Startups

  • What 2015 Taught Me About The London Tech Scene Crunch Network

    What 2015 Taught Me About The London Tech Scene

    You’d think that working in one of the world’s largest cities — especially one with a global rep for innovation and excellence — would make it pretty easy to get some traction. But that misses a vital point: London’s tech ecosystem is in its infancy. There’s a definite feeling here that working for a tech startup is cool — but that doesn’t mean… Read More

  • Profit From A Profile On AngelList Crunch Network

    Profit From A Profile On AngelList

    AngelList is the LinkedIn for startups; it’s a directory for finding and researching great startups. Many of the biggest seed venture capital firms and angel investors are on the list, and many use it to help them source and validate deals. But AngelList is also a crowdfunding platform, a way for startups and investors not only to connect with each other, but also to actually raise money. Read More

  • The Miami Tech Scene Is Heating Up Crunch Network

    The Miami Tech Scene Is Heating Up

    Miami is a city of many traits. Historically recognized for the sun, beach and tourists of South Beach, it has now become much more than that. With one of the most diverse populations in the country, Miami is the strategic capital of the Americas, binding Brazil and Spanish-speaking Latin America to the U.S. market. Read More

  • How Startups Are Making Real Estate Businesses More Efficient Crunch Network

    How Startups Are Making Real Estate Businesses More Efficient

    Advances in information technology have generated enormous efficiencies in many industries, including manufacturing, transportation, communications, entertainment, retail and financial services. Yet in real estate, the largest industry of them all, innovation has lagged as agents and brokers have been slow to adopt new technologies. Read More

  • Fast-Growing Online Auction Site Catawiki On How It’s Spending Its $82 Million

    Fast-Growing Online Auction Site Catawiki On How It’s Spending Its $82 Million

    Catawiki may not yet be a household name outside of Europe, but the Accel-backed online auction house is one of the region’s fastest growing startups. In fact, according to founder and CTO Marco Jansen, speaking on stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt London conference this afternoon, the company has seen 45,000% growth in revenue over the past four years. No, that’s not a typo. But… Read More

  • The New American Dream: My Life As A Minority Startup Owner     Crunch Network

    The New American Dream: My Life As A Minority Startup Owner    

    My life can be split into two halves, each fulfilling an American dream. The first half I spent on the American dream that was engrained from birth — “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” The second, current half of my life revolves around an American dream that has arisen from our technocratic society — “start your own business.” Every statistic on the… Read More

  • Start Up Services Snake Oil

    Start Up Services Snake Oil

    I’ve been so well entrenched in the journalistic world of entrepreneurship that I haven’t lifted my head out of the mess of funding stories and launch posts to actually pay attention to what is happening in the world of startups. Here’s the rub: when you’re starting a company it’s almost impossible to get good people. You can ask your cousin to make a few PSDs… 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

  • How Finance Fits Into Your Startup Crunch Network

    How Finance Fits Into Your Startup

    Every tech CEO and founder dreams of building a company founded on principles partially informed by childhood readings of Dumas: All for one, one for all — and, by the way, let’s change the world. This team-focused, ideal-driven mantra flies in the face of everything corporate culture stands for, and that’s exactly how storybook Silicon Valley/Silicon Alley like it. If… Read More

  • POCIT: 6 Latina Founders To Watch

    Welcome to the second edition of POCIT! Consider this: 87 percent of VC-backed founders are white and 83 percent of the founding teams of those startups are all white, according to a 2010 CB Insights report. This week, we’re taking a look at some stellar Latina entrepreneurs in tech. Who do you want to see highlighted next week? Keep sending me your nominations and suggestions at… Read More

  • LivingSocial Co-Founder Aaron Batalion Joins Lightspeed Venture Partners

    LivingSocial Co-Founder Aaron Batalion Joins Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Eight years ago, Aaron Batalion and three friends created a Facebook app called “Hungry Machine.” It was pretty successful…so successful that it turned into LivingSocial, which was one of the first startups to raise a “magical” billion dollars. (I refuse to use the creature’s name to describe this “club.”) Read More

  • Celebrate Veterans Day With These 13 Veteran-Founded Startups

    In honor of Veterans Day, we’ve put together a group of up-and-coming startups that were all founded by veterans. While the companies range from non-profits to mobile apps, all have founders that share the determination, work ethic, and leadership needed to serve their country. Read More

  • 500 Startups Introduces Batch 15: Under-Sea Drones, Puppy Treats, And On-Demand Snow Plowing

    500 Startups Introduces Batch 15: Under-Sea Drones, Puppy Treats, And On-Demand Snow Plowing

    It seems like only yesterday that we were introducing you to 500’s Batch 14, but Summer is gone, the demos have been done, we’ve picked our favs and it’s time to introduce you to the next group going through 500’s accelerator — 500 Startups’ Batch 15. 500 Startups has a thesis of investing in many startups, some that they consider “unsexy,”… Read More

  • Identikits Of The European Unicorns Crunch Network

    Identikits Of The European Unicorns

    French Tech has never been in such good health: Showroomprivé and Deezer just announced their IPO, Leetchi its trade sale to Crédit Mutuel Arkéa group and several startups have announced significant funding rounds in France in the last three months (more than €10 million for Lengow, iAdvize, Geolid, Mirakl; €100 million for Sigfox; and $200 million for BlaBlaCar). Read More

  • Our 9 Favorite Companies From 500 Startups “Demo-Ween”

    500 Startups today presented its 14th batch of companies at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, with a spooky twist. Dave McClure said this batch was less international than previous batches, with only 39% of founders hailing from outside the United States. Of the 36 startups that went through the program, 25% had female founders. He made no mention of people of color. Read More

  • Are We Struggling To Value Unicorns? Crunch Network

    Are We Struggling To Value Unicorns?

    We’ve abandoned time-honored valuation techniques from the past because they didn’t work for new rapid-growth, tech-driven businesses. But what if the new rule book was equally inept? As a lover of technology, creativity and great business ideas, I should feel more optimistic about the near-term future than I do. I worry that the current valuations of companies reflects dubious… 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

  • Healthcare’s Wild West Crunch Network

    Healthcare’s Wild West

    Stop and look around you, and you’ll see just how quickly society is running into the future. Over the past decade alone, we’ve seen monumental advancements in genetics, mobile computing, wearables and medical devices. Yet, there are a some sectors of the economy that have managed to stay stuck in the past. Specifically, healthcare. It is, for want of a better description, a… 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

  • The Future Of Coding Is Here, And It Threatens To Wipe Out Everything In Its Path Crunch Network

    The Future Of Coding Is Here, And It Threatens To Wipe Out Everything In Its Path

    APIs — the rules governing how software programs interact with each other — not user interfaces, will upend software for years to come. When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doubled down on the Internet of Things at the company’s annual Developer Forum in August, he emphasized what many of us have already known — the dawn of a new era in software engineering. Read More

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