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#NYCTech - When you are looking to buy a product there are usually two two sources you trust: your friends and professionals. So why is it that when we are looking for a restaurant we trust strangers and their arbitrary star ratings? If you...
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Advice - By definition, every startup is predictably unpredictable, since new solutions have no proven track record, startups are usually building a new market, and the world around them is changing faster than ever. Yet, as an advisor to...
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Cool Tech - My twitter feed was abuzz with news of a Russian spy boat miles off the coast of Connecticut’s US Naval Submarine Base in Groton. This would’ve been a good time to test the Navy’s newest weapon – the Sea Hunter – an...
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FoodTech - I’m a startup CEO in the food industry with a background in medicine. One of my tasks has been to distill the food ecosystem so our team can create a product that’s well positioned in the marketplace. In building a platform to...
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Tech - Recently, a buddy of mine on Twitter did something that really caught my attention. As a marketer that spends a lot of time on Twitter and follows a good number of people from a variety of different subcultures, it takes a lot to...
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#NYCTech - If your retail business wants to keep up with growing presence of online, you can’t just put anyone in your store to sell, you need the right person representing your brand and your product in person. The only question is, where do...
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Advice - The average length of a funding pitch to angel investors is ten minutes. Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first 15 minutes. The biggest complaint I hear from investors is that startup...
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Advertising - Consider giving away a tool or sharing your knowledge in your next advertising campaign.I’m not sure I’d believe any modern entrepreneur who tells me that sharing their work wasn’t part of the reason they succeeded.Most...
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Advice - Like most entrepreneurs, I wasn't CEO of my first startup. While I had a fair share of the company, I owned far less than the CEO who, in addition to having had the concept, also initially bankrolled us.For the most part, this...
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Design - Graphic designer. Visual designer. User interface (UI) designer. User experience (UX) designer. Web designer.How many different designer job titles are there? And are they all just fancy names for the same thing?If you’ve...
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#NYCTech - Welcome to Inside the Mind of an NYC VC, a new series at AlleyWatch in which we speak with New York City-based Venture Capitalists. Up first in the hot seat is Sumeet Shah, Principal at Brand Foundry Ventures (BFV). Sumeet sat down with...
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Advice - This is Startup Marketing at Events Done Right courtesy of the Startup LeagueGet paid to exhibit at events like Collision, TechDay, TechCrunch Disrupt and more...So you’ve launched your startup and now the conversation...
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Op-ED - Recently I wrote about the cultural difference between entrepreneurs in the Nordics and in Silicon Valley. Now, I want to talk about the cultural differences between investors. In each country the investors and the investment climate...
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Advertising - Your customers are looking for direct engagement. Here’s how to deliver with your limited bandwidth. Marketing in the 2000s was dominated by search engine marketing and optimization (SEM and SEO). The early 2010s saw the rise of...
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Advice - Traditional business-intelligence (and data-mining) software does a good job of showing you where you’ve been. By contrast, predictive analytics uses data patterns to make forward-looking predictions that tell you where to go next....
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#NYCTech - With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space. We keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in NYC Tech News this week including the fundings,...
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#NYCTech - Today, I take a look at the 15 largest AdTech startup funding rounds in NYC history using some data from our friends at Crunchbase.   In addition to dollar amount of the round, I have included industry focal point, round type, year...

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