I've crudely plotted Facebook's user growth in an old notebook, ignoring all sorts of factors that I don't know: attrition rate, macroeconomics, tech scalability, global warming, and the number of cat videos on the Internet.
Two Silicon Valley technology conferences in mid-September came up with opposing headlines, not unlike two colliding neutron stars. They are also contrarian coming from two elite members of the venture capital community.
I cannot speak for other angel investors, but I'll explain what it takes to get me to invest. The following snippets are based on actual meetings I've had over the past eight months with developers seeking funding for their ventures.
In addition to Romney's appalling lack of understanding of what Americans do not pay federal income taxes and why, the symptoms of this "victim"-hood he so deplores were in large part created by the practices of Wall Street types like him and Marc Leder.
Among the many benefits of embracing platform thinking, innovation happens faster, costs less, and reaches more people. I recently sat down with Adrian C. Ott, a corporate adviser and award-winning author of The 24-Hour Customer.
Mitt Romney is running for president on the record of his experience as a job creator in the private equity and venture capital industry. So, the issue of inclusion, or lack thereof, should be center stage. What is Romney's record on economic inclusion?
We're at the start of a major shift in the way technology startups are funded. Open-source technology, cloud computing, and online distribution have made it cheaper than ever to build a product and get customers.
Little stories are scattered througout the media suggesting inquiries into the methods used to determine the pre-IPO valuation of Facebook. But the real surprise is that nobody is outraged over the big cash-outs that investors and former founders are taking.
In the wake of the financial crisis, Millenials trust themselves more than big business or government. They want to have a concrete impact and control over their lives, and see their own ventures as an avenue.
It's been a surprise to us, as we've launched our women's health and wellness startup, ChickRx,* and become more immersed in the tech entrepreneur community, that there seems to be quite a bit of herd mentality regarding what a tech startup should look like.
After the 2008 financial crisis, capital is too restrictive to be loaned by banks. When I founded my company, I didn't even waste time looking into this fundraising option. It's as improbable as finding the Loch Ness Monster.