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About Amy Cortese

Amy Cortese is an award-winning journalist and the author of Locavesting (Wiley, 2011), about the local investing movement and its potential to rebuild the economy, one community at a time. Her coverage of business, technology and social/environmental issues has appeared in Business Week, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Plenty, Wired, The Daily Beast, and many other publications. Used with the permission of ‘The Network, Cisco’s Technology News Site.’ http://thenetwork.cisco.com/.

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The gender gap in technology matters. From pay equity and career advancement to venture funding, women get the short end of the stick. It’s even worse for women of color. That’s a systemic issue that deprives society of badly needed talent and innovation, says Lindsay Siegel, executive director of the Zahn Innovation Center at The […]

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In the next decade, there will be tens of billions of connected devices—from thermostats and cellphones to parking meters and cars. Increasingly, these connected devices that make up the Internet of Things will be imbued with intelligence so that they can not only communicate, but transact, negotiate, collaborate and exchange value. How will we handle […]

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It was the buzz at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos. Wall Street banks are pouring money into it. And Mark Andreesen has called it the most important technology since the Internet itself. What is it? The blockchain, of course. Created by the mysterious hacker known as Satoshi Nakamoto, the blockchain—the distributed ledger technology that underlies […]

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Small businesses make up 98 percent of all U.S. firms and account for roughly half of private sector jobs and GDP. Yet for all their economic might, they have little leverage. On an individual basis, independent businesses and retailers just don’t have the scale and resources of their bigger corporate rivals, and that puts them […]

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Online sellers that ship to California customers make better borrowers. People who use Apple products are a good credit risk. Businesses with active Facebook pages are less likely to default on their loans. And loans seekers using first-generation email accounts raise red flags. Welcome to the brave new world of online lending, where factors such […]

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There’s a ritual that takes place on Wall Street every few months around earnings season, when companies announce how much in profits they’ve earned for the quarter.  Weeks before the announcement, company officials tell the Wall Street research analysts that cover their firms what they expect to earn. The analysts then dutifully release their estimates […]

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The Internet of Good: Amy Cortese sat down with technology thought leader Don Tapscott to talk about a new model of finding solutions for everything from poverty to climate change to human rights. Amy Cortese: Your latest research project focuses on how global, multi-stakeholder networks are coming together to solve some of the world’s thorniest […]

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On a recent evening in San Francisco’s South of Market district, seven teams of entrepreneurs took the stage to pitch their tech startups to an audience of potential investors and partners. But this wasn’t your typical Demo Day. All seven startups—participants in a one-year old accelerator program called Tumml—were focused on solving urban problems, from […]

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Jeremiah Owyang is the Chief Catalyst at Crowd Companies, a brand council that aims to help big companies navigate the collaborative economy. Amy Cortese talked with him about the Collaborative Economy and how large companies are responding. Amy Cortese: Describe the Collaborative Economy and what’s driving it. Jeremiah Owyang: The Collaborative Economy is an economic […]

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The Internet of Everything is boldly going where it’s never gone before: into the dumpster. Thanks to a new high-tech recycling system created by a Redmond, WA startup, grocery stores and restaurants can not only conveniently recycle their waste, but track it, too. The goal, says Larry LeSueur, CEO of the company, called WISErg (“wise” + […]

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For one week in February, 25,000 plugged-in people around the world paused from their tweeting, posting and pinning to rub elbows in the real world. The venue: Social Media Week, a sprawling twice-yearly conference that takes place in multiple cities simultaneously. Then again, ‘pause’ may be a strong word: conference attendees generated thousands of tweets, […]

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Women-led businesses are on the rise, yet these firms have traditionally been under-served by venture capital, angel investing and other sources of growth capital. Women receive less than 15 percent of all early stage capital, and even those fortunate few raise significantly less than their male counterparts, notes Deborah Jackson, a former investment banker turned […]

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