Entrepreneur

  • Tunisia Is Becoming MENA’s Next Startup Hub Crunch Network

    Tunisia Is Becoming MENA’s Next Startup Hub

    Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia’s new democracy has struggled to enact prudent economic policy to provide employment and opportunity for its young, growing population. Unemployment is currently at 15 percent, with one-third of jobless youth being university graduates. To overcome the education-employment gap, young Tunisians are taking matters into their own hands. Talented… Read More

  • A Case Study Of Startup Failure Crunch Network

    A Case Study Of Startup Failure

    Startups fail. In fact, startups often fail. Anyone who has spent any time in the startup and venture capital ecosystem will tell you that failure is the most pervasive characteristic of the ecosystem. There is no shame in that. If building a great business from a startup was easy, everyone would be an entrepreneur. If identifying a startup that would return 10x on capital was easy, everyone… Read More

  • Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter Crunch Network

    Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter

    In the last few years, there’s been a massive decoupling between private and public markets. A Goldman Sachs report shows that since December, five of the seven most recent IPOs for billion-dollar startups came in at valuations equal to or below their pre-IPO valuations. Read More

  • Jon Callaghan Of True Ventures To Talk At Disrupt SF 2015

    Jon Callaghan Of True Ventures To Talk At Disrupt SF 2015

    Jon Callaghan is a founder and managing partner of True Ventures, an industry-leading venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology firms. We’re thrilled to announce that Callaghan will be joining us for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2015, where he’ll talk about all things tech and what he looks for when investing in new startups. Callaghan is an entrepreneur… Read More

  • Crowdsourcing Dystopia Crunch Network

    Crowdsourcing Dystopia

    Violent extremism starts with an idea and an entrepreneur. On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you’re a team of heroic proportions, larger than life. Read More

  • Navigating The New Waters Of Fundraising Crunch Network

    Navigating The New Waters Of Fundraising

    As a VC that has been in the industry for 15 years, I have watched many trends come and go. For the first few years of my career, my colleagues and I spent most of our time sourcing these trends and then incubating new innovation right here in Silicon Valley in the labs at IBM and AT&T. Today, however, the most successful venture capitalists all over the world are looking for innovation… Read More

  • Bigger Isn’t Always Better: How A Big Round Can Hurt Your Startup Crunch Network

    Bigger Isn’t Always Better: How A Big Round Can Hurt Your Startup

    When you’re a struggling team eating away at your meager savings and trying to get your startup profitable, venture capital funding seems like the holy grail. Raising money from investors gives you the resources to grow your team, buys you time to do things properly and gives you no small amount of credibility in the eyes of other entrepreneurs, prospective hires and even some… Read More

  • How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence Crunch Network

    How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence

    As soon as you capture the attention of a VC, they’re going to start performing the “due diligence” required to justify the investment. This is when the investor checks into the bold claims you have made about the size of your market opportunity and your work experience. The process effectively begins as soon as the VC has a real interest in pursuing your deal, and steps up… Read More