The Blockchain Might Be The Next Disruptive Technology

blockchain-2048 To process a transaction, you need first to make sure the sender owns the asset he wants to transfer, and make sure he will not trade it twice. In the blockchain, information is stored in blocks that record all transactions ever done through the network. Hence, it allows validating both the existence of assets to be traded and ownership. Read More

Data Is A Mine And A Minefield

baddata I’ve worked in data science and healthcare-adjacent fields for about five years now. I studied biology and marketing at Wharton, where I did pancreatic cancer research. And I will tell you, regardless of the stunning achievements of access and strength in tech, the healthcare field is not even close to keeping up. Let’s put this in perspective. Read More

The Rise Of Entrepreneurial Communities

capitol hill This summer, as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I had the opportunity to honor an innovative business accelerator called First Batch. This isn’t your typical business accelerator. First Batch is a product accelerator in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, that focuses on helping entrepreneurs and makers bring physical products to market. It’s a great resource… Read More

Pronoun, A Self-Publishing Platform For Authors, Is Ready To Serve Humanity

scaled.IMG_0052 Pronoun, a self-publishing system that aims to help authors get their books edited and printed, is beginning the long road to making it easier for self-published authors to get noticed. First stop? Getting authors onto the platform. The company, founded by Josh Brody and Ben Zhuk, raised $3.5 million in June to create books that people will read. The goal is noble: by bringing all of the… Read More

Can You Hear Me Now?

554281668_27f80808f2_b It’s been a pretty big week for tech + privacy, with Apple overhauling the privacy-related info it pushes out to users — sharpening its pro-privacy positioning as a marketing differentiator for its devices and services. And NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden stepping into the public arena by joining Twitter as, well, himself — with the verified account status to prove it. Read More

Fear Of Failure May Ensure It

shutterstock_110894420 At the dawn of the web I launched one of the first e-commerce sites. I spent six months on research, perfecting the site, striving to get everything right. After six hours live I’d learned more from people’s actions and reactions than in those six months — and felt a bitter regret for the half year wasted. Now, as an investor, I occasionally see the same behavior, and… Read More

Who Will Step Up To Secure The Internet Of Things?

lego-robots The Internet of Things (IoT) presents a significant mix of opportunity and risk. Compared to the connected devices of the past, the gazillions of new IoT devices that are being predicted for our homes, transportation, cities, medical devices and elsewhere represent a unique set of security challenges for both companies and their users. They also offer a host of new and attractive opportunity… Read More

This Week On CrunchWeek: Tesla’s Model X, Google’s New Toys, And Someone Called Jack

crunchweek-4-3 Hello friends, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek, TechCrunch’s weekly roundup show that brings you the best of the past seven days in just around 10 minutes. This week myself, and the excellent Megan Rose Dickey and Drew Olanoff gathered to riff on Tesla’s new Model X, Google’s recent hardware introductions including the new Chromecast, and, of course, what’s… Read More

Automatically Animate GIFs In Your Google Image Search Results

chip Even though I’m a huge Giphy fan, I still use Google Image search a lot to find fun imagery…especially animated GIFs. The problem with using Google search for this is that the results aren’t animated. Static as the day is long. Womp Womp. First world problems, but you have to click on each result to see the animation and it’s never guaranteed that what you click on… Read More