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  • Pitch Your Startup in 30 Seconds — Hyde Park Angels — Medium

    Union Square Ventures
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:31 pm
    <p>Pitching your #startup in 30 seconds</p>
  • We Need To Get The Internet Of Things Right

    Dave Evans
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
     Nowadays, it seems that everything is connected to the Internet. There are connected socks, shoes, shirts, hats, glasses, appliances, beds, homes, drones, cars, and even diapers. Yet, for the Internet of Things (IoT) to play a key role in shaping our future, we need to get a few thingsright. The statement, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” has never… Read More
  • News: Last Chance to Apply to the Spring 2015 Founder Lab
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    | Posted by donAdeoThis Sunday, April 19th is the Final Application Deadline for the Spring 2015 Founder Lab. The Founder Lab helps top seed-stage startups prepare for funding through an intensive, 10 day program in Silicon Valley. Participating founders will work non-stop with world-renowned entrepreneurs and investors, and leave the program with a fully refined pitch-deck, a plan to grow their KPIs and product, access to a global network of founders and investors, and a tactical strategy to raise funding. As a bonus, the program culminates at the 16th Founder Showcase, where they can demo…
  • A Hard Post to Write. Helping @MattLauzon Bring Justice

    Bothsides of the Table
    Mark Suster
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:20 pm
    I was contacted today by Matt Lauzon, the founder of Dunwello, who I had met previously when he was running his startup Gemvara. I always liked Matt and found him to be quite thoughtful so I enjoy when he reaches out. This time it wasn’t pleasant. He was asking me for a simple favor. He wanted me to read some information and if I felt both moved and comfortable he wondered whether I would retweet him. I couldn’t. Not because a retweet was hard for me but because it wasn’t enough. I used to write personal posts on these pages and I mentioned earlier in the year I would do so…
  • What's your business model? - How does Etsy make money?
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Etsy makes most of its money through by charging users to list goods and then a 3.5% sales fee(Come mingle with hundreds of top venture capitalists representing $10B-plus in capital under management, including Khosla Ventures, Greylock and Javelin Venture Partners, and learn from founders/CEOs including Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder & CEO of Thumbtack and Adam Goldenberg, CEO of JustFab, Slava Rubin, Founder & CEO of Indiegogo, at Vator Splash Oakland on April 22nd and 23rd. Get your tickets here!) My girlfriend and I recently celebrated our…
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  • We Need To Get The Internet Of Things Right

    Dave Evans
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
     Nowadays, it seems that everything is connected to the Internet. There are connected socks, shoes, shirts, hats, glasses, appliances, beds, homes, drones, cars, and even diapers. Yet, for the Internet of Things (IoT) to play a key role in shaping our future, we need to get a few thingsright. The statement, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” has never… Read More
  • The Year Of Mobile Payments

    Alix Murphy
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
     Ask most people what the state of mobile payments is today, and they’ll tell you it’s just kicking off. With Facebook announcing the option to ‘send money to friends’ via messenger and the release of Apple Pay last year, 2015 has excitedly been dubbed “The Year of Mobile Payments.” Yet what most people don’t realise is that these services are… Read More
  • The Unbundling Of Everything

    Joe McCann
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
     We’ve been living in a bundled world. ESPN packaged with Nickelodeon, healthcare tied to employers, learning wrapped up in colleges and degree programs. We’ve grown up surrounded by so many bundled products and services that it’s easy to become blind to the flexibility and value presented by unbundling. Read More
  • We Need Algorithmic Angels

    Jarno M. Koponen
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
     A lot has been written on how algorithms are manipulating this and that in today’s Internet. However, there hasn’t been so many concrete proposals on how could we create more human-centered algorithmic solutions. For example, do we need algorithms that are on our side? Read More
  • What The Apple Watch Could Be

    Natasha Lomas
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
     What is the Apple Watch? The simple answer is Apple’s first smartwatch. In fact Apple calls it its “most personal device ever”. But early reviewers have wrestled with the raison d’être of the Apple Watch. Read More
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    Bothsides of the Table

  • A Hard Post to Write. Helping @MattLauzon Bring Justice

    Mark Suster
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:20 pm
    I was contacted today by Matt Lauzon, the founder of Dunwello, who I had met previously when he was running his startup Gemvara. I always liked Matt and found him to be quite thoughtful so I enjoy when he reaches out. This time it wasn’t pleasant. He was asking me for a simple favor. He wanted me to read some information and if I felt both moved and comfortable he wondered whether I would retweet him. I couldn’t. Not because a retweet was hard for me but because it wasn’t enough. I used to write personal posts on these pages and I mentioned earlier in the year I would do so…
  • Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

    Mark Suster
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Many of you will know that Twitter unexpectedly cancelled it’s contract to allow DataSift to resell Twitter data to 3rd parties. I read the declarations by industry analysts on Twitter that this was “proof that you can’t build a business on somebody else’s platform” and perhaps DataSift should have known better. This misunderstands the situation so I want to clarify things a bit. DataSift was never built on a single platform and never desired or expected to be Twitter’s re-syndication provider as its sole business. Let’s start with the most important…
  • Why Unicorns Are No Longer Enough. The Battle for Hendecorns

    Mark Suster
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    We built MakeSpace’s logistics systems and customer applications (to see all of your items in storage in beautiful photography) in the first year. Then we launched our service in NYC and in just one year captured 2% of all new storage customers in our target demo in just one year with almost no marketing budget. How did we achieve these initial results? We offered a service that has a net promoter score of 87 placing us higher than such great brands as USAA, Costco, Apple and Amazon. Our churn is incredibly low giving us a projected lifetime customer value that extends multiple years.
  • What I’ve Learned from Fred Wilson

    Mark Suster
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Last week Fred Wilson and I sat down in Santa Monica for an hour+ discussion with the video cameras rolling. One of the questions we discussed was, “How much capital should a startup raise?” Fred & I are both in agreement that there is a tension between capital constraints and creativity. In his words, [in some instances] “because lots of capital is available, the company takes on the capital and that ends up resulting in no constraints on decision making and so the company decides to do five things in stead of just one.” Here is a three-minute video with Fred…
  • Some Perspective on Twitter vs. Meerkat

    Mark Suster
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:18 pm
    I love Twitter. So far I’m loving Meerkat, too. It’s brand new but the enthusiasm that’s been seen for such an early product is truly awesome. I ran a VC AMA (ask me anything) last Monday on Meerkat and had > 1,000 simultaneous people asking me questions. The energy was electric so I’m going to do it again this coming week. You may have read that Twitter has now made it harder for Meerkat to operate. As a user I felt immediately frustrated by this move and said so, in stead wishing that Twitter would win based on innovation. If Twitter believes @periscopeco is a…
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  • What's your business model? - How does Etsy make money?

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Etsy makes most of its money through by charging users to list goods and then a 3.5% sales fee(Come mingle with hundreds of top venture capitalists representing $10B-plus in capital under management, including Khosla Ventures, Greylock and Javelin Venture Partners, and learn from founders/CEOs including Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder & CEO of Thumbtack and Adam Goldenberg, CEO of JustFab, Slava Rubin, Founder & CEO of Indiegogo, at Vator Splash Oakland on April 22nd and 23rd. Get your tickets here!) My girlfriend and I recently celebrated our…
  • Meet the VCs - Meet Adam Draper, founder and CEO of Boost VC

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Boost has a $6.6 million fund, which is used to invest between $10k and $30k into 60-70 companiesFor the past few weeks we have begun highlighting different members of the early stage venture capital community. While we are mostly focusing on seed and post-seed funds, we will occasionally be looking at other types of funds as well, including accelerators, and the investors running them. One of them is Adam Draper , Founder and CEO of Boost VC, a startup accelerator. Before founding Boost in 2012, Draper was the founder of Xpert Financial, which launched in 2009, and Enders Fund,…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 4/17/15

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    Sprig, Planet Labs, Courion, NEA, Ascend, Snaps, Acorns, Skyport, 99designs, Adallom, Ticketbis, OlaSeed stage Financial technology startup Ascend Consumer Finance raised $1.5 million in seed funding, The round was led by Mucker Capital, with participation from OCA Ventures, Birchmere Advisors and Securian Financial Group. Poachable, an anonymous talent marketplace, raised $750,000 in seed funding from "several new investors" including. Dawn Lepore. Spanish ticketing startup Ticketbis raised €3 million in a round led by ACTIVE Venture Partners, Fabrice…
  • Subcription video service Vessel raises $58M

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Vessel is content provider that gives early access to short-form video for $3 a monthAccess to short-format video content has always been free. The biggest player in the space, YouTube, has never asked us to pay anything to watch its videos, at least not until recently. We put up with ads, and while nobody likes sitting through those, the question is, would any of us actually be willing to pay for that content? Just how much is it worth to us? Vessel, the startup run by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, is betting that the answers to those questions is are: "yes," and "a lot." The video…
  • Today's Entrepreneur - Today's Entrepreneur: Tore Steen

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    No. 1 Mistake: Not listening to the marketToday's Entrepreneur is Tore Steen, Co-founder and CEO of CrowdStreet. CrowdStreet is a company that provides real estate operators, funds and private equity companies a full-service marketplace solution for presenting investments online, marketing opportunities publicly, managing the offer process and maintaining ongoing investor relationships.  Steen went to University of Notre Dame for his degree in Political Science in 1991 and he got his MBA at Duke University last 1996. CrowdStreet (currently in the top 8 finalist) is competing…
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  • Snapchat signs deal for a second season of ‘Literally Can’t Even’

    Ruth Reader
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! Literally Can’t Even will live on past season one. Snapchat is getting a second season of Sasha Spielberg and Emma Goldwyn’s original series. “We’re very excited about ‘Literally Can’t Even,’ especially the creative storytelling and the unique, made-for-mobile, vertical video…
  • Elon Musk: Falcon 9 landing failed due to ‘slower than expected throttle valve response’

    Daniel Terdiman
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk gave the first detailed reason for the failed Falcon 9 landing last Tuesday. In a tweet Saturday afternoon, Musk said, “Cause of hard rocket landing confirmed as due to slower than expected throttle valve response.” Musk added that SpaceX will attempt another launch and…
  • The Backed Pack: A VPN secure box, a comfortable keyboard, & a clever waking solution

    Julia Herrick, Backerjack
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! Each week, our friends at Backerjack bring us updates on some of the most successful gadget crowdfunding campaigns. Shellfire Box There’s nothing positive about a censored Internet, so solutions that can provide easy to access VPN service can embolden many more users to take action and keep it free. That’s the…
  • 5 things to do if you let a customer down

    Mikita Mikado, PandaDoc
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    GUEST: Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! Our product marketing manager was seeing some issues within our application the first few days of February 2015. At the end of the first week he called me to talk about it. “Something weird is happening,” he said. “Our activation rate fell by almost half!” Our product, PandaDoc, is a document…
  • The Pirate Bay opens up registration to new users, months after coming back online

    Ruth Reader
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! It’s been a rough five months for file sharing website the Pirate Bay and today the site is a little bit closer to its normal state. The website has re-opened registration to new accounts today, for the first time since the site came back online in late January. The torrent sharing site was taken offline…
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  • Video Of The Week: How To Build An Investment Thesis

    Fred Wilson
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    My friend Pedro Torres-Picon gave a good talk a couple weeks ago at the Pre Money Conference on “How To Build An Investment Thesis”. This is a topic we’ve discussed a lot around here so it’s familiar territory but Pedro does a good job of explaining it with some quotes from yours truly and others.
  • VCs as Gas Stations

    Fred Wilson
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    I was at an event the Gotham Gal had last night for her portfolio. I was asked a number of times “when is the best time to raise money?”. In general, I believe the best time to take money is when it is being offered. To some extent, VCs are gas stations and you should fill up when it is convenient. I don’t drive that often, and when I do mostly drive electric cars, so gas stations are not a common place for me. But when I do drive a gas powered car, I tend to fill up my car when it gets below half a tank and I use stations I like and are convenient for me. I think this…
  • Product Idea: Reverse Engineering VC Investment Strategies

    Fred Wilson
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    The other day I found myself on a VC website. I went to the portfolio page, looked at all of their investments and from that inferred what that firm’s investment strategy was by sector, stage & geography. This is not a simple thing to do, but it can be done. It helps that I’ve been working in the VC sector a long time and understand a fair bit about VC firms and how they invest. But honestly anyone can do this if they spend enough time distilling the key facts about each and every investment and then looking at these facts across the entire portfolio across time. Venture…
  • Deliberation

    Fred Wilson
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    Wikipedia has this to say about Deliberation: Deliberation is a process of thoughtfully weighing options… Deliberation emphasizes the use of logic and reason as opposed to power-struggle, creativity, or dialog. Group decisions are generally made after deliberation through a vote or consensus of those involved. I’ve always liked the notion of deliberation and deliberate decision making. I particularly like the notion of using logic and reason as opposed to power-struggle. Deliberation is the process we use to make decisions at USV. We use our weekly Monday Meetings (something…
  • Video Of The Week: Talking VC With Mark Suster

    Fred Wilson
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    Mark asked me to come on his TV show before leaving LA and I did that last week. It is an hour long broad ranging conversation about the venture capital and startup business.
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  • Innovation Hub: Which Companies Care About the Environment?

    Kara Miller
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Kara Miller Transforming big businesses into green businesses might seem like a thorny process. But older, established companies like Ford have the potential to ignite a new generation of environmentally friendly products, according to Andrew Winston, author of The Big Pivot. By shifting their manufacturing process—like substituting aluminum for steel, as Ford has done—such companies are able to quietly lighten their carbon footprint. Tech giants, meanwhile, can be surprisingly rough on the environment. Consider this: the “cloud” consumes more energy than the nation of…
  • Cuban, Corcoran Invest in Haystagg to Boost Ad Targeting

    David Holley
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    David Holley In the highly competitive world of online advertising, every bit of information counts if it can lead to a better-targeted ad. Haystagg, a Boston-based company that tries to boost the performance of digital ads for advertisers and agencies, announced it has received $600,000 in funding from Mark Cuban, the billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners, whose namesake founder stars on the show “Shark Tank” with Cuban. The funding will help the company extend its advertiser base, Haystagg said in a statement. Programmatic…
  • Rice Business Plan Competition Adds ‘People’s Choice’ Award

    Angela Shah
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Angela Shah As if a couple of million dollars in prizes weren’t enough, the Rice Business Plan Competition this year unveiled a reality-show style “People’s Choice” award. The voting for the $5,000 prize takes place on a special Facebook page; only one vote per customer, please. The polls close Saturday at 1 pm Central. As of mid-morning Friday, with about 16,000 votes cast, Tulane University’s Advano is in the lead. The New Orleans, LA-based company is making a nanoparticle which founders say can enhance the performance of lithium-ion batteries common in consumer electronics. The…
  • GreenLancer Snags $5 Million in New Investment, Plans Further Growth

    Sarah Schmid
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    Sarah Schmid GreenLancer, the Detroit-based contract solar design and permitting startup, announced this week that it has raised $5 million in a Series B round from a syndicate of new and returning investors. (For its 2013 Series B round, the company’s investors included BlueWater Angels, the Northern Michigan Angels, Start Garden, and the Detroit-based Bizdom accelerator.) The company plans to use the money to speed growth. CEO Michael Sharber stepped down as CEO in February, moving over to the executive vice president position after Zac MacVoy, formerly with United Lighting Standards,…
  • Seattle Roundup: Cyber Liability, Gravity Payments, Poachable, Angels

    Benjamin Romano
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Benjamin Romano Catch up on the latest offering from the Washington Technology Industry Association, a bold move made by Gravity Payments, funding for Poachable, and companies tapped for Northwest angel investment competition finals: —The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) is offering smaller companies an insurance policy to protect against damage resulting breaches of customer information. The Cyber Liability Protection program, provided by insurance brokerage HUB International, costs between $750 and $2,500 a year and offers protection starting at $1 million for a…
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  • Join the Net Neutrality debate

    Alok Mittal
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:08 am
    Medianama has a good analysis and initiative on the Net Neutrality issue. Read up and make yourselves heard here. This debate has had interesting arguments globally. To the extent, I have been able to follow, there have been a ton of bogus arguments on both sides, thereby confusing the core issues. In my mind, the core issues are around (a) adherence to standard protocols to ensure that applications can rely upon the same; (b) creation of open communication platforms, as a goal in itself, to spur innovation around those networks; (c) clear communication around inclusions, exclusions, and…
  • Lufthansa Runway to Success – Call for Entries

    Alok Mittal
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Lufthansa and TiE are bringing you the next edition of Runway to Success. Runway to Success is a TV series which will be broadcast on ET Now, and the training camps all over the country would be conducted in association with TiE. Some highlights of the program: The winner of this series would win a seat at Stanford University’s prestigious Design Thinking Boot Camp, along with A Lufthansa Business Class ticket to the US and mentorship at TiE, which alone is sufficient reason to jump into this program. Each episode of this TV series will have two segments: In the first, a success story of a…
  • Why you Do a Startup ?

    Viren Sarna
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Why you do a Startup ? By Chance or you are totally frustrated with a Problem you face on a regular basis or You want to make big loads of Monies or You are passionate about something or You do not want to miss the Wave ?? There are lot of Questions you ask or should ask and be clear and concise about why you are doing this Startup. First , you have to figure out the real reason of Doing the Startup – May be in any Domain.. !! Why I am Doing this ?? Find the Real Reason !! Think in Think Out and Find the Real Reason while putting yourself into Customer shoes (If you are customer , would…
  • The Billion Dollar Startup Club

    Alok Mittal
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:44 pm
    The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource are tracking venture-backed private companies valued at $1 billion or more. See how the club has expanded since the project began in January 2014 and select companies to learn more about each.
  • Accelerating Time to Market Cap for Internet/Mobile Companies

    Alok Mittal
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Must read analysis by Playbigger for Internet/Mobile entrepreneurs. Summary at beginning to report,
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    Seeing Both Sides

  • Hacking Immigration - The Global EIR Coalition

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Our immigration reform system is broken. That isn't new news. There is now a fix for high-skilled, immigration entrepreneurs that can be implemented TODAY with no legislation required. That is new news. And it has the potential to break through the political logjam. Only 85,000 H1-B visas are normally issued each year to immigration entrepreneurs and high-skilled technology workers. This year, there were 233,000 applicants. Countless others don't bother applying and simply leave the country after collecting their MBAs and PhDs because the odds are so stacked against them. With the…
  • The Search for Product-Market Fit

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
     I participated on a panel at the First Growth Venture Network yesterday on product-market fit and customer acquisition.  Lowenstein's Ed Zimmerman, our host, asked me to cram a semester's worth of content (related to my HBS class) in 10 minutes and below are the slides I pulled together:
  • Advice to Grads: Join A Winning Startup

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Around this time of year, many students are focused on finding a job in Startup Land and building their careers. If you have your own idea and no one can talk you out of it, that's awesome. But for most undergraduates and graduate students, they have no idea how to get plugged in to the startup community.  I gave some advice in my post, Seeking a Job in Startup Land, but I didn't give specific pointers to companies who I think are emerging winners and thus good places to begin your startup career. For many years, I have been keeping an updated list of interesting, scaling start ups…
  • Founder Leadership Models

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    There are a number of founder leadership models that can work well as a startup evolves. I have lived a few as an entrepreneur and worked with many as a board member. Getting the founder model right is critical because the founder is the soul of a company. If you can navigate a leadership model that keeps the founder involved and engaged in the business as it scales, it meaningfully improves your odds that startup magic will happen. Putting aside the complexities of multiple founders (as I talked about in my post, The Other Founder), the founder leadership model tends to fall into a few…
  • Why Metrics Get Worse With Scale

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Conventional wisdom suggests that the most important metrics for a startup - such as unit economics, cost of acquisition, lifetime value, churn rates - typically get better with time. I hear this asserted frequently by entrepreneurs who confidently project their businesses with increasingly improving metrics as they scale into the future. The topic of scaling startups is one that I enjoy thinking, living and writing about (most recently, Scaling the Chasm).  In the class I teach at Harvard Business School, the first module of the course is dedicated to examining startups when they are…
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    Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

  • Ycombinator - Where unicorns are born

    6 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Angel investing in tech startups is a gut wrenching and risky business. It sometimes feels like buying $25,000 lottery tickets. Most of them lose, but sometimes you invest in a “unicorn” and make 100 times your money or even more. The MIT Blackjack team figured out how to beat the odds in Las Vegas. Paul Graham from Harvard and Robert Morris from MIT teamed up with Trevor Blackwell and Jessica Livingston to found Ycombinator, and in the process figured out how to beat the odds in tech investing. Ycombinator is the largest and most successful startup incubator in history, and it was…
  • My 5 predictions for 2015 and beyond

    1 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    My 5 predictions for the tech world in 2015 and the next 5 years; Sensors, Indoor Location, Alternative networks, Wearable computers, the demise of cable TV. Billions of sensors will monitor everything, and become the next platform shift in computing. Your home, car, office, and even people will have special sensors that help us manage the complexities of life. Indoor Location and Positioning, enabled by Smartphones, will become a part of many existing apps, and enable new services. Think about how web maps started as a standalone application and were later embedded into all sorts of web…
  • Indoor Location startups innovating Indoor Positioning

    19 Jun 2013 | 11:26 am
    Indoor Location and Positioning technology is the Next Big Thing. It is bringing the power of GPS and Maps indoors. We spend most of our time indoors, working, shopping, eating, at the mall, at the office, on campus, etc. Apple and Google are competing on street maps, but are also working on Indoor Location. Lots of startups are going after this market too. In this post I will mention all that I am aware of. One or two winners, and a hundred broken hearts - Most web or social app markets are dominated by one or two big early players due to “First Mover Advantage” or network effects and…
  • Leaders in Indoor Location Positioning technology

    5 Apr 2013 | 10:29 am
    Who are the big players innovating in Indoor Location and Positioning? What technologies are attracting the most attention? How will Indoor Location evolve? In my previous post I covered the different technical approaches to Indoor Location, how they work, and some of the market uses for it. In this post I will cover some of the leading large players and their technical approaches. In an upcoming post I will cover many startups that are innovating faster than the big companies. Who are the big players? Indoor Location will be a huge market, bigger than Maps or GPS. Many big companies have…
  • Why Indoor Location will be bigger than GPS or Maps, and how it works

    2 Apr 2013 | 8:07 am
    Indoor Location and Positioning will be huge! Apple recently acquired WifiSlam for its indoor mapping and positioning technology. Why? Because we spend most of our time indoors, working, shopping, eating, at the mall, at the office, on campus, etc.  Google already has Indoor Maps for many airports and shopping malls. The race is on. The explosion of Smartphones with built in sensors, accelerometer, gyro, wifi radios, and camera make indoor positioning possible.  GPS and Maps are great, but they only work outdoors and with clear line of sight to the sky. GPS was developed by the US…
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    PE Hub Blog

  • Relationship Science reels in $31 mln, also appoints CEO

    Iris Dorbian
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    New York City-based Relationship Science, a provider of information for business development professionals and dealmakers, has closed $31 million in Series D funding. The investors included Bill Ackman affiliate TABLE Holdings. Also, the company has named Jon Robson as CEO. Robson is the former CEO of NYSE Technologies. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Relationship Science (RelSci), the leading enterprise technology company that empowers organizations to leverage the collective connections of their employees and boards, announces the appointment of Jon Robson as CEO. Robson…
  • Recorded Future pulls in $12 mln Series D

    Iris Dorbian
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Recorded Future, a real-time threat intelligence analytics platform provider, has received $12 million in Series D funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. Reed Elsevier Ventures led the round with participation from MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Google Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Atlas, IA Ventures and Balderton. In conjunction with the funding, Kevin Brown, general partner at Reed Elsevier Ventures, has been appointed to Recorded Future’s board. To find out further details on the funding, visit here.
  • Omeicos Therapeutics attracts Series A funds

    Iris Dorbian
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Berlin, Germany-based Omeicos Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases, has secured 6.2 million euros in Series A funding. The investors included Vesalius Biocapital, VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, Hightech Gruenderfonds and KfW Group. PRESS RELEASE OMEICOS Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class small molecule therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases including atrial fibrillation (AF), today announced that it has raised EUR 6.2 million in a Series A round. Participating in…
  • Ihiji picks up $1.8 mln

    Iris Dorbian
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    Austin, Texas-based Ihiji, a remote network management services provider, has received $1.8 million in funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. Jopeko LLC led the round with participation from other investors that included Capital Factory, Silverton Partners and Floodgate Capital. In addition to the funding, Joseph Kolchinsky has been added to Ihiji’s board of directors. To read the announcement, visit here.
  • Ardian-backed Laboratoires Anios buys Deren

    Iris Dorbian
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    Laboratoires Anios, which is backed by Ardian, has acquired Deren, a Turkey-based maker of hospital disinfectants. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE April 2015. Laboratoires Anios, a leading European provider of disinfectant products for the hospital sector, and a key player for the industrial and catering /accommodation sectors, announces the acquisition of Deren. This is Anios’ second build-up, and first acquisition abroad, since the family business was acquired in December 2013 by a consortium composed of Bertrand Letartre, Thierry Letartre and Ardian, the independent…
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  • Letting Perfect Get in the Way

    Aaron Brazell
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    I’ve been contemplating a phrase for a few days now. It applies to writing code, as I do for a living, as well as a whole host of other things… from relationships, to home life, life goals and endeavors… the list goes on. Don’t let perfection stand in the way of progress. I know what […]
  • New Adventures with 10up

    Aaron Brazell
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It’s such a weird feeling. Since I began this blog in 2004, I’ve been able to say I was truly hired exactly one time. That day was Jan 9, 2013. In 2004, I was employed by Northrop Grumman. In 2006, I left NG to pursue the startup world, I took up residence at b5media as […]
  • Dishonesty in Digital Marketing

    Aaron Brazell
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    $9.99. We used to look at that number, scratch our heads and rationalize the price as a marketing tactic to make buyers believe a product was cheaper than it was. This is all based on the psychology that $9.99 looks cheaper than $10 visually. $99.99 isn’t $100 because it’s not a 3-figure number. It’s a 2-figure […]
  • Adding a Time Start to WordPress Media Embeds

    Aaron Brazell
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Ever have those times that you'd like to share a piece of media but have it start at a particular time? I did recently, and figured I'd share my solution. It turns out, WordPress does not support this feature out of the box (though you could argue, theoretically, that it should).
  • If I Had to do it All Again

    Aaron Brazell
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    As I sit here tonight, at a bar, typing on the WordPress app (which will undoubtedly make my fingers cramp typing long form), I’m thinking about my life. What has made me a man, a developer, a friend, and lover (I can even get in Oxford commas on the app!) In exactly five hundred and […]
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    Feld Thoughts

  • History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme

    Brad Feld
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    My favorite Mark Twain post, which I share with my close friend Phil Weiser (the Dean of CU Boulder) is “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” There is a lot of rhyming going on. If you want a quick taste, go read today’s Fred Wilson’s blog post Coming Up With A Better Name For NYC’s Tech Community. If you know me, you know that it think that it is tragic to label things Silicon Blah. New York isn’t Silicon Alley. It’s New York. And Fred has been ranting about this since at least 2008 when he made a public plea to bury the name…
  • Announcing the Global EIR Coalition

    Brad Feld
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    Yesterday morning, over scrambled eggs and smoked salmon with Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital (he had yogurt), we talked about immigration reform and our broken immigration system. Both Jeff and I have been working hard on making it much easier for immigrant entrepreneurs to get visa’s to start their companies in the US. Both of us have been unsuccessful in our efforts at a national level. At the end of the discussion, we decided to start the Global EIR Coalition to open source our approach and try to help every state in the US implement a similar program. Last year Jeff and a bunch…
  • The Long Lost Myth of Capital Efficiency

    Brad Feld
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    I miss capital efficiency. It seems like you were our best friend just yesterday. Were you a myth? A lie? A justification by VCs to explain away their lack of capital to invest? A rationalization by entrepreneurs to explain away their inability to raise capital? Do you remember all the blog posts about how companies needed so much less money? All the articles about how capital efficient businesses were a result of AWS, better software development tools, easier starting points, better scaling technologies, and lots of other things. Do you remember when it was “all software, all the…
  • Why We Pass Quickly On Things

    Brad Feld
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:36 am
    I passed on something referred to us by a close VC friend (who I’ll call Joe) who I’ve done a bunch of investments with over the years. A few minutes later I got the following email from the entrepreneur. hey brad –  if you get a moment, i’d love to hear your unvarnished reasons for the denial. thanks for the time…- i remain a huge fan of your blog……. I get asked regularly for feedback on why we pass on something, especially when we pass after a single email interaction. As with many things, it’s useful to start with your strategy, assuming…
  • Mentors 11/18: Clearly Commit To Mentor Or Do Not. Either Is Fine

    Brad Feld
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    I’m hanging out with Morris Wheeler and his family for a few days in Cleveland. I first met Morris through my friend Howard Diamond, currently the CEO of MobileDay (which I’m on the board of). Both Morris and Howard are extraordinary Techstars mentors, so I was motivated this morning to knock out another post in my Deconstructing The Mentor Manifesto series as foreplay for me starting to work on my next book, #GiveFirst. When we started Techstars in 2006, the concept of a mentor was very fuzzy. There were many people who called themselves “advisors” to startups,…
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Pitch Rock!

    Guy Kawasaki
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    My time-tested, battle-hardened best tips to help you create the best presentations possible. If you feel the need to be creative, do it in your product design, not your pitch. This post is a tiny part of Guy Kawasaki’s latest book, The Art of the Start 2.0. Read it and reap… The post Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Pitch Rock! appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • How to Spread the Word When Information Flows Faster Than Clout

    Guy Kawasaki
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    In their book, Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers In The Age of (Nearly) Perfect Information, Emanuel Rosen and Itamar Simonson explain a new approach to planting seeds to build awareness for a new product or service. Their idea is that the gradual adoption, trickle-down approach that started when Moses went to see God is less applicable today because online information is getting fast, free, and perfect. For example, people can use websites like CNET and Amazon to read reviews hours after a product’s introduction. Innovators, early adopters, and early majority users can…
  • Photos from my first trip to Yosemite

    Guy Kawasaki
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    I’ve lived in California for forty years, and I have never visited Yosemite until last week. Wow, I was missing so much. The epic nature of the park is mind boggling. Here are pictures from my visit. Don’t be a fool like me: visit Yosemite as soon as you can! (Photographed with a Sony A7 II, courtesy of my friends at Sony.) The post Photos from my first trip to Yosemite appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • How to Manage Your Board

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The art of board management is a skill that you need to master because it can mean your survival and at least greater leeway in managing your startup. The first issue is deciding when you need a board. If you take outside investment, then you will have to create a board because your investors will want a say in how you manage the company. Even if they don’t, you should create a board when you accept other people’s money in order to establish high fiduciary standards. The second issue is the composition of the board. Your major investors will require a board seat, so some choices are made…
  • How to Be a Demo God

    Guy Kawasaki
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. It’s a great occasion—especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: Entrepreneurs acting as if they don’t need venture capital, and venture capitalists acting as if they don’t need entrepreneurs. (This is like acting prudish in a brothel.) This post is for anyone who has to give a good demo, whether at DEMO or anywhere else. Demoing is an essential skill to launch a…
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    deal architect

  • Workdaytime for a fork?

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    Workday has a ritual it plays out twice a year. It does an hour long webinar to summarize features in its latest release. Stan Swete used to MC the session three times a year. Now, Leighanne Levensaler does it twice...
  • What is this life if, full of care

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    …We have no time to stand and stare….No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.. A poor life this if, full of care…. I am feeling poetic today thanks to William Henry Davies....
  • SAPs Berlin Wall

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    As we approach SapphireNOW, I notice more comments and blogs from SAP executives and partners which in some shape or form touch on HANA. In many ways, HANA has dominated SAP world for the last few years so it’s not...
  • Infor: A Pioneers Trajectory

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    Infor hosted its annual Innovation Summit at its headquarters in NYC last week. Aesthetically it was very pleasing as I wrote here, Infor was also generous in the long list of analyst and media guests invited (and I encourage you...
  • UNIT4s expansive view of the services sector

    5 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    As part of a corporate re-branding exercise, UNIT4 hosted an analyst call last week – see details here. While they have previously announced they would focus on the services sector, I thought that would mostly be around local government and...
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    Venture Chronicles

  • Forced Encryption Rendering Nexus Devices Useless

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    I have a Nexus 9 and a Nexus 6, both running Android Lollipop 5.01. Almost immediately I noticed that there was a lot of lag in the UI and performance was generally slow. After doing a lot of research it appears that forced encryption in 5.0x is a huge performance drag on hardware that would otherwise be quite snappy. Lollipop 5.1 is rumored to be available but despite being on Nexus devices I have not received OTA updates (Verizon for the 6, T-Mobile for the 9). I can sideload 5.1 on the 6 but there is not image available as of yet for the Nexus 9. While this feature is well intentioned, the…
  • The Challenge of Being a Russian Security Software Company

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    I came across Passwork today and was really impressed with the presentation as well as focus of the product. This is the kind of product that I would instinctively sign up for and test drive… but for an unrelated reason I started poking around on their site to find out more about the company. It became clear that the company is Russian and this fact alone represents a major impediment for any company in the security software space. In all fairness I am making this assumption off factors like domains and language… the company itself provided no contact information on their…
  • Flipboard Becomes an Enterprise Collaboration Tool, They Just Don’t Know it.

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Flipboard launched a private magazine capability this week. With today’s release, there’s an exciting new way for people with shared interests to unite on Flipboard: private group magazines. Now you can collect stories together, and comment on them, in a closed setting. At Ping I used a Flipboard magazine to collect industry news along with competitive information. The intended audience for this magazine was everyone in the company, with a focus on the sales teams, and I was successful with that goal with close to 100% of the staff getting the magazine on their mobile devices (everyone at…
  • Let’s Stop Badgering Companies for Trying…

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    I gotta give Nike credit for this, it’s edgy and pushing a boundary of what athletic apparel for women should be. Predictably, the outrage factory spun up and without a hint of irony this BI piece (well it is BI) has decided to represent all women in the headline. I have no doubt that Nike has access to women athletes, so I would put strong odds on the idea that not ALL women are outraged. “The Sacai collection is undoubtedly a vanity project for Nike, but its premise — that female athletes prize style and appearance over functionality and performance — is completely…
  • Starbucks As Race Uniter: Piss Everyone Off Equally

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Starbucks found itself in hot water this week after encouraging baristas to write “racetogether” on coffee cups and discuss race relations with customers. And of course their is a #racetogether hashtag campaign. Sigh. I give you Starbucks leadership team… you can’t blame them for being so white, there aren’t many sunny days in Seattle. I can’t explain why they are predominantly men. It didn’t help when head PR honcho at the coffee purveyor, Corey DuBrowa, deleted his Twitter account after the deluge of negative reaction. This only reinforced the…
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    Mark Peter Davis

  • When Failing Feels Good (And It’s OK)

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Nobody likes to fail.  It’s contrary to our nature. For founders failure can mean more than personal reputational damage.  It means much more than being wrong or not good enough; it means wasting a team’s time and losing investor money.   And, to just about everyone in the game, the prospect of those results are mortifying. While downside scenarios are always looming, when a founder is in the early days of her venture bad outcomes tend to seem distant, if not hard to imagine.  Clear skies are on the horizon.  As ventures yield negative results over time, optimism tends to wane in…
  • Venture For America Gala

    8 Apr 2015 | 5:52 am
    Venture for America‘s Gala is coming up soon. It’s a killer event and a great organization to sponsor by buying a ticket. Venture for America’s 4th Annual Summer Celebration Date: Thursday, June 4th, 7pm-10pm Location: IAC HQ- 555 W 18th St Sponsored by: Barclays, UBS and the Wall Street Journal Featuring: Graham Weston Co-Founder & Chairman of Rackspace Attendees include: David Brooks, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Pauline Brown, Jon Oringer, Adam Braun, Sallie Krawcheck, Dhani Jones, Cyrus Massoumi, Andy Weissman, David Tisch, Lauren Zalaznick and many more……
  • On The Competency Of Teams

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Over the past decade I’ve heard countless new managers tell me that their entire team is incompetent and, as a result, they can’t get anything done.  This claim is often made by folks at all stages of a management team – it can echo from middle management to the c-suite. When I heard this the first few times, I was confused.  Had the company hired a collection of the least competent folks on earth?  Were the members of this team truly incapable of collaborating?  Or was something else amiss? Through my personal experience as a manager, I’ve come to believe that almost anyone can…
  • Why Speed Matters

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Simply put, when there’s an opportunity I’m interested in pursuing, I tend to move as fast as I can through the required steps to complete the transaction.  Whether I’m making an investment, hiring someone or securing a partnership, I tend to prefer to zip along. This focus on speed isn’t for everyone, and in my career there have been no shortage of counterparties or partners who have been startled by the pace at which I prefer to move through a deal. To many, moving slower seems to be more convenient, relaxing or safer.  After all, if you take more time you’ll have the…
  • New Director of Operations @Interplay: Sumit Singh

    11 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    We’re excited to announce that Sumit Singh, our new Director of Operations, started yesterday at Interplay. While Sumit is new to the role, he’s not new to Interplay.  Sumit interned with us while finishing up his JD over the past year.  He took the bar and is now revving up as part of the Interplay team. Sumit will be helping me keep the lights on at Interplay.  If you’re part of our community be sure to swing by and get to know him. Stay tuned for more updates. No related content found.
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  • 14 things you didn't know your iPhone headphones could do

    Will Wei and Alyson Shontell
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The headphones that come with your iPhone look pretty basic. But there are a lot of cool things you can do with them if you know the right tricks.Every iPhone comes with headphones, or "ear buds" like this: If you press the center button once you’ll play a song from your music app or music streaming apps. Press it one more time to pause the song. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
  • It's time for Google to throw 'open' Android under the bus

    Matt Rosoff
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    Europe has been investigating Google Search for so long now, that the filing of formal antitrust charges last Wednesday was almost anticlimactic. But there was one part that stuck out. In addition to filing formal charges related to Google Search, the European authorities also said they were launching an investigation into Android.  This is new European authorities are looking at three things: Did Google force or incentivize Android phone and tablet makers to "exclusively pre-install Google's own applications or services"?  Did Google prevent smartphone and tablet makers who wanted…
  • Analyst: Apple Watch will become Apple's 'most profitable product ever' (AAPL)

    Julie Bort
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    There are two theories when it comes to the Apple Watch. One of them is that Apple botched the rollout of it, its first new product in years. The other, put forward by a market research analyst is that Apple more-or-less planned the rollout to be long and slow. What we know is that the first-run of the Apple Watch had reportedly sold out within hours, and that there are shipping delays with watches being ordered now. Those delays, referenced by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts in a memo to employees last week, could be evidence of unplanned problems with the roll-out. People who order an…
  • How ditching law school and quitting a bunch of good jobs led Dave Goldberg to tech fame and fortune

    Julie Bort
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    Dave Goldberg is half of one of Silicon Valley's most powerful couples. He's the CEO of uber successful Valley company SurveyMonkey, with an epic career that began in the Internet bubble days. And he's married to Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. By any measure, Goldberg has a fantastic life. And it's easy to see why: he's smart, witty, but laid-back, the kind of that can swap funny stories one minute and argue economics the next with a waterfall of top-of-head facts. While Goldberg's rise to success seems almost effortless, it wasn't always easy. He spent much of his early career being…
  • The 17 hottest tech startups in France

    James Cook
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    France has built a vibrant tech culture in the last few decades, growing from a network of hardware manufacturers in the 1990s to a collection of video game developers, apps and streaming sites today. We ranked together some of the most interesting tech startups headquartered in France, including established companies, innovative hardware manufacturers, and small startups making waves in the tech scene.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: This Excel trick will save you time and impress your boss
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  • Saudi firm and partners acquired stake at Canadian Wheat Board for $203 million

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:20 am
    Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), as a partner in a consortium called G3 Global Grain Group, has acquired stake at Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) for $203 million. G3 is a joint venture between Bunge Canada, a subsidiary of Bunge Limited and SALIC Canada Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC). (CWB is a grain handling and trading company that operates a network of seven grain elevators in Western Canada and port terminals). To see a list of investment firms from Saudi Arabia, check our Middle East Investors…
  • Dubai Venture Capital firm Arzan VC announced its third investment of this year

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Arzan Venture Capital, a venture capital firm based in Dubai and Kuwait, announced its third investment of this year in Russian real estate portal The fund has also announced another investment alongside a group of angel investors in MENA Commerce, a Dubai based startup in the retail industry. Arzan Venture Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code FE156. More details follows from Wamda
  • Qatar investors to acquire stake at Chinese petrochemical firm for $5 billion

    6 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Two Qatari investment firms are acquiring stake at a Chinese petrochemical firm, Shandong Dongming Petrochemical Group, for $5 billion. Qatar's Qatra for Investment & Development (QID Group) and Hamad Bin Suhaim Enterprises are the two Qatari investment firms acquiring the stake. The money will finance building 1,000 petrol stations across six provinces in China and a liquefied natural gas LNG terminal in Qinzhou. Qatra for Investment and Development QID is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code AP113 More details follows from Reuters
  • Two Bahrain investment firms acquired a network of US schools for $405 million

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    Two Bahrain investment firms, Mumtalakat and Investcorp, have acquired a network of 176 schools in the US for $405 million. The seller is Leeds Equity Partners which had acquired the firm back in 2011 for $149 million. Founded in 1984, Nobel Learning operates a network of 176 schools across 18 states with 5,000 teachers and staff and 25,000 students. (The company also has an accredited online private school that offers college preparatory programs to students from over 55 countries worldwide.) Bahrain's Mumtalakat and Investcorp are listed in the Middle East Venture Capital and Private Equity…
  • Dubai Arzan Wealth investors acquired Lenovo Enterprise building in US for $127 million

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    A consortium of investors in Arzan Wealth has acquired the global headquarters building of Lenovo’s Enterprise at Raleigh North Carolina for $127 million. Arzan Wealth is an investment advisory firm registered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and is a subsidiary of Kuwait's Arzan Financial Group. (The 67 acre campus is located at the Research Triangle Park and was originally developed in 1995 for Ericsson. It is currently leased to Lenovo under a 13 year lease agreement). Arzan Wealth is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code FE156. More details…
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  • Etsy Goes Public

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I just woke up in Tokyo where Susan and I are visiting with our children (both as a vacation and as part of home schooling the kids). In the meantime the day is ending in the US but I still want to take the time to congratulate Chad Dickerson, Kristina Salen and the rest of the team at Etsy on the company’s successful IPO. As a New Yorker I am thrilled to be having a company of Etsy’s scale and importance here.It is also a good time to remember that many people have contributed to the success of Etsy over the years. As an early investor I want to especially thank Rob Kalin, Chris Maguire,…
  • The 0% Take Rate Marketplace Valuation Conundrum

    9 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
    I wrote a post not that long ago about how take rate (or rake) is one vector for disrupting incumbent marketplaces. Recently I have seen a number of startups that have taken this to its logical extreme: charge nothing at all. Several of these companies are growing very rapidly. But there is an important catch here: how should they be valued?Several of the startups in question are raising rounds based on a GMV metric, i.e. the size of their marketplace. Now we have a lot of experience with marketplaces and therefor have a fair number of historical valuations for comparison. Those give us some…
  • Video Hack Day (May 9th)

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    The age of video is upon us. As humans we have a finely evolved system for extracting lots of information from even very short sequences of moving images. And now we have the bandwidth, storage and devices to make video ubiquitous.The result is an explosion not just of video usage across all platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Snapchat) but also in format, content and delivery innovations: livestreams (eg Meerkat, Periscope, YouNow), over the top (eg HBO, VHX), remixing (eg Dubsmash, Coub). Video is also finding its way into a great many applications from recruiting to publishing to…
  • Where Are We?

    3 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    I have been away for two weeks in Europe. The first skiing and the second meeting with startups in Berlin. As usual while traveling I took a break from blogging which I find helps me in a couple of ways. First, it frees up some more time for reading and I finished two interesting posts (more on those in separate posts). Second, it also gives me a bit more time to think about the bigger picture. And when I do that I unfortunately come back to the my “Is it 1880 or 1914?” post.Most of us working in tech are doing so in a bubble of our own making. And I am not talking about valuations here…
  • Not Too Late: Obama Should Shut Down Gitmo

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    I was going to write about something else this morning but then I happened upon a video of President Obama saying yesterday that he should have closed Guantanamo Bay on day 1 of his presidencyI have written here on Continuations in 2010 and in 2013 that I wish we had the courage to close down Guantanamo Bay. It’s good to at least see the President Obama acknowledge this as an error. But he is still in office and he should do this using executive power. After all, he did sign an executive order authorizing the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects (in 2011) which is now a key…
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  • NoPanels facilitates Funding for Startups #nopanels

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nancy Hayes, CoFounder Moolahoop spoke to us @LAUNCH Festival 2015. She was one of the nonpanelists @NoPanels Summer 2014 & an entrepreneur she spoke with received investment in his startup as a result of that conversation.
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    Openview Labs

  • Why I Unfollowed 31,000 People on Twitter

    Kyle Lacy
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    When you spend seven years building something, the last thing you want to do is tear it down. Which is what I did to my Twitter network in February. I unfollowed over 31,000 people. I had reached the point where my Twitter feed didn’t matter. I wasn’t paying attention to people for the right reasons, I was following them because I got an ego boost. Eventually, my feed became so overwhelming, I couldn’t keep track of everything…or anything. I spend about an hour a day on Twitter — one-sixteenth of my waking day — and I wasn’t able to focus on or pay attention…
  • 5 Proven Ways to Respond When a Prospect is “Too Busy”

    Mike Brooks
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Of all the brush-offs you get while prospecting, the old standby: “I’m too busy to talk now,” is right up there with, “I’m not interested,” and “Just email me something.” The reason this is such a popular response with prospects is that most salespeople don’t know how to handle it. They’re easily put off and happy to call back later. Of course, now that the prospect has your caller ID#, they’ll know to let the call go to voicemail the next time they see it! The key to handling this stall — as well as all others — is to sidestep it and earn the right to ask a few…
  • 4 Steps to a Scalable Content Marketing Operation

    Jonathan Crowe
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you’ve tried to build and manage a content marketing operation, you know how challenging all the moving parts and conflicting agendas can be. Without a cohesive operational framework, you’re facing a world of ad-hoc campaigns, missed deadlines, unclear results, and, ultimately, wasted effort. As the Senior Director of Content Marketing at Kapost and former Managing Editor at Eloqua, Jesse Noyes has hands-on experience turning this kind of chaos into a well ordered, smoothly functioning content machine. Noyes has previously shared his thoughts on the strategic importance of building a…
  • Quality & Quantity: The Secret to Hiring Smart at Scale

    Carlie Smith
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of the biggest challenges for high-growth startup companies is scaling up their hiring capabilities. There is a lot to contend with when you’re hiring at that volume. Often, one of the biggest hurdles is dealing with an ad-hoc process (which is pretty typical of startups), and a team that may or may not have previous hiring manager experience. Ramping up recruitment and hiring in that environment can be a huge adjustment. The only way to accomplish it is by establishing efficient, repeatable processes. To get insight into what a successful transition looks like, I spoke with Jovana…
  • The Problem with Marketing Analytics (and Why Traditional Tools Aren’t the Answer)

    Nadim Hossain
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve been in marketing as long as I have (going on 15 years now), it probably doesn’t seem like long ago that marketing was primarily viewed as a creative discipline. In those days, marketing departments were filled with writers, designers, and market researchers — and the function’s primary responsibility, with the exception of sales enablement, centered on building the brand and owning top-of-funnel activity. Pretty amazing how things have changed. Today, marketing’s ownership of the buyer’s journey is increasing rapidly. We no longer create content and campaigns only for…
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Mersana aims to improve on the world’s third-best selling cancer drug. Here’s how

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    A small, privately-held Cambridge biotech, Mersana Therapeutics, hopes to make some big news next week when it details animal studies that suggest its potential cancer drug might work in twice as many patients as a 17-year-old cancer drug worth $7.2 billion in annual revenue. Today, the American Association for Cancer Research posted abstracts of presentations planned for its annual meeting in Philadelphia, which starts tomorrow. Mersana snagged a poster presentation described as “late-breaking”…
  • How Massachusetts became the world’s life sciences epicenter

    Don Seiffert
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    While trying to identify the job increase seen since the start of the Massachusetts Life Science Center in 2008 has proven difficult, as my cover article this week suggests, one fact supporters point to is this: The state is now home to the heaviest concentration of life science companies in the world. The state’s prominence seems to be evident in the recent decisions by companies like Shire Pharmaceuticals, Baxter International and GE Healthcare to expand their presence in the area. A decade…
  • Why it would be a gamble to launch Momenta's new multiple sclerosis drug before fall

    Don Seiffert
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Yesterday’s approval of the world’s first-ever generic multiple sclerosis drug, developed by Momenta Pharmaceuticals, positions the company and its partner, Sandoz, for a potentially risky decision on when to launch the drug in coming months. That’s because Momenta (Nasdaq: MNTA) and Sandoz, the generic division of Novartis (NYSE: NVS) that will market the drug, have been in court battles for years with the maker of Copaxone, Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals. Those battles — in which Momenta…
  • ViewPoint: What’s Paul Revere got to do with the minimum wage? A Patriot’s Day reflection

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    While Revolutionary War reenactors, marathoners and Red Sox fans all have their special ways of celebrating Patriot’s Day, our K-12 publishing company chose to mark the holiday by increasing our minimum wage to $15 per hour. We are a $100 million company and have 400 staff, and for some, this represented a raise of between 10 percent and 46 percent. Between this raise and the additional $2,500 year-end bonuses for our warehouse team, our lowest W-2 for the year will be $32,500. There was no business…
  • This tech company will power the Boston Marathon's website on race day

    Sara Castellanos
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    Atlanta-based IT services firm EarthLink Holdings Corp. will be responsible for powering the Boston Athletic Association's website on Marathon Monday, along with all IT services associated with the event. The B.A.A.'s website, where participants and family members of runners access information about the Boston Marathon, is estimated to receive 1 million visitors and 17 million page views on Marathon Monday, according to EarthLink. EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK) helps the website handle traffic spikes…
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  • Pitch for Enola Labs

    19 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    Company / App Name: Enola Labs Twitter – What does it do? Enola Labs creates strategy and digital products to address complex business requirements using mobile, web and all the latest underlying technologies. Why do we need it? Understanding the need for software built on a rock solid backend foundation is critical to […]
  • Pitch for Flybreak

    19 Apr 2015 | 1:14 am
    Company / App Name: Flybreak Twitter – flybreak What does it do? is an innovative travel search engine which was designed with a view to helping travellers who want to review all destinations available for their budget and plans. Why do we need it? Because of simplicity 1) type in their total budget […]
  • Pitch for FAVVIES

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Company / App Name: FAVVIES Twitter – FAVVIESoffical What does it do? I would like to introduce FAVVIES…..a social networking site for favorite places, products, professional services…..anything! Find out what your friends, family, influencers go-to places and products are. Why do we need it? With the popularity of Yelp and Angie’s List. It would […]
  • Pitch for StockSnap

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Company / App Name: StockSnap Twitter – StockSnapIO What does it do? StockSnap helps you find beautiful free stock photos for your websites, blog posts and marketing campaigns. Why do we need it? There are limited stock photo sites that have beautiful free stock photos. The ones that do are hard to navigate and […]
  • Snapchat signs deal for a second season of ‘Literally Can’t Even’

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! Literally Can’t Even will live on past season one. Snapchat is getting a second season of […]
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  • These Top 7 Powerful Tools Can Create Legacy Wealth from Real Estate

    Kirk Chisholm
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    These Top 7 Powerful Tools Can Create Legacy Wealth from Real Estate “Buying real estate is not only the best way, the quickest way, the safest way, but the only way to become wealthy.”  - Marshall Field Marshall Field was an American Entrepreneur who lived in the 1800's. His quote was obviously made in an era before tech stocks, hedge funds and excess money printing by the Federal Reserve. However the principal of owning real estate to become wealthy still holds true. Real Estate is arguably the best asset class if you want to build enormous wealth. While you may have heard of real…
  • Inflation Monitor – March 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    Inflation Monitor – March 2015 Inflation Deflation Composite Ranking   * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - March 2015 - Introduction It is March and as of today spring is finally here. It doesn't feel like spring. I only hope that the weather warms up so I don;t have to wear a winter parka in April. Boston finally broke the record for snowfall this year with 108.6 Inches. The prior record was 107.9 inches in 1872. This broken record…
  • Are Negative Interest Rates in America’s Future?

    Kirk Chisholm
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Are Negative Interest Rates in America’s Future? “ “Risk-free return” is the standard tag attached to the government’s solemn obligations. An investor I know, repulsed by prevailing government yields, has a timelier description – “return-free risk”."    - Jim Grant How absurd are negative interest rates? Two weeks ago in Denmark, news spread about the first person to get a business loan and get paid by the bank to do so. Eva Christiansen, and entrepreneur, earns about 1$ a month from a business loan she took out to grow her business. Let that sink in for a few minutes.
  • A Visual History of Income Inequality in the US

    Kirk Chisholm
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    A Visual History of Income Inequality in the US   Income Inequality in America NPR put out some great images on income inequality recently. They describe the history of income inequality in the US in a way you might not have considered. Many statistics are hard to interpret, but these aren't. At first glance you might immediately jump to the conclusion that the bottom 90% of income earners have gotten squeezed since 1970. However if you look at the entire chart, it might put things into a different perspective. Read More... For more great content visit Innovative Advisory Group -…
  • Proof That Share Buybacks are a Powerful Strategy for Building Wealth

    Kirk Chisholm
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:19 am
    Proof That Share Buybacks are a Powerful Strategy for Building Wealth The Curious Case of IBM Share Buybacks This is an overlay chart of IBM's stock price and its market cap since 2000. Do you notice anything interesting about this chart? Look closer... The stock price and market cap have performed differently. How can that be? Aren't they the same? While the stock price and market cap are highly correlated, they are not the same. Stock price - The stock price is the listed price based on what buyers and sellers are willing to pay for it. Market (cap) capitalization - The market cap of a…
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