Silicon Valley: Is It The Location Or A Mindset?

August 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

Northern California’s Silicon Valley has become synonymous with technology, innovation, and startups. The dot-com boom in the late 1990s, followed by a bust of the same, first drew attention to this geographical area as a hub of technology that many of the greatest high-tech companies chose to call home.

Stay Calm And Erase Per Policy

August 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

Last week, we learned that (gasp) U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton – or her staffers – used a freeware data removal tool to purge emails from her now infamous private email server.  The debate around Ms. Clinton’s email practices is getting muddled, if you ask me. If she is to be condemned for hosting her State Department communications outside the State Department’s IT infrastructure because that would expose it to hacking from enemy states like Russia (the most common bugaboo), shouldn’t she be commended for ensuring that they were safely erased?

6 Tips Every Tech Founder Should Know About Fundraising

August 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

I get pitched by a lot of tech founders trying to raise funds. Tech fundraising can be much like finding a best friend. Finding the right fit starts with establishing a relationship by hanging out, going on for coffee, and finding out if you two are aligned in your goals and values. Like making friends, there are tips and tricks to help make you more successful in finding the right investors with which to partner.

Ohana Festival, Wilderado, Spotify’s IPO and the Digital Tip Jar

August 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

In this installment we cover the waterfront: a new music festival, an up and coming band and Spotify’s latest challenges.

How Tala Mobile Is Using Phone Data To Revolutionize Microfinance

August 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

Shivani Siroya, 33, is the founder of Tala Mobile, a four-year-old company based in Santa Monica, CA, that makes micro-loans in Kenya, Tanzania and the Philippines. To evaluate creditworthiness, Tala offers a smartphone app that would-be borrowers download onto their cell phones.

It’s Time For The FCC To Defend Net Neutrality Against T-Mobile Erosion

August 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

T-Mobile is violating the Net Neutrality framework put in place by the FTC. It has conveniently redefined common terms to suit its own agenda and skirt the Net Neutrality rules since the introduction of its Binge On streaming loophole, but the latest “unlimited” data plans are a brazen challenge. It’s almost like T-Mobile CEO John Legere is intentionally crossing the line, looking the FCC in the eye, and saying, “What are you going to do about it?”

Apple’s iPhone 7 Projected Availability Derived From Revenue Guidance

August 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

Apple needs to start selling the iPhone 7 on September 16 or it may miss its revenue guidance.

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