Startups

  • Setting The Right Valuation For A Competitive Series A Round Crunch Network

    Setting The Right Valuation For A Competitive Series A Round

    Founders are often puzzled by how VCs derive valuations for competitive Series A rounds. A competitive Series A round is an equity round where a company generally raises greater than $5 million led by a top-quartile venture capital firm. During these Series A rounds, it is not uncommon for founders to receive multiple term sheets from lead investors at different valuations, and to feel… Read More

  • Wasting Time With The Joneses Crunch Network

    Wasting Time With The Joneses

    Starting a company is like attempting to bend the world to your will. There are obstacles at every turn, and it’s never easy. Fundraising is one of those huge obstructions. Not only is the process of finding the true believers akin to finding the proverbial needle in the haystack, it’s also incredibly distracting. Read More

  • Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico Crunch Network

    Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico

    Imagine a country with 100 million mobile phones, but just 15 percent of residents have a credit card. A country where more than half of the population is under age 27, but less than half has Internet access. That, in a nutshell, underscores the opportunities and challenges for innovators and investors evaluating Mexico’s emerging innovation economy. Read More

  • Culture, Capacity And Craftsmanship: How To Hire For A Startup Crunch Network

    Culture, Capacity And Craftsmanship: How To Hire For A Startup

    There’s a lot of glory and fun when you’re immersed in the startup experience. Building a team from scratch usually means that everything is fresh and unwritten. Joining a new venture to do something that’s never been done before is exhilarating. And having an impact on the mission of your young new company is empowering. You get to say, “This has my fingerprints on it. Read More

  • Fintech’s Five Dark-Horse Cities Crunch Network

    Fintech’s Five Dark-Horse Cities

    With global investment in fintech having tripled in the last five years, the financial sector is without a doubt in the midst of a revolution. The leading cities in the global fintech race are relatively unsurprising: Silicon Valley, New York, London and Hong Kong are the epicentres of the investment blast. But it’s the newcomers that are diversifying the market. Read More

  • How I Got Wooed By Startups As An Intern Crunch Network

    How I Got Wooed By Startups As An Intern

    My life changed when I got a job at a startup. I was 19 years old and had just finished my first year at the University of Michigan. By some stroke of luck I managed to land a software engineering internship at a venture capital-backed startup called UpTo. Located in downtown Detroit, I actually stayed on with them on and off throughout most of college. Read More

  • Buy/Hold/Sell In Venture Capital Crunch Network

    Buy/Hold/Sell In Venture Capital

    A common rule of thumb among early stage VCs is to reserve 2–3X dollars for every $1 initially invested in a startup. This is in order to maintain ownership levels in selected portfolio companies and to support them through good times and bad. Obviously, it’s not optimal to invest the same amount per company. Given the often binary returns within VC portfolios, there are… 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

  • Corporate Venture Capital And Exponential Value Creation Crunch Network

    Corporate Venture Capital And Exponential Value Creation

    What if I told you there was a class of investors who are involved in 29 percent of venture funding and whose investments are three times more likely to see an exit than other investors’ startups? Would you know who they are? Would you want to meet them? Would you want to know the secrets to their success? Read More

  • Factories Aren’t Dying To Take Your Order And Other Hardware Startup Follies Crunch Network

    Factories Aren’t Dying To Take Your Order And Other Hardware Startup Follies

    As the Greater China Investment Partner for 500 Startups, I have been finding myself fielding an increasing number of questions about the manufacturing process in China, especially as we see more investments in the hardware and connected devices space. Based in Beijing, I have made numerous trips to southern China in the past year, specifically Shenzhen — I even shared in an… Read More

  • Accelerators Are The New Business School Crunch Network

    Accelerators Are The New Business School

    It’s no secret that most startups fail. What’s a bit less obvious is that most startup accelerators also fail. While a few top-tier programs get the cream of the crop unicorns of the future, the hundreds of others struggle to attract teams that will produce the investment-grade companies on which their models so depend. Read More

  • Greek Crisis Underscores Value Of Cloud In Startup Ecosystem

    Greek Crisis Underscores Value Of Cloud In Startup Ecosystem

    There was a ton of fallout as the Greek economic crisis worsened this week week and the country struggled to come up with answers to its growing predicament. As Alexia Tsotsis explained  in an article on TechCrunch earlier this week: This week, the Syriza government failed in negotiations to receive a tranche of bailout money in time to make a $1.7 billion IMF payment on June 30th. Instead… Read More

  • Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice” Crunch Network

    Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice”

    Startups often ask VCs for pre-pitch meetings. These requests usually are positioned along the lines of, “We aren’t looking for money yet, just advice.” Of course, we all know this is just a nice way of getting your foot in the door for a soft pitch. And that’s ok; these meetings enable both sides to get acquainted before the real ask. However, when startups come… Read More

  • Startups Serving The 99 Percent Will Be the Next Billion-Dollar Companies Crunch Network

    Startups Serving The 99 Percent Will Be the Next Billion-Dollar Companies

    Many fast-growing companies in Silicon Valley have one thing in common: they cater to a small, affluent, urban population — the 1percent. Residents in high-cost cities like San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles can order an array of goods and services from their mobile phones. These startups, including Uber, Instacart and a host of food delivery apps like Munchery, GrubMarket, Blue… Read More

  • Leading Seoul Accelerator SparkLabs Presents Its Fifth Startup Batch

    Leading Seoul Accelerator SparkLabs Presents Its Fifth Startup Batch

    With its high smartphone penetration rate, extremely speedy broadband, and government support, South Korea’s startup ecosystem is one of the most notable in Asia. SparkLabs, one of Seoul’s top accelerators is hoping its fifth batch will produce new success stories (alumni include online beauty product retailer Memebox, another one of Korea’s top-funded startups). Read More

  • Rocana Lands $15M To Bring Big Data Analysis To IT Ops

    Rocana Lands $15M To Bring Big Data Analysis To IT Ops

    Rocana (formerly ScalingData) announced $15 million in Series B funding led by Google Ventures with General Catalyst Partners, Toba Capital and Paul Sagan (former chairman at Akamai and current executive in residence at General Catalyst) also contributing. This round brings the total raised to $19.4 million. Rocana aims to simplify and speed up how companies running large data center… Read More

  • We Are All Venture Capitalists Now Crunch Network

    We Are All Venture Capitalists Now

    “I would again draw an analogy to venture capital,” observes Ben Thompson, in a typically incisive Stratechery post eviscerating the new streaming service Tidal. “The importance–and amount–of venture capital has never been greater. The truth is that because so many folks can now get started it is that much harder–and more expensive–to cut through… Read More

  • With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again Crunch Network

    With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    Technology tends to run in cycles, and as it evolves some early failed attempts might be worth another look in the context of more modern infrastructure. In several instances lately, whether streaming video or meal delivery, everything old has become new again. Streaming Video? Been There, Done That Let’s start with video streaming darlings Meerkat and Periscope as a prime example… Read More

  • London’s Startups Hit A High Of $682M In VC Funding In Q1 2015

    London’s Startups Hit A High Of $682M In VC Funding In Q1 2015

    Startups in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech world, and the U.S. overall have seen an unprecedented amount of investment as consumers and businesses buy into more online services, and investors flock to fund the next big thing. But the ripples of that trend are being felt elsewhere, too. A new report says that London chalked up a record $682.5 million of investment in the first… Read More

  • The 8 Largest Weed Startup Funding Rounds

    The industry for legal marijuana is developing quickly – and VC funding is there to back up the cannabis startups that show the most promise. Read More

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