Online shopping safety tips

5 things you can do to stay safe shopping online on black Friday

While online shopping may seem less dangerous than shopping at big-box retailers these days, don’t be fooled about the inherent safety of online shopping. Attackers can still access important details from you if you aren’t cautious. Be proactive about your financial security this holiday shopping season and follow these five tips to keep you safe on black Friday.

Bitcoin

The 2 biggest emerging opportunities in cryptocurrency

The two greatest areas for innovation and value creation in the Bitcoin/cryptocurrencies sector are in providing solutions for banks in developing countries and creating a better decentralized ledger.

Google Glass zombie

Ending the epidemic of 'zombie meetings'

Zombie meetings are an epidemic infecting companies everywhere. Here’s how you can prevent an outbreak of undead meetings before they start.

John Oliver

4 big threats native advertising faces in 2015

Recently I’ve been hosting roundtable discussions over dinner in New York and London with publishing executives who are betting big that native advertising will drive major revenue growth in 2015 for their businesses. We often end up debating what the biggest threats to the industry are, and there are four notable threats I wanted to share.

Acquisitions

Why old-school tech giants need M&A to stay relevant

There’s no better time than the present for established enterprise players like IBM, Salesforce, and Oracle to swallow up bleeding-edge business intelligence companies.

Buyer Beware

Caveat emptor: Why the current VC/Media marriage may be bad for journalism

For years, all of us in digital media bemoaned the fact that you couldn’t raise money from VCs for the endeavor. Now, all of a sudden, there is a kindling of interest in media companies among VCs—far too little yet to be called a frenzy or a bubble, but far more than we have seen in years.

Skills

How full-stack entrepreneurs should build their skill set

Recent years have seen the rise of full-stack startups. Like Apple, these companies build an end-to-end offering, owning much of the hardware, software, design, distribution, sales, customer service, and supply chain. Examples include Uber, Tesla, and Nest.

Football

Netflix can bet on Lilyhammer, but live sports are way more important to streaming video

Lilyhammer, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Battleground are just a few of the strong programs that digital media companies are fielding in the competition to monetize online video. But ultimately, original series and other linear programming simply won’t be a match for the perennial most-viewed champion: sports.

apps - iphone

Top 10 apps of 2013 for entrepreneurs

Here are 10 apps from 2013 that have helped lighten the load of the business minded and allowed them to focus on what really matters, the creation.

Social media fail

The next social imperative

Isn’t it time we reclaimed social media’s true mission of building genuine connections?

Washington Post

Hey, Bezos, want to revitalize the Washington Post? Invest in people

Predictive analytics, customized news feeds based on location and previous history, weaving reader voices into the storytelling … all these things and more have been thrown onto the “what could be” pile for a reinvented Post. But the greatest innovation and investment the Bezos-led Post could make is in its people.

Fundraising is a means — not an end

One of my ex-students recently gave me an update on his startup. When I asked, “What are you working on?” the first words out of his mouth was his fundraising progress. This is not good.