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Why your CSO, not your CMO, should pitch your security startup

Posted on: May 28, 2019, in Blog

Whenever a security startup lands on my desk, I have one question: Who’s the chief security officer (CSO) and when can I get time with them? Having a chief security officer is as relevant today as a chief marketing officer (CMO) or chief revenue boss. Just as you need to make sure your offering looks […]

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R/GA Ventures incubator to nurture enterprise blockchain startups in Portland, OR

Posted on: May 28, 2019, in Blog

R/GA Ventures, a company that acts as the investment arm and startup incubator for R/GA corporate client work, announced plans to open a new studio in Portland devoted to encouraging startups working on enterprise blockchain projects. R/GA itself has a three-pronged purpose. It helps companies like Samsung, Google and Verizon (which owns this publication) in […]

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Google Fit comes to iOS

Posted on: May 27, 2019, in Blog

Google today announced that Google Fit, the company’s fitness tracking app that launched on Android back in 2014, is now available on iOS. It definitely took Google a while to bring the app to iOS. Until today, the only way to get your Fit data on your iPhone was in a special section of the […]

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You might hate it, but Facebook Stories now has 500M users

Posted on: May 27, 2019, in Blog

You might think it’s redundant with Instagram Stories, or just don’t want to see high school friends’ boring lives, but ephemeral Snapchat-style Stories now have 500 million daily users across Facebook and Messenger. WhatsApp’s Stories feature Status has 500 million dailies too, and Instagram hit that milestone three months ago. That’s impressive, because it means […]

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Pinterest employee #1 launches blockchain art market MakersPlace

Posted on: May 26, 2019, in Blog

Pinterest is a great place to find digital art but a terrible place to sell it. The fact that anything online is infinitely copyable makes it tough for artists to establish a sense of scarcity necessary for their work to be perceived as valuable. Yash Nelapati saw this struggle up close as Pinterest’s first employee. […]

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Trump, FCC unveil plan to accelerate 5G rollout

Posted on: May 26, 2019, in Blog

In a press conference today in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, the president laid out a number of initiatives focused on helping accelerate the U.S. role in the 5G race. “This is, to me, the future,” Trump said, opening the press conference flanked by Ajit Pai, Ivanka Trump and a room full of communications representatives […]

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Apple could be adding Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time to macOS

Posted on: May 25, 2019, in Blog

Apple wants to add more iOS features to macOS according to a report from 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo. And it starts with improvements to Siri. While Siri has been available on macOS for a while, it feels like a scaled-down version of Siri. Sure, you can ask for the weather, NBA scores or a word translation. […]

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Astroscreen raises $1M to detect social media manipulation with machine learning

Posted on: May 25, 2019, in Blog

In an era of social media manipulation and disinformation, we could sure use some help from innovative entrepreneurs. Social networks are now critical to how the public consumes and shares the news. But these networks were never built for an informed debate about the news. They were built to reward virality. That means they are […]

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Snapchat fully rolls out reengineered Android app, boosting usage

Posted on: May 24, 2019, in Blog

After a year of its user count shrinking or staying flat, Snapchat is finally growing again, and more growth is likely on the way. That’s because it’s finally completed the rollout of Project Mushroom, aka a backend overhaul of its Android app that’s 25 percent smaller and 20 percent faster. Designed for India and other […]

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Salesforce is buying MapAnything, a startup that raised over $84 million

Posted on: May 24, 2019, in Blog

Salesforce announced today it’s buying another company built on its platform. This time it’s MapAnything, which, as the name implies, helps companies build location-based workflows, something that could come in handy for sales or service calls. The companies did not reveal the selling price, and Salesforce didn’t have anything to add beyond a brief press […]

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