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Political Silence: Social Media And News Guidelines

Posted on November 17th, 2017 by Guest Blogger

It wasn’t all that long ago that the news world and the social media world were separate entities. While the articles that journalists wrote were typically shared all over social media, the actual news they broke—from inside scoops, to on-the-record interviews, to investigations—appeared in newspapers and on publishers’ websites before they appeared in newsfeeds and…

Medium’s Many Pivots

Posted on November 11th, 2017 by Guest Blogger

The startup world has always been enamored with the idea of “the pivot”—or recognizing a previously unseen business opportunity and adapting your company’s offering to serve that, rather than stick to your original mission. It’s easy to see why this concept has gained traction in the Valley. Startups pride themselves on being nimble and agile,…

Tech VC Culture Of Excess

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Because tech culture is now mainstream culture in many ways, it’s normal that people want to jest or mock its tendency for excess from time to time. However, there has been a noted backlash recently for some of the more egregious examples of investment being used to start tech companies that seem superfluous, in bad…

Twitter Doubles Down

Posted on October 17th, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Shakespeare once said that “brevity is the soul of wit”, and in the case of Twitter that’s certainly true. Indeed, during its ten year existence, one of the most defining things about Twitter has been the character limit it imposes on its posts. Far from causing people to be sloppy or use too many abbreviations,…

Revenge Hacking: Ethical Or Too Far?

Posted on October 13th, 2017 by Guest Blogger

The recent high profile hacks that have shaken the finance, consumer, and tech worlds are truly shocking. The fact that companies who hold the data of significant portion of the population can be hacked should be a wake-up call for anyone who thinks high risk security breaches can’t happen to them. Striking Back While the…

Rise of the Machines: Fear or Hope?

Posted on October 6th, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Whether it’s driving, airplanes, or customer service, the future looks increasingly like it’s going to be defined by automation. Depending on who you ask, that’s a prospect that brings mixed feelings. Some are terrified at the thought that machines or AI could perform work and tasks better than human beings, while others are confident that…

How Do You Define A Startup?

Posted on September 29th, 2017 by Guest Blogger

If you ask most people what is the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the word “startup”, it’s likely they will say “tech company”. This, of course, is a very broad perception, but it’s easy to see why that association is made by so many people; indeed many modern companies have courted…

Encryption Is The Best Idea!

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Personal data security is something we’re all responsible for when it comes to our own internet practices. While it used to be that only the most paranoid among us would take extra steps to protect our security, the prevalence of hacks now means we’re all vulnerable. Even if you’re not a high target or working…

Ten Years of the Hashtag

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by Guest Blogger

The hashtag is such a mainstay of internet culture these days, it’s hard to remember there was a time when it didn’t exist. Indeed, when Twitter was launched  in 2006, its founders and developers had not yet devised an easy and seamless way to “group” conversations together under one topic. It wasn’t until a year…

Can A Startup Be Evaluated Objectively?

Posted on September 8th, 2017 by Guest Blogger

In the world of startups, we hear a lot about valuation. We rank companies based not on their revenues and profits, but on their valuation. This is intriguing, because by all accounts a startup valuation is far from an exact science. So when you hear, for example, that a company like WeWork has a valuation…

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