In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of May 8, 2016

  • 5.13.2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley for Edge in Artificial Intelligence
Tech companies and law enforcement do not always get along, but the military is determined not to experience the same tension. Recent outreach to Silicon Valley by the Department of Defense, reported here by The New York Times, suggests a future of careful cooperation around various artificial intelligence technologies and plenty of government venture investment for creators in that space. Stay tuned. 

Privacy Rules Shouldn’t Handcuff the SEC
Meanwhile, in a Times op-ed, the chair of the SEC speaks out against pending privacy legislation requiring for police access to stored electronic communications, arguing that it would inhibit the Commission’s ability to investigate financial crimes. 

New Rules Give Access to Main Street Investors
Speaking of the SEC, the Commission’s most recent equity rules under the will go into effect on Monday, allowing early-stage to directly fundraise from ordinary investors (called “non-” in legalese). The tradeoff for companies willing to try it is that equity requires far greater public disclosure of financials than most seed-stage companies are willing to endure.

Disrupt NYC 2016 Interview
TechCrunch’s annual Disrupt conference took Brooklyn by storm this week, and this interview with veteran VC Fred Wilson was a highlight. 

Innovation That Matters: Inside America’s Surging Cities
But we’re constantly reminded that our country’s market extends far beyond Silicon Valley and New York. Take a look at this profile of cities worth keeping on your radar.

How to build a resilient culture
Via Mashable, a few great thoughts from a fellow founder on keeping your company’s ethos intact from day one.

Links compiled by Jared Brenner.