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Ultimate Pitch Deck To Build A Billion Dollar Startup

Let’s be honest — most business plans are dull. No one has time to read a business plan unless they have already made the mental decision to fund you, and are just checking the boxes of due diligence. Experienced business pros and investors know that business plans change. In fact, the funding you …

Venture Capital

Want More Creative Employees? You Need to Offer Them These 5 Things

These five steps can help any organization gain an unseen edge over the competition.<p>We've seen the problems that "toxic" organizational cultures create - just look at Uber. On the flip side, we've also seen how innovative cultures like 3M, Amazon, and Google drive dramatic growth.<p>In today's world, …

Innovation

11 Things Every CEO Must Know About Disruption

At this very moment you are either disrupting or being disrupted!<p>The first thing to remember about disruption is that it's a two-way street. Either you are the disrupter, or you are being disrupted.<p>This means I mean that if you aren't making things happen for you, or your company, then someone is …

Innovation

Buoyant raises $10.5M Series A round as it looks to bring service meshes to the masses

Buoyant, a company founded by former Twitter infrastructure engineers William Morgan and Oliver Gould, today announced that it has raised a $10.5 million Series A round. This round was led by Benchmark Capital, with participation from #Angels, a female-led group of current and former Twitter …

Series A Round

Invisible unicorns: 35 big companies that started with little or no money

Venture capital is a hell of a drug, and it’s possible to overdose on VC, but for most founders that is a champagne problem. More often the question investors hear is “how do I get a VC to back my startup?” These founders aren’t worried about how overcapitalization will make their IPO prospects …

Startups

Time-tracking startup Timeular raises $1.1M to help you work smarter

Timeular, the Austrian startup behind the neat Zei time-tracking device that we wrote about last year, has raised €1 million ($1.1 million) in funding to develop new productivity coaching tools to help you work smarter.<p>The company is best known for the Zei, its eight-sided device that is …

Startups

5 Investment Firms Reveal What They Look for in Startups

There's more competition than ever before to get startup funding. Here's how to break through the pack.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Running a startup is expensive. If you’re an entrepreneur, you already know this, and likely have “find money” high on your …

Startups

2017 is the year your startup gets funded

The turn of the calendar is cathartic for entrepreneurs — there’s something about starting a new year that inspires folks to launch a new startup, build a new product or raise capital.<p>If you’re starting to raise capital, this is your guide. Let’s get to it.<p>Step 1: Build your funnel<p>Fundraising is a …

Venture Capital

Startups and SMEs at the centre of NSW’s $190 million jobs plan with two new grants and support for incubators

Startups and entrepreneurs will be a key part of the NSW government’s plan to create one million new jobs in the state by 2036.<p>NSW Premier Mike Baird …

Startups

6 Ways Startups Can Market Their Brands Without Breaking the Bank

During the early days of the Internet, starting a small low investment startup wasn't that hard at all. Few people who did became big names in a matter of months.<p>Now fast forward to these days, where research shows that 543,000 new businesses get started each month somewhere in the world. This …

65 Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Startups

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.com.</i><p>Entrepreneurs need to be prepared in pitching their startup companies to a venture capitalist by …

Is your cyber startup IPO-ready? Check these 7 benchmarks

In recent years, several Israeli cyber-security companies have made the transition into becoming market leaders by going public on NASDAQ, including such world renowned firms as Check Point, CyberArk, Imperva, and Varonis.<p>At Jerusalem Venture Partners, we see some 90% of the startups in the local …

New Year, Two New Jobs For Ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo…

Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who stepped away from the big blue bird last June, has a new health and fitness platform startup in the works, focused on motivating people to make lifestyle improvements by drawing on the expertise of a range of “wellness professionals” to provide inspiring …

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Breaks Ground To Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop A Reality

Plans to construct the beginnings of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop are now underway in Quay Valley, California. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced plans for a 5-mile test track late last year and is about to break ground on an initial framework for what HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn hopes will …

High-speed Rail

Business Story Information Memorandum for Business Sales

24 great books on startups and entrepreneurs that I must read in 2016

One of my favorite activities at the start of the year is to list out books I intend to read – and I do read some of them too eventually! For those …

Startups

How To Run Your Company Based On Metrics

David Teten Contributor<p>David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital.<p>I review a lot of board decks with a beautifully hand-crafted page with metrics for the company. That makes me nervous.<p>I prefer to see a screenshot of an internal dashboard, not something created for the board, and I prefer to …

Analytics

When Startups Don’t Raise

A mark of a growing company is a need to raise fresh funds to help finance expansion. Even when they’re making money, companies that have raised in …

Venture Capital