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Advice -  Things have been really heating up since we saw the first wave of “conversational UI” companies in early 2015, and now there isn’t a week that goes by where we aren’t pitched a new chatbot app. While plenty has been written...
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Funding -  Venture capital (VC) funding is booming, and it has been since 2012. Yet it is not without its problems – it has often received criticism for its excessive investment in companies that failed to solve real issues.These critiques...
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News -  The more you understand about the way people think and systems (designed by people) work, the more complicated life becomes. Having got much deeper into unconscious bias recently for my sessions at SXSW with Shari Slate from CISCO...
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Op-ED -  If I hear one more pitch about a product or service taking advantage of "the sharing economy," I'm going to shoot a hole right through my Uber app.Companies like Uber, Airbnb, DoorDash and Rover are touted as hallmarks of a new,...
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News -  Dear Bethenny,You recently answered a question posed to you by Dr Sanna Gaspard at a conference for women entrepreneurs in New York. She said that other people had mentioned to her that it might help to bring along a man to...
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Advice -  It's a little surprising that entrepreneurs don't pray more.The best entrepreneurs are missionaries, not mercenaries. Even if they are not explicitly pursuing a social impact startup, they are driven by the sense that they can, at...
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AlleyTalk -  The tallest residential structure in the Western Hemisphere sits at 432 Park Avenue in New York City.Standing at nearly 1,400 feet, there are 141 apartments for sale in a building where there average selling price is $21 million,...
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Advice - Moore’s Law is the prediction that the number of transistors on a microprocessor (computer chip) will double every two years, thereby roughly doubling performance. This “law,” which has held steady for the last 50 years, might now...
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Business - Moving beyond the question of staying private and going public, companies such as Square need to appreciate the responsibility of constant innovation and fiscal responsibility. The recent stock market volatility has raised plenty of...
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Advice - Yeah, I said it.Reading all of the media and press about startups, their capital raises and sky-high valuations, just scratches the surface of how this game really works. If I wasn’t in the industry and investing in companies,...
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Advice - Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has taken the technology world by storm. Nowadays, all new software companies are SaaS, which simply means they are based in the cloud and have subscription pricing. With the exception of mobile...
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Advice - In late 2013, Aileen Lee wrote a seminal article in TechCrunch where she coined the term “Unicorn” as a “U.S. based software company”. It began in 2003 and was valued at over $1 billion by public and private investors. In the...
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Op-ED -   Today, we take a comical look at some of the happenings in the startup industry through a fictitious letter which may all be too true.Dear investor,Thank you for your recent financing in our startup. I am looking...
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Op-ED -  The idea of Donald Trump as president of the United States is past the phenomenon stage. His campaign is no longer a circus sideshow. It is in the center ring – the main event. The proclaimed master of self-promotion has the world...
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Op-ED -  With the Chinese stock markets mounting a shaky start to the new year, could it mean dead unicorns in that country's startup scene?In the face of public market volatility over the past year, American venture capitalists from Bill...
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Advice - As a VC, I’ve been worried about the private market bubble for two years. I have a deck on SlideShare, “Are We In A Tech Bubble”, that I update every few months with all the data I find that is relevant to answering that question....