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Hollywood, show me your startups!

Hollywood, show me your startups!

Oct 4, 2013

Hollywood is over a decade behind most other intelligent industries in its approach towards innovation. Its centralization around a few giant studios, the evaporation of independent funding sources and the increasing focus on mega “tentpole” productions, has led the industry to produce an overwhelming amount of formulaic content – not formulaic in the...

Netflix as a Parable for the Difference Between Discovery and Invention

Netflix as a Parable for the Difference Between Discovery and Invention

Mar 7, 2013

Many claim that Netflix is a disruption agent – Hollywood’s version of a startup. In a way, it is: Netflix has one of the most successful business models for capitalizing on existing trends. The company not only recommends films to users based on their past behavior, but also uses data to determine which shows to produce. The company launched its first...

Penguin Finders are Eating the World!

Penguin Finders are Eating the World!

Jul 18, 2012

Mark Andreessen recently claimed that “software is eating the world.” While that may be true, the teeth used for chewing the world are still hardware based. Electronics will always be at the heart of technology – the quiet directors behind the camera of online networks, healthcare systems, mobile platforms and of course – the cloud, allowing silicon...

Instagram VCs are celebrating their own obituary

Instagram VCs are celebrating their own obituary

Apr 12, 2012

One billion dollars. 100% leveraging in one week. 280X for Andreesen-Horowitz, the venture capital firm which invested $250,000 in Instagram in 2010. So many records have been broken by the Facebook acquisition of Instagram and these are records that will be very hard to break in the future. No doubt, this is Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists most glorious...

Open source cars are here: Lessons learnt from Local Motors’ take on the open-hardware revolution

Open source cars are here: Lessons learnt from Local Motors’ take on the open-hardware revolution

Mar 4, 2012

“Thou shall not enter the automotive industry” is the eleventh commandment for any entrepreneur. The only attractive segment of the automotive market is getaway vehicles for VCs who hear the word ‘automotive’ and need to flee the scene as hysterically as possible. Automotive is one of the most heavily regulated, capital-intensive industries, with a...