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The meeting that showed me the truth about VCs

Tomer Dean Contributor<p>Tomer Dean is a serial tech entrepreneur currently based in Tel Aviv. He is co-founder and CEO of Bllush.<p>I recently had a meeting with a well-known Israeli startup investor. The talk somehow pivoted from my seed-seeking startup into talking about the macro view of venture …

The Charts That Show How Biggest Kenyan Banks Are Being Squeezed

Kenya’s big five are getting mauled.<p>The East African nation’s largest banks all posted a drop in first-quarter earnings as a government-imposed cap …

Vermont Startup Pairs Students, Employers Seeking Flexible Labor

Peter Silverman, then a rising sophomore at the University of Vermont, was doing a digital marketing internship in 2015 when he came up with the idea for a startup.<p>Silverman said he’d only ever seen college kids working in retail. But while living in Boston, he’d noticed all the “big buildings with …

Brazil mulls fund to finance farming insurance, Valor says | Reuters

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Brazilian government is considering the creation of a private-sector fund to help subsidize insurance for farmers, potentially cushioning them from possible budget cuts in agricultural aid, newspaper Valor Econômico reported on Tuesday.<p>A worker cuts sugar cane for cachaca …

Mobile money’s unique moment in Kenya

M-Pesa, the phenomenally successful Kenyan mobile money platform, has created excitement from all corners of the globe. Kenyans paying utility bills …

It's Cherry Season! 8 Recipes to Make Now

During the short time fresh cherries are available in the market, I can't seem to get around to cooking with them—they're so good for popping into your mouth straight up, I just never save enough to work into actual dishes. But this year, I'm determined to resist temptation and find new, …

The Problem With Saving Tunisia

In a region marked by so many acrimonious policy differences among Western governments and think tanks, Tunisia has indeed seemed quite exceptional.<p>Sure, there have been some quibbles here and there since the country's 2011 revolution - mainly over the best funding levels, the most important issues …

The 18 Essential Nairobi Restaurants

Nairobi’s culinary scene has been on an upward trajectory in recent years, with new eateries, cafes, and bars popping up almost weekly. A metropolitan city with a diverse restaurant culture, Nairobi’s best dining experiences run the gamut from roadside food stalls to five-star dining …

Kenya’s 5 most stunning safari camps

From cosy tented camps to thatched-roof escapes, here are five of the best eco-safaris deep in Kenya’s flourishing nature reserves<p>1. Loisaba Tented …

The Food Lab: How to Make New York's Finest Sicilian Pizza at Home

You want to show your friends and family that you really love them (or, at the very least, are willing to buy their affection and admiration with pizza)? This is the recipe for you. It's easy, it's insanely delicious, and it feeds a crowd.<p>Take a look at where you're living, and think about what …

Kenya's Bamba Group Is Incubator Techstars' First East African Investment

One of the biggest problems faced by development agencies working in humanitarian organisations around the world is monitoring and evaluation, which is a $10.5-billion annual business. This is what Kenyan start-up Bamba Group aims to address. The Group has been selected as the first East African …

Small companies fail to see value in having business plan

Home » News » Outlook<p>As many as 29 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises don't have a business plan in place, research finds.

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Marketing Your Business: It's Not All About Facebook

Having a business development strategy that incorporates Facebook, and other social networks, in your small business marketing plan makes sense in …

Ditch the crowds: Cuba’s top five alternative beach stays

Beautiful beaches are as iconic as cocktails in the Caribbean, but in Cuba only a handful of coastal destinations are well known. If crowded resort-lounging in Varadero isn’t your thing, there are plenty of equally stunning, secluded sandy strands for independent travelers. Often, these …

How Steve Jobs Broke All of Richard Branson's Rules | Inc.com

What do the management styles of Virgin founder Richard Branson and Apple's Steve Jobs have in common? If you said, "Absolutely nothing," then you're on the right track.<p>"I have enormous admiration for what Steve Jobs achieved, but it was a very different approach," Branson tells <i>Inc.</i> president and …

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80 Beautiful Bathroom Designs That Will Inspire Relaxation

Relax and refresh with one of these designer-approved rooms.<p>Whether you're thinking of your powder room, master bath, or ensuite, our favorite designer looks will inspire you to spruce up your space. Don't stop there — take a look at these stunning bedroom and living room designs that are full of …

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10 Cozy Fall Breakfast Recipes

Cooler temperatures and falling leaves mean it's time to turn on your oven and bake something delicious. Try these cozy breakfast recipes made from all your favorite fall ingredients -- apples, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, oats, pecans and more.<p><b>1. Amish-Style Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Walnuts & Raisins</b><p>…

Middle Eastern E-Commerce Startup Wysada Raises $5M Series A

Wysada, an online home furnishings store based in Amman, Jordan, announced today that it has raised a $5 million Series A led by Badia Impact Fund, a venture capital fund owned by Silicon Badia. Strategic investors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and existing …

We’re Raising $3.5m in Funding: Here is the Valuation, Term Sheet and Why We’re Doing It

<i>Update: We closed a first syndicate on AngelList today, October 27th. We have opened a new one with VegasTechFund now here.</i><p><i>Update 2: All our public</i> …

Gremolata is the Secret to the Tastiest Simple Lentil Soup

My wife loves lentil soup, which means I make a lot of it. It's my go-to meal when I want to make something I know she'll enjoy without having to spend too much time, thought, or effort on it. The thing is, my wife likes it <i>ultra</i> simple. I mean, about as simple as you can get. Nothing more than a …

An Immigrant Experience

<i>Editor’s note: Gilles Raymond is the Founder and CEO of News Republic, which offers news from 1,000 licensed content partners worldwide. He previously founded, successfully grew and sold two mobile app companies – IN-FUSIO and Mobilescope.</i><p>Four times in my life I have been an immigrant: in Hong …

14 Food TV Shows Actually Worth Watching

Today's food TV is a cultural wasteland, but you can still watch food shows that were actually great. Here are 14 of the best of them<p>With the onslaught of a generation of TV food shows that seem to be vying for an Emmy in the category of Most Thoroughly Robbing Cooking of Dignity, Fun, and Good …

In A Changing Financial World, Thinknum Wants To Democratize Financial Analysis

One of the most important functions of any modern financial institution is conducting valuations. On Wall Street, this means developing financial models – projections of how a company will perform based on a set of assumptions. Get these models right, and suddenly you can make trades on public …

The Do’s and Don’ts of Rapid Scaling for Startups

A few years ago, a landmark Stanford study came out showing that people tasked with remembering one digit made much better decisions than people …

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A Guide To Post Seed Financing Options

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Paul Martino is a co-founder and GP of Bullpen Capital, an early-stage VC firm. He is formerly the founder and CEO of Aggregate Knowledge. Follow him on Twitter.</i><p>Seed capital availability exploded at the same time the traditional Series A ecosystem began consolidating to fewer and …

Required Reading: The Economist’s Special Report On Tech Startups

It’s not every day we here at TechCrunch just point to someone else’s work and say, “Here, you should go read this.” But today’s an exception, because The Economist has put together a 16-page Special Report on the rise of technology startups around the world.<p>The report, which is written for the …