This race comes down to two questions: What kind of future do we want for ourselves, our kids, and our grandkids? And how do we make it a reality? My opponent and I have very different views - not just about what makes America great and what we should do to make it even greater, but also about that basic question of how progress happens at all.
If you ask Wall Street, Twitter is in trouble. The user-base is growing, but not quickly enough. Ad revenue is growing too, but not as quickly as it once did. The only answer to this leveling-out, it seems, is the platform's acquisition by a bigger corporate bird, which can regurgitate an influx of capital and absorb our tweets into its own data-craving metabolism.
Speaking at a Strictly VC event in Palo Alto, noted venture capital investor Marc Andreessen talked about why he abruptly quit Twitter this week. "I feel 50 pounds lighter" without it, he quipped. "I feel free as a bird," Andreessen added, seemingly referencing Twitter's logo.
Some people think YC only funds software startups. That's definitely not the case - YC's largest exit to date is a self-driving car company, Cruise Automation, and we've funded many other hard technology companies like Gingko Bioworks, Oklo, Helion, Rigetti Computing, OpenAI, Perlara, uBiome, Verge Genomics, X-Zell, Athelas, Auro Robotics, Bagaveev, Boom, Gecko Robotics, Multiply Labs, OpenTrons, Varden Labs, Atomwise, Transcriptic, IronOx, 20n, Bikanta, Industrial Microbes, Cofactor Genomics and many more.
Illustration by Justin Metz Over the past four years, readers have doubtlessly noticed quantum leaps in the quality of a wide range of everyday technologies. Most obviously, the speech-recognition functions on our smartphones work much better than they used to. When we use a voice command to call our spouses, we reach them now.
Afters years of waiting, Spotify has finally launched its music streaming service in Japan. We reported earlier this month that the launch would happen before September is out, and the company just about delivered on that timeframe.
Series F rounds are as rare as employed philosophy majors. We had a burning question: What's the matriculation rate of startups from round to round? In other words, if 100 startups raise a Seed round, how many of those will go on to raise a Series A, and then a Series B?
Latin America just might be the most over-looked emerging market on the planet. The venture dollars in Latin America can't hold a candle to India or China (compare China's $11.8B in new VC funds for the first half of 2016, down 14% according the WSJ, to Latin America's $218M), and the region's 600M inhabitants get overlooked by investors who think that you need to reach a billion users to be a "real startup."
John Greathouse ( @johngreathouse ) is a partner at Rincon Venture Partners , a venture-capital firm, and previously a serial entrepreneur. Mr. Greathouse also teaches at University of California at Santa Barbara. Professional women, are you properly curating your online first impression? We create an immediate impression of everyone we encounter, whether online or in-person.
The world's largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data's value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whomever owns the data, effectively owns AI.
That's the threat. But the Assistant also presents Google with a delicious opportunity. The "Star Trek" computer is no metaphor. The company believes that machine learning has advanced to the point that it is now possible to build a predictive, all-knowing, superhelpful and conversational assistant of the sort that Captain Kirk relied on to navigate the stars.
goTenna Team is raising funds for goTenna Mesh: Off-Grid, People-Powered Connectivity Anywhere on Kickstarter! Communicate without cell, wifi & satellites using your existing smartphone. Relay messages through other users to extend range!
b8ta, the retail store that sells trendy tech gadgets, recently raised a $7 million Series A round led by TriplePoint Ventures with participation from Khosla Ventures, Fifth Wall Ventures, Macerich and Eniac Ventures. b8ta also received $8 million in debt funding and previously raised a $4.5 million seed round.
Techstars has selected the first class for its New York-based internet of things accelerator. It's the first program that Techstars has done with a consortium of industry partners instead of just linking up with a single, large corporate partner. For the accelerator, the first class is the culmination of a year of work putting the pieces together for the new initiative.
From emoji to stickers (and selfies-as-stickers) to filters (and the " Instagrammification of everything"), there's a new era of social self-expression happening - enabled by always-accessible cameras on smartphones, now too on sunglasses; real-time computer vision/ A.I.; social media; and more.
A lot of weird stuff has been happening to data inside the internet's walled gardens. It has been getting shut down by the people who own the sites we all depend on. There's a protest going on at Facebook over the issue right now.
I've hired hundreds of tech employees, and recently started Comparably to make workplace compensation and culture more transparent. Most private tech companies offer equity as part of team members' compensation package, but employees rarely understand the value and most important aspects of this arrangement . Stock compensation is complex, and there are many hidden rules.