Varun Parmar

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This is the Product Death Cycle. Why it happens, and how to break out of it

The hardest part of any new product launch is the beginning, when it’s not quite working, and you’re iterating and molding the experience to fix it. …

How Bad Leadership Doomed Yahoo: CEO Mistakes Are Costly

Marissa Mayer’s reign as head of Yahoo looks to be ending like her predecessors. With a serious flop. Only this may well be the last flop – and the end of the internet pioneer.<p>It didn’t have to happen this way, but another CEO’s inability to manage Status Quo Risk doomed Ms. Mayer – as it has too …

Leadership

Elite Entrepreneurs Know Who To Treat Like An 8th Grader

Serial entrepreneurs agree that it is best to communicate with investors on an eighth grade level. To illustrate this point, former DoubleClick Founder and current CEO of Graphiq Kevin O’Connor often begins his talks to entrepreneurial students by asking the following question.<p>Select the real …

UK Government Ditches Microsoft & Google to Adopt Open Source LibreOffice

After trying hands on MS Office and then switching to Google apps, the UK Government has now decided to opt for the open source “GovOffice” Office …

How To Use LinkedIn Publishing For Free Thought Leadership And PR

As an authority on thought leadership I have to admit I underestimated the power of long form publishing on LinkedIn. When LinkedIn launched its Influencers program several years ago with 500 luminaries my response was, roughly translated, “Ho hum.” Then I started seeing articles from emerging …

Thought Leadership

Don’t Let Your Investors Buy All The Options

Micah Rosenbloom Contributor<p>Micah Rosenbloom is a venture partner at Founder Collective.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Startups need to respect the laws of retail physics<br>• Is VC The Right Money For Fintech?<p>One of the most pronounced misalignments between investors and entrepreneurs is around the …

Venture Capital

Some tech investors sure seem to be getting defensive lately ...

But lately, some of Silicon Valley's big tech investors seem to be particularly upset that journalists are questioning some of the valley's hottest startups.<p>There's a fundamental difference in point of view here. The funders see first-hand how hard it is to build something and sympathize with the …

The most elite school for Silicon Valley startups just threw a wrench into the works

Getty Images<p>Y Combinator has spawned some of the biggest startups in Silicon Valley, like Airbnb and Dropbox, only to push them out of the nest when they graduate the three-month accelerator.<p>Y Combinator graduates get an even $120,000 investment in exchange for seven percent of equity. From there, …

Venture Capital

An Update from Our CEO on Co-Founder Evan Doll

Here’s an update from our CEO Mike McCue about his co-founder Evan Doll, whom we wish the best on his next adventure. This is the internal memo from Mike about Evan’s move:<p><i>Good morning everyone,</i><p><i>After a long sabbatical and a lot of reflection, Evan has decided not to return to Flipboard so that he</i> …

New era beckons for supersonic air travel

Photograph: PR<p>Aerion AS2.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/10/6/1444130053237/fa1223a6-8cb2-4395-a9de-10b60329a927-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR<p>Aerion …

Aviation

Slack's First Product Manager on How to Make a Firehose of Feedback Useful

Kenneth Berger joined Slack at the very beginning and made several critical product decisions. Here's how he leveraged the right feedback to make it …

The inside story of how $1 billion Evernote went from Silicon Valley darling to deep trouble

That year, Evernote passed 30 million registered users, brought its total funding to $270 million, and seemed like a sure-fire candidate to hit the public market in the coming years.<p>Fast forward three years, and the tables have turned.<p>Despite reaching 150 million registered users this year, …

7 Habits of Highly Respected Leaders

Your technical skills might get you a promotion, but it’s your people skills that will earn you the respect of your employees.<p>A title, position, and corner office may earn them extra pay and benefits, but respect is something that does not automatically come with a leadership position. This has to …

workimprovement

Google's AI is warming up for world domination by killing inbox spam

News about artificial intelligence currently tends to fall into two main camps. In the first, we have technologists and computer experts getting genuinely worried about the future threat of out-of-control AI. And in the second, we have the novel but ultimately modest uses the technology is actually …

Machine Learning for Developers by Mike de Waard

Most developers these days have heard of machine learning, but when trying to find an 'easy' way into this technique, most people find themselves …

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.<p>Thanks to technology, we’re reading more than ever—our brains process thousands of words via text messages, email, games, social media, and web stories. According to one report, the amount people that read tripled from 1980 to the …

eBooks

Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice”

Startups often ask VCs for pre-pitch meetings. These requests usually are positioned along the lines of, “We aren’t looking for money yet, just advice.” Of course, we all know this is just a nice way of getting your foot in the door for a soft pitch. And that’s ok; these meetings enable both sides …

Venture Capital

Indian startups raised $3.5B funding in the first half of 2015, surpass total number of deals in 2014

Angel and venture capital funding in India has hit its highest ever mark. Over $3.5 billion has been poured across 380 disclosed deals in the first …

Venture Capital

What Is The Difference Between Machine Learning & Statistical Modeling

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The future of a $10 billion startup rests in the hands of a star executive Tim Cook personally tried to poach

Relatively unknown outside tech circles, Woodside's hire was somewhat of a surprise. Woodside cut his teeth at Google as its top advertising sales guy, but Dropbox doesn't sell any ads. He doesn't have any engineering or enterprise technology experience, either.<p>Yet Woodside was still considered a …

10 Things That Can Derail A Round Of Funding

Jason Lemkin Contributor<p>Jason Lemkin is the managing director of Storm Ventures.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Box Will Hit $1 Billion In Revenues Before You Know It<br>• Selling Your Company? Prioritize Dollars Over Prestige<p>We read a lot about the seemingly 50-plus eight-figure venture rounds happening …

Venture Capital

Forget Amazon Echo, ‘the creepy factor’ has put me off voice control completely

<i>This post appeared in a slightly different, shorter form as part of our weekly newsletter – sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out!</i><p>This week, Amazon announced that its Echo smart assistant is now available to buy without an invite in the US. But just as the Echo is hitting Amazon’s shelves, …

The 4 Things No One Tells You About Funding

The idea of securing funding for a startup is incredibly exciting. The problem, though, is that this glamorous image is about two percent of the overall process.<p>The idea of securing funding for a startup is incredibly exciting. In fact, it's downright exhilarating. Investors making large offers to …

Investing

12 Things You Should Never Say to a Potential Investor

If you're intent on going the VC route, then what you do say in your pitch is just as important as what you don't.<p>While venture capital isn't right for the vast majority of businesses, if you've decided to go that route then I'm going to assume you're doing your homework on how to put together a …

Business Strategy

Deep Learning with h2o.ai

This post provides a brief history lesson and overview of deep learning, coupled with a quick “how to” guide for dipping your toes into the water …

Deep Learning

Apple Finally Learns AI Is The New UI

But is it too late to beat Google?<p>“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like,” Steve Jobs once said. “That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”<p>It’s an ironic quote, given the countless examples of Apple …

Material Design

Infographic: When to post to LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest

Many studies and reports focus on the best times to post to social media.<p>These are good starting points, but because every organization has a …

The collective wisdom of the 2015 graduation speeches

<b>(Real Simple) —</b><p>Trust yourself<p>"I want you all to stay true to the most real, most sincere, most authentic parts of yourselves. I want you to ask those basic questions: Who do you want to be? What inspires you? How do you want to give back? And then I want you to take a deep breath and trust …

College & University

The Next Feature Fallacy: The fallacy that the next new feature will suddenly make people use your product

A few weeks ago, I read this tweet, and found myself nodding my head in vigorous agreement.The Next Feature Fallacy: the fallacy that the next …