Lately, it seems that no matter the industry or target audience, podcasts have become marketers’ best tool to engage with consumers. But the same idea holds true for business-to-business marketing – and founders should take advantage.
Uber Technologies, the SF-based ride-sharing company, is looking to raise between $1.5B and $2 billion in new funding. What’s the company valuation for that ambitious funding, you ask? Try $50 B-,B-,B- Billion … that’s a lot of unicorns…What will Uber do with all that money? Poach talent, for starters: Google’s PR chief received an offer she couldn’t refuse.
The Flash also kicks back with some longer reads, checking out The New Yorker profile of Silicon Valley giant Marc Andreessen and the California Sunday look at the slew of high school entrepreneurs/dropouts descending on San Francisco.
Check out these stories and more in The Flash!
- Uber briefs investors on plans to raise up to $2B – based on a funding valuation of $50B or higher (Wall Street Journal)
- What to do with piles of cash? Poach PR talent to manage the CEO’s image do-over, Uber decides (Wall Street Journal)
- Longform: Marc Andreessen has a vision for the future of venture capital and his firm Andreessen Horowitz – not to mention The World (New Yorker)
- Longform: Tech-savvy teens are dropping out across the U.S. and heading to SF to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams (California Sunday)
- SV payments company Square is expanding its lending efforts to small businesses by raising funds for Square Capital, its loan-making section (Fortune)
- America’s transportation infrastructure would benefit from an influx of entrepreneurs (Harvard Business Review)
- Plenty of billion-dollar startups, but so far no billion-dollar entrepreneurs (Venture Beat)
This week’s articles explain some possible consequences of serial entrepreneurship, list five things to know about patents for start-ups in the fashion industry, discuss the tech ecosystem in France, and offer advice on how to prepare for a press meeting.
This week’s articles discuss the potential of a ‘verbal’ Internet accessible by telephone, offer alternatives to the outdated “waterfall model” for raising venture financing, explain how to manage a PR nightmare, and recap the three acts of Congress that saved Pandora.
This week’s articles discuss how start-ups can partner with brands in order to find success, the personality traits every entrepreneur possesses, the reason why success can be lonely, and the overflow of jobs in the tech industry.
This week’s articles discuss the experiences of a 19-year-old venture capitalist, the reasons why entrepreneurs prefer to be acquired by other companies, the biggest things founders sacrificed in order to succeed, and how entrepreneurs can use comedy for their businesses.
This week’s articles discuss common ways to mishandle a pitch, examine the importance of promotion for venture capital firms, share a story from a founder who chose business over friendship for his company’s success, and profile a retired entrepreneur who shares his experiences over the years.
This week’s articles question how to elevate the role of women in tech, discuss the disconnect between entrepreneurs and the government, profile the Young Entrepreneur Council, and provide tips on using technology to drive business.
This week’s articles discuss why those with entrepreneurial experience make better VCs, consider why management teams should never let the founder leave a company, provide advice on creating and selling a long-term company vision, and profile the tech start-up scene in Estonia.