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How the democratization of funding is changing the venture capital landscape

Over the last decade the venture capital and funding market has changed dramatically. Whereas in the past venture capitalists were the go-to-guys in the playground, there are new players giving entrepreneurs with many choices. One used to focus their efforts in the famed VC offices on Sand Hill …

The Crowdfunded Hardware Ecosystem

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Witheiler is a General Partner at</i> <i>Flybridge Capital Partners</i><i>. You can follow him on his blog</i><i>.</i><p>In the past six years crowdfunding has become a popular, if not the most popular, form of financing for hardware startups, potato salad distractions notwithstanding. Over the years we’ve …

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THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

In this presentation, we highlight the most important trends fueling the changes: the rise of payment apps, mobile registers, e-commerce, and the decline of cash and checks. We also show where the payments industry is headed. Many of the slides are based on charts exclusive to BI Intelligence.<p><i>BI</i> …

FinTech

The Future Of Manufacturing As Told In Four Objects

Fungus buildings. Algorithmic chairs. Germ-fighting iPhone cases. Software giant Autodesk and others are ushering in a revolution in materials science you may not even see coming.<p><b>Grow It</b>: The Hy-Fi<p>“Swapping new materials for old ones is interesting, but there are so many new designs to explore when …

How has VC funding changed since 1995? (Charts)

Earlier today, PricewaterhouseCoopers and National Venture Capital Association released a report showing that total venture capital spending in the …

How the tech elite teach Stanford students to build billion-dollar companies (in 11 quotes)

Stanford is offering a class in startups taught by some of the most successful tech founders in the valley. The class was packed on day one, as famed investor Sam Altman revealed some of the secrets he teaches aspiring startups at incubator Y Combinator. You can watch the full lecture with Altman …

Think It’s Hard to Remember Your Passwords? At Least You Know Your ABCs

Clever, a startup focusing on account management for students and teachers, says market research has shown teachers spending up to a quarter of their …

Here’s a Field Guide To The Unbearable Personality Types In Every Meeting

The new video, “Every Meeting Ever,” is basically a love letter to the idea of getting business problems solved over email. It begins with the …

Personality

How the wording of questions affects how people answer them

Man and Uber Man

Uber, Travis Kalanick’s smartphone-based car service, has been valued at $18.2 billion, but its C.E.O. still spends a lot of his time on the warpath. His enemies include the taxi industry, regulators around the world, his rivals, and even, on occasion, his customers.<p>Every now and then, when he’s …

The 5 Best Kinds of Recurring Revenue

Not all recurring revenue business models equally valuable. You can think of it as a scale with five levels where the higher your business model falls on the scale, the more valuable it is. And the key to value in this case is making it hard for competitors to take your customers while also making …

Latest Research on the Best Time to Wake Up? It's Complicated

Scientists discover that there are more than two patterns when it comes to sleeping and wakefulness--some folks are simply low energy all day.<p>For years those people who like to wake up early and those who function best at night have been lobbing scientific claims at one another. Getting up at the …

How to Create Your Own Industry to Fit Your Strengths

Your new industry has to reflect you because whether you're a "collaborator genie" or a "green-energy explorer," you've got all the makings of becoming your own unique brand of superhero.<p>"Super connector" and "celebrity wrangler" may sound like fictitious superhero names, but you don't have to wear …

Award Shows

The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

If you don't have doubters, trust me you aren't pushing the boundaries far enough.<p>Last week a company we enthusiastically backed, uBeam, led by a very special entrepreneur, 25-year-old Meredith Perry, announced a $10 million round of financing. The press around the raise and company was fantastic, …

9 Killer Tips for Building and Selling Your Business

Here are some tips from an Entrepreneur who has built, scaled and sold his business and lessons learned<p>Many Cinderella stories are about entrepreneurs reaching levels of success that even they themselves didn't think possible. These are brave souls who built fascinating products, learned priceless …

Business Strategy

19 Startup Habits to Start Today

Every month, I write a recap of some of the lessons I learned from our most recent interviews. This month, I put together a list of 19 habits …

Devon White - Creator of Human Operating System

[quote style=”boxed”]Learn, unlearn, and relearn as quickly as possible. And be honest — with yourself and everyone else.[/quote]<p>Devon White consults …

Are we in a fintech bubble?

The financial technology sector is not just hot, it’s smoking hot.<p>Last year global private fintech companies raised nearly $3 billion, that’s more than triple the $930 million invested into fintech companies in 2008. There’s some speculation that we’re in a bubble and fintech companies are being …

Investors Stay Silent After Wonga Fiasco

Online payday loans company, Wonga, which pitched itself as a technology startup and attracted investment from multiple high profile tech investors, yesterday agreed to write off the loans of 330,000 customers, and waive the interest and fees for a further 45,000 — admitting its automated checks …