Richard DeFrancisco

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You Need These Skills to Succeed, Says Musk, Branson and Others

Develop an area of expertise, but understand what you lack, too.<p>Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<p>What skills will you need to succeed in an uncertain future?<p>Alibaba founder Jack Ma was in Detroit this week for the Gateway '17 conference, and during an …

There’s a better way to build your startup

If a startup founder could peer 8 years into the future and see a company that has become the symbol for disruptive culture, one that has raised over $8 billion on a valuation of $67 billion, that has a worldwide presence in hundreds of cities, millions of app downloads,12,000 full time employees …

The founder of a $470 million startup explains what it's like to have VCs who initially shot you down suddenly beg to invest in your red-hot company

When ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia started her fitness company in 2013, money was tight.<p>Even though she'd been part of rigorous tech accelerator Tech Stars, she had trouble raising her initial funding, she told Business Insider US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell on an episode of Business …

Headstart wants to better analyze candidates to fit them with the best jobs

Nicholas Shekerdemian has a pretty typical startup story: he dropped out of college, met up with technical co-founder Jeremy Hindle and then ended up starting a company. But Shekerdemian, who at the time was helping match English teachers with Chinese citizens, wanted to start a company that would …

How Blue Apron compares to other subscription services, in one graph

When Blue Apron's S-1 dropped at the beginning of the month, there was a lot of excitement, and rightly so. This is one of the fastest growing consumer businesses in the United States over the last few years, poised to do over $1 billion in revenue in just its 6th year since launch.<p>It should go …

Houzz raises a huge $400M round at a $4B valuation

If you ask investors in Silicon Valley about Houzz — an app where you browse ridiculously nice homes and check out interesting interior design ideas — they’ll probably quietly mutter that they’re just growing their business. We really don’t hear about Houzz’s business that often.<p>Except now the …

U.S. IPO Week Ahead: Blue Apron, Biotechs And Banks

Ten deals are on the IPO calendar to raise a combined $1.5 billion in the week ahead. Meal-kit delivery service <b>Blue Apron Holdings</b> (NYSE:APRN) …

Meet the Woman Funding the Valley's Hottest Shopping Startups

At age 18, Kirsten Green sold women’s clothes at the Nordstrom in Walnut Creek, Calif. Twenty years later, the retailer backed her fund, Forerunner …

The 29 coolest female startup founders in the UK

There are more women than ever founding their own tech startups in the UK, defying barriers like the huge gender gap in computer science, the fact that most European firms have all-male founding teams, and that most venture capitalists are men.<p>We ranked the 29 coolest female founders in the UK, …

BEFORE & AFTER: An Empty Loft Becomes Warm and Inviting

A peek at one of our favorite makeovers from this week's American Dream Builders.<p>On Sunday night's episode of Nate Berkus's new show, <i>American Dream Builders</i>, we were introduced to a pair of post-industrial lofts in Downtown Los Angeles. The spaces were completely blank canvases and it was up to the …