November 18, 2019

How the customer interview illuminates innovation

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By Christie Nicholson From Core77 Few companies set up their customer conversations in ways that lead to accurate and useful data. The key is to ask better questions. Often our most painful experiences lead to our best lessons. Here’s a story of an awkward moment that inspired one of the most widely used practices in […]

Destination of the week

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Inside a secretive luxury estate hidden in the Spanish mountains, where homes can cost $30 million and include helipads, horse paddocks, and Michelin-star chefs By Ruqayyah Moynihan and Christina Esteban From Business Insider La Zagaleta, located in Benahavis in the South of Spain, is one of the most exclusive, luxurious, and secretive estates in Europe. […]

VC Lior Susan has a big idea that seems to be working: building next-generation industrial companies

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By Connie Loizos From TechCrunch Many investors in Silicon Valley are waiting for the next big platform. That’s fine with Lior Susan,  a former Flex exec who in 2015 co-founded Eclipse Ventures with the legendary venture capitalist Pierre Lamond, long of Sequoia Capital. The duo, along with a team that has now grown to 13 people — happen to […]

A Peruvian ex-president was arrested at a Silicon Valley restaurant on charges of being drunk in public

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Reuters From Business Insider Alejandro Toledo, a former President of Peru, was arrested in San Mateo, Calif. for being drunk in public. Toledo, 73, served as the South American country’s president from 2001 to 2006. Toledo denied being arrested and said the information about his arrested was part of a conspiracy by political opponents. Peru’s […]

US: FDA warns against using young people’s blood to halt aging

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From Newsmax Taking a young person’s plasma and infusing it into an older person to ward off aging — a therapy that’s fascinated some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley — has no proven clinical benefit, the Food and Drug Administration said. The agency issued a safety alert on Tuesday about the infusion of […]

Apple CEO Tim Cook to Congress: It’s time to stand up for the right to privacy

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By Matt Binder From Mashable Apple CEO Tim Cook is on a crusade to make tech companies care more about their users’ privacy. In an op-ed for Time Magazine, Cook once again called for a sweeping change within the tech industry and how companies handle online data. The Apple CEO is pushing Congress and the Federal […]

VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

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By Kate Clark From TechCrunch On stage at Disrupt SF, investors agreed you no longer have to be in the Bay Area to win the startup game In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ The author outlined reasons why the […]

Breaking the bank or the myth of blockchain brotopia – or both?

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By Nisa Amoils From Forbes If ever there was a question as to whether NY is the capital of fintech or blockchain, it was answered this week. Through a series of events from May 11 – 17, “Blockchain Week New York City,” anchored by headline event Consensus, included a first-ever Blockchain Job Fair.  Attendance was […]

Author Ryan Holiday on “the nature of world-altering success”

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From TechCrunch It could be said that the first few years of this current tech boom were fueled by mostly harmless, relatively easy products—websites for sharing your photos, for looking up stuff, for connecting with old friends. And the people who made them were seen as mostly good people. Yet this feel-good perception has slowly […]

ICO 101: This is how to do initial coin offerings right – and wrong

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BY ROBERT HOF From Silicon Angle Initial coin offerings, a method of crowdfunding using cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin or custom coins or tokens, have exploded this year. A stunning $1.1 billion has been raised in 89 ICOs so far this year, 10 times as much as in all of 2016, and at least 110 more […]