Danny Crichton

TechCrunch

@DannyCrichton

  • Editorial Manager for technology, politics, and finance at TechCrunch.
  • Previously worked as a VC investor at Charles River Ventures
  • Has a BS in Mathematical and Computer Science from Stanford.
After losing half its value, Nvidia faces reckoning

Dec 12

Nvidia is a company that has reached the highest highs and the lowest lows, all in the span of a couple of weeks. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny …

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Huawei, Google, and the tiring politics of tech

Dec 11

The defining question of the 21st century is pretty simple: who owns what? Who owns the telecommunications infrastructure that powers our mobile devices? Who owns the OS that powers those devices? Who owns our data? Today, we see these intersecting arcs with …

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The nation-state of the internet

Dec 8

The internet is a community, but can it be a nation-state? It’s a question that I have been pondering on and off this year, what with the rise of digital nomads and the deeply libertarian ethos baked into parts of the blockchain community. It’s clearly on a l…

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The trust dilemma of continuous background checks

Dec 6

First, background checks at startups, then Huawei’s finance chief is arrested, SoftBank’s IPO is subscribed, and I am about to record our next edition of TechCrunch Equity. It’s Thursday, December 6, 2018. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. T…

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Why Oath keeps Tumblring

Dec 4

I dig on my employer Oath, and then Tencent Music notes and a major loss for the NYC ecosystem and what it means for open source. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to th…

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Investors still don’t understand the fundamentals of US/China relations

Dec 3

This weekend, Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to something of a détente around American tariffs on Chinese goods. Stocks across Asia swooned, for reasons that make no sense to me. Plus, Bloomberg’s spy story redux and Berlin airport fun. We are …

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YC alum Make School gains rare accreditation for 2-year applied CS bachelor’s degree

Nov 27

Higher education is a mess. College students spend years learning arcana and quaint academic theories, only to be thrust into the harsh light of the workplace where they are ill-equipped to handle even the most mundane task. A crisis, a moral failure, or perh…

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Amazon did exactly what it should have with its HQ2 process

Nov 14

I love my colleague Jon Shieber, he’s a great guy. But his arguments against Amazon’s HQ2 process are just wrong, and are part of an increasingly poisonous atmosphere around employment growth and prosperity in America. Our normally-scheduled analysis of AI an…

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Open sourcing analysis, plus US, China and HQ2

Nov 13

The big news today is that — finally — we have Amazon’s selection of cities for its dual second headquarters (Northern Virginia and NYC). Then some notes on China. But first, semiconductors and open sourcing analysis. We are experimenting with new content for…

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Okay, one final Form D note

Nov 12

Some more comments from readers on the changing culture around startups filing their Form Ds with the SEC, and then a short update on SoftBank and a bunch more article reviews. We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft o…

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Why we lie to ourselves, every day

Nov 4

Human action requires motivation, but what exactly are those motivations? Donating money to a charity might be motivated by altruism, and yet, only 1% of donations are anonymous. Donors don’t just want to be altruistic, they also want credit for that altruism…

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Translating startup-speak for the corporate buyer

Oct 28

Perry Hewitt Contributor Share on Twitter Perry Hewitt works at the intersection of marketing, technology, and mission-driven organizations. Startups salivate at the prospect of entering the enterprise – and for good reason. The enterprise is rife with legacy…

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One-year-old Ribbon raises $225m to remove the biggest stress of home buying

Oct 25

Big problems require big war chests. Ribbon wants the biggest chest of them all. The startup, which was founded just about a year ago by ex-LendingClub head of strategic development Shaival Shah and ex-Twitter/TellApart engineer Jian Wei Gan (who, full disclo…

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In State Tectonics, an explosive ending for the future of democracy

Oct 20

An omnipotent data infrastructure and knowledge-sharing tech organization has spread across the planet. Global conspiracies to disseminate propaganda and rig elections are ever present. Algorithms determine what people see as objective truth, and terrorist or…

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MIT announces new college of computing with $1 billion commitment

Oct 15

MIT announced today that it is massively doubling down on the future of computer science with the launch of a new college of computing. The university is committing $1 billion in resources to the new school, and the university received a $350 million donation…

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Upwork pops more than 50 percent in Nasdaq debut

Oct 3

Upwork, the rebranded merger of oDesk and Elance, debuted on Nasdaq this morning, after dropping its S-1 about four weeks ago. Shares opened at $23.00, which represents a 53% jump — shares were priced at $15 before the opening bell by investors, a significant…

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Chaos engineering service Gremlin raises $18m, launches new resiliency tools

Sep 28

“Slack is down.” It’s a headline we have had blaring at TechCrunch on numerous occasions (mostly because we actually get work done when not distracted by a constant waterfall of GIFs). But Slack is not alone — issues with uptime and reliability plague modern …

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The death of once high-flying VC funds

Sep 25

They all started with the best of intentions. Formation 8 talked about bringing “smart enterprise” to the corporate world. Social Capital talked about how to “fix capitalism,” and Binary Capital wanted to “affect global behaviour change.” Rothenberg Ventures …

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China splits the internet while the U.S. dithers

Sep 24

There are few stories as important right now as the internet being ripped asunder by the increasing animosity between the U.S. and China. Eric Schmidt, the former chairman of Alphabet, said last week at a private event in San Francisco that “I think the most …

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Understanding Renaud Laplanche’s next Upgraded act

Sep 22

Renaud Laplanche spent ten years building LendingClub. In the process, he created an industry from scratch. Circumventing conventional banking channels for consumer credit began in 1996 when Chris Larsen started E-LOAN, which ultimately led to Prosper Marketp…

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Answering its critics, Google loosens reins on AMP project

Sep 18

Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, has been a controversial project since its debut. The need for the framework has been clear: the payloads of mobile pages can be just insane, what with layers and layers of images, Javascript, ad networks, and more slowing do…

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Trump expands tariffs on China by another $200 billion, threatens more

Sep 18

By this point, you should all know the drill. Another day, another massive tariff from the Trump administration. After rumors the past few weeks that the president was considering expanding tariffs to another $267 billion worth of imported goods from China, t…

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In Bad Blood, a pedestrian tale of heuristics and lies

Sep 16

In a world where thousands and thousands of startups are started in the Bay Area every year, becoming a name that everyone recognizes is no small feat. Theranos reached that summit, and it all came crashing down. The story of the fraudulent rise and precipito…

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The second blockchain bubble is now complete – what’s next?

Sep 13

The last few months haven’t been easy for crypto investors. Following the dizzying highs of crypto trading late last year, which saw Bitcoin reach a peak of $19,276 and a market cap of $323 billion and Ether reach $1,152 with a market cap of more than $112 bi…

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Spearhead is transforming founders into angel investors

Sep 12

Becoming an angel investor is simple in principle: have money and invest. Unfortunately for many of the smartest founders in the startup ecosystem, that requirement can prove a complete block on investing in the companies they see day after day, since early l…

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Apple’s 5G iPhone conundrum

Sep 10

Wednesday is Apple’s big product release day, where analysts expect the company to release the next edition of the iPhone. While the usual upgrades to the screen, CPU, and storage are expected as always, one major lingering question is how the company is goin…

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Bay Area city blocks 5G deployments over cancer concerns

Sep 10

The Bay Area may be the center of the global technology industry, but that hasn’t stopped one wealthy enclave from protecting itself from the future. The city council of Mill Valley, a small town located just a few miles north of San Francisco, voted unanimou…

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Trump wants to just tariff the hell out of China

Sep 7

Another day, another whopper of a tariff. The Trump administration has been busy finalizing the rulemaking process to put 25% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, which will almost certainly affect the prices of many critical technology components and ha…

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Benchmark and Tiger double down on going public

Sep 6

In an ecosystem enthralled with private capital and delayed public debuts, Bill Gurley has been something of a maverick. The former dot-com equity analyst and long-time partner at Benchmark has pushed hard for companies to go public and “grow up,” including a…

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Fall 2018 tech IPOs face myriad of headwinds

Sep 3

2018 has been an incredibly strong year for IPOs, particularly in the technology sector. Among the brand names this year that have made their public debuts are Dropbox, Xiaomi, Spotify (through a direct listing), DocuSign, Carbon Black, Zuora, among many, man…

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When battery life saves human life

Sep 2

Few would equate human life with battery life, but for many migrants escaping war or famine, a single percentage point of battery can mean getting the right information at the right time – or not surviving at all. Smartphones today have become an integral par…

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For Labor Day, work harder

Sep 2

Labor Day is a holiday that just doesn’t fit Silicon Valley. It’s purported purpose is to celebrate working men and women and their — our — progress toward better working conditions and fairer workplaces. Yet, few regions in recent times have supposedly done …

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Lolli launches to give you free Bitcoin while you shop

Aug 22

Bitcoin has had tremendous success as a cryptocurrency, with millions of people around the world having traded the currency through command lines and wallets like Coinbase. Yet, for all of the excitement in the space, BTC remains largely the province of techn…

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Fighting food waste, Full Harvest raises $8.5m to bring excess produce to commercial buyers

Aug 15

It’s a story that any urban millennial can (and will) complain about. You are looking for a non-caffeinated beverage, so you walk into a juice shop only to be shocked at the $13 price point for a couple of apricots and kale mixed in a blender. Yes, there is a…

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Blind loyalty

Aug 11

There is a secret behind every open office in Silicon Valley — and it isn’t the drain on productivity. Tech companies have been the vanguards for pushing corporate culture forward toward “radical transparency.” Mark Zuckerberg works in a fully transparent fou…

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Crypto mining giant Bitmain on target for $10B revenue this year

Aug 10

During a gold rush, Silicon Valley’s line is to always invest in picks and shovels instead of mining. Sometimes it pays just to do both. TechCrunch has learned through a company fundraise overview that Beijing-based mining equipment seller Bitmain hit a quart…

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India may become next restricted market for U.S. cloud providers

Aug 4

Data sovereignty is on the rise across the world. Laws and regulations increasingly require that citizen data be stored in local data centers, and often restricts movement of that data outside of a country’s borders. The European Union’s GDPR policy is one ex…

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Virus shuts down factories of major iPhone component manufacturer TSMC

Aug 4

Apple touts the cybersecurity of its iPhone, but less can be said for the exclusive manufacturer who makes the processor for the iPhone. Semiconductor foundry TSMC, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, was hit by a virus late Friday night, which for…

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Washington hit China hard on tech influence this week

Aug 4

After months of back-and-forth negotiations, Washington moved rapidly this past week to fend off the increasing transcendence of China’s tech industry, with Congress passing expanded national security controls over M&A transactions and the Trump administratio…

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Campuswire launches to redesign classroom communications

Aug 2

Tade Oyerinde is obsessed with communications inside educational institutions. A few years ago, while studying at Leeds University in England, he founded Gleepost, a Craigslist-like service targeting college campuses. The startup flopped, so Oyerinde moved on…

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Alphabet earnings and the jaws of antitrust

Jul 24

It pays to be a monopolist. Alphabet’s earnings were stellar, and that is truly saying something. Just a few weeks ago, the European Union placed a record €4.34 billion fine on the Mountain View-based company, a penalty for the company’s payments to OEMs to i…

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Unlock wants to rebuild your feed through a decentralized paywall

Jul 24

The feed has become the all-powerful determiner of success for creators. Facebook, Patreon, Medium, and other platforms have amassed considerable power over creation, determining what gets seen, by who, as well as the options creators have to get paid. Larger…

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The death and life of the tech press

Jul 23

Why do I write about tech? For James Ball, it’s because I want to write “soap-bubble light coverage” and “glossy coverage” “to counterbalance the ‘serious’ news of the day.” Ball, a former editor at The Guardian and the author of “Post-Truth: How Bullshit Con…

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Oscar and Lemonade founders will join us at Disrupt SF to strategize about the future of insurance innovation

Jul 20

Insurance premiums total more than a trillion dollars in the U.S., and yet, where that money goes is something of a mystery. It certainly doesn’t seem to get invested in the consumer experience, where ancient incumbent companies still process paperwork as if …

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Even raises $40m to transform the working class to the savings class

Jul 19

The working class of the United States doesn’t get many breaks these days. It’s not just a function of low pay and long hours, but also the incredible uncertainty of income and expenses that makes surviving week-to-week so challenging. One in five Americans h…

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Brat raises $30 million to reboot scripted television for the Gen Z crowd

Jul 18

We are in the era of peak TV. Hundreds of expensive, scripted television shows are splayed across streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Netflix itself is now expected to spend $13 billion on original content this year. And yet, these networks can…

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Parity’s Jutta Steiner says the future of blockchain is many chains working together

Jul 6

Few debates can get as heated in blockchain circles as the simple question: which chain(s)? Will a single public blockchain such as Ethereum become the one chain to rule us all, or will multiple chains co-exist in the marketplace? For Jutta Steiner, founder a…

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China VC has overtaken Silicon Valley, but do aggregate numbers tell the whole story?

Jul 5

The evidence is increasingly clear: 2018 is the year of the Chinese venture deal. With half of the year now complete, China is driving ahead of Silicon Valley and the rest of the United States on venture capital dollars invested into startups, according to a …

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JASK nets $25m from Kleiner to build out autonomous security operations

Jun 28

Cyberthreats are on the rise everywhere. Companies are facing a barrage of attacks from hackers near and far, and their security operations centers are struggling to keep up. They can no longer rely on manual processes to respond to automated attacks, forcing…

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Instead of points, Bumped gives equity in the companies you shop at

Jun 28

What does brand loyalty even mean anymore? App downloads, points, stars, and other complex reward systems have not just spawned their own media empires trying to decipher them, they have failed at their most basic objective: building a stronger bond between a…

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In Army of None, a field guide to the coming world of autonomous warfare

Jun 24

The Silicon Valley-military industrial complex is increasingly in the crosshairs of artificial intelligence engineers. A few weeks ago, Google was reported to be backing out of a Pentagon contract around Project Maven, which would use image recognition to aut…

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Open source sustainability

Jun 23

Open source sustainability has been nothing short of an oxymoron. Engineers around the world pour their sweat and frankly, their hearts into these passion projects that undergird all software in the modern internet economy. In exchange, they ask for nothing i…

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How backups, backups, backups protect NYC’s cellular infrastructure

Jun 23

The infrastructure that underpins our lives is not something we ever want to think about. Nothing good has come from suddenly needing to wonder “where does my water come from?” or “how does electricity connect into my home?” That pondering gets even more inte…

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Disrupting the paycheck, Gusto’s Flexible Pay allows employees to pick when they get paid

Jun 21

People should get paid for work they have done. It’s a pretty simple principle of capitalism, but a principle that seems increasingly violated in the modern economy. With semi-monthly paychecks, the work an employee does on the first day of the month won’t be…

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CivTech Scotland wants to procure what no one knows exists

Jun 21

Here’s a tale of two organizations. When it comes to banking, I can walk up to an ATM anywhere in the world, slide in a card, hit a couple of buttons, and walk away with cash, often in less than 20-30 seconds. It’s magical, but so quotidian that we easily for…

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Using tech and $100m, Dr Consulta transforms healthcare for the poorest

Jun 19

Healthcare delivery is an incredibly complex topic, but one that has a simple truth: health security is key to living a good life, and ultimately, for developing a strong economy. Unfortunately, billions worldwide suffer from lack of access to even the most b…

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Patriot Boot Camp wants to turn soldiers into entrepreneurs

Jun 19

From the earliest moments of boot camp, budding soldiers learn about entrepreneurship. They learn how to operate in unknown terrain, how to listen to signals, and perhaps most importantly, how to make things happen with extremely limited time and resources. Y…

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NXP-Qualcomm $44b deal to clear China as Trump authorizes $50b tariffs

Jun 14

The U.S.-China trade battle enters an important new phase. The South China Morning Post is reporting that China’s Ministry of Commerce will clear Qualcomm’s pending $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors. One independent source also conveyed the same n…

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3,000 journalists covering Kim-Trump this week is WTF is wrong with media

Jun 14

Media businesses are in the dumper. Every week, we hear of new layoffs, budget cuts, diminished editorial quality, and more, way more. And yet, somehow, miraculously, more than 3,000 journalists managed to find the funds to travel to Singapore to cover the Ki…

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ZTE has few cards left to play to avoid “death penalty”

Jun 14

It’s not every day you see a company that employs 75,000 and once had a market cap of $20 billion facing instant doom on an hour-by-hour basis. But that’s the situation that Chinese telecom firm ZTE finds itself in right now. Following revelations that the co…

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Netflix and Alphabet will need to become ISPs, fast

Jun 12

This week completely scrambled the video landscape, and its implications are going to take months to fully understand. First is the district court’s decision to approve the merger of AT&T and Time Warner announced just moments ago. That will create one of the…

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Automated dev platform CircleCI expands to Japan, first office outside U.S.

Jun 11

CircleCI is on something of a tear. The company’s continuous integration and deployment build platform is used by hundreds of thousands of developers around the world to create their own software. It has also received $59 million in venture capital funding, i…

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With strategic investment, Insilico Medicine is using deep learning to defeat aging

Jun 11

Every once in a while, you meet an entrepreneur who is both fully present, but also has a head full of dreams. That was my experience meeting and hosting Alex Zhavoronkov, the founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine, a few weeks ago in Vienna at the Pioneers con…

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M17 delays IPO debut after pricing this morning on NYSE

Jun 7

M17 Entertainment, a Taipei-based live streaming and dating app group, priced its IPO this morning on the NYSE and was expected to open trading today according to their final press release. But with just a little more than two hours to go before market closin…

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With index changes, Americans are sending billions to China (whether they know it or not)

Jun 7

There have been two major developments in Chinese equities this month that have the potential to rewire the world financial system. The first, which I have covered extensively on TechCrunch, is the launch of Chinese Depository Receipts, which will provide dom…

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ZTE fined $1 billion

Jun 7

After much negotiation with the Trump Administration, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross confirmed this morning that ZTE, the Chinese telecommunications giant, has agreed to a $1 billion fine. That penalty was assessed following an investigation showing that Z…

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Xiaomi CDRs, SoftBank’s successors, and China’s Samsung investigation

Jun 4

The weekend provided no rest to news-wary reporters, with major announcements coming from Xiaomi, SoftBank, and the Chinese government the past few days that will continue to change the global tech landscape. Xiaomi Chinese Depository Receipts One of the most…

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Coord will get you there one way or another with its new APIs

May 30

Humans still have an edge over computers when it comes to navigating a city. In areas we are familiar with, we know precisely the cadence of traffic, when to avoid the subway, when biking makes sense, and how that all fits with the current weather and our moo…

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U.S. announces timeline for 25% tariff on Chinese tech products

May 29

After significant back-and-forth over the past few months, the White House intends to follow through with a pledge to place tariffs on imported Chinese technology goods while also tightening restrictions on investments by Chinese firms into American companies…

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GDPR, China, and data sovereignty are ultimately wins for Amazon and Google

May 29

The Great Privacy Policy Email Deluge of 2018 may have finally petered out, but we are just starting to build an understanding of who the winners and losers will be in this newly regulated data economy. Most of the attention so far has been focused on the los…

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The national security implications of Chinese venture capitalists are overblown

May 24

Washington — as Washington does — is barreling towards a new reform plan designed to protect American innovation from overseas investors (which should really just be read as the Chinese these days). Earlier this week, congressional committees passed a measure…

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Subscriptions for the 1%

May 13

We are in a subscription hell. Paywalls are going up across the internet, at aggregated prices few but Jeff Bezos can afford. The software I used to pay for once now requires an annual tax, because … “updates.” We are getting less every day, and paying more f…

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MoviePass parent drops another 46%

May 9

There’s been another bomb at the box office, and it isn’t a movie. MoviePass parent Helios & Matheson lost nearly half of its remaining value today as investors continued to flee the cash-burning movie service. That drop followed a 31% dive yesterday, after t…

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Google I/Oについて会話をした(誰と?)

May 9

〔*印のある記事は、日本語訳です。〕 やあ、Google、今日のGoogle I/Oは何があった? <em>人工知能。</em> そうか、あまり具体的じゃないね。今日はAndroid Pがリリースされたそうだけど、何が新しいの? <em><a target="_blank" href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/08/android-p-beta-is-available-today/">人工知能</a>。</em>。 ふーん。Androidの電池…

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A Google I/O conversation

May 9

Hey Google, what happened at Google I/O today? Artificial intelligence. Okay, that’s non-specific. I heard Android P was released today. What’s new? Artificial intelligence. Hmm. Has Google added any features to make battery life longer on Android? Artificial…

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MoviePass parent drops 31% on looming cash crunch

May 8

The big question in the media world today is whether MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson can stanch the bleeding of its cash flows before it becomes insolvent. In a new filing today with the SEC, Helios informed investors that it had $15.5 million in…

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White House will host tech industry for AI summit on Thursday

May 8

Artificial intelligence has been a mainstay of the conversation in Silicon Valley these past few years, and now the technology is increasingly being discussed in policy circles in DC. Washington types see opportunities for AI to improve efficiency and increas…

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Backstage Capital launches $36m fund to boost black female founders

May 7

Conceiving a product and turning it into a successful high-growth startup is challenging work, but it can be absolutely punishing for underrepresented founders. While a strong product and a great go-to-market is critical for early success, that’s not enough t…

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China closing in on massive new chip fund in bid to dominate US semiconductor industry

May 7

China’s government has made technological independence from the United States one of its highest priorities. And now, it appears to be putting its money where its messaging has been. According to the Wall Street Journal, China is close to finalizing a $47 bil…

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With MIT launched, Learning Machine raises seed to replace paper with blockchain credentials

May 7

Transcripts, diplomas, resumes — simple documents with enormously important economic consequences for their holders. The right classes or GPA on a transcript can radically change the career prospects of a young graduate, and yet, the infrastructure that manag…

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Technical ignorance is not leadership

May 6

There is a peculiar pattern that I have noticed among elites in the United States outside Silicon Valley, which is the almost boastful ignorance of technology. As my colleague Jon Shieber pointed out today, you can see that ignorance among congressmen through…

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Enterprise wasn’t ready for blockchain, so Manifold brought its ledger to consumers instead

May 6

While the cryptocurrency craze last year brought more consumer attention to blockchain technology, the future of this movement will be in the enterprise. Blockchain’s true potential is its ability to replace the archaic and centralized infrastructure that pow…

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Subscription hell

May 6

Another week, another paywall. This time, it’s Bloomberg, which announced that it would be adding a comprehensive paywall to its news service and television channel (except TicToc, its media partnership with Twitter). A paywall was hardly a surprise, but what…

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Eliot Peper’s Bandwidth is a riveting novel exploring the dark side of feeds and geopolitics

May 1

The feed is the greatest psychological and mental manipulation tool that has ever been invented. Every day, billions of people open apps and scroll through algorithmically-selected content designed to emotively engage us. Through the feed, we enter an intelle…

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The 5G wireless revolution will come, if your city council doesn’t block it first

Apr 26

The excitement around 5G is palpable at the Brooklyn 5G Summit this week, and for good reason. Once the province of academic engineers, there is increasingly a consensus emerging among technology leaders that millimeter-wave technology is ready for prime time…

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Catalyst brothers find capital success with $2.4m from True

Apr 24

Over the past few years, the old language of “customer support” has been supplanted by the new language of “customer success.” In the old model, companies would essentially disappear following the conclusion of a sale, merely handling customer problems when t…

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Through luck and grit, Datadog is fusing the culture of developers and operations

Apr 21

There used to be two cultures in the enterprise around technology. On one side were software engineers, who built out the applications needed by employees to conduct the business of their companies. On the other side were sysadmins, who were territorially pro…

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Up-and-coming enterprise startups in NYC

Apr 21

New York City has an incredible density of up-and-coming enterprise-focused startups. While the winners are publicized and well-known, we felt it was time to put a bit of a spotlight on younger companies, ones you may not have heard about yet, but are likely …

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Full-Metal Packet is hosting the future of cloud infrastructure

Apr 21

Cloud computing has been a revolution for the data center. Rather than investing in expensive hardware and managing a data center directly, companies are relying on public cloud providers like AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure to provide general-purpose …

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Timescale is leading the next wave of NYC database tech

Apr 21

Data is the lifeblood of the modern corporation, yet acquiring, storing, processing, and analyzing it remains a remarkably challenging and expensive project. Every time data infrastructure finally catches up with the streams of information pouring in, another…

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Special Report: New York’s enterprise infrastructure ecosystem

Apr 21

New York City is a marvel of infrastructure planning and engineering. There are the visible landmarks — the Brooklyn Bridge, the Lincoln Tunnel, the Empire State Building — and also the invisible ones that run the city beneath its crowded streets, such as one…

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As Chinese censorship intensifies, gays are back while teenage mothers and tattoos are out

Apr 16

Following the passage of a new cybersecurity law and the removal of term limits from Chinese president Xi Jinping, China’s government is conducting a comprehensive crackdown on online discussions and content, with few companies spared the rod by the central g…

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Austin is piloting blockchain to improve homeless services

Apr 14

While the vagaries of the cryptocurrency markets are keeping crypto traders glued to their CoinDesk graphs, the real potential of blockchain is its capability to solve real human challenges in a decentralized, private, and secure way. Government officials hav…

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Element wants to give identity to the whole world, raising $12m series A

Apr 11

Who are you? That’s both an existential question, and also a very practical administrative concern. Today, identity is often exchanged through the use of government ID cards and official paperwork, but what happens when someone loses that paperwork or it is d…

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New research shows successful founders are far older than the Valley stereotype

Apr 10

There is a classic stereotype of the Silicon Valley entrepreneur: often a computer science nerd, almost certainly male, ambitious, and most importantly, young — very young. Founders who have been covered extensively by the media, like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, …

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Department of Energy hosts competition to train cyber defense warriors

Apr 9

From leaked passwords to identity theft, cybersecurity issues are constantly in the news. Few issues though are as important — or as under-reported by the media — as the security of America’s industrial control infrastructure. Oil rigs, power plants, water tr…

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Congress should demand Zuckerberg move to “one share, one vote”

Apr 9

Mark Zuckerberg is an autocrat, and not hypothetically. Through his special voting rights held in FB’s Class B shares, he wields absolute command of the company, while owning just a handful of percentage points of the company’s equity. Like any autocrat, he h…

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RSS is undead

Apr 7

RSS died. Whether you blame Feedburner, or Google Reader, or Digg Reader last month, or any number of other product failures over the years, the humble protocol has managed to keep on trudging along despite all evidence that it is dead, dead, dead. Now, with …

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Can SaaS principles transform political campaigns as we know them?

Apr 7

In life, they say you get what you pay for. That is no less true in politics, which is fueled by campaign donations and lobbying dollars that move policy on every important issue under the sun. The disclosed expenditures of the DC lobbying industry are more t…

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Should AI researchers kill people?

Apr 5

AI research is increasingly being used by militaries around the world for offensive and defensive applications. This past week, groups of AI researchers began to fight back against two separate programs located halfway around the world from each other, genera…

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Some data science on the newly-released Trump and China tariffs

Apr 4

War! The Trump administration announced late last night its next daring attack on China’s unfair trade practices, and it has gone straight for the jugular, announcing that it is putting tariffs on about 1330 goods including “Parts for air conditioning machine…

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Trump should invest in Amazon, not destroy it

Apr 3

For those who live under a rock (which, these days, I would recommend), President Donald Trump has become increasingly belligerent towards Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos. In addition to a sequence of tweets against the ecommerce and cloud giant, Gabriel S…

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South Korean capital Seoul mulls “S-Coin” tokens and blockchain-based government

Apr 3

South Korea has been at the forefront of the blockchain movement, with some of the highest density of cryptocurrency traders anywhere in the world. Now, as the frenzy around cryptocurrency prices recedes (Bitcoin is around $7350 right now, down from a high of…

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Markets drop sharply as China implements new tariffs against U.S.

Apr 2

Who would have thought a potential trade war would cause investors to sell? U.S. markets plunged today as China announced that it was implementing tariffs on $3 billion worth of American goods, mostly in agriculture and steel production. The Dow was down near…

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WTF are CDRs? (other than a potential trillion dollar market)

Apr 2

Over the past few days, the Chinese government announced the potential creation of a new trillion dollar investment market, and it isn’t an April Fools joke. China’s tech giants like Alibaba and Tencent are some of the most valuable in the world, and upcoming…

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Wild Type raises $3.5m to reinvent meat for the 21st century

Mar 29

Food security is one of the grand problems facing the planet this century. The UN has estimated that food supplies need to increase by 50% to cover the population growth expected over the coming decades, while climate change is expected to cut crop yields by …

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Princeton study finds very few affiliate marketers make required disclosures on YouTube and Pinterest

Mar 28

Convincing humans to buy products is a massive business called marketing, and few areas of marketing are growing as fast as influencer marketing. Influencers on platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube can command prodigious fees based on their audien…

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China offers to buy more U.S. semiconductors as it mulls stabbing Qualcomm in the back

Mar 26

In the deepening trade negotiations between China and the U.S., the bargaining chips are quite literally chips. According to multiple reports, China has offered to increase the percentage of semiconductor chips it buys from American sources, replacing offerin…

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JASK and the future of autonomous cybersecurity

Mar 24

There is a familiar trope in Hollywood cyberwarfare movies. A lone whiz kid hacker (often with blue, pink, or platinum hair) fights an evil government. Despite combatting dozens of cyber defenders, each of whom appears to be working around the clock and has v…

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Trump announces $60 billion tariff on Chinese high-tech and other goods

Mar 22

Following months of investigations by the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the Trump administration announced today at a White House briefing that the administration intends to place about $60 billion of tariffs on Chinese goods, with the bulk of …

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The nuanced challenges of antitrust and AT&T-Time Warner

Mar 21

It’s been almost eighteen months since the boards of AT&T and Time Warner unanimously voted to sign an agreement to merge their two companies together and create a content and distribution powerhouse. That deal, pegged at $108 billion including debt from Time…

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Peer-reviewed study shows Cardiogram and Apple Watch can accurately determine atrial fibrillation

Mar 21

Over the past year, Cardiogram and UC San Francisco (UCSF) have presented a series of findings on how well consumer wearables like the Apple Watch and Android Wear can detect medical conditions in their users, including diabetes as well as hypertension and sl…

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Tech industry comes out swinging against potential Trump tariffs

Mar 19

Over the weekend, the Information Technology Industry Council and 44 other trade associations banded together and published a letter demanding that the Trump administration take “measured” steps to stop China’s unfair trade practices and voiced its opposition…

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Secret microLED labs, Apple R&D, and the future of product margins

Mar 19

Over the weekend, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg reported that Apple has apparently built out a microLED display laboratory in California for testing and manufacturing small batches of the next-generation screen technology, presumably for its iPhone and other devic…

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Qualcomm’s war may be over, but the casualties are just starting to be calculated

Mar 17

The epic battle between Qualcomm and Broadcom seems to have hit a final ceasefire, with President Trump using the power of CFIUS to block the transaction this past week, ending what would have been the largest tech M&A transaction of all time. It may be all q…

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Small businesses love free stuff, so Gusto is giving them free HR Basics

Mar 16

Gusto, formerly ZenPayroll, is the rare startup unicorn that has stayed relatively mum on its product and growth — it’s last press release, for instance, was more than a year ago. The company’s core offering remains payroll for small businesses, and it has be…

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Washington waking up to threats of AI with new task force

Mar 15

Elon Musk has been one of the few Silicon Valley luminaries to place intense attention on the potential dangers of AI, raising a billion dollars with Y Combinator’s Sam Altman to found OpenAI. Musk has continued the drumbeat on AI’s dangers, telling a crowd a…

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Trump readying ‘all of the above’ fusillade on Chinese tech

Mar 14

President Trump’s decision to block a mega-merger deal between Broadcom and Qualcomm appears to be just the opening gambit for a significantly bolder strike on Chinese technology and investment firms as well as Chinese nationals learning and working in the Un…

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Trump administration’s block in Qualcomm vs. Broadcom merger should shake tech to its core

Mar 12

This weekend, I published a comprehensive overview of the epic hundred-billion-dollar Qualcomm vs. Broadcom merger battle that has taken place over the past few weeks. In that post, I concluded that “… the Trump administration is going to attempt to maintain …

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We need to improve the accuracy of AI accuracy discussions

Mar 11

Reading the tech press, you would be forgiven for believing that AI is going to eat pretty much every industry and job. Not a day goes by without another reporter breathlessly reporting some new machine learning product that is going to trounce human intellig…

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VCs have discovered the Midwest

Mar 11

The Midwest is back! At least, that’s the conclusion from a group of venture capitalists who went on a multi-day bus tour through the region recently. As Kevin Roose wrote in the New York Times this week, “The trip, which took place on a luxury bus outfitted …

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The incredible multi-dimensional chess of Qualcomm vs. Broadcom - TechCrunch

Mar 10

TechCrunch The incredible multi-dimensional chess of Qualcomm vs. Broadcom TechCrunch Game of Thrones may be out of season, but the complex and multi-dimensional strategic drama at the heart of the acclaimed series can still be witnessed in today's on-going s…

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WTF is CFIUS?

Mar 4

For many in the open source community, code and technology are meant to be free, shared with all of humanity in the pursuit of a better present and future. That is not how governments see it though. In their minds, technology is a strategic asset that provide…

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