Startups

  • 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

  • Defy Ventures redefines ‘the hustle’ from prison yard to startup office Crunch Network

    Defy Ventures redefines ‘the hustle’ from prison yard to startup office

    More than 100 million Americans have a criminal history, according to a Department of Justice survey. Catherine Hoke of Defy Ventures believes that through training, these individuals can become successful entrepreneurs, high-performing employees, engaged parents and committed role models and leaders in their communities. Read More

  • Instagram kills newly launched ‘Being’ app, which saw 50K downloads its first week

    Instagram kills newly launched ‘Being’ app, which saw 50K downloads its first week

    In case there was any doubt where Instagram was drawing the line when it came to its shutdown of third-party feed reading apps, it appears that its decision to revoke API access doesn’t just extend to those that offer an alternative means of browsing the photo-sharing service. It also reaches apps that offer an expansion of what you can do with Instagram – for example, the… Read More

  • Fresco News teams with FOX to bring citizen journalism to local newsrooms around the U.S.

    Fresco News teams with FOX to bring citizen journalism to local newsrooms around the U.S.

    Crowdsourced journalism startup Fresco News has just scored a notable partnership which will bring photo and video footage shot by ordinary citizens to several local Fox newsrooms around the U.S. Using the company’s iPhone app, participating Fox-owned stations will be able to send out assignments to the app’s users, who will then submit content to be used on-air. Users will… Read More

  • Controversial people-rating app Peeple goes live, has a plan to profit from users’ negative reviews

    Controversial people-rating app Peeple goes live, has a plan to profit from users’ negative reviews

    Peeple, the controversial people-rating application that lets its users rate and review anyone, is not a hoax or vaporware, as many suspected following the media backlash surrounding the unveiling of the company’s intentions last fall. The Washington Post even called the app “terrifying,” given that the app didn’t plan to allow users to opt out of being reviewed… Read More

  • UpLabs thinks designers and developers should hang out more

    UpLabs thinks designers and developers should hang out more

    UpLabs is a community-powered marketplace that lets designers and developers share ready-to-ship UI resources — like login boxes and payment forms — to build apps and sites. Originally from France, founders Matt Aussaguel and Guillemette Dejean moved to the U.S. after finding their way into Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 class.  They had long felt that existing… Read More