Innovation

  • 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

  • With a fresh $2 million Simple Contacts looks to cut refill costs for lenses

    With a fresh $2 million Simple Contacts looks to cut refill costs for lenses

    Simple Contacts, a new startup launched by a former Techstars entrepreneur-in-residence and the co-founder of the 3D printing startup Sols, is looking to make the process of refilling contacts cheaper and more affordable. The company started from a pain that founder Joel Wish felt all too acutely. A lifetime wearer of contact lenses, Wish was pretty appalled by the cost of getting refills of… Read More

  • Jonah Peretti on staying innovative with BuzzFeed Open Lab

    Jonah Peretti on staying innovative with BuzzFeed Open Lab

    What’s a media company doing making stuffed animals that can read your emotions? Figuring out the future, apparently. Received wisdom in business is that young companies innovate so naturally they don’t need help or special programs to foster innovation. So when a young media business like BuzzFeed starts an innovation “lab,” it feels something like a college… Read More

  • Israel is opening an innovation center to showcase Israeli technology and inspire young entrepreneurs

    Israel is opening an innovation center to showcase Israeli technology and inspire young entrepreneurs

    It’s no secret that Israel is a hotbed of technological innovation. Just over the past few years the country has given birth to popular consumer startups like Waze, Viber and Fiverr. Plus, Israel also is the birthplace of many hard science inventions like USB Flash Drives and coronary stents. But Israel is at a crossroads of sorts. While the country wants to proudly show off… Read More

  • A Vice President Pence would be bad for building US culture of innovation

    A Vice President Pence would be bad for building US culture of innovation

    With a tweet from The Donald himself, it’s official that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana will be Donald Trump’s running mate. But Gov. Pence’s record in the tech industry has been clumsy at best. Perhaps knowing he needed to step up his tech efforts, the Governor has been loudly parading his “new” innovation and entrepreneurship plans for the state of Indiana in… Read More

  • Taking the “dysfunction” out of cross-functional teams Crunch Network

    Taking the “dysfunction” out of cross-functional teams

    As part of our Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) engineering meet-up series, I had the opportunity to host a panel of leaders of various functions at Twitter, Oculus and Facebook to discuss best practices in cross-group teamwork and collaboration — this is what they said. Read More

  • The future of business is good jobs as a service Crunch Network

    The future of business is good jobs as a service

    Most people in business and finance (and most people, frankly) think that the new economy (of artificial intelligence and autonomous machines) is like the old economy: satisfying customers’ needs for products and services. But, the real heart of the new economy will be about helping people need each other more. Read More

  • Disrupting the wrong stuff

    Disrupting the wrong stuff

    Author Tom Wolfe once wrote a book about the American space program called The Right Stuff. Last week I wrote a piece called Technology is disrupting everything. I don’t bring up Wolfe’s work to compare myself to him — that would be laughable — but because an astute reader named John G. Moore, Jr. left me a comment in that piece that got me thinking we are in fact… Read More

  • Technology is disrupting everything

    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 a society as we shift to an on-demand world. What struck me beyond how this new way of doing business is affecting us, was how technology was driving this change — and that the speed… Read More

  • Why Big Companies Keep Failing: The Stack Fallacy Crunch Network

    Why Big Companies Keep Failing: The Stack Fallacy

    Stack fallacy has caused many companies to attempt to capture new markets and fail spectacularly. When you see a database company thinking apps are easy, or a VM company thinking big data is easy  — they are suffering from stack fallacy. Stack fallacy is the mistaken belief that it is trivial to build the layer above yours. Read More

  • Advice For Higher-Yielding Agriculture Startups Crunch Network

    Advice For Higher-Yielding Agriculture Startups

    With interest and investment in food and agriculture startups reaching record levels, new entrepreneurs are entering this important sector, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives on how best to feed the world. While numerous opportunities exist to make a difference in this space, I’ve noticed some common pitfalls for new entrants. Read More

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