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  • A Technology Port In A Market Storm Crunch Network

    A Technology Port In A Market Storm

    Headlines in 2015 have been particularly worrisome for global investors. Yet while we see listed businesses facing a whiplash effect from China, Greece and the Middle East, the news headlines about high-growth technology businesses seemingly couldn’t be more positive. From record-breaking funding rounds in the U.K. and the U.S. and the blossoming U.K. fintech market or the growth of… Read More

  • Why Israel Will Probably Never Have A Tech Giant And Why That’s Not Something To Regret Crunch Network

    Why Israel Will Probably Never Have A Tech Giant And Why That’s Not Something To Regret

    For many years, Israelis used to lament that the local tech scene, while considered second only to Silicon Valley and generating many successful startups, has never been able to grow a world tech leader such as Nokia. Why don’t we have our own “Nokia?” people used to ask — while pointing a finger at entrepreneurs and investors alike. Read More

  • Bravery Is At The Heart Of Entrepreneurship Crunch Network

    Bravery Is At The Heart Of Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurs looking for a pivot or an idea sometimes ask me “what’s hot now?” That’s the wrong question! What’s hot now is too late for you if your dreams are to be a world-changing entrepreneur: You need to create what will be hot years from now. Read More

  • Keep An Eye On Talent And Tech In Canada Crunch Network

    Keep An Eye On Talent And Tech In Canada

    Thanks to a culture of inventiveness (you think just anyone could survive these winters?), thriving universities, innovative new talent development programs and robust government support, we’re in the midst of a golden time for Canadian entrepreneurs. Venture capital investments in Canada totaled around $2 billion in 2014. Read More

  • The New Era Of Youth Startups Crunch Network

    The New Era Of Youth Startups

    Facebook, Google, Yahoo — the pillars of the social revolution were all started by college students in their dorms. This was 10, 20 years ago. In the past decade, the proliferation of youth-centric startups prevails — and even flourishes. A constantly increasing 54 percent of millennials desire to start a business, according to the Kauffman Foundation, and the number of new… Read More

  • What Los Angeles Is Missing Crunch Network

    What Los Angeles Is Missing

    L.A. tech has clearly hit its growth inflection point, but the City of Angels has yet to get its startup wings. Here’s the good news: In 2014 alone, we raised more than $3 billion, saw more than $5 billion realized capital across over 80 exits and became the fastest growing startup region in the U.S. Read More

  • Can We Get Entrepreneurs And Politicians To Speed Date? Crunch Network

    Can We Get Entrepreneurs And Politicians To Speed Date?

    Entrepreneurs need to be more politically engaged. When we think of regulatory hurdles that entrepreneurs face, we think about Uber and Airbnb. But outdated policies affect startups in every industry, including banking, healthcare and transportation. Read More

  • The State Of Agtech Crunch Network

    The State Of Agtech

    Since the beginning of modern agriculture, farmers and entrepreneurs alike have been sharpening their focus and looking at ways to apply technology to compensate for the mercurial behavior of Mother Nature and the vagaries of food prices and government policies. Now, in the second millennium, we are challenged in new ways to increase productivity while minimizing inputs, managing costs and… Read More

  • Cuba’s Startup Paradox Crunch Network

    Cuba’s Startup Paradox

    You see them everywhere. Throngs of young and old, men and women, heads down on their smartphones, fingers rapid fire, mouths curling into smiles as they soak up the joy of an Internet connection. Why are all these people clogging the sidewalks instead of logging in at home? This is Cuba, and in Cuba, you can’t log in at home. Read More

  • Fear Of Failure May Ensure It Crunch Network

    Fear Of Failure May Ensure It

    At the dawn of the web I launched one of the first e-commerce sites. I spent six months on research, perfecting the site, striving to get everything right. After six hours live I’d learned more from people’s actions and reactions than in those six months — and felt a bitter regret for the half year wasted. Now, as an investor, I occasionally see the same behavior, and… Read More

  • Design In The Age Of The Consumer Crunch Network

    Design In The Age Of The Consumer

    The Apple iPhone, Spotify’s streaming service and the Tesla Roadster — all revolutionary pieces of technology that secured competitive advantages because of the quality of their design. In the past decade, the importance of design within technology companies has risen dramatically as more digitally savvy consumers demand beauty alongside flawless functionality and great user… Read More

  • How We Bootstrapped A SaaS Company To 4 Million Users — And Why Google Owes Us €400,000 Crunch Network

    How We Bootstrapped A SaaS Company To 4 Million Users — And Why Google Owes Us €400,000

    At 7 PM on February 7, 2007, MindMeister went live in private beta. Today, we have almost 4 million users worldwide, and have become the market leader in online mind mapping. It’s a story we haven’t told often (too busy working, I guess), but we think it has a few valuable lessons for SaaS founders, especially the ones interested in bootstrapping a profitable business. Read More

  • Can Entrepreneurs Succeed In Today’s On-Demand World? Crunch Network

    Can Entrepreneurs Succeed In Today’s On-Demand World?

    Intuit recently released an eye-opening new survey reporting that there are currently 3.2 million American workers who participate in the on-demand economy. By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be almost 8 million of these on-demand workers. Many (including Intuit) praise this on-demand movement as supporting a “new class of entrepreneur,” giving workers the tools they need… Read More

  • Silicon Valley, It’s Not You It’s Mexico Crunch Network

    Silicon Valley, It’s Not You It’s Mexico

    It is not your fault that VC markets such as Mexico and other emerging VC hubs are still quite not ripe. The responsibility to create irresistible investment opportunities for local and foreign investors that will generate a booming ecosystem is ours. The prepaid phone industry, the biggest Spanish speaking TV network and the nearshore industry have all been created in Mexico. If Silicon… Read More

  • The Shifting Sands Of Sand Hill Crunch Network

    The Shifting Sands Of Sand Hill

    For as long as I’ve paid attention, Sand Hill Road has been synonymous with venture capital. But that is changing. As the epicenter of the technology renaissance age has shifted, or expanded, from Palo Alto and its environs to San Francisco and other pockets of the peninsula, the monopolistic high ground of venture capital real estate that top venture firms call home base has started… Read More

  • We’re At The Beginning Of A Venture Capital Revolution Crunch Network

    We’re At The Beginning Of A Venture Capital Revolution

    Backers of startups worldwide are looking for the next “disruptive trend” that can overturn industries. Ironically, the venture capital industry has begun to resemble markets that investors themselves are looking to disrupt. Read More

  • The Interdependency Of Stanford And Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    The Interdependency Of Stanford And Silicon Valley

    There was a time when Stanford University was considered a second-rate engineering school. It was the early 1940s, and the Department of Defense was pressed to assemble a top-secret team to understand and attack Germany’s radar system during World War II. It’s hard to imagine Stanford passed over as an innovation hub today — Stanford has outpaced some of the biggest Ivy… Read More

  • Former Prisoners Rethink Criminal Justice Through Entrepreneurship And Civic Technology Crunch Network

    Former Prisoners Rethink Criminal Justice Through Entrepreneurship And Civic Technology

    “Reentry has to begin the moment you’re sentenced to prison. You’ve got to start planning to come home.” That’s the motif of Teresa Hodge, who co-founded Mission: Launch in 2012 with her daughter, Laurin. The Hodges never imagined prison in their future, but when Teresa began serving an 87-month sentence in a West Virginia facility, they quickly discovered… Read More

  • The Green Rush: Finding Tech Business Opportunities Within The Cannabis Sector Crunch Network

    The Green Rush: Finding Tech Business Opportunities Within The Cannabis Sector

    Cannabis, marijuana, pot, weed, ganja, Mary Jane, doobage. Whatever you call it, it has taken center stage in the world of investment. It’s getting the 15 minutes of fame it rightfully deserves, and it’s getting it right now. Traditionally, whenever anyone mentioned the words “cannabis” and “entrepreneur” together in one sentence, it meant one thing… Read More

  • Cash In On The Gift That Is Grit Crunch Network

    Cash In On The Gift That Is Grit

    I’ve watched from the sidelines for years as the debate has played out about race and gender in Silicon Valley, and tech at large. Recently, I read an article shaming Facebook, Google and others about their “diversity numbers,” and felt compelled to weigh in; if it were early in my career and I saw those numbers it would make me run the other way. And fast. My goal here is… Read More

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