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  • Xiaomi On Its 5th Birthday

    Xiaomi On Its 5th Birthday

    GGV Capital recently celebrated the 15th birthday of its long-time friend and former portfolio company, Alibaba, which went public in 2014. In April, we again celebrated the birthday of another dear friend, Xiaomi Technology. Read More

  • Despite A Creeping Recession In Europe, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Are Developing

    Despite A Creeping Recession In Europe, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Are Developing

    It’s not news that the Eurozone is in one of the worst economic and political shapes it has been in thus far. Greece’s future remains uncertain. Italy’s economy has failed to significantly rebound from its recession while other highly indebted European member states — namely, Ireland, Spain and Portugal — previously shared Greece’s concerns and standpoint… Read More

  • An NYC Entrepreneur’s Guide To Scaling A Company

    An NYC Entrepreneur’s Guide To Scaling A Company

    The latest class of early-stage startups is busy preparing to crush it at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. I’m not going out on a limb by saying that the goal of every company there is to scale fast, and most have committed to or are thinking of doing so in New York. I was born and raised in New York City and my dream was always to build a company here. I can’t imagine a better place to be. Read More

  • The State Of Hardware Crowdfunding In Q1

    The State Of Hardware Crowdfunding In Q1

    If the past few quarters were not proof enough that the hardware community is increasingly using crowdfunding for early validation and consumers are willing to take risks on new products, the first quarter of 2015 should settle the debate. A total of 128 hardware companies pre-sold nearly $70M in products in Q1 – that’s something like 35 percent of the total dollars hardware… Read More

  • How Do You Solve A Problem Like Microsoft?

    How Do You Solve A Problem Like Microsoft?

    It’s great at business software and technology, but Microsoft still struggles to make coherent consumer products. The problem seems ingrained and cultural, starting with its constant reversion to ecosystem plays and through to its increasingly bizarre user interfaces. Maybe the solution is to stop trying to be so fancy and focus more on its engineering roots instead? Read More

  • The Upcoming Shakeout In Travel Tech

    The Upcoming Shakeout In Travel Tech

    The last few years have been a dizzying and heady time for travel startups, filled with mammoth funding rounds, high-profile acquisitions, and dramatic examples of young startups soaring past incumbents. Last year, Uber eclipsed Hertz and Avis after it raised money at an $18 billion valuation. The rapidly growing company then went on to raise another $1.6 billion at a $41 billion valuation as… Read More

  • 10 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow

    10 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow

    Having launched over 35 startups in our decade of operation, we’ve been fortunate to be involved with our share of ‘unicorns’ (Palo Alto Networks, Nimble Storage) and really nice white stallions (Sumo Logic, Trifacta and Snowflake Computing). Given the wide range of companies we’ve worked with—and their equally wide range of success/failure—we’re… Read More

  • The Big Reverse Of The Web

    The Big Reverse Of The Web

    Here is one idea that arrived before its time: the push-based web, where information comes to us, versus the search-dominant web we’re most familiar with. Those who are looking at the push web in the context of a new mobile and connected device-centric world might be having a real 90s flashback (remember PointCast?), except this time the push web could take off and transform the economy… Read More

  • Rise Of The Quants — Again

    Rise Of The Quants — Again

    I graduated from Stanford in the late 1980s with a dual degree in engineering and economics, and, like so many others of my day, I was drawn to Wall Street. Reaganomics was in full swing, Bloomberg terminals were still in their early days and popular culture was full of colorful characters like Gordon Gekko. Read More

  • Death To C

    Death To C

    Ladies and gentlemen, the C programming language. It’s a classic. It is sleek, and spartan, and elegant. (Especially compared to its sequel, that bloated mess C++, which shares all the faults I’m about to describe.) It is blindingly, quicksilver fast, because it’s about as close to the bone of the machine as you can get. It is time-tested and ubiquitous. And it is… Read More

  • Protecting Users’ Location Data From An Unconstitutional Search

    Protecting Users’ Location Data From An Unconstitutional Search

    Location data is highly sensitive. It contains information about where we live, our daily habits and our network of friends. We discover new places to go; avoid traffic on the way there; swipe to meet new friends once we’ve arrived; and even turn up the thermostat before we get home. When data knows this much about us it requires careful protection. Read More

  • EyeWire Is Making Neuroscience Research Cool Again

    EyeWire Is Making Neuroscience Research Cool Again

    Thanks to a little startup sprouting up from Boston, I was able to map out a small section of a neuron through EyeWire, a company that’s gamifying its neuroscience research in order to enlist the help of people from all over the world. To understand how the brain works, scientists need to figure out how electrical impulses travel through its vast network of 85 billion neurons… Read More

  • The Secret About Rich Founders And Ferraris

    The Secret About Rich Founders And Ferraris

    By now, the outrage machine is in full bore over the shutdown of Valley darling Secret. The once high-flying app, which allowed you to anonymously share details with your friends and the wider world, eventually sputtered in its growth, leading its founders to shut it down yesterday. Startups fail all the time, but what made this one special was that the founders, David Byttow and Chrys… Read More

  • The Worst Business Mantra Is ‘Spend The Company’s Money Like It’s Your Own’

    The Worst Business Mantra Is ‘Spend The Company’s Money Like It’s Your Own’

    What do a teepee, cosmetic surgery and hot tub supplies have in common? They all appeared on corporate expense reports in 2011. Yes, it turns out that when companies tell employees, “Spend company money like it’s your own,” some people listen too well. When the average American household carries $15,611 in credit card debt, let’s face it: you don’t actually… Read More

  • The Art Of Giving Feedback

    The Art Of Giving Feedback

    At Hampton Creek we start with a question, “what would it look like if we started over,” which drives our business philosophy. In my role as the head of People here I also ask, “what would we do if we started over,” in everything we do ~ including in the hiring of our talent and the environment in which we work. We always start with what some… Read More

  • Civic Tech Is Ready For Investment

    Civic Tech Is Ready For Investment

    Civic tech is not a new concept. People have been using technology to empower citizens and improve government operations for more than 10 years. However, there are a growing number of entrepreneurs, innovators, and private and public sector leaders breathing new life into an industry ripe for disruption. Read More

  • Digital Democracy Or 21st-Century Electioneering

    Digital Democracy Or 21st-Century Electioneering

    It’s fair to say that Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential bid marked a watershed moment for political campaigners. This was a campaign covered in Silicon Valley’s fingerprints, characterized as it was by its widespread use of technology to capture and record data to deliver targeted messages to voters. As one former Obama campaign manager said: “We stopped thinking in terms… Read More

  • Sneaky Questions Early-Stage VCs Ask Founders

    Sneaky Questions Early-Stage VCs Ask Founders

    During conversations with VCs, entrepreneurs will often encounter a few sneaky questions that have nothing to do with their actual businesses today. Many of these are ​attempts ​by investors to learn something specific that they don’t want to ask directly, and there’s usually some kind of hidden meaning behind a given question. Some VCs may just be fishing for more information… Read More

  • How To Break Through Online Video Clutter

    How To Break Through Online Video Clutter

    Every day, there are press announcements about traditional content brands making their information available to consumers online in over-the-top models. In addition to traditional distributors like Dish Networks, there are new upstart programming brands that are emerging everyday attracting consumer attention by offering viewers a unique value proposition. Allen DeBevoise, venture investor… Read More

  • Industry Convergence In Financial Services Is Accelerating

    Industry Convergence In Financial Services Is Accelerating

    These days everyone wants to create the next Uber for anything, and the word “disruption” is mentioned across boardrooms and management meetings in nearly all industries. But while discussing the true meaning of disruption and which fintech startups are worth keeping an eye on, incumbents are at risk of overlooking players that once were customers and partners that can quickly… Read More

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