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8Mar/15Off

Selling A Wearable Apple

img_4135 “Oh, Apple’s making a luxury watch thing, of course it hired the CEO of Burberry to pitch it.” That’s the common line of thinking when it comes to how Apple will change its retail operations to sell the watch. But I think that’s shortsighted, and ignores several realities about Apple then and now — and whether Apple is actually a luxury retailer. The… Read More

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8Mar/15Off

Smule CEO Jeff Smith Is Weirdly Optimistic About The Music Industry

smule map “I think this is one of the most exciting times to be in the music business.” That’s not a sentiment I hear very often, but it’s what Smule CEO Jeff Smith told me this week. You could, I suppose, classify this as typical startup bluster — After all, Smith and I were talking about the success that Smule has been seeing with social music apps like Sing! Karaoke.… Read More

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8Mar/15Off

The Race To Make Everyone A Livestreamer

Meerkat HotTub One by one, technology has unlocked communication mediums for the masses. Ways of sharing once reserved for those in positions of influence with professional equipment are now open to everyone with a smartphone. What once only a journalist or TV star could do is now a possibility for those who were merely passive consumers. Each advancement wrestles power away from top-down control of ideas… Read More

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8Mar/15Off

Hope And Fear Drove The $120B Mobile Internet Deal Explosion

moneyphone Hoping for $700 billion in mobile Internet revenue, and fearing over 30 percent online cannibalization, mobile deal makers shattered records last year. It’s party time for mobile entrepreneurs and investors. Read More

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SugarCRM Buys Mobile Startup Stitch, Shuts It Down

feat-desktop1 SugarCRM, a CRM and open source rival to Salesforce, has made an acquisition to help the company raise its game on the mobile front. It has acquired and is shutting down Stitch, a startup co-founded by ex-Salesforce execs that created a mobile-first platform and iOS app for salespeople to proactively follow and close deals.   News of the sale has not been publicly confirmed but… Read More

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8Mar/15Off

Venture’s Angels

femalevc Gender diversity statistics in technology are depressingly, familiarly, terrible. Top tech companies have an average of ~70 percent male workforce, with board and c-suite diversity in the single digits. Venture capital funding is similarly grim with only 6 percent of funds employing female funders, down from 10 percent in 1999. One marked shift from the last dot-com boom however, is the rise… Read More

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8Mar/15Off

The Business Of Privacy On Show At MWC

Blackphone and Blackphone 2 Privacy was a theme bubbling under the surface at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow — even more so than last year when Silent Circle and Geeksphone grabbed attention with demos of a privacy-centric smartphone called Blackphone. Read More

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8Mar/15Off

On Secretly Terrible Engineers

9368358587_914caa1596_o They lurk, unnoticed in the great halls of engineering that are the office strips along Highway 101. “Programmers” not programmers, people who have cheated, stolen, and lied their way through engineering careers without anyone realizing they can’t code. They are among us, incompetent Cylons secretly plotting to undermine us at a crucial time. Secretly terrible engineers… Read More

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Game Over For Storybricks

Storybricks co-founders' Stéphane Bura, Rodolfo Rosini, and Brian Green. After a courageous 5 years, it’s game over for Storybricks, the AI gaming startup best known for its work on EverQuest Next, the upcoming new release in the EverQuest MMORPG franchise. Read More

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The State Of Enterprise Tech In NYC

sweepingnyc It’s often touted that NYC is home to major industries including financial services, media, advertising, healthcare, and manufacturing. In fact, 52 of the Fortune 500 are headquartered in New York, with NYC having more Fortune 500 companies than any other city in the country. While the corporate side of the equation is well known, what is lesser known is how much our enterprise… Read More

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