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  • “I’m a sucker for a Twitter bet”: Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and Square Peg’s Paul Bassat bet thousands on the price of Bitcoin
    by Dominic Powell on 2017-12-15 at 00:52

    Fresh from his famous bet in March with Tesla founder Elon Musk, Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes is at it again with the Twitter wagers, this time challenging Square Peg co-founder Paul Bassat on the future price of Bitcoin. It all started when Bassat, also an avid tweeter, took to the social platform earlier this month […] The post “I’m a sucker for a Twitter […]

  • What you can do now to secure the tech-savvy customer of the future
    by SmartCompany on 2017-12-15 at 00:31

    If you think we’re tech savvy now, wait until you meet the ‘future’ you. You’ll no longer carry any cash, won’t drive yourself around and will be able to work from literally anywhere because everyone will be connected through telephonics. And for the small business owner, that future is becoming reality – and fast. Most […] The post What you can do now […]

  • Could Amazon Australia be waiting until Boxing Day to crush Aussie retailers?
    by Emma Koehn on 2017-12-15 at 00:28

    Australia’s Boxing Day retail event could generate up to 45% more online sales than 2016, according to analyst predictions, as experts warn Amazon Australia will have its sight set on crushing competitors right after Christmas. Drawing on customer payments data across a range of consumer spending studies in 2017, retail data analytics firm GlobalData predicts […] The post Could […]

  • The top 10 most popular articles on SmartCompany in 2017
    by Eloise Keating on 2017-12-15 at 00:19

    Where is the best place to work in Australia? Which superannuation funds perform the best? Why is one Melbourne pizza business ‘breaking up’ with UberEats? The most well read articles published by SmartCompany this year cover a wide array of topics. This week we’ve wrapped up our most read stories in marketing, leadership and retail, […] The post The top 10 most popular […]

  • Behind the 500% increase in small businesses using marketplace lending
    by Emma Koehn on 2017-12-15 at 00:12

    The number of small business customers signing onto loans through marketplace lenders has increased more than 500% over the past year, but experts say scrutiny must be put on the alternative finance sector now to ensure smaller operators get the best deal. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) released its 2017 survey of marketplace […] The post Behind the 500% […]

Startup Delta News

    by Rohit Gopal on 2017-12-13 at 15:14

    IT outsourcing company Schuberg Philis is teaming up with startups, researchers and students of ACE to share knowledge and jumpstart innovation projects around Artificial Intelligence. Both organizations signed a partner agreement today at Startup Village, based on Amsterdam Science Park. As a first… Continue reading → The post SCHUBERG PHILIS AND ACE START PARTNERSHIP […]

  • Best practices on how to accelerate innovation together
    by Rohit Gopal on 2017-12-12 at 10:22

    Healthcare is facing pressure from many directions: diminished budgets, increasing demand, ageing population, critical consumers, increasingly personalized treatment, greater focus on prevention… This should not, however, be seen as a threat. Instead, these developments are accelerating innovation. Parties who previously… Continue reading → The post Best practices on how to […]

  • Dutch Startup News: SciSports, Clear Flight Solutions, Bundles
    by Rohit Gopal on 2017-12-12 at 09:36

    What happens in the startup scene in The Netherlands right now? Find out in another Dutch startup news update! News & Updates Sprout Challenger 2017 winner: SciSports The sports analytics startup SciSports is Sprout Challenger 50 challenger of 2017. Founded… Continue reading → The post Dutch Startup News: SciSports, Clear Flight Solutions, Bundles appeared first on StartupDelta. […]

  • Sprout Challenger 2017 winner: SciSports
    by Rohit Gopal on 2017-12-11 at 17:38

    Thursday the Sprout Challenger 50 contest was held for the 10th time and SciSports is the lucky winner! Best entrepreneur of the year announced during Challengernight Giels Brouwer, the entrepreneur behind SciSports was the honoured winner of this years Challenger… Continue reading → The post Sprout Challenger 2017 winner: SciSports appeared first on StartupDelta. […]

  • Fortino Capital Partners starts new fund and raises €125M for Fortino Growth II
    by Rohit Gopal on 2017-12-11 at 17:20

    The new fund Fortino Growth II, as the fund is called, has a final target of €200M to help scale-ups in the Benelux grow. Fortino Growth II The fund received support from private investors, entrepreneurs and a few institutional businesses… Continue reading → The post Fortino Capital Partners starts new fund and raises €125M for Fortino Growth II appeared first on […]

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  • Online Home Interiors Startup HomeLane Raises $10 Mn In Funding
    by Suprita Anupam on 2017-12-14 at 12:45

    Bengaluru-based online home interiors HomeLane has raised $10 Mn funding from Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital and RB Investments. The startup will deploy the funds to fuel growth and technology innovation to attract customers and designers alike, while also strengthening its operations in existing markets in the country. Commenting on the funding, G V Ravishankar, MD, […] The post Online […]

  • Lockheed Martin To Invest In Indian Women-led Tech Startups
    by Shail Daswani on 2017-12-14 at 12:22

    Global aerospace and security giant Lockheed Martin is looking to invest in technology startups, particularly the ones led by women founders. The company has also tied up with the Indian government and Tata Trusts in order to support women entrepreneurs through Seed funding. Deputy Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin, Lorraine M Martin said, “We […] The post Lockheed Martin […]

  • Microsoft Brings Azure Stack To India To Heat Up Cloud Services Market
    by Sukanya Mukherjee on 2017-12-14 at 10:48

    In an attempt to provide cloud services to more businesses in India, technology giant Microsoft has announced the launch of its Azure Stack in the country. With this, Microsoft will be offering three types of cloud services to its customers: private, public and hybrid. As per reports, Microsoft currently caters to over 200K large, medium […] The post Microsoft Brings Azure Stack To India […]

  • Karnataka To Get 5000 Public Hotspots By May 2018 Starting From Bengaluru
    by Shail Daswani on 2017-12-14 at 09:36

    The Karnataka Government has announced that it will unveil public WiFi hotspots in Bengaluru on the upcoming Republic Day and will gradually expand the service in 11 municipal corporations over the next two months. As per reports, IT Minister of the state, Priyank Kharge has been pushing for the early rollout of the public Internet […] The post Karnataka To Get 5000 Public Hotspots By May […]

  • Electric Vehicles This Week: Xiaomi Eyes Entry In Indian Electric Vehicle Market; Volvo To Only Sell EVs By 2019
    by Sukanya Mukherjee on 2017-12-14 at 08:57

    This past week marked a major win for the global electric vehicles market. PepsiCo, a brand normally associated with beverages and snacks, recently became an exemplary champion of the EV cause, when it made the biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis till date. Given that heavy-duty vehicles involved in freight transportation currently contribute over 40% […] The post Electric Vehicles […]

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Startup Professionals Musings

  • 10 Steps To A More Responsible And Accountable Team
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-12-13 at 13:30

    Getting things done effectively in a startup requires total individual and team accountability. You can’t afford excuses and multiple people doing the same job. In my view, “taking responsibility” is the core element behind accountability. Many people hear responsibility as an obligation, but I hear it as “the ability to respond.” Unfortunately many people […]

  • 5 Keys To New Venture Financial Projections That Work
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-12-11 at 13:30

    As an angel investor and business advisor on new ventures, I expect to see five-year financial projections from every entrepreneur. Yet I get more pushback on this request than almost any other issue. Founders point to the great number of financial unknowns in any new business, and are reluctant to “commit” to any numbers which may come back to haunt them later. From my perspective, […]

  • 7 Risks To Avoid In Your Business People Management
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-12-10 at 13:30

    Even after many years mentoring entrepreneurs and advising businesses, I continue to be surprised by the primary focus on products and processes, and the often incidental attention to hiring and nurturing the right people. Employees are still too often thought of as a commodity, to be acquired “just in time” for the lowest cost, and managed as a disposable asset. All this despite […]

  • 9 Beautiful Questions Will Validate Your Innovation
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-12-09 at 13:30

    The entrepreneurs I see are always talking about “disruptive innovation” ideas, but the plans I read are more often linear extensions of a current hot offering, like one more social network with the best of Facebook and Twitter, one more dating site dimension, or another “must-have” accessory for smartphones. Perhaps hard questions need to come before ideas, rather than […]

  • 7 Plan Elements That Separate Businesses From Hobbies
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-12-08 at 13:30

    Unless you are a serial entrepreneur with a string of successes behind you, you need a business plan to convince investors that you can build a business out of the dream that has been driving your passion to change the world. Don’t believe that Silicon Valley myth that all you have to do is sketch your idea on the back of a napkin, and investors will line up to give you money. Based on my […]

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  • Developer of Discovery Bay offers 20,000 sq ft of cheap co-working space to help start ups
    by Sandy Li on 2017-12-14 at 12:25

    HKR International, the developer of Discovery Bay, on Thursday said it is providing 20,000 square feet of space in CDW Building in Tsuen Wan – the largest so far under a government scheme to promote technology development and youth entrepreneurship. The developer said it has signed a leasing agreement with Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company, the operator of Cyberport, under the […]

  • Xiaomi’s founder is betting on India as the happy hunting ground for technology unicorns
    by Georgina Lee on 2017-12-13 at 23:42

    Shunwei Capital, the venture capital firm cofounded by Xiaomi founder Lei Jun, expects the development of the Indian mobile internet sector to closely mirror that of China, making the subcontinent’s mobile app start-ups highly attractive for early-stage investments. Tuck Lye Koh, chief executive and founding partner, expects the next batch of unicorns – or venture-backed private […]

  • How Vietnam’s answer to WhatsApp, Zalo, began with a hack
    by Karim Raslan on 2017-12-13 at 07:15

    Quang Khai, executive vice-president of the Vietnamese conglomerate VNG (formerly Vinagames), made his public debut in a typically “tech” fashion. As a young computer science university student, he managed to hack into the networks of Vietnam’s largest IT conglomerate, FPT. The hack caught the attention of the head of FPT, who was so impressed with Quang Khai’s technical […]

  • China’s Xiaomi leaves door open to entering car market in India
    by Li Tao on 2017-12-13 at 05:51

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi left open the possibility of building and selling cars in India in the future, even though it denied it had immediate plans to do so in the country it has targeted as a priority. A Xiaomi spokesman said regulatory filings that show the company may introduce car and related components in India was only for products it may “choose to launch and sell in […]

  • China to spearhead US$1 trillion autonomous driving revolution
    by Karen Yeung, Eric Ng on 2017-12-13 at 02:30

    Car-based “mobility services”, such as car-sharing, ride-hailing as well as driverless cars with entertainment, information and communications services, are projected to generate US$1 trillion in revenue for suppliers globally in 2040 from nearly zero a decade ago, according to latest industry figures from information and analytics provider IHS Markit. And China, the world’s […]

Business Standard Startups

  • Bitcoin futures in Europe? Derivatives exchanges wait to place their bets
    by Alexander Saeedy on 2017-12-14 at 15:40

    Bitcoin futures have started trading on regulated exchanges in America as of Sunday, and their European counterparts are watching to see how things play out across the Atlantic before launching cryptocurrency derivatives of their own. Investors across the world can now turn to the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and soon the Chicago Mercantile Exchange […] The post Bitcoin futures in […]

  • Sirin Labs raises over $100 million in ICO for its blockchain smartphone
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-14 at 14:35

    Sirin Labs has raised more than $100 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) for the development and release of its open source blockchain phone. More than 5,000 investors purchased $100 million worth of the Israeli company’s SRN tokens during the first 24 hours of the crowd sale, which remains ongoing. The funds amassed will […] The post Sirin Labs raises over $100 million in ICO […]

  • Germany’s Instana raises $20 million for its application monitoring solution
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-14 at 11:00

    Application monitoring solution Instana, based in Germany, has secured $20 million in a Series B round led by Accel with participation from Target Partners. Instana develops a monitoring solution that applies automation and artificial intelligence to the APM (application performance management) process. It has clients in financial services, automotive, healthcare, and retail, including Audi, […]

  • Software sales platform Paddle raises $12.5 million in funding
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-14 at 10:15

    The UK’s Paddle, a platform for software sales, has raised $12.5 million led by Notion Capital with participation from BGF Ventures, Kindred Capital, and Ukrainian software company MacPaw. Paddle is a platform for aggregating and managing the various stages of software sales such as trials and licenses, payments and taxes, and usage and crash analysis. […] The post Software sales […]

  • Data discovery company Clarida raises €5 million at €100 million valuation
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-14 at 08:00

    UK software firm Clarida Technologies has raised €5 million at a valuation of €100 million. The investors have not been named. Clarida develops automated data discovery software for sectors like industry, government, and healthcare. This marks the company’s first significant funding round. The company had eschewed investors to avoid losing control of its direction, said […]

TechCrunch Startups

  • Taylor Swift’s new app, The Swift Life, is out now
    by Jordan Crook on 2017-12-14 at 19:25

     In the midst of an reputational makeover, Taylor Swift is debuting a brand new app called The Swift Life. The app is a dedicated social network for Swift’s fans, letting them communicate with each other as well as get exclusive pictures, video, news and more direct from T-Swift herself. And they can communicate with Swift, too. Using an ‘extremely rare and valuable […]

  • Squarespace reportedly raises about $200 million at a $1.7 billion valuation
    by Megan Rose Dickey on 2017-12-14 at 17:41

     Squarespace, the 14-year-old platform that makes it easy for essentially anyone to build their own website, is raising about $200 million from General Atlantic, valuing the company at a $1.7 billion valuation, Bloomberg reports. The plan with the funding is to buy stock from early employees and investors, giving them a way to cash out if they’re not trying to wait around for an IPO. […]

  • CamSoda rolls our WebRTC for truly portable cam activities
    by John Biggs on 2017-12-14 at 16:38

     They say the adult industry usually leads the way with new technology and CamSoda [NSFW LINK], a NSFW cam site, is no exception. The site, which connects models in various states of undress with viewers in similar states of undress, is now supporting WebRTC transmission thereby allowing cammers and viewers alike to stream via mobile phone. The mission is simple: CamSoda wants to let… […]

  • Instacart promotes Sarah Mastrorocco to new position of VP of Business Development
    by Jordan Crook on 2017-12-14 at 16:08

     Instacart is going through some growing pains right now, with Amazon buying Whole Foods this summer and target picking up Alabama-based Shipt in the last week. But growing pains come for a reason — the on-demand grocery delivery platform is getting bigger, just recently signing a deal with the third-largest grocery retailer in North America, Albertsons. Primary credit for that […]

  • Genalyte hires Facebook and Google exec Kevin Lo as company president
    by Sarah Buhr on 2017-12-14 at 16:05

     Khosla-backed one drop blood test startup Genalyte has hired former Facebook exec Kevin Lo as president of the company. Lo comes to Genalyte after leading “connectivity efforts” at Facebook “for the four billion people not online, and the 1.5B under-served who use the Internet at ‘2G’ speeds,” according to his LinkedIn profile. Before that, Lo worked […]

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  • Grocery delivery startup SuperBuddy raises 1 million euro 
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-12-14 at 15:09

    Zwolle-based startup SuperBuddy has raised 1 million euro from a group of investors, among which the regional development cooperation Oost NL. That brings the total amount of funding by the startup to a little over 1.6 million euro. Founded in 2015 by Tim van den Heuvel SuperBuddy is currently active in Zwolle, Utrecht and Rotterdam. […] The post Grocery delivery startup SuperBuddy raises […]

  • Booking Booster is here to stay to support sustainable tourism startups
    by Sabine de Witte on 2017-12-14 at 14:06

    In June announced they started an accelerator program, Booking Booster, for sustainable tourism startups. That appeared to be a success, as they are expanding their program and double it’s funds. Booking Booster continues Booking reserved a €4 million budget to support international startups enrolling for the program. Participants in the Booster program can win […] […]

  • Dutch Startup News: SciSports, Clear Flight Solutions, Bundles
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-12-11 at 20:27

    What happens in the startup scene in The Netherlands right now? Find out in another Dutch startup news update! News & Updates Sprout Challenger 2017 winner: SciSports The sports analytics startup SciSports is Sprout Challenger 50 challenger of 2017. Founded in 2013 by Giel Brouwer SciSports measures the qualities of football players and provides the […] The post Dutch Startup News: […]

  • Sprout Challenger 2017 winner: SciSports
    by Sabine de Witte on 2017-12-08 at 11:58

    Thursday the Sprout Challenger 50 contest was held for the 10th time and SciSports is the lucky winner! Best entrepreneur of the year announced during Challengernight Giels Brouwer, the entrepreneur behind SciSports was the honoured winner of this years Challenger 50. During a final pitch battle it was clear he would be the one beating […] The post Sprout Challenger 2017 winner: SciSports […]

First Round Review

  • Lists of Must Reads From the Most Talented Tech Operators in Our Network
    on 2017-12-14 at 17:04

    Dig into seven reading lists curated by our network of operators and experts, as they recommend must-reads for their disciplines: product, sales, recruiting, marketing, management, engineering and more.Continue reading at First Round Review » […]

  • Step-by-Step Fundraising Tactics from the NYC Legend Who Raised $750M
    on 2017-12-12 at 16:59

    Kevin Ryan has spent decades on both sides of the fundraising table. Here, he provides secrets seldom shared for getting and keeping VCs interested before closing the deal.Continue reading at First Round Review » […]

  • Here’s How to Wield Empathy and Data to Build an Inclusive Team
    on 2017-12-05 at 02:49

    When it comes to diversity and inclusion, D&I leader Ciara Trinidad lets the data speak. When she left her last startup, the 125-person company was 59% women, its sales team had gender parity, and underrepresented minorities constituted the majority of its product team. Here she shares why a culture of data underpins a culture of inclusion — and how to do it.Continue reading at First […]

  • Our 6 Must Reads to Build a Brand That Breaks Through the Noise
    on 2017-11-28 at 16:19

    Building a brand is vital for startups, as they challenge incumbents in an existing industry or attempt to define a new one. Getting the right branding formula can feel more like an act of sorcery than strategy. This roundup provides some practical tips and process. Continue reading at First Round Review » […]

Various Startup News

  • Taiwanese media startup The News Lens lands deal with top video studio Dawin
    on 2017-12-14 at 12:45

    Taiwanese digital media startup The News Lens launched only four years ago, but it quickly became one of the country's most prolific news sources by ... Co-founder and chief executive Joey Chung tells TechCrunch that The News Lens is one of the first digital media startups in the region in to partner ... […]

  • Find Your Startup's Equivalent of Elon Musk's Mission to Mars
    on 2017-12-14 at 12:33

    We also see this play out as a key driver of marketplace innovations, whether for Fortune 500 corporations, or for brand new enterprising startups. But, when we consider this age-old wisdom in the context of modern innovation, we are faced with a second, somewhat unsettling truth ... that if you wait until ... […]

  • Startup CEOs invite Teva workers to join their ranks
    on 2017-12-14 at 12:22

    “Like all Israelis, we have awakened to a reality” of Teva's expected layoffs, the CEOs of the seven startup companies said in their letter to Teva ... The letter, by the heads of startups Yotpo, Kaltura, Payoneer, Cortica, Bidalgo, Inneractive, Wibbitz and Windward, suggests responding positively to the ... […]

  • Zone Startups invests Rs 1 crore seed funding in startups
    on 2017-12-14 at 12:00

    Mumbai based Zone Startups India announced around Rs 1 crore as seed funding in women-led startups as part of an “Empower”, a tech accelerator for women entrepreneurs. Zone Startups has handed out equity-free seed funding of Rs 7 lakh to three eligible startups as part of the program via Capital ... […]

  • China's Tech Startup Funding: The Wild West in the Far East
    on 2017-12-14 at 10:41

    David Su was one of China's first venture capitalists. A month after starting out in 2000, the dot-com bubble burst. For much of the year, he and his partners scraped to raise $33 million to invest in China's nascent internet industry. Despite that initial challenge, Mr. Su proved adept in early-stage investing. […]