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You Just Raised $10 Million. Now What?

David Frankel Contributor<p>David Frankel is a managing partner at Founder Collective.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>You earn a million dollars a year and can’t get funded?<br>• Dear auto entrepreneurs, please think outside the gearbox<p>There are few feelings more intoxicating than raising millions of dollars …

Investing

A user’s manual

IN 2003 Peter Morley-Souter, a British teenager whose hobby was drawing comic strips with his sister Rose, was sent a parody of “Calvin and Hobbes”, …

Cambridge University

You’ve Only Got One Shot At Building A Consumer Unicorn

Gaurav Jain Contributor<p>Gaurav Jain is a principal at Founder Collective. He co-founded Polar and was an early product manager for Android.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>How To Be A VC Without Any Capital<br>• APIs Are The New FTEs<p>Imagine if the founder of a very successful consumer technology company …

Entrepreneurship

The Next Food Frontier: How AgTech Can Save The World

Dror Berman Contributor<p>Dror Berman is a founding managing partner at Innovation Endeavors.<p>Samantha Wai Contributor<p>Samantha Wai is on the Innovation Labs Team at Innovation Endeavors.<p>As investors, our job is to find the visionaries that dream up the future and partner with them to help make that …

Farming

A former Google exec on how to make tough decisions quickly

I’ve long believed that speed is the ultimate weapon in business. All else being equal, the fastest company in any market will win. Speed is a defining characteristic—if not <i>the</i> defining characteristic—of the leader in virtually every industry you look at.<p>In tech, speed is seen primarily as an asset …

Restructuring consciousness –the psychedelic state in light of integrated information theory

The effect of psychedelic drugs on information<p>Functional neuroimaging data and its analysis support the proposal that psychedelic drugs increase the …

Lessons From A Study of Perfect Pitch Decks: VCs Spend An Average of 3 Minutes, 44 Seconds On Them

DocSend, a startup that provides people with a secure and private way of sharing files like offer letters or legal agreements, studied more than 200 pitchdecks to figure out the right way to graduate from bootstrapped to seed-funded, or from angels to a Series A.<p>They partnered with Harvard Business …

How To Win The Attention Of Potential Investors

Ben Parr Contributor<p>Ben Parr is a co-founder of DominateFund.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The Three Qualities Twitter’s Next CEO Must Have<p>If your goal is to build a world-changing product (or to create one of those unicorns everyone is talking about), at some point you’re probably going to need …

Investing

Rise of the machines

ELON MUSK busies himself building other people’s futures. A serial entrepreneur who made his first fortune in the early days of the world wide web, …

Machine Learning

"I Was a Starter Wife": Inside America's Messiest Divorce

In the middle of her headline-grabbing divorce settlement from Elon Musk, Justine Musk reveals the truth about her marriage to the multimillionaire cofounder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX.<p>In the late spring of 2008, my wealthy entrepreneurial husband, Elon Musk, the father of my five young …

The programming talent myth

Jacob Kaplan-Moss is known for his work on Django but, as he would describe in his PyCon 2015 keynote, many think he had more to do with its creation …

10 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Carol Broadbent and Tom Hogan are the founders and principals of Crowded Ocean, a Silicon Valley marketing agency that has launched over 35 startups, with 10 of those companies being either acquired or going public.</i><p>Having launched over 35 startups in our decade of operation, we’ve …

Posture.io Is A Low Cost Hack To Stop Slouching At The Desk

If you saw someone pushing an office chair through New York’s financial district this weekend chances are it was this guy: developer Joe Heenan, who’s just shown off a neat hardware hack aimed at improving office workers’ posture here at the Disrupt NY Hackathon. He says he eventually convinced an …

Liquidity Launches To Bring Clean Water To Everyone

Liquidity Nanotech is trying to change the world. But for once, the cliché could actually be applicable. The company is launching today onstage at Disrupt NY 2015 with the Naked Filter, a consumer water bottle with its proprietary water-filtration membrane built-in.<p>Liquidity doesn’t look like an …

It’s All About Relationships When Selling Your Startup

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tomio Geron is head of content at startup</i> <i>Exitround</i><i>.</i><p>What is actually required for a startup to get to an M&A? While the popular image may be Facebook buying Instagram over one weekend, that’s not how it usually happens. A select few companies may not do anything to try to sell their …

How To Make The Most Of Your Startup Accelerator Program Experience

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Lyle Stevens is the CEO and co-founder of</i> <i>Mavrck.</i><p>Seed accelerators have been around for 10 years now and their popularity doesn’t appear to be waning any time soon. Sure, criticism for the programs themselves and the proliferation of different programs around the world have taken some …

CEOs

The dawn of artificial intelligence

“THE development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Stephen Hawking warns. Elon Musk fears that the development …

Artificial Intelligence

The fire and the fuel

YOUNG black men out in the streets at night, lines of police officers dressed for a riot, cars ablaze, stores looted, the morning-after platitudes …

Los Angeles

Don’t shoot

IN THE basement of St Gregory’s church in Crown Heights, a Brooklyn neighbourhood where kosher pizzerias compete with jerk-chicken shacks for …

Los Angeles

It depends what you study, not where

A new report from PayScale, a research firm, calculates the returns to a college degree. Its authors compare the career earnings of graduates with …

Korean Peninsula

Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, But Time Just Might Do It - Facts So Romantic

While on vacation in distant locales, people often find that time moves quite differently than in the places they’re used to. In the tropics, we …

Happiness

The Quantum Mechanics of Fate - Issue 9: Time

“The objective world simply <i>is</i>, it does not <i>happen</i>,” wrote mathematician and physicist Hermann Weyl in 1949. From his point of view, the universe is …

How Crazy Am I to Think I Actually Know Where That Malaysia Airlines Plane Is?

How crazy am I to think<p>I actually know where<p>that Malaysia Airlines plane is?*<p>*Kinda crazy. (But also maybe right?)<p>In the year since the vanishing of …

Our Hiring Process is Broken. Can a Hackathon Fix It?

If hiring managers were doctors, half of new patients would be dead in 18 months. Inside one man’s campaign to change a flawed system.<p>It’s Saturday …

10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned

(Credit: Wired magazine. )<p><i>Time to read: 50 minutes</i><p>We touched down in Las Vegas only three hours before, but we were already back in the plane and …

Why are we obsessed with the Nazis?

Why are we still so obsessed with the Nazis? Hardly a day goes by without a television programme or a newspaper article about them. Movies featuring them continue to pour out of the studios, from Tarantino’s <i>Inglourious Basterds</i> to Polanski’s <i>The Pianist</i>. The Nazis’ crimes continue to haunt us. One …

One of the Most Amazing Feats in Chess History Just Happened, and No One Noticed

Before any of the six entrants in the 2014 Sinquefield Cup had nudged a white pawn to e4, they’d already been hailed as the strongest collection of …

The Crooked Ladder

The criminal’s guide to upward mobility.<p>In 1964, the anthropologist Francis Ianni was introduced to a man in a congressional waiting room. His name was Philip Alcamo. People called him Uncle Phil, and he was, in the words of the person who made the introduction, “a business leader from New York …

How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Daniel Marovitz is CEO of Faculty of 1000. Prior to that, he was the CEO and co-founder of buzzumi, a cloud, enterprise software company.</i><p>Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is earned …