entrepreneurship

  • Why Silicon Valley Should Bring Unsexy Back Crunch Network

    Why Silicon Valley Should Bring Unsexy Back

    Neckties embedded with QR codes. Pants that make drum noises. “Uber for medical marijuana.” These are just a few of the goofy startup ideas that have cropped up in Silicon Valley in recent years. I can’t be the only one who’s disappointed with this. The Valley is the birthplace of game-changing innovations, like the microprocessor and the PC. It’s home to… Read More

  • Attending CES? TechCrunch Wants To See Your Company

    Attending CES? TechCrunch Wants To See Your Company

    CES is a horrible, god-awful experience that will shave years off your life. The casinos, the food, the people, the germs. Horrible. All of it. But we love it! And we’re sending a huge contingent to the show again this year and want to see your gadgets, toys and products. TechCrunch cares much more for the hardware startups than the big CE players. We want to see the future FitBits and… Read More

  • How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software Crunch Network

    How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software

    I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just never knew how. Many of my friends who are founders of their own companies tell me how they exhibited the entrepreneurial spirit as a kid — they sold candy out of their backpacks, had a landscaping business during the summer, etc. They created value and… Read More

  • The Midwest Startup Formula Will Change The Status Quo For Building Businesses Crunch Network

    The Midwest Startup Formula Will Change The Status Quo For Building Businesses

    As Silicon Valley startups continue chasing private valuations, entrepreneurs in the Midwest are following an entirely different approach. Our goal is the same — to build world-class businesses based on innovative technologies that create new wealth — but our approach is entirely different. We are proving that startup success comes from validating a real market need, then building… Read More

  • 18 Female Founders Who Killed It In 2015

    Last week, on an internal conversational thread here at TechCrunch, the staff began chatting about some of female founders who’ve made a major dent on the tech scene in 2015, and the thread quickly became a very long and involved one. The following are some of the people who popped immediately into mind. This list is in no way comprehensive, so please do reach out to us with your… Read More

  • The Entrepreneurial Journey Is More Darkness Than Light Crunch Network

    The Entrepreneurial Journey Is More Darkness Than Light

    Looking at startups from the outside, it’s easy to assume the startup game is just that, a game. A game with big winners and glorious and rapid rises to the top. Of billion-dollar valuations and worldwide conquests. Of apps serving hundreds of millions of people and liquidity to ensure glory for one’s heirs for generations to come. But entrepreneurship is not a game. Read More

  • Google Launches Equity-Free Accelerator Program For Mobile Startups In Brazil, India And Indonesia

    Google Launches Equity-Free Accelerator Program For Mobile Startups In Brazil, India And Indonesia

    Google is launching a new accelerator program today. The Launchpad Accelerator will provide mobile startups in India, Brazil and Indonesia with mentorship, training, support, and up to $50,000 in equity-free funding. As Roy Glasberg, Google’s Global lead for its Launchpad programs, told me, the accelerator was born out of Google’s existing Launchpad program for startups and… Read More

  • Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech Crunch Network

    Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech

    The way we do everything has been turned upside down: how we read, how we communicate, how we get from point A to point B, how we eat and how we get help when we need it. We are living through the “re-imagination — of nearly everything,” and we are seeing this re-imagination very clearly within the self-help industry. Read More

  • The Essentials of Hiring An Exceptional Startup Team-SD
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    The Essentials Of Hiring An Exceptional Startup Team

    For early stage companies to be successful, founders need to develop a thoughtful recruiting process, and need to do it early on. Read More

  • Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders Crunch Network

    Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders

    Scott Kupor, COO and a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, recently published an article on Fortune.com (titled “Your next business partner should come with a prenup”) in which he reviews several of the common pitfalls of business partnerships and wisely suggests to address them using a prenup agreement. Read More

  • Advice For Higher-Yielding Agriculture Startups Crunch Network

    Advice For Higher-Yielding Agriculture Startups

    With interest and investment in food and agriculture startups reaching record levels, new entrepreneurs are entering this important sector, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives on how best to feed the world. While numerous opportunities exist to make a difference in this space, I’ve noticed some common pitfalls for new entrants. Read More

  • Entrepreneurial Experience Separates Top VCs From Other Investors Crunch Network

    Entrepreneurial Experience Separates Top VCs From Other Investors

    A good VC is hard to find. Researchers studying the sector have noted that most venture capital funds “fail to generate attractive returns (or any returns) for investors.” Over the last several years, a number of well-known leaders in the industry, like Fred Wilson, have also spoken publicly about the mediocre returns that many venture firms deliver. On the other hand, the best VCs… Read More

  • The End Of The Startup Gold Rush, Absurd Burn Rates And Tourist VCs Crunch Network

    The End Of The Startup Gold Rush, Absurd Burn Rates And Tourist VCs

    In 15 years as a venture capitalist, I’ve seen just about every market condition you can imagine. I started at Insight Venture Partners in 2000 at a time when the stock market was experiencing historic highs and tech companies were receiving massive private and public valuations. Capital markets were flush, startup burn rates were rampant, and the gold rush was on. Investors came out… Read More

  • Build An Offshore Development Team That Won’t Suck Crunch Network

    Build An Offshore Development Team That Won’t Suck

    The No. 1 problem of almost every Silicon Valley entrepreneur is finding engineers. Developers in San Francisco are similar to apartments in San Francisco — really expensive, hard to get and even harder to keep. On top of a six-digit salary, bonuses and large stock packages, you’ve got to offer a super duper cool office, some unusual perks, etc. It doesn’t have to be this way. Read More

  • The State Of Hardware For 2015 Crunch Network

    The State Of Hardware For 2015

    Startups are re-imagining daily objects and inventing new devices. Supported by maker spaces incubators and accelerators, a fraction of this explosion of startups moves on to later stage financing. Investment in IOT startups is likely to hit a record height of $2B this year according to CBInsights. Read More

  • When And How To Pick Your Next Launch Country Crunch Network

    When And How To Pick Your Next Launch Country

    International expansion is a challenge any globally ambitious company will face — some sooner than others. As a long-time investor in both the U.S. and Europe, I often get asked by the venture community about the difference between the two. In my opinion, one of the key elements is the market fragmentation, which is something that European companies tend to come up against sooner than… Read More

  • America’s Whitest City Explodes With A Fusion Of Inclusion Crunch Network

    America’s Whitest City Explodes With A Fusion Of Inclusion

    It’s tough to see at first glance that diversity matters in Portland, Oregon. After all, Portlandia is widely known as the “whitest city in America.” But hidden within this environmentally friendly rain-soaked scenic city, there are intentional efforts ongoing in economic gardening across multiple community sectors to cultivate the growth of a diverse landscape of job creators. Read More

  • The Two Distinct Types Of Fintech Innovation Crunch Network

    The Two Distinct Types Of Fintech Innovation

    Fintech, the (faintly uncool) term for financial technology, is booming these days. But it’s wrong to think of fintech as a single sector. There are two very distinct types of fintech innovation that entrepreneurs, consumers, investors and regulators need to be able to tell apart. To understand the distinction, it’s helpful to take a look at venture-backed innovation in general. Read More

  • How To Extract More Than Capital From Your VCs Crunch Network

    How To Extract More Than Capital From Your VCs

    The relationship between VCs and their portfolio companies has changed significantly over the past five or so years. In many ways it is still the same, in that VCs provide capital, then take a significant equity stake and often a board seat. However, as the funding process has become more transparent and new capital sources have emerged, startups are looking for more value from their… Read More