Former Snap employees are launching Forge Platform for Ethereum devs

TechCrunch LA

Now the three men are finally ready to take the covers off of the labor of love they’ve been working on and launch Forge Platform , a new toolkit for distributed applications.

Aclima sucks in $24M to scale its air quality mapping platform

TechCrunch LA

“What we’ve really been doing over the course of the last few years is solving the really difficult technical challenges in generating this kind of data.

Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

Both Sides of the Table

In the VC insider baseball world a discussion has gone on about “VC platforms” over the past 5 or so years. Examples of VC platform services include: recruiting, marketing, design support, inside sales reps, consulting, accounting services and so forth.

Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

Both Sides of the Table

I read the declarations by industry analysts on Twitter that this was “proof that you can’t build a business on somebody else’s platform” and perhaps DataSift should have known better. The post Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks to launch an open source VFX render manager

TechCrunch LA

Google, of course, is interested in bringing these workloads to its cloud and it has made a concerted effort to bring the Hollywood studios to its Cloud Platform.

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Smart Audio – A Lucrative Platform… If You Figure Out How To Leverage It


My wife quickly adopted Alexa as a member of the family, relying on her for recipes, jokes, telling the time, predicting the weather and, of course, playing music. Neither Google nor Amazon offer ads on their platforms. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Topspin Links With College On Online Music Courses


Santa Monica-based Topspin Media , the online music startup of former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, said today that the firm has inked a deal with, the online continuing education division of the Berklee College of Music, to partner on a set of online music courses. According to Topspin, the two will work together to develop online music courses designed to teach artists, managers and labels on effective use of Topspin's platform.

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3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

Both Sides of the Table

Here they surround you with sales professionals, product people and, of course, lots of referenceable customers! This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.

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Choosing Internet Platforms


The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform? However, these platforms could be interesting for prototype and pilot solutions. The other conclusion was that you need to have a migration path from the platform. Finally we get to: Peter Coffee , Director of Platform Research, His premise is that we should be beyond having to buy servers, software, or any other infrastructure. VRM - his company - goal is to provide a Level 4 platform.

It’s Never too Late to Tap Into Your Creativity


There’s a team of Los Angeles entrepreneurs who would agree with me on that, and they launched their platform Kadenze to help people tap their creativity. Specifically, it was built with the express goal of bringing to life an online learning platform purpose-built for the arts and creative technologies. More simply put, it’s an online portal to access university level arts and creative courses. I don’t like when people say: “I’m just not creative”.

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Rumpus, the collaborative toolkit from Oblong Industries, is now available on Webex

TechCrunch LA

The first bolt in the quiver of tools that Underkoffler began building out over the course of 15 years spent at MIT’s Media Lab was Mezzanine.

Framework Benchmarks Round 9


Since the first round, we have known that the highest-performance frameworks and platforms have been network-limited by our gigabit Ethernet. Similarly, we expect that some application platforms are better suited for NUMA than others.

Framework Benchmarks Round 13


The project now features 230 framework implementations (of our JSON serialization test) and includes new entrants on platforms as diverse as Kotlin and Qt. Oh, and of course we’re running it on Linux. Microsoft’s tuning work has brought a mainstream platform into the frontrunners.

Frameworks Round 1


Authors'' Note: We''re using the word "framework" loosely to refer to platforms, micro-frameworks, and full-stack frameworks. The high-performance Netty platform takes a commanding lead for JSON serialization on EC2.

Freight trucking startup Shipwell gets a $10 million boost

TechCrunch LA

Beyond these, however, there are easy tie-ins within a number of key categories of Fifth Wall Anchors [sic] that regularly ship or receive freight—developers, of course, but also retail, office, homebuilding anchors.”

Pragmatism with Flavor


Platforms eschew threading and then re-invent threading anew. We work with clients to get them off the ground with a platform to build their business. Although we spend plenty of time researching and developing with new technologies based on desire and need, we don't want our clients to be guinea pigs (unless that's the nature of their business, of course). Curiously, the same sense doesn't necessarily apply to tuning and platform selection.

The Breakthrough Presentation that Stole the Upfront Summit

Both Sides of the Table

He’s here on stage with Snoop Dogg and they had just dialed in Shaq to record a live video for his platform. So of course when Cham wanted to build his own startup I was first in line asking to fund him.

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How Digital Entrepreneurs Approach Startup Life


Thanks to globalization, a professional freelancer can sign up on platforms like Kajabi , a startup that allows you to sell e-courses and host online workshops. Whether you sell an online course or run an e-commerce store, you are collecting data from customers.

Managing Your Startup Board?—?A Short Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

Hearing views from Bill Gates on how the world deals with issues like climate change, Jack Dorsey talk about the role of social platforms and government and discussions with Kevin Systrom (Instagram), Todd McKinnon (Okta), etc were fascinating. Managing Your Startup Board?—?A

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How Deepak Chopra Is Using Virtual Reality To Improve Your Health


They’re scared about side effects and discomfort, and are sometimes depressed, and that can interfere with their ability to successfully follow a course of therapy.”. Unimersiv is a platform for VR educational experiences and publish new content each month, including learning how to meditate.

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How to Out Amazon, Amazon

Both Sides of the Table

This has obviously occurred in battles with tech platforms like Yelp vs. Google or Zynga vs. Facebook). Many of us learned about substitute products in undergrad economics courses. Of course branding is many things and this post doesn’t attempt a master class.

Why on Earth Would Anybody Post Business Videos on Snapchat?

Both Sides of the Table

Every platform has its unique strengths. Of course YouTube has huge traffic, but it’s different. If I blog on a stand-alone platform I have to work to get distribution. So of course I want to publish on Snapchat!

SwingBySwing: Making Golf More Social

Steve Reich

Two million consumers have downloaded the SBS golf app that includes a rangefinder (using the GPS chip in your phone), course maps, scoring, and more. Golf is a social sport–you play it in a foursome, surrounded by other players on the course.

The Perils of Shiny New Objects

Both Sides of the Table

In due course. In the absence of conviction, experience or pain-in-the-ass board members it’s easy to veer off course. Of course what you choose to do has be be meaningful, timely, valuable, prescient and high quality.

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Tech.Co Has Been Acquired by Global Digital Media Business


Jen Consalvo and I expanded the national footprint of events, hosted conferences and festivals, created monthly leadership summits, hosted an interactive educational speaker series, wrote a book, and launched a daily news and resource platform with a new brand – Tech.Co.

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The Truth About the Scooter Economy?—?An Insider’s Perspective

Both Sides of the Table

Of course it takes time to roll out new scooters and replace existing inventory but this is already having a dramatic effect on the underlying business. But what is unique about Bird is that with each generation of scooter platform we launch our unit economics get better and better.

Venture Outlook 2016

Both Sides of the Table

Of course they built protection into many of their financings that allows them downside protection against IPOs if the price is lower than the price they paid. In the past two years we’ve seen an explosion of tech-backed companies funding through crowdsourcing platforms.

Behind the Scenes: Troy Carter’s SMASHD LABS with Suzy Ryoo


Trakfire : a platform that enables its community to curate the best music from emerging artists, the third company founded founded by 19 year old USC Iovine Young Academy sophomore Arjun Mehta.

Samumed Raises $438M


Samumed says its small molecule drug platform has the potential to reverse the course for severe and prevalent diseases. San Diego-based Samumed , a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on treatments for Alzheimer's and other diseases, has raised a huge, $438M funding round, the company said on Monday. Source of the funding was not announced. Samumed says it has now raised $650M in total equity. The pre-money valuation for the funding round was $12 billion, accoridng to the company.

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The Case For & Against Cryptocurrencies (for those tired of all the noise)

Both Sides of the Table

The crypto in cryptocurrency is of course referring to cryptography on the ability to encrypt your transactions so they can’t be modified after they have been written to the blockchain. Of course anybody who says this publicly gets lambasted.

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Why Computer Vision Tracking the Flow of People Will be a Huge Market

Both Sides of the Table

We’re essentially a data platform and envision others building applications to take advantage of this information. Density is simply the data & analytics platform.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

Both Sides of the Table

And of course the 800 pound gorilla – YouTube – is also horizontal in nature. And of course once you dominate a show like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills you get to make derivative versions in Atlanta, New York, New Jersey, etc.

Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool

Both Sides of the Table

1/ Twitter started off positioned as a micro-blogging platform but in the end became more of an RSS reader. 6/ Of course it takes expertise to do a single-threaded Tweetstorm & even people like me had to learn it the hard way. Do with Tweetstorms & make it truly a microblogging platform! 9/ I think Medium is closest tool to a microblogging platform since it comments on a single concept within a post vs. comment at end. Planning a threaded Tweetstorm?

GRP Excited to add Sam Rosen to Its Ranks. How Did He Get the Role? Hustle. Here’s the Story.

Both Sides of the Table

We’re excited to continue to grow our investment professional staff and will continue to do so over the course of 2013 & 2014 with our new fund. Of course – some people can be remote. He of coursed required me to lobby on his behalf as well.

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How ProGuides Is Helping Gamers Master Their Game, With Sam Wang


We have highly engaging courses, taught by professional players, and where you track your progress, driven by data, and which also features an on-demand marketplace to help you find any coach you want to help you improve your play on any game. We started four years ago, and are based here in Los Angeles, and we now provide course for six games. We offer up courses for League of Legends, Fortnite, Hearthstone, Magic: The Gathering Arena and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.

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