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May 06, 2016

Can't wait to see everyone at our 500 VR Demo event on May 17. :) My friend Dan Morris (Head of Oculus App Store) will be speaking. Come join us!

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Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung - Partner at 500 Mobile Collective Fund

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Applications Now Open for Techstars Internet of Things Accelerator

The Techstars IoT Accelerator is one of Techstars' premier corporate consortium model accelerators incorporating five major partners: PwC, GE, Bosch, Verizon, and SAP. Applications are now open until July 10 for this 15 week mentor driven program, bringing additional focus to connecting the infrastructure of business and industry. For more information and to apply, visit

Bots vs Human


The current state of NLP cannot interpret how we feel by reading between the lines.

iPhone Warning Signs

Above Avalon

Tim Cook admitted on 2Q16 earnings call that India's smartphone market is where China was 7-10 years ago. Apple will take a historically large $2 billion inventory adjustment related to the iPhone 6s due to sales coming in below expectations. 

Uber enables global e-hailing through Alipay to fend against Lyft/Didi alliance


The clear winner in this entire situation is Alibaba's Alipay. That’s because the Chinese e-commerce company is playing both sides of the fence — Alibaba is an investor in both Didi and Lyft, and Ant Financial, which operates Alipay, has had this partnership with Uber since 2014.

All The Media Companies Piling Into AR/VR In One Infographic


Media players and their venture arms that have made bets on AR/VR recently include:Comcast Ventures Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments Legendary Warner Bros.Time Warner Investments Axel Springer, Bonnier Growth Media, A&E Television Networks, The Walt Disney Company.

Your phone’s biggest vulnerability is your fingerprint


If the mold is filled with rubber, you can wear that print permanently, and fool any reader small enough to fit on a smartphone.

Smartphone market in India: Biggest winners & losers revealed

Times of India

The top five vendors stayed the same, with Samsung in the lead, followed by Micromax, Intex, Lenovo and Lava. Lenovo grew the most, thanks to its value-for-money handsets and offline channel strategy - its shipments were up 63% on Q1 2015.

Apple Watch Slips to 52% Global Smartwatch Marketshare in Q1 2016

Strategy Analytics

On a sequential basis, global smartwatch shipments fell 48% from 8.1 million in Q4 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016, due to seasonality trends.

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