What was Benchmark thinking?

 Yesterday, Benchmark, the powerful venture firm and a major Uber shareholder, filed a lawsuit against recently the company’s recently ousted CEO Travis Kalanick in a remarkable move. The suit seeks to remove Kalanick from the board, while eliminating three additional board positions that it says Kalanick sought (and won) approval for last year, partly by withholding crucial… Read More

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SoundCloud saved by emergency funding as CEO steps aside

 SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the struggling music service afloat. CEO Alex Ljung will step aside though remain chairman as former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces him. Mike Weissman will become COO as co-founder and CTO Eric Wahlforss becomes chief product officer. Raine Group and Temasek have stepped in to lead the new funding round. ...

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Let Siri Do The Selling While People Manage Change

Companies that are transforming successfully in the digital world understand that technology is important, but it’s really about people. Employees must be empowered with the right skills. Not every millennial is tech-savvy, and many baby boomers remain flexible and eager to learn. Thanks to machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), more and more tasks in all lines of business are ...

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Sleeperbot is the best place to host your fantasy football league this season

 Sleeperbot, which has raised about $2M in seed funding from Birchmere VC and Expa, and boasts hundreds of thousands of users, calls itself Slack for sports. It’s essentially an app (and website) that lets sports fans have conversations around different subjects they’re passionate about. These discussions happen in channels – some of which are created by the company and are… ...

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Don’t ruin streaming by turning it into cable

 Technology was going to free us from cable. It’s right there in the phrase “cord cutting” — a liberation from the bonds of traditional television. This is supposed to be the era of on-demand entertainment, when we don’t have to subscribe to some bloated cable package in order to get the content we want. But the golden age of television ...

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Flash Briefing: Why Savvy CFOs Are On Top Of A Cloud-First Strategy

Today, we’ll talk about the cloud and why successful CFOs are backing a cloud-first strategy. http://blog-sap.com/innovation/files/2017/07/Why-Successful-CFOs-Are-Backing-A-Cloud-First-Strategy.mp3 Tune in Monday through Friday for more Digitalist Flash Briefings on disruptive technologies and trends on your favorite device or app. Amazon Echo or Dot: Enable the “Digitalist” flash briefing skill, and ask Alexa to “play my flash briefings” on every business day. Alexa ...

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FlySpaces, an Airbnb for office space in Southeast Asia, raises $2.1M

 Now is a good time to be in the co-working industry in Southeast Asia, it seems. Barely days after WeWork announced plans to enter the region, which is home to over 600 million people, through the acquisition of Singapore startup Spacemob, now a company that operates like an Airbnb for office space rentals has raised money. FlySpaces, a startup headquartered ...

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