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Embracing the sharing economy for growth in China

Apr 11, 3:00AM

China Hangzhou skyscrapers, night landscape China’s track record for economic growth has been impressive in the last several decades, with China accounting for up to one-third of global growth in recent years. However, China is slowly transitioning from a manufacturing-reliant economy to one focused more on services. And, the sharing economy has become a large part of the service sector. Read More

Tagging may be the best way to make IoT contextually relevant and usable

Apr 11, 1:30AM

shutterstock internet of things With language like this, social networks become a natural point of interaction between people and things, and TAGs will make it seem effortless for us all. This is already the way existing entities on the Internet (including Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) create relevance and context for digital elements of graphics and text; it just needs to be extended to the things in the IoT. Read More

The iPad Pro is the most accessible computer Apple has ever built

Apr 10, 9:30PM

apple accessibility I contend that the iPad is in many ways *more* versatile than a laptop for people with disabilities. Computing and productivity isn’t always about a spec sheet or raw power or Photoshop. The iPad *is* a full-fledged computer, no question about it. After using a review unit for a while, I believe the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the most accessible computer Apple has ever built. Read More

Black Panther's artist and editor on diversity in comics and relaunching the iconic superhero

Apr 10, 8:59PM

black panther Marvel Comics just launched a new Black Panther series, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates (that’s right, the well-known journalist and author of New York Times bestseller Between The World and Me) and drawn by Brian Stelfreeze. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the character, he was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s — as a black superhero, he stood out at… Read More

Uncle Sam wants you… to hack the Pentagon

Apr 10, 8:30PM

uncle-sam-we-want-you1-kopie_1 My team, the Defense Digital Service (DDS) exists to bring in the best processes, talent, and technology from the private sector into the DoD. An offshoot from the United States Digital Service (USDS) at the White House, we’re tasked with transforming how the Pentagon builds and delivers digital services and products to three million civilian and military employees in the U.S. and around… Read More

7 lessons CEOs can learn from President Obama's video strategy

Apr 10, 8:00PM

YOUNGSTOWN, OH -  MAY 18:  U.S. President Barack Obama is seen on a video camera as he delivers a speech on jobs and the economy at the V&M Star Company May 18, 2010 in Youngstown, Ohio.  V&M Star manufactures pipe for the oil and gas industries.  (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Regardless of your political orientation, it is hard to argue against the success of the digital media strategy that President Obama and his team implemented to engage millions of Americans over the past two terms. Read More

Buying @Haje: How I got my given name as my Twitter handle for $250

Apr 10, 6:00PM

Haje on Twitter You’ll never guess how I got my given name as my Twitter handle. It involved a six-month campaign that included some light Internet stalking, badgering staff at Twitter, $250 and a visit to the patent office. In addition to being an early adopter, I’m an idiot. I failed to realize how big Twitter was going to become in the next decade, and, more importantly, what people would be… Read More

Apple is going all-in on celebrities to sell new Apple TV

Apr 10, 5:19PM

fathertime_still_frame.1001.00954718 After Cookie Monster, Taylor Swift, Alison Brie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Apple is releasing a new ad featuring a couple of celebrities. This time, basketball player Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan are sitting on a couch watching a Bryant biopic. Read More

Ground delivery robots: Passing fancy or next wave?

Apr 10, 4:10PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 9.09.35 AM “Every failed on demand startup will reappear as a successful robotics driven business in five to 10 years.” So tweeted Jeremy Conrad, founding partner of the San Francisco-based hardware fund Lemnos Labs, one recent afternoon. Conrad apparently means what he tweets, having investing in Marble, a new, San Francisco-based ground-delivery robot that will focus on ground-based… Read More

INNOVATE2016: Silicon Valley needs to address equality or risk being vilified in the U.S.

Apr 10, 3:30PM

Diversity Entrepreneurs and investors need to build innovative products and services that benefit everyone, and not just the privileged. Unless Silicon Valley becomes more inclusive, eventually the populists will begin to bracket big tech with big banks and big oil as an enemy of ordinary Americans. Read More

The open web is not going away

Apr 10, 3:00PM

Monument Valley on a Clear Blue Sky Day Dries Buytaert and Matt Mullenweg recently posted calls to arms in defense of the “open web.” I, too, am a believer in the open web. It delivers on the promise of the Internet: a world in which everyone is connected, and you can command as much attention as your content deserves. But I agree with them that it is threatened by dominant technology companies who have an economic… Read More

Autodesk looks to future of 3D printing with Project Escher

Apr 10, 2:13PM

3D printing a part with multiple nozzles. Like so many organizations these days, Autodesk is a company in transition. It was until recently a traditional boxed software company selling licenses. Today, it’s moving to a subscription model. Yet its own business model disruption is only part of the story. As a company steeped in the manufacturing design process, it’s seeing its customers looking to change as well — and… Read More

Can Israel build big, sustainable companies?

Apr 10, 11:30AM

Eden Shohat-1042 For all the “Start-up Nation” fanfare, Google’s acquisition of Waze – Israel’s highest profile start-up exit to date – was valued at just $1.1B. And, while Israel officially has two Unicorn companies on the CrunchBase list (more if you count companies like Taboola and WeWork), only a handful of Israeli companies have actually exited in the billion dollar range. Read More

GifGrabber re-emerges as Giphy Capture

Apr 10, 12:44AM

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 17.34.07 It looks like some of the $55m Giphy raised recently was burning a hole in its pocket: GifGrabber is now part of the Giphy family, and the new version of the app turned up in the Mac App store today. Along with a name-change, the new version has a new capture system for high-definition GIFs, new editing controls making it easy to caption, resize and trim GIFs, and a revamped user interface. Read More

The future of the car is not about propulsion

Apr 09, 11:00PM

pexels-photo-54278 I’m impatient to see breakthroughs in cars. I have high expectations for what Apple will do and respect for what Tesla has already done. I agree with Peter Thiel on the we-were-promised-jet-cars-but-got-140-characters thing, and with Larry Page who worries that Silicon Valley doesn’t throw the ball down the field enough. Read More

The delayed revolution in digital financial services

Apr 09, 7:00PM

money-earth Technology has transformed how we work, communicate and travel. In contrast, modern digital technology has not yet transformed financial services. Open data is the key to change in this sector of the economy. The time has come for the financial services industry to join the open data revolution. Read More

The funny things happening on the way to singularity

Apr 09, 3:00PM

3d printer golf ball People often ask me about the impact of 3D printing on jobs. Will the technology be a job creator or destroyer? The short answer is, it will take more jobs than it makes — and 3D printing is not alone. Technology will eventually make work obsolete. Our big problems are going to be figuring out how to survive the transition, then figuring out what to do with all that free time. Read More

Dear Facebook, why are Facebook Comments so unremittingly terrible?

Apr 09, 1:00PM

bathroom-graffiti For long months now, Facebook Comments have been riddled by some of the most transparent, eye-roll-inducing “I make a good salary working from home” spam you’ve ever seen. Every mail service can filter it out; but Facebook? Home to cutting-edge AI research, massively scalable services, some of the smartest software people in the world? Nope, spam appears to be beyond their… Read More

With EmoWatch your Apple Watch knows if you are :) or :(

Apr 09, 2:04AM

EmoWatch Siri is good for a lot of things, but she generally doesn’t care much whether you sound your usual perky self. Launching today is EmoWatch, a new app for your Apple Watch that will help you track your emotional state. EmoWatch is a technical demo for Smartmedical Corp’s Empath API, and it does what it needs to: Showing a read-out (in the form of a graph) of your moods throughout… Read More

6 insights into the French SaaS landscape

Apr 09, 12:00AM

Arc de triomphe Paris France As a Berlin-based VC firm focused on SaaS, we often get questions about the current state of the European cloud software landscape. To be able to answer these questions more precisely we decided to analyze each major European ecosystem, starting with France. Our goal was to find all the relevant players in the French cloud ecosystem — from early-stage startups to large public companies. Read More

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