product design

As ad dollars erode, tech investments point the way forward for networks

There's no doubt that linear advertising revenues are going to decline in the coming years for big networks. Squeezed by Facebook and Google on one side, and impossible consumer expectations created b

Report: Facebook gave special investigator Robert Mueller detailed info on Russian ad buys

An official for Facebook told TechCrunch that the company is “continuing to cooperate with the relevant U.S. authorities,” as investigations into the Russian hack of last year’s pres

Advertising giants leave little room for adtech startups, and VCs are noticing

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor What did VCs study in college? Charting the adoption of direct st

In a tech-saturated world, customer feedback is everything

I’ve found that the most valuable design tool in the 21st century is rather old-fashioned: customer feedback. Technology has produced huge breakthroughs in design. A product can be ideated, prototyp

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

When Crowdfunding Fails The Backers Are Left With No Way Out

A few years ago an enterprising programmer dug through Kickstarter’s data to figure out how many failed projects there really were. Thanks to a trick in the coding, however, none showed up. This

The Billion Dollar Mind Trick

Yin asked not to be identified by her real name. A young addict in her mid-twenties, she lives in Palo Alto and, despite her addiction, attends Stanford University. She has all the composure and polis

The Futurist: The Impending Liberation Of Mobile Phone Designs

Much of a phone’s form factor is a result of the need for the device to, above all else, work as a phone. That is, it must be held against your face. Of course, this is changing. The past few ye

The Futurist: Making Products Better or… CrunchGear Original Concept Designs

We live in an ergonomically-challenged world. It really is amazing how much our appliances and gadgets rely on archaic designs that are almost senselessly stress-inducing So we got to thinking—what