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The personal costs of raising money

venturebeat.com — In the tech industry, we celebrate raising money as a victory second only to that of a successful exit. And while I recognize that venture capital is often an unavoidable requirement for growing a business, most entrepreneurs, and the tech community at large - who often seem to push people into raising VC - would be better served viewing it as a necessary evil as opposed to an absolute win.

The great Heathkit mystery

venturebeat.com — Whatever happened to Heathkit, the do-it-yourself electronics kits that used to be so popular at the dawn of the computer age? For decades, Heathkit was a household name among those who liked to play with electronics.

The most asked question of 2014: Are we in a bubble?

venturebeat.com — Any way you cut it, 2014 has been a remarkable year for the innovation economy. The pace of disruption and growth today is faster than any time I've seen in Silicon Valley Bank's 30-year history. December saw the return of a hefty investor appetite for tech IPOs, most notably Lending Club.

Why Y Combinator's Paul Graham loves 'weird' ideas and 'energetic' people

venturebeat.com — As a founder of the Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator, Paul Graham has seen his share of startups. Over the years, as he's spent time with innumerable founders, he's come to an important conclusion: If you want to be part of the next big thing, you can't be stuck in your old ways.
Dec 20, 2014

Why Y Combinator’s Paul Graham loves ‘weird’ ideas and ‘energetic’ people venturebeat.com/2014/12/20/why… by @jordannovet

5 deep learning startups to follow in 2015

venturebeat.com — It's been a huge year for a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning. Google, Twitter, and Yahoo have all acquired startups that deal in deep learning, which entails training systems called artificial neural networks on lots of information derived from audio, images, or other inputs, and then presenting the systems with new information and receiving inferences about it in response.

BitTorrent invites Sony Pictures to release 'The Interview' on its platform

venturebeat.com — BitTorrent has two words for Sony Pictures: Join us. Today, after the FBI blamed North Korea for the Sony Pictures cyberattack, filesharing giant BitTorrent presented Sony with an intriguing offer to release The Interview - the film that prompted the hack - on its self-publishing platform.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @MattMason: BitTorrent invites Sony Pictures to release ‘The Interview’ on its platform venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/bit… via @VentureBeat

Dec 19, 2014

RT @MattMason: BitTorrent invites Sony Pictures to release ‘The Interview’ on its platform venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/bit… via @VentureBeat

Dec 19, 2014

.@BitTorrent to Sony: use our platform to distribute #TheInterview safely & legally; ignore suggestions to go pirate venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/bit…

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This video game reckons it can get your kids to tidy their rooms

venturebeat.com — Gregory Hansell wants to make the world a better place, and he wants to do it with video games. Hansell is the chief product officer at A Better World, a family-run company that's looking to raise $200,000 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo for a virtual-world tablet game it reckons can make a real difference.

How computer-aided organic architecture could change the city of the future

venturebeat.com — We've seen the future of architecture and design, and it's at the intersection of biology, computing, and engineering. While many architects these days put up buildings loaded with energy-saving features and attractive, sustainable design, one company is taking its approach to being green to another level: growing fully biodegradable building materials.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @DaveGian: How computer-aided organic architecture could change the city of the future: wp.me/p5hvhT-6PSe - by @VentureBeat's @GreeterDan

Dec 20, 2014

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Pushing for holiday downloads? How to win the mobile user acquisition battle

venturebeat.com — The holiday season is upon us, bringing purchases and gifts of shiny, new mobile devices to new users. This tremendous growth and adoption is not only an opportunity for mobile developers to draw new and existing users to their apps but also a chance to generate significant revenue via their various marketing channels.
Dec 20, 2014

Pushing for holiday downloads? How to win the mobile user acquisition battle venturebeat.com/2014/12/20/pus… via @VentureBeat

New open-water streaming Shark Cam turns every day into Shark Week

venturebeat.com — Want to watch sharks patrolling the deep in real-time without putting on a wet suit? A set of new live cameras installed off North Carolina's Cape Fear makes any week shark week. Part of a network of 75 live-cams installed around the world by Explore.org, the so-called " Shark Cams " provide an unfiltered view of the animals' natural underwater home.

President Obama says Sony's decision to pull 'The Interview' was a mistake

venturebeat.com — Today U.S. president Barack Obama called Sony Pictures' move to pull The Interview "a mistake." "We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States," Obama said. Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against the employees.
Dec 19, 2014

Agree w.Obama that pulling "the Interview" was a mistake. Sony needs a decent security team AND a spine. venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/pre…

Dec 19, 2014

"We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States"—Obama venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/pre…

Dec 19, 2014

“We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States” venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/pre…

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isoHunt now lets anyone launch their own version of The Pirate Bay

venturebeat.com — Not satisfied with merely launching The Old Pirate Bay, torrent site isoHunt today debuted The Open Bay, which lets anyone deploy their own version of The Pirate Bay online. This is achieved via a new seven-step wizard, which the group says requires you to be somewhat tech-savvy and have "minimal knowledge of how the Internet and websites work."

Twitter makes harassment reporting more mobile-friendly, improves blocking feature

venturebeat.com — Twitter really wants users to feel safe when using its product, so it's making harassment reporting easier and faster, and making its blocking feature more effective. To report abuse or harassment, Twitter has made the process easier and faster, especially on mobile. It's also easier to report inappropriate behavior towards other users.
Dec 19, 2014

I need this! RT @btryn: Twitter makes harassment reporting more-mobile friendly, improves blocking feature venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/twi…

Dec 19, 2014

Twitter makes harassment reporting more-mobile friendly, improves blocking feature venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/twi… via @VentureBeat

FBI says North Korea is responsible for the Sony Pictures cyberattack

venturebeat.com — The FBI has just released a statement claiming that the North Korean government is responsible for the Sony Pictures hack.
Dec 19, 2014

FBI: "North Korea’s actions were intended to...suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves" venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/fbi…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @VentureBeat: “the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions” venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/fbi…

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NASA has emailed a wrench to astronauts in space

venturebeat.com — Talk about throwing a wrench into the works. Responding to International Space Station astronauts' need for a wrench, NASA solved the problem by emailing a digital file to the ISS. The astronauts then 3D printed the tool. In a post on Backchannel, Mike Chen, founder of Made In Space explained how the process worked.
Dec 19, 2014

Thank you for doing it! RT @MadeInSpace: @VentureBeat @NASA Thx for sharing this story! Really well-written article venturebeat.com/2014/12/18/nas…

Dec 19, 2014

Now that’s an attachment: NASA has emailed a wrench to Space Station astronauts. venturebeat.com/2014/12/18/nas… @VentureBeat

Gaming cartography: 24 beautiful gaming maps

venturebeat.com — When you think of design in gaming, you might think of the look of characters or the overall style of a world. But developers often put more thought into designing levels than just about anything else. And it's something that is hard to appreciate when those stages are surrounding you in 3D.

Nintendo claims Wii U and 3DS have more 'great games' than Xbox One, PS4, and Vita combined

venturebeat.com — Nintendo is firing shots at the competition. The publisher took to Facebook and Twitter to point out that its systems have more "great games" at retail than the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 put together.
Dec 19, 2014

Nintendo claims Wii U and 3DS have more ‘great games’ than Xbox One, PS4, and Vita combined venturebeat.com/2014/12/19/nin… via @GamesBeat

Nintendo wins patent troll's appeal and can keep selling the Wii U

venturebeat.com — An attraction company has lost its appeal to block the importation of Nintendo's Wii U. Creative Kingdoms, the company that owns the MagiQuest live-action role-playing theme-park-like locations, filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission asking it to prevent Nintendo from bringing the Wii U to the U.S.

Obama explains why Sony's 'mistake' could spark a spiral of self-censorship

venturebeat.com — During a press conference today, President Barack Obama spoke eloquently and somewhat chillingly about the implications of Sony's decision to pull The Interview from theaters. After learning that North Korea was, in fact, responsible for the cyberattack that leaked embarrassing Sony information, Obama said that the decision to pull the movie was a "mistake".
Dec 19, 2014

RT @EmekaOkoye: I agree with Obama -> Obama explains why Sony's 'mistake' could spark a spiral of self-censorship wp.me/p5hvhT-6PM7 #e…