch time for anyone who hasn’t registered to vote. The deadlines to register in most states fall throughout October, with only a few states allowing in-person registration on the day of the election. The process can be confusing, and it’s one that tech companies from Google all the way down to small startups like Sam… Read More

  • The ugly reality of an Oculus founder’s politics

    The ugly reality of an Oculus founder’s politics

    It hasn’t been a great couple of days for Facebook PR. For one thing, the company admitted that, due to an error, it has been significantly inflating its reports on average video view times. For another, The Daily Beast discovered that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is backing the pro-Donald Trump organization Nimble America, a group dedicated to promoting anti-Hillary Clinton… Read More

  • Chris Schroeder | INNOVATE 2016

    INNOVATE2016: The xenophobia on display in this election could hurt U.S. startups

    The anti-muslim, anti-hispanic and increasingly xenophobic tenor of the debate – especially on the Republican side — is bound to scare smart entrepreneurs from coming to America. Innovation depends on tolerance and openness. Read More

  • Donald Trump finally fundraises in Silicon Valley

    Donald Trump finally fundraises in Silicon Valley

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had a slow fundraising start in Silicon Valley. In the June lead-up to the final state primaries, Trump had raised very few dollars in the region that’s typically lucrative for political contenders. A TechCrunch analysis of Federal Election Commission data found that Trump had only raised a paltry $30,556 from donors in San Francisco and… Read More

  • Tech and Trump Crunch Network

    Tech and Trump

    I won’t insult your intelligence by pretending to be unbiased. I think exactly what you’d expect a Canadian who lives in San Francisco to think: how could anyone with a reasonable command of the available evidence even consider voting for Donald Trump? …But my search for an answer has led me to the uncomfortable sense that the tech industry is partly responsible for… Read More

  • Tech and the presidential race Crunch Network

    Tech and the presidential race

    For presidential nominee Donald Trump, the importance of articulating a vision for the tech industry seems to be lost. While nominee Hillary Clinton released a comprehensive technology policy platform that should excite software developers, Mr. Trump doesn’t pay much attention to our industry’s concerns and is, frankly, on the wrong side of many of the most important issues facing… Read More

  • Anand Shah | INNOVATE2016
    Crunch Network

    How government can unlock three trillion dollars of value in the digital economy

    The traditional Silicon Valley view is that innovation happens in spite rather than because of government. But according to Accenture Senior Director of Strategy, Anand Shah, government does have an important role to play in stimulating growth. Read More

  • Dexter, the betaworks-backed platform for building bots, raises $2.3 million in seed

    Dexter, the betaworks-backed platform for building bots, raises $2.3 million in seed

    Dexter, the betaworks-backed company that helps people build integration-based apps, has today announced the close of a $2.3 million seed round. The funding round was led by Rakuten Ventures, with participation from Social Starts and betaworks. Dexter lets developers build integration-based apps without all the messy work of building the actual infrastructure. Using plug-and-play blocks… Read More

  • Both Trump and Clinton are taking on carried interest, so why aren’t investors nervous?

    Both Trump and Clinton are taking on carried interest, so why aren’t investors nervous?

    During every U.S. presidential election season, at least one candidate vows to repeal carried interest deductions. Meanwhile, venture capitalists do their part and argue against it. The issue is near and dear to their hearts because carried interest treats investment partners’ salary as an investment and not income, taxing it at long-term capital gains rates and not as ordinary… Read More

  • Tech reacts to Clinton’s DNC speech

    Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was delivered in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s speech at last week’s Republican National Convention. Here are 10 quick takeaways from technology investors, executives and founders. Read More

  • Donald Trump addresses NASA and new media in his first Reddit AMA

    Donald Trump addresses NASA and new media in his first Reddit AMA

    As promised, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump hit Reddit tonight for a spirited  — though not on the official /IAmA subreddit — AMA. The session was light on policy specifics, but the candidate (also casually referred to as “God Emperor” by some participants), managed to answer 13 questions on topics ranging from NASA (pro) to media bias (against)… Read More

  • Donald Trump irresponsibly asks Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails

    Donald Trump irresponsibly asks Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wants to steal some of the Democratic Party’s spotlight during the Democratic Convention with yet another puzzling declaration. At a press conference in Florida today, Trump invited Russia (yes, the entire country of Russia) to hack into Hillary Clinton’s inbox and release “the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” Read More

  • Did Russian government hackers leak the DNC emails?

    Did Russian government hackers leak the DNC emails?

    By now, it’s pretty clear that Russian hackers are responsible for breaches of the Democratic National Committee networks that occurred last summer and in April of this year — several forensic security firms have found evidence that traces the breach back to Russia. Now that DNC emails harvested during the breaches are starting to appear on Wikileaks, pundits are speculating… Read More

  • Ask Donald Trump anything on Reddit this Wednesday

    Ask Donald Trump anything on Reddit this Wednesday

    This Wednesday at 6:30PM ET, log into your Reddit account and ask Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump anything. Anything. Granted, he’s not actually required to answer every question that comes his way, but it’s sure to be a fun fireworks show of sorts nonetheless, from a candidate who’s never been one shy away from speaking his mind. Trump’s AMA will… Read More

  • Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is reason No. 1 to tune in to the RNC with us tonight

    Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is reason No. 1 to tune in to the RNC with us tonight

    Original post 2 p.m. PT. Scroll below for commentary and to watch the live stream with us.  Donald J. Trump is, to put it gently, not well liked within the Silicon Valley tech industry — and not because it is the liberal bastion it’s often portrayed to be. Mary Meeker, Meg Whitman and other tech leaders are die-hard members of the Republican Party and plenty of those among… Read More

  • How to watch the Republican National Convention

    How to watch the Republican National Convention

    The Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland, where the GOP is expected to finalize its nomination of Donald Trump. The entire Trump clan is attending, plus Donald backers like investor Peter Thiel and UFC president Dana White. The convention runs through Thursday, with most of the events occurring in the evening. The RNC is sure to make for interesting viewing, so here are… Read More

  • RNC braces for cyber attacks

    RNC braces for cyber attacks

    The Republican National Convention kicks off today in Cleveland and the event promises to be unusual. Donald Trump’s campaign has, of course, been controversial, and he’s putting his own strange spin on the event. Major GOP figures have declined to attend, so Trump has replaced them with the likes of Scott Baio and Peter Thiel. Read More

  • Tech comes out against Donald Trump

    Tech comes out against Donald Trump

    During the primary season, tech industry leaders kept fairly quiet on the subject of the presidential race and its most notorious contender, Donald Trump. A few investors snarked about him on Twitter, and his campaign netted minimal donations from Silicon Valley. But now, many CEOs are denouncing the presumptive nominee in an open letter. “We have listened to Donald Trump over the past… Read More

  • What’s Peter Thiel going to say at the Republican National Convention?

    What’s Peter Thiel going to say at the Republican National Convention?

    Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley’s own wild card, is slated to speak at the Republican National Convention next Thursday, according to the New York Times. Though Thiel has previously voiced support for the presumptive nominee, his views have historically not fully aligned with the Republican Party. Thiel is a known Libertarian. He donated to Ron Paul in the past who straddles the lines between… Read More