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The Legal Reality Of Virtual Reality

Many of the legal issues that arise (or will arise) in connection with virtual reality are tried and true intellectual property issues that are not unique to VR, but many have a unique spin given the unexplored U.S. legal terrain of the technology.<p><b>1. Issues Relating to Disputes Over Ownership of VR</b> …

Virtual Reality

13 Smart Questions to Trigger Your Innovation

Are your management meetings dull affairs stacked full of short-term problems that need fixing? Do your discussions focus on routine operational …

Three Ways You’re Still Onboarding New Hires All Wrong

Some of the blame for high employee turnover can be traced right back to their first day on the job.<p>Your new hire’s first day usually involves a lot of paperwork, setting up passwords and logins, meeting new people whose names they’ll inevitably forget, and similar odds and ends. They’re all …

Unilever Foundry head Jonathan Hammond on how startups can win over corporates

As SxSW gets underway, Jonathan Hammond, head of Unilever Foundry, shares his top tips on how startups can engage with corporates and brand …

Four Dimensions of Innovation in Education

Let's keep asking how we can create the conditions for new and different designs for learning to emerge, urges guest blogger Lars Esdal.

The Unsung Role of Patents When It Comes to Prosperity

Do these things sound patentable? A noninvasive method to check a fetus for genetic defects? A new MRI machine? A new oil rig? A forehead scanning …

Interesting Engineering

Here's Why Even Really Smart People Get The Future Wrong

The truth is that patterns can only be validated backward, never forward<p>In a celebrated 1995 article in Newsweek, astronomer Clifford Stoll blasted Internet visionaries. "Do our computer pundits lack all common sense?" he asked. "The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no …

Innovation

CoinDesk Research: Speculation Driving Boom in Blockchain 'ICOs'

<i>This article highlights findings from CoinDesk Research's new 'Spotlight Study' on blockchain token sales (or ICOs).</i><p><i>Based on a survey of 400+</i> …

Venture capital and private equity fundraising up globally, but a slowdown is likely, report finds

Venture capitalists — the folks who place dollars in emerging companies — are finding a good amount of fresh capital of their own. Money to venture …

Venture Capital

What Snapchat maker's IPO means for the Los Angeles tech scene

Together, Snap Inc.'s 2,000 employees helped turn the Venice start-up into a $37-billion public company. Now, the question is whether they'll do the same on their own.<p>The region's tech community is hoping the wealth unleashed to hundreds of Snap Inc. employees by the third-largest initial public …

Startups

Liquidation preferences: love them or hate them, but just make sure you understand them

Recently I have found myself in a few conversations with founders asking about what terms they should look out for when fundraising, and I want to …

Venture Capital

2016 LP respondent demographics (I) Upfront LP Survey of the Venture Capital & Startup Industry

Two Top VC Firms Just Teamed Up For Startup Speed Dating With Big Businesses

Signing a big business as a customer is a key moment for any startup. And at two established venture capital firms, partners are teaming up across portfolios for the first time to help.<p>The program is called The Velocity Network, and its founders come from two firms with a combined 60-plus years of …

A London startup building a contactless bitcoin card has raised £2.5 million

London-based Wirex has raised the money from Japanese financial services group SBI Holdings's £215 million ($265 million) fintech venture capital fund, one of the world's largest.<p>Wirex, founded in 2014, offers cards that look and work like normal bank cards, but allows users to buy, load, and spend …

Is your company worth €5 or €22m? Both.

One year a VC and five termsheets in, I can say one thing: <b>negotiating as a VC is the worst.</b><p>Don’t get me wrong, I love negotiating. As a fundraising …

Google Ventures launches first European fintech investment | Financial Times

Google Ventures, the search giant’s venture capital arm, is making its first fintech investment in Europe, changing tack from the primarily life …

Venture Capital

10 Excellent Pieces of Expert Advice for Entrepreneurs from VCs

If you want to build a successful startup and score funding, who better to look to for advice than the investors? VCs have a wealth of experience and know what separates the unicorns (winners) from the donkeys (losers).<p>Entrepreneurs, take note! Here are 10 excellent pieces of advice from VCs.<p>1. …

Entrepreneurship

The Hottest Startups Of 2013

On the search for the hottest startups of 2013 we sifted through more than 300 entries, looking at nominations submitted by founders, investors and FORBES writers. The nine companies chosen in conjunction with comments from our judges were either founded or first gained significant traction in the …

Eastern Europe Tech News Roundup: December 2013

The last month was very active for Russian e-money companies. In early December, Russian Internet giant Yandex introduced the ability to send money by email, while one of its rivals, Money Mail.Ru allowed its users to pay taxes online through its portal. Later, yet another e-payment provider, RBK …

$0 Profits Couldn't Hold Back This Year's Tech Darlings

<b>Listen · 4:46</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Zero. That's the total amount of revenue created by Snapchat in 2013. It's the total profit collected by Twitter. And it's roughly how much Apple's stock price has increased between early last December and now.<p>Which makes you wonder: With all these …

Mobile App Growth Is Now In DECLINE

For those of you who believe the mobile economy is still in gold rush/bubble territory — an industry whose greatest growth years are in front of it — think again.<p>Flurry, one of the larger mobile ad companies, measured device activations and app download traffic over Christmas and discovered that …

Kleiner Perkins Emphasizes Design With New Product Mentorship Program

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers announced on Wednesday the formation of ProductWorks, an initiative that will involve Kleiner …

Viggle Tries to Bulk Up Its Social TV Business by Buying Wetpaint

Viggle, the company that rewards people for watching TV shows, has bought Wetpaint, a Facebook-centric publisher that specializes in writing about TV …

Sailthru Raises $20 Million to Spread the Gospel of Personalization

New York City-based Sailthru, which makes a software suite that helps media companies and marketers personalize editorial content and marketing …

Barcelona Is Samsung's Next Destination in Global Quest for Developers

Following on the San Francisco developer conference held in October, Samsung plans to hold another event for app creators, in conjunction with next …

Yahoo Acquires Content Delivery Startup PeerCDN

Yahoo on Tuesday acquired PeerCDN, a small California-based startup that aims to reduce bandwidth costs for companies’ servers while decreasing …

Big Money for Mobile Crowdsourced Transit App Moovit, With Sequoia Leading $28M Round

The notion that public transportation is a large and growing global opportunity for a tech company might seem a bit of a strange one. But, as Moovit …

Startups

oDesk and Elance Merge to Create One Big Freelancer Company (But Still With Two Brands)

Elance and oDesk said today that they would merge. The companies have a lot in common — they both connect freelancers and gigs online — and they say …

Mirriad, the Company That Wants to Automate Product Placement, Gets Some High-Profile Help

You don’t want to watch ads. But if the ad is inserted directly into the thing you want to watch, you’ll put up with it. You might even like …