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Blockchain

Important stuff can be hard. So, somewhat against our better judgement, we are covering a pretty technical subject, but one that has enormous potential: Blockchain. Best known as the technology underlying Bitcoin (which we covered here), a blockchain is essentially a distributed database of transactions which can be applied to almost any series of related events involving the same assets -- from real estate to currency (this brief blockchain primer is a good place to start). Of paramount importance here is that the data is…

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Five Best Blogs: December 2015

Well, we all have something to say. Our picks this month include Y Combinator's Sam Altman who lays out the playbook for startup companies; which leads you to the A13Z team's helpful list of the best startup company metrics; Mark Suster's lets us in on what he knows about venture funding (with a nice graph on knowledge evolution); the Economist magazine lays out their case for college rankings by economic value added (go, um, Generals?); and since it's almost ski season,…

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One Cool Thing: 10 things in tech you need to know today

Après nous le deluge: in the tech world, it's pretty hard to just keep up with what everyone else is doing.  Time flies even faster during the holidays, so our interest is overly practical this month. As a daily service that has become part of our routine, Business Insider's 10 things in tech you need to know today is exactly that -- the top 10 list for what happened in the last 24 hours, summarized, with links to full coverage (that we too rarely…

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Posting Purgatory

ClearCreek has published a semi-regular blog and newsletter since July of 2009.  However, when we applied for (update: and received) our broker-dealer license for ClearCreek Securities, there was an unfortunate consequence: we will be required to submit for review to FINRA all public communications (including these blog posts) for a period of one year. FINRA’s review is not a timely one, and unless you like your news well in arrears, this makes these admittedly whimsical blogs (and newsletters) dated and less relevant.…

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News Moves

News junkies everywhere know that it is the best of times, as news is presented in various forms through a multitude of channels, often in real time — but fear the worst of times, as the implosion of the former monolith of print news threatens the existence of journalism as a profession. Clay Shirky writes a very sage and direct post on the end of the printed newspaper, and particularly faults the coverage of this decline in, well, the printed…

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Venture Alignment

Do venture capitalists get paid very well to lose other people’s money? That is the thesis of a piece by Diane Mulchay, director of private equity at the Kaufmann Foundation. Along with misaligned fee structures and the limited downside risk, the core of her critique is particularly brutal: despite a claimed expertise to recognize and reward new ideas, the venture capital industry itself doesn’t innovate. Indeed, it feels that — similar to many industries exploited by the same startup firms…

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Labor’s Links

Quick - to aptly recognize Labor Day, everyone go update their LinkedIn profiles. You won't be alone: LinkedIn membership has tripled in the past three years and now stands at about 315 million professionals, of whom two-thirds live outside the United States. The company generates revenue of more than $1.5 billion, and its market capitalization exceeds $27 billion. Its achievement is simple and remarkable: LinkedIn has transformed the marketplace for professional labor. The Economist magazine provides a very good summary…

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Five Best Blogs: September 2014

A smattering of topics this month, including Marc Andreesen on why the IPO is dying; cogent advice on why founders should get some early liquidity; analysis and context of the S&P 500's historic close above 2,000;  our former professor Max's advice on how to notice what Harvard MBA's miss; a brief from consultancy McKinsey on monetizing mobile APIs; and for extra credit (just in case you were wondering) an explanation of why Google is buying all the robots.

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One Cool Thing: The Wirecutter

Inspired by Labor Day traffic, we decided to rise above the crowds. Instead of recommending a specific product, we are going all meta:  The Wirecutter is a cultivated list of great gadgets, with "each pick chosen mindfully and in accordance with many hours of research, interviews [...] and testing." There is ample variety by the standard subject category, but more interesting are the themes around specific activities: road trip gear (which extends from jumper cables, to coolers, to navigation apps)…

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Price Imperfect

As comfortable as an Uber ride is, it sure seems to cause a lot of distress. Recently protests against Uber rolled Europe, even as the company was flexing its muscle with an $1.2 billion capital raise at a valuation in excess of $18 billion. Uber's international expansion has been remarkable, as this graph illustrates. And not to be outdone with Taxi Cab Confessions, the company has spawned a few stories too.Sometimes overlooked in their stratospheric growth is something more ambitious than…

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