Nicole Felice Lopez

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A Quick Introduction to Neural Networks

An Artificial Neural Network (ANN) is a computational model that is inspired by the way biological neural networks in the human brain process …

Nervana’s $400M+ Buyout Reflects Key Tech Trend in Machine Learning

On the day after Intel announced its acquisition of San Diego machine learning startup Nervana Systems, investor Steve Jurvetson told me he was …

The bias against women 'is so much worse' in tech than in science, says this startup founder

So when she left the world of science and engineering to found her own startup, she didn't think she'd face any pushback. She'd had years of experience, training from one of the best universities in the world and an idea that she was 100% confident would succeed.<p>But she immediately found that the …

Whoever Owns the Maps Owns the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Inside the battle to own the data that will drive the automotive industry of tomorrow.<p>You never forget your first ride in a self-driving car. The precision and reliability of an autonomous car, far greater than a human driver can provide, is a revelation. It's a visceral confirmation that a bold …

Car Tech

4 Things Futurist Alvin Toffler Predicted About Work Back in 1970

The author of 'Future Shock' died earlier this week. Here's what he got right about the way we now do business.<p>When it was published in 1970, Alvin Toffler's <i>Future Shock</i> painted a picture--at times surprising and other times grim--of what future societies would look like. Some of the prophecies, …

Why You Should Avoid Entrepreneurship

It is a ride many people dream about and most wish they had never gotten on.<p><i>This article was written for visionaries and masochists alike.</i><p>During a particularly tough business cycle, I asked my friend and mentor Rick Voirin about whether it was the right time for me to change the direction of one of …

Entrepreneurship

Emotional Advertising: How Brands Use Feelings to Get People to Buy

3 soon-to-be social media trends you can profit on

What is the next big wave of social media?<p>Maybe it’s Peach — or another hot new social network. Maybe it’s a strategy like posting times or text faces.<p>It’s really hard to say!<p>(And yet here I am saying it…)<p>To ride the wave of <b>the next big thing in social media</b>, it often takes a lot of …

Warby Parker

38 Startup Pitch Decks From Companies That Changed The World

To celebrate the launch of my book The Art of Startup Fundraising, I thought it would be interesting to put together a blog post with a good amount …

Venture Capital

Startups: Never Start With More Than a Minimum Viable Product

<i>It's almost always a bad idea to try and launch with more than you need.</i><p>When you come up with an idea for a business--and I'm talking moment of conception here--it's usually very simple. You see X need and develop Y solution for it. Then, you go nuts thinking about all the improvements, expansions, …