Internet Society: There’s Room for Compromise on Net Neutrality

The group of caretakers of Internet standards and practices has been on record supporting fundamental principles linked with net neutrality. But in Part 3 of ReadWriteWeb’s interview with Sally Wentworth, the Internet Society’s public policy spokesperson says that enabling a service provider to engineer a competitive advantage for itself…

Internet Society: ICANN, Internet Transitions and Why IPv4 Won’t Die

When your job is to be open to everyone’s ideas, sometimes the hardest part for you is to just go with the right one. In Part 2 of ReadWriteWeb’s interview with Internet Society (ISOC) senior public policy manager Sally Wentworth (Part 1 of which was published on Thursday), we discuss how difficult it can be to navigate the routes of change in…

Internet Society: Treaties Like ACTA Won’t Solve Piracy

Usually one good way to resolve a dispute among many parties is to have a mediator help everyone come to an agreement on something.  But the disparity between the way governments work and the way the Internet operates has only widened in the last year.  Now, the Internet Society’s lead policy spokesperson says that governments won’t be…

Move Your Startup to Chile-con Valley, Get $40,000!

It’s the plight of every startup: mucho trabajo, poco dinero. What to do?

Steve Davis packed his laptop and his Spanish phrasebook and moved to Chile. On arrival, a government program called Start-Up Chile handed him $40,000, no equity required. He also got a visa, office space, mentoring, help with networking and fundraising, and connections…

Don’t Let the Wrong Name Sink Your Startup

What’s in a name? For startups, not as much as you might think. For example, you might expect a company called whorepresents.com to quickly hit the skids. But the online database of talent agents has been around since 2001 (capitialized as WhoRepresents?com, natch). And the fashion site Fashism is thriving. (Maybe its followers were too obsessed…

Meet Jeff Jonas, the Latest IBM Fellow With No College Degree

This week, IBM announced its next group of IBM Fellows, seven of its employees who share, according to the press release, “a commitment to tackling the world’s biggest problems with ingenuity, invention and inspiration.” The designation is a big deal for IBM, and over the years only 238 staff members have been so honored.

One of the more…

When Do Startups Need In-House IT Help?

An ill-timed technology meltdown can be catastrophic for a vulnerable startup. Perhaps you are about to blast an email marketing message, or just trying to find an important file. And then it happens: frozen computers, corrupted files, wireless blackouts.

Whatever it is, it needs to be fixed fast.
That much is easy to figure out. Much harder…

Cybersecurity Is About Risk, Not War, Says Former DHS Cyber Chief

The word The Wall Street Journal used in its headline was “war,” which always gets people’s attention. In a March 28th story headlined, “U.S. Outgunned in Hacker War,” outgoing FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry was quoted as saying, with respect to the ongoing battle against cyber threats, “We’re not winning.” As the story made its…

Why Investors Reject Your Startup Pitch

Why didn’t he call? You dressed to impress, you were witty and intelligent, but still the phone isn’t ringing.

When you think you’ve made the perfect pitch to an investor (Yes, an investor. What did you think we were talking about?) and shockingly, the person leaves you hanging without a clue why you’ve been rejected, what do you do next?

IPO Task Force Leader: JOBS Act a Wake-up Call for Startups

“A lot of the noise in the market right now is about bringing back irresponsible IPOs. That is a short-lived strategy, and a wrong-headed strategy.” This from Kate Mitchell, the former chair of the National Venture Capital Association, and current Managing Director of Scale Venture Partners. “Our objective is to bring back quality IPOs, the kind…

Gini Dietrich’s 6 Biggest Startup PR Mistakes

Did you hear about the “green” startup that touted how environmentally conscious it was by sending reporters five identical copies of its press kit, each one filled with nonrecyclable package “popcorn” and a small forest’s worth of paper? Needless to say, the startup didn’t get any press coverage.

In the era of social media, you may think public…

Would You “Rent” a Startup Founder? For Charity?

Have you ever wanted to get first-hand advice from the founder of a successful startup? Or at least get to shoot the breeze for a while and get a sense of what they’ve been through and what awaits you?

Of course, right? But would you pay for the privilege of “renting” a tech company founder? OK, what if the money you spent went to charity? And…

Clarity Is Key When Negotiating with Investors

For any entrepreneur, finding the perfect investor is like a match made in Heaven. But as in any marriage, things don’t always go smoothly. And if things get ugly, you can end up in court instead of living happily ever after.

To make sure that doesn’t happen – and help startups avoid costly lawsuits (another instance where the only people who get…

How to Jailbreak According to chpwn

When you jailbreak an iOS device for the first time, you have a lot to learn. That’s just the first of many ways jailbreaking is unlike the out-of-the-box Apple experience. To get a better sense of the purpose and potential of jailbreaking, I talked to one of the best.

chpwn is the creator of jailbrea.kr, a single destination to keep you posted on…