Flux In The Fundraising Market

Over the last year, the amount of series A investment in US startups has fallen by nearly 33% from a high of $6 billion to about $4 billion in Q2 2016. Later stage investments have followed a similar path. Curiously, the series B/Expansion stage market has witnessed remarkable resilience, continuing to increase despite volatility. The series a market is also seen a similar drop in the total number of investments, indicating a slower investment pace. Later and expansion rounds have remained relatively... Read more →

Two and a Half Times More Competent: Why Our Daughters and Sons Need to Know about Systemic Bias

Recently, daughter, Miranda, came home and asked, “Mom, can we talk about what happened at school today?” She’s a freshman in high school, and had given a presentation to one of her classes. She’s a good student, a conscientious student, and by her own self-critical assessment she had turned in a strong performance. She’d had great detail, was well-spoken and when she finished and sat down, her teacher said, “That was pretty good.” Then a young man took his turn and by... Read more →

With Synbio, we’ve opened a Pandora’s box. Now our scientists must come together to solve the problems.

With the advent of synthetic biology and gene editing tools, there are amazing breakthroughs being made in medicine, energy and food. Within a few years, we will see cures for debilitating diseases, new biofuels, and grains that can be grown in extreme climates. We will also have many new nightmares: bioterrorism and well-meaning experiments that get out of hand. Imagine a superbug that can cure — or kill — millions of people or a virus which targets one person, say, a U.S. president. This... Read more →

Another leap in empowering the patient.

Today we take another step forward in empowering patients. CMyLife, an important project which has started in our REshape Center at Radboudumc and was carefully developed with both patients and medical professionals, will be launched in its first phase during the annual CML-Patients Day. CMyLife is an online platform for patients, their relatives and caregivers. It’s a great example of the collaborative power between patients and medical professionals; by working together they created a platform... Read more →

Indian Chain Brings The Cinema Experience To The Heartland

In this series, Sramana Mitra shares chapters from her book Vision India 2020, that outlines 45 interesting ideas for start-up companies with the potential to become billion-dollar enterprises. These articles are written as business fiction, as if we’re in 2020, reflecting back on building these businesses over the previous decade. We hope to spark ideas for building successful start-ups of your own. In December 2005, Dominique and I traveled through North Bengal. We touched great mountains,... Read more →

Are You Sure You’re Meant to Be an Entrepreneur?

This is an excerpt from my new, soon to be released, book Ready to Soar. How great it would be to know beforehand what being an entrepreneur is like. But each persons journey is their own. Knowing what you want to achieve, what your strengths are will greatly help you in your quest. There are no guarantees in business.. By its very nature things will always change. We all wish we had a crystal ball and could see the future – but despite reading everything, checking every market forecast and reviewing... Read more →

April 28 – 304th 1M/1M Mentoring Roundtable For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are invited to the 304th FREE online 1M/1M roundtable mentoring session on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 8 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. EDT/8:30 p.m. India IST. If you are a serious entrepreneur, register to “pitch” and sell your business idea. You’ll receive straightforward feedback, advice on next steps, and answers to any of your questions. Others can register to “attend” to watch, learn, and interact through the online chat. You can learn more here and register to pitch or attend... Read more →

Startup Best Practices 22 – Using Scenario Planning For Strategic Decisions

There are two common ways to model the growth of a SaaS business I’ve seen in pitches. the first one helps founders develop a sense for the trajectory of the business, while the second one helps teams plan for different scenarios and model the trade-offs with each strategic decision. The Percent Growth technique averages the company’s growth rate over the last quarter or so and projects it forward. For example, if a SaaS company has sustained 15% monthly growth over the last three months and... Read more →

The Man Who Built Silicon Valley: A Tribute to Andy Grove

Andy Grove, former Chairman and CEO of Intel, came to the United States as a refugee from Hungary. With a relentless energy and exceptional mind, he helped build the iconic tech company Intel — and in the process, Silicon Valley itself. Ben Horowitz offers a tribute to this legendary leader (and his own inspiration) at the 5th Annual Churchill Club awards, held on September 24th, 2015, where Grove was honored as the 2015 Legendary Leader for “inspirational leadership and contributions to others’... Read more →

Billion Dollar Unicorns: OfferUp Still Needs To Figure Out Revenue Model

I have always questioned sky-high valuations in the absence of a justifiable business model. One such company is local Peer-to-Peer commerce player OfferUp. Over the last five years, the company has achieved the Billion Dollar Unicorn status within the local P2P market, without even figuring out how to earn revenues. OfferUp’s Offering OfferUp was founded in 2011 when new fathers Nick Huzar and Arean van Veelen were trying to sell some of their old stuff. They soon realized that it wasn’t very... Read more →
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