Startups

'Silicon Valley' shows how ridiculous the new iPhone X truly is

Sometimes, it takes the cast of <i>Silicon Valley</i> to poke fun at the real world Silicon Valley.<p>While the show masterfully ribs its own version of tech …

Silicon Valley

Not Quite Ready To Start A Company - Consider This Simple Alternative

Every one should do a startup company, but there is a time that works better than others.<p>Every one of us is looking for an edge, that little extra something that will propel us over the top. Startup founders like you and me sit at the precipice of our leap and look for some guidance as we examine …

Business

Marketing startup Synup gets $6M Series A to help brands manage their online reputation

Synup, a startup that helps marketers monitor where their brands are mentioned online, announced that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Vertex Ventures. Existing investor Prime Venture Partners also returned for the round.<p>Though based in Bangalore, Synup’s main market has been the …

Online Life

In Battle for Talent, One Startup Founder Tries 'Unlimited' Pay

China may have a reputation for low wages and sprawling factories. But in a sign of changing times, one startup founder has embraced a strategy of …

China

Accelo hauls in $9 million to digitize operations for project-driven small businesses

Accelo, a six-year old startup, is trying to solve a big problem for project-driven small businesses like architects, accountants and designers. These companies, which typically have less than 100 employees, don’t usually have access to software to get a complete view of their business …

Small Business

How This Woman Cold-Called Her Way Into a Co-Founder

Noosa Yoghurt's Koel Thomae shares how she met her co-founder and the struggles they had at the beginning of the company.

Business

Jopwell raises $7.5 million for diversity-focused job recruitment

Jopwell is trying to increase diversity in the workplace and announced today funding of $7.5 million for its job recruitment platform, which targets black, latino/hispanic, and native american students and professionals. Returning investor Cue Ball Capital led this round, with participation from …

Business

The Jerk-to-Bully Metamorphosis: The VC Dilemma

When the brash confidence required to launch a startup morphs into arrogant jerk you start to have serious problems. Just ask Uber.<p>Here’s a classic Silicon Valley contradiction.<p>Virtually every CEO we’ve worked with has read every Steve Jobs biography and has misguidedly concluded the path to early …

Leadership

A startup spun out of Pfizer just got $103 million to develop experimental drugs Big Pharma won't

There's a popular theory about the limitations of global pharma companies: For all their skyscrapers and strategy reviews and private jets, they're simply too knotted up in bureaucracy to realize how many great drugs are gathering dust in their vaults.<p>Now, the biggest of Big Pharma is out do do …

Pfizer

Deliveroo Is Now A $2 Billion Business

Putting money on Deliveroo is not for the faint hearted.<p>Big competitors like Amazon and Uber? Check.<p>Tetchy regulators? Check.<p>Razor-thin margins? Check.<p>Yet investors are hardly deterred. The restaurant-delivery startup just raised another $385 million from new and old backers, a year after its last …

Entrepreneurship

Mattress Startup Casper Sued a Mattress Review Site, Then Paid for Its Acquisition

Think about competition in the economy and big names come to mind, like Apple vs. Microsoft, Uber vs. Lyft, Walmart vs. Target. But in pretty much …

Mattresses

Photo marketplace Picfair raises £1.5M, aims to ‘weaponise’ photographers

Picfair, the London-based photo marketplace founded by ex-journalist Benji Lanyado, has raised £1.5 million in new funding — capital it plans to use to market its “fair trade photography” proposition to the plethora of companies that need authentic photo content.<p>These include publishers, creative …

Alexis Ohanian

The hottest startups in Tel Aviv

Deep links with the US market and expertise from Israel's defence industry make Tel Aviv a startup powerhouse<p>Silicon Wadi – as the tech hub in Tel …

Tel Aviv

Britain's Deliveroo raises $385 million for food fight

British food delivery company Deliveroo has raised $385 million in private funding, it said on Sunday, as it prepares for expansion to help it …

5 Steps for Rapid Growth (That Won't Sacrifice Your Company's Culture or Values)

Grow quickly and what made your culture different can quickly be lost. Here's how to make sure that doesn't happen to your company.<p>Rapid growth can be great for your balance sheet... but terrible for your company's culture.<p>The following is from Amit Sharma, the founder and CEO of Narvar, a retail …

Leadership

Europe will soon produce a $50bn tech startup "titan" like Facebook, Uber or Tesla, experts predict

Europe is not far off creating a tech startup that's worth more than $50bn, taking on the might of Silicon Valley, experts predict.<p>Almost 60 …

Venture Capital

Three Startups Won Cash Prizes at #BeAChatur Contest 2017

Chatur Ideas has given cash prizes of Rs. 3 lakh, Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh to top three startups including We Convert (1st rank), SirfTaxi (2nd …

India

Inkitt, a ‘reader powered’ book publisher, raises $3.9M to discover the next best-selling author

Inkitt, which bills itself as “the world’s first reader-powered book publisher,” has raised $3.9 million in pre-series A funding, in a round led by Redalpine, with Frontline Ventures, Speedinvest and a number of private investors also participating. The Berlin-based startup is part writing and …

Publishing

SAP gobbles customer identity management startup Gigya for $350m

German enterprise giant SAP has bought customer identity management firm Gigya for a reported $350m.<p>Gigya, which is headquartered in Mountain View …

General Data Protection Regulation

Backed by Accel, GlowRoad helps Indian women build home businesses

Indian e-commerce company GlowRoad is built on a simple premise. By connecting manufacturers with resellers and using drop shipping, it keeps everyone’s overhead costs low. The Bangalore-based startup, however, doesn’t just aspire to be an online reseller network. Founded by a former physician, …

Technology

This Space Entrepreneur's Business Can Offer Actual Shooting Stars On Demand

<b>This article is part of a profile series where I speak with space entrepreneurs and others connected to Asia to find out more about their businesses, and Asia’s role in the space technology sector. To read more, click here.</b><p><i>This profile features Dr. Lena Okajima, Founder and CEO of ALE. Her company</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Zomato invests in Hyderabad based meal delivery startup Tinmen

<b>New Delhi:</b> Online restaurant guide and food ordering firm Zomato on Monday said it has made an investment into Hyderabad based home-cooked meal …

Startups (India)

Sportswear brand Castore runs away with £1.2m of funding from investors including New Look's founder

Premium men's sportswear brand Castore has raised £1.2m from a group of private investors, including the founder of high street fashion chain New …

Why Rent the Runway Founder Jenny Fleiss Believes Women in Business Need to Think Bigger

Why the two-time founder believes women have a unique advantage in business.<p>A man could not have started Rent the Runway. At least that's what the company's co-founder thinks: Jenny Fleiss, who in March left the fashion service she helped create to launch a new startup, believes women have several …

Business

Singapore gaming and e-commerce startup Sea files for a $1B initial public offering

Singapore-based gaming and e-commerce startup Sea Ltd. (formerly Garena) has filed for an initial public offering on the New York Stock …

IPOs

London’s tech elite discuss Brexit Britain with French PM

While Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn bounce back-and-forth on their vision for Brexit Britain, London’s top tech talent have organised their own trade …

Brexit

KTH, The MIT of Stockholm, Produced These Three Mind-Blowing Startups

Sweden lags only Silicon Valley in the number of unicorns per capita. If they can scale up, these three KTH startups are working on exciting products with global potential. Could they increase Sweden's Unicorn population?<p>KTH is known as the MIT of Stockholm. And Stockholm lags only Silicon Valley …

Business

Deliveroo valuation hits $2bn after food delivery firm raises new funds

British startup says $385m in new funding will be used to expand to new cities and countries and on delivery-only kitchens<p>Deliveroo has achieved a valuation of more than $2bn (£1.5bn) after the British takeaway food delivery firm raised $385m in new funds.<p>Deliveroo said the new funding brought the …

Business

Ex-Cameron adviser seals £10m funding boost for Second Home

Sky News understands that Rohan Silva, who left Downing Street in 2013, has raised the money with his co-founder and joint chief executive Sam …

UK News

Brewdog gets ready for another raise with "equity for punks" crowdfunding round five

Brewdog is set to open up its business to equity crowdfunding once again, as the brewery calls on ordinary people to invest in the business.<p>Brewdog …

Venture Capital