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  • Building a Series A SaaS valuation estimator (2017 edition) Crunch Network

    Building a Series A SaaS valuation estimator (2017 edition)

    I have financed nearly 50 early-stage companies and the question of proper valuation comes up in every financing. There is the obvious tension: Generally speaking, the existing shareholders would like the highest valuation possible, while the new investors would prefer the lowest. For founders, understanding how VCs look at valuation is critical for a successful fundraising process. Read More

  • Keep calm and automate to unlock the opportunity in the vertical Internet of Things Crunch Network

    Keep calm and automate to unlock the opportunity in the vertical Internet of Things

    Since the term Internet of Things, or IoT, was coined in 1999, the industry has had its share of hype, consternation, successes, and now even twitter parody accounts (@InternetOfShit). Although large-scale advertising campaigns for the IoT have become mainstream (seen any IBM Watson, Ring, or GE Digital ads lately?), recent news that GE had throttled growth expectations for its Predix IoT… Read More

  • Tesla, a great family brand Crunch Network

    Tesla, a great family brand

    Tesla talks a lot about safety, and rightfully so. They have beaten even the safest cars at their own game and thus have created a family brand in the process. In the spirit of safety and family, one of the major success stories that Tesla hasn’t brought to the forefront is that it could very well be the greatest family car since the modern-day station wagon. Read More

  • Antidilution: the other way VCs take more of your startup’s equity Crunch Network

    Antidilution: the other way VCs take more of your startup’s equity

    Startup funding may seem like a cut-and-dry affair. Money goes into a startup in exchange for shares in the startup. Easy enough, right?
    Not so much. There are plenty of complex terms, clauses, provisions and other conditions written into investment agreements. So in this series, we’re exploring how some of the most common funding terms affect the fundraising process. Read More

  • How Europe’s changes to copyright law will affect America Crunch Network

    How Europe’s changes to copyright law will affect America

    Europe is considering changing its copyright law. At first blush, you might think that this couldn’t possibly affect the way you debate the news of the day online, upload family videos or run your startup. But popular proposals at the EU would strike at the heart of the internet’s openness and accessibility as a platform by raising new barriers to interactive online services… Read More

  • Exposure of your sensitive data isn’t a bug, it’s a feature Crunch Network

    Exposure of your sensitive data isn’t a bug, it’s a feature

    Another day, another breach. Equifax, SEC, Deloitte and the next one is coming soon. Nothing surprising there anymore, not for customers, not for the breached companies. So why does this keep happening and why isn’t there a change in how we treat our own information, personal or business? Read More

  • INNOVATE 2017 | Peter Hirshberg
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    The cambrian moment in our innovation economy

    According to Re-Imagine group chairman and serial tech entrepreneur Peter Hirshberg, we are at a decisive moment in our innovation economy.  Silicon Valley – or, at least, the “ethos of Silicon Valley” – is spreading all over America, Hirshberg insists. And Silicon Valley is reinventing what he calls “secondary” places like Youngstown, Ohio or… Read More

  • The new electronic police state Crunch Network

    The new electronic police state

    Although the Fourth Amendment protects us and our “effects” from “unreasonable searches and seizures,” Customs and Border Protection agents can take advantage of an exception to this constitutional protection and search our electronic devices at airports without first establishing reasonable suspicion or securing a warrant. It’s a problem that’s only… Read More

  • How to announce a funding round Crunch Network

    How to announce a funding round

    Attracting investment is a milestone for any startup – it’s a vote of confidence from a respected outside expert in your space and a signal that your company is positioned for the future, which is important to prospective partners and customers, as well as future investors. Beyond that, new funding can also increase your visibility, attracting the attention of top talent and… Read More

  • Five billion-dollar businesses for the driverless future Crunch Network

    Five billion-dollar businesses for the driverless future

    Massive opportunities in urban transportation are emerging as the industry transitions from per-vehicle to per-mile economics Growing up, I dreamed of owning cars I would be proud to wax, polish, and cruise around my neighborhood. Today, I dread the prospect of being weighed down by a rapidly depreciating hunk of plastic and metal. Now all I want is a pleasant transportation… Read More

  • Forget what you’ve been told about edtech Crunch Network

    Forget what you’ve been told about edtech

    Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. The investment du jour? Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” While most of us can appreciate the wordplay, comparing edtech to fintech, or other “hot” industries, is a dangerous game — one that that can severely damage… Read More

  • Automated telemedicine is coming, for everyone Crunch Network

    Automated telemedicine is coming, for everyone

    The irony of strict regulation is that while it drives up the quality of care, it also drives up costs, making it unreachable for those without health insurance. The fact that few for-profit screening services exist outside of health insurance ecosystems suggests the cost of FDA approval makes it prohibitively expensive to develop low-cost solutions. This leaves no options for the poor. Read More

  • What working on Pebble taught me about building hardware Crunch Network

    What working on Pebble taught me about building hardware

    Building hardware is fun but tough. We worked on Pebble for a full four years before we launched on Kickstarter in 2012. We went on to sell over $230 million worth of Pebbles, or just over 2 million watches. While it wasn’t our top goal to sell to Fitbit last year, I’m grateful that they’re continuing to work on low-power, fun, hackable smartwatches. Startups in general are… Read More

  • The technology, benefits, risks and regulatory measures you need to know about ICOs now Crunch Network

    The technology, benefits, risks and regulatory measures you need to know about ICOs now

    Organizations have raised more than $1.8 billion through initial coin offerings (ICO) since January 2017. For the first time, this June, Blockchain entrepreneurs raised more money through ICO than traditional venture capital investment. If you haven’t heard of ICOs, it’s the new fundraising phenomenon that has caught almost every investor’s attention. Read More

  • Tech companies must do more to fight misogyny in the wider culture Crunch Network

    Tech companies must do more to fight misogyny in the wider culture

    Over the past few months Silicon Valley’s treatment of women has made several headlines. Thanks to the incredible women who have found the courage to speak up, we are beginning to have the serious conversation around misogyny in the technology industry and end its complacency in the face of injustice. But the problem of harassment is much bigger than the culture within particular… Read More

  • After years of chasing brokers and bots, ‘slow ticketing’ will help both artists and fans Crunch Network

    After years of chasing brokers and bots, ‘slow ticketing’ will help both artists and fans

    Since the advent of the modern ticket era, speed has been the name of the game. Whether it was the first person to get in line, or the first ping to hit the server, the winners in the world of ticketing have always been a step ahead. Over the last 15 years on the internet, that competition has risen to super-human levels, with bots becoming virtually unbeatable. For average fans, that… Read More

  • Summer ’17 – A seismic shift for gender diversity in tech Crunch Network

    Summer ’17 – A seismic shift for gender diversity in tech

    We may look back on the summer of 2017 as a watershed moment for gender diversity: the lava of simmering issues erupts, and once out, flows to reshape the landscape. However, what happened this summer to tech giants like Uber and Google is merely a symptom of a gradual change in a shifting landscape, that little-by-little has led to people taking notice of a personal blog from a female… Read More

  • Corporate venture in Brazil gains steam as giants amp up startup investments Crunch Network

    Corporate venture in Brazil gains steam as giants amp up startup investments

    What a difference one year makes. Since showing noteworthy signs of a maturing tech ecosystem last summer, corporate venture in Latin America has begun to crescendo in just 12 months, led by Brazil. Read More