It’s incredibly tough to build a B2B startup. Founders applying novel technologies to improve traditional industries deserve nothing but our respect. Sales cycles can be slow, early stage investors can be skittish to invest without more validation, and incumbents’ intentions to compete in your space are often a constant threat.
Space exploration offers a profound and evolving viewpoint on our place among the stars: Is our home planet unique? Can human civilization extend beyond it? What else is out there in this vast, tremendous universe?
Rapidly advancing automation technologies like computer vision have enormous potential for dramatic societal impact, and need to be applied with caution. Facial recognition is one of the most scrutinized examples today of applied computer vision.
Samiron Ray talks about investing in AI, strategies for evaluating AI startups, and why AI startups don’t fit the typical lean startup model on the Future Tech Podcast.
After becoming the world’s largest e-commerce market, China is now transforming the physical retail world with its abundance of online data and recent introduction of omnichannel…
Arch Systems is leading the charge in bringing today’s machines into the age of intelligence. Artificial intelligence — as a technology, not a concept — is entering its design phase. In a past life, I had the opportunity to learn an important lesson about design thinking when I was founder of Stower Energy.
Today’s automation tools are boring. It doesn’t matter what the application is — playing Go, picking fruit, stacking boxes, annotating dogs on a highway — the state of the art in artificial intelligence is a bit dull and Siri’s jokes suck. As it should be! It’s taken us a long time and technological innovation to…
Stefan Groschupf and the SalesHero team make difficult things look easy. Exhibit A — Lots of people in San Francisco ride their bikes to work every day (myself included – watch yourself, MUNI drivers). Ben, the head of product at SalesHero, rides his bike to the office too. From Sausalito. Every day. No ferry.
Over the past few years, China has led a huge shift from the investment and exports-led growth model to one fueled by domestic private consumption. To boost the consumption-driven growth and promote inclusive finance, Chinese authorities loosened rules for private consumer finance companies that encouraged innovation in internet-based consumer financing.
I like Y Combinator, a lot. In fact, I’m kind of jealous of Y Combinator. They have an amazing team, breathtaking network, $700M — $1B+ fund (depending on who you talk to), and the top founders from infinity and beyond banging down their doors to become part of that world…