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Money 20/20 recap: Jack Dorsey, blockchain, and the future of financial services

My writeup of the Money 20/20 financial tech conference, which just wrapped up. I focused on blockchain and Bitcoin tech, so this report is a snapshot of how financial services views blockchain today.

Overstock.com could begin first Bitcoin-based stock trades

I’m a stringer for VentureBeat this week at the #Money2020 conference, looking for good stories about blockchain. Here’s one about how Overstock.com is about to offer stock (in itself) via T0, its Bitcoin-based equities trading platform. (Just don’t call it an exchange, even though it is.) Official news announcement to come tomorrow. Overstock.com could begin […]

AppDynamics CEO: Don’t call my $2B company a unicorn (podcast)

This week’s guest is David Wadhwani, the (relatively) new CEO of AppDynamics. My interview with him is in this week’s podcast. Above: David Wadhwani Image Credit: AppDynamics Wadhwani joined AppDynamics as its CEO and president in late 2015, after a storied career at Adobe. AppDynamics, which provides application monitoring services for developers and enterprises, recently […]

Dylan’s Desk: At CES, the ridiculous never goes out of style

A lot of us sort of expected CES 2016 to reveal a new, more practical side to the consumer electronics industry. Guess again. Despite a looming global economic slowdown, the devaluation of tech-company unicorns, and the fact that everybody already has as many smartphones, tablets, and wrist gadgets as they need, CES continued to show […]

How GitHub is building a platform and supporting open source (podcast)

In this week’s episode, we talk with Kakul Srivastava, the VP of product management for GitHub. We caught up with her recently to talk about how GitHub has evolved into a platform (and what it means to be a platform), how the company figures out which new features and products to build, and the role […]

How Castlight is using data to transform health care (podcast)

We’re investigating the nature of these Innovation Engines in a series of What To Think podcasts, sponsored by Pivotal Tracker, and columns by VentureBeat editor at large Dylan Tweney. Tune in here to learn the secrets behind the tech world’s most successful platforms. In this week’s episode, we talk with Jonathan Rende, the new chief research […]

Tech billionaires tackle politics the way Batman fights crime

This week, the tech industry made two big moves that show that tech — or at least its most successful billionaire founders — is beginning to understand how much political power it commands.

The iPad Pro might point to the future, but that future’s not here yet

  OPINION: The iPad Pro is one of the most hotly anticipated products to come out of Apple in quite awhile. The 12.9-inch work-oriented tablet went on sale this week, and the first crop of reviews came out yesterday. Unfortunately for Apple fans, some of those reviews don’t look so hot. Reviewers who normally rave […]

VC Tomasz Tunguz explains his approach to SaaS investing (podcast)

  In this week’s episode, we talk with Tomasz Tunguz, a partner at Redpoint Ventures and a noted expert on SaaS company metrics. Tunguz explains how a law firm internship in South America when he was 17 launched him into tech, building a small software company and then winding up at Google before landing at […]

Using data to improve diversity — and business performance

Too often diversity discussions in business are framed as a zero-sum game: affirmative action versus meritocracy, minority versus majority, them versus us. There are some hopeful signs that the tech industry is starting to realize that this is not the case. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Amazon — among others — have all made a […]

I, for one, welcome our new surveillance robot overlords

Knightscope founder and CEO William Santana Li is not modest in his ambitions. He estimates that crime — of all kinds — has an annual global economic impact of a trillion dollars. That’s $1 trillion lost every year due to theft, vandalism, robbery, violence, and more. He wants to cut that in half. And to do […]

Netflix reveals the future of enterprise tech: Here’s why

I was sitting in a conference on enterprise infrastructure this week when I realized that the generational shift long promised by cloud advocates is finally, irreversibly underway. That shift is away from “legacy” data centers built on x86 servers, VMware-managed hypervisors, SQL databases from Oracle, and storage hardware provided by EMC. Replacing all that are […]

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