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Startups Weekly: Understanding Uber’s latest fintech play

Startups Weekly: Understanding Uber’s latest fintech play Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about how SoftBank is screwing up. Before that, I […]

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Why is Dropbox reinventing itself?

Why is Dropbox reinventing itself? According to Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, 80% of the product’s users rely on it, at least partially, for work. It makes sense, then, that the company is refocusing to try and cement its spot in the workplace; to shed its image as “just” a file storage company […]

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Cyber threats from the U.S. and Russia are now focusing on civilian infrastructure

Cyber threats from the U.S. and Russia are now focusing on civilian infrastructure Joe Cheravitch Contributor Joe Cheravitch is a defense analyst with the Rand Corporation. Cyber-confrontation between the U.S. and Russia is increasingly turning to critical civilian infrastructure, particularly power grids, judging from recent press reports. The typically furtive conflict went […]

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Week-in-Review: YouTube’s awful comments and Google’s $1B tech-free investment

Week-in-Review: YouTube’s awful comments and Google’s B tech-free investment Hello, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. […]

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The “splinternet” is already here

The “splinternet” is already here Keith Wright Contributor Share on Twitter Keith Wright is a Villanova School of Business instructor of Accounting and Information Systems, founder of Simplicity On-Demand LLC and former Senior Vice President for Global Sales Operations for SAP. There is no question that the arrival of a fragmented and […]

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The responsibility for a sustainable digital future

The responsibility for a sustainable digital future Mounir Mahjoubi Contributor Share on Twitter Mounir Mahjoubi is the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs. On March 12, 2019, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the “World Wide Web”, Tim Berners-Lee’s ground-breaking invention. In just thirty years, this flagship application of the Internet […]

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Ex-Facebook exec Kirthiga Reddy becomes first female investor at SoftBank’s Vision Fund

Ex-Facebook exec Kirthiga Reddy becomes first female investor at SoftBank’s Vision Fund Following speculation that SoftBank is hiring a China-based team, so the Japanese investment giant has brought on a first venture partner (and first female) for its $100 billion Vision Fund. Kirthiga Reddy, a former executive with Facebook, has taken the […]

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Samsung fakes test photo by using a stock DSLR image

Samsung fakes test photo by using a stock DSLR image Samsung’s Malaysian arm has some explaining to do. The company, in an effort to show off the Galaxy A8 Star’s amazing photo retouching abilities, used a cleverly-shot portrait, modified it, and then ostensibly passed it off as one taken by the A8. […]

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Alibaba goes big on Russia with joint venture focused on gaming, shopping and more

Alibaba goes big on Russia with joint venture focused on gaming, shopping and more Alibaba is doubling down on Russia after the Chinese e-commerce giant launched a joint venture with one of the country’s leading internet companies. Russia is said to have over 70 million internet users, around half of its population, […]

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Is China’s digital silk road going to pave over Silicon Valley?

Is China’s digital silk road going to pave over Silicon Valley? Norman Liang Contributor Share on Twitter Norman Liang is an investor with W.I. Harper. Over the past 20 years, China has now grown into one of the largest consumer technology markets, with thousands of startups and funding rivaling Silicon Valley. In […]

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