Startups

  • The investor psychology and why VCs aren’t immune Crunch Network

    The investor psychology and why VCs aren’t immune

    One of the most oft-repeated quotes about investing goes something like this: Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. While Warren Buffett may not have had venture capital in particular in mind when he offered up that bit of sage advice, it is a fitting way to describe the current climate of the VC industry. Read More

  • What bubble? VCs spent $12 billion on startups in first quarter

    What bubble? VCs spent $12 billion on startups in first quarter

    Venture capitalists will tell you that a lackluster IPO market and struggling tech stocks mean that they are being more cautious, but the data suggests otherwise. Apart from last year, which saw $13.7 billion invested in the first quarter, National Venture Capital Association data shows that the $12.1 billion invested at the beginning of 2016 was the best start to a year since the dot-com boom… Read More

  • Women in tech: What’s the real problem? Crunch Network

    Women in tech: What’s the real problem?

    In my 20-plus years in tech, and now in Silicon Valley as part of a tech foundation that supports innovations, I’ve had the opportunity to partner with many entrepreneurs and help foster the growth of dozens of startups for social good. As a woman, the fact that I’m still working in tech, and in a leadership position, is not lost on me. Read More

  • Google for Entrepreneurs adds People Squared, its first partner in China

    Google for Entrepreneurs adds People Squared, its first partner in China

    Many of Google’s services are blocked in China, but the company is still finding ways of maintaining ties with startups there. Today People Squared, which runs tech hubs in Beijing and Shanghai, announced that it has joined the Google for Entrepreneurs program. That means it will get financial backing for operational expenses from Google and its startups will have access to the… Read More

  • From Uber driver to venture capitalist Crunch Network

    From Uber driver to venture capitalist

    How did you get into venture capital? And why did you decide on that versus another startup? These are two questions aspiring VCs often ask. While I usually hop on 15-30 minute calls with those looking to learn more, I thought it might be more impactful to share my experience here. Although there is no guaranteed way for you to get into it, I’ve learned a lot through the stories of my… Read More

  • What can a toothbrush teach us about IoT business models? Crunch Network

    What can a toothbrush teach us about IoT business models?

    E-commerce has become increasingly popular as a business model for the Internet of Things in the consumer space. A toothbrush example, as simple as it may sound, helps demonstrate. Read More

  • The Silicon Valley of Transylvania Crunch Network

    The Silicon Valley of Transylvania

    Romania has long been a hotbed for tech companies outsourcing contact centers, software development and even research and development. Now, Romania is growing its own entrepreneurial culture. Read More

  • An insider’s handbook for IoT startups Crunch Network

    An insider’s handbook for IoT startups

    Tips are everywhere. There’s an abundance of generic advice available for how to build teams and culture, how to fundraise, how to be productive, how to stay above the noise… But what about specific advice? Specific tips for what differentiates the leaders from the followers. And even more specifically, a guide to differentiate and succeed as a hardware startup. Read More

  • The SEC is voicing concern about ‘eye-popping’ startup valuations Crunch Network

    The SEC is voicing concern about ‘eye-popping’ startup valuations

    Management and boards at late-stage, or pre-IPO, companies are on notice that the SEC is paying attention to the late-stage financing arena, and should look internally to ensure that corporate governance and financial controls are befitting their scale, and should also ensure the accuracy of the disclosures they make when raising funds. Read More

  • Entrepreneurs must learn to negotiate, or they can lose everything Crunch Network

    Entrepreneurs must learn to negotiate, or they can lose everything

    Successfully taking an idea to market involves many more negotiations than most entrepreneurs realize. First, they must figure out whether to share credit with any partners or advisors who helped them along the way. Then, they need to determine who owns what, and who controls what, as they make their way through multiple rounds of investment. Read More

  • How easy access VC funding has softened the startup world Crunch Network

    How easy access VC funding has softened the startup world

    The last decade has seen a period of extremely high venture capital activity, with a record peak of investment reached in 2015. This period of high VC investments has led to many amazing new products and companies, but it also has sparked a “Hollywood” era of high spending for early-stage companies. This glitzy big-budget period in Silicon Valley and further afield led influential… Read More