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Higher education goes Hollywood

As I began my career in higher education in the late 1990s, technology seemed poised to upend the entire academic enterprise. The New York Times, in an article titled “Boola Boola, E-Commerce Comes to The Quad,” speculated that “just by doing what he does every day, a teacher potentially could ...

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The end of the automotive supply chain

Over the next 10 years, the differentiating source of supply and value in the automotive industry will not be car parts or engines. Instead, it will be a network of software developers. The autonomous car will be here before we know it. Tesla autonomous technology has already amassed 100 million-plus ...

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Slowly but surely, Congress will join us in the 21st century

With Congress’ approval ratings in the single digits, and in the midst of an ugly political season, our legislature might not appear as a hopeful place to start putting U.S. democracy back on track. And shows like “House of Cards” that depict Congress as sinister and conspiratorial don’t help its dismal reputation. The truth is less ...

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Hillary campaign gets $20M from Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz

Several funds, PACs, and Democratic organizations supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have been given a combined donation of $20 million from Asana and Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna. In a post titled “Compelled to Act”, Moskovitz explains the donation, saying “if Secretary Clinton wins the election, America ...

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11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company

Like most VCs, we often review dozens of deals each week. We have developed a funnel that enables us to quickly eliminate those that do not fit our general investment criteria (e.g. industry, stage, model). The deals that survive this initial culling process are subjected to much greater scrutiny and ...

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Taking Sphero’s BB-8 Force Band for a spin

Sphero’s BB-8 was arguably the compelling bit of merchandizing, which is, naturally, saying a lot. The latest Star Wars film was, as anticipated, a merch juggernaut, but there was no better bit of serendipity than a startup smartphone-controlled toy maker and the movie’s scene stealing droid. How does one go ...

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