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Is IoT the Next App Store?

This post originally appeared on CIOReview.com, January 11th, 2017. It is hard to think about the current wave of digital innovation and empowered end-users without thinking about apps. Despite the app store concept in its current form really taking root in 2008 with the launch of Apple’s App Store for iOS, we have been app crazy as a society, with…

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Six for Six: Scott Snyder, PhD.

For the first time in nearly two decades, Safeguard has a chief technology and innovation officer. Being able to seamlessly adapt to changing business climates is the crux of Safeguard’s operation. As evidenced by today’s press release, Dr. Scott Snyder is no stranger to the Greater Philadelphia region’s innovation ecosystem. So, let’s learn more about the owner of this newly envisioned…

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Cask: Accelerating the development and deployment of production Hadoop applications

Data volumes are multiplying at an astronomical rate, making Hadoop—the industry standard open source software framework for large-scale data applications—an exceptionally fast growing market. Cask Data, Inc. is the open source software company that helps developers deliver enterprise-class Apache® HadoopTM solutions more quickly and effectively. Yesterday, we announced that Safeguard led a $20 million Series B financing for Cask, having deployed…

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Blockchain: Turning experiments into mission-critical business applications

Over the past several months, we’ve been researching companies that are leveraging an emerging technology called blockchain, which is the ‘general ledger’ underlying the digital currency Bitcoin. The blockchain’s general ledger technology can enable institutions and individuals to record and transfer assets instantly without intermediaries— virtually eliminating fraud, and instantly verifying ownership of any asset at any moment in time.…

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Innovation Legacy

Tonight at First Round Capital, I’ll be joining visionaries from Technical.ly, Trajectify, Indy Hall, Textizen and University City Science Center as we embark on Technical.ly’s first ever live podcast recording featuring the theme of “Innovation Legacy”. Technical.ly’s Editor-in-Chief, Zack Seward, will lead an audio timeline of Philadelphia’s innovative history that will include: myself, Trajectify founder Mike Krupit (Former CEO, CIO…

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