What is the best advice for women entrepreneurs in terms of funding? It’s a commonly asked question, though rarely answered. Bonnie Foley-Wong, CEO of Pique Ventures, an impact investment and management company, recently shared her advice after more than 20 years of mobilizing capital for entrepreneurial businesses.
n the recent past, the most successful startup accelerators have given investors and consumers a glimpse into the future (think Uber, Airbnb). A team of data experts at TechCrunch tested this theory by researching startups that raised first-time funding in the past six months from accelerators in North America with a standout record for backing startups that go on to secure much higher valuations.
No matter how strong the startup, every business goes through tough times it would prefer to forget. So when it’s time to sell the business – or pitch it to investors – you should be upfront about any potential skeletons in the company’s past.
If you were seeking venture capital funding in the fourth quarter of 2016, CEO and tech entrepreneur Mark Woodward feels your pain. When his company began Series D funding in September, Woodward couldn’t predict that the market would drop and that funding would drop 30 percent.
Founders and startup leaders have insanely busy schedules, and – despite the best efforts to prevent it – even the most important projects can get lost in the shuffle.
With 2016 now officially in the rear-view mirror, entrepreneurs and startup leaders have focused their attention on the new year. This week, technology-news publication GeekWire questioned five Seattle-area venture capitalists on their predictions for trends and forecasts for 2017.
When entrepreneurs are first starting their businesses, oftentimes the excitement of the new company overpowers any practical thought of budgeting. While many view budgeting as a necessary evil, it’s a crucial step to starting any business and can prove to be your make-or-break moment.
FinTech startups are increasingly interested in partnering with banks to expand lending in online marketplaces.
In The Flash this week, we flag interesting insight by First Round Capital about the unprecedented ease with which startups are currently getting seed capital amidst a static number of Series A deals. The effect? Many more early-stage companies are now competing for Series A money than there used to be – requiring early-stage startups to amass significantly more proof-points around their business than they previously had to. We also look at a new challenge encountered for the first time by many entrepreneurs: regulation. There’s also a peek at how Silicon Valley insiders are taking advantage of soaring values for tech startups by creating a potentially lucrative side business – through “direct stake” funds. And more!
Our favorite articles from the week address what tech companies are doing to mitigate the Shellshock flaw, discuss Marc Andreessen’s “tweetstorm” on start-ups burning through money, recommend five strategies for big-picture thinking, and offer a glimpse into the future of retail.