John Prendergass

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I listened to 82 finance startup pitches — here's what I learned about where Wall Street is heading

They're gaining customers at a pace and have been making a lot of noise.<p>According to UBS Evidence Lab, the use of financial services from nonbank providers is set to surge by as much as 150% over the next year. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers global fintech survey found that 60% of asset and wealth …

The 13 Best New Books To Read Now

With a new season freshly begun, it’s time to update your reading list. 2016 has been an exceptional year for literary achievement, from epic novels …

Books

Why WhatsApp Could Be A Game-Changer for American Health Care

When messaging service WhatsApp announced in April that it would adopt end-to-end encryption, it rankled law-enforcement agencies worldwide …

Why everything might not be 'great' at Google's $2.4 billion venture capital business

When tech news website Recode asked the Alphabet exec why he's leaving the $2.4 billion (£1.6 billion) fund that has invested in 300 companies including the likes of Uber, he said: "I'm leaving because everything is great."<p>But industry sources and venture capital researchers at analyst firm CB …

The head of Bloomberg's $150 million VC fund explains the formula for finding a top AI startup

The internet was not yet a commonly-accepted technical protocol for networking and hardware of the terminal's kind hadn't been seen before.<p>So Bloomberg's engineers had to go about inventing the tech themselves — from the set of instructions to carry data across a network, to custom-built hardware …

The Next Billion Dollar Opportunity

In seven short years, the Hult Prize has catapulted to a leadership position in the impact space. The Hult Prize is today a massive (650+ Universities) global platform for student-led innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded in 2009 by American entrepreneur Ahmad Ashkar, it was named 'One of the …

How A Brazilian Steakhouse Is Wooing American Meat Lovers

About halfway through a tasting at Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão, I was wondering whether I made a mistake attending the press event. I’ve been a …

How the Indie.vc model is disrupting VC firms

The way technology companies grow may be broken, destructive, and wasteful. At least that’s the gospel some renegade venture capitalists at Indie.vc have been spreading. If you’re working in venture capital or tech, you might not have heard of Indie.vc yet (some partners I’ve spoken to haven’t), …

What Is Immunotherapy? The Basics on These Cancer Treatments

Some of the most promising advances in cancer research in recent years involve treatments known as immunotherapy. These advances are spurring billions of dollars in investment by drug companies, and are leading to hundreds of clinical trials. Here are answers to some basic questions about this …

Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt Are Pumping Millions into an Ed Tech Startup

Education has always mattered to Tom Davidson.<p>To this day, the chief exec at EverFi, an education software startup based in Washington, D.C., boasts …

A Growing Group Of Black Angel Investors Is Making Up For The Funding Biases In Venture Capital

These successful small business owners know how difficult it can be for black founders to secure the cash to get their companies off the ground. They’re working to change that–with their check books.<p>Jehiel Oliver knew he wasn’t going to find his pathway to prosperity at the doorsteps of Silicon …

Can this woman cure ageing with gene therapy?

Elizabeth Parrish is CEO of BioViva, a Seattle-based biotech company working to develop treatments to slow the ageing process. In April, the company revealed that Parrish herself had undergone “the first gene therapy successful against human ageing”. The treatment, it claimed, had reversed the …

University of Washington

How to Finance a Start Up | Business Loans | Small Business Loans | Startup Funding

At some stage, most entrepreneurs will need to finance their startup. This means raising money to fund the continued growth and development of their …

The clean energy economy is coming – and there's a lot to lose for those who can't keep up

Change is coming to the energy landscape. A transition to a new energy economy is happening. In a country like Australia – awash with energy both under and above the ground – this transition could be rapid and profound. There is a lot to lose for those who can’t keep pace.<p>Last month the government …

Clean Energy

Artificial Pancreas Could Be Answer For Diabetes

There's good news on the horizon for those who suffer from diabetes: a new technology that enables the creation of an artificial pancreas could replace your insulin shots and automatically regulate the body's levels with nothing for you to worry about on your side.<p>Diabetes is one of the more common …

Six new medical technologies worth watching

From growing blood vessels in labs to applying advanced nanotechnology to cancer testing, here are some emerging technologies that could have a big …

Medical Technology

VENTURE CAPITALIST: 'We've never crammed this much private capital into immature private companies'

From investors' perspective, the fear of missing out on the next big thing and a low interest-rate environment that makes other investments challenging is enough to keep their money flowing into private companies even when they know an exit could be a long way off, if it comes at all. That's what's …

From Summly to Silicon Valley: The teen who sold his app for $30 million

<i>Nick D’Aloisio was still a teenager when he sold Summly, the news summarization app, to Yahoo soon after our interview in 2013 for a reported $30</i> …

How GV handles the unsexy part of growing startups

I first met Rick Klau and Ken Norton several years ago when they were running a program called Startup Lab — on behalf of Google Ventures (now GV) — a venture capital firm along the lines of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Greylock, Andreessen Horowitz, and Sequoia Capital. At the time, the two …

HealthPrize raises second round of funding for medication adherence offering

HealthPrize Technologies closed a series B round of financing, which included new and existing investors. The medication adherence company intends to …

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. …

Revolv is dead. Google killed it. Long live innovation

When a startup dies and users are left stranded, it's unfortunate. But when a giant like Google cuts off life support for a home automation product, …

This Hedge Fund Manager Allegedly Made $32 Million off Insider Information From the FDA

A Visium Asset Management money manager and his source, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who allegedly obtained confidential …

The Downside of Merging Doctors and Hospitals

Considering how much we already pay for health care, you have to wonder why doctors, hospitals and insurance providers so often fail to coordinate their patients’ care.<p>Your primary care doctor, the hospital you visit and the various specialists you are sent to are typically part of different …

Health Care

This investment firm could revolutionize solar energy

A common perception of impact investing is that you have to make sacrifices to put your money behind a good cause.<p>Bryan Birsic, the CEO of Wunder Capital, a solar investment startup, says that's exactly the wrong way to think about it.<p>"Impact investors want to feel as though the positive impact …

How “Silicon Valley” Nails Silicon Valley

When Dick Costolo attended the University of Michigan, in the nineteen-eighties, his major was computer science, but he was surprised to find that he also had a knack for improv comedy. After graduation, he moved to Chicago and took classes at the Second City Theatre. Unlike some of his peers …

A 27-year-old who worked for Apple as a teenager wants to make a yearly blood test to diagnose cancer — and he just got $5.5 million from Silicon Valley VCs to pull it off

When Gabe Otte went to college, he already had an Apple internship under his belt. In undergrad, his computer-science professors told him to diversify and pick out another area to focus on so he wasn't bored in class, so he chose biology.<p>Now, at 27, he just got $5.5 million in a seed-funding round …

​Here's How Startup Fundraising Works

Via 1000 Angels, the platform where we connect investors with entrepreneurs, I have been exposed to how the process of startups getting funded really …

What Really Happens When a Food Critic Comes to Review Your Restaurant

Most of the time, you don’t know a reviewer from one customer to the next. But when one of the country’s top critics comes in, you fucking know it.<p><i>Welcome back to Restaurant Confessionals, where we talk to the unheard voices of the restaurant industry from both the front-of-house (FOH) and</i> …

These Are the Best Startup Accelerators in the U.S.

A handful of accelerators stand out from the pack in the most recent rankings.<p>Startup accelerators can too easily be black boxes. There are close to 200 of them, and they all make similar claims: That you'll emerge from their programs smarter about business, better-connected, and better able to …