To an eager entrepreneur, it can seem like demand for certain products will never die. However, there are certain categories that that are no longer making room for improvement from newer startups.
Brian O’Kelley, the founder of AppNexus, is perhaps one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs in NYC. Called a visionary and “the king of adtech,” by Forbes, O’Kelley is responsible for how modern companies have come to approach advertising online. O’Kelley can be counted among the original internet entrepreneurs, having run a successful web design […]
If you’re an entrepreneur who has recently decided to take on the startup life full time, one of the biggest challenges that you’re likely to face is securing the funding you need to survive in such a competitive landscape. For every innovative idea making billion dollar headlines, many more are quietly fizzling out because they […]
Armed with some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase, we’ve broken down the 20 largest fundings of all time in NYC across all rounds. I have included some additional information as well, such as year of funding, industry, investors in the round, and current status of the company, to further the analysis. In order to […]
People are always asking me for an inside tip on Internet sites that will be “the next big thing.” Those are hard, since someone has to invent something innovative, but I do have some views on other ideas whose time has come and gone. In some cases, these are concepts that have already been done […]
In Stiletto Network, Nancy Peretsman of Allen & Company confides that her female peers’ attempt to mentor young women had a surprising effect: “We thought the younger women would deeply benefit from the older women, but the surprise was that it definitely went both ways.” There is much written on why young entrepreneurs should seek […]
Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue untangles the complexities of net neutrality.
We live in a world that craves authenticity. Since we all have access to a means of publishing our ideas (i.e. the internet), too much polish is seen as cheesy, fake, and as, well, corporate. “Corporate” has become the most grievous insult one can throw at a person, a company, or a piece of content. It evokes uniformity, […]
“So, what’s your idea?” If you’ve ever talked about starting a company, that is the first question you always hear. It’s a simple question, but it implies that companies are built from ideas – moments of inspiration where you see something no one else has seen. In reality, that is almost never true. Almost every […]
The president of PayPal is fuming that his employees won’t eat dog food. It’s the same story at Ford, Microsoft and Yahoo, among other companies. The CEO of McDonald’s claimed to eat his dog food every day and still lost 20 pounds. Some companies call it ice cream. Others call it cookies. No matter what […]
A question that I often hear debated these days is whether a new startup should focus on growth or profits. First of all, the glory days of “dot.coms” are gone, when investors “didn’t care” about profitability, and all the money went to growth. In the long run, everyone wants both profitability and growth, but the […]