Chris Liaw

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Best Pitch Decks: The Early Stage Pitch Decks Of The Hottest Funded Startups

What does it take to create a winning pitch deck that gets your startup funded?<p>Whether you are still at seed stage, or are preparing for a follow up series of funding, a lot of your success is riding on a few slides. Not long ago I covered the pitch deck template that was created by Silicon Valley …

Startups

Scala: A Hybrid Language for Big Data

Scala is a highly scalable general purpose programming language that combines aspects of both object-oriented and functional programming. It’s become …

Programming

The 11 highest-paying tech jobs in America in 2016

Glassdoor sifted through the salaries reported by employees who have these jobs, limiting its search to salary reports from the past year, to come up with median salaries.<p>The website also looked at the demand for these jobs, based on the current number of job openings on its site.

The FBI says you may need to pay up if hackers infect your computer with ransomware

If a hacker hijacks your computer with malware and holds your data for ransom, it's probably best to just pay up, at least that's the latest advice the FBI is giving out concerning ransomware.<p>Reported last week by Security Ledger, Joseph Bonavolonta, the Assistant Special Agent who oversees the …

A master list of free tools for lean startups

Any entrepreneur worth their salt will be excited at the thought of accessing free yet functional tools. Been there, done that, and having run from …

startups

5 psychology secrets for great interaction design

Designs with a human touch just feel right. It might be intangible, but it’s undeniably powerful.<p>Think of interactions between people. Most communication happens using common languages, such as speech or even posture or gestures. It’s usable communication.<p>It’s the very same thing when it comes to …

humanelement

A visual introduction to machine learning

In machine learning, computers apply <b>statistical learning</b> techniques to automatically identify patterns in data. These techniques can be used to make …

Machine Learning

Six cars you can drive (almost) forever

Looking for a car that will last longer than most? Here are some new and used models that have stood the test of time.<p>The most impressive car I've …

The simple math that will change the way you hire forever

<i>This piece originally appeared at First Round Review.</i><p>Eric Feng made a lot happen at Hulu in just three years. As the first senior executive the company hired, he played a pivotal role in the development of Hulu.com, the desktop app, distribution, and advertising. He served as spokesperson and even …

Employment

Driverless Car Race From Paris To Beijing 'Would Be Close To Impossible'

But hey, Sony, an autonomous driving expert thinks the movie concept is cool<p>Whenever a radical new technology promises to change our way of life, it's only a matter of time before Hollywood finds a way to turn it into a comedic farce. Case in point: cars that drive you to your destination.<p>This …

A new multibillion-dollar market for Microsoft Windows is about to go crazy

It's like Windows XP deja vu all over again, but this time, the beloved operating system is Windows Server 2003, which runs on computer servers and was first rolled out 12 years ago.<p>Microsoft is ending technical support for WS2003 on July 14, and computer makers like HP and Dell are licking their …

Google publishes Windows vulnerability despite no fix from Microsoft

Google has openly published a Windows 8.1 vulnerability that allows low-level users to gain administrator privileges. The security flaw was revealed earlier this week despite one big problem: there's still no fix from Microsoft. As such, the elevated privileges vulnerability remains a legitimate …

Watch A Thousand Micro Robots Self-Assemble Into Wild Shapes

The madmen at Harvard have finally done it: they’ve simulated real life swarms with tiny robots, thereby bringing the coming robot apocalypse that much closer.<p>Or maybe they just created some really cool proof-of-concept robotic self-assembly systems. Either way, what you’re seeing is a set of a …

Square pulls unsuccessful Square Wallet, tries again with new mobile payments app

Square has decided to throw in the towel on the Square Wallet app it introduced in 2011. Originally designed to help customers quickly pay for items at local merchants using only a smartphone, Square Wallet ultimately failed to catch on. Even support from coffee giant Starbucks wasn't enough to …

Study: Civil servant system outdated

The federal government is headed for a crisis, a new report warns, and without reforms, a homegrown problem threatens to derail everything from foreign policy, to entitlements, to food safety.<p>The problem is the way the government manages its more than 2 million civil servants, according to a report …

US judge rules Chinese search engine can block pro-democracy websites

A federal judge in New York this week dismissed a lawsuit over Chinese company Baidu’s decision to block pro-democracy websites from appearing among …

Thailand to stage fresh elections after court rules February poll invalid

Judges declare general election unconstitutional after protesters disrupted voting, further deepening country's political crisis<p>Thailand's constitutional court has ruled that a general election held in February was invalid, setting the stage for a new vote and further deepening the country's …

7 Steps for Putting Ideas Into Action

Here is a seven-step technique for developing ideas you can actually use to solve business problems.<p>Brainstorming is only a first step to innovation. What matters more are execution and implementation.<p>All of the above may seem obvious. Yet many companies struggle with it, say the authors of a new …

Résumés

Your Fat Has a Brain. Seriously. And It's Trying to Kill You.

Phil Bruno was super-sizing again. It was just past 5:30 on a spring evening in 2004, and he was driving home from work. He pulled into a White Castle, one of many fast-food outlets lining Route 100 in his hometown of Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. He was only a mile from his house, …

More bad borrowers are getting car loans in the US, making regulators nervous

Independent lenders are giving more loans to US customers with bad credit, combining them into bonds and selling them on Wall Street. But this isn’t the housing nightmare of 2005, it’s car loans—today.<p>In August, the New York Federal Reserve noted that subprime auto-lending was beginning to return …

Finance

Dark Mail Alliance develops surveillance-proof email technology

We wouldn't be surprised if you're looking for a more secure email provider after the whole government surveillance debacle. That's why Lavabit and Silent Circle have joined forces as the Dark Mail Alliance to develop a new snoop-proof email technology. Dark Mail's "Email 3.0" tech applies …

How To Be Part Of The Team When You Work From Home

Working from home has its perks. You spend very little time commuting and less money on work clothes; you have greater flexibility, more family time, and fewer co-worker interruptions; and you don’t have anyone constantly looking over your shoulder and watching your every move–just to name a few.<p>It …

Research: The Emotions that Make Marketing Campaigns Go Viral

We’re all well aware of the fact that marketing is shifting from a landscape where marketers can utilize mass media to speak <i>at</i>consumers, to one where marketers are simply part of the crowd themselves. The bullhorn of radio, television, printand other one-way interruptive marketing approaches are …

Tablet sales are on a tear, while desktop swoon continues

If you thought the tablet growth spurt might be fading you should think again. The latest numbers from Gartner(s it) show tablet sales skyrocketing …

Steve Blank explains why accelerators should mimic "Moneyball"

Steve Blank has given a lot of presentations in his day. But he says he's never experienced anything quite like what happened a few weeks ago in New …

Apple Spent Over $150 Million To Create The Original iPhone

It's chock full of great little details, and you absolutely should read it. Here's one of many little nuggets from the story.<p>According to a senior Apple executive, the company likely spent over $150 million to develop the original iPhone.<p>Considering how important the iPhone is for Apple, this seems …

Learning to Speak Shrub - Issue 6: Secret Codes

Entomologist Richard Karban knows how to get sagebrush talking. To start the conversation, he poses as a grasshopper or a chewing beetle—he uses …