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Scorecard Helps Angels Value Early-Stage Companies

Scorecards are ubiquitous in baseball, helping coaches, players and fans understand the factors that led to a victory or defeat. It turns out that scorecards come in pretty handy for startup business investing, too.<p>This past October, I enjoyed watching my hometown Kansas City Royals become the …

Venture Capital

What a Deep Neural Network thinks about your #selfie

Convolutional Neural Networks are great: they recognize things, places and people in your personal photos, signs, people and lights in self-driving …

Deep Learning

Black holes have back doors: Hawking

“Black holes aren’t as black as they’re painted,” he added. “They are not the eternal prisons we once thought’.<p>Hawking yesterday told the KTH Royal …

A prominent VC firm just released a great cheat sheet to help you see through startup hype

Last night, the firm, which was cofounded by Netscape inventor Marc Andreessen and has invested in big names like Airbnb, Buzzfeed, Facebook, and Twitter, put up an excellent list of 16 metrics that every startup — and would-be startup investor — should understand.<p>For instance:<p>Have you ever been …

High-Net Worth Huddle: Teaching Venture Capital To The World's Wealthiest

In a downstairs conference room in San Mateo, Calif., a dozen businessmen from around the world are listening to the nitty gritty about venture capital investing. The speakers at this 4-day course are some of Silicon Valley’s most successful investors, from early pioneer Franklin “Pitch” Johnson to …

Venture Capital

Why do people quit their jobs at dream companies like Facebook or Google?

<i>Answer by Michael Wolfe on Quora.</i><p>I’ll answer the question as asked, but let me first highlight what I think is the assumption underlying the …

Washed up by 38? New study says it’s the ideal age to find funding for your startup

This is interesting news for those facing middle age: A new study is finding that the typical startup founder most likely to secure funding is around …

Can Airware be the operating system to connect the world's drones?

<i>This article was first published in the July 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

A bunch of billion-dollar 'unicorn' startups are just 'horses with sticks taped on their heads,' top New York investors say

According to New York's top startup investing firm, things are looking a bit unstable in the private markets. Specifically, First Round Capital notes that every nine days last year, a new startup received a $1 billion+ valuation, and that some of these so-called "unicorn" companies will be exposed …

Meet Sandwich Fund, The New Venture Arm of Silicon Valley's Favorite Video Maker

Adam Lisagor had no idea how lucky he was.<p>It was 2009, and Lisagor, a Los Angeles-based video producer, had just finished shooting his second app demo clip when he was approached by a guy named Jack Dorsey. Dorsey had a brand-new startup, Square, and a problem. No one could explain how to use …

Startups

AI safety conference in Puerto Rico

<b>The Future of AI: Opportunities and Challenges</b><p>This conference brought together the world’s leading AI builders from academia and industry to engage …

Airbus to build 900 satellites for OneWeb internet-from-space project

Project partly funded by Richard Branson’s Virgin group aims to create global communications network, launching the first of its orbiting fleet in 2018<p>Airbus will design and build about 900 satellites for privately owned OneWeb, which plans to offer high-speed, space-based internet access to …

Space Travel

Genius Who Built A Nuclear Fusion Reactor At 17 Takes On The Payments Industry

If the Stratos smart card works as advertised, it will prove that patience is a virtue. Having a prodigy for a CEO doesn’t hurt either.<p>First there was Coin, then there was Plastc: two companies promising the smart credit card of the future–one card that could store all of your cards. The companies …

Fitbit Is Days Away From This Year's Hottest IPO

One of the most exciting IPOs scheduled for 2015 is Fitbit’s, and it’ll all come to pass this week when Fitbit prices its shares at between $14 and $16 on Wednesday, to start trading Thursday. The company expects to sell 22.4 million shares to raise approximately $358 million, trading on the NYSE …

Wearable Tech