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SpeakEasy: Smart conference calls for your smart phone

May 2015
Byron Deeter
It would have been funny, if it wasn’t so painful. “Who’s on the line?  Anyone here?  Did they drop?  Can someone please email out that damn PIN again?  Hello?” Our Board of Directors’ meeting had just concluded the open session and we...
 

The epic global commercial real estate industry and the startup that will dominate it

May 2015
Ethan Kurzweil
Quick quiz: which industry contributed $500 billion dollars to US GDP last year?  Answer: Commercial Real Estate (CRE).  Despite its current economic impact, the industry has typically been anything-but-current in terms of technology and modern...
 

What do they make? (A VC response to #talkpay)

May 2015
Miia Laukkarinen
When software engineer Lauren Voswinkel initiated #talkpay she hoped to break taboos around pay discussion by encouraging people to share their compensation details on Twitter with the hashtag #talkpay, which became a trending topic. Still, most participants...
 

ZIRX: on demand valet parking? Yes, please!

April 2015
Ethan Kurzweil
Uber, Blue Apron, Seamless, Instacart: you probably hadn’t heard of these companies five years ago (indeed, several didn’t exist), but now they’re practically household names. The reason? They’re satisfying a growing need — an expectation, even — for...
 

What defines HIMSS?: A Newbie’s Perspective

April 2015
Andrew Walsh
As I boarded a plane from NYC LaGuardia to CHI O’Hare I really didn’t know what to expect. Weeks of preparation in researching the exhibitors, setting up meetings and setting up my accommodations (make sure to book early – hotels book up fast!). I thought I...
 
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