Andreessen Horowitz

Will 2018 Be the Year of the Bank of Amazon? Experts Weigh In

For the financial technology industry, 2017 will be defined as the year that the threat of tech giants grew stronger, artificial intelligence …

FinTech

A top VC explains which technologies will change society the most in 10 years

Innovation in machine learning is really just getting started, and in 10 years self-driving cars and mixed-reality applications will lead to dramatic …

Ben Horowitz

Groupon founder’s new app Descript edits audio files directly from text

A spin-off from Mason’s last app, Detour<p>Andrew Mason, the co-founder and former CEO of Groupon whose most recent company produced audio-guided city walking tours, has moved on to his next start up – and it involves more audio technology.<p>Mason’s new app Descript is supposed to allow audio editors to …

Ben Horowitz

Groupon’s Andrew Mason is back with “a word processor for audio”

In 2013, Andrew Mason was famously fired as CEO of Groupon, a company he cofounded. His second act, Detour, was a startup that created podcast-like audio tours. That involved producing a boatload of spoken-word content. And Mason discovered that working with speech in existing sound-editing …

Technology

Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a word document

Right before jumping on the phone Friday afternoon, Andrew Mason, who then ran a walking tour startup called Detour and ran Groupon, was hand-correcting a transcription of a speech by John F. Kennedy — which was transcribed by some new software he and his team built in-house.<p>But Descript, Mason’s …

Startups

Jim Armitage: Bitcoin may well be a bubble but its technology is real

It's fashionable to declare bitcoin a mere figment of our imagination, a will o' the wisp which tech and City spivs are peddling to an unsuspecting …

Bitcoin

Max Levchin’s Affirm raised $200 million at nearly $2 billion valuation

Affirm, the platform that helps consumers find financing is getting some financing of its own.<p>The San Francisco-based company confirmed that it’s raising $200 million, led by GIC, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Spark Capital are also …

Startups

Benedict Evans has seen the future and it’s an S curve (video)

Sand Hill Road’s favorite futurist on Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.<p>Evans’ keynote at the Andreessen Horowitz Tech Summit is now available on …

Ben Horowitz

CryptoKitties Sales Hit $12 Million, Could be Ethereum’s Killer App After All

CryptoKitties, the Ethereum-based digital kitten collectibles game, has processed more than $12 million in sales on its decentralized …

Bitcoin

How To Think About Artificial Intelligence In The Music Industry

One of the goals of the industrial revolution was to have machines simulate physical tasks to produce outputs more efficiently. Fast forward to the present. The purpose of artificial intelligence, also known as AI, is to simulate any mental task. Machine learning is arguably one of the most …

Ben Horowitz

Market Shifts – Andreessen Horowitz

NASDAQ CEO Adena Friedman runs one of the world’s largest financial services companies, including the NASDAQ stock exchange that’s home to more than …

Ben Horowitz

China Goes All In on the Transit Revolution

Just one city's fleet of electric buses is bigger than the five largest North American bus fleets combined.<p>In 2009, the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen rolled out its first electric city bus. As of May of this year, it had 14,500 of them on the road -- and by the end of this month, the city plans …

Transportation

Max Levchin's lending startup is heading for unicorn territory

Affirm, the personal credit startup led by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, has filed a stock authorization form in Delaware that would allow it to …

Business

Apple 'nears deal' to buy tech unicorn Shazam

Apple is nearing a deal to buy London-based music recognition app Shazam, and could announce its purchase as early as next week, according to reports on Friday evening.<p>TechCrunch said the deal, which is likely to be signed this week, could value Shazam at around £300m, citing sources.<p>This is much …

Venture Capital

Decrypting Crypto, From Bitcoin and Blockchain to ICOs – Andreessen Horowitz

<b>watch time: 21 minutes</b><p>On the surface, the story of cryptocurrencies has been a story about new financial opportunities — whether it’s people betting …

Bitcoin

How three of Silicon Valley's hottest cybersecurity startups are coming to the rescue

The industry is not only essential to protecting companies, the cloud and your data — it was a hot investment in 2017.

Venture Capital

40 Badass Women in Emerging Tech to Follow on Twitter

Investors are the gatekeepers, holding the keys to who gets funded, who gets to scale their product, and what products get brought to market for mass …

Women's News

Create more value than you capture: An oral history of Toronto product development

Innovation

Google leads in the race to dominate artificial intelligence

COMMANDING the plot lines of Hollywood films, covers of magazines and reams of newsprint, the contest between artificial intelligence (AI) and …

Artificial Intelligence

AI: What’s Working, What’s Not – Andreessen Horowitz

<b>watch time: 30 minutes</b><p>It’s the golden age of artificial intelligence (AI), a.k.a. machine learning, deep learning, and other distributed computing. …

Machine Learning

How Cryptocurrency Is Changing The Game For Startup Investors

With Bitcoin and cryptocurrency going mainstream, startup founders and investors are starting to adjust their fundraising and investment strategies. This year was that of the Initial Coin Offering (ICO), where startups raised funding by creating and selling their own coins/tokens, instead of the …

Bitcoin

Great Pitches Start With Change

Nail the shift that powers your story for sales, fundraising and leadership.<p>The (admittedly contrarian) view that motivates my work with CEOs and …

Marc Benioff

CrossCut Ventures announces $125 million fund targeting L.A. startups

CrossCut Ventures is announcing it has raised $125 million for its fourth seed fund. The Los Angeles fund will invest in a wide variety of startups, ranging from software-as-a-service to games and esports companies.<p>Brian Garrett, cofounder and managing director, said in an interview with …

Business

10 Year Futures (Vs. What’s Happening Now) – Andreessen Horowitz

The personal computer S-curve gave us 1.5 billion PCs and 3 billion people online, and now the smartphone S-curve is giving a computer to everyone on …

Ben Horowitz

PR Distribution

<b>Bio-Based Resins Market</b> report delivers information about <b>vendors, geographical regions, annual growth rate, market share, revenue</b> and the actual …

Motorola

On Data and Data Scientists in the Age of AI – Andreessen Horowitz

Data, data, everywhere, nor any drop to drink. Or so would say Coleridge, if he were a big company CEO trying to use A.I. today — because even when …

Ben Horowitz

These Technologies Will Shape The Future, According To One of Silicon Valley’s Top VC Firms

Exclusive: Andreessen Horowitz analyst Benedict Evans explains how AI, mixed-reality, cryptocurrencies, and autonomy will play out over the next 10 years.<p>Dominant companies always look invulnerable–until they’re very vulnerable. That’s been the case throughout the modern history of technology, with …

The Future

Tech companies have enough cash to buy most of the auto industry

Tech companies in search of the next market have been eying car companies for years. It turns out they can just buy much of the entire auto industry outright, according to an analysis of public financials by Sherpa Technology Group. Sixteen of the world’s top automakers have an enterprise value of …

Technology

5 Questions: Steve Blank on Why Founders Behave Badly – and How to Fix It

Founders of “unicorn” startups, the rare fledgling companies already valued at $1 billion or more, seem to be making news for all the wrong reasons …

Entrepreneurship

Today's Centralized Cloud And The Emerging Decentralized Edge

Cloud computing has helped start, grow and transform many organizations across many industry segments contributing significantly to worldwide economic growth. One of the key areas that cloud catalyzed growth and adoption is big data. Big data has helped derive insights from massive data (with …

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