An engineer’s guide to picking a startup | TechCrunch Complexity is your enemy Most great companies are built on solving a big problem with an (after the fact) obvious new viewpoint. Market is your friend When a great team meets a lousy market, market wins. When a lousy team meets a great market, market wins. When a great team meets a great market, something special

Juicero may be the absurd avatar of Silicon Valley hubris, but boy is it well-engineered | TechCrunch Ben Einstein, general partner at Bolt, served up this excellent teardown of the Juicero on the company blog. If you were wondering how a juice press could possibly cost $400… well, this is how.

Analyzing the spectrum of corporate innovation from R&D to VC | TechCrunch Research and development has been an innovation lifeblood of our economy for nearly 50 years. Innovation is a hot topic, and it can be confusing. With terms like incubator, accelerator and corporate venturing frequently mentioned, but rarely defined, the menu of innovation options can be overwhelming. This article gives overview to those options.

Star Trek’s Tricorder Now Officially Exists Thanks To A Global Competition | IFLScience Star Trek’s all-purpose medical device, the Tricorder, has also inspired a fair few people to recreate its near-magical ability to instantly diagnose a patient. As it happens, the non-profit X-Prize Foundation were so keen to get one invented that they started a global competition to see if any mavericks would succeed. Rather remarkably, one team has emerged victorious

Waiting for the new new thing The smartphone wars are over, and everybody won. Life without our phones is almost unthinkable.  But now that the gold rush is over, and we’ve entered the mopping-up phase – what next? What is, as Michael Lewis once put it, the new new thing? Conventional wisdom gives us five major contenders: AI, AR/VR, biotech,

The DIY electronics transforming research Arduinos are one of a growing number of low-cost, stripped-down, and highly configurable computing devices that have transformed the field of homebrew and do-it-yourself electronics. Increasingly, they are transforming the research community too.  Available for as little as £4 (US$5) Arduinos and similar devices, such as the Raspberry Pi, pack considerable power on their