Eric Prenen

294 Flips | 2 Magazines | 5 Likes | 19 Following | 92 Followers | @eprenen | Technologist turned entrepreneur turned advisor.

What Tech’s Unicorn Cult Can Learn from the Art World

In the thirty-one months since the investor Aileen Lee popularized the term “unicorn” as shorthand for a startup technology company worth a billion dollars or more, the concept has gone from novelty to gestalt to frenzy to trouble to embarrassment. Some unicorns have been sold for a fraction of …

The urgent need for Digital Diversity on today’s boards

A version of this post first appeared on the ANZ BlueNotes blog, titled “How to get digital in your company’s DNA” on 17th August 2015. It has been …

Exploring Microsoft's vision for enterprise collaboration

When it comes to using technology to improve workforce collaboration, the discussion today almost always includes the company most associated with …

Mobile Devices

The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution

This past January, the World Bank issued the Digital Dividends report, a comprehensive study of the state of digital developments around the world. …

Enterprise hits and misses - digital skills dilemmas and big data pitfalls

<b>diginomica hit:</b> <b>Are companies ready for digital? Skills dilemmas and high stakes use cases</b> by Derek and Martin<p><b>quotage</b>: “<i>[Caterpillar] CEO Oberhelman</i> …

The Six Stages of Digital Transformation

<b>Audience</b><p>Intended for digital strategists and executive leadership who are looking for a digital maturity framework to advance technology roadmaps, …

Global Predictions 2018

Global 2018 TMT Predictions<p>Is there an #adlergic epidemic? Adblocking across media<p>Deloitte Global predicts that ten percent of North Americans over …

Cognitive Computing

The secret science of raising money - a guide for entrepreneurs

As an early stage entrepreneur its hard to know what exactly will make you succesful in raising money from angels and investors.<p>Here is an indepth guide from someone who's done it three times, with both the practical tips and the never-spoken-about psychology of fundraising.

Startups need to do due diligence, too

I hear a lot of horror stories about investors. Many are misunderstandings. Some are just outright false. Then there are those that are true. Sadly, there are a lot of those.<p>There’s the alleged angel in the Baltic region who committed (in an email) to leading a round and then refused to talk to the …

4 Ways Digitalization Is Transforming Manufacturing

The digital economy is upending processes and rearranging markets. Fully 86% of companies say the pace of technology will increase “rapidly” or “at …

Pipelines, Platforms, and the New Rules of Strategy

Back in 2007 the five major mobile-phone manufacturers—Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and LG—collectively controlled 90% of the industry’s global profits. That year, Apple’s iPhone burst onto the scene and began gobbling up market share.<p>By 2015 the iPhone <i>singlehandedly</i> generated 92% of …

Google reportedly starting an in-house startup incubator

Google has a plan to retain some of its top talent. According to <i>The Information</i>, the company is looking into starting an in-house startup incubator. Known internally as "Area 120," the plan is to allow entrepreneurial Googlers and their teams to develop their ideas with Google's support and funding …

Start-ups struggle to nurture rapid growth, report warns | Financial Times

Britain has the largest number of technology start-ups outside the US but many are failing to grow far beyond that stage, a group of academics has …

Fintech could be bigger than ATMs, PayPal, and Bitcoin combined

<i>This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here.</i><p>Fintech broke onto the scene as a disruptive force following the 2008 …

Financial Services

The Best Entrepreneurs Think Globally, Not Just Digitally

“Born Global” is becoming the new “Born Digital.” Social media and digital platforms giving local start-ups global reach increasingly facilitate …

An Open Letter to Founders

I just got off an advisory board call on which we were talking about the squirely markets and the challenges that startups will face in the coming …

Why Silicon Valley’s Leading Startup Incubator Wants To Research Basic Income

Y Combinator president Sam Altman says he’s attracted to the concept because it’s “the right thing to do” and because artificial intelligence and …

Zenefits Under Investigation as Regulators Clamp Down on Start-Ups

Silicon Valley is still finding the line between breaking business conventions and breaking the law.<p>The engine powering much of the innovation, and its surrounding hype, in Silicon Valley is the high-octane enthusiasm for breaking things—the Internet, the mold, fund-raising records—in order to …

Top Silicon Valley VC Explains What Entrepreneurs Are Doing Wrong

A partner of the Band of Angels and now the head of Nasdaq's center for entrepreneurs in San Francisco, Nicola Corzine gives her best advice for startup founders.<p>The phrase "fake it until you make it" is almost an accepted truth in Silicon Valley. If you're launching a startup and raising money …

Dozens Of U.S. Startups Have Listed On Canada's Junior Stock Exchange, Here's What You Need To Know

It’s an unusual move for a U.S. startup to go public in Canada, rather than taking venture capital money. But that’s exactly what Frankly Inc. did last year, engineering a reverse merger to list on the TSX Venture Exchange. (For my interview with Frankly CEO Steve Chung, see here.) But what exactly …

TSX Venture Exchange

Pitching a Seed Stage Enterprise Startup

We hear lots of pitches at boldstart and in most cases write the founder’s first-check, so our bet is on people. It’s always interesting how …

A New Class at Stanford is Hacking Big Problems for the US Military to Fight ISIS

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about Chet Kanojia's new startup, Under Armour's entry into the wearable game, and a new class at Stanford that brings real military battlefield problems to grad students to solve.<p>Welcome to the Inc. Uncensored podcast's 50th episode! The show is hosted this …

10 Reasons E-commerce Startups Will E-xplode in 2016

Investors, both private and public alike, have shied away from e-commerce investing in recent years. However cautious, this might be the wrong …

Breaking New Ground with Modern Corporate Venture Capital Strategies

The Case for Corporate Venture Capital<p>Back in 1992 Siemens’ top management received a delegation from US-VC Kleiner Perkins seeking to unload a 30% …

How to Totally Own Your Next Pitch Meeting

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

You Can Never Size a Market in Excel

Over the course of my career as a VC I’ve been involved with a bunch of fundraising. Raising money for our fund. Raising money for our portfolio …

Pitching US VCs: How European Startups Can Increase Their Chances of Funding

<b></b><i>This post was written by Ricardo Schäfer, from Seedcamp’s Investment Team. Follow Ricardo on Twitter @schaeferric.</i> In the US, you will undoubtedly …

Here’s What Can Happen When a Startup Stays out of Silicon Valley

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Europe’s biggest venture capital fund told us what it looks for in a company

The rise of cheap tech combined with smart people being laid off during the recession has led to a wave of startups trying to re-imagine everything from lending to wealth management, using technology to do things faster, better, and cheaper.<p>Antony Jenkins, the former CEO of Barclays, warned this …