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from http://cdixon.org 20 days ago

If we were sent back with a time machine, even 20 years, and reported to people what we have right now and describe what we were going to get in this device in our pocket—we’d have this free encyclopedia, and we’d have street maps to most of the cities of ...

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from http://cdixon.org 33 days ago

Software is eating the world, and doing so using smaller and smaller teams. WhatsApp was able to disrupt the global SMS industry with only a few dozen engineers. Small teams can have a big impact because software development (and deployment) has improved dramatically over the past decade. Some improvements include: ...

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from http://cdixon.org 33 days ago

People are spending more time on mobile vs desktop: And more of their mobile time using apps, not the web: This is a worrisome trend for the web. Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and the web is losing. Moreover, there ...

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from http://cdixon.org 33 days ago

I’ve seen a handful of technology demos in my life that made me feel like I was glimpsing into the future. The best ones were: the Apple II, the Macintosh, Netscape, Google, the iPhone, and – most recently – the Oculus Rift. Virtual reality has long been a staple of ...

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from http://cdixon.org 33 days ago

NYTimes has an excellent profile of Planet Labs, a startup that makes low-cost satellites: These satellites are powered by batteries normally found in a laptop, with semiconductors similar to those in a smartphone. “Nothing here was prequalified to be in space,” Mr. Marshall said. “We bought most of our parts ...

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from http://cdixon.org 33 days ago

Steve Jobs in 1995: There’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product. And as you evolve that great idea, it changes and grows. It never comes out like it starts because you learn a lot more as you get into the subtleties ...

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from http://cdixon.org 190 days ago

Some people assume that all Bitcoin advocates are motivated by a libertarian political agenda. That is certainly not my agenda. I’m a lifelong Democrat who supported Obama in the last two elections. I think the Federal Reserve plays an important function, and I don’t agree with people who think inflation ...

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from http://cdixon.org 209 days ago

One of the interesting things about Bitcoin is the contrast between how it is portrayed in the press and how it is understood by technologists. The press tends to portray Bitcoin as either a speculative bubble or a scheme for supporting criminal activity. In Silicon Valley, by contrast, Bitcoin is ...

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from http://cdixon.org 209 days ago

Like a lot of people, I’m excited about crowdfunding, and specifically the crowdfunding of startups now that’s it’s legal in the US. Based on my own experience investing in startups, here are some thoughts and issues that come to mind regarding startup crowdfunding. 1. Startup financings tend toward the extremes ...

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from http://cdixon.org 209 days ago

Web products have followed a steady evolutionary path from the compound to the atomic. Today’s popular social sites are spin outs of behaviors that emerged from blogs and forums, the primordial soup of the early social web. Before there was Twitter, people were doing something similar to tweeting on so-called ...

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from http://www.pehub.com 336 days ago

Aisle50 said Wednesday it raised a $2.6 million Series A financing led by Origin Ventures. August Capital also participated. Chicago-based Aisle50 sells digital offers from consumer packaged goods companies directly to consumers, who redeem them at bricks-and-mortar grocery retailers using a loyalty card or phone number. Other Aisle50 investors include ...

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from http://www.pehub.com 336 days ago

CIT Group said Wednesday that it provided a $61.8 million loan to a portfolio company of Alterna Capital Partners to finance its buy of three 50,000 DWT ECO-design Medium Range (MR) IMO II/III product/chemical tankers from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. The tankers are owned by Sterling Ocean Shipping, which ...

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from http://www.pehub.com 336 days ago

Bayside Capital, the credit affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, has agreed to buy the first pool of real-estate assets sold by Sareb, known as Project Bull. Sareb will retain a 49% stake while Bayside will have 51%. The deal values the portfolio at €100m and allows Sareb to participate in future ...

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from http://www.pehub.com 336 days ago

William Hickey, the former Chairman and CEO of Sealed Air Corp., has joined Ares Management as an Operating Advisor in the firm’s private equity group. He will assist in the sourcing and evaluation of new investment opportunities. PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ares Management LLC today announced the engagement of William ...

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from http://www.pehub.com 336 days ago

Maersk Inc., a subsidiary of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, has agreed to sell Bridge Terminal Transport to Platinum Equity. Financial terms weren’t announced. The deal is expected to be completed on or about Sept. 1. Bridge Terminal Transport is a marine drayage company in the United States. PRESS RELEASE MADISON, ...

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