Welcome to our beautifully designed, corporate-controlled future Internet

There’s a generational shift in technology happening right now: From the open Web to native apps, from desktops to mobile phones, from platforms built on standards to platforms owned by corporations. Let’s call it the second Internet. Here’s what it looks like: That’s right — it’s Facebook. More than 1.44 billion people use Facebook every month, […]

Welcome to our beautifully designed, corporate-controlled future Internet

The next generation of entrepreneurs will need more open platforms

OPINION:   Last week I wrote about the way specific technologies have lowered the barriers to entrepreneurship worldwide: Amazon Web Services, Google Drive (and Google Search), mobile devices combined with widespread wireless Internet service, and Facebook. Most of these tools are what author Jonathan Zittrain would call “generative,” in that they are technologies which engender further innovation, […]

The next generation of entrepreneurs will need more open platforms

How do you make sense of 2,000+ marketing tech companies? (podcast)

This week on What to Think, we speak to John Koetsier, the vice president of research at VB Insight, VentureBeat’s new market-research arm. VB Insight is taking a very data-driven approach to research. Case in point: For its latest report on social media management tools, VB Insight surveyed over 1,100 social media managers, analyzed a […]

How do you make sense of 2,000+ marketing tech companies? (podcast)

What it takes to be a tech entrepreneur in 2015

OPINION:   A handful of technologies have contributed to an explosion of entrepreneurship in the past decade, making the prospect of starting a tech company — or tech-enabled company — more accessible to people around the world. Amazon Web Services makes it possible for anyone, anywhere, to set up a server, build a prototype, and even […]

What it takes to be a tech entrepreneur in 2015

The future of cities with swarms of driverless cars (podcast)

In the future, you might not own a car. Instead, you’ll get around town by hopping into one of many autonomous 3-wheeled pods swarming the streets. To get a picture of how we’ll get there, we invited Xerox executive David Cummins to talk to us about the company’s efforts to improve parking — yes, parking — […]

The future of cities with swarms of driverless cars (podcast)

Sunrun’s journey shows that there is rarely a straight line to success

With $2 billion worth of solar panels installed on 70,000 customers’ homes across 12 states, Sunrun is well on the way to proving that its model for solar power generation can work. But it wasn’t always so clear. When the company started, in February 2007, cofounder and chief executive Lynn Jurich says she faced an […]

Sunrun’s journey shows that there is rarely a straight line to success

A company fighting the meaningless cycle of clicks and likes

For many of us, our lives are an endless feedback loop, punctuated by clicks and likes. Wake up. Check Facebook. Check Twitter. Click on a few links. Post one of those links on Facebook with a funny comment. Brush teeth. Check to see if anyone liked your post on Facebook yet. Commute to work, checking Facebook on the […]

A company fighting the meaningless cycle of clicks and likes

What 2 runaway llamas taught us about net neutrality

OPINION: For about two hours today, all the Internet wanted to talk about was the FCC’s historic net neutrality decision. (They’re in favor of it.) Then, suddenly, all work stopped as the digerati focused their collective attention on two runaway llamas scampering around Phoenix. Short attention span much? Sure. Never accuse the Twitterverse of being able […]

What 2 runaway llamas taught us about net neutrality

Dylan’s Desk: Why the coming messaging economy will be very big business

OPINION:   There’s a deep shift in the way we communicate happening, and it’s about to turn media and marketing businesses upside-down. In short, the Web-based world is about to become secondary to the message-based world. Messaging apps like WhatsApp (now part of Facebook), WeChat, Line, Snapchat, and Kik are sitting pretty in this new […]

Dylan’s Desk: Why the coming messaging economy will be very big business

Think mobile is big? You ain’t seen nothing yet

Mobile technology has been one of the biggest drivers of growth in the tech sector since the iPhone’s launch in 2007. But if Digi-Capital‘s predictions hold water, you ain’t seen nothing yet. According to the research and advisory firm’s latest Mobile Internet Investment Review, investors plowed more than $32 billion into mobile tech companies in 2014. The most […]

Think mobile is big? You ain’t seen nothing yet

Marc Andreessen was right — people do love to fish

FishBrain, an app and social network for anglers, just caught its 700,000th user yesterday. It is also releasing a new version of its app today, which includes a “FishBrain Forecast” feature that uses a combination of algorithms and crowdsourcing to help you figure out, based on the weather, time of year, and other factors, where the ideal […]

Marc Andreessen was right — people do love to fish

Dylan’s Desk: Why Silicon Valley is still a man’s world

Girls are just better at school, it appears. So why aren’t there more women in key roles at tech companies? Girls outperform boys in academic achievement in 70 percent of the countries around the world, according to a recent study. The study, done by researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Glasgow, looked […]

Dylan’s Desk: Why Silicon Valley is still a man’s world

What to Think Ep. 37: Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo?

Nicholas Carlson, the chief correspondent for Business Insider, has just published a book that goes deep into Yahoo under Marissa Mayer. Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo has details such as Mayer’s first day at work and her showdowns with activist investors and truculent executives. We brought Carlson into the podcast studio to ask […]

What to Think Ep. 37: Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo?

Dylan’s Desk: The best of CES, from selfie sticks to smoke alarms

What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015? Read VB’s full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out. The best things at CES, an annual festival of consumer electronics and excess in Las Vegas, were not what you’d expect. Giant televisions were everywhere, of course, along with the usual forest of […]

Dylan’s Desk: The best of CES, from selfie sticks to smoke alarms