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So You Want to Be a Platform? Booking.com or Airbnb

These days, it seems everyone ­– venture capitalists and founders alike – considers platforms the ultimate stage in tech evolution. They’re all the rage in retail, finance, travel, fitness, you name it. But what makes one platform expand, while another…

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The Canary in the Bitcoin Mine

No one would call me a cryptocurrency expert, and maybe that’s why bitcoin speculators should listen. Granted, the math and technology is beyond most people’s comprehension. But this week in NYC, as the value of Bitcoin soared yet again, I…

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Future Hack: Are You Ready?

The security expert at BootstrapLabs’ Google Launchpad event had just delivered a litany of reasons to fear our fast-approaching sci-fi future. The question from the floor: what will be some of the first car hacks? “I could be snarky, and…

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The Russian Ransomware Blues

Businesses, hospitals, and power plants, a country’s infrastructure held hostage. An ultimate covert weapon that can disable defense systems and unravel decades of technological innovation. Cyberwarfare is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Today, we’re facing one of the…

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