Disrupting Environmental Destruction


Disruption” is a word that gets tossed around business a lot these days. But what if we could disrupt not just the way we do business, but the fate of our species and our planet? We asked ourselves: What can TNC do to help advance technology and disruption in conservation?”.

Lesa Mitchell joins The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars to help startups disrupt legacy enterprises


Many industries that aren’t top of mind for most of us but serve our most basic everyday needs – from industrial production, transportation infrastructure and environmental services and safety – all are facing technological disruption and innovation.

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Your body, disrupted


We expect healthcare to change in the next decade as disruptive technologies promise to improve patient outcomes, making medicine more personalized, effective, and interconnected. The post Your body, disrupted appeared first on OurCrowd.

Why @UpfrontVC invested in Disruptive Rental Car Startup @Skurt

Both Sides of the Table

It’s a classic “innovator’s dilemma,” making this market ripe for disruption. I’ve looked at many companies trying to disrupt this market and I’ve seen very interesting solutions and feel certain one or a few will stick and become big. Rental cars.

The Up and Coming Startups Aiming to Disrupt Healthcare


The post The Up and Coming Startups Aiming to Disrupt Healthcare appeared first on 500 Startups. Healthcare has a notorious reputation for being intimidating.

5 Disruptive Cybersecurity Startups That Are Changing the Industry

Dream It

But this age of disruption has also created numerous opportunities for hackers and cybercriminals. While innovations are driven by technological disruptions, cybersecurity provides the stability companies need to keep pace.

Disrupting the Screen: Backing Tinkergarten to Get Kids Out to Play

This is going to be BIG.

A little more than a year ago, I got a note from Brian Fitzgerald, a Product Manager I met while I was at First Round. He was "taking time with family" to figure out what's next.

Disrupting Finance From Above: Wealthfront


Many entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley believe that the financial services industry in the United States is “ripe for disruption. ” Like Google, Amazon, ebay, and Facebook, the leading Internet companies in China are interested in disrupting payments.

Has VC Become So Big It Must Be Disrupted?

Tomasz Tunguz

The key question he poses is: has the industry become so large that it needs to be disrupted? Nathan Heller published an article called Is Venture Capital Worth the Risk? in the New Yorker. It’s a well-researched critique of the venture industry. It’s a thought provoking question and a good opportunity to ask for feedback on how we can imrove. If you have ideas for how to improve venture capital for founders, please tweet me or send me an email with the link above.

What I *Would Have* Said at TechCrunch Disrupt

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What do you get when you combine 7 panelist plus one moderator on to a stage for 30 minutes to talk about a serious topic? Answer: Not much. And that was evident on today’s Angel vs. VC panel. It’s a shame.

Uber vs. Le Taxi: The Disrupter and the Disrupted

Fred Destin

On the one hand, I give you a literal Ayn Rand fan (see Paul Carr / PandoDaily''s " Cult Of Disruption ") who believes his service should be allowed to take over the world at speed and will lash out at anyone who suggests otherwise. A multi-pronged disruption.

Disrupting the Whole Damn Thing

This is going to be BIG.

Last night, I went to go see Dallas Buyers Club. It''s a very powerful movie. Whether it''s accurate or not, is debatable , but it''s theme is something that resonated with me. We, as a society, put in place structures like government and big corporations largely as an organizational efficiency. By pooling our resources and centralizing control, theoretically, we can more effectively do things like police neighborhoods, manufacture things and defend our borders.

Ready to Disrupt Health Care? Applications open for the UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars


There has never been a better time to pursue innovation and disruption across the continuum of health services.”. The digital health market is transforming before our eyes.

HyperWHO? HyperWHAT?

Startup Grind

The proposal forms around how our organisation can either be completely disrupted by or take full advantage of this massive opportunity that this technology presents. So, our message is, disrupt or be disrupted. StartupGrindStartups Cape Town Disruptive Innovation

The Disruptive Effect of Open Source Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

Open source is a disruptive distribution strategy. As a result of both the disruptive nature of open source distribution, and the changes in buyer preferences, the number of open source financings has increased nearly monotonically since the genesis of the movement, and it shows no signs of slowing. Open Source Software started the movement in the late 1990s. Since then, open source software has transformed the software industry.

Disruptive Innovation in SaaS by Competing with Non-Consumption

Tomasz Tunguz

But to incite disruption requires a different set of marketing skills. He says, “A new-market disruption is an innovation that enables a larger population of people, who previously lacked the money or skill, now to begin buying and using a product and doing the job for themselves.”. Viewing the SaaS world through this lens, disruption means enabling users to do things for the first time.

How the NYTimes avoided disruption

Tomasz Tunguz

In addition, the company hired a handful of young bloggers to incorporate a disruptive medium into their product. By plunging the company into the new form of media, understanding the industry changes, and becoming agents of change themselves, the Timesmen were able to save the business during a great crisis, avoiding irrelevance and disruption by embracing innovation.

The Key Ingredient to Disrupting with Machine Learning

Tomasz Tunguz

Which are the ripest areas for startups to disrupt using machine learning? At the core, machine learning/artificial intelligence relies on two key ingredients: advanced algorithms and data sets to train those algorithms. Novel algorithms are increasingly making their way into the public domain in the form of open-source libraries. So, the key differentiator for startups and ultimately long-term competitive advantage is access to proprietary data sets.

Jay Samit: How Startup Founders Can Avoid Getting Disrupted

WSJ - The Accelerators

Whether by design or circumstance, every startup will eventually get disrupted. The world continues to beat a path to your door until one day, when seemingly out of nowhere, the disruptor gets disrupted. In this era of endless innovation, there is only one thing you can do to stay competitive: you must learn how to disrupt yourself. Even the traditional IPO market is being disrupted by equity crowdfunding, which was just enabled under Title II of the JOBS Act.

Why is NYC failing to disrupt the enterprise?

This is going to be BIG.

Why is enterprise disruption completely dominated by companies outside NYC? Have our wings of disruption burned off as we got too close? It seems we should be ripe for huge enterprise disruption. In any case, it's been pretty disappointing that we haven't seen real enterprise/SaaS disruption from NY--because having all of these customers in your backyard would certainly be an advantage Yammer just got sold to Microsoft for over a billion dollars.

Why Dropbox Is A Major Disruption


Back in October, Techcrunch announced that Dropbox had raised $250mm at a seemingly absurd valuation. Many firms, including my firm Benchmark Capital, participated. When this happened, many people asked us why this was a special company that would cause us to break our standard investment paradigm. They didn’t quite understand why this was a company that deserved [.]. android Apple Internet iphone Mobile Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech cloud dropbox sync synch

Startup playbook: reverse-engineering Clay Christens’s market disruptions

Tomasz Tunguz

In this month’s HBR, Clay Christensen and Maxwell Wessell published an article targeted to the CEOs of large companies on how to prevent disruption to their businesses. Combining a passion for the right design with a play from the playbook above is key to disrupting a market

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

Both Sides of the Table

My partner Greg Bettinelli (worth following on Twitter) was recently named by The LA Business Journal as the “Top deal maker in Los Angeles… Continue reading on Medium

Incremental Innovation is Just As Powerful as Disruption

Tomasz Tunguz

He has many initiatives to finance progress: the Thiel fellows programs, his numerous investment vehicles and working with his colleagues from PayPal who have built SpaceX, Telsa, Yammer, LinkedIn and other disruptive companies. Peter Thiel and Gary Kasparov wrote in the Financial Times about “Our dangerous illusion of tech progress”. The main point of the article is quoted below: [We are living in an era of] cautiousness far too satisfied with incremental improvements.

The Disruption Debate is Focused on the Wrong Ideas

Tomasz Tunguz

Jill LePore’s New Yorker polemic “ The Disruption Machine ” attempts to debunk the incredibly popular Innovator’s Dilemma, a theory written by HBS professor Clayton Christensen. Neither Taleb nor Christensen maintains a list of the industries or companies likely to be disrupted, for example. Disruption will happen in certain sectors and long-incumbent technologies will continue to prevail in others.

[The Bouqs in Fast Company] This startup used storytelling to disrupt the $50 billion flower industry


The post [The Bouqs in Fast Company] This startup used storytelling to disrupt the $50 billion flower industry appeared first on OurCrowd. Bouqs founder John Tabis tells contributor Mark Miller how frustration—and a love of roses—led to the creation of a farm-to-table flower enterprise.

[Lemonade in Forbes] The Power Of Purpose: How Lemonade Is Disrupting Insurance With Goodness (And A New Foundation)


Lemonade, a for-profit Benefit Corporation, is an insurance company powered by a unique combination of artificial intelligence and behavioral economics to disrupt the centuries-old insurance industry.

[PlaySight in SBC News] Sportradar & PlaySight to disrupt Belgian EMBL basketball


A three-way tie-up is set to disrupt Belgian basketball viewership, with global sports data firm Sportradar partnering with video analytics firm PlaySight and the EuroMillions Basketball League (EMBL), Belgium’s highest level of professional basketball.

[DailyPay in Bloomberg Law] ‘Early Wage’ Apps Aim to Disrupt Payday Loans, Two-Week Cycle


The post [DailyPay in Bloomberg Law] ‘Early Wage’ Apps Aim to Disrupt Payday Loans, Two-Week Cycle appeared first on OurCrowd. Early pay providers operate under two models.

Google Redefines Disruption: The “Less Than Free” Business Model


[Follow Me on Twitter] I like to think of myself as an aficionado of business disruption. Internet Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech Android Business Model Disruption Google GPS Mobile Navigation TomTomAfter all, as a venture capitalist it is imperative to understand ways in which a smaller private company can gain the upper hand on a large incumbent. One of the most successful ways to do this is to change [.].

[Lemonade in Forbes] First, Fire All The Brokers: How Lemonade, A Millennial-Loved Fintech Unicorn, Is Disrupting The Insurance Business


The post [Lemonade in Forbes] First, Fire All The Brokers: How Lemonade, A Millennial-Loved Fintech Unicorn, Is Disrupting The Insurance Business appeared first on OurCrowd. He submitted the video to his renters insurance provider, Lemonade, which paid the $677 claim in two days. Read more here. News Center Newsticker FinTech lemonade newsticker portfolio news

The Future of Corporate Venture Capital


In the decade since the Great Recession, we have seen digital upstarts – taking advantage of disruptive technologies from AI to IoT – reshape the economy and the corporate pecking order. The following is an excerpt from 500’s CVC report. How has corporate venture capital changed? Conventional wisdom dictated that incumbents should focus their innovation efforts on R&D and growing their cash cows while investing in a few startups.

Just How Disruptive Are ICOs to the Classic VC Model?

Tomasz Tunguz

Initial Coin Offerings, a fundraising mechanism for companies using cryptocurrencies as a mechanism to buy their service, seem to be upending the world of venture capital. Filecoin raised $250M through an ICO. Tezos raised $232M. Bancor raised $153M. These are massive amounts of money. Recently, I’ve been wondering how prevalent ICOs are and whether they could potentially be a substitute for venture capital. The chart above shows the number and size of ICOs since the beginning of this year.

2019: An Innovative Year in Review

UBI Global

This article covers the biggest disruptions in the global innovation landscape, the UBI Global member programs […].

Hospitality Tech as a Service


We’ve recently partnered with LA Fund, an innovative hospitality-focused venture fund, to launch a bootcamp for startups building products that have the potential to disrupt this space.

How to Identify a SaaS Market that Machine Learning Will Disrupt

Tomasz Tunguz

In SaaS, machine learning has become an essential component to many different products. Whether it’s automating responses to inbound sales queries, identifying expense reports for audit, or surfacing anomalies in data, machine learning improves workflow software. To date, most software imbued with machine learning reduces costs rather than increase revenues. Why is this the case? Because machine learning is focused on efficiency gains.

What is a Starter?

Co Starters

There have been more and more news stories about entrepreneurship—celebrating disruptive technologies, industry-changing innovation, unicorns, acquisitions, IPOs, and the success stories of high-profile founders like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs.