A robot brain in the cloud: RoboEarth

I saw 'Robot and Frank' this weekend, a charming little comedy about a robot who undergoes training as a lockpick and diamond thief. But the smart people at Roboearth figured out that training your robot to do something is probably a waste of time: millions of other people are probably trying to teach it the same things. Maybe not lock picking skills and how to pull off a diamond heist, but at least making breakfa...

Is your startup a zombie? Why you should pivot more.

Great post by Y Combinator alumnus and Referly founder Danielle Morrill about zombie startups. She says that her biggest fear is to become one of those companies that are seemingly alive, but are really dead:  "Kind of like in the 6th Sense when Bruce Willis doesn’t realize he is dead and tries to have a nice dinner with his wife, there are startups out there who are still “operating” but might as well not be....

The Mayer Memo: words of wisdom from MySQL's Marten Mickos

Here’s an interesting take on the ‘work from home’ debate that Marissa Mayer started and that is still raging (people really don't want to go to the office!). I came across it this morning on Slashdot. It’s an interview with former MySQL CEO and European entrepreneur of the year 2006 Marten Mickos.  Currently, he is CEO at Eucalyptus. Mickos has always worked a lot with what he calls a “distributed ...

Great example of how disruption works: by shrinking the market

I came across another great example of how 'deflationary economics' work, as defined by Mark Suster at his blog 'both sides of the table'. First, if you're unfamiliar with deflationary economics: it's the principle that you can take a huge share of the market if you manage to make things a lot cheaper than they were before. As Suster says, it's one of the things he looks at when he's thinking of investing in a sta...

Angela Merkel to startups and entrepreneurs: "Can we be friends?"

It's quite a love fest in startup world. There was Neelie Kroes recently in Brussels calling them "rebels without a cause" and saying she had decidedly motherly feelings about entrepreneurs. And today, while visiting Cebit, Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel asked the startups present: "can we be friends?" Earlier today, Merkel visited fast growing startups Researchgate and Wooga. This evening, she gave a speech in the...

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