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February 2016

Great in-depth Read on Startup Financials: What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued (Mark Suster)

There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling. Valuing any company can be difficult because it requires a degree of forecasting future growth & competition and ultimately the profits of the organization.

And two big changes have happened that are widely known – in the past quarter the value of some very high profile companies such as LinkedIn and Twitter have fallen substantially plus Fidelity (usually a public market investor) has written down the value of many of it’s later-stage private-company investments and made the downward valuations known…

Source: What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued | Bothsides of the Table

Great Sum-Up of the current Tech Startup Funding Situation: After The Gold Rush (Jon Evans)

The startup gold rush of the last ten years is over. Sorry. Those hordes of ambitious entrepreneurs still stampeding to the Bay Area in the hopes of building their Minimum Viable Product, getting into Y Combinator, and growing their app into the Next Big Thing–they’re already too late. That era is behind us. It was a good run, even a legendary one, but it is over. Time for the new new thing.

Does that sound premature and apocalyptic? Maybe not. Over the last few months a slew of smart people have been sounding warning signals, identifying the half-dozen consonant factors bringing this epoch to an end…

Source: After The Gold Rush | TechCrunch

Great insights into biggest achievements of last 3 Years & Outlook on next 3 Years: The Near Future of VR and AR and  what you need to know (Singularity HUB)

Unexpected convergent consequences…this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. This post (the third of seven) is a look at virtual and augmented…

Source: The Near Future of VR and AR: What You Need to Know – Singularity HUB

A critical Look at how the Smart Home can drive Consumer Goods purchasing decisions: The Future Of Smart Home Payments (Oren Levy)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has metamorphosed over the last few years. In the future, its applications will no doubt impact industry, urban development, healthcare, agriculture and other major…

Source: The Future Of Smart Home Payments | TechCrunch

Mobile World Congress 2016: Where are we heading with Smartphones – or where do we need to head? (André Cramer)

It’s Mobile World Congress time again. Not only the world of telcos and phone-related manufacturers meet there, but meanwhile it has become a colorful mix of everything technology related it seems. Still, the smartphones or mobile computing devices are in the center of attention.

The decade of the Smartphone as we know it is ending

Almost 10 years ago the iPhone has entered center stage and in fact did change everything in this industry. The revolutionary first iPhone was of course not the first smartphone in the market; in fact it came years after the term ‘smartphone’ had been coined for the first time. What is remarkable about it was therefore not the invention of a new category of device, but the combination of the right mix of technologies Continue reading “Mobile World Congress 2016: Where are we heading with Smartphones – or where do we need to head? (André Cramer)”

This is the Future: Robotics Trends in 2016 and Beyond (

Robotic engineers are creating the next generation of tech – tech that thinks and feels more like humans. Ultimately, these systems will reshape our world…

Source: This is the Future: Robotics in 2016 and Beyond

Instagram Continues Double-Digit Growth: outpacing any other Social Network Growth Rate until 2020 (eMarketer)

Instagram continues to prove its mastery of the mobile domain, according to eMarketer’s latest internet usage forecast. This year, 89.4 million Americans will log on to Instagram at least once a month, representing 34.1% of mobile phone users. And by 2017, 51.8% of social network users will use Instagram—surpassing the 50% mark for the first time.

Instagram’s user base is growing far faster than social network usage in general…

Source: Instagram Continues Double-Digit Growth – eMarketer

Helpful Data Science Tools: 7 Data Visualization Types You Should be Using More… and How to Start (Medium)

Unique data visualizations are more memorable, and add variety for the audience — even the most clear and straightforward visualization types lose their appeal when repeated over and over again. As visual literacy increases in the general population, data visualization designers will need to continually extend their knowledge of and proficiency across a widening range of visualization approaches to grow their skills alongside audience familiarity and expectations. Even more importantly, broad visualization know-how is essential for matching the data visualization type to the data available, the story to be told, and the question being answered…

Source: 7 Data Visualization Types You Should be Using More (and How to Start) — Medium

The Chips are down: The semiconductor industry will soon abandon its pursuit of Moore’s law. Now things could get a lot more interesting. (Mitchell Waldrop)

Next month, the worldwide semiconductor industry will formally acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore’s law, the principle that has powered the information-technology revolution since the 1960s, is nearing its end.

A rule of thumb that has come to dominate computing, Moore’s law states that the number of transistors on a microprocessor chip will double every two years or so — which has generally meant that the chip’s performance will, too. The exponential improvement that the law describes transformed the first crude home computers of the 1970s into the sophisticated machines of the 1980s and 1990s, and from there gave rise to high-speed Internet, smartphones and the wired-up cars, refrigerators and thermostats that are becoming prevalent today…

Source: The chips are down for Moore’s law : Nature News & Comment

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