Innovation

  • 500 Startups closes $35M Japan fund with the backing of the Japanese government

    500 Startups closes $35M Japan fund with the backing of the Japanese government

    500 Startups has announced the close of its fund for Japan, more than 18 months after it was first unveiled. The effort is backed by the Japanese government, which has chipped in as an LP via its Cool Japan Fund. (Yes, that really is the name of the fund, which is aiming to use about $1 billion in public money over its lifecycle.) Initially U.S.-based 500 Startups targeted a $30 million close… Read More

  • Analyzing the spectrum of corporate innovation from R&D to VC Crunch Network

    Analyzing the spectrum of corporate innovation from R&D to VC

    Over the coming decade, ongoing corporate exploration of the incubator, accelerator and venture capital models will expand the use of these additional forms of external innovation. Read More

  • Pluto AI raises $2.1 million to bring intelligence to water treatment

    Pluto AI raises $2.1 million to bring intelligence to water treatment

    Former 500 Startups accelerator company Pluto AI is announcing $2.1 million in fundraising today from Fall Line Capital, Refactor Capital, Unshackled Ventures, Comet Labs and additional angels. Pluto is taking advantage of the sensorification of modern water treatment plants to extrapolate insights that can save operators precious time, money and water. Read More

  • Innovation was the epic fail of 2016 Crunch Network

    Innovation was the epic fail of 2016

    The problem with the ongoing discourse on innovation is that it doesn’t answer the fundamental question of what exactly is meant by the term. Rather, we are inundated with simplistic calls for more innovation in government and complaints about why there isn’t enough. Read More

  • Y Combinator now lets anyone recommend startups

    Y Combinator now lets anyone recommend startups

    After years of accepting tips from alumni, Y Combinator has decided to open up its recommendation network to everyone. The goal is to help increase the number of startups connected to YC by allowing professors, mentors, early customers and anyone else familiar with a team to submit recommendations to YC on their behalf. Kat Manalac, a partner at YC, explained that a lot of founders are afraid… Read More

  • Elemeno Health is a personal assistant for hospital staff

    Elemeno Health is a personal assistant for hospital staff

    Elemeno Health started building something akin to a personal assistant for hospital staff while in Y Combinator last summer. It helps hospitals gather best practices, checklists and videos doctors and nurses need to reference in a snap, all in one place. Often these materials are locked in binders and papers that staff must find and then make copies of if they want to share with… Read More

  • US regulators hammer down on unauthorized drone use

    US regulators hammer down on unauthorized drone use

    The Federal Aviation Administration and SkyPan International in Chicago have settled a civil suit that was closely watched by the nascent commercial drone industry. The government agency said the privately held company flew its drones over New York City and Chicago from 2012 to 2014, violating its rules which barred drone operators from flying over densely populated areas without… Read More

  • Giving corporate innovation a jolt Crunch Network

    Giving corporate innovation a jolt

    Today’s competitive business world demands innovation. Corporations need to innovate to inspire, compete and survive. However, the burden of innovation has largely rested on startups. Large corporations and established businesses are expected to out-think their rivals, but more often we see that they rely on minor product updates or acquisitions in place of home-grown innovation. Read More

  • Seven principles to ignite a culture of innovators Crunch Network

    Seven principles to ignite a culture of innovators

    Every big company was a lean and mean startup at one time. Now, confronted with digital disruption all around us, we’re all rushing to rekindle the entrepreneurial flame that first put our businesses on the map. Every company wants to be “innovative,” but “innovation” has become an overused buzzword that has lost its meaning. Companies should focus more on the… Read More

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