Crypto pioneer David Chaum says web3 is ‘computing with a conscience’

David Chaum is a giant in the realm of computer security and, not surprisingly, cryptocurrency. His focus since the early 1980s, his company DigiCash sent the first digital payment in 1994, and he has since doubled down on blockchain and security. Chaum and his new company, xx.network, are future-proofing messaging by releasing the first “quantum-resistant” […]

Super app Grab starts trading on supersized SPAC combination

Grab, the Southeast Asian super app, announced last night that it completed its business combination with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Altimeter Growth. The result? Grab will begin trading today on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “GRAB.” And it raised a pile of money in the process. Billions, in fact. The Exchange explores startups, […]

Microsoft’s shift to the cloud is a lesson in corporate evolution

We tend to take the cloud for granted today as a way of delivering and building software, but it wasn’t always the case. Less than a decade ago, in fact, companies like Microsoft sold most of their software in boxes or in large on-prem installations inside customer data centers. Around 2012, as the company began […]

Bring on the low-cost NFTs

I’ve been thinking about the NFT market quite a lot lately, mostly scratching my head at some of the prices folks are willing to pay for certain ownership signatures on particular blockchains. I just can’t get that excited about a pixelated ape. Notably, I am in the huge majority on that point, even amongst the […]

Allbirds prices IPO above range, putting more points on the board for DTC startups

In the wake of somewhat slack earnings from the recently public Robinhood, you might have expected the public-offering game to slow a bit. Nothing of the sort. Last night, consumer DTC shoe company Allbirds, backed by an ocean of private capital, priced its IPO at $15 per share, $1 above its expected range. The company […]

Make the most of iOS 15’s updates to the App Store

Ilia Kukharev Contributor Share on Twitter Ilia Kukharev is the head of ASO at AppFollow and has been engaged in the localization of websites, mobile applications and ASO optimization for over a decade. The final version of iOS 15.0 was released on September 20. While there are no major changes in the OS itself, Apple […]

Is China building the metaverse?

Catherine D. Henry Contributor Share on Twitter Catherine D. Henry is SVP Growth at Media.Monks, where she advises leading global brands on how to enter the metaverse. There is a heated debate on the state of the race between the United States and China to dominate in AI. But perhaps the more strategic question is […]

What Netflix’s move into gaming means for developers

John S. Kim Contributor Share on Twitter John S. Kim is the CEO of Sendbird, the leading API provider to embed chat, voice and video experiences inside of mobile apps. More posts by this contributor Social+ payments: Why fintechs need social features Netflix sees gaming as a big part of its future in the battle […]

Inside Expensify’s IPO filing

Expensify filed to go public late last Friday, adding its name to the growing roster of technology companies looking to list during this period of hot valuations and strong recent debuts. GitLab, for example, went public last week. The devops giant raised its price range, priced above that interval, and then shot higher once shares […]

What we can learn from China’s mobile gaming economy

Jeff Sue Contributor Share on Twitter Jeff Sue is GM, Americas at Mintegral, a mobile ad platform helping the world’s largest developers with global user acquisition, ad monetization and creative services. The mobile gaming economy has been in a state of flux for the past couple of years, and it has become quite difficult to […]