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Afore Capital Launches With $47M To Invest In Startups At A Hot New Stage Called 'Pre-seed'

When seed funds get too big for young startups, Gaurav Jain and Anamitra Banerji think they can help.<p>“We’ve each invested in a number of companies, and one thing we kept coming back to was that seed funds were telling founders they were too early,” says Banerji. With larger fund sizes, seed …

Venture Capital

5 essential tips to sell anything to anyone, according to a 'Shark Tank' Shark

Most people don't realize how important selling is — unless your paycheck depends on it!<p>Every time I mention selling, I always hear, "It's not for me", "You have to have knack for sales", or ;"I just can't do sales" — but this can't be farther from the truth.<p>Salespeople aren't the only ones selling …

UK government sets out tougher guidelines to protect smart cars from hackers

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government issued new guidelines on Sunday requiring manufacturers of internet-connected vehicles to put in place tougher cyber protections to ensure they are better shielded against hackers.<p>The government said it was concerned that smart vehicles, which allow drivers …

Strategic Advice For Successfully Completing Mergers And Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions involve a great deal of critical business, legal, financial, and deal negotiation issues. In this article, I summarize some of the best articles I have written on many of the key issues involved in sales of privately held companies. Links to these articles are provided.<p><b>18</b> …

Mergers & Acquisitions

Car companies have learned little from smartphones

An industry begging for disruption<p>With all this 10th anniversary talk of the iPhone going on sale, I can't help but look back at all the devices disrupted by that rectangular slab of software and silicon, with one notable exception. The list includes wristwatches and bedside alarm clocks; remote …

No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working for a small Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted a flying car above a scenic lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco.<p>Kitty Hawk’s flying car, if you insisted on calling it a “car,” looked like something Luke …

Silicon Valley

7 Most Popular Social Media Platforms in the World, Mapped

Social media plays a pretty big role in the business world today. While it started off as nothing more than a simple website designed to connect …

Acquired.io launches with $2M funding to take the grunt work out of user acquisition

Acquired.io launches today with a funding round of $2M. Founded by the team behind AppScotch (acquired by App Annie), they claim to be taking the grunt work out of user acquisition. It allows publishers to manage user acquisition channels from a single place and also help them discover new ones.<p>The …

14 lawyers inspired by startup ‘godfather’ Steve Goodman

When <b>Eamon Gallagher</b> started at <b>Drexel Law</b> in 2010, it was clear that <b>Steve Goodman</b> was the lawyer to emulate if you wanted to work with startups. …

Nestlé USA Joins Terra Accelerator for Food and Agriculture Startups

When big corporations get involved with little startups, magic happens. The combination of nearly infinite resources and innovative ideas can …

6 Essential Steps to Creating Your Own Startup Logo

Everyone tells you that you need a startup logo, but nobody tells you how to make one. They just throw you to the metaphorical wolves, leaving you to …

Snapchat launches location sharing feature Snap Map

Snapchat’s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other’s lives on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It’s rolling out today to all iOS and …

The law firm Cooley is updating its packet of startup tips and financing documents

The law firm Cooley is putting out a new package of seed investment documents for public viewing on its “GO” microsite, the firm said today.<p>It’s a way for entrepreneurs and early-stage investors and business owners to access what the firm considers to be best practices for early-stage investment …

Driverless Cars Will Be Part of a $7 Trillion Market by 2050

A new study from Intel and the research firm Strategy Analytics claims that driverless vehicles will be behind $7 trillion worth of economic activity …

Autonomous Vehicle

The 10 Best Indie Bookstores In Los Angeles

<i>What is a great city without great bookstores? Luckily, here in Los Angeles we don't have to wonder. Our city abounds with a wealth of places to</i> …

The Best Rooftop Bars In Los Angeles

While we Angelenos benefit from great weather for most of the year, when the hotter days and nights of spring and summer arrive, there's nothing …

'Shark Tank' guest judge Chris Sacca has retired from startup investing — here's the investment approach he used to become a billionaire

Billionaire venture capitalist Chris Sacca surprised many in the tech world on Wednesday when he announced that he was retiring from startup investing.<p>After a stint at the Silicon Valley office of law firm Fenwick & West and then Google, Sacca struck out on his own and founded Lowercase Capital in …

Not every house has rooms that turn 90 degrees, but this one does

It would seem that when Iran isn't busy putting the kibosh down on social media, its architects are designing some pretty crazy ways to beat the weather. Case in point: a seven-floor house in Tehran with three rectangular rooms that can rotate up to 90 degrees in accordance with the season. As <i>Slate</i> …