June 2012

  1. I'm in South Korea, Where the Fast Internet Future Has Already Happened

    This afternoon, I arrived in Seoul, South Korea, for a short side-trip and break from Shanghai. I’ve never been to South Korea before, but its Internet reputation precedes it. The country has long been a leader in mobile Internet in particular, with fast wireless connectivity powering hyper-mobile user habits, such as watching broadband video on handsets, which has been mainstream here since before the fall of the Joseon Dynasty.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Solum: One Foot in Silicon Valley, the Other in the Field

    While the rest of the Valley toils to develop the best new way to stalk your friends, Solum, an agritech startup, is using big data to change the world. Solum has developed a platform for testing soil moisture and nitrogen levels to produce more accurate data to guide when to add fertilizer – as well as how much. They’ve cultivated some big backers as well, in the form of Khosla Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz, who codenamed the funding project “Software Eats Dirt," a play on the title of the now famous Wall Street Journal article "Software Eats the World" by Marc Andreessen.

    By Andrew James , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Ketup Joins the Army of Startups Taking on Craigslist

    It's no secret that Craigslist's user experience sucks. Yet no startup has been able to unseat the local listings giant because it has the thing sellers care about the most: liquidity. That hasn't stopped the recent spate of sites like HipSwap, Zaarly and Krrb, as well as mobile apps like Bondsy (yet to launch) and the week-old Yardsale, all of which offer improvements on Craigslist's crappy UX with their own twist on local listings.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  4. From App to Platform: Flutter Brings Motion Control to Windows

    Every once in a while there's a new technology that gets your heart all a-flutter. Even more rarely a startup chooses the perfect name for pun-filled introductions. Flutter, a startup that uses webcams to interpret motions and perform actions without a single touch, has managed both.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Fast Chat: Gaga for Google Glasses -- But that $1,500 Price Tag!


    By Lauren Ashburn , written on

    From the News desk

  6. AngelList Has Transformed Seed Investing -- Are Recruiters and Job Boards Next?

    Last week Naval Ravikant went to an industry dinner. He asked a friend in the venture business how things were going. The friend slumped over in his chair, shrugged sadly and said, "The business is becoming commoditized."

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Between the Lines at Google I/O: We're Plugging the Holes in the Ecosystem

    For two weeks earlier this month, I spent all of my time on Google’s platform. Google Docs, Chrome OS, Android, and Google Drive became the mainstays of my vocabulary. But in all of my usage and fondness for some of the great things in the platform, there were still holes. Gaping, obtrusive, unavoidable holes.

    By Trevor Gilbert , written on

    From the News desk

  8. The Key to Monitise's Virtual Wallet Workaround: Real World ATMs

    Set down your digital wallets. There’s something you really need to know. Those pretty little apps don’t matter quite as much as you think. Most of them couldn’t pick up your tab at IHOP because they’re missing what's really critical – bank-grade infrastructure. Not the just the security, but the ability to seamlessly communicate across banks and geography. As Monitise’s CEO, Alastair Lukies says, “The Battle for Middle Earth is [for] the Infrastructure.”

    By Andrew James , written on

    From the News desk

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