Saudi Arabia just launched the world’s largest venture capital fund by investing in Uber

If you haven’t heard the news yet, you must be living under a rock. Ride-hailing giant Uber has just received a $3.5bn cash injection from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. This follow’s last week undisclosed amount of funding from Toyota (including a partnership to provide drivers with more affordable car purchasing and lease terms). This deal is one of the largest funding rounds by a technology company … Continue reading Saudi Arabia just launched the world’s largest venture capital fund by investing in Uber

#Reasons startups fail

John C Abell– News Editor of LinkedIn shared this gem in his latest weekly news roundup. Turns out, the biggest reason for your startup failing is that you have a bad idea, or a terribly unsustainable business model. Time to return to the drawing board. Incidentally, running out of cash is the second biggest reason for startup failure (lesson #82- plan ahead and don’t continue … Continue reading #Reasons startups fail

The crowdfunding shake-up is great for startups- but is it a great deal for investors?

Its official. As of tomorrow (Monday 16th May 2016) you can officially  become a startup investor under the newly implemented Title III of Jobs Act. That’s right, no more pledging $100 dollars to your favourite crowdfunded startup in return for a first-generation product, a measly t-shirt, or a mug. You can now be a real investor, and own shares. Aimed to finally shake-up a stagnating … Continue reading The crowdfunding shake-up is great for startups- but is it a great deal for investors?

Value or control: The killer decision for startup founders

Being a startup founder can be the very antithesis of entrepreneurship- and the role of founder at odds with the long-term growth and value of a startup. The very ingredients that make a successful startup founder, can be the startups’ death knell. The skills required to found a startup and generate its first $1 million in revenue, are often at the opposite spectrum of scaling it … Continue reading Value or control: The killer decision for startup founders

Running with the Unicorns: what Y Combinator tells us about the future of startups

To date, Y Combinator has funded and accelerated 940 emerging tech giants, with a combined valuation of over $65 billion dollars. Of 701 startups available for analysis, 83.5% are still active, whilst 8.3% have successfully exited, and a further 8.2% have failed. In research released yesterday by Y Combinator, the accelerator analyzed eight years of incubator applications to figure out what technology applications were most popular … Continue reading Running with the Unicorns: what Y Combinator tells us about the future of startups

Plunging early-stage deals, a talent exodus, and crunches in Series B: 2016 is a roller-coaster year for startups

Silicon Valley is losing its edge as the place to locate your tech startup in the US, and the best city to ensure you’ll be able to raise capital – in favor of other US innovation-hubs. Mattermark has crunched data on 583 early-stage investments that have taken place so far this year across the US, to find that the tech-bubble is far from over and … Continue reading Plunging early-stage deals, a talent exodus, and crunches in Series B: 2016 is a roller-coaster year for startups

What your dog can teach you about entrepreneurship…and other anecdotes

I have lost count of the number of times I have opened my news feed, on the hunt for the latest news, thought-leadership, or research update in entrepreneurship- and instead, I find, loud and bold on the front page “5 Entrepreneurship Lessons I Learnt from my Dog” (I never got to lesson number 2: Frolic!- I just can’t imagine myself explaining to my peers I … Continue reading What your dog can teach you about entrepreneurship…and other anecdotes

VC data shows fintech is heating up

Still insure about the future of fintech? Have no fear- funding for fintech startups is here to stay, and is not as exposed as other tech sectors to the VC bubble. Investment in venture capital-backed fintech companies jumped more than 100 percent, hitting a record $13.8 billion in 2015. The number of deals also increased to 653 from 586 the year before. The great thing about fintech startups? It … Continue reading VC data shows fintech is heating up

Why zombie start-ups will rise from the tech bubble

They say that a decline in start-up birth rates is the death of entrepreneurship. We say that the implosion of the current start-up tech bubble will give rise to a population of start-up zombies that will suck the life out of entrepreneurship.  In an era were the cult of ‘failing-forward’ and ‘failing-fast’ is not just advocated, but embraced by VCs and policy-makers alike, a strange phenomenon … Continue reading Why zombie start-ups will rise from the tech bubble

US startup failure rates are declining- and its bad for the economy

Most policy-makers and entrepreneurs talk about the decline of entrepreneurship-even its death– due to the decrease in new business start-ups and high failure rates. Some estimate that as many as 9 out of 10 startups will fail, and that for the first time in decades, there is a higher startup death rate than birth rate in the US economy. But this is a misconception. Start-up failure rates have been … Continue reading US startup failure rates are declining- and its bad for the economy