It’s traditional for the team behind the Hubble Space Telescope to release a jaw-dropping picture to celebrate the anniversary of the observatory’s launch in April 1990, and this year’s image might well rate a double jaw drop. The science team’s greeting card for Hubble’s 27th birthday features side-by-side views of two spiral galaxies much like our own Milky Way galaxy, seen from two angles. The edge-on galaxy at left, NGC 4302, is about 60 percent of the Milky Way’s size and contains about 10 percent of our home galaxy’s mass, the Hubble team says in today’s image advisory. The galaxy… Read More
There have been increasing efforts over the past few years to close the gender gap in tech, and particularly in startups. A high-profile scandal inside Uber’s engineering division, and constant efforts from women in business and tech positions, have made diversity front-and-center in the minds of many. So how much have the headlines, the hours spent networking and the push for diversity in hiring changed the landscape for women at the heads of startups? Not much, it turns out. A new report from Crunchbase’s ongoing study of female founders found that just 17 percent of venture-backed companies in the first quarter of 2017… Read More
After three months of intense work on their products, business models, and pitches, the Techstars Seattle 2017 class was finally ready to step into the spotlight. Nine innovative startups — in a diverse array of fields ranging from serverless development to the seafood marketplace — presented at Techstars Seattle Demo Night at the Museum of History and Industry last night. Now in its eighth year, Techstars Seattle is an incubator that provides early-stage startups with mentorship, guidance, and a $100,000 investment. It’s part of the international Techstars organization. “We now have more than 100 companies that have gone through the… Read More
Browsers are getting quietly rebuilt around us.
Business Internet price caps eliminated even when customers have only one choice.
Long before he became real estate powerhouse CBRE’s head of research for the Americas, Spencer Levy was a young lawyer in New York City. One of his first clients was a real estate developer by the name of Donald Trump. One day, Levy said during a presentation in Seattle Wednesday, he called up Trump to ask what he thought about a contract clause. Trump volleyed back, asking Levy what he thought. Levy apparently gave the wrong answer, and Trump let him know about it and then hung up. Levy had to meet with Trump the following day at Trump Tower, and… Read More
Google is on the verge of what could be a major shift to the business model of online advertising. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Google is planning to offer an ad-blocking feature for its Chrome browser on mobile and desktop. The feature could be turned on by default and remove ads deemed unacceptable as defined by the Coalition for Better Ads. This is a big deal, particularly since Google already has nearly 50 percent market share for U.S. internet browser use and 40 percent of the digital advertising market. Here is some food for thought: Google, FB already eating up most of digital… Read More
As cloud computing matures, more and more technical concepts that once required a lot of specialized expertise are being simplified and offered to customers as easy-to-use templates. A great example is the complicated-but-exciting Internet of Things, and on Thursday Microsoft improved its IoT story for Azure customers with a new service that makes it easier to manage connected devices. Microsoft’s IoT Central is a software-as-a-service product that promises to let Azure customers implement IoT concepts into their own business strategy without having to build the entire thing themselves within Azure. There are an awful lot of manufacturing companies and other… Read More
The Big Three public cloud vendors have been cutting prices on their computing services for years, but new research finds that compute pricing is stabilizing as storage and databases become the new hotspots for price wars. 451 Research released new data (PDF) on cloud pricing Thursday that suggests object storage pricing is down 14 percent over the last year, compared to a drop of just five percent for virtual machine pricing. The firm credited IBM Softlayer for kicking off this new price competition back in the third quarter of last year, when it cut prices on storage and Amazon Web… Read More