AR startup Blippar in danger of becoming a blip as shareholders fight over future funding

Blippar, the U.K.-based AR startup that raised more than $130 million, may be nearing the end of the road. The company has been burning through cash in a bid to pivot in search of a profitable AR business model, and now shareholders are in dispute over whether to throw Blippar any more money to aid … Continue reading AR startup Blippar in danger of becoming a blip as shareholders fight over future funding

Crazy Work Hours and Lots of Cameras: Silicon Valley Goes to China

A group of Silicon Valley executives at the investment firm Sinovation Ventures in Beijing in August. It was part of a trip to China their companies organized to explore how the country has rapidly become a tech power to rival the United States. One Chinese technology executive said he worked 14 to 15 hours a … Continue reading Crazy Work Hours and Lots of Cameras: Silicon Valley Goes to China

Building a great startup requires more than genius and a great invention

Many entrepreneurs assume that an invention carries intrinsic value, but that assumption is a fallacy. Here, the examples of the 19th and 20th century inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla are instructive. Even as aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors lionize Edison for his myriad inventions and business acumen, they conveniently fail to recognize Tesla, despite having … Continue reading Building a great startup requires more than genius and a great invention

Softbank, Baidu Lead $3 Million Funding for Ex-Googler’s Crypto Startup

A team led by a former Google staffer is taking aim at the online advertising giant. Called Atlas Protocol, the startup believes that the data accumulating on blockchains today can be used to better market to internet users tomorrow, an idea that has already received validation from some of the biggest names in Asian business. … Continue reading Softbank, Baidu Lead $3 Million Funding for Ex-Googler’s Crypto Startup