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What the Current US Venture Industry Looks Like in 24 Charts
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The US venture market was a bit unsettled heading into 2017. Dealmaking last year was a bit frosty compared to 2014 and 2015, when capital seemed easy to come by. To be fair, there were many unknowns: Would the new president’s policies have a major impact on investment? How would the public markets embrace unicorns and other highly valued startups?
The Top 8 Investors in New York Seed Rounds
In recent weeks, New York has been something of an exit hotspot. Moat, an adtech company that had raised $68 million in VC funding, was acquired by Oracle last week in a deal reportedly valued at nearly $1 billion. And on April 13, enterprise tech startup Yext (NYSE: YEXT) began trading publicly after previously raising about $116 million in VC
This is Why Your Startup Will Fail
Growing up, I was unbeatable at H-O-R-S-E, the basketball game kids play when’s only one hoop and just a few around. Basically, everyone gets a chance to skin a basket from a certain spot or in a certain way, then each subsequent player’s got to follow suit. I’d invite friends to come play in my driveway after school. When the game got close, I’d pretend
VCs Planting Seeds in the Cannabis Industry
The startup world has seen a growing number of cannabis-related companies crop up over the past several years, a development that’s likely driven by the increasing number of US states to legalize marijuana in some capacity. The industry is ripe for technological innovation—and several companies and investors are taking advantage. gjbmiller / PixabayIn fact, after already setting a new high
The Anatomy of a Successful Entrepreneur [Infographic]
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Have you ever wondered what sets a successful entrepreneur apart from everyone else? A study of 549 business founders conducted by the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship aimed to find out just that: what makes a successful entrepreneur? The results of the study are in and, interestingly, it doesn’t seem to be nepotism or an upper class upbringing that creates these
The ABCs of Startup Finance
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It’s fantastic to change the world with a startup and the experience can be intoxicating, especially if there is growth. But this creates the temptation to ignore details like startup finance, which can then lead to the startup graveyard. Before changing the world, first a company has to survive. And survival requires an understanding of basic startup finance. Some people
Hong Kong May Soon Have Its First Unicorn
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Unicorns – startups valued at over $1 billion – normally roam the enchanted high-rises of the U.S., China, and India, but thanks to one enterprising 25-year-old, it looks like Hong Kong’s going to get one soon. Here’s Bloomberg: Hong Kong may soon get its first billion-dollar startup, thanks to a 25-year-old entrepreneur whose company leases phones to travelers. Tink Labs
The 5 Most Active VCs in Artificial Intelligence
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Two sorts of AI generally come to mind whenever someone mentions artificial intelligence. It’s either (a), the malevolent kind exemplified by Hal 9000, Skynet, and GLaDOS, or (b), the dutiful and charming ones along the lines of Jarvis, R2D2, and Marvin the Paranoid Android. Okay, so it’s mostly the former, but throwing the robot rebellion angle aside for a while
The Secrets to a Venture Capital Career Path
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What are the secrets to a venture capital career path? Some people think operating experience. Others believe it’s all about the right connections. My path to venture capital started as a waiter. It was my second year of university and the lessons learned from having worked as a waiter have been surprisingly relevant to venture capital. To me, these lessons
Maybe Silicon Valley Isn't Quite the Growth Engine it Used to Be
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Here's an interesting little tidbit from the New York Times, which looked into whether Silicon Valley's explosive growth has now plateaued: It turns out that other sectors of the Bay Area economy are starting to expand at a quicker pace than the tech sector, according to Ted Egan, chief economist for San Francisco. In fact, since hitting its peak last August,