By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards | PUBLISHED: June 1, 2018 at 6:15 am | UPDATED: June 1, 2018 at 6:49 am President Trump needs to change his strategy if the U.S. tech industry is going to continue its global dominance. Tariffs — or even threats of tariffs — aren’t the answer. Protecting patents and intellectual property are important. But by focusing on tariffs, the president continues to demonstrate a lack of understanding of the basic fundamentals that made Silicon Valley the innovation capital of the world. Namely investments in human capital and a culture of innovation. That means taking steps to open markets abroad, not close them. It means an immigration policy that encourages the brightest minds around the world to view the United States as the place where they and their innovative ideas will be welcomed and supported. It means greater investments in education aimed at producing the entrepreneurs of tomorrow who will build the … [Read more...] about Editorial: Why Trump’s tariffs won’t help U.S. tech industry
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One of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S., Charleston, South Carolina is now the No. 1 mid-sized metro for millennials, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of 2016, the metro area was growing at three times the rate of the U.S. population. Often among the 34 new residents Charleston welcomes each day are venture capitalists and real estate developers, who are drawn to Charleston for a chance to participate in a fast-growing economy, while living in a more affordable coastal hub. These change agents have helped shaped Charleston into an emerging location for startup activity, and its tech community offers lessons for other cities on how to capitalize on an influx of new residents. VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech channel invites you to join us and other senior business leaders at BLUEPRINT in Reno on March 5-7. Learn how to expand jobs to Middle America, lower costs, and boost profits. Click here to request an invite and be a part of the conversation. The … [Read more...] about How a population boom is fueling Charleston’s tech scene
Here’s a list of today’s tech funding stories, updated as the day unfolds. Tip us here if you have a deal to share. TinyPulse raises $3.5M for its bite-sized employee surveys that help workers be heard Until modern technology completely eliminates human labor, companies will have to manage employees and their happiness and effectiveness. TinyPulse, a Seattle-based startup, has been helping companies like Stitchfix, Deloitte, and HubSpot keep their employees engaged and get real feedback and insights from them, and it’s announcing today that it has raised $3.5 million in new funding. Read more Tetrapod grabs $2M Tetrapod, a Seattle area-based company led by poker veteran Phil Gordon, has raised $2 million in new funding, according to a filing to the SEC and confirmed by the company. Tetrapod is working on Chatbox, a new collaboration service, and this new raise brings its total funding to $2.35 million. Read more: SEC PipelineDeals raises $1M … [Read more...] about Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding news, in one place
Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, took to the company's internal info service to answer some questions, asked by employees, on Monday. And, among the many good questions, there was one that we all wanted to know the answer of.Tim Cook has been against Donald Trump's election ever since his campaign first started, but he still joined the President-elect's tech summit last week. And Apple employees must have wondered why, considering what popped up on Apple's internal info service.“Last week you joined other tech leaders to meet President-elect Donald Trump. How important is it for Apple to engage with governments?” the question read. And Cook addressed it in detail, explaining his reasoning.“It's very important [to engage],” Cook wrote. “Governments can affect our ability to do what we do. They can affect it in positive ways and they can affect in not so positive ways.” Judging by the tone of the statement, we'd say that Cook still doesn't approve of The … [Read more...] about Tim Cook explains why he joined Trump’s tech summit
By Colin Daileda2014-01-01 18:30:39 UTC With the departure of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city's tech industry loses its most powerful public persona. Replacing him is Bill de Blasio, the former city public advocate who campaigned with a platform that appealed to the everyman, and someone Silicon Alley has greeted with cautious optimism. The new mayor has a robust tech sector plan on paper—one with a big focus on building more of a pipeline between local universities and startup jobs—and he's become something of a crusader for broadband throughout the big apple. But unlike his predecessor, he is unlikely to put the growth of New York City's tech scene at the top of his priority list. He's also expressed some concern over how to regulate companies such as Uber, the taxi-finding app, that disrupt traditional businesses in the city, and he seems unlikely to fill the role of chief digital officer, a position Bloomberg created partly to liaison between Silicon … [Read more...] about How Will New York City’s Tech Industry Fare Under Mayor de Blasio?