• An Early Investor Offers Some Lessons From Alibaba’s Evolution

    An Early Investor Offers Some Lessons From Alibaba’s Evolution

    A co-founder of GGV Capital, one of Alibaba’s earliest investors, reflects on the lessons other companies can take from how the e-commerce giant grew in China and how Yahoo’s investment in the company can still be a model for Western companies looking to enter the Chinese market. Read More

  • SoftBank Leads $6 Million Round For Ed-Tech Startup EdCast

    SoftBank Leads $6 Million Round For Ed-Tech Startup EdCast

    After winning big with the Alibaba public offering, SoftBank Capital has returned to the early stage market yet again, this time to lead a $6 million investment into EdCast, a new online education company launched by serial entrepreneur Karl Mehta. It’s the second time SoftBank has backed one of Mehta’s startups. Mehta had previously founded PlaySpan, a manager of virtual… Read More

  • The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

    The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

    A lot has been written in the last few years on the evolution of the technology ecosystem in Europe. Our intent with this analysis was to use data to determine the challenges and opportunities surrounding the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. European companies raise smaller rounds at each stage versus their U.S. counterparts and make that funding last as much as eight months longer… Read More

  • 5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once

    5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once

    They say in business you should think big. But when it comes to your career, have you considered thinking “small”? In my experience, a startup is a roller-coaster ride that can offer you incredible career experiences and teach you some invaluable life lessons. Startups can make you more efficient than you’ve ever been, they can help you expand your responsibility and… Read More

  • How To Sell Your Old iPhone

    It’s new iPhone season again and you can expect to see a rush of older iPhones flood the market. It’s a buyers market, but that doesn’t mean the sellers can’t have some fun. If you’re looking to make a quick buck, however, you can easily pop up on your favorite sales site to make back a bit of your investment. I, personally, have funded a few new iPhones with… Read More

  • Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality

    Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality

    When you put a child in virtual reality, they instinctively raise their hands hoping to see them, says Oculus CTO John Carmack. Yet Oculus doesn’t have its own gloves or handheld controllers, despite rumors amongst the VR community that Oculus would reveal a controller today at its Oculus Connect conference. Carmack concluded “The missing link in VR is controllers”. But… Read More

  • Return Of The M&A

    Return Of The M&A

    2014 has seen an unprecedented number of M&A transactions globally, especially within the tech sector. Global tech M&A was up 55% over last year, soaring to its highest level since 2000. Technology related transactions this year alone have generated over $100B. Read More

  • The “Oculus Platform” Marketplace For Virtual Reality App Launches This Fall

    The “Oculus Platform” Marketplace For Virtual Reality App Launches This Fall

    Oculus announced the “Oculus Platform” store for developers to distribute their virtual reality apps and experiences today at the Oculus Connect conference. Starting this fall on the Samsung Gear VR made by Oculus, this revamp of the Oculus Share marketplace will let users browse the Oculus Platform within virtual reality and download apps, games, and entertainment… Read More

  • The Investments In A Wearables Future

    The Investments In A Wearables Future

    People may debate when the wearable first came into being or what industries will be most impacted by the technology, but there is no debating that startup activity in the wearable space has accelerated. if Apple moving into a category is one sure sign of anything, it’s that. Between consumer interest and investor attention, the wearable category is exploding. In fact, it is exploding… Read More

  • Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Prototype With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones

    Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Prototype With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones

    Oculus gave the world the first look at its new prototype Crescent Bay today at the Oculus’ Connect conference (livestream), and I got the very first hands-on demo. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360-degree head tracking, and integrated headphones, plus it’s lighter. Oculus also announced the new Oculus Platform coming to the Samsung VR, which brings VR to a large… Read More