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Feature Friday: Track Stations

Our portfolio company SoundCloud quietly launched something this past week that has quickly become my go to music discovery experience. It is called “track stations” and the concept is not new but they have applied it a bit differently. Like Pandora, you can enter a song you like and get a radio like listening experience. […]

The mother of all Turing tests

Microsoft have had an artificially intelligent chatbot running on WeChat for the last eighteen months. The bot is called Xiavoice and she’s had over ten billion conversations, most of them...

Executive Hires: The Case for Extreme Referencing

Hiring a strong executive management team is one of the most proven ways to ensure startup success. Yet, hiring executives is a very different undertaking than hiring for other roles in your company and requires a different process, skill-set, and time commitment. There are three reasons for this: First, the stakes are higher. The right...

Zendrive Picks Up $13.5M to Monitor Safe Driving

Zendrive Inc. has raised $13.5 million for software that analyzes data coming off smartphone sensors to gather information on safe driving, part of a growing movement to use technology to track drivers.

What Do Industry Insiders Think Will Happen in VC in 2016?

“This is the year the tortoise may gain on the hare.” There are a lot of data points that one can observer to get a sense of the venture capital markets – both LP fundings into venture and VC financings of startups. They point to some widely known facts: financings & valuations are up massively […]

The Brooklyn Queens Connector

As the NYC tech sector grows, it has been moving beyond Manhattan and into the outer boroughs. And the most popular destinations have been the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront neighborhoods like Dumbo, Williamsburg, Long Island City, The Navy Yard and Gowanus. But getting to and from these locations by mass transit has not been easy […]

The Daily Startup: Agilent Sues Startup Twist Bioscience

A roundup of venture-capital news and analysis from VentureWire and around the Web.

Introducing The Dial Telephone

If you are over 80 years old, you experienced the transition from the non-dial telephone to the dial telephone, which included the magic “finger stop.” If you are 30, imagine what you will be reflecting on 50 years from now. The post Introducing The Dial Telephone appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

It’s not just generation Z that craves authenticity

Business of Fashion wrote yesterday about what brands should do to tap into generation Z – that is youngsters born from the mid-90s onwards. They identify a number of interesting differences...

The Future of Programming

I learned how to program on this Apple II over 30 years ago. Over that time period – as a first approximation – programming has stayed the same. Yes, I have learned new tools and new programming languages, but programming still amounts to typing a bunch of text into an editor in a syntax that’s generally easier to read for a machine than a human. Show More Summary

Big Day for Biotech IPOs, But Unclear How Many More Will Follow

After a January initial public offering drought, the first two IPOs of 2016 were solid, albeit small tests of the market. Biotech companies BeiGene Ltd. and Editas Medicine Inc. traded above their IPO prices in their debuts Wednesda...

The Right Time + The Right Team + The Right Technology

  I have been working with a number of early stage teams going through various stages of fundraising and using this diagram to help explain my thoughts on some of the questions they will come up against.  This is certainly not all inclusive,...Show More Summary

Is History A Guide In Business?

I was at a fascinating dinner with a bunch of founders and investors last night. Until I was 35, I was often the youngest guy in the room. While this was a seasoned crowd, much of the experience – both around creating companies and funding companies – started around the mid-2000s. Show More Summary

Biggest Technology Change In The Next Five Years

The Upfront Summit is happening here in LA over the next two days. The folks at Upfront asked a number of well known VCs (me included) a bunch of questions. One of them was “What will be the biggest technology change over the next five years?”. Here are the answers in a short two minute […]

WSJ CIO Network: Slack CEO Calls Workplace Messaging a ‘Window to Workflows’ 

Old-fashioned email has proven surprisingly resilient to change.That’s a problem, says Slack co-founder and Chief Executive Stewart Butterfield, because standard email applications can both cut workers out of key conversations, while overwhelming them with information they don’t want or need. Either way, productivity can take a hit.

Tech Pain: Startups Are Buying Back a Lot More Employee Stock

With markets tumbling, public companies weren't the only ones buying back stock last year.

Goldilocks Capital Raises

Typically, I think of cash in the bank as a means to reduce the risk of a startup. Makes sense – more cash means more runway, more flexibility, and less sensitivity to the near-term capital markets. When markets are good, the conventional advice has been to take that advantage to raise as much capital as […] The post Goldilocks Capital Raises appeared first on ROBGO.ORG.

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