Innovation / Venture Capital / Startups

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The One Thing Nobody Ever Tells You About Innovation

The next big thing always starts out looking like nothing at all.<p>One of the most often told stories about innovation is that of Alexander Fleming and his discovery of penicillin. Returning after a summer holiday in 1928, the solitary Scottish scientist noticed that a strange mold had contaminated …

Innovation

59% Of Deloitte's 2017 Technology Fast 500 Are Software Companies

• Seven of the top ten 2017 winners are software companies including ClassPass, Toast, Liftoff, SalesLoft, ShipHawk, iSpot.tv and Cylance.<br>• Notable enterprise software companies on the 2017 North America Technology Fast 500 include Adaptive Insights, Alteryx, Apttus, Domo, Cloudera, Couchbase, …

Innovation

The Toughest Part About Innovation Is Not What You Think

Technology alone cannot drive change<p>Stories of innovation usually follow a simple, but common narrative. Someone gets an idea, figures out how to make it work and changes the world. Yet that is rarely how it actually happens. Far more often, someone comes up with a great idea and it never gets off …

Innovation

Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

Inside the inventor's world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars – and hopefully find love …

Elon Musk

Saudi Arabia wants its own Amazon or Google

Saudi Arabia has committed $45 billion to investing in technology companies around the world. Now it wants to create a thriving startup scene at home.<p>The government said Wednesday it would make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to get licenses to launch startups in the kingdom, part of an effort …

Saudi Arabia

4 Ways to Nurture the Entrepreneurial Spirit at Your Company

Entrepreneur is a mindset, not a job title.<p>Not long ago, an aspiring entrepreneur would make bold plans to leave his or her day job to pursue the so called "American dream" of running a business.<p>An entrepreneur simply can’t remain creative at a big company, answering to a boss, and sharing a …

Entrepreneurship

IPOs Roar Back World-Wide, With Asia Driving the Boom

This year is on track to be busiest in a decade for new listings<p>A flood of Chinese companies is driving the biggest world-wide surge of initial public offerings in a decade.<p>More than 1,450 companies globally have gone public so far in 2017, putting this year on track to become the busiest for new …

IPOs

Venture Capital Is No Longer Just For The SIlicon Valley Set

A corporate venture program can provide a valuable window into the future<p>Ever since the Netscape IPO in 1995, venture capital has taken on an almost mystical quality. The idea of investors in khakis backing a few kids in a garage to rival the world's largest corporations has far more romantic …

Venture Capital

Accepting Change Is Vital to Your Company's Growth

Maybe it goes without saying and maybe it doesn’t, but companies of all sizes and stripes need to change with the times or get left behind. In business, it’s easy to convince ourselves that what we’re chasing is stability and predictability, but the truth is a lot more exciting: Without disruptive …

Hobby Lobby

Don't Find Us, We'll Find You - How A VC Is Using AI To Locate Investments

It’s 4.00 p.m. on a wet Friday afternoon. The phone rings and you pick up an unsolicited call from a friend of a friend, who is, in this case, representing a venture capital fund that has identified your business as a potential candidate for Series A finance. The approach is fortuitous. The …

Venture Capital

How Senior Executives Stay Passionate About Their Work

When we talk about “learning to love your job” or “managing yourself,” it’s often in the context of junior or midlevel roles. But these things don’t stop mattering for senior executives. What aspects of their jobs are most important to them? What do they find rewarding? How do they sustain their …

Leadership

Face It, 'Crowdfunding' Is Just Virtual Panhandling

Many people who would never give money to beggars on the street engage in online panhandling, otherwise known as “Crowdfunding.” Should I give money to an aspiring online author for their book project? What if they just use the money to buy drugs or booze?<p><b>See more cartoons: The No. 1 Reason Virtual</b> …

Startups

22 Trends to Look for in 2018

Predicting the future is hardly a precise science, but it's possible to identify macro trends by paying close attention to what's happening in an industry.<p>Predicting the future is hardly a precise science, but it's possible to identify macro trends by paying close attention to what's happening in …

Big Data

Executives Fail to Execute Strategy Because They’re Too Internally Focused

Experts have opined for decades on the reasons behind the spectacular failure rates of strategy execution. In 2016, it was estimated that 67% of well-formulated strategies failed due to poor execution. There are many explanations for this abysmal failure rate, but a 10-year longitudinal study on …

Harvard Business Review

The 19 hottest San Francisco startups to watch in 2018

Motiv wants to be the future of fitness trackers.<p><i>Motiv</i><p>Motiv's founding team.<p><b>What it is:</b> Motiv makes the Motiv ring, a fitness, heart rate, and sleep …

Startups

Get Lost in This Visualization of Interconnected Global Issues

The best sources of information are organized according to what you want to know and how you wish to know it. Want some fresh perspective on …

World Economic Forum

Female VCs from Sequoia, Cowboy, Benchmark and others launch female founder office hours

A group of female venture capitalists are launching a series of office hours for female founders. The idea is to host free, quarterly events that explore topics across the range of company stages — from early to hyper-growth.<p>The first event, on November 30 in San Francisco, will be geared toward …

Venture Capital

The Importance Of Strategic Focus

A good strategic framework provides focus by limiting the number of directions the organization runs. You’d be foolish to try to extend all your products while simultaneously expanding all your markets while also ramping up capacity or shifting your business model to include new types of …

Business Planning

4 Strategies for Skipping the VC Dog-and-Pony Show So You Really Own Your Company

With the right strategies in place, successful business can be built with little to no funding.<p>Are you looking for ways to grow your business without raising VC funding? In this digital era, you don’t necessarily need to raise a lot of money to get your startup off the ground. In fact, raising …

Entrepreneurship

CEOs Should Think Like Founders, Not Just Managers

In 2001 the list of companies with the highest market caps was dominated by blue chips. General Electric, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Walmart, and CitiGroup — all were businesses led by managers who were experts in efficiency and optimization and who grew their businesses by making them work better than …

Satya Nadella

Profits Eat Innovation For Breakfast

<i>Why You Should Bet on Private and Mid-Tier Companies</i><p>Michael Porter said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”<p>This is the first thing that popped into my mind when I read Steve Blank’s <i>Harvard</i> <i>Business Review</i> article explaining why Jeff Immelt lost his job as CEO of GE. Steve argues activist …

Jeff Immelt

Apple, Google, and the constant chase for tech that can’t be reverse-engineered

The future of premium smartphones is a machine learning battle<p>One of my favorite things about the tech industry is how quickly innovations from the big companies and premium products trickle down into more affordable devices. The rampant stealing of ideas isn't so awesome when it happens between …

Machine Learning

30 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Said 1 Thing Is More Powerful Than Technology. It's Even More True Today

For a guy like Steve Jobs, it was a remarkable statement... and it's something we can all put to use in our own lives.<p>Steve Jobs helped create wildly popular products that changed entire industries. (Hello, mobile devices. Howdy, music business.)<p>But while he definitely believed in his own ideas, …

Success

How Coca-Cola, Netflix, and Amazon Learn from Failure

Why, all of a sudden, are so many successful business leaders urging their companies and colleagues to make more mistakes and embrace more failures?<p>In May, right after he became CEO of Coca-Cola Co., James Quincey called upon rank-and-file managers to get beyond the fear of failure that had dogged …

Harvard Business Review

Your Strategy Should Be a Hypothesis You Constantly Adjust

The widely accepted view that strategy and execution are separable activities sets companies up for failure in a fast-paced world.<p>One of us (Paul) is a strategy scholar and economist; the other (Amy) studies organizational behavior and operations management. We came together to consider why …

Wells Fargo

Entrepreneurs seek to consolidate functionality

There was a time when the startup world looked as easy as throwing a baseball into a swimming pool. Early startups like Facebook and PayPal addressed the simplest of needs to communicate and transact. But now entrepreneurs bullish on the space are challenged in much more specific ways.<p>Gone are the …

Communicate

Meet 9 of tech's newest billionaires

You've almost certainly heard of Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk.<p>But have you heard of Patrick Collison, David Zalik, or Lucy Peng?<p>As I'm sure you know, the first group of men were startup founders who went on to become tech billionaires. What you may not know is the second group of …

Startups

The future of smart glasses comes into focus

Will smart glasses fog when I drink my morning coffee?So many questions about the future of smart glasses remain unanswered.As we slouch toward the …

Augmented Reality

Jobs and robots: bracing for technological disruptions to come

Rapid advances in artificial intelligence and the rapid adoption of robots across diverse industries are stalking the fear of jobless growth. …

Intelligence