We all know by now that “Silicon Valley” has become more or less synonymous with “innovation.” The United States now has more than 100 unicorns (startups that reach $1 billion valuations), and while research from Stanford suggests some of these companies might not be all they seem — with an average valuation of 48 percent above true […]
Economic bubbles aren’t new. From the tulip bubble of the 1630s, to the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, to the big-tech mania we’re seeing today, overvaluations happen — but not all bubbles pose the same risks or offer the same rewards. Every few years, it seems we’re warned of another looming “bubble” about to burst. Most […]
Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of spending significant time on the ground in China for ReadWrite and ReadWrite Labs. While here in China, I’m continuously discovering new opportunities that exist and even more reasons for foreign startups and corporations to consider getting started in China. However entering a new market can […]
The Internet of Things is a behemoth. IoT companies number nearly 3,000, employ 10 times that, and have created over $600 billion in value. But this behemoth is also mysterious, and, at times, confusing. So what exactly is IoT and who is involved? According John Koetsier, IoT analyst and advisor to ReadWrite Labs, IoT is […]
To develop an idea into a business, incubation seems to be the new industry “normal.” There are thousands of incubators worldwide and each year that number is continuing to grow. There are private, public and corporate incubators, many with a distinct focus on local economies, global, communities, or a specific vertical. At this point, it […]
Building a company today is not what it once was and the needs for founders have become a more dynamic and collaborative game. It’s no longer about the lone wolf in a garage building the next [insert your dream company here], instead, entrepreneurs that become successful are the one’s working with the community to define upfront […]
ReadWrite sat down recently with Robinson Hernandez, Executive Director of the Urban Tech Hub at Grand Central Tech — an innovative workspace dedicated to smart cities technologies — to get his thoughts on the role of startups in government and how they can successfully navigate working with the public sector. ReadWrite: Tell us about yourself, your […]
Chris Urmson, the former chief technology officer in charge of Google’s self-driving project, is reportedly preparing to launch a new company that will compete with Mountain View and others building autonomous transport systems. The self-driving guru, regarded as one of the three key people in the early stages of Google’s car project, left the company […]
Samsung has unveiled six projects from its Creative Lab Projects (C-Lab) division, an in-house incubator program built to nurture employee projects. The six projects — Ahead, FITT360, Hum on!, ItsyWatch, LiCON, Waffle — may launch on a crowdfunding website or receive investment directly from Samsung. See Also: Can the smartwatch market recover from big declines? […]
Four startups are set to join InnoCité MTL’s third cohort. This Montreal-based accelerator deals with building smart city solutions. Since launching, InnoCité MTL has chosen startups based on their relevance to the issues addressed by the six main programs of the Montreal Smart and Digital City 2016-2017 action plan. Those programs focus on public Wi-Fi, an […]
The auto industry has seen a flurry of startups and private investment enter the market in the past five years, as cars become more connected, electric, and autonomous. Startups range from one man units to large teams, with some valuations exceeding $1 billion. But who are the startups? In a CB Insights report (infographic below), […]
German conglomerate Siemens announced on Tuesday a new standalone startup unit dedicated to fostering “disruptive ideas more vigorously and accelerate the development of new technologies.” Siegfried Russwurm, Siemens chief technology officer, will be the acting head of the unit, named next47. It will receive €1 billion ($1.12 billion) in funding for the first five years. […]
Publicis Groupe, one of the “big four” advertising agencies in the world, has revealed the 90 startups that won the Publicis90 global initiative at the Viva Technology Conference in Paris, France. The 90 winners will receive investment ranging from $11k to $554k alongside mentoring from the advertising giant. The jury that chose the 90 startups […]
Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa has received a large update, making it much easier to find and activate skills from third-party services. The Alexa mobile app that shows all the available skills—totalling 1,400 as of Tuesday—has been revamped to show skills in an organized fashion, and the app now features search. See Also: Is DIY smart […]
This week, French Tech, an organization dedicated to promoting innovation and technology in France, introduced its second global competition, with the goal of bringing the best tech entrepreneurs to France. The competition is called French Tech Ticket, and it is offered to non-French entrepreneurs from across the globe that might be interested in living in […]
Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page is much quieter than other leaders in the industry, rarely attending events (even Google I/O), speaking in public, or publicizing his investments. So it comes as a surprise when earlier this week a Bloomberg report revealed one of Page’s secret interests: flying cars. The chief executive has invested […]
Open source may be the foundation for big data, but it’s not the ticket to riches.
Don’t let that money walk out the door.
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