Commentary: New technique could give cloud computing a boost | Appeals court upholds Uber's arbitration policy | Benchmark's battle with Uber's Kalanick puts it in a tough spot
August 18, 2017
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Commentary: New technique could give cloud computing a boost
So-called homomorphic encryption could help to address the security and privacy concerns raised by cloud computing and the internet of things, writes Robert Ackerman of Allegis Capital. The technology enables "data to be queried and analyzed without decrypting it," Ackerman writes.
TechCrunch (8/17) 
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The Greatness Gap
Achievers surveyed North American employees about their level of connection with core engagement factors, such as their company's mission, their perceptions and experience of recognition at work, and their workplace culture. The data shows us that there are a few things missing. Read the results
Today In Startups
Appeals court upholds Uber's arbitration policy
Customers of Uber give up their right to sue the ride-hailing service when they agree to its terms of service, a federal appeals court has ruled. The decision, in a case involving price-fixing allegations, upholds Uber's policy that customer complaints be settled through arbitration.
Reuters (8/17),  Bloomberg (8/17),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/17),  The Hill (8/17) 
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Benchmark's battle with Uber's Kalanick puts it in a tough spot
Venture capital company Benchmark, which owns about 13% of Uber and is suing to remove former CEO Travis Kalanick from the board, is accustomed to keeping a low profile in Silicon Valley. The very public fight over Kalanick's role and other issues at Uber puts Benchmark in an uncomfortable and unaccustomed spotlight, analysts say.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/17) 
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Forever Labs wants to bank your stem cells
Forever Labs wants to bank your stem cells
Forever Labs is looking to help customers live longer by offering to store and preserve their stem cells. The ultimate objective would be to modify the stem cells to turn back the biological clock.
TechCrunch (8/17) 
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Make Your Startup Better
Rethink your plan to have co-CEOs
Having co-CEOs in place may work for some companies, but it's usually best for early stage startups to ensure everyone has distinct roles and responsibilities, writes David Brown of Techstars. Having two CEOs in place can lead to confusion and slower decision making, as employees may "feel the need to get sign-off from both," he writes.
Entrepreneur online (8/16) 
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A PR guide for bootstrapped startups
Generating positive buzz is critical for all companies, but bootstrapped startups may not have the funds to hire outside PR firms, writes Josiah Humphrey. Nevertheless, small startups can attract the right kind of attention by identifying a specific goal, writing a one-sentence pitch and following certain standards of behavior when interacting with the media.
Appster (8/17) 
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Funding, IPOs and Acquisitions
When Entrepreneurs Fail
News site Mic lays off staff as it shifts to video
The millennial news site Mic is planning a shift to video content and is laying off 25 people in the process. Founder Chris Altchek described the layoffs as "tough decisions" in a memo to staffers and said the company needed to focus to accomplish its goal of being "the leader in visual journalism."
Business Insider (8/17),  Mashable (8/17) 
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Co-founders don't want to create a hierarchy between them, which is perfectly understandable, but not in the company's best interests.
David Brown, co-founder of Techstars, writing at Entrepreneur online
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