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  • What startup names are most effective?

    Entrepreneurs take a long journey when naming their brainchild, comparable to a parent naming their own flesh and blood. There are many reasons behind naming...

  • The next service marketplace wave: Vertical market-networks

    Ivan Smolnikov Contributor Ivan Smolnikov is the CEO and founder of Smartcat, the market network platform for the translation industry. The last few decades have produced many successful marketplaces. We went from goods marketplace pioneers such as eBay and Amazon to simple service marketplaces such as Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Upwork, Thumbtack, TaskRabbit, and Fiverr. But […]

  • Climate change, AI and ethical leadership in ‘big tech’, with Amazon principal UX design lead Maren Costa

    “I just want to be proud of the company that I work for,” Maren Costa told me recently. Costa is a Principal UX Design Lead at Amazon, for which she has worked since 2002. I was referred to her because of her leadership in the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice group I covered earlier this […]

  • Byju’s-owned Osmo education startup enters pre-schoolers market

    Osmo, a Palo Alto-based education startup acquired by Indian unicorn Byju’s for $120 million this year, is expanding its product lineup to serve a new and largely untapped market: pre-schoolers. Osmo today announced Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit, a set of tools that aims to help children that have yet to enter schools to understand […]

  • Echo Show 5 review

    The Echo team must have started sweating when the Lenovo Smart Clock was announced during CES. Deep inside Seattle’s Day One building, Amazon was reading the release of the Echo Show 5, a pint-sized version of the company’s smart screen that bore more than a passing resemblance to Lenovo’s Google Assistant device. Amazon, of course, […]

  • FedEx lures online sellers with two-day air shipping at ground rates after Amazon contract ends

    International shipping giant FedEx is showing it’s serious about attracting the ecommerce crowd after a high-profile termination of one of its contracts with Amazon to provide delivery using its express air service in the US. FedEx is now offering the same two-day express air shipping direct to some customers for the same price it usually […]

  • Cricket World Cup highlights just how big video streaming is in India

    As hundreds of millions of people turn their attention to the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup tournament, many of them are using an Indian streaming service to follow the ins and outs of the game. More than 100 million users tuned in to Hotstar, an on-demand streaming service owned by Disney, on June 16, the […]

  • Ray Dalio, Niantic, Adobe, Dropbox, remote work, Northzone, and Slack

    Ray Dalio on the Extra Crunch stage at Disrupt SF 2019 This year at Disrupt SF, we will be hosting a special Extra Crunch stage focused on the issues that confront startup founders in building their companies. I am pleased to announce that Ray Dalio of Bridgewater fame will be sitting down for a fireside […]

  • Northzone’s Paul Murphy goes deep on the next era of gaming

    As the gaming market continues to boom, billions of dollars are being invested in new games and new streaming platforms vying to own a piece of the action. Most of the value is accruing to the large incumbents in a space, however, and the entrance of Google and other big tech companies makes it difficult […]

  • Armoire is angling to become the everyday Rent the Runway

    When Armoire first emerged from MIT’s accelerator program back in 2016, the company’s vision was already fully formed — combine StitchFix and Rent the Runway to give women a low-cost, sustainable way to get a high-fashion, high-functioning wardrobe for every day. Ambika Singh, the Seattle-based company’s chief executive, set out to solve two problems: the […]