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DANAE Exit Interview

Unedited exit interview of the StartupRunner marketing & sales accelerator program by Tiffany Thompson from DANAE.



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Will unicorns turn into 'unicorpses'? VC funding tells a cautionary tale

The hottest thing in Silicon Valley right now? Caution.<p>For the better part of the past 12 months, investors have been signaling their skittishness about the tech startup world.<p>A new report from consultancy KPMG and industry watcher CB Insights called Venture Pulse shows that the trend of caution …

Marketing Technology is Changing the World. And Marketers Are Getting Left Behind.

<i>By Katherine Ogburn, Director of Strategy, Ready State</i><p>In an early episode of Mad Men, Don Draper spars with a researcher about the value of the customer insights she’d collected. Don argued that creatives need to show the future, not the past, and that data couldn’t show a brand where to …

Why most startup CMOs will fail

Venture capital investors, to a person, claim that they invest in teams, not product. Strong teams, they argue, can respond to changing market dynamics and pivot, if necessary, to the right product. For that reason they’re actively involved in the interviewing and hiring of all executive team …

Digital Marketing

10 Books billionaire Warren Buffett wants every entrepreneur to read

Share36<p>Tweet<p>Share92<p>+12<p>Shares 130<p>Warren Buffett is a voracious reader, and the legendary investor isn’t shy about sharing his book recommendations. …

General Electric

This VC firm wrote a $125,000 check over breakfast to Twilio — now it owns a $500 million stake in the company

For Silicon Valley-based Bessemer Ventures, communications-software maker Twilio goes down as one of its early bets that turned out to be a home run.<p>In fact, Bessemer liked Twilio so much that it wrote a $125,000 check for its seed investment on the spot over breakfast.<p>Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson didn't …

Venture Capital

Startups have stopped asking for 'Herculean' amounts of money

But that has started to change, says GV (formerly Google Ventures) managing partner David Krane.<p>"First half of last year into the summer, it was very common for a series B entrepreneur to walk in and put their hand out and ask for $50 million or something Herculean like that," Krane told Business …