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Watch: The TED Talk that people at TED were talking about

“I can’t call these things social networks anymore — I call them behavior modification empires.”<p>This year’s TED conference — this past week in Vancouver — kicked off with a series of talks lamenting the state of society, from sexual harassment to school shootings.<p>The talk from the bunch that seemed …

TED Talks

Charting the adoption of direct startup investments by family offices

There’s money, and then there’s <i>wealth</i>. In all likelihood, money is what most of us have (or don’t have). It’s what we use to buy lunch, pay rent or put a down payment on a house. Wealth, on the other hand, is what buys yachts. But more than superficial material things, wealth also buys financial …

Venture Capital

Establishing ethical guidelines for marketing cryptocurrencies

The marketing of cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) is currently operating like the Wild West. From Ethereum to Litecoin to Neo, there are over 1,300 offerings in the burgeoning crypto market, and people like James Altucher are here to profit off the confusion.<p>However, change is …

Cryptocurrency

Storytelling for B2B startups: Avoiding ‘buzzword bingo’ to make your wonky enterprise company worth talking about

If there’s one thing I learned from my time as both a journalist at The Wall Street Journal and Forbes <i></i>and, now, advising a global venture capital firm on communications, it’s that storytelling can make or break a company.<p>This is especially true the more complicated and arcane a company’s technology …

Mad Men

Here are the top states and cities for startups in the South

The American South may not be the first region that comes to mind when you hear the phrase “hotbed of tech entrepreneurship,” but, slightly misguided perceptions aside, it’s home to a diverse and growing collection of startups.<p>Here, we’re going to take a deep dive into the startup funding data for …

Venture Capital

Mainstream Impact Investing - Reports - World Economic Forum

3.2 Impact Investment Ecosystem: The Landscape Today<p>In order for the impact investment market to reach its potential, the ecosystem will need to …

The Long Term Effects of a Year in Space

It's been more than a year now since astronaut Scott Kelly returned to earth after spending a year on the International Space Station. He and his …

Here’s why Spotify will go public via direct listing on April 3rd

Spotify explained why it’s ditching the traditional IPO for a direct listing on the NYSE on April 3rd today during its Investor Day presentation. With no lockup period and no intermediary bankers, Spotify thinks it can go public without all the typical shenanigans.<p>Spotify described the rationale …

Selling

The rise of experiential commerce

“$43 million and the only thing you can buy in it is a coffee.”<p>So said Samsung’s Senior Director of Store Development Michael Koch about the company’s flagship Manhattan “popup”—Samsung 837—though “popup” is an understated description for a 56,000 square-foot cavern with interactive art, virtual …

eCommerce

Microsoft Pix can scan business cards to your contacts, find people on LinkedIn

LinkedIn used to have its own business card scanning app, CardMunch, which served a useful purpose in a world where paper cards simply refuse to die. But that app was shut down back in 2014, with LinkedIn suggesting users move to Evernote instead. Today, Microsoft is bringing back business card …

Apps

7 Brands Making Clothing That Will Last a Lifetime

Clothing. Ugh. Who needs it? You spend all this money on it, and then you get fat (or skinny), or spill something on it, or outgrow it, or it becomes …

The mystery of the public marketplace

<i>Note: This is the second article in a three-part series on valuation thoughts for common sectors of venture capital investment. The first article, which attempts to make sense of the SaaS revenue multiple, can be found here.</i><p>The two most highly valued private tech companies (outside of China) are …

Startups

Trade and the Art of Motorcycle Tariffs

How one product helps illustrate the American president’s worldview<p>President Donald Trump has repeatedly said the U.S. is being ripped off by its trading partners—so much so that on Thursday he vowed he would impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to, as he sees it, protect local …

Globalization

How Bitcoin Ends

Is the cryptocurrency just going to end up reenforcing the financial system it was supposed to disrupt?<p>Bitcoin was a clever idea. Idealistic, even. But it isn’t working out quite as its developers imagined. In fact, once all the coin has been mined, bitcoin will simply reinforce the very banking …

Bitcoin

They Saw Earth From Space. Here’s How It Changed Them.

Even though we've all seen the pictures, only 556 people in all of history have looked at our Earth from the vantage point of space orbit and came …

Cardlytics up 3% following IPO, raised $70 million

Atlanta-based Cardlytics made its public debut on Friday, closing the day at $13.37, just a little above the IPO price of $13. The company sold 5.4 million shares, raising $70 million.<p>Cardlytics works with financial institutions like Bank of America and 2,000 others to run cash back programs. It …

Venture Capital

Startups are (still) making weird name choices

If the latest seed-funded startups have their way, this is what your future will look like.<p>You’ll find your mortgage through a company named Morty, refill your contact lenses with Waldo and get your cannabis news from Herb. (Which is not to be confused with Bud, the startup that handles your …

Startups

Bitcoin May Evolve Into What Everyone Fears, Mathematicians Say

Prices of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin may never stabilize, and digital tokens risk simply ending up being a bubble.<p>Using mathematical modeling …

Cryptocurrency

What Silicon Valley tech VCs get wrong about consumer investing

Ryan Caldbeck Contributor<p>Ryan Caldbeck is the founder and chief executive of the consumer and retail investment marketplace CircleUp.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche<br>• Why did Unilever pay $1B for Dollar Shave Club?<p>When I began fundraising for CircleUp six …

Venture Capital

The insight-industrial complex

I don’t like tech conferences. I mean, of course I don’t, they’re not meant for people like me. I’m an introvert, so I find them exhausting, and am (presumably) less likely than an extrovert to meet interesting or contributory people. I read much faster than people talk, so they’re not a good way …

Disrupt NY

The Most Effective Way to Sell, According to Research | Inc.com

Relationships are the backbone of any successful business. Businesses need to prioritize building sustainable relationships with prospects from the point of the first contact. According to a recent survey by TOPO, it now takes at least 18 sales and marketing touches to connect with a single B2B …

Customers

How to Become a C.E.O.

Satya Nadella, C.E.O. of Microsoft, was a low-profile computer scientist at the firm for decades before being named C.E.O. in 2014. A study found …

Bill Gates

Kalk Electric Dirt Bike

Designed for light off-road performance, the Kalk electric dirt bike from European startup Cake is an eye-catching way to carve up some terrain. With …

VIDEO: How CES Highlights the Speed of Change for Brands

Joshua Spanier, senior marketing director of global media for Google came away from CES with a very clear view of just how fast technology …

Advertising Industry

The TV ad model is 'under attack' thanks to Netflix and Spotify

• <b>The more consumers get accustomed to paying for streaming content without ads, the tougher it will be for traditional TV brands to reach consumers, says a top ad agency exec.</b>• <b><br>Netflix, Spotify and others are forcing the ad business to rethink its models.</b>• <b><br>Tech giants like Amazon are also changing the</b> …

Televisions

Mark Zuckerberg & Bill Gates Think Everyone Should Read These 14 Books

As the world’s most powerful begin to think about travel plans and what to pack for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos later this month, they …

Bill Gates

Lack of Data and Brand Safety Underpin Marketers’ Concerns With Facebook and Google

Marketers’ love-hate relationship with Facebook and Google is complicated. While the duopoly’s grip across digital advertising only continues to …

Digital Advertising

Here Are the 4 Creative Agencies That Ruled YouTube in 2017

Each month, Google and Adweek present the YouTube Ads Leaderboard, a listing of the 10 most-watched commercials on YouTube in the prior month—with …

Advertising

Forget Cryptocurrencies, Invest In Platforms

Total market capitalization for cryptocurrencies has surged 400% in just 60 days, while Bitcoin has mostly stayed flat since December.<p>The emerging …

Cryptocurrency

The Basics of Blockchain Technology, Explained in Plain English

Anything and everything you need to know about what makes blockchain technology tick.<p>Historically, no asset has been a greater source of wealth …

Blockchain