Innovation / Venture Capital / Startups

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Creating Great Choices: A Leader's Guide to Integrative Thinking

Publication Date: <b>September 19, 2017</b><p>Move Beyond Trade-Off Thinking. When it comes to our hardest choices, it can seem as though making trade-offs is inevitable. But what about those crucial times when accepting the obvious trade-off just isn't good enough? What do we do when the choices in front of …

Harvard Business Review

Bill Gates: More Tech Revolutions Are Coming, And They'll Change Everything We Know

In early 1975, when I was in college, my friend Paul Allen showed me an issue of <i>Popular Electronics</i> featuring the Altair 8800 computer, the first commercially successful personal computer. We both had the same thought: “The revolution is going to happen without us!” We were sure that software was …

Bill Gates

Elsewhere Partners launches to invest in software startups outside the coastal hubs

Today, Austin Ventures general partners Chris Pacitti and John Thornton, along with former Bain consultant Sam Kentor, announced that they are launching a new firm, Elsewhere Partners, to invest in companies outside of the traditional venture capital hubs of New York, Boston, and San …

Venture Capital

The smartest things I did when starting my own business

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>As a 28-year-old, my experience as an entrepreneur may not be the same as if you’re getting a business off the ground in your 50s or 60s. Still, if you’re hoping to launch a full-time or part-time business in midlife, it’s likely that many …

Entrepreneurship

Corporate innovators: How to get your slow organization moving faster

Innovation in <i>theory</i> and innovation in <i>practice</i> are radically different. Here are some simple tools to get your company’s innovation pipeline through the obstacles it will encounter.<p>Pete Newell and I have been working with Karl, the Chief Innovation Officer of a large diversified multi-billion-dollar …

Innovation

Jeff Bezos says the technique he uses to keep from wasting time at meetings can seem 'strange' to new employees

We've all been there: wasting precious time as we sit in a meeting that is heading nowhere fast.<p>There are lots of reasons this happens, but many times it comes down to a lack of preparation. Think about it: You can send an agenda in advance, you can provide all the resources your team needs for a …

Jeff Bezos

What Can We Learn From Steve Wozniak About Launching Apple?

Launching anything is tough. Launching something that becomes an iconic global brand like Apple can be daunting. So, how did Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak think about the process and what can we learn from this?<p><b>Work with others to refine an idea</b><p>No launch is ever done in silo. No matter talented or …

Steve Wozniak

VCs Are Starving -- Starving! -- for Solid Investments: 5 Ways to Take Advantage

Believe it or not, it's a founders' market right now.<p>Raising capital is no easy task. Over the past five years, I’ve had to do it multiple times -- for a management buyout, for our first accelerator fund and for the purpose of supporting more than 100 of our own startups.<p>Things might seem daunting …

Venture Capital

Developing a Tough, Time-Consuming Technology? This Investor Is Interested - MIT Technology Review

There’s often a disconnect between the pace at which professional investors want to recoup their money and the long lead time that technology …

Venture Capital

SoftBank’s Vision Fund is the biggest technology investment portfolio ever. This is where its $93 billion has gone so far.

Uber would be its biggest deal yet.<p>SoftBank seems like it’s everywhere in tech. That’s because its Vision Fund — an investment fund backed by sovereign nations Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as tech giants including Apple, Qualcomm and Sharp — has a lot of money to spend. Having …

Venture Capital

The Comprehensive Case for Investing More VC Money in Women-Led Startups

Only 8% of venture capital (VC) firms in the U.S. have female partners, and that lopsided gender composition may be hurting venture capital performance portfolios. The evidence suggests that having no female partners makes VC firms less likely to invest in female-founded or female-led firms. But …

Venture Capital

What Business School Didn't Tell You About Writing Sales Emails

Forget what you learned in business school. Good copywriting for today's sales emails is all about keeping it casual<p>One of the most common mistakes in business and sales writing is applying a formal tone to everything you produce.<p>A colleague of mine recently griped about this, explaining that the …

Business School

Can the world's megacities survive the digital age?

Today, megacities have become synonymous with economic growth. In both developing and developed countries, cities with populations of 10 million or …

Innovation

The hottest startups in Berlin

Post-Brexit, London's startup loss is Berlin's gain<p>Once dominated by online retail giant Rocket Internet, Berlin's growing tech scene is now making a …

Startups

5 keys to successful branding

Whether you're clueless about media production, or the next Martin Scorsese, there are endless ways to get your name out there. Modern businesses realize that success means changing with the times, and adapting your brand to current technology. I'm not talking about changing your business plan. …

Social Media Marketing

How to Know When a Business Idea Is Worth Pursuing

Finding a winning idea, and building a company with that idea in mind, is always a struggle.<p>There's a stat that every entrepreneur has heard at least once -- nine out of 10 business ideas will fail.<p>Entrepreneurship is a gamble. And with the chips stacked against you, it's difficult to know whether …

Entrepreneurship

Think Like Amazon: The Principles Of Success

What are the leadership principles that drive Amazon’s success?<p>Amazon is objectively one of the most profitable companies in America today. Yet it didn’t become the business behemoth it is now without following a certain set of internal rules. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a leader looking to …

Leadership

8 Rules Of Positioning

Getting in front of customers and prospects is an important thing, but more important thing is what you will communicate about your brand and product …

Marketing

These VCs Are Bringing ‘Hard Science’ to Fortune 500 Companies

In 2010, as the dust from the financial crisis settled, three women working in disparate parts of the economy noticed that startups in “hard science” …

Venture Capital

20 Tech Innovators to Watch in 2018

In technology, huge changes happen every month. Here are 20 innovators that you'll want to keep your eye on.<p>Machine learning, AI, predictive analytics, and other flourishing technologies are remaking the business landscape today. A brave new world is upon us, where every industry from agriculture …

Innovation

What It Takes to Train The Next Generation of Innovators

Sean Sheppard, founder of GrowthX Academy, discusses the critical skills for the upcoming "Innovation Economy".<p>"How do we educate people for a future we can't predict?" It's a question that's been on my mind a lot lately - and, it turns out, it's been on Sean Sheppard's as well.<p>Sean is a serial …

Innovation Economy

How to Motivate Employees to Go Beyond Their Jobs

Every day, employees make decisions about whether they are willing to go the extra mile in ways that contribute to their organization’s success. These are important decisions because research shows that when employees are willing to go beyond their formal roles by helping out coworkers, …

Harvard Business Review

R.I.P. SPARC and Solaris

Oracle is laying off 983 employees at its Santa Clara facility, according to a notice filed with the California Employment Development Department and …

Solaris

Why U.S. Battery Startups Fail, and How to Fix It

Battery startup companies often fail in the United States. To fix this problem, the pharmaceutical industry could provide insights, a new study finds.<p>…

Batteries

Six Tips for Crowdfunding Your DIY Project

Tell Your Story<p>The first thing you must do to set up your crowdfunding campaign is to explain what your project is about. But don’t just lay out the …

Startups

Research: How the Best School Leaders Create Enduring Change

Transforming a school is a long, hard, and often lonely task. Some people want change, others don’t, and some simply aren’t prepared to wait for results to show. As a school leader sets off on this journey, how do they know what to do, when to do it, who to listen to, and how to manage critics …

Education

How 70% Of Fortune 100 Companies Are Innovating Through IoT Products

The IoT is more than just machines talking to each other. Consumers rely on it to make their lives more convenient. Industry leaders use the Internet …

Internet of Things

Why AI is now at the heart of our innovation economy

There are few more credible authorities on artificial intelligence (AI) than Hilary Mason the New York-based founder and chief executive of the data science and machine learning consultancy Fast Forward Labs.<p>So, I asked Mason, who is also the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners and the …

Innovation Economy

Infosys to set up innovation hub in Raleigh, hire 2K Americans

India’s second largest software services firm Infosys said on Tuesday it will set up a technology and innovation hub in Raleigh in North Carolina, …

Innovation