venture capital

  • Don’t Mortgage Your Startup Crunch Network

    Don’t Mortgage Your Startup

    The last 5-10 years have been an extraordinary time for early stage tech founders to raise money. But easy access to capital has ingrained some bad habits among founders. There has always been the risk of over-funding your company or not being able to find a funder for your next round, but now it’s far more common to see founders blithely accepting deal terms that could kill their… Read More

  • The Startup Landscape For Cybersecurity Companies In Israel Crunch Network

    The Startup Landscape For Cybersecurity Companies In Israel

    There are more than 300 cybersecurity companies operating in Israel, making it an industry second only to the U.S. in size. In 2014, exports by Israeli cybersecurity companies reached $6B, equating to approximately 10% of the global cybersecurity market. In 2015, we expect that percentage to increase as the number of startups grew almost 25% over 2014, with 81 new cybersecurity startups founded. Read More

  • Storm Ventures Launches $10M Fund For Indian SaaS Startups

    Storm Ventures Launches $10M Fund For Indian SaaS Startups

    Earlier this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced a set of initiatives, called Startup India, designed to help the country’s fledgling tech companies and their investors. One of the first Silicon Valley venture capital firms to take advantage of Startup India is Storm Ventures, which just launched a new fund for SaaS startups in India. Read More

  • Venture Capital Is Terrible At Online Shopping Crunch Network

    Venture Capital Is Terrible At Online Shopping

    Another day, another series of Silicon Valley e-commerce explosions: Gilt Groupe just sold for a fraction of its valuation (and its capital raised) and One Kings Lane is reportedly the next to die. Previously it was Fab.com being sold for nothing after severely underperforming — ah, Fab, the first billion-dollar retail “unicorn” born with crossed eyes and a trick knee. Read More

  • Lessons From Bill Campbell, Silicon Valley’s Secret Executive Coach Crunch Network

    Lessons From Bill Campbell, Silicon Valley’s Secret Executive Coach

    Former Columbia University football coach Bill Campbell had long ago tossed the football for a more corporate role: coach to legendary CEOs such as Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt and Larry Page. Before long, tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, who wanted to level up, sought out Campbell for advice. Read More

  • Interest Rates, Unicorns And What The Fed Means To Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    Interest Rates, Unicorns And What The Fed Means To Silicon Valley

    Changes in macroeconomic forces — starting with the interest rate hike — could have a dramatic impact on Silicon Valley and other regions. Read More

  • What To Know Before You Co-Invest Crunch Network

    What To Know Before You Co-Invest

    One of my investors candidly asked me recently, “Shelly, if I have an opportunity to invest with people I’ve just met, how do I avoid getting screwed over?” This is a good question; for most investors interested in startups, co-investing is the de facto way to invest. Just like you scrutinize the entrepreneur, the technology and the market opportunity before investing, you… Read More

  • Cockroaches Versus Unicorns: The Golden Age Of Cybersecurity Startups Crunch Network

    Cockroaches Versus Unicorns: The Golden Age Of Cybersecurity Startups

    Many security startups are not unicorns; rather, they are cockroaches — they rarely die, and  in tough times, they can switch into a frugal/consulting mode. Like cockroaches, they can survive long nuclear winters. Security companies can be capital-efficient, and typically consume ~$40 million to reach break-even. This gives them a survival edge — but VCs are looking for a… 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

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