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  • A Multi-Factor Analysis Of Startups

    A Multi-Factor Analysis Of Startups

    Every decision we make from what to wear to whom to hire requires a balance of multiple factors. Selecting a startup to invest in isn’t much different. First, we have a number of alternatives, i.e. our deal flow. We don’t have access to all available deals. Second, we have a limited amount of time to decide and we have other constraints, such as how much cash we have, contingencies, terms… Read More

  • Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

    Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

    I used to think corporate culture didn’t matter. Discussion of vision, mission and values was for people who couldn’t build product or sell it! We had work to do and this MBA BS was getting in the way! And then my first company failed. Read More

  • Changing Our Education System One Programmer At A Time

    Changing Our Education System One Programmer At A Time

    In the off chance you’ve been sleeping under a rock with no Wi-Fi for the past 20 years, here’s some news: The U.S. educational system is under attack from multiple fronts and is on the verge of being reshaped by a profound entrepreneurial uprising. This is acutely evident in higher education. Colleges are in an unsustainable arms race of spending on non-teaching lures – football stadiums… Read More

  • These Aren’t The Patent Trolls You’re Looking For

    These Aren’t The Patent Trolls You’re Looking For

    Over the past few years, the debate over so-called “patent trolls” has risen to a fever pitch. Businesses of all sizes have complained about the “horrible” effects of patent trolls. Legal scholars are performing studies to determine their impact. Every branch of the federal government has become involved in attempts to limit their efficacy: President Obama has issued Executive Orders on… Read More

  • Jive Software's Matt Tucker | Founder Stories

    Founder Stories: For Matt Tucker, A Life’s Work In Building Jive Software

    Jive‘s CTO, Matt Tucker, is a pretty unassuming guy. If you didn’t know him, you’d never know Tucker is a co-founder of the 13-year old company, which he helped launch from his college days, which was bootstrapped for the first six years of its life, and which went public in 2011. Over the arc of Jive’s history, Tucker has assumed roles both as the CTO and Head of… Read More

  • Bootstrapping Into Brazil’s Travel Metasearch Market With Voopter

    Bootstrapping Into Brazil’s Travel Metasearch Market With Voopter

    Global Founders Capital has made its first Brazilian investment in Voopter, the newest player in Brazil's travel metasearch market joining Mundi. Skyscanner, Trivago and Kayak Brazil also operate in the country, though only Mundi and Voopter are Brazilian startups. The Series A is Voopter’s first capital raise, after 100 percent bootstrapping for the first three years as a part-time project. Read More

  • The Lean Hardware Startup: Investing in Hardware Startups

    The Lean Hardware Startup: Investing in Hardware Startups

    Nest and Oculus got acquired for billions, Jawbone and GoPro are going IPO, multiple projects are crossing the $1m bar on KickStarter. Something is happening in hardware. Yet many investors from angels to institutional investors are still reluctant to getting into hardware before it's a proven market. At HAXLR8R we typically invest a year before the product hits the market. Here is some of what… Read More

  • “Full Disclosure” Shutdown Raises Questions About Email Mailing Lists In The Social Media Era

    “Full Disclosure” Shutdown Raises Questions About Email Mailing Lists In The Social Media Era

    In the days before Twitter, Facebook and even Friendster had arrived, a great deal of social interaction on the Internet occurred via email mailing lists. The closure last week of an information security mailing list, Full Disclosure, prompted a number of InfoSec professionals to ask whether these lists still have relevance when so many powerful new social media platforms are available to replace… Read More

  • Hack Your Summer

    Hack Your Summer

    Summer is just around the corner, and if you’re in college, chances are either you’ve already got your internship lined up or you’re racing to get an internship lined up. What happens if you can’t get one? Read More

  • Winning AngelList

    Winning AngelList

    It’s a 500,000 person party, and you’re invited. It’s 24/7, no charge for entrance, and when you leave you could go home with a pile of cash instead of a creeping hangover. As Fred Wilson says, "If you’re working in tech and you’re trying to raise an angel round, you have to be on AngelList. You just have to be there.” Read More

  • Facebook’s Oculus Buy Will Force A New Social Future

    Facebook’s Oculus Buy Will Force A New Social Future

    Some reacted to Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR less than enthusiastically, but the announcement is one of the most exciting opportunities for the future of Social VR -- a future where virtual reality will help build stronger online interactions through more expressive communication and shared experiences. Read More

  • How One Cloud Enterprise Startup Decided To Sell To Microsoft

    How One Cloud Enterprise Startup Decided To Sell To Microsoft

    When Ursheet Parikh sold his company StorSimple in 2012 to Microsoft, it was one of the largest deals in the cloud infrastructure sector to date. But that wasn’t the only thing unusual about it. It was also a fairly large deal for which he played the “banker” and negotiated the deal. This is not unheard of, but it is an interesting example of how such a process can work in a startup… Read More

  • Pre-IPO Imperative: Know Your Customer

    Pre-IPO Imperative: Know Your Customer

    The IPO window is currently wide open. Riding the wave of strong IPO performance over the past few years (the classes of ‘12 and ‘13 IPOs have on average returned 234 percent and 78 percent, respectively, according to Deutsche Bank data), a growing number of high-growth, venture-backed companies are filing for IPOs. In fact, five venture-backed IPOs have been completed already this year, and… Read More

  • Pedius Lets Italy’s Deaf Make Phone Calls, With More Countries To Come

    Pedius Lets Italy’s Deaf Make Phone Calls, With More Countries To Come

    Pedius is a four month-old Italian start-up that has an app currently available for Android that enables the deaf to make phone calls. The user texts a message, and that text translates to speech at the other side of the phone call. There is also a clean-looking website to accompany it, and, although it is currently available only in Italian, it is soon set to expand to Brazil, the United States… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone 5c Sales Story Is A Complex One

    Apple’s iPhone 5c Sales Story Is A Complex One

    For years, pundits and analysts have been suggesting that the only way for Apple to compete against cheap Android phones, especially in China and throughout Asia, was to produce a cheap iPhone. Well, Apple finally relented (sort of) when it released the cheapish iPhone 5c --only data suggests that the Chinese prefer the higher-end iPhone. Read More

  • Automating Layouts Bring Flipboard’s Magazine Style To Web And Windows

    Automating Layouts Bring Flipboard’s Magazine Style To Web And Windows

    Good layout design frames a story and impacts how you are informed by the content. For example, in the hallways of Sports Illustrated, editors hang up every page of the print edition to be reviewed and manually tweaked before publication. Read More

  • Let’s End The Search For Mobile TV

    Let’s End The Search For Mobile TV

    Mobile TV has never been a thing. Since the Sony Watchman in 1982, we’ve been excited at the prospect of mobile TV, but no matter how good our devices are, there still seems to be something missing. As recently as this January, Josh Elman noted to John Borthwick that the results of the Homescreen 2014 study show that even now, no one keeps mobile video apps on their smartphone homescreens; we… Read More

  • A May-December Media Strategy Could Help Locally Focused Startups

    A May-December Media Strategy Could Help Locally Focused Startups

    In Silicon Valley, it’s sometimes easy to focus solely on social and other types of cutting-edge, digital advertising when advising startups on their marketing strategies. But these businesses can also amp up customer acquisitions by combining their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest strategies with old-school, traditional-media marketing campaigns. Read More

  • After WhatsApp: An Insider’s View On What’s Next In Messaging

    After WhatsApp: An Insider’s View On What’s Next In Messaging

    I was driving to a meeting in San Francisco when I got the message: “Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.” I pulled over and watched as messages started to stream in. Everyone had the same question: Is Facebook crazy? As the CEO of the only smartphone messenger more popular than WhatsApp in the US, I gave them all the same answer: “No.” In fact, we had expected something like this for… Read More

  • Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking

    Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking

    Imagine you're a 17-year-old girl at a well-to-do high school in Los Angeles, and you just discovered Snapchat. Until that moment, every time you thought about sending risqué photos to your romantic interest, you had to worry about images of your naked self ending up on the internet. When you wanted to gossip with your peers about a crush or a friend or an enemy, you had to worry about your… Read More