All posts by bowersm1

Why Venture Capitalists Should Invest Like Poker Players

Partners in venture funds review over 100 different opportunities to pick one winner and build, over a five-year investment period, a portfolio of 15-20 start-ups. They screen against multiple criteria, yet the industry as a whole has a pretty weak track record. Statistically, according to Correlation Ventures, over 60 percent of all companies that VCs invest in return less than the invested capital. We asked: Can this model be improved? Read more>>

Liberty, equality, technology: France is finally poised to become a tech power

pantheonOnce America had an unassailable advantage, an economic flywheel that spun off innovation and Fortune 500 companies like a perpetual-motion machine. Enter Brexit. Enter Donald Trump. Enter their implicit and explicit rejections of immigration, including serious barriers to and discouragement of legal and skilled immigration, such as H-1B visa holders and international students. Read more>>

The state of the IPO market

IPO AHEAD – Business Chalkboard BackgroundSixteen months ago, I predicted 2017 would be “the best year for tech IPOs since the dot-com heyday almost two decades ago.” Well, that was not exactly what happened. Despite strong public markets, where we saw the NASDAQ jump 28 percent and the Dow by 25 percent — there were 59 VC-backed IPOs, which was an improvement over the 41 we had in 2016 (2018 NVCA Yearbook) — last year was far from the torrent I expected. Read more>>

What Are Early-stage VCs Looking for? Founders with Grit

grit-mountainIf it’s lonely at the top, it’s even lonelier at the start. Josh Kopelman knows firsthand the struggle and isolation of starting a business because he launched three before creating First Round, a venture capital firm that specializes in seeding companies in their earliest stage of growth. Kopelman talked about what he looks for in startup founders and why it’s important to keep an eye out for ideas that are so far out of the box, they just might work. Read more>>

Is Your Culture Your Brand?

2018-05-14-diversityTake a peek behind the curtain at Amazon, Southwest Airlines and other hugely successful companies and you’ll find one thing they have in common: They blend their workplace culture with their brand so seamlessly that one is indistinguishable from the other. Brand-building expert Denise Lee Yohn explains how companies of any size can achieve success if leaders follow the right steps towards integrating their brand with their culture. Read More>>

The Smart Road Tech That’s Making Driving Faster, Safer, And Just Better

In 2014, the country spent $165 billion on highway construction, operation, and maintenance, according to the Congressional Budget Office. There are signs that some of that money is being invested in smart road technology, alternative energy infrastructure, and traffic management powered by artificial intelligence. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is finally hitting the road. Read more>>

Imagine Alternatives to Negotiate More Ambitiously

Mentally simulating an attractive alternative can provide some of the advantages that real alternatives typically offer. In our recent paper, “Imaginary Alternatives: The Effects of Mental Simulation on Powerless Negotiators”, forthcoming in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, we found that negotiators can actually reap some of the benefits that alternatives offer by mentally simulating having an attractive alternative. Read more>>

Should You Pursue VC Funding?

“Show me the money.” But it’s not the startup hoping to see dollar signs. Instead, it’s the VC investor hoping for a quick return on a big investment. When the focus shifts from building up a successful product or service to catering to the needs of demanding VC lenders, many entrepreneurs wonder if VC lending is indeed the best approach to building a startup. Read more>>