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Business

How 9 Business Leaders Took In Solar Eclipse

By | Aug 22, 2017 at 1:48 am

The total solar eclipse has come and gone, and hopefully you had a chance to take it in. If you did not, don’t worry NASA has you covered. We were curious to see where some of the top tech titans and luminaries took in…

Funding

San Francisco

Why Are Fewer Startups Getting Seed Funding Deals From VCs?

By | Aug 19, 2017 at 8:09 am

Seed funding is the lifeblood of the startup ecosystem. It plants the seeds for companies that might turn into tomorrow’s Airbnb or Uber or WeWork. Then why are the number of “seed deals” slowing in Silicon Valley? Every quarter, plenty of hay is made…

Funding

DC

Entrepreneurs Hate Fundraising ; How To Fix It

By | Aug 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm

Entrepreneurs and VCs need to be more precise in the way they talk to each other when it comes to fundraising. Put yourself in the shoes of a startup investor. Every day you review entrepreneurs, through a sort of funnel: very wide at the top…

Finance

Des Moines

The 7 Biggest Downsides to Bootstrapping and How to Overcome Them

By | Aug 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

To new entrepreneurs, bootstrapping seems both exciting and sensible, and there’s a reason it’s become so popular as a means of funding and growing a new business. The theory is simple: rather than relying on angel investments or venture capital to fund a business,…

Virtual Reality

San Francisco

What the AltspaceVR Shutdown Means for the Future of Virtual Reality

By | Jul 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm

AltspaceVR, a social platform designed for virtual reality, has announced it will shut down on August 3, citing “unforeseen financial difficulties.” The startup was a noted one in VR: It has been termed one of the smartest VR startups in general, and was certainly…

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Opinion/Analysis

San Francisco

For Some Startups, Skipping VC Money Preserves What Really Matters

By | Jul 27, 2017 at 10:50 am

Plenty of startups will tell you that bigger equals better. It’s easy to get into an IPO-measuring contest. That’s why we care about unicorns, and after they got old, decacorns. No even blinks when they hear 2017 venture activity has already passed up $21.78…

Tips & How To’s

Boulder

A Founder’s Guide to Prepare Your Series A Fundraising

By | Jul 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm

When it’s time to raise a Series A for your startup, having a general idea of what you are walking into is always helpful, and it makes your meeting with the investors more impactful. I’ve put together an “internal guide” that I frequently share…

Startups & Apps

Los Angeles

On-Demand Startups Are Completely Changing the Industry

By | Jul 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm

It was not long ago that the apps on our smartphones were, by today’s standards, basic. They played music, allowed us to text, and the very pioneering apps tracked our daily step count and sent us news alerts. That all changed with social media,…

Pitch

Do’s and Don’ts for Creating an Effective Pitch Deck

By | Jul 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm

As a startup, you’ve probably envisioned yourself in front of a potential venture capital or angel investor, pitching your wonderful idea for a business—and getting an excited YES from them. If you’ve done a pitch deck before, you probably know it’s not all roses…

Funding

NYC

2017 Venture Activity Passed $21.78 Billion in Second Quarter

By | Jul 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Investors sunk $21.78 billion into a total of 1,958 venture-backed companies during the second quarter of this year, according to Pitchbook data. The dollar amounts are up from the previous quarter, while the number of investments held steady. VCs are making bigger bets, but they’re not…

Ecosystems

DC

Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Tour Headed Through The Rust Belt with J.D. Vance

By | Jun 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

On the road again, I can’t wait to get on the road again. That’s the tune that’s running through my head this morning as Steve Case and the Rise of the Rest team announced this morning will be hitting the road again for the 6th…

Trends

NYC

The Digital Renaissance of Fashion

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm

As a serial entrepreneur, Techstars alum, Cofounder of the New York Fashion Tech Lab, and advisor and mentor to numerous fashion tech companies around the globe, I’ve had a front row seat in witnessing, contributing to, and shaping the reinvention of fashion, retail and…

Business

DC

Why Don’t Investors Fund More Emerging Market Startups?

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

When you consider that half of global venture capital goes to three U.S. metro areas (New York, Silicon Valley and Boston), and that only 10 percent of private capital investment goes to emerging market startups, it makes you wonder. Are there simply not enough…

Cannabis

Los Angeles

A Venture Capitalist’s Take on Investing in Cannabis

By | Jun 1, 2017 at 12:20 pm

The cannabis industry has been filled with innovation and investment in recent years. With multiple states legalizing recreational and medical use across the country, investors big and small are hungry to get a piece of the action. However, federal laws still remain staunchly opposed to legal…

Funding

Chicago

Outcome Health Raised the Second Largest Funding Round in Chicago History

By | May 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The world of entrepreneurship is one of patience. You have to wait to get funding, wait to launch your product, and you have to wait to make it big. But as any successful entrepreneur can tell you, good things come to those who wait….

Funding

Tokyo

What You Need To Know About Softbank’s $100 Billion Vision Fund

By | May 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Earlier this week, the funding world changed forever as the world’s largest private equity fund, SoftBank’s Vision Fund, announced it has raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics. The fund is backed by SoftBank and Saudi…

Business

Portland, Maine

Maine Startups Logged Zero VC Deals in Q1

By | Apr 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm

While investors poured $13.9 billion into venture-backed startups during the first quarter of 2017, none of those dollars found their way to Maine companies, according to the MoneyTree Report, a quarterly tally of VC deals from PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights. It’s the first quarter in more…