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PayStand and the Future of Money

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Consider this: half of all B2B payments are made using...paper checks. That's right: the same paper check used by that annoying person in front of you in the grocery checkout line is the primary payment technology used in half of the nation's B2B commerce. In an era of PayPal, electronic funds transfers, and ubiquitous credit cards, this factoid is pretty shocking.

Intuvo's acquisition

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All entrepreneurs dream of "The Exit", that magical moment when your company gets acquired and your months/years/decades of effort finally pay off big-time. Jeff Shood, the founder and CEO of Intuvo, knows a bit about that journey. After nearly nine years of building his company—Intuvo makes marketing automation software for the credit union industry—Jeff reached that milestone recently when CU Direct acquired his company.

Drones - The Conversation Has Just Begun

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Do not think about the drone. Think about the application.

Gur Kimchi, VP of Amazon Prime, shared this perspective at the VIP dinner at the Drones, Data X Conference held last week in Santa Cruz, CA. He summed up perfectly the shift in perception about drones that the conference, a first of its kind for Santa Cruz, created for me and many other participants.

Ag Tech and Santa Cruz — The Next Edge of Innovation

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Ag Tech is the next edge for opportunity in tech. Ag is becoming one of the top industries for innovation and investment. Santa Cruz County is in an amazing position to develop a national model on how to build a diverse technology workforce and to become a leader in Ag Tech. When we spoke to the board of directors for the Santa Cruz Farm Bureau and asked what tech needs they had they said two things, mobile apps for small farmers and youth trained in GIS.