Duelling Unicorns: CrowdStrike Vs. Cylance In Brutal Battle To Knock Hackers Out

The race is on for two unicorns Cylance by McClure and Crowdstrike by Kurtz – once pals, partners and bestselling coauthors but now fierce competitors –  to convince corporate clients that their software will keep out the criminals in the cheapest and most efficient way possible. Cylance acts like a border guard, blocking shady actors before they enter the network. CrowdStrike, meanwhile, is a digital cop, patrolling networks for suspicious behavior. Read More>>

The Myth of the Millennial Entrepreneur

“Millennials are on track to be the least entrepreneurial generation in recent history,” John Lettieri, the co­-founder of the Economic Innovation Group,testified last week before the U.S. Senate. The share of people under 30 who own a business has fallen by 65 percent since the 1980s and is now at a quarter-century low.The media portrayal of young people casting off the shackles of employment to start their own companies is, for now, an illusion.So, why hasn’t Millennial entrepreneurship kept pace with either media expectations or past generations?  Read More>>

The user’s guide to early-stage fundraising

Over the last decade, the early-stage funding environment has dramatically changed. There are now myriad financing options that founders can consider as they look to build their companies. On the most recent episode of Ventured, Qasar Younis, Chief Operating Officer of Y Combinator (YC) spoke about the early-stage funding landscape and how entrepreneurs can best navigate the waters of raising capital today. Read More>>

In Brexit, London Startups See Some Risk, Some Opportunities

Britain’s decision to break away from the EU has created huge uncertainties for businesses, and there is no more vulnerable a period for a company than its infancy. Survival depends on getting the timing right in attracting investment, hiring workers, and spending on office space and equipment. London’s tech companies will scramble to cope — though true to the startup community’s culture of adaptability, many are looking to the tumult also as a source of opportunity for new business and to gain ground on the less nimble established companies. Read More>>

How the rise of self-driving cars could transform the ad industry

Ford forecasts that in just five years we’ll be seeing self-driving cars on roads across the UK and USA. Others go for more punchy predictions, saying that by 2020 there will be ten million self-driving cars on roads. Global auto and tech giants such as Google, Uber, Ford and Volkswagen are gearing up for a battle for drivers, passenger attention and marketing revenue. This article explores how the rise of autonomous vehicles will permanently change the global ad industry by heralding the demise of outdoor display ads and generating substantial new revenue streams for mobile app brands. Read More>>

The Rocket Doesn’t Come With a Moral Compass

In a startup journey, founders learn practical business skills: how to raise money, manage people and burn rate, and launch and grow a product. They learn about their own abilities, tactics for managing their psychology, and how to stretch beyond what they believed they could do. But what about the liberal arts education that universities pride themselves on? The critical thinking skill that is considered to be the hallmark of a university education? What about empathy, morality, patience, humility, and discipline? Do startups teach these things? Read More>>

The Lack of Options for Startup Employees’

One of the many tradeoffs that early startup employees choose to make is between cash, and options. For some employees however this may end up being a Faustian bargain of sorts. At first glance, the calculus seems simple: the employee will take more stock options for less cash, because over time the payoff could be huge. But there are a number of issues with this model — primarily in pitting the “cash-rich” against the “options-rich”. Read More>>

How digital marketers can get better results with less capital

There has been much talk of late about the end of easy venture capital and what will happen to startup economics when everyone is forced to spend more wisely. Spending wisely should always be an objective regardless of the economic conditions. But this is especially true for marketers who control a large share of the budget at many companies and who are the most at risk for wasting money. These lesson are based on the experience of the author as CMO of an online shopping destination. Read More>>

Cybersecurity-mania subsides and ushers in a shakeout

There’s been no better magic word than “cybersecurity” to crack open technology investors’ wallets. Corporate executives feared their companies could be the next victim of embarrassing digital incursions, so they earmarked big budgets for technology defenses. The rising tide of cyberattacks lifted all the companies selling cyber life preservers. But now the cybersecurity industry has reached a critical crossroads. The industry’s relative newcomers are under pressure to prove they can be lasting winners or sell out as the fragmented industry gives way to consolidation. Members of the computer security old guard, meanwhile, are scrambling to remake themselves and reduce reliance on technologies like antivirus software that are out of step with modern hacking threats. Read More>>