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Why Austin is #1 in Attracting Tech Workers

Austin, already a significant tech center, is the biggest beneficiary of tech workers being able to live anywhere and work remotely: Austin is the top beneficiary of tech-related migration in the past 12 months, according to data from Microsoft Corp.’s LinkedIn profiles. Nashville and Charlotte also saw noteworthy migration rates. Why is Austin #1? Tech workers are finally able to […]

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India Is Soaking Up Venture Capital Like a Sponge

It’s not just about the Bay Area anymore. Indian startups have raised venture funding at a record pace this year, on track to double from 2020: Startups raised total investments of $7.8 billion in the first four months of this calendar year, which is almost 70% of the overall corpus of $12.1 billion raised in entire 2020 and more than […]

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Inside a Startup Accelerator Demo Day

Yesterday, I attended the Remote Demo Day for the latest class from the Launch Accelerator, a startup accelerator run by noted investor Jason Calacanis. We hear a lot about accelerators (also known as incubators), from famous programs like Y Combinator or Techstars to small, local outfits. One thing most of them have in common is a demo day. This occurs […]

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How Do You Know If a Startup Is Getting Traction?

Investors look at a lot of startups before laying a bet. But how do we know if the company’s product is catching on, or has failed to find traction? And as a founder, how do you know if you’re headed in the right direction or…nowhere? In a recent episode of the superb podcast This Week in Startups, investor Jason Calacanis […]

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This Is How Vlad Tenev Built Robinhood

“You can break down Robinhood into a series of small steps, the first one being start Robinhood, and every subsequent one being some variant of don’t stop and keep going, right, and you end up where we are today. “ In his mid-20’s, Vladimir Tenev lived in New York City. His apartment was tiny and spare. All his time went […]

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Venture Funding Just Doubled in 1 Year

I came across an incredible stat last night: Worldwide venture funding has nearly doubled YoY reaching $125B and grew by half QoQ in Q1 2021, according to Crunchbase. On average, two startups crossed the unicorn valuation threshold each working day during the first three months of the year. Users increasing their engagement with online tools due to the pandemic, along […]

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Key Metrics for Startups: Consumer vs. Enterprise SaaS

I listened to a fascinating podcast this morning in which Jason Calacanis, an early investor in companies including Uber and Calm, broke down how to measure startup success. The key metrics depend on what kind of company you’re looking at: Consumer companies: Of the biggest users, how many are retained? For example, if someone used the app 3 times a […]

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Unicorns Are Being Minted Faster Than Ever

On average there are 7x the number of billion dollar exits now than a decade ago. This was Eric Feng writing in September 2018. Since then, this staggering increase in startups hitting that magic “unicorn” $1 billion valuation has only accelerated. Data indicates the number of unicorns has nearly doubled again since Feng’s writing. That’s a growth rate almost twice […]

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UBiome and Theranos Are So Similar It Will Shock You

The co-founders of lab testing startup uBiome are under indictment for fraud and are currently on the run. Listening to a podcast about uBiome this morning, the parallels between it and Theranos struck me as uncanny: The two co-founders were romantically involved, just as Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes was with COO Sunny Balwani. Perhaps its easier to keep secrets in […]

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How We Could’ve Known Theranos Was a Fraud

Investors lost over $9 billion on Theranos, the diagnostics testing company run by Elizabeth Holmes that was exposed as a fraud. Worse yet, patients received inaccurate test results, imperilling their health. But what if asking one simple question could’ve prevented all this? In the book Editing Humanity, Keith Davies notes that Theranos’ technology had no foundation in peer-reviewed, published research. […]