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The four public policy questions every startup should ask @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

As a necessary function of a product launch, startups are myopic — they’re frenzied, they’re broke and they’re not remotely cognizant of the serious public policy hurdles to which they’re racing. That’s the problem. Read More

via The four public policy questions every startup should ask — TechCrunch

Why the advertising industry needs to embrace AdBlock @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

The advertising industry is wringing its hands and shaking its fist at the use and growth of ad-block technology, but I am not above temptation. I installed it. I love it and probably won’t ever fully abandon it. So instead of excoriating people for using them, it’s time we reflect on how we got here,…

via Why the advertising industry needs to embrace AdBlock — TechCrunch

Understanding the economy of the crowd @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

When you think about crowdsourced work, you probably think about Mechanical Turk and, maybe, Uber. On the one hand, an anonymous platform where people feel like mechanical parts. On the other hand, a face-to-face platform where people are rapidly obsolescing and doomed to be replaced by robots. Read More

via Understanding the economy of the crowd — TechCrunch

India’s financial giant Paytm nabs $60M at $4.83B valuation @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

On the heels of large investments made in Flipkart and Snapdeal, another e-commerce juggernaut in India is closing in on an outsized round of funding to tap into India’s fast-growing, smartphone-fuelled economy. Paytm — a catch-all digital commerce platform that lets users create online and mobile digital wallets and use its e-commerce platform to pay for goods, services and……

via India’s financial giant Paytm nabs $60M at $4.83B valuation — TechCrunch

All deals on AngelList will soon be private (plus other updates you should know) @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Earlier this week, we sat down with Naval Ravikant, founder of five-year-old AngelList, a popular platform that matches startups with early-stage investors. Three million people, including 50,000 accredited investors, have created profiles on AngelList since its founding, and AngelList now uses that information to pair startups with capital, pair startup employees with employers and, more……

via All deals on AngelList will soon be private (plus other updates you should know) — TechCrunch

Understanding debt @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Without leverage, the private equity sector as we know it wouldn’t exist. While some tech execs and VCs recoil at the thought of using leverage, the truth is that the Innovation Economy has accessed debt for more than 35 years. Given that, debt is worth spending the time to understand. Read More

via Understanding debt — TechCrunch

Why founders should care where their VCs get their money @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Fundraising for a startup is a notoriously stressful process. Much ink has been spilled dissecting every aspect of what works when pitching a venture capitalist, and there are countless “tips” out there that promise to help close deals. But for all the attention paid to VCs, little has been paid to limited partners — the…

via Why founders should care where their VCs get their money — TechCrunch

Breaking a myth: Data shows you don’t actually need a co-founder @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

We are often told that starting a startup on your own is madness. There are thousands of articles out there that tell you that and why why you need a co-founder. Probably solid advice, but data from CrunchBase shows a different side of the story. More than half of startups with an exit did so…

via Breaking a myth: Data shows you don’t actually need a co-founder — TechCrunch

Naval Ravikant on China money into Silicon Valley: This trickle could become a tsunami @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

AngelList, the online platform that matches startups with early-stage investors, has grown by leaps and bounds since its 2010 founding — and so have its ambitions. In fact, the company, which already bills itself as both the biggest seed fund in the world, and the world’s largest hiring platform for startups, also aims to become the biggest venture fund…

via Naval Ravikant on China money into Silicon Valley: This trickle could become a tsunami — TechCrunch

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