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  • A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

    A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

    As the first quarter of 2015 draws to a close, it’s clear that the venture capital industry is evolving. Since 2005, thousands of new millionaires have been minted by the IPOs of Alibaba Group, Lending Club, Go Pro, Box, Zendesk, Facebook, Pandora, Zynga, Linkedin, Homeaway, Zipcar and countless others. Read More

  • How Much Should You Charge For Your Airbnb? Beyond Pricing Scores $1.5M To Tell You

    How Much Should You Charge For Your Airbnb? Beyond Pricing Scores $1.5M To Tell You

    Hotels have sophisticated pricing engines to tell them how much their rooms should cost. Airbnb hosts don’t, or at least didn’t until Beyond Pricing. The startup’s tool plugs into your Airbnb listing, and uses signals about future demand to automatically reprice your room on the fly. Beyond Pricing will charge a 1% fee of people’s Airbnb rate, but can help hosts make 10%… Read More

  • Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not

    Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not

    I’ve heard people wonder if we’re in a bubble with regard to startups. Is it as bad as the 2000 dot-com bubble? Might it actually be worse? I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the available data to see if we can figure this out with more than just a personal opinion. After all, I’m responsible for running Google Ventures, and data are important to us, as is the answer. Read More

  • A Steady Erosion Of Confidence In Government

    A Steady Erosion Of Confidence In Government

    Governments around the world are facing significant political turmoil and enormous economic stress as they struggle with an alarming and unprecedented array of public policy crises today. And – whether it’s the desperate water scarcity in Brazil, the darkness-inducing rural electricity shortfall in India, the precipitous financial meltdown in Russia, or the festering income… Read More

  • Y Combinator’s Sam Altman On The Elements Of A Successful Startup

    Y Combinator’s Sam Altman On The Elements Of A Successful Startup

    You don’t have to have millions of dollars or the best team possible to launch a winning startup. What you do need to have, however, is passion according to Sam Altman in an interview he gave with at Startup Grind 2015 When an entrepreneur has a project he feels passionate about, he’ll be much more likely to succeed than someone who simply launches a startup for the sake of… Read More

  • The Battle Is For The Customer Interface

    The Battle Is For The Customer Interface

    In 2015 Uber, the world’s largest taxi company owns no vehicles, Facebook the world’s most popular media owner creates no content, Alibaba, the most valuable retailer has no inventory and Airbnb the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening. Since the industrial revolution the world has developed complex supply chains… Read More

  • Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation

    Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation

    Airbnb — the platform that lets travellers book private spare rooms and entire homes as an alternative to traditional hotels — is doing some booking of its own. Airbnb is in the process of raising another round of funding that will value it at $20 billion, according to sources familiar with the situation. Read More

  • Sharing Is Everything But Caring In The Sharing Economy

    Sharing Is Everything But Caring In The Sharing Economy

    One of the hot topics so far this year is what will become of P2P services and the sharing economy. Last year Airbnb became the largest hotel chain in the world, Uber expanded abroad with large protests from incumbents in the taxi industry and P2P-lender Lending Club got listed on Wall Street. Read More

  • Airbnb Teams With Deutsche Telekom To Preinstall App, Offer $35 Vouchers In Europe

    Airbnb Teams With Deutsche Telekom To Preinstall App, Offer $35 Vouchers In Europe

    As Airbnb continues to work through negotiations with hotel and housing regulators in some markets, it’s not wasting any time in building out its footprint globally. The accommodation rental juggernaut is partnering with T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom to preinstall its app in Android smartphones sold across 13 markets in Europe, including DT’s home market of Germany. Those… Read More

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