Where Einstein Meets Edison

An Insider View of Y Combinator’s Boot Camp for Startups

An Insider View of Y Combinator’s Boot Camp for Startups

Aug 22, 2012

Y Combinator (YC) is a boot camp for startups. Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Paul Graham founded the program in 2005 to provide seed money, advice and connections to “hackers” like himself. With alumni including the founders of DropBox, Reddit, Scribd, and Posterous, it’s become unquestionably one of the most prestigious and competitive...

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...

The Morphing Device

The Morphing Device

Jul 8, 2012

After the PC reigning supreme as the primary computing device for three decades, the post-PC era is now indisputably upon us. The trend of computing devices becoming faster, smaller and cheaper coupled with the growing ubiquity of fast wireless Internet connectivity culminated in the smartphone entering the mainstream. Last year, smartphone shipments surpassed...

Junar and the Open Data Transparency Revolution

Junar and the Open Data Transparency Revolution

Jun 30, 2012

  I had the opportunity to sit down with Junar CEO and co-founder Diego May and talk with him about his goals for his company.  Junar provides a platform designed to help organizations deal with the growing collection of Big Data now known intimidatingly as Open Data.   Organizations large and small are being compelled to release their data in raw formats...

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 Students interviewed for this article characterized manufacturing as slow, out of date and, simply put, unsexy.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...