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All on-demand models are not created equally

Apr 25, 3:00AM

spoons The end of on-demand is nigh. The media cover down rounds and startups winding down on a weekly basis, and, as funding stops, it seems as if every “Uber for X” is doomed to fail. However, all on-demand models are not created equally, and their potential for margin disruption should not be viewed through the same lens. Read More

NASA launches new X-plane program to create cleaner, more efficient planes

Apr 25, 1:19AM

[Illustration of X-plane concepts / Image courtesy of NASA] NASA has announced the launch of the “New Aviation Horizons” initiative, which will lead to a new generation of X-planes that are fueled by greener energy, use half the fuel, and are half as loud as commercial aircraft in use today. “NASA’s flight research program is on its way to creating a renaissance of an exciting era in aviation research.” Jim Banke,… Read More

Sirin Labs blasts into the secure smartphone space with a $72 million seed round

Apr 24, 11:05PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 2.30.00 PM A new high-end smartphone manufacturer Sirin Labs has raised a $72 million seed round from Singulariteam founder Moshe Hogeg, Kazakh businessman Kenges Rakishev, and the Chinese social networking service Renren to launch a secure smartphone to the consumer market. Read More

Tribeca's Storyscapes projects used technology to explore blindness, solitary confinement and more

Apr 24, 11:00PM

tribeca storyscapes As the Tribeca Film Festival winds down in New York City, we’re highlighting one of the most tech-driven parts of the event — Storyscapes, which showcased 10 works of virtual reality and interactive storytelling. At Storyscapes, I talked to the creators of Notes on Blindness (which won the juried Storyscapes award), 6×9, The Argus Project and Network Effect, among others.… Read More

The future is the trust economy

Apr 24, 10:00PM

trust As we get into cars with complete strangers, sleep in the beds of people we’ve never met and lend money to others on the other side of the world, a powerful new currency is emerging — and it’s based on trust. What’s striking about the shared economy is not the technology that has made it possible, but the vast changes it has triggered in society. Read More

How Facebook Connect changed the consumer internet

Apr 24, 8:00PM

When Facebook opened its API, the platform spawned a completely new way of distributing apps on the web. Developers now had unprecedented access and deep integration into many of Facebook’s core features, allowing anyone to sign up and start building. Read More

INNOVATE2016: Tech's revolutionary promise hinges on strong government relationships

Apr 24, 7:05PM

1776, Washington DC’s leading incubator of technology start-ups, describes itself as “where revolutions begin”… But that revolution will only begin in partnership with government, according to Brandon Pollack, the incubator’s director of global affairs. Read More

You never forget the pain, so try to avoid it

Apr 24, 7:00PM

fingerscrossed They say once you’ve had frostbite, you never forget the cold. A founder who has suffered a bad board, or board member, never forgets that, either. I took my company public at age 33 with a board of four: me, someone I trusted and two people who taught me the meaning of the word acrimony. I have been obsessed ever since with helping my founders pick the right board members and avoid… Read More

Why your wallet is becoming the next platform

Apr 24, 6:30PM

humanlending As digital wallets increasingly become the origination point for consumer spending, they will become THE platform for downstream financial services — creating an opportunity for startups and a problem for established players. Read More

How to quit your job the right way

Apr 24, 3:00PM

iquit It’s too easy to slip into melancholy and gloom. Corporations want to ultimately fire you, whether you like your job or not. Their entire purpose is to create and squeeze the efficiencies out of you until you drop dead or are no longer needed. Know when to jump. Read More

Technology is finally eliminating geography as a barrier to real estate investing

Apr 24, 3:00AM

earth-housing Real estate investing has long elicited a variety of emotions, running the gamut from excitement to anxiety. When dealing with significant sums of capital, feelings of apprehension tend to creep in, especially regarding neighborhood quality, tenant and property management issues and liquidity. But those feelings of apprehension should be balanced by the knowledge that real estate as an asset… Read More

The fall of the unicorns brings a new dawn for water bears

Apr 23, 10:00PM

image: shutterstock/Sebastian Kaulitzki Last year was a big year for unicorns. According to Venture Beat, there are now 229 unicorn startups, with $175 billion in funding and $1.3 trillion in valuation. In 2015 alone there were 81 new entrants crowned as the legendary beast. However, the glory did not last. We are starting to see the first signs of a tech slowdown. Read More

What's next for personal financial services?

Apr 23, 7:00PM

piggy bank Already there has been a huge amount invested in fintech in 2016, with investors funding close to $9 billion in January and February alone. It is a sector of innovation that shows no signs of slowing down. If 2015 was the year of the great “Bank Unbundling,” it was also a year that saw the emergence of a new landscape of financial influencers taking a seat at the table. Read More

Gillmor Gang: Purple Tears

Apr 23, 5:00PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Thursday, April 21, 2016. The sudden death of the Artist Forever Known as Prince reverberates across generations, decades, and the melting pot of pop, soul, funk, and rock and roll. As the presidential race settles into a social media-led micro-messaging revolution, we’re in for… Read More

OMGYES is a video platform that helps women achieve orgasm

Apr 23, 3:30PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 10.29.42 AM I know that sounds like porn, but in reality OMGYES is actually an education platform. The startup is tackling a subject that’s still shockingly taboo with concrete research and user-friendly content to teach women (and their partners) how to get to climax. The startup got its start with more than 1000 in-depth interviews with women over Skype, learning about techniques, rhythms and… Read More

When will AI and NLP actually turn Siri into your best friend?

Apr 23, 3:00PM

robot-friend The discussion around robots has only increased in the past few years. But beyond the physical capabilities of robots, the bigger question is what robots’ minds will be capable of in the future. How will we communicate with a robot’s mind? Will it only act in the physical world or will it also be able to act in the Internet world? Read More

Match-fixing comes to the world of e-sports

Apr 23, 2:30PM

14857571158_0014882b8b_o In the world of professional eSports these days, money doesn’t rain — it pours. The stakes are high and the competition can be cut-throat, especially given the payday waiting at the end of a match. But the flood of money has brought an unexpected innovation in the way players are cashing in (and cashing out) in the vast virtual world of online gaming — match-fixing.… Read More

The FBI is working hard to keep you unsafe

Apr 23, 1:00PM

Unsafe-at-Any-Speed Did you know that the US government is sitting on its own Strategic Zero-Day Reserve? A “zero-day” is a software vulnerability that allows adversaries to bypass or reduce security restrictions; lets them hack systems which use that software, basically. These are not restricted to shady criminal hackers. They are strategic weapons in the hands of nation-states, including America.… Read More

CERN releases 300TB of Large Hadron Collider data into open access

Apr 23, 12:10AM

LHC_data_at_your_fingertips Cancel your plans for this weekend! CERN just dropped 300 terabytes of hot collider data on the world and you know you want to take a look. Read More

Tech's new diversity leaders explain how they plan to fix sexism and racism in the industry

Apr 22, 11:19PM

IMG_1146 Tech’s freshman class of diversity and inclusion leaders gathered at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s PUSHTech 2020 conference today to answer the question, “What now?” Within the last six months, Dropbox, Pinterest, Airbnb, Twitter and Intuit have all hired employees charged with correcting their diversity problems. Read More

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