Startups

The future of encryption: Getting ready for the quantum computer attack

PQShield, a spin-out from the UK’s Oxford University, is developing advanced cryptographic solutions for hardware, software and communications to protect businesses’ data from the quantum threat.

The development of quantum computers poses a cybersecurity problem such as the IT industry has never seen before. All stored data currently deemed secure by modern standards – whether that’s health records, financial data, customer databases and even critical government infrastructure – could, in theory, be cracked by quantum computers, which are capable of effectively short circuiting the encryption we’ve used to protect that data until now.

Efforts to protect our data from the quantum threat are underway, though whether the issue is being looked at with the urgency it deserves is up for debate. PQShield, a post-quantum cryptography startup spun out of Oxford University, perceives a disconnect between the scale of the threat and the current cyber-readiness of most businesses in 2020, which

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A look at a decade of venture capital investment in America’s middle 25 states

In a multiyear shift that could portend a long-term trend, billions have flowed into startups founded in the middle of the country.

For middle America, the 25 states that sit between the Rockies and the East Coast, easy access to venture capital has long been a dream just out of reach. Traditionally, venture capital funds have largely ignored this section of the country in favor of startups on the coasts. 

No more. According to a new report, “State of the Mighty Middle Report,” from Crunchbase and Dundee Venture Capital, over the past decade investments grew to $20 billion in 2019 from $5.8 billion, a 13% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR). Even with the COVID-19 economic lockdown in full swing, first quarter 2020 investment was $2.5 billion. As would be expected, this is down from the fourth-quarter of 2019 where investors poured $4.7B in early- and late-stage companies in

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Four software lessons you can learn from HBO’s Silicon Valley

HBO’s Silicon Valley is actually a reasonable representation of the real thing. Here’s how to get your master’s degree in startups by binge watching it.

The main contributors of the Pied Piper team at they demo their software in season 6.

Image: Eddy Chen

Someone once told me that a year’s subscription to the The Wall Street Journal was a little bit like earning an MBA part-time. That may be so and I tried it and found it painfully dry.

Replace dry with quick-witted and funny, replace the MBA with human nature, venture capital, and computer science, and you have the recipe for HBO’s Silicon Valley. The show also adds a few fart jokes and a lot more vulgarity. Once you get past that, the touching story of a hero’s journey reminds me very much of my own three years at a Silicon Valley startup.

During the coronavirus pandemic

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How your organization could benefit from using a top tech startup

Only 12 recent startups of IT services have achieved $1 billion or more in annual revenue. And there are advantages to using such vendors, according to Synergy Research Group.

Top 5 enterprise technologies of the decade
Manufacturing IoT, video conferencing, and cloud computing are just some of the biggest advancements of the decade. Tom Merritt lists the five top enterprise technologies of the 2010s.

Choosing a vendor to provide IT services for your company can be a challenging task. You may want to consider an older, established, legacy vendor that’s proved itself over the long haul. Or you may opt for a startup vendor that can offer newer and more innovative ideas and approaches. 

Selecting a startup vendor can carry some risks but choosing one that’s survived and thrived to generate hefty revenue offers certain benefits, according to Synergy Research Group.

SEE: Launching and building a startup: A founder’s guide

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