May 28 11:59pm SaaStr
The best time to quit is the earlier of (x) 6 months from now or (y) at any time when the other founders ask you to. Given that you’ve decided to leave, it’s time. It’s time to move on. And likely, your other founders already know, at least on some level. Everyone always knows these...
May 28 10:57pm Startup Daily
Through a private mobile platform, Kindom allows parents to record their child’s medical and developmental data and store it in one secure space. Related posts: Tot Tok is a Sydney startup helping childcare centres and parents track a child’s development Perth startup KodaChat allows parents to ease young children into social media by monitoring their chat activity Sydney startup helping parents with vaccinations for children...
May 28 10:48pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Friday! We realize SVC is arriving comically late today. (We almost hate to send it and draw attention to this fact.) It’s been one of those days.:) Hope you a great weekend, everyone. See you back here Monday. Top News… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: March 10, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 28 10:37pm Startup Daily
Looking to provide more support for women starting out is Tech Ready, an eight week program designed for non-tech female founders. Related posts: SBE Australia launches E3 program for early-stage female tech founders BlueChilli opens applications for SheStarts accelerator program for female founders Startup Victoria launches mentorship program for female founders...
May 28 9:23pm Startup Daily
Cogniss has created an app-building platform focused on educational and behavioural solutions, allowing developers to tap into the platform’s in-built game and app design and research to easily build. Related posts: Pozible re-launches with Base, allowing users to create their own crowdfunding platform Australian non-for-profit platform EduGrowth is a national acceleration network looking to create borderless education Sydney edutech Smart Sparrow raises $5.3 million Series C round to expand platform for US market...
May 28 4:21pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Thursday?! (Where did this week go?) Top News in the A.M. Airbnb, the fast-growing accommodations marketplace, has officially closed off its Series F round with $1 billion. The company is now worth $31 billion. Much more here. Google is turning Hangouts into a Slack… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: March 9, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 28 4:12pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Happy International Women’s Day, sisters! No column today. Top News in the A.M. According to the Financial Times, Japan’s SoftBank is selling an $8 billion stake in ARM — or 25 percent of the the U.K.-based chip designer that it purchased… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: March 8, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 28 4:05pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Hi, everyone, happy Tuesday. There’s so much news breaking today; we’re still trying to catch up on all of it(!). Top News in the A.M. The controversial organization Wikileaks just released a trove of alleged C.I.A. hacking documents that it says describes… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: March 7, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 28 3:57pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Hoping you’re having a productive Monday, everyone! Top News in the A.M. Snap shares cratered for the first time today, dropping 7 percent at one point. CNBC has more here. NFX Takes the Wraps of 21 New Startups Last week,… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: March 6, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 28 3:49pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Great to see a few of you in Palo Alto last night. Top News in the A.M. Snap‘s IPO shares soared a little too high yesterday for some brokerage firms. Two downgraded the stock yesterday and a third, London-based Atlantic… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: March 3, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 28 3:35pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Snap co-founders Evan Speigel and Bobby Murphy rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange this morning, marking the stock market debut of their six-year-old company. We’d guess they’ve been periodically high-fiving since — along with the company’s… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: March 2, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 28 3:22pm StrictlyVC, LLC
March!:) Top News in the A.M. Snap is set to price its IPO today, with reports suggesting that there is enough demand for it to price at between $17 to $18, above the initially targeted range of $14 to $16… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: March 1, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 28 3:13pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Hi, all! Sorry this is a bit late — lots o’ calls again today. Hope you’re enjoying your Tuesday.:) Also, apologies to anyone struggling to sign up to SVC today. Our email service provider is having an issue that should… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: February 28, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 28 10:18am AllTopStartups
With an estimated 28 million small businesses in the US alone, that equates to a lot of business owners! When running a business, there are so many responsibilities and tasks to take care of, it can be easy to simply forget about things that don’t appear to require immediate attention, disaster recovery plans being one […]...
May 28 10:00am AllTopStartups
At the core, a brand is a promise to the customer. This sounds simple enough on paper, but the execution is something that many businesses, from startups to the largest corporations, grapple with. From your company policies to your advertisement to the way your employees interact with customers, your brand is constantly being tested. In […]...
May 28 9:44am AllTopStartups
In 2014, a huge 22,000 fires occurred in non-domestic workplace environments. But, as there are so many different causes of workplace fires such as faulty electronics, negligence or even arson, coming up with a foolproof strategy to avoid fires can be tricky. Regardless of your workplace size or how many employees you have, fire safety […]...
May 28 8:33am Points and Figures
Last summer, we bought a small cabin on a lake in Minnesota. We are going to rehab it this summer. It’s not a super high-end expensive rehab. We bought some stuff on Craigslist, and the rest at IKEA or Home …...
May 27 11:23pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Hi! Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you had a terrific weekend. (Hey, it had to be better than PWC’s, right?) Top News in the A.M. The mobile industry’s biggest annual gathering—Mobile World Congress—is well under way in Barcelona. Apple never attends and… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: February 27, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 27 10:52pm StrictlyVC, LLC
Hi, happy Tuesday from sunny-for-the-moment San Francisco, where we’ve been on back-to-back calls this morning. (Like everyone else, we right now have Uber on the brain. More on this tomorrow.) Hope you had a fun, relaxing long weekend.:) Top News… Read more › The post StrictlyVC: February 21, 2017 appeared first on StrictlyVC, LLC.
May 27 11:29am The Startup Magazine
Ever heard of Grants4Apps? If you have a Digital Health start-up and still haven’t heard of them, you’re probably doing The post Digital Health is On the Rise – Startup Help from Big Pharma appeared first on The Startup Magazine.
May 27 9:30am Points and Figures
The NYSE petitioned the SEC to allow direct listing of stocks. The NASDAQ already allows this practice so it’s probably a fait accompli that the NYSE will be granted permission. Thanks to my friend Dan Ratner for bringing it to …...
May 27 8:12am Startup World
Facebook introduced its Instant Article format for the publishers in 2015 to make loading contents in the News Feed faster, but the format was not adopted. But this time, Facebook has introduced some new tools for publishers to make instant articles compatible with Google AMP and Apple News. Recently,Facebook has also signed a deal with Buzzfeed, Vox, and other publishers to produce original video content that will include with ad breaks. One of the major problems that publishers are facing today to make their content more readable on the mobile devices is the availability of competing formats for this purpose. The post Facebook Instant Articles are now compatible with Google AMP appeared first on Startup World.
May 27 7:09am Startup World
The search engine giant Google has never before had made any investment effort at any specified type of technology but this time Google launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence. It has altogether established a new organization to invest as Google artificial intelligence venture for startups, according to a new report. The new organization will be separate from Google parent company Alphabet’s funding activity within GV (formerly Google Ventures) and CapitalG (formerly Google Capital), Axios reported on Friday. Google itself has also made venture investments on its own. Google uses AI in its search engines on various The post Companies Google might be interested to invest with their Artificial intelligence venture appeared first on Startup World.
May 27 5:19am Startup Buzz
Modi gets it modified! ‘Startup’ definition in India gets few changes.They were done to promote entrepreneurship under ‘Startup India’ and for also making it easy for business ventures to avail incentives. Earlier only tech companies or companies with innovation and intellectual property were considered a ‘startup’ by DIPP (Department of The post GOI Revises ‘Startup’ Definition; Here’s All You Need to Know appeared first on Startup Buzz.
May 27 5:17am Startup World
The giant search Google is a prolific investor, and it keeps investing in all types of companies from time to time. But this time Google has announced a launch of its new venture capital program which is focused on Artificial Intelligence. The effort is being led by Google VP of Engineering Anna Patterson who specializes in artificial intelligence. Other Google Artificial Intelligence engineers are also expected to rotate through this program. The program has been designed to provide startups with hands on- mentor-ship and also the incubation space and services. Google has never made an investment effort aiming at a The post Google launched Artificial Intelligence focused venture capital program appeared first on Startup World.
May 27 4:00am Startup World
Google Chromecast latest update for its Photos app Google Photos is now giving users the tools they need to hide their private photos from the gallery without deleting them. The app has received a couple of some exciting updates in the last few months. A new feature is now hitting the Google Photos app in the coming months. The new feature called Archive will help you to remove all of your private images from the main Photo Tab without even removing from your library. Additionally Google also included Google photos with their family sharing feature where it will let you The post Google Photos has rolled out a new archive feature appeared first on Startup World.
May 27 1:28am SaaStr
The right answer is: as soon as the company can afford it. Taking a market salary when cash is very tight is, at best, penny wise and pound foolish. If you own 20\%-30\%–50\% of a company, the last thing you want to do is take a single dollar out when the company truly needs it....
May 27 1:24am SaaStr
I think Silicon Valley likes suits, and in general, getting “dressed up” a lot more than a few years ago. In the “old” days (8–10 years ago), not wearing business clothes, let alone suits, was seen as a core part of the liberating, creative start-up process. It still is. And part of not working for...
May 26 9:33pm Andreessen Horowitz
Many CEOs think the chief financial officer (CFO) is a utility position… and they’re dead wrong. It’s easy to see the CFO as a glorified “scorekeeper” reporting arrears on things like revenue, expenses, profit/losses, and cash flow/burn. But this work …...
May 26 9:32pm Andreessen Horowitz
Engineering is one of the most critical functions at a tech company; in fact, as every company becomes a tech company in some form, it’s critical to every company. But in tech companies in particular, engineering is responsible for developing …...
May 26 9:31pm Andreessen Horowitz
In a startup, the chief marketing officer (CMO) is usually one of two critical positions responsible for driving growth, alongside the head of sales. Essentially, CMOs are responsible for — and held accountable for metrics-wise — growing the company’s base …...
May 26 9:30pm Andreessen Horowitz
As a former software engineer and CEO, I used to hold the “engineer-centric” view that sales is not a critical function in an organization. I believed that product excellence and market fit obviated the need for a formal sales function: …...
May 26 6:03pm Xconomy VC, Deals, & Startups
With the Memorial Day Weekend weather forecast as nice as it has ever been or will ever be again, it’s time to grab some lab-grown “meat” and fire up the grill. First, let’s recap some of the headlines from booming Seattle’s tech industry this week, including our nation-leading population growth; several large venture capital investments […]...
May 26 2:40pm danprimack
Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence, Axios has learned from multiple sources. Why it matters: Google has never before had an investment effort aimed at a specific type of technology. Plus, this will be led by engineers, rather than by professional venture capitalists. Details: The effort is being led by Anna Patterson, a longtime Google VP of engineering who specializes in AI. Also involved is Ankit Jain, who returned to Google's engineering department last month after having served as VP of product at SimilarWeb (which had acquired his startup, Quettra). Other Google AI engineers also are expected to rotate through the program, which is designed to provide startups with hands-on mentorship and, in some cases, incubation space and services. Patterson will report up through Google, rather than through Alphabet (unlike leadership of Google Ventures and growth equity group CapitalG). Deal plans: Word is that the group is seeking to make relatively small investments, having spoken to entrepreneurs and outside VCs about check sizes of between $1 million and $10 million. If the opportunity is right, the new program may co-invest with Google Ventures. A Google spokeswoman declined comment.
May 26 2:32pm Latest posts - Benedict Evans
How do we get beyond 'that's a toy!' and 'but everything looked like a toy!', and try actually to understand whether a new technology might matter? What are valid lines of reasoning, and what statements are 'not even wrong'?...
May 26 1:37pm Blog – Mattermark
Why The Future of Sales Looks A Lot Less Salesy (read) Even with something as formal as enterprise B2B sales, businesses don’t buy things, people do. So what does this… Read Full Article The post The Future of Sales, 29 SaaS Marketing Lessons, and More – Raise The Bar appeared first on Mattermark.
May 26 1:00pm Startup Digest Blog
The following is a guest post by Tiffany Rowe. Tiffany is a Marketing Administrator at Seek Visibility, where she assists clients in contributing resourceful content throughout the web. Business is risky. In the blink of an eye, a promising startup can crash and burn – taking a sizeable chunk of its owner’s personal assets with it.… The post 5 Familiar Fears All Startups Face appeared first on Startup Digest Blog.
May 26 12:26pm Feld Thoughts
Over the past fifteen years, Phil Weiser and I have worked together to make Colorado a stronger, more collaborative, and more innovative entrepreneurial community. Together, we co-chaired Governor Bill Ritter’s Innovation Council, worked to launch the Startup America Partnership (when Phil worked for Obama in the White House), started Startup Colorado, brought the Blackstone Entrepreneurs... Read more The post Phil Weiser For Colorado Attorney General appeared first on Feld Thoughts.
May 26 12:05pm The Startup Magazine
Regardless of the field or industry it is in, if you have a small business, growth and expansion needs to The post Small Business Levers for Continuous Improvement appeared first on The Startup Magazine.
May 26 11:59am Bowery Capital
This week, the Bowery Capital team hosted Brian Kelly, CEO at Kissmetrics, to discuss “Optimizing New Product Launches.” Kissmetrics is a behavioral analytics and engagement platform that was built to help marketers and product teams increase conversions, drive engagement and grow retention. Over 900 companies, like... The post BC Startup Sales Podcast – Optimizing New Product Launches with Brian Kelly (Kissmetrics) appeared first on Bowery Capital.
May 26 11:44am The Startup Magazine
Energy storage may be a trending issue over the last several months, but thermal energy storage is not new; it The post The Top 4 Benefits Of Thermal Energy Storage for your Business appeared first on The Startup Magazine.
May 26 11:43am danprimack
Venture capital firm CRV is speaking with investors about raising its first growth equity fund, Axios has learned. Talks are still in the early stages, and follow CRV's recent hiring of Brett Rochkind away from General Atlantic. Word is that the bi-coastal firm plans to raise the growth equity vehicle simultaneous to raising its next early-stage fund (CRV XVII), with each to target around $400 million. CRV declined comment. Big question: Will investors be willing to make 1:1 commitments for a new product led by someone new to the firm?...
May 26 11:39am The Startup Magazine
The number of startups in the entrepreneurship ecosystem is immeasurable – not even the internet holds updated information. This comes The post How Your Startup Can Learn from Online Education Markets Like Zeqr appeared first on The Startup Magazine.
May 26 11:19am SaaStr
Welcome to Episode 124! Mark Suster is Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures which he joined in 2007, having previously worked with Upfront for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Before joining Upfront Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark...
May 26 11:16am danprimack
Bankrupt footwear retailer Payless said in a court filing that it is investigating possible claims against private equity firms Golden Gate Capital and Blum Capital Partners, which acquired the Kansas-based company back in 2012. At issue is more than $350 million worth of fees and dividends that the two firms reportedly received from Payless, which may have contributed to the company's unsustainable debt-load. Why it matters: If Payless were to prove some sort of sponsor liability related to dividend recaps, it would send a chill through a private equity industry that uses such techniques to juice returns (often without enough regard for the possible consequences).
May 26 11:01am Work Awesome
When revenue isn’t exceeding operating costs, there needs to be a thorough analysis of the issues that are contributing to the problem. Usually, they fall into one of three categories: workforce issues, problems with a process or bad market conditions. During periods where the market conditions are working in your favor, the issue clearly lies […]...
May 26 10:02am Xconomy VC, Deals, & Startups
Houston—Juliana Garaizar, managing director of the Houston Angel Network, is used to dealing with big egos and strong personalities in both the investing and tech worlds. “If it’s up to me, I try to work as little as possible with them and be very careful with them,” she says. “If it’s not up to me, […]...
May 26 9:44am Silicon Prairie News
The Nebraska Applied Research Institute (NARI) and Nebraska-based cloud management company OpsCompass, LLC announced a strategic relationship to develop technology solutions for enhancing cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems support for the growing cloud industry. The joint effort will include applied research, design, and commercial development agreements between the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) affiliate and... Read More The post NARI and OpsCompass Announce Strategic Relationship appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.
May 26 9:42am Points and Figures
While on vacation, I read a couple of books. One of them was Grit (which I still have to finish). It’s a great book. I was intrigued because her initial research on grit was with West Point cadets. Since I …...
May 26 9:30am KillerStartups
Similar features to popular social apps and smart use of video set mobile dating app Luvr apart from the lovelorn crowd. The post Luvr Arms Cupid with Video to Shoot Romance Back into Mobile Dating appeared first on KillerStartups.
May 26 8:47am OpenView Labs
Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Medium here. If you’re in SaaS, you can’t help but hear about HubSpot’s massive growth. They have a traffic rank of #5 in the world… in the online marketing tech space. This doesn’t include websites they’ve built to build their community and fill the top of their sales funnel. They… The post Peek inside HubSpot’s Multi-million Dollar SaaS Growth Strategy appeared first on OpenView Labs.
May 26 8:43am Gotham Gal
Over the past decade, there has been a rise of accelerators and incubators around the start-up community. Start-ups from fin-tech to fashion to software to cannabis. Accelerators are usually places that founders apply to and if accepted they spend an extended amount of time in the program. Many of the programs really help the founders […]...
May 26 8:33am danprimack
Only two private equity firms want to take over Staples Inc. — Cerberus and Sycamore — but now that's down to just one, per Bloomberg . Staples rejected a buyout from Cerberus Capital Management because they considered the offer too low. Now, only Sycamore Partners is left on the list of companies likely to buy the office supplies giant. Quick take: That the only two offers came from Cerberus and Sycamore is not good news for Staples, since both firms are known more for taking on troubled companies than strong ones. Reality check: Things might have been much different if Staples hadn't been blocked from buying Office Depot last year, after the regulatory and legal system determined that such a combination would unfairly reduce competition for big business customers.
May 26 8:05am Continuations
I spent a bunch of time at Consensus and Token Summit this week. If it wasn’t clear before, we are headed into a crypto currency bubble. Now a bubble isn’t in and of itself a bad thing. In fact almost every wave of technology has brought with it a financial bubble phase (eg care for Railway Mania in Britain). During this phase a lot of financial capital flows into a sector which finances real innovation and accelerates the buildout of physical infrastructure. The same will be true for the crypto currency bubble and the buildout of the decentralized Internet (see my recent quote in the Economist).Now what was eye opening to me is how young most of the players in the crypto currency space are. Many of them were not around as either entrepreneurs or investors in the Dotcom Bubble. So as someone who was, I thought I would share some lessons learned.1. Retain your critical faculties. After the Dotcom Bubble was over, looking back much of it seemed like a fever dream. You get swept up in it, are surrounded by others who are as well, and a powerful internal logic takes hold, where everything is evaluated only in relation to other parts of the bubble and not the world at large. So: figure out how to clear your head. Take a vacation if necessary.2. Beware vanity metrics. Because of the focus on internal logic that I was describing above it is especially important to look beyond vanity metrics (eg in the Dotcom Bubble it was pageviews or worse yet cumulative registered users). Instead to get a sense of where we are, look for metrics of actual adoption by endusers.3. Make yourself antifragile. This is maybe the single most important lesson. Do not, under any circumstance, borrow to invest in a bubble. You will be in an extremely fragile position if you do because of violent prices movements. Realize that you can be borrowing implicitly if you use (smart) contracts that short the market or have leverage built into them. Instead, make sure you have plenty of dry powder / segregated funds available for the time after the bubble. The best way for doing so is to intentionally take some money off the table on the way up (incidentally, the more people do that, the less of an extreme run up there will be).4. Watch out for outright scams. One of the great things about a bubble – see my intro paragraph – is that it finances many experiments. And as society we nee...
May 26 7:58am AllTopStartups
Most businesses will deal in intellectual property of some form or another; whether you’re a communications and retail businesses or a manufacturing and technology company. According to the World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO), Intellectual property refers to products and processes, written or recorded work, slogans, logos and designs, and other original creations and ideas. Means […]...
May 26 7:25am Startup World
Essential, a startup founded by Andy Rubin, co-founder of android is preparing to formally unveil their first Essential smartphone that his new company was working on. Recently the company tweeted “something big is coming” on May 30th with Rubin himself adding that he and his team are ” almost ready to share with you what we have been up to.” Not much detail beyond this tweet has been provided apart from a hint that the announcement will be big one and its speculated that it will be about their new android smartphone. Its also expected that the their new smartphone The post Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone with 360 degree camera debuting May 30th appeared first on Startup World.
May 26 6:55am Xconomy VC, Deals, & Startups
Team Trump unveiled its 2018 federal spending proposal—the so-called “skinny budget”—with health and science in the crosshairs. The NIH is looking at a 22 percent cut and the FDA 31 percent, although the administration wants to backfill the FDA loss with a huge boost in user fees, which drug and device companies pay to have […]...
May 26 6:35am Startups – AlleyWatch
BREAKING NEWS: Krossover, the sports video analysis and statistics company was just acquired by Dallas-based Blue Star Sports, a sports management firm. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 2008 by Vasu Kulkarni who we interviewed last week for our Inside the Mind of NYC VC series (Kulkarni also runs sportstech-focused VC firm Courtside Ventures), Krossover has raised a total of $24.86M in funding over 8 rounds with the last round – Series B in May of 2016. Investors in the company include Stephen Ross, NBA great David Robinson, Dan Gilbert, Active Angels, Baltimore Sngels, Jarcap, Ken...
May 26 6:01am AllTopStartups
Getting started in a business is an exciting time. There are lots of things going on, and when those first customers start to roll in, it can get hectic quickly. In the earliest days, the business is structured in a way that the untrained eye can understand. With most functions handled by the entrepreneur or […]...