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News - This week’s episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley show ‪used the term #‎brainrape.* Brainrape refers to when an angel or VC feigns interest in investing in your startup, only to get access to your startup's proprietary information....
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Op-ED - The Ellen Pao vs Kleiner gender discrimination case further amplified the volume of the debate over the lack of diversity in tech be it VC, but also amongst angel investors and of course founders/entrepreneurs. While some have openly...
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Cool Tech - I’ve seen the new face of Search, and it ain’t Google. What is it you ask? It is a text message. Wait, what? A text message?! Alex, this really makes no sense?! Ah, but it does. Read on, and you will see why… The Rise...
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Advertising - Recently, it has become popular to brag about how large a business has become without spending a single dollar on marketing. If true, such a statement paints a powerful story about how a product resonates with customers. If they...
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Op-ED - The technology start-up market is "overheated", a top venture capitalist (VC) told CNBC, although he stopped short of saying it was in a bubble. "We are seeing the market overheat," Fred Destin, a partner at venture capital firm...
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Advice - Even though Big Data has now been around for a few years, the opportunities for startups seem to keep growing, just as the amount of data keeps growing. According to IBM, companies have captured more data in the last two years than...
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Advice - Many startup pitches start off with the simple claim that something is broken. “Email is broken.” “Messaging is broken.” “Advertising is broken.” If you hear too many pitches, you might start wondering how anything gets...
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Advice - The year is 2019 in the month of November. Above your head there are cars flying through the skies, advertisements from every direction beckoning you to colonies on other planets, and a breed of life-like, androids called Replicants...
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Bitcoin - Bitcoin is still very much in its infancy. When most people think of Bitcoin today, they remember the salacious news stories of hackers making off with millions of dollars, or the hugely volatile currency that seems to have been...
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Op-ED - Prominent money managers are warning of a bubble in some technology stocks and recommending that investors avoid emerging markets in favor of Europe. "The high probability is when you look back on this period five years from now,...
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Advice - Silicon Valley companies are getting acquisitive, but not necessarily in the traditional sense. In recent months, some investors and observers have taken aim at "acqui-hiries"—wherein a big company buys a startup for the sake of...
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Advice - The future is bright for journalism, but not for the old breed of journalists I was recently at a dinner convened around the future of media that included a handful of journalists and a good variety of individuals involved in the...
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Apps - Thousands of irrelevant messages, inefficient search, full inboxes, missed calendar appointments—we all rely on email at work, but it's hardly ideal. In fact, it could be worse than that, with some arguing it's the cause of...
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#NYCTech - Recently, David Chang – the wildly popular celebrity chef behind Momofuku – moved into the world of tech. He’s elected to become the “Chief Culinary Officer” for the new food delivery app, Maple, which will launch in New...
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Op-ED - The lofty valuations of some startups have come into question lately, with a few noted venture capitalists arguing over ride-sharing service Uber in particular. Bill Gurley, who led investments in many noteworthy tech start-ups,...
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Op-ED - The topic of diversity in tech continues to make national headlines. In nearly every instance, the conversation is about the efforts underway in Silicon Valley. Even the region’s most recognized accelerator, Y Combinator made USA...