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We’ve finally agreed: Techpocalypse is coming. Two questions remain: When and who?

For nearly ten years, Valley watchers have freaked out about a re-inflating of the dot com bubble.<p>And for the better part of that decade or so, there …

Bitcoin: Another Banking Headache

<i>William Mougayar is a Toronto-based angel investor and four-time entrepreneur who advises startups on strategy and marketing. Here, in the first of a</i> …

14 brilliant venture capitalists you need to be listening to right now

The best venture capitalists provide insight and support that can make the difference between a startup failing or succeeding. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, many VCs don't leave that advice-giving at the office, and choose to dispense their thoughts to the masses — on Twitter or on personal …

The Most Valuable Employees: Snapchat Doubles Facebook

Startups run on huge promises with lean staff, but how do they stack up against their public peers?<p>We compare the world’s 11 most valuable startup—those with a valuation of at least $10 billion–with their publicly-listed peers. While public companies are required to disclose their latest employee …

Chart of the day: Venture capital outperformed the stock market

U.S. venture capital funds outperformed the public stock markets in 2014, according to new research published this morning by research firm Cambridge …

SoftBank Capital to Wind Down as Nikesh Arora Shifts Investing Strategy

Arora wants to move toward fewer, but bigger, investments in more mature businesses.<p>Nikesh Arora is putting his stamp on SoftBank Corp. as its new president, and its venture arm is feeling the impact.<p>The Japanese investment giant, led by CEO Masayoshi Son, is winding down SoftBank Capital, its …

Venture Capital

HEDGE FUND INTERN: A 'monkey' could be a junior banker at a place like Goldman Sachs

They're trying to build careers on the buy-side, or hedge funds and private equity firms, instead.<p>Whether they're student-investment club leaders or just really young and keen, many young financiers are looking to dodge the two-year analyst gigs that have traditionally been a rite of passage on the …

Why Biotech Stocks Are So Wildly Unpredictable

To understand why some investors are growing nervous about the biotech sector, consider the recent IPO of Axovant Sciences. The company was founded …

Biotechnology

Turning Water Problems Into Business Opportunities

Tamin Pechet Contributor<p>Tamin Pechet is the founder of Banyan Water and founder and chairman of Imagine H2O.<p>California Governor Jerry Brown recently imposed mandatory water restrictions to combat severe drought that “demands unprecedented action.” Many investors have grown familiar with the global …

Best Tools for Designer, Developer & Marketer

Photoshop Adobe<p>Photoshop is a popular image changing software package. It is widely used by photographers for photo editing and by graphic designers …

17 startups in Asia that caught our eye

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us. …

Startups

Germany's most popular paid app is a secure messenger loved by millions — now it's taking on the US

Created in 2012, Threema prides itself on its end-to-end encryption and security features. It's a minnow next to big messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. WhatsApp has 800 million monthly active users; in contrast, Threema has just 3.5 million.<p>But Threema's userbase <i>has</i> skyrocketed by …

This startup thinks it has solved the biggest problem banks have with bitcoin

Elliptic, a bitcoin analytics and storage startup based in London, thinks it's just made a huge breakthrough that could make banks way more …

Bitcoin

The Bitcoin Startup that Helps Muslims Get Loans Without Breaking Islamic Law

Matthew Martin is using the digital currency to circumvent Islamic rules about finance.<p>Matthew J. Martin is a 30-year-old who grow up in Earlville, New York as the son of a teacher and a skilled blue collar worker. He now lives in San Francisco, where he is building a business around using Bitcoin …

OpenBazaar could be America's most dangerous tech startup

Reports emerged last week that venture capital giants Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures are investing $1 million in OpenBazaar, an online …

Some of tech's biggest investors are funding a police-proof marketplace that lets you sell literally anything

However, the company is at pains to make clear that it isn't trying to create a "Silk Road 3.0." Lead developer Brian Hoffman spoke emphatically against "misuse" of the platform when I talked to him, instead arguing it has the potential to revolutionise online commerce — a next-generation Etsy with …

Lessons From A Study of Perfect Pitch Decks: VCs Spend An Average of 3 Minutes, 44 Seconds On Them

DocSend, a startup that provides people with a secure and private way of sharing files like offer letters or legal agreements, studied more than 200 pitchdecks to figure out the right way to graduate from bootstrapped to seed-funded, or from angels to a Series A.<p>They partnered with Harvard Business …

Venture Capital

Google Atap: touch-sensitive jeans, tiny radar and the death of the password

Photograph: Info/Getty Images<p>Abacus is its name, password killing is its game.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/1/1433156664613/43851ed7-dd9f-4670-8f14-8d3e4a946c8a-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Info/Getty Images<p>Abacus is its name, password killing is its …

Optical Adjustment

<i>Logic vs. Designers</i><p>In my early days as a designer, I relied on Photoshop or CSS to tell me whether something was right or wrong. If Photoshop …

UI Design

6 Questions Entrepreneurs Should Ask During An Investor Meeting

When was the last time you made an investment?<p>Seed stage VCs should be making investments, actively. If the investor hasn’t made an investment in the …

Venture Capital

Tomorrow’s Advance Man

Marc Andreessen’s plan to win the future.<p>On a bright October morning, Suhail Doshi drove to Silicon Valley in his parents’ Honda Civic, carrying a laptop with a twelve-slide presentation that was surely worth at least fifty million dollars. Doshi, the twenty-six-year-old C.E.O. of a data-analytics …

You could have gotten an MBA's worth of venture capital education from a few VC Twitter exchanges yesterday

What is more exhilarating than venture capitalists, angel investors, and Silicon Valley talking heads spending a nice little Friday in May debating …

What The Contrarians Are Thinking Now

Every year I get invited to the Contrarian dinner in London, a select gathering of awkward squad investors, technical gurus and fund managers. When I can go I do, because the market is driven by the herd and it is the contrarians who follow no one that plot the trajectories the herd will take, when …

Wi-Fi hack creates 'no iOS zone' that cripples iPhones and iPads

The only solution for Apple users? Leave the affected area immediately<p>A newly revealed bug in iOS lets attackers force iPhones and iPads into restart loops, repeatedly crashing and rebooting, using nothing but aWi-Fi network.<p>Once the user has entered what its discoverer, security researchers …

cripples

This Is How Tech Will Totally Change Our Lives by 2025

The ever-increasing hunger for data will fundamentally change the way we live our lives over the next decade. That’s according to a new report by the …

Internet of Things

The Next Billion Dollar Startups

Startups that jump out to billion-dollar valuations are so rare they've come to be known as unicorns. We at FORBES, in cooperation with TrueBridge Capital Partners,* went hunting for the next wave of startups that are flying under the radar but getting ready to pop. We surveyed venture firms for …

A 28-year-old 'financial prodigy' built a hundred million dollar insurance empire that now might be worthless

Burns is now 28 and retreated to South Carolina after resigning from Southport Lane in early 2014, according to a profile of Burns and his investment from The Wall Street Journal's Mark Maremont and Leslie Scism.<p>Burns' resignation came after he checked himself into a mental health ward at Bellevue …