Entrepreneurship

$8 billion Atlassian brings on a new CMO to help it move in on Microsoft Office

Atlassian, the $8 billion Aussie teamwork software titan, is a little different from most tech companies.<p>Just for starters, when it filed for its 2015 IPO, it revealed that it had been consistently profitable since the decade previous — without doing a single round of traditional venture capital …

Microsoft Office

A eulogy for the golden era of VC-subsidized meals, which is finally over

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, except in Silicon Valley. Then, lunch is free (or discounted) until the venture-capital money runs out.<p>For years now, we have been living in a golden era of VC-subsidized meals. As startups piled into the food delivery space, they showered customers with …

Startups

A startup is taking on Tesla with a stunning SUV in the hottest market for electric cars

Electric car startup Nio is planning to battle Tesla in the most lucrative market for battery-powered vehicles: China.<p>Nio will sell its electric SUV, the ES8, in China in early 2018. The move puts the startup in direct competition with Tesla as it looks to gain traction in the country.<p>China had …

Electric Vehicles

How To Power Through When Your Startup Is Going Under

With the inherent pressures of being an entrepreneur combined with the harshly competitive nature in achieving excellence in business and startups, it’s no wonder that entrepreneurs often find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the continuing operation of that …

Startups

Why I Invest in Woman-Led Startups

Being a woman CEO doesnt automatically make a venture an interesting investment opportunity, but there are a lot of reasons for investing with a gender lens.<p><i>Would you invest in a start up with a woman as CEO? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to</i> …

Venture Capital

U.S. IPO Weekly Recap: Appian Soars 43% In A Week With 3 IPOs

Three IPOs raised $443 million this past week. IPO buyers showed price sensitivity on each deal but were rewarded with positive returns. The two …

Business

Calling all Miami area creators: WeWork holding regional contest awarding $1.5M+ in grants open to all

The way we work is changing and WeWork believes that the way we recognize and reward work must change too. Miami entrepreneurs, SMBs, non-profits, …

Startups

How To Effectively Grow An Early Stage Business

Every entrepreneur knows starting a business is very hard. However, what many entrepreneurs find is that growing a business is even harder.<p>What I’ve learned from my 20 years working inside startups and in venture capital is that founders typically face a common set of challenges as their early …

Startups

Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists

A lot of startups are pitching ways to put us to sleep lately. In response, investors are perking up and writing big checks.<p>Call it Big Sleep. After decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep (see: streaming video, gaming, social networks and 24/7 online shopping), the …

Venture Capital

Google launches AI investment platform

Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence, Axios has learned from multiple sources.<p><b>Why it matters:</b> Google …

Venture Capital

How Older Entrepreneurs Can Turn Age to Their Advantage

Nearly a quarter of new entrepreneurs are boomers aged 55 to 64. They have experience, financial stability and extensive networks.<p>The youthful, vibrant faces of Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are representative of widely known entrepreneurial icons. But few people would conjure the more etched faces …

Harvard Business Review

Could Dubai be the next global startup hub?

Dubai has gotten a lot of attention over the past several years, now considered one of the richest cities in the world. It’s an incredibly popular tourist destination, offering the towering Burj Khalifa, desert safaris, and endless indoor and outdoor attractions. It has also been home to an …

Startups

'Shark Tank' investor Kevin O'Leary shares the best advice he received early in his career

<i>Editor's note: We asked noted entrepreneurs to reflect on what they wish they'd known starting out. Kevin O'Leary is most well-known as an entrepreneur and celebrity investor on</i> Shark Tank<i>.</i><p>O'Leary launched SoftKey Software Products from his basement in 1983. When sales took off, he started to buy …

Kevin O'Leary

How to Build a Business That's Ripe for Acquisition, According to a Former P&G Marketer

There’s an unusual story in the history of computer networking giant, Cisco, involving three engineers and $2.38 billion in acquisitions. Over the course of 10 years, these engineers repeatedly left the company to co-found three different startups. Each one received funding from Cisco and was …

Startups

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

This week, Tech.eu tracked 15 technology M&A transactions, 3 IPOs and 68 tech funding deals totalling about €596 million (about $665.8 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel. Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:<p><b>1)</b> London-based Space Ape Games, a social and …

Startups

Google is reportedly launching yet another venture group to invest in AI

Google has established a new organization to invest in artificial intelligence (AI) startups, according to a new report. The new effort shows Google …

Venture Capital

Can WeWork Justify Its $18 Billion Valuation?

Many have questioned the coworking juggernaut's business model and valuation. Is renting office space the next big idea in the sharing economy?<p>The …

Stocks

She Sold Her Company for a Reported $250 Million. Now She's Disrupting Her New Owner

After selling to financial services giant Northwestern Mutual in 2015, the founder of LearnVest joined the parent company. But she never stopped innovating.<p>Alexa von Tobel is the latest entrepreneur to prove that being bought out doesn't mean selling out.<p>In 2015, the founder and CEO of the …

Startups

Silicon Valley law firm Gunderson Dettmer’s legal advice for Pied Piper

Gunderson Dettmer is the law firm a good majority of tech startups turn to in the Valley for fundings, mergers, licensing and other deals and it’s been in the business of offering tech companies everyday legal advice to everyone from Oracle to DoorDash since the dot-com boom. It was ranked the …

Silicon Valley

Pizza, soda, Oreos and breathing: 7 key lessons I learned in the startup trenches

Becoming a startup CEO was never an explicit career goal.<p>I started PitchBook because of a simple and pure motivation — to solve a customer problem.<p>At …

Startups

Sports Tech Company Acquired After Raising $24 Million

Sports video analysis and statistics company Krossover has been acquired by Dallas-based Blue Star Sports, a company linked to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and focused on building sports management software. The acquisition comes after Krossover, an eight year old company, has raised over $24 …

Venture Capital

Antilatency lands $2.1 million for mobile VR positional tracking tech

A startup named Antilatency with a positional tracking solution that recently impressed Upload has raised $2.1 million and is opening an office in the United States next month.<p>According to the company, the seed investment comes from the Europe-based IIDF venture capital fund and will be used to …

Startups

Founders Share How They Effectively Transitioned From Employee To Entrepreneur

Back in the day, (not too long ago – shout out to the class of 2011!) I was a new college graduate crossing the stage with a guaranteed job.<p>Months before, I’d secured a position at a top media company in New York City. I should have been ecstatic. But I wasn’t. I was grateful, and recognized how …

5 Reasons Why You Should Start Early To Be A Successful Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is not just a career; it’s a path you pursue to make a dent in the universe. Either you can play it safe or you can create a …

Mark Twain

Israel's Netafim draws interest from private equity, Chinese bidders

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - International buyout groups and Chinese investment funds are expected to submit bids for Israeli irrigation firm Netafim, which could fetch around $1.5 billion, within the next few weeks, two banking sources said on Friday.<p>Tel Aviv-based Netafim said in March it had …

Venture Capital

Circle Media, maker of device for controlling kids' web access, announces $10M Series A

Series A Round

Silicon Valley food delivery startup Sprig shuts down

Sprig, one of Silicon Valley's food delivery startups, is shutting down, as The Information first reported and the company confirmed on its website. …

Startups

How An Ambitious Startup Innovated Digital for B2B and B2C Companies

Business is not just a single entity but a combination of things. Every business becomes great because their leaders realize the importance of creation of an efficient network of humans that will support it no matter what. Cisco, known as “The Human Network”, demonstrates the point pretty well.<p>The …

Startups

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman leads $30M investment in social petition site Change.org, joined by Bill Gates

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million investment round in the social petition site Change.org, and he is joined by Microsoft …

Startups

I Hated Growing Up Evangelical In Sweden, But It Made Me A Better Entrepreneur

This introverted tech CEO learned the art of product evangelism earlier than most.<p>I was brought up in a highly religious family in Sweden, where evangelizing was encouraged from a very young age. I was just seven years old when I first had to preach to a crowd of over 700 adults. Soon afterward, I …

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