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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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#NYCTech -  Since the financial meltdown, nearly every university has been championing entrepreneurship as the job market dwindled and these academic institutions needed an alternative fast for their students come graduation day. Entrepreneurship...
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Exits - Just as large numbers of people believe that Donald Trump should release his taxes so the world can get a better picture of his financial situation, I believe that Snap should release historical engagement metrics, so investors can get...
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Advice -  If you analyze your life, you will realize that your entire day consists of negotiations. Mostly it’s low-stakes, like persuading the kids to get ready for school, or calling the phone company to ask for a lower phone plan....
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#NYCTech -  Recently, I took a look at 20 NYC Startup Acquisitions in 2016. In following through with the theme of acquisitions, today I examine some historical data surrounding acquisitions of New York-based startups from our friends at...
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#NYCTech -  According to data from our friends at Crunchbase, there were 238 acquisitions of New York companies in 2016. Today, I shine a spotlight on 20 notable 2016 NYC startup acquisitions. I have included the acquiree, the acquirer,...
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Advice -  Despite the fact that the number of IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) for startups has continued to decrease, I still hear it touted often as the preferred exit strategy. I suspect the exuberance for an IPO is still being driven by the...
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#NYCTech - Liquidity tends to be of paramount importance when it comes to both entrepreneurs and venture capitalists making money. However, only a small subset of the startup universe will ever get to the acquisition or IPO stage. Today, I take...
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Advice - Building up a business is a valuable life experience, and selling it is just as exciting. Obviously there is the financial gain, but you can also point to it and say, “I made that.” But, before you put up the virtual “for...
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Advice - Over time, merger or acquisition opportunities may present themselves as growth opportunities for your business. As discussed in the past, M&A can be very distracting to an early-stage business still trying to optimize their...
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#NYCTech - In the well-connected world we live in, there are still a few barriers holding us back from true global connectedness. One of these barriers, the language barrier, holds back expansion and cooperation with other markets that would...
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Advice - Some in the venture community see the fact that there have been only a handful of tech IPO’s in the last six months as the harbinger of doom.  If there are no public exits, they can’t harvest gains from their “winners” and...
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#NYCTech -  As people get pickier about whose blogs they are reading, elite bloggers have risen to the top. But the two aspects of this industry, the connecting of the best bloggers in one area and the presentation of the content have remained...
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Advice -  This happens to every founder at some point. You realize building your business is harder than you expected. You have been working for a few years without finding breakaway growth. The team is tired and losing some of their passion,...
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#NYCTech -  It is very rare when it is absolutely clear who will win a given sports matchup. The fact that we never know who is going to win is what makes it exciting to watch and even more exciting to wager on games. numberFire, the premier tool...
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#NYCTech -  1010data, the Big Data analytics platform has just been acquired by Advance/Newhouse for $500M. Already providing service to over 750 of the biggest retail and manufacturing companies, the acquisition will provide 1010data the...