Startups

  • 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

  • A Closer Look At European Investing Crunch Network

    A Closer Look At European Investing

    We’re bullish on Europe, and that strikes some folks in the U.S. as a bit strange. It’s not that Europe is all we know — we’re an investor in early venture stage funds (an “LP”) in the US, Europe and Israel. Our portfolio skews towards the U.S.; and within the U.S., to the Bay Area. Over the last 18 months or so, we’ve been crossing and re-crossing… Read More

  • The Magic Numbers For Startup Health Crunch Network

    The Magic Numbers For Startup Health

    In this new age of so-called tech “unicorns” and their eye-popping valuations, it’s important to remember that not all revenue is created equal. Indeed, recent volatility in the stock market has lots of industry watchers cautioning startups to concern themselves less with achieving unicorn status and more on building customer and employee satisfaction. Read More

  • The Case For A Large Founding Team Crunch Network

    The Case For A Large Founding Team

    It is common wisdom nowadays that a founding team consisting of 2–3 founders is ideal. Doing it solo is simply too hard. Founder burnout is an imminent possibility, and statistics are simply not on your side. Until recently, the most common formula for a startup’s founding team was the MBA and techie duo. In recent years, there’s been a shift toward a three-member formula. Read More

  • Meditation Startup Headspace Raises $30 Million To Help You Be More Mindful

    Meditation Startup Headspace Raises $30 Million To Help You Be More Mindful

    Headspace, a guided meditation and mindfulness startup, recently raised $30 million from The Chernin Group, Advancit Capital, Allen & Company, Breyer Capital, The Honest Company CEO Jessica Alba, actor Jared Leto, TV personality Ryan Seacrest, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and others. The plan is to hire more engineers and content marketers and expand Headspace’s content. Read More

  • Bursting The Top Three Myths To Get Your Healthcare Startup Funded Crunch Network

    Bursting The Top Three Myths To Get Your Healthcare Startup Funded

    The evolution of the healthcare industry has brought forth innovative startup opportunities in the past few years. A few are actually helping to change the world. Unfortunately, typical buzzwords for other startups have oversimplified the understanding of entry into the healthcare startup industry. Here are three myths I want to dispel to help some of those struggling healthcare startups find… Read More

  • Uniting The CEO And The Board Crunch Network

    Uniting The CEO And The Board

    Cat people and dog people. East Coasters and West Coasters. Capitalists and communists. They all look at the world so differently. Now consider venture capital board members and CEOs. Sure, they all have the same goal: to ensure that the company succeeds. Yet this dynamic can be adversarial, sometimes even hostile. And it really doesn’t have to be that way, even in the worst of times. I… Read More

  • Launching Startups The Kogi Way: Three Lessons From The Food Truck Pioneer Crunch Network

    Launching Startups The Kogi Way: Three Lessons From The Food Truck Pioneer

    Many founders ask me for advice on their latest startup. Of all the things I’ve learned, some of the most compelling tips come from starting a business out of an old truck. When I joined the founding team of Kogi BBQ with Chef Roy Choi in 2008, all we had was a food truck and “seed funding” from a maxed-out credit card. We had no idea that it would change the entire food… Read More

  • Postmates And Walgreens Team Up For On-Demand Delivery

    Postmates And Walgreens Team Up For On-Demand Delivery

    Walgreens just announced an official partnership with on-demand startup Postmates to offer same-day delivery for, initially, a flat delivery fee of $4.99. The on-demand delivery service via Postmates will be available at 600 Walgreens (known as Duane Reade in some parts of the U.S.) stores throughout the country. Postmates has always offered on-demand deliveries of items sold at Walgreens… Read More

  • HandUp, A Startup Combatting Homelessness, Is Setting An Example For The Tech Industry

    HandUp, A Startup Combatting Homelessness, Is Setting An Example For The Tech Industry

    On the heels of launching donation gift cards for the homeless, HandUp hosted a community outreach day this past Friday in San Francisco to continue to bring awareness to homelessness, as well as give people a way to engage with the homeless community. In partnership with Project Homeless Connect, HandUp hosted a homeless outreach day, featuring San Francisco city officials, employees… Read More

  • Study: Free Stuff Won’t Convince Bloggers To Write About Your Startup

    Study: Free Stuff Won’t Convince Bloggers To Write About Your Startup

    Once upon a time a startup sent me a full gasoline can full of coffee beans. These beans, once infused by the malodorous fumes of the plastic container, were useless. The can, which was fairly small, was never used and eventually recycled. In the end, a PR company probably charged a startup $10,000 to send me and about 200 other bloggers trash. The pitch was memorable in itself but I cannot… Read More

  • Big Data Doesn’t Exist Crunch Network

    Big Data Doesn’t Exist

    My customers always lie to me. They don’t lie about what they can afford. They don’t lie about how much (or how little) customer service they’ll need. They don’t lie about how quickly they can pay us. They lie about how much data they have. Read More

  • How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley

    Twelve years after filing for U.S. residency, I finally took the oath of citizenship in a quaint suburban theater, having spent seven of those prime entrepreneurship years mired in the Green Card queue. This wait damages the entrepreneurship spirit and, worse, impacts career prospects, thereby crimping the economy. Our immigration system hinders entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. Read More

  • The Future Is African Crunch Network

    The Future Is African

    This is a call to action for the dreamers of the world. Imagine being in a market where more people live in a high-speed mobile Internet zone than have electricity. The innovative thinking that has defined the world’s best entrepreneurs would be able to create services that don’t exist today that would empower these users. This world doesn’t need imagining — there are… 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

  • Three Tips For Worker Classification For The Next On-Demand Startup Crunch Network

    Three Tips For Worker Classification For The Next On-Demand Startup

    While Uber and TaskRabbit have become household names, and the on-demand economy continues to boom, the problem of worker classification continues to bedevil companies in the on-demand marketplace. For new startups looking to enter this exciting landscape, there are many lessons that can be learned from the demise of companies like Homejoy, as well as from companies like Instacart and Luxe… Read More

  • Lessons From A TechCrunch Disrupt Launch Crunch Network

    Lessons From A TechCrunch Disrupt Launch

    May 26, 2010, was the most stressful and exciting day of my life to date. I’ve called it the most horrible and most wonderful, too. I didn’t sleep the night before. I woke up to pages of notes in my BlackBerry (it was 2010, and I was an ex-consultant), timestamped in 15-minute intervals over several hours, proof that I had woken up, typed an idea rapidly into my phone, laid back… Read More

  • Why Startups Should Leverage Compliance Crunch Network

    Why Startups Should Leverage Compliance

    Business Insider recently reported that “The Clearing House, an advocacy group owned by the world’s largest commercial banks, is gunning for payment startups.” Not surprisingly, the banks don’t enjoy being the only ones told to play by the rules. More to the point, though, forcing Wall Street regulations onto Silicon Valley is their approach to dealing with the threat… Read More

  • Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You Crunch Network

    Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You

    Early in a startup’s life, the main focus is building the right product for the right market. For most B2B startups, this is the period when you start winning your first 10 customers. These 10 customers are unlike any others you’ll have over the course of your company. Read More

  • Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us Crunch Network

    Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us

    “Brace yourself, Marco…we’ve just been removed from the App Store.” With those words, I visualized everything we’d slaved over for months crumple itself into a ball of trash and — ironically — flinging itself into the bin beside me. But it hardly came as a surprise. Despite stellar traction at over 4 million users and 15 million flings opened per day… Read More