Entrepreneurship

Thousands of Kickstarter backers still waiting on Coolest Cooler may have to wait another 3 years

The 20,000 Kickstarter backers who have been waiting two years for their high-tech Coolest Cooler to arrive learned they may have to wait another …

Crowd Funding

This Entrepreneur's Secret for Going From Bartender to 7-Figures a Year

Instead trying to get hordes of customers, he focused on getting a few who pay top dollar.<p>Let’s say you run a business, or you’re an entrepreneur, or simply a freelancer. You offer a service, a great one, and you want to make a lot more money than you actually do. You built yourself a website, a …

Marketing

How Blue Apron compares to other subscription services, in one graph

<i>Nikhil Basu Trivedi is a principal at Shasta Ventures. He has no financial stake in Blue Apron, but invests in other consumer businesses as disclosed in this article. His post originally appeared on Medium and is republished here with permission.</i><p>When Blue Apron’s S-1 dropped at the beginning of the …

Venture Capital

A Professional Website Can Help Any Woman Fulfill Her Business Aspirations

I am Aisha Olson, the mother of a four year-old son. I work for a software concern and I am here to share my tips about spending time with my kid and …

Women Entrepreneurs

Binary Capital delays fund close in wake of Justin Caldbeck situation

Binary Capital yesterday delayed its plans to close on upwards of $75 million in new capital for its second fund. This comes after co-founding …

Venture Capital

Got Gray Hair? Don't Despair - This Non-millennial Entrepreneur Rejected VC And Won

I have been watching ProductPlan for several years, as the founders are both friends and pillars of the Santa Barbara Startup Community. Without taking a dime of outside capital, the company has achieved impressive success in a competitive, SaaS market segment, landing companies such as Nike, …

Business (UK)

U.S. IPO Week Ahead: Blue Apron, Biotechs And Banks

Ten deals are on the IPO calendar to raise a combined $1.5 billion in the week ahead. Meal-kit delivery service <b>Blue Apron Holdings</b> (Pending:APRN) …

Venture Capital

This Skill Should be Developed by Every Entrepreneur to Achieve Success

Your focus needs to be on developing the skill that ushers the biggest impact<p>Let’s face it - the odds aren’t exactly stacked in your favor and because the success of your start-up hangs by a thread, your focus needs to be on developing the skill that ushers the biggest impact.<p>A skill that doesn’t …

Africa's Biggest Company to Start Funding Roadshow in U.S. and U.K. - Bloomberg

Naspers Ltd. will approach investors in the U.S. and the U.K. next week about a bond issue as Africa’s biggest company by market value continues its …

Startups

U.S. IPO Weekly Recap: Altice Raises $1.9 Billion In Largest U.S. Telecom IPO Since 2000

Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS) raised $1.9 billion - 42% more than originally planned - in the largest US IPO of a telecom since the 2000 blitz. The company …

Venture Capital

McDonald's Corp.: Refranchising Is Paying Off, But Market Is Being Too Optimistic

Refranchising strategy is starting to pay off. MCD's financials are improving as the firm transfers labor costs and operating expenses to franchise …

Stocks

Will Impact Investors Embrace Employee-Owned Companies?

For social entrepreneurs concerned about growing income inequality in the U.S. and around the world, one way to spread the wealth is through employee ownership. With that in mind, you’d think impact investors would be clamoring to invest in such companies.<p>Not so much. Still, according to a new …

Venture Capital

New startup trend: sell one digital currency for another

Entrepreneurs have a new trick to raise money quickly, and it all takes place online, free from the constraints of banks and regulators. Since the …

Startups

Houzz raises a huge $400M round at a $4B valuation

If you ask investors in Silicon Valley about Houzz — an app where you browse ridiculously nice homes and check out interesting interior design ideas — they’ll probably quietly mutter that they’re just growing their business. We really don’t hear about Houzz’s business that often.<p>Except now the …

Startups

Google Unveils an AI Investment Fund. It's Betting on an App Store for Algorithms.

Google just placed yet another bet on the idea that artificial intelligence will remake the world—and throw off wild profits.<p>The company disclosed …

Machine Learning

Houzz raises $400 million, doubling valuation to $4.3 billion

Houzz, which provides a home remodeling and design service, just closed a $400 million round led by Iconiq Capital, according to a report published today by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. Previous investors Sequoia Capital and GGV Capital also participated. Equidate, a stock market for private companies, …

Venture Capital

Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups-Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000

• Overview<br>• Editorial Reviews<br>• Product Details<br>• Related Subjects<p>Overview<p>One of Silicon Valley’s most successful angel investors shares his rules for …

Venture Capital

Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items

If our civilization collapses and archaeologists return centuries later to excavate our ruins, what will they make of our storage facilities? Will they see these compact cubicles stuffed with old furniture and memorabilia as a testament to our prosperity? Or will they see in our compulsion to store …

Venture Capital

Step-by-Step You Can Turn Your Ecommerce Side Hustle Into a Real Company

You'll need the right mix of data, people and planning to quickly scale your startup.<p>The nature of work is evolving. To make a living and build a successful career for yourself, you no longer need to work a traditional 9-to-5 job, commute to a physical office or wait patiently for someone to …

eCommerce

Headstart wants to better analyze candidates to fit them with the best jobs

Nicholas Shekerdemian has a pretty typical startup story: he dropped out of college, met up with a technical co-founder and then ended up starting a company. But Shekerdemian, who at the time was helping match English teachers with Chinese citizens, wanted to start a company that would solve his …

Startups

Goodbye, Corporate America: 4 Benefits of Entrepreneurship

Thinking about leaving corporate life? Here are four perks of entrepreneurship to consider.<p><i>By Kelly Gibbons, founder and managing partner of Main & Rose.</i><p>Five years ago, I left a career in the fashion and entertainment industries to start my own business. After more than a decade in corporate …

Business

The founder of a $470 million startup explains what it's like to have VCs who initially shot you down suddenly beg to invest in your red-hot company

When ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia started her fitness company in 2013, money was tight.<p>Even though she'd been part of rigorous tech accelerator Tech Stars, she had trouble raising her initial funding, she told Business Insider US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell on an episode of Business …

Startups

Those Trendy New Snacks You're Eating Might Be Bankrolled By Cheerios Money

The giants of the old-school food industry are pouring their cash into the future of food: kale, crickets, artificial meat, and more.<p>Posted on June 23, 2017, 21:03 GMT<p>Venessa Wong / BuzzFeed News<p>Kale chips made by Rhythm Superfoods, which received an investment from General Mills' venture capital …

Venture Capital

13 Surprising Facts About Top VC Investor Chamath Palihapitiya

You know Chamath Palihapitiya as an successful investor and from Facebook. But there's much more to his story...<p>Chamath Palihapitiya is one of the most prominent and successful venture capitalists in Silicon Valley.<p>You've likely heard that he was an original member of the Facebook management team …

Venture Capital

Silicon Valley Billionaire Reid Hoffman Condemns Sexual Harassment In The Venture Capital World

Silicon Valley veteran Reid Hoffman took to LinkedIn, the platform he created, to call for change in the work conditions of his female colleagues, one day after six women in the tech industry alleged that venture capitalist Justin Caldbeck made unwanted sexual advances toward them. The allegations …

Venture Capital

Many techies are no-shows at White House’s tech event

Executives from established tech firms met with President Trump, but many venture capitalists decided not to attend<p>A vocal group of venture capitalists on Thursday decided not to attend an event with President Trump in what the White House has dubbed as Tech Week, according to Bloomberg.<p>While …

Venture Capital

The Most Successful Launches on Product Hunt

Since the birth of Product Hunt, thousands of products have launched on the platform—from productivity apps and enterprise software tools, to social …

Startups

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

This week, Tech.eu tracked 12 technology M&A transactions, 2 IPOs and 57 tech funding deals totalling about €751 million (about $841 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.<p>Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:<p><b>1)</b> Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is investing $397 …

Venture Capital

Silicon Valley's sexist swamp

"What do you know about a VC named Justin Caldbeck?"<p>That was the question my (now former) colleague Leena Rao asked last year, at the end of an …

Venture Capital

Imaging satellite startup Satellogic raises $27M Series B from Tencent, CrunchFund

Series B Round