Major acquisitions aside, startups are often blind to the actual costs associated with full-time employees. As you celebrate and toast to your latest round of funding, please take heed of five employee costs often forgotten by founders.
Whether creating fun consumer technologies, advanced enterprise software or biotech breakthroughs, Israelis are certainly proving -- startup by startup -- that they are able and willing to solve some of the world's greatest issues.
One reason the finance business is always busy is that it functions much like the arms dealer. You don't need to figure out precisely who's going to win or lose. Some fail, some succeed. If they succeed, they wind up building an army that's accomplishing something.
According to the Kickstarter's data, there was $274 billion collected last year (+238 percent from 2011). In comparison, VC's invested $26.5 billion in 2012 (-10 percent from 2011). Do you see the difference?
We all know about crowd funding, but there are several sources of capital that are rarely discussed: revenue-based loans and asset-based loans. Both types of loans are similar to venture capital in that they work best with companies that have demonstrated potential for strong future growth.
Even with all the hype about fracking, natural gas was not the No. 1 source of new electricity generation in the U.S. in 2012. In fact, it was wind power, accounting for over 40 percent of new capacity compared with 33 percent for gas, according to the Energy Information Administration.
These days more middle market companies are utilizing a new type of supertemp without adding to overhead. While interim management is not yet a household phrase, some companies are already getting the best of both worlds: temporary and expert.
At first glance, it may seem that microfinance and the Sharing Economy have little in common. However, this first impression is incomplete. Further investigation reveals a multitude of similarities key lessons that collaborative consumption could learn from microfinance.
Today's software startup does not need $5M to get going. 1/10 of that is more the case. In response to this development we are seeing new breeds of investors from angels to super angels, micro VCs, etc.
Even though the conference is over, LearnLaunch continues to be basecamp for the ed tech community in Boston. If you want to join in the buzz, check out the regularly updated discussions on their LinkedIn group.
So far in Ohio and other fly-over states, emerging models of public-private partnerships are yielding encouraging returns, and programs such as VFA recognize this progress and contribute to their growth.
"Show me the money," I told myself six or seven times, and then just once, just as a final pump-up tactic, one epic shout: "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" When I emerged from the Starbucks bathroom, a young woman peeked inside, visibly nervous.
You have seen it a hundred times before. The latest "it" company is standing on a balcony, overlooking a sea of applauding stockbrokers, reporters and other NYSE staff. Their company has gone public and the only way to go from here is up, right? Wrong.
I often write about the brave and innovative entrepreneurs in Texas, but that is only because they are working overtime to lead by example in the startup community. Texas companies have made it a habit to dream big and follow that up with execution and realistic solutions.