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Stroy Moyd’s dating show in an Uber goes from meme to mainstream

By |December 31st, 2016|

 For years, Oakland based standup Stroy Moyd has been driving for Uber and Lyft part-time to generate supplemental income. It’s a familiar story to anyone in a creative industry— even though Moyd was headlining at top San Francisco clubs like the Punch Line and Cobbs, and opening for icons like Dave Chappelle at Fox Theater in Oakland, comedy --> READ MORE

Reverse-engineering the universal translator

By |December 31st, 2016|

 Cinema critics keep raving about Arrival, a sci-fi drama focusing on one linguist’s attempts to decipher an alien language. Star Trek recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As a language geek and a sci-fi fan, I felt it only logical to look into the feasibility of the universal translator, the device used by the crew of --> READ MORE

How male allies can support women in technology

By |December 31st, 2016|

 There are so many reasons that men should get involved and be true allies to women in tech: It’s the right thing to do. It’s good for business. Diverse teams that reflect the end user create better results for customers. Male allies respect and appreciate their female teammates. They believe in equality. But you’re not --> READ MORE

Toymakers are the early adopters pushing AR into the mainstream

By |December 31st, 2016|

 One indicator of how the market is apparently more comfortable with AR than it is with its immersive sibling, VR, is that one of its earliest adopters are toymakers. Read More Source: News

Kayako’s CEO on building a bootstrapped business

By |December 31st, 2016|

 Kayako isn’t a new company — the bootstrapped business has been around for 16 years — but it does have an interesting story. Kayako has never taken outside funding. It has offices in three countries, is profitable and continues to grow. TechCrunch visited their London headquarters to chat with founder and CEO Varun Shoor to --> READ MORE

Weekly Roundup: Obama imposes sanctions on Russian intelligence, Snapchat and Oculus eat up startups

By |December 31st, 2016|

 This year, Donald Trump’s U.S. election triumph sent Silicon Valley into a spiral of uncertainty, Facebook addressed its fake news problem, the IPO landscape saw little action and the UK separated form the EU. Snapchat rebranded to Snap Inc. and launched its Spectacles hardware product. Twitter is still fighting its abuse problem, Yahoo suffered two --> READ MORE

2017 will be a strong year for venture capital

By |December 31st, 2016|

 What does my crystal ball say about the outlook for venture capital in 2017? The building blocks of a better year are in place. Many venture capital firms are flush with cash, startup valuations have become more reasonable, technology industry M&A is robust and the technology IPO market is improving. Read More Source: News

Why you probably won’t invest in the next unicorn

By |December 30th, 2016|

 Value creation in enterprise tech is often driven by a cohort of exits, while value creation in consumer tech is generally driven by large, individual exits — a phenomenon I recently dug into. What the data revealed is that there is of late a trend of larger consumer exits, such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. --> READ MORE

Meet the five startups vying for Best App at the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards

By |December 30th, 2016|

 2016 sucked, if we’re being honest with ourselves. But the year wasn’t a total waste. The world of tech offered up a few shining stars in 2016, and in the era of apps, five standouts were nominated as finalists for The Best App of 2016 award. As the show grows nigh, we thought it might --> READ MORE

The top 10 best of VR in 2016

By |December 30th, 2016|

 After spending the better part of 2016 researching, analyzing and experimenting in the Virtual Reality industry, here is what I’ve found to be the Top 10 VR experiences of the past year. This subjectively compiled list is informed by my own experiences spending more than 100 hours in Virtual Reality across all major platforms, as --> READ MORE