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Startups, you must raise this much to join the 1%
Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: Today, we are finding out how much money a startup needs to raise to be counted among the best-capitalized new companies in its home state. Why bother with this? Because for states... Read more
Mixed reality arcades are the next big market opportunity — but not for VCs
VR’s quest to become the next dominant computing platform has hit a few bumps in the road lately. There’s no way around the fact that VR headset sales have been sluggish. I recently talked about how I saw VR’s “trough of disillusionment” coming in 2017. Increasing adoption will require... Read more
How mobile technology is transforming lives in rural India
Melissa Jun Rowley Crunch Network Contributor Melissa Jun Rowley is a journalist, entrepreneur and activist focused on the intersection of storytelling, technology and social justice. As the founder and CEO of Humanise, Inc., she is developing The Toolbox, a data-driven humanitarian initiative created by musician Peter Gabriel. More posts... Read more
2017 is the year your startup gets funded
Nathan Beckord Crunch Network Contributor Nathan Beckord is the CEO of Foundersuite, a venture-backed startup that makes the leading CRM and investor update tools for entrepreneurs who are raising capital. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network The turn of the calendar is cathartic for entrepreneurs... Read more
Forget flying cars — passenger drones are the future
In the July 1924 issue of Popular Science, “Ace of Aces” fighter pilot E.V. Rickenbacker told readers to expect “Flying Autos in 20 Years.” Rickenbacker’s flying car would have retractable 12.5-foot wings, a sea-worthy hull and wheels to cruise America’s growing network of highways. Ninety-three years later, personal cars remain land-bound. But... Read more
As faith in government falters, data science and technology can help
With faith in government at an all-time low, it’s time for mayors, county executives and governors to do one concrete thing to make the delivery of government services better – appoint someone to lead government data efforts, often called a Chief Data Officer (CDO). It’s one of the smartest... Read more
Defense and Homeland Security Secretaries confirmed controlling $86.7 billion in tech spending
As the nation’s capital prepared to celebrate the inauguration of the nation’s 45th President, Senators confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominees for Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Retired Generals James (“Mad Dog”) Mattis and John F. Kelly were approved by votes of 98-1... Read more
Putting the “intelligent” machine in its place
Recent issues around machine learning biases and ethics make it clear that math and data can only take us so far. The recent fake news debacle and the efforts of some top researchers in natural language processing to address it show that sometimes even just defining the problem you’re... Read more
Consider ethics when designing new technologies
In the weeks since the U.S. presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been firefighting. Not literally, but figuratively. Widespread accusations assert that his social media company contributed to the election’s unexpected outcome by propagating fake news and “filter bubbles.” Zuckerberg has harshly refuted these allegations, but the case... Read more
Martin Puryear Crunch Network Contributor Martin Puryear is head of curriculum and technology at Coding Dojo, a 14-week coding bootcamp that teaches full-stack development. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Last January I wrote a TechCrunch post predicting the major programming trends of 2016. But... Read more