• Alibaba is back on U.S. blacklist of “notorious marketplaces”

    Alibaba is back on U.S. blacklist of “notorious marketplaces”

    The USTR dropped its annual blacklist calling out marketplaces that are rife with counterfeit and pirated goods this week. Many of the shopping centers and sites listed in this “Special 301” report were absolutely predictable, like Beijing’s Silk Market, St. Petersburg-based social network, or The Pirate Bay, which was formed by an anti-copyright group in the… Read More

  • Technology dispersion is accelerating Crunch Network

    Technology dispersion is accelerating

    Copycats are a dying breed. Each month the gap shrinks between a new digital service emerging in the U.S. and it being copied in other markets. This trend has big implications for global businesses, forcing them to rethink investment and innovation strategies. Read More

  • Commerce Dept. to send “digital attachés” to Mexico, South Korea and four other nations

    Commerce Dept. to send “digital attachés” to Mexico, South Korea and four other nations

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is opening six new international markets for its Commercial Digital Attaché program, according to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, who spoke with TechCrunch today in San Francisco. The attaché program, which began in March this year, establishes commercial officers in countries where U.S. businesses seek to export their digital goods and… Read More

  • A Startup’s Guide To International Expansion Crunch Network

    A Startup’s Guide To International Expansion

    Startups can now reach international markets almost immediately at launch. Product/market fit is geographically, industry and company-size agnostic — SaaS makes your product adoption almost instantaneous. Although this early global traction can happen organically at the beginning, the reality is that startups must be strategic about systematically scaling from a local region to any number… Read More

  • When And How To Pick Your Next Launch Country Crunch Network

    When And How To Pick Your Next Launch Country

    International expansion is a challenge any globally ambitious company will face — some sooner than others. As a long-time investor in both the U.S. and Europe, I often get asked by the venture community about the difference between the two. In my opinion, one of the key elements is the market fragmentation, which is something that European companies tend to come up against sooner than… Read More

  • Globalize, Don’t Localize: Three Ways To Properly Ignore Boundaries Crunch Network

    Globalize, Don’t Localize: Three Ways To Properly Ignore Boundaries

    A hipster in New York is not that different from a hipster in Bangalore. Ten years ago, this would not have been the case. Our marketing textbooks tell us that the highest classes of society in any given region have similar tastes and habits, but that habits then start to disseminate based on surroundings. Today, with Internet access expanding to the far corners of the world, those tastes… Read More

  • Bursting The Top Three Myths To Get Your Healthcare Startup Funded Crunch Network

    Bursting The Top Three Myths To Get Your Healthcare Startup Funded

    The evolution of the healthcare industry has brought forth innovative startup opportunities in the past few years. A few are actually helping to change the world. Unfortunately, typical buzzwords for other startups have oversimplified the understanding of entry into the healthcare startup industry. Here are three myths I want to dispel to help some of those struggling healthcare startups find… Read More

  • Software Is Eating All the Jobs Too

    Software Is Eating All the Jobs Too

    A few months ago I was giving a talk in my hometown of Memphis, TN, and someone asked what the city could do to ignite more entrepreneurship among inner city kids. My immediate answer was teach coding– even basic app building skills– along with English and Math in every public school. I was surprised that my brother– an engineer who worked for many years in Silicon Valley… Read More

  • The Global Education Race

    This week, I participated in a fascinating series of discussions at The Economist magazine’s summit called “The Ideas Economy: Human Potential – When the world grows up”. I came away with the realization that we’re not tapping into even a tiny fraction of the potential that human beings have. Additionally, we have a unique opportunity, today, to leverage the… Read More

  • India is morphing into a global R&D hub, but can it ever take on Silicon Valley?

    When Americans think of the Indian technology sector, they still perceive a nation of call center workers and low-level computer programmers administering databases and updating websites. But while the West was sleeping, Indian IT morphed into a giant R&D machine. Indian companies that started out doing call center and low-level IT work have climbed the value chain to become outsourced… Read More

  • 3 Billion Mobile Subscriptions Worldwide: That's A Lot of iPhones

    A new study by Informa found that there are more than 3 billion SIM cards in active rotation, which means that lots of folks have more than one SIM card and that there are seriously lots of phones out there. I mean think about it: 3 billion mobile subscribers. That’s an amazing number, a world changing number. That’s 3 billion people who had almost no way of connecting to the… Read More