Facebook

Today, Facebook Launches Watch to See If It Can Become TV

By | Aug 10, 2017 at 10:50 am

Facebook just launched its spread of original TV shows today alongside a new video platform called Watch. Why, yes, today is also Snap, Inc.’s earnings day, why do you ask? Here’s the lowdown on what this means for the average Facebook user, as well…

Innovate Celebrate

AI, Scaling, and 4 More Talks You Missed at Innovate Celebrate 2016

By | Aug 9, 2017 at 10:50 am

The internet’s madcap pivot to video might not be the wisest move, but it has definitely given us a wealth of well-documented and easily-relivable history. Without short-form video, the world would never have enjoyed moments like that guy backflipping into a Krispy Kreme sign. Tech…

Opinion/Analysis

Now Netflix Controls Every Step of Video Content Creation

By | Aug 8, 2017 at 11:30 am

Netflix is never at a loss for new ways to prove how large it is. The streaming service is releasing 1,000 hours of content this year, up dramatically from 600 hours in 2016. It’s the biggest streaming service, with more than 100 million paying…

Diversity

Inclusivity Won’t Bend the Knee to Google Engineer’s Anti-Diversity Rant

By | Aug 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

Over the weekend, an internal document at Google had effectively gone viral within the tech company’s workforce. The memo, penned by one of Google’s senior software engineers, thoroughly and perhaps excessively explains that the tech company’s diversity initiatives need to be replaced in favor…

Google

How Google and Facebook Are Quality Controlling the Internet

By | Aug 4, 2017 at 10:30 am

The internet’s frenemy power couple, Google and Facebook, are back at it. The duopoly has long held an iron grip on the closed internet: As general internet use has shifted from the open web to the siloed apps of mobile, Google and Facebook’s influence…

Facebook

Why You Shouldn’t Pay Attention to That Creepy Facebook AI Story

By | Aug 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

As a tech reporter, sometimes I can lose sight of how little the average person tends to care about tech news. No, nobody wants to hear that another random bitcoin startup just got funded, or how many billions of VC investments we saw this…

HR and Recruiting

How Adding an HR Professional Can Help You Retain Talent

By | Aug 1, 2017 at 7:15 am

Employees are the lifeline of any business. We all know that one bad hire can damage your team and your brand. After seven years in being in business, we added a full-time human resource specialist to our team of nearly 30 people. This was…

Virtual Reality

What the AltspaceVR Shutdown Means for the Future of Virtual Reality

By | Jul 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm

AltspaceVR, a social platform designed for virtual reality, has announced it will shut down on August 3, citing “unforeseen financial difficulties.” The startup was a noted one in VR: It has been termed one of the smartest VR startups in general, and was certainly…

Incubators

Why The Information Accelerator Was Always the Future of Journalism

By | Jul 31, 2017 at 10:50 am

Last Friday, tech news site The Information made the most stereotypical successful-tech-startup move: it launched its own accelerator. The Information Accelerator will support subscription news startups in a plan designed to “help build the next generation of subscription publications backed by exceptional reporting.” It’s…

Security

DDoS Attacks Come in Small Packages

By | Jul 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Lately the headlines have been all about the massive DDoS attacks. The record-breaking, Twitter-downing, internet-angering behemoths powered by unwieldy Internet of Things botnets. Given the kind of destruction these attacks are capable of, the media attention is not unwarranted. The problem is that bigger…

Entrepreneur

3 Entrepreneurs on the Value of Work Life Balance

By | Jul 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Work life balance is a controversial concept. This is in part because combining work and leisure can result in the blurring of the line that separates both. Does it mean extending a business trip to sneak in personal time? Or does it mean accommodating…

Mobile

News Aggregator Flipboard Is a Secret Weapon for Mobile Traffic

By | Jul 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Quick, name the top traffic sources for a mobile site: the Google/Facebook duopoly sits at the top, while other major social networks — Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and even Instagram — might factor in depending on the news in question. But does the news aggregation…

Startups & Apps

How the Startup of the Year Competition Impacts Its Winners

By | Jul 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Between October 9th and 11th, 2017, Innovate! and Celebrate conference will descend on downtown San Francisco for its fifth annual Startup of the Year event. You can read up on what to expect from the event, which is created through the partnership between TechCo and Consumer…

Opinion/Analysis

For Some Startups, Skipping VC Money Preserves What Really Matters

By | Jul 27, 2017 at 10:50 am

Plenty of startups will tell you that bigger equals better. It’s easy to get into an IPO-measuring contest. That’s why we care about unicorns, and after they got old, decacorns. No even blinks when they hear 2017 venture activity has already passed up $21.78…

Culture

Location Isn’t Everything When Building a Global Workforce

By | Jul 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm

One day last year, I was chatting with my dad about long-distance management. In the ’80s he was based in Japan at the largest tech company in the world: IBM. When I asked him what it was like to communicate in a multinational company…

Funding

Canaan Partners Closes $800 Million Fund, Largest to Date

By | Jul 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Venture capital funding has been on a relatively steady decline over the last few years. However, much like salaries in the NBA and MLB, gigantic sums are being thrown around in single funds and deals that are keeping things on an even keel. With…

Facebook

Facebook Wants to Build Its Own Town

By | Jul 24, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Tech companies are famous for their office perks. Whether it’s pinball machines, gourmet chefs, or access to a company yacht, innovative minds come up with innovative ways to treat their employees right. But if you think fully stocked fridges, meditation rooms, and nap pods…