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Disruptive technology and organized religion

TECHCRUNCH Avi Reichental Contributor Avi Reichental is founder and CEO of XponentialWorks. He is a leading authority on 3D printing and exponential tech convergence. More posts by this contributor How 3D printing is revolutionizing healthcare as we know it More or less since Nietzsche declared God “dead” nearly 140 years ago, popular wisdom has held that science and religion are irreparably misaligned. However, at a recent conference hosted by the Vatican, I learned that even in the era of artificial intelligence and gene splicing, religious institutions and leaders still have much to contribute to society as both moral compass and source of meaning....

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Product Hunt Radio: Gen Z, what ‘the kids these days’ are using, and the future of social apps

TECHCRUNCH In this episode of Product Hunt Radio, I’m recording from my home in San Francisco to talk to two young entrepreneurs. Tiffany Zhong interned at Product Hunt while she was still in high school. After she finished school, she worked in venture capital before starting Zebra Intelligence, a startup helping brands and old people like myself better understand Gen Z. She’s also an investor with her fund, Pineapple Capital. Drake Rehfeld is CEO of Splish, a Y Combinator-backed company that’s building social apps to make the internet more fun. He formerly worked at Snap, where he was one...

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10 lessons from Marketo’s growth to a multi-billion-dollar exit

TECHCRUNCH Doug Pepper Contributor More posts by this contributor A New Revolution Modernizes The Revenue Supply Chain With Adobe’s acquisition of Marketo, I have been reflecting on what an amazing and pioneering company Marketo has been since it was founded in 2006. There are very few tech companies that have defined a new category, executed a successful IPO, been acquired by a private equity firm for more than four times the company’s initial IPO market value and now, at a price of $4.75 billion, become the largest acquisition of a world-class company like Adobe. The credit for this dream-come-true...

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How this Kazakhstan internet giant built success on ideas from Russia and China

TECHCRUNCH Eva Yoo Contributor Eva Yoo is a Shanghai-based tech writer for TechNode. The advantage of entering an emerging market is that the market still has a lot of empty space to fill, and as a startup you can be the first player. Kazakhstan might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of overseas expansion. However, it is the world’s largest landlocked country, and shares borders with Russia and China, which are important consumer markets as well as technology hubs. In fact, companies in Russia and China provided good benchmarks for Chocofamily, now the biggest e-commerce holding in Kazakhstan. The 2011-founded startup’s current capitalization is $50 million, and they’ve hired 350 employees in their office in Almaty, the country’s largest city and previous capital. The company claims it has 2 million registered users on its platform, and expects $170 million gross billings in 2018 with 7,000 purchases per day. Chocofamily launched their payment app, Rakmet, in 2017, following in the steps of WeChat Pay. 2011: Copying from Russia  Looking at how Groupon was exploding in Russia, and how Delivery Club, a Russia-based food delivery service, was growing at a fast pace, the founder of Chocofamily, Ramil Mukhoryapov, decided the success could be replicated in Kazakhstan. So he quit his studies in Russia and went to Kazakhstan. “Russia is three years above Kazakhstan. Check out...

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Product Hunt Radio: ‘Tinder babies’ and the power of connecting people online and offline

TECHCRUNCH In this episode of Product Hunt Radio, I’m in Los Angeles talking to Brian Norgard and Jeff Morris Jr., both of whom may be indirectly responsible for a generation of “Tinder babies.” Brian Norgard is an entrepreneur, investor and chief product officer at Tinder. He has worked on a number of other products and was Tinder’s first acquisition. He collaborated with Sean Rad on an earlier app called Chill, which we discuss on the podcast. Brian is also an investor in Lyft, SpaceX and AngelList. Jeff Morris Jr. is the director of Product for Tinder’s revenue initiatives. He...

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Brazil’s healthtech sector is new hot spot

TECHCRUNCH Manoel Lemos Contributor Manoel Lemos is a managing partner of Redpoint eventures, the Brazilian-focused arm of the Silicon Valley venture firm Redpoint. More posts by this contributor Silicon Valley is a state of mind Solving big problems for many people is the kind of opportunity that both entrepreneurs and investors love. Like recent Brazilian investment booms focused on fintech innovation and new on-demand business models, there’s been a recent explosion in healthtech startups in Brazil. With tens of millions of the country’s people impacted by gigantic inequities in access to health services, some serious quality problems, burdensome costs...

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Startup accelerators helped spark Latin America’s tech boom

TECHCRUNCH Five years ago, no startups from Latin America were participating in prestigious U.S. accelerators like 500 Startups or Y Combinator. In fact, no Latin American startup reached the renowned Silicon Valley accelerator, Y Combinator, until 2015, when Colombia’s Platzi was invited to join. It seemed that Latin America was not yet on anyone’s radar at the big global accelerators. At the time, 500 Startups in Silicon Valley was one of the only global accelerators that was paying attention to Latin America. 500 Startups’ first Latin American startup investment was Chile’s Welcu in Batch 2 (2011), followed by Brazil’s...

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China has put the automotive renaissance into hyper drive

TECHCRUNCH Matt Stone Contributor Matt Stone is a business development manager at Intel Capital, with a focus on automotive technology and transportation. A tri-fold automotive renaissance, led by technology, has been playing out over the past few years. Electric vehicles finally have been embraced by mainstream consumers — and elevated by Tesla with long range and luxury quality. Meanwhile, rides on demand from Uber and Lyft have become a global movement that’s liberated personal mobility (and briefly snared China’s Didi the title of most valuable unicorn). The third dimension, and most significant catalyst of this renaissance, is autonomous driving. Already,...

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