Don’t make founders’ equity even

 Sometimes I think about replacing the table in my office with a sofa and a box of tissues. I’m a lawyer, but sometimes I feel like a therapist. When startup … Continue Reading →


How much does it matter if your software quality sucks?

 I ran across a fascinating piece by Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures this week, provocatively titled: “Why Startup Technical Diligence Is A Waste Of Time.” You should go read it, … Continue Reading →


Recasting Silicon Valley’s role in society

 At Bloomberg’s recent technology confab in San Francisco, Marc Andreessen offered a vision for entrepreneurship, defining it as the ability to see how the world potentially could be, then inventing … Continue Reading →


Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene

 It wasn’t so long ago that venture capital was a suburban California phenomenon. Los Angeles didn’t have much in terms of a real tech scene — and even San Francisco … Continue Reading →


Building as a modular gadget

 Researchers and companies have been exploring new ways to improve buildings through analytics software, prefabrication, connected devices, new materials and construction automation. It’s striking that most of these efforts are … Continue Reading →


The assimilation of robots into the workforce as peers, not replacements

 One might ask why we would ever want to create robots that can do human work when we have so many people who need jobs. The goal of robotics should … Continue Reading →


The government should be measured in its reaction to the Tesla crash 

 While I acknowledge and appreciate the role of governmental agencies to protect its citizens from harm, I encourage the NHTSA to be rational and measured in their response. Today, the … Continue Reading →


Bad UX kills

 It clogs systems, causes accidents, wastes energy and makes people unhappy. It’s more than a bad experience on a website — in cities, bad user experience (UX) design can actually … Continue Reading →


Waiting for the right professional network

 Today there is enough data available to bring people of similar or adjacent profiles closer, and inform them about signals and contexts where they could either help, pay it forward … Continue Reading →


Hacking poverty through mobile tech and social entrepreneurship

 In Silicon Valley the term “hacker” has evolved to connote high praise for someone particularly creative, ingenious and adept at finding clever new ways to accomplish a difficult task. And … Continue Reading →


Why did Unilever pay $1B for Dollar Shave Club?  

 Personal care; food; beverages — in category after category, the pattern is the same. We are seeing the systematic outsourcing of R&D to new retail and consumer brands just launching … Continue Reading →


Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code

 There’s a reason why a college education still demands a level of proficiency in various topics, as well as offers a bulk of elective credits. Even at 20 years old, … Continue Reading →


The role of higher education in entrepreneurship

 The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report recently published rankings of university entrepreneurship. Among the top 12 schools, the two lists share but a single institution. How can … Continue Reading →


Bot influencers are the programmatic future of conversational advertising

 In the near future, ads will just be part of the conversation. Bots, and the AI technologies that drive them, are taking huge leaps forward in sophistication and reach. While … Continue Reading →


Combine design thinking and digital health to provide for the underserved

 When it comes to healthcare and wellness, the population of people needing support is quite diverse. Not everyone has adequate health insurance, disposable income for a gym membership or education … Continue Reading →


Why and how chatbots will dominate social media

 Since the early 2000s, brands have experimented with social media platforms to communicate with customers and prospects — first through weblogs, then eventually through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. … Continue Reading →


CrunchBase sees some slowing for early-stage venture in the second quarter

 As in past quarters, a high portion of the largest early stage fundings went to life science companies developing breakthrough therapeutics platforms. Internet and technology companies also closed some big … Continue Reading →


Powering the golden age of audio

 Audio, the spoken word, is humanity’s primary means of sentient communication: the sounds a fetus hears in utero; a lover’s whisper; a marriage proposal… all leave deep imprints on our … Continue Reading →


Dollar Shave Club CEO Michael Dubin on Unilever Acquisition

 Michael Dubin took improv classes early in his career, and humor has long played a role in the culture of DSC. He’s even adapted some lessons from improv to the … Continue Reading →


Dollar Shave Club CEO Michael Dubin on the Unilever acquisition

 Michael Dubin took improv classes early in his career, and humor has long played a role in the culture of DSC. He’s even adapted some lessons from improv to the … Continue Reading →


Tony Fadell speaks out about innovation, revolution, Nest, Steve Jobs and entrepreneurship

 At a time when Silicon Valley is so focused on software, Tony reminds us that being truly revolutionary requires a combination of both great hardware and great software. A few … Continue Reading →


New ticketing technologies will open more doors to live entertainment

 Teams and artists aren’t able to manage their businesses effectively, e.g. they cannot move prices in real-time in response to changes in supply and demand (closed ticketing systems don’t expose … Continue Reading →


Only the privileged fear a robot revolution

 Leading venture capitalists, scientists and CEOs all have the same prediction for AI: machines will take jobs away, “eat the world” and, ultimately, overthrow humanity. These histrionics have driven a … Continue Reading →


How international students are keeping US colleges afloat and powering the tech industry

 Think back on your college experience and you may recall the presence of an on-campus residence set aside for international students. The fact that there was likely only one house … Continue Reading →


Hearing health in tech

 Something as indispensable as hearing aids — which cost upwards of $5,000 (and that’s just for the basics) — should be as accessible and, frankly, affordable as a smartphone. Considering … Continue Reading →


Using digital screens to inspire better health

 Digital signage is an industry that just keeps getting bigger. Most digital signage customers use screens to sell advertising space, provide information or assist wayfinding. The really good ones look … Continue Reading →


How startups can compete with enterprises in artificial intelligence and machine learning

 When I woke up this morning, I asked my assistant a simple question: “Siri, is it going to rain today?” Siri understood my intent, pulled the local weather data via … Continue Reading →


Why the top 5 tech companies are dead set on AI

 At nearly every major technology event for the past five years we’ve been given at least one “wow” moment — when one of the big players would unveil some sort … Continue Reading →



How generation Z females could be the answer to tech’s gender diversity problem

 While the biggest names in tech strive to close the gender gap and build more inclusive working environments, the pool of talent on offer is predominantly male. The truth is, … Continue Reading →


How to change the world… one bot at a time

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How Drake can help you understand your business

 As a founder or someone working in a startup, the main priority is always staying alive. Every ounce of your budget needs to be spent efficiently. It’s all about difficult … Continue Reading →


Bursting the chatbot bubble

 Chatbots seem to be climbing the proverbial peak of the tech hype curve with every passing day. Popular messaging apps have been attempting to outdo each other in terms of … Continue Reading →


Big data and its developer fallout

 As the internet social turf wars continue to mature, the land grab is becoming much better understood. With a few companies controlling 95 percent of the social data, the internet … Continue Reading →


The email, data and privacy implications of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn

 We all took a collective gasp when we saw the price tag of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can pause and reflect … Continue Reading →


Immersion is going to be immense

 Pokémon; Macbeth; the Illuminati. Those may not sound like they have a lot in common, but they exemplify the three whole new forms of technology-driven entertainment that have erupted in … Continue Reading →


Let’s start getting excited about robots taking our jobs

 A recent Pew report found that a majority of Americans believe that most human jobs could be automated by 2065. It’s no wonder, then, that talk about technological unemployment is … Continue Reading →


Removing the human element from autonomous commercial drones

 Since the industrial revolution, economic advancement has been achieved by increasing efficiency and reducing human labor through greater mechanical autonomy driven by technological innovation. For many, commercial drones represent the … Continue Reading →


Your website may be engaged in secret criminal activity

 Most of us think of website hacks as illicit activities aimed at siphoning critical information or disrupting the business of website owners. But what happens when your site becomes hacked, … Continue Reading →


You can’t have financial inclusion without digital inclusion

 Technology alone is not the answer, but the promise of blockchain could act as an enabler for a decentralized global identity database, where the people owned their own identity and … Continue Reading →