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Is ethical tech a farce?

Is ethical tech a farce? Shannon Farley Contributor Shannon Farley is co-founder and executive director at Fast Forward. More posts by this contributor Legal tech is opening the system to those who need legal representation the most Why we need diverse founder and funding teams and how to find them In the […]

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Join the TechCrunch Meetup at the World Economic Forum #TCDavos

Join the TechCrunch Meetup at the World Economic Forum #TCDavos  TechCrunch is holding an informal meetup during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Grab a free ticket here. The event precedes our TechCrunch Meetup the week after in Zug, Switzerland, the so-called Crypto Valley. You can grab a ticket […]

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What happens when you sell your startup?

What happens when you sell your startup?  This is the final installment in the series “A Startup Takes Flight.” We started by creating a company — the Internet of Wings, a provider of drone-delivered chicken sandwiches that pivoted into general food delivery — and examined some of the most common financing terms […]

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IBM is using the blockchain to speed up and simplify cross-border payments

IBM is using the blockchain to speed up and simplify cross-border payments  The blockchain has long been seen as a method to quicken (and cheapen) cross-borders payments, and now that movement — which includes a number of startups making moves privately — just got its highest profile advocate after IBM announced its […]

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Smart cities are boring. Give us responsive cities.

Smart cities are boring. Give us responsive cities.  As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to – yet. Cities may be getting smarter, but they haven’t […]

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Tech’s “give back” moment

Tech’s “give back” moment  We now exist an interesting interstitial moment, one defined by big corporations producing much of the innovation and some of the world’s richest companies – Apple, Amazon, Uber, Facebook – trying to solve big hairy problems. These are the problems that startups would have once solved but because […]

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Alibaba and Tencent are carving up Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem

Alibaba and Tencent are carving up Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem  Two global tech forces are putting their mark — and money — into Southeast Asia’s nascent startup ecosystem, but they may not be the Western names that you expect. Rather than Google, Facebook or Microsoft, increasingly Chinese duo Alibaba and Tencent are the […]

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With the United Slate, Sam Altman presents a political vision for California… and the U.S.

With the United Slate, Sam Altman presents a political vision for California… and the U.S.  As the country grapples with income inequality, a lack of affordable housing, and a potential labor crisis brought on by technological advancements like artificial intelligence and automation, Y Combinator president Sam Altman is launching a new initiative […]

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Outside of AI, companies are doing less research and more development

Outside of AI, companies are doing less research and more development  If you’ve been following the headlines in the world of AI, you might be fooled into thinking that corporations are doubling down, rather than withdrawing, from pure research. But on the ground, things are considerably more complicated — tech companies are […]

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Time-tracking startup Timeular raises $1.1M to help you work smarter

Time-tracking startup Timeular raises .1M to help you work smarter  Timeular, the Austrian startup behind the neat Zei time-tracking device that we wrote about last year, has raised €1 million ($1.1 million) in funding to develop new productivity coaching tools to help you work smarter. The company is best known for the Zei, […]

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