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“No Chance of Failure”: Reflecting on Flagship Ventures’ Summer Fellowship

“No Chance of Failure”: Reflecting on Flagship Ventures’ Summer Fellowship

Oct 29, 2012

One would really have to be living under a boulder in order to overlook the sometimes speculative and always unpredictable web 2.0 fanaticism that has dominated popular media in the past few years. In particular, the constant public attention this summer on Facebook’s stock price and Marissa Mayer’s transition from Google to Yahoo! makes it evident, if...

Critical Features for Multi-Device Applications

Critical Features for Multi-Device Applications

Oct 29, 2012

  Whether or not morphing devices will become the norm, an increasing number of mainstream consumers are interacting daily with devices that have different-sized displays: PCs, smartphones, tablets, TVs, cars, smart watches, smart glasses etc. To be successful, software developers must build “morphing” applications that elegantly adapt to these...

Sexifying Manufacturing

Sexifying Manufacturing

May 25, 2012

A 2012 salary survey by IndustryWeek found that only 2% of survey respondents in the manufacturing industry are 21 to 29 years old. Students interviewed for this article characterized manufacturing as slow, out of date and, simply put, unsexy. The lack of interest in manufacturing from the younger generation erodes the industry’s future in two ways. First,...

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...

Big Data in the Big Apple: Thoughts from GigaOm’s Structure:Data Conference

Big Data in the Big Apple: Thoughts from GigaOm’s Structure:Data Conference

Apr 1, 2012

Economic expansion works like this: One trigger innovation spawns a number of supporting industries. The automobile, for example, brought us service stations, fast food chains, asphalt and suburban homes. Steel is another great example; the sturdy and affordable metal birthed the age of modern infrastructure. Today, the world of web and mobile services has...

In-Depth On Angel Investing For Entrepreneurs

In-Depth On Angel Investing For Entrepreneurs

Jul 13, 2010

“Our angel investors have opened doors for us at extremely senior levels with people who are their personal friends – for instance, getting access to Steve Jobs, which is something I typically haven’t experienced with venture capitalists,” said Daniel Ross, CEO of Illume Software, on a recent panel of the Venture Summit East 2010.  The panel was aptly...