With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals

Image (1) vc-funding.jpg for post 57354Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors. One of the latest to do so is Circle, which recently announced a $110 million Series E round led by bitcoin mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain. Read more>>

ClassPass’ Founder on How Marketplace Startups Can Achieve Product/Market Fit

In 2011, ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia had just joined startup accelerator Techstars. Within months, she’d been on the cover of Inc. Magazine and featured in Mashable, Business Insider, Gigaom and most every tech and business blog. Kadakia advises founders to constantly return to on one all-important question: what problem in the world are you trying to solve? Read more>>

the future, the reality Operating System, an enabled landscape

“What it will be, what it can be, I think it’s profound”, Tim Cook on Augmented Reality. What if the world’s knowledge was not a click away, but at a glance? What if technology enabled your narrative to intersect and interact with the land around you? And what if this was accessible not to a few, buy everyone? This type of ability is within reach and is what I call the enabled landscape. Read more>>

What To Know Before Going Into Venture Debt

Entrepreneurs who are lucky enough to receive funding from a Venture Capital firm are eligible for a double whammy: Venture Debt. According to Maurice Werdegar, the CEO of Western Technology Investment, venture debt makes up about 10% of the venture market, and it’s growing every year. So what is venture debt all about? This additional form of financing has its merits and some dangers to look out for. Read more>>

How We Bootstrapped Our Startup to 1M $ in 12 Months (And You Can Too).

Too many times I hear folks from the tech scene advising other entrepreneur to ask investors for money to start…up. In some cases investors are the only way to kick off big projects, but I firmly believe that most startups could really make it on their own and validate their ideas by making sales first. Here is a list of 11 strategies we used to bootstrap 1M $ in just 12 months, that can help your startup too. Read more>>

Entrepreneur 101: To nurture job growth, U.S. universities seed start-ups

A decade ago, Devin Jameson might have chosen to drop out of college and work on Eversound, a wireless headset start-up for senior communities. Instead, Jameson was able to combine his co-founded company with his academic coursework through Cornell University’s eLab program, an accelerator curriculum he completed in 2015. Jameson said, “Being able to get actual college credit for going through an incubator program was really important.” Read more>>

Most Science Startups Fail. Here’s Why.

It seems like every day we see or hear about a breakthrough new discovery that will change everything. The problem isn’t necessarily with the discoveries themselves, but that there’s a fundamental difference between discovering an important new phenomenon in the lab and creating value in the marketplace. We need to get a lot better at bridging that gap. To do so, we need to create a new innovation ecosystem for commercializing science. Read more>>

5 Steps to Finding Your Next Big Idea from Spanx’s Sara Blakely

There’s a myth amongst entrepreneurs of the “lightning strike” — the “aha” moment when an idea just comes to you. In reality, it’s rare to find a successful scale entrepreneur whose big idea landed on their lap. It’s more likely they were already on the hunt. I wanted to talk to Spanx founder Sara Blakely about my theory. Her story is the perfect parable for any entrepreneur looking for their first — or their next — big idea. Read more>>

Robotics Is Here and Already It’s Changing Everything

Robotics Is Here and Already It's Changing EverythingRobotic process automation is becoming an integral part of how businesses operate, and these solutions are making employees both more efficient and effective. PwC estimates that companies can automate approximately 45 percent of workplace activities. However, robotics won’t just change operations — process automation will change everything from the boardroom to education. Read more>>