venture capital

  • 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

  • As 500 Startups Eyes Aggressive Expansion In 2016, Diversity Tops The Agenda

    As 500 Startups Eyes Aggressive Expansion In 2016, Diversity Tops The Agenda

    The acclaimed accelerator 500 Startups is eyeing an aggressive global expansion plan in 2016, with 10 new micro-funds planned globally and as the investment firm plots its next course founder and managing director Dave McClure says that diversity in the fund and its portfolio are the top priorities. Read More

  • When All You Want for Christmas Is A Good Venture Capitalist Crunch Network

    When All You Want for Christmas Is A Good Venture Capitalist

    In the words of Pitbull, “Ask for money, get advice. Ask for advice, get money twice.” When you’re shopping for a VC, you might want to take Pitbull at least a little seriously, because he seems to know what he’s talking about. If you think VCs are just a source of money, you’re sorely mistaken. Most startup founders fail to recognize that the best venture… Read More

  • In The Middle East, Increasing Startup Opportunities Bring Hope Crunch Network

    In The Middle East, Increasing Startup Opportunities Bring Hope

    The presence of the investors – in large numbers from both the region and beyond, including Silicon Valley – at a recent RiseUp event in Cairo indicated that entrepreneurship in the Middle East is more than just a feel-good effort. There are deals to be made in Egypt and beyond. Read More

  • How To Make Calculated Decisions When Forming Your GP Entity Crunch Network

    How To Make Calculated Decisions When Forming Your GP Entity

    You just turned 30 and are either a successful entrepreneur who made a fortune developing a very popular gaming app, or you’re one of the early employees at an emerging technology company that just achieved “unicorn” status. In either scenario, you’ve made your fortune. And having reached a very important milestone in your life, you’re eager to see how the other… Read More

  • How To Plan For Your Startup’s Gruesome Demise Crunch Network

    How To Plan For Your Startup’s Gruesome Demise

    Having children is one of the happiest moments most people will ever enjoy, but it’s also when you need to first think the most seriously about death. The joyous excitement and freneticism that surround birth is paired with the grim reality of life insurance policies and the act of considering the finite valuation of your remaining days. It’s not fun, but it’s the… Read More

  • Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech Crunch Network

    Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech

    The way we do everything has been turned upside down: how we read, how we communicate, how we get from point A to point B, how we eat and how we get help when we need it. We are living through the “re-imagination — of nearly everything,” and we are seeing this re-imagination very clearly within the self-help industry. Read More

  • Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders Crunch Network

    Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders

    Scott Kupor, COO and a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, recently published an article on Fortune.com (titled “Your next business partner should come with a prenup”) in which he reviews several of the common pitfalls of business partnerships and wisely suggests to address them using a prenup agreement. Read More

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