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Africa Roundup: Uber says it’s staying, Konga could be epic startup fail

Despite exit rumors and quitting Morocco, Uber is staying in Africa, according to its General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits. Speculation Uber could leave the continent surfaced late last

Helix holds first close on a planned $200 million investment in its genetic services marketplace

Welcome to the future… where startups are willing to customize everything from a diet regimen to a workout plan, or family planning to personal fashion based on an individual’s genetic c

Why investor Jalak Jobanputra is betting big on crypto

When investor and entrepreneur Jalak Jobanputra first visited a blockchain conference five years ago she got goosebumps. The experienced investor had heard of cryptocurrencies but now that they had tr

Pop star turned entrepreneur Starshell raises $1 million for her Birthday Girl World

For the singer-songwriter Starshell, a one-time protege of Mary J. Blige, success comes in many guises — and the latest is startup entrepreneur. Her song “Birthday Girl“, resonated s

Winning deals as a new venture capital fund

This is my third time joining a new firm and second time starting one of my own. One would think that I would remember the challenges of building up a new firm, like a type of muscle memory, but I alw

Pioneer Square Labs’ Greg Gottesman on the studio model for high growth startups

Jasper Kuria Contributor Jasper Kuria is the founder and editor of Capital & Growth. More posts by this contributor Gil Penchina on angel investing, market timing, and his ambivalence to venture c

AI is for real and intelligent apps is its vehicle according to Madrona Group’s Matt McIlwain

Jasper Kuria Contributor Jasper Kuria is the founder and editor of Capital & Growth. More posts by this contributor Gil Penchina on angel investing, market timing, and his ambivalence to venture c

All your questions about startup fundraising for KPCB… Asked and answered.

Aviv Gilboa Contributor Aviv Gilboa is an analyst at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, focusing on strategic partnerships for early stage enterprise and consumer digital companies in their portfol

A Q&A with DFJ Partner, Bill Bryant, on “unicorn” valuations and startup investing

Jasper Kuria Contributor Jasper Kuria is the founder and editor of Capital & Growth. More posts by this contributor Gil Penchina on angel investing, market timing, and his ambivalence to venture c

Tunisia Is Becoming MENA’s Next Startup Hub

Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia’s new democracy has struggled to enact prudent economic policy to provide employment and opportunity for its young, growing population. Unemployment is current

A Case Study Of Startup Failure

Startups fail. In fact, startups often fail. Anyone who has spent any time in the startup and venture capital ecosystem will tell you that failure is the most pervasive characteristic of the ecosystem

Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter

In the last few years, there’s been a massive decoupling between private and public markets. A Goldman Sachs report shows that since December, five of the seven most recent IPOs for billion-dollar s

Jon Callaghan Of True Ventures To Talk At Disrupt SF 2015

Jon Callaghan is a founder and managing partner of True Ventures, an industry-leading venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology firms. We’re thrilled to announce that Callaghan wil

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Violent extremism starts with an idea and an entrepreneur. On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different le

Sampler Is Like Those People Who Give You Free Warm Cheeseballs At Costco But Only On The Internet

Giving out samples on the street is kind of silly. Taking a little cup of urine-colored sports drink or a nasty bag of chips offers little in the way of customer generation and it usually ends up in a

Navigating The New Waters Of Fundraising

As a VC that has been in the industry for 15 years, I have watched many trends come and go. For the first few years of my career, my colleagues and I spent most of our time sourcing these trends and t

Bigger Isn’t Always Better: How A Big Round Can Hurt Your Startup

When you’re a struggling team eating away at your meager savings and trying to get your startup profitable, venture capital funding seems like the holy grail. Raising money from investors gives you

How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence

As soon as you capture the attention of a VC, they’re going to start performing the “due diligence” required to justify the investment. This is when the investor checks into the bold claims you

Ignoring Junior VCs Is A Mistake

Many first-time founders underestimate the value of junior VCs, which can be a costly mistake. Investors look for hungry founders because they have the grit to fight through sleepless nights, setbacks

Is Seattle Silicon Valley’s Next Favorite Stop?

In the last ten years, the Seattle tech scene has changed quite dramatically. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the only gigantic software companies in town were Microsoft and Amazon. For a time it even b
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