Mar 31

This Houzz is Built on Photos and Community

Everything from kitchen remodels to home office installations seem to take longer and cost more than initially planned. Houzz thinks that’s due to a breakdown in communication, which is why it built its business around photos – more than nine million of them. “Images are the common language that both homeowners and professionals can understand,” says […]

Mar 21

An SXSW Surprise, What’s Wrong With Silicon Valley, and What’s Right With Uber

An Austin Surprise Marketing’s tightening grip on SXSW has been unpleasant to watch, but this year one unlikely company created an experience that delighted all comers. Find out which company NewCo founder John Battelle gives the award to for best – and most surprising – marketing execution at SXSW. Holding a Mirror to Silicon Valley There’s plenty […]

Mar 14

Bad Urban Planning, Less Risky Innovation, and SXSW Rocks On

Take Me to the River Urban planning can do bad things to communities. For example, some New York suburbs feature low bridges intended to keep out busses and the poor people who ride them. And, The Nation reports, the revitalization of Los Angeles’s neglected 51-mile riverfront “has gone from social-justice crusade to money-soaked land grab.” Will […]

Jan 28

The NewCo Honors Program: Celebrating a New Approach to Business

As we’ve expanded NewCo from its initial festival in San Francisco to more than 15 cities around the world, we’ve been struck by the consistent values binding the companies we choose to highlight. These new kinds of companies share a common culture that celebrates more than profit: They celebrate purpose, openness, and human potential. NewCos […]

Jan 8

At Singularity University, Exponential Technologies Lead to Exponential Impact

“Want to become a billionaire? Help a billion people,” says Peter Diamandis who, along with Ray Kurzweil, founded Singularity University in 2009 to help people do just that. Part university, part think tank, part business incubator, Singularity University doesn’t offer degrees, but the benefit corporation does offer those who participate a chance to change the […]

Dec 15

Why Silicon Valley Won’t Always Be the Center of Entrepreneurship

The ever-present debate around whether Silicon Valley will retain its crown as the most important tech hub got fresh fuel this past week, first from a piece by Adam Lashinsky (yes, it will), and then from a Financial Times report (sub. required) seemingly refuting his conclusion (no, New York wins!). The research behind the FT report claims the most […]

Oct 22

Walmart’s NewCo Transformation

How did Walmart build an internet startup inside the world’s largest retailer, undertaking one of the largest digital transformations in the history of business? It took talent, data and a huge commitment to Silicon Valley. Hosted at Walmart’s Global eCommerce office in Sunnyvale, California, this concise conversation between Walmart’s Brian Monahan and NewCo’s contributing editor […]