Startups

  • From Uber driver to venture capitalist Crunch Network

    From Uber driver to venture capitalist

    How did you get into venture capital? And why did you decide on that versus another startup? These are two questions aspiring VCs often ask. While I usually hop on 15-30 minute calls with those looking to learn more, I thought it might be more impactful to share my experience here. Although there is no guaranteed way for you to get into it, I’ve learned a lot through the stories of my… Read More

  • What can a toothbrush teach us about IoT business models? Crunch Network

    What can a toothbrush teach us about IoT business models?

    E-commerce has become increasingly popular as a business model for the Internet of Things in the consumer space. A toothbrush example, as simple as it may sound, helps demonstrate. Read More

  • The Silicon Valley of Transylvania Crunch Network

    The Silicon Valley of Transylvania

    Romania has long been a hotbed for tech companies outsourcing contact centers, software development and even research and development. Now, Romania is growing its own entrepreneurial culture. Read More

  • An insider’s handbook for IoT startups Crunch Network

    An insider’s handbook for IoT startups

    Tips are everywhere. There’s an abundance of generic advice available for how to build teams and culture, how to fundraise, how to be productive, how to stay above the noise… But what about specific advice? Specific tips for what differentiates the leaders from the followers. And even more specifically, a guide to differentiate and succeed as a hardware startup. Read More

  • The SEC is voicing concern about ‘eye-popping’ startup valuations Crunch Network

    The SEC is voicing concern about ‘eye-popping’ startup valuations

    Management and boards at late-stage, or pre-IPO, companies are on notice that the SEC is paying attention to the late-stage financing arena, and should look internally to ensure that corporate governance and financial controls are befitting their scale, and should also ensure the accuracy of the disclosures they make when raising funds. Read More

  • Entrepreneurs must learn to negotiate, or they can lose everything Crunch Network

    Entrepreneurs must learn to negotiate, or they can lose everything

    Successfully taking an idea to market involves many more negotiations than most entrepreneurs realize. First, they must figure out whether to share credit with any partners or advisors who helped them along the way. Then, they need to determine who owns what, and who controls what, as they make their way through multiple rounds of investment. Read More

  • How easy access VC funding has softened the startup world Crunch Network

    How easy access VC funding has softened the startup world

    The last decade has seen a period of extremely high venture capital activity, with a record peak of investment reached in 2015. This period of high VC investments has led to many amazing new products and companies, but it also has sparked a “Hollywood” era of high spending for early-stage companies. This glitzy big-budget period in Silicon Valley and further afield led influential… Read More

  • Why I moved my startup from San Francisco to San Diego Crunch Network

    Why I moved my startup from San Francisco to San Diego

    San Francisco has long been hailed the home of the tech startup — the place to be for entrepreneurs looking to lay the foundation for the next big thing. As a mobile app platform with high aspirations, we joined the mix, sharing an area code for four years with the lauded engineers of Silicon Valley and inserting ourselves into the supposed center of the tech world. It seemed like the… Read More

  • Turning your idea into a funded company Crunch Network

    Turning your idea into a funded company

    The cost of entry to the startup world has decreased dramatically in the last decade. We’re now at the point where the tools that were once only available to enterprise users have made their way into the hands of everyday users. Access to bleeding-edge innovation is no longer limited to an elite few. This transformation has been called the consumerization, or democratization, of tech. Read More

  • Beware the pitfalls of Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    Beware the pitfalls of Silicon Valley

    A recent article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung titled “Will Facebook Enslave Us?” captures a sentiment prevalent among companies around the world: admiration for Silicon Valley — albeit, with a dash of fear. International media outlets eagerly cover disruption developing in labs up and down the San Francisco peninsula. Boards of directors are spending hours debating how… Read More

  • 500 Startups brings its ‘Distro Dojo’ program to LA for post-seed startups looking for big growth

    500 Startups brings its ‘Distro Dojo’ program to LA for post-seed startups looking for big growth

    500 Startups has been aiming to globalize its brand and work toward attracting the attention of young, cool companies outside the Bay Area echo chamber. This has taken 500’s investments into distant corners of the world, with dedicated funds and accelerators scoping out what has amounted to a prolific number of investments. Today, TechCrunch has learned that 500 Startups is launching… Read More

  • As Silicon Valley chills, Europe’s tech gets hotter Crunch Network

    As Silicon Valley chills, Europe’s tech gets hotter

    We are accustomed to hearing that European tech is perpetually in Silicon Valley’s shadow. Now there have been suggestions that the local tech scene is starting to feel Silicon Valley’s valuation woes. If true, this should raise alarm bells, because if European technology startups struggle to raise money from wary investors, it could hit the brakes on Europe’s budding… Read More

  • Why Quartz’s news app is so much bigger than news Crunch Network

    Why Quartz’s news app is so much bigger than news

    Have you tried the Quartz News app, yet? Please do. Imagine a text conversation with a bot that sends you a news topic. You’re then presented with two choices: Either tap a string of relevant (and surprisingly entertaining) emojis, which is like pressing “learn more,” or tap an “anything else?” button to have another topic served. Read More

  • Lessons from starting a company during the last downturn  Crunch Network

    Lessons from starting a company during the last downturn 

    I started my last company in mid-2009, just as the market was beginning to recover from the fallout of the financial crisis. In the past several years, surrounded by fast-growth startups with sky-high valuations, many of us forgot what the downturn felt like. Today, things are changing. Again, we’re facing economic uncertainty on a global scale. Read More

  • Why unicorns falter Crunch Network

    Why unicorns falter

    In early February 2016, a study of financing deals reported by The Wall Street Journal found that investors are increasingly protecting themselves from IPOs that don’t perform as expected. This fallout is a continuation of the demise of the so-called “unicorn,” a tech startup with a pre-IPO valuation of over one billion dollars. Read More

  • How international startups are supporting New York City Crunch Network

    How international startups are supporting New York City

    Immigrants make up 13.3 percent of the population in the U.S., which is the highest percentage the country has seen in more than 100 years. Now let’s put this into perspective: Thirty-six percent of all top tech founders in the U.S. are immigrants — almost triple the percentage of immigrants in the country. Many immigrants are pushing innovation in the U.S, aiding the country… Read More

  • Stripe’s startup toolkit Atlas opens for business in Cuba

    Stripe’s startup toolkit Atlas opens for business in Cuba

    A month ago, payments company Stripe launched Atlas, a toolkit for startups to incorporate in the U.S. and lay the groundwork for growing their businesses online. Aimed largely at small enterprises outside of the U.S., Atlas is making a notable addition to the roster of countries covered under the program: from today, it will begin to accept Atlas applicants from Cuba, so that… Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn problem’ will solve itself Crunch Network

    Why Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn problem’ will solve itself

    The rise was like a tech startup fairytale. Within three years of founding, this unicorn company had raised more than $1 billion in venture capital — closing an astonishing $950 million in its final private round at a nearly $5 billion valuation. Revenue growth was skyrocketing from $30 million in year two to $713 million in year three and a run-rate of $2.6 billion in year four. Read More

  • Human Ventures turns ‘normals’ into founders

    Human Ventures turns ‘normals’ into founders

    A number of startup studios are in the midst of a years-long experiment, providing back-end assistance, office space and mentoring to talented, ambitious people in order to create a startup with them, often based around their expertise. Betaworks was the first to try it, opening its doors in New York roughly nine years ago. Others, including Expa, a San Francisco-based firm with an office… Read More

  • The downside of an over-capitalized market Crunch Network

    The downside of an over-capitalized market

    I recently took the opportunity to visit with influential friends and colleagues in the New York City technology space. I sat with longtime friend Nick Chirls, founder of Notation Capital, and discussed early- and later-stage seed funding. Similarly, at a dinner with friend and colleague Rameet Chawla, we took stock in the state of affairs from the perspective of technology services. Read More