entrepreneurs

  • The golden age of American entrepreneurship Crunch Network

    The golden age of American entrepreneurship

    In an otherwise contentious 2016 U.S. presidential election, there will be one issue on which both candidates can agree: Entrepreneurship is good. Entrepreneurs have been embraced by both political parties, along with a wide swath of the American people, who tell pollsters they trust small business more than almost any other institution. However, more businesses closed than opened last year. Read More

  • Why there will never be an Uber for healthcare Crunch Network

    Why there will never be an Uber for healthcare

    You should walk away from anyone who says there can be an “Uber for healthcare.” It is the equivalent of someone saying they “have a bridge to sell you.” Or, more precisely, it shows a complete lack of understanding for how healthcare works and how positive health outcomes are actually achieved. Read More

  • Tech in Brazil is booming despite the country’s political troubles Crunch Network

    Tech in Brazil is booming despite the country’s political troubles

    It was a balmy night in Rio de Janeiro and a pretty J.P. Morgan Private Wealth representative was buying drinks for newly paper-rich entrepreneurs. Nearby at the pool mingled investors who had flown in from New York, San Francisco, London and Berlin. The next morning, entrepreneurs presented their well-funded ideas to the participants of Founders Forum Brazil 2012. Few of those companies… Read More

  • Dear startups, focus on the steak, not the sizzle Crunch Network

    Dear startups, focus on the steak, not the sizzle

    We are once again learning the old lesson that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably shouldn’t get a SaaS multiple. Read More

  • Startup spending guide: Where to spend money Crunch Network

    Startup spending guide: Where to spend money

    There is no shortage of advice when it comes to which tools software companies should use to run their businesses. We’ve all come across numerous “Top 100 resources for startups”-type posts at least once as we Google our way to entrepreneurial success. But after reading just one of them, it’s not hard to go from “I have no idea what’s out there” to… Read More

  • It’s time to remove “serial entrepreneur” from our vocabulary Crunch Network

    It’s time to remove “serial entrepreneur” from our vocabulary

    In today’s tech-driven business world, the title “serial entrepreneur” is a coveted badge of honor. It’s easy to understand the appeal of the phrase. It suggests that someone is so full of groundbreaking ideas they can’t channel all of them into just one company. Instead, they choose to focus their genius on creating an array of world-changing, money-making… Read More

  • Beyond the Valley Crunch Network

    Beyond the Valley

    As someone who has worked in technology his entire adult life, I can say the following with complete conviction: Somewhere at this moment a young entrepreneur is developing a product, service or business model that will transform the way our world thinks, works, plays, communicates, dates, sleeps or wakes up the day after. He or she doesn’t live in the Valley and probably has no intention… Read More

  • Here’s why we only did three deals last year Crunch Network

    Here’s why we only did three deals last year

    There has been a huge disconnect between private and public company valuations over the last few years. This isn’t the first time I’ve said it. It probably won’t be the last. During this period of froth, companies were able to raise capital at increasingly ludicrous valuations, and entrepreneurs turned fundraising into a sport. Deals closed peaked in 2014, but all-time… Read More

  • New initiatives emerge to help refugees Crunch Network

    New initiatives emerge to help refugees

    Prompted by the ongoing refugee crisis affecting much of the western world, new initiatives have emerged to provide solutions to the many challenges facing the beleaguered masses. In a sea of clueless government bureaucrats and fearful citizens, these new startups want to tap into the potential of the newcomers. Privately funded initiatives may one day become the norm in helping tackle… Read More

  • Startups need to do due diligence, too Crunch Network

    Startups need to do due diligence, too

    I hear a lot of horror stories about investors. Many are misunderstandings. Some are just outright false. Then there are those that are true. Sadly, there are a lot of those. This kills companies. I’ve watched great entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas sink because they’ve been fucked around and because they made poor choices. I wanted to write something that will help people. Here… Read More

  • Tall poppy syndrome and the Canadian opportunity Crunch Network

    Tall poppy syndrome and the Canadian opportunity

    There’s an epidemic in Canada. That epidemic is a mentality that leaves top talent with no option but to leave the nation’s borders and with them, everything they learned. It undervalues breakthroughs developed and paid for by Canadian taxpayers. It’s a mindset that resents the success of others. It’s a bad case of tall poppy syndrome. Read More

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