Category Archives: Business Forward

Crossing the AI chasm

Crossing the AI chasm

Every day brings another exciting story of how artificial intelligence is improving our lives and businesses. AI is already analyzing x-rays, powering the Internet of Things and recommending best next actions for sales and marketing teams. The possibilities seem endless. But for every AI success story, countless projects never make it out of the lab. […]

Toymail is reimagining the mobile phone for kids

Toymail is reimagining the mobile phone for kids

It’s been a while since we checked in with Toymail , the kids messaging startup that piloted its first product on Kickstarter back in fall 2013 . Its idea was to turn Wi-Fi-enabled toys into a screen-less connectivity medium that let parents send voice messages to their kids via a companion smartphone app. The basic […]

The thing about cycles

The thing about cycles

The Internet is awash with gloom-and-doom predictions about the death of many unicorns, a down market for investing in startups, falling public company multiples and a massive disconnect between private and public valuations. Bill Gurley has been warning about investors “discounting risk” for almost two years. Mark Suster of Upfront recently conducted an interesting survey […]

Why browser extensions change the way we work

Why browser extensions change the way we work

Browser extensions change the way we work. They alter facets of your job by changing the experience of the apps on which you rely so they conform to your workflow — versus having to open 17 separate browser tabs just to complete a simple task. Historically, browser extensions were a little wild as far as […]

3 Gadgets Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

3 gadgets not quite ready for prime time

It’s 9 p.m. and you’ve finally gotten the kids in bed, leaving just enough time to prepare for tomorrow. You head into your home office and flick on the light, which also happens to be a Bluetooth speaker. The bulb reads out your schedule for the next day, and you realize you’re supposed to take […]

Transport entrepreneurs, please think outside the gearbox

Dear auto entrepreneurs, please think outside the gearbox

With Tesla’s growing popularity, Uber’s continued global expansion, incessant rumors of Apple’s entry into transit, the ascent of drones, Google’s exploration of self-driving cars and the billion-dollar sale of Cruise Automation to GM, the transport sector has never looked hotter for aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s a market that is measured in trillions, is filled with companies […]

Gaze tracking Cogisen is eyeing the IoT

Why gaze tracking startup Cogisen is eyeing the Internet of Things

How will you interact with the Internet of Things in your smart home of the future? Perhaps by looking your connected air conditioning unit in the lens from the comfort of your sofa and fanning your face with your hand to tell it to crank up its cooling jets. At least that’s the vision of […]

Strange sensations: HTC’s brave new virtual world

Strange sensations: HTC’s brave new virtual world

The first thing I notice is a feeling of weight on my face. Followed by a sensation of standing in boundless space. A monochrome 360-degree vanishing point vista winks into view. I look around, blinking into the far distance and very quickly my adjusting eyes fill with grit… Welcome to the weird world of 21st […]

Getting predictive about politics (and everything else)

Getting predictive about politics (and everything else)

As the polls were closing for the 1948 presidential election between Thomas Dewey and Harry Truman, the Chicago Tribune went to print with the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman” based on early voting predictions… It led to the forever-immortalized photo of an eventually elected President Truman triumphantly holding that same edition of the paper and boasting, […]

The Future Of the Internet of Things

The Future Of Smart Home Payments

The Internet of Things (IoT) has metamorphosed over the last few years. In the future, its applications will no doubt impact industry, urban development, healthcare, agriculture and other major ecosystems. Gartner projects there will be 6.4 billion connected things in use worldwide in 2016 (a 30 percent increase from 2015), and that the market will […]