And the winner of Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech is… Wingly

And the winner of Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech is… Wingly

At the very beginning, there were 15 startups. After a morning of incredibly fierce competition, we now have a winner. Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for…
8 CEO Traits That People See As Strength Of Character

8 CEO Traits That People See As Strength Of Character

As an angel investor in early-stage startups, I’ve long noticed my peers apparent bias toward the strength and character of the founding entrepreneurs, often overriding a strong solution to a painful problem with a big opportunity. In other words, the entrepreneur quality is more important than the idea -- in investor jargon, people invest in…
Uber’s raising up to $600M in a secondary round at $62B valuation, Q1 sales grew to $2.5B

Uber’s raising up to $600M in a secondary round at $62B valuation, Q1 sales...

Uber’s CEO is in Paris this week meeting with the French president to talk tech in Europe and expanding its insurance coverage in the region, but back in the U.S. the company is moving ahead on another kind of expansion. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Uber is raising another secondary round of funding of up…
Techstars Mobility Announces New Office & Corporate Partners for 2018

Techstars Mobility Announces New Office & Corporate Partners for 2018

Three years ago, Techstars Mobility opened its office in downtown Detroit at Ford Field. We began our mission investing and mentoring entrepreneurs from around the world building the future of mobility. Since then, we’ve invested in 33 startups from 6 different countries, who have raised $45 million valued at over $200 million. This summer, we’ll…
Drink-a-day startup Hooch raises $5M as it plans blockchain initiative

Drink-a-day startup Hooch raises $5M as it plans blockchain initiative

Right on the heels of launching its concierge service Hooch Black, Hooch announced today that it has raised $5 million in seed funding. The company’s basic subscription of $9.99 gets you one free drink per day from a variety of partner bars and restaurants. Hooch Black (which you have to apply for, and which costs…
7 Accelerants For Team Learning And Business Growth

7 Accelerants For Team Learning And Business Growth

We all want opportunities to learn, experiment, and grow in our jobs, but most bosses and businesses tend to seek out and reward team members who already know how to do the job, and can repeat the task without fail as the business scales. I believe this is the conundrum that leads sadly to less…
Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. He was in a later-stage financing round and was talking with many investors. Some started asking him for very specific analyses to be completed on his data and wanted his company to crunch the numbers. I told him he shouldn’t…
TheSkimm closes its $12M Series C with big names Shonda Rhimes and Tyra Banks on board

TheSkimm closes its $12M Series C with big names Shonda Rhimes and Tyra Banks...

In March, the female-led media company and newsletter provider theSkimm reported it was raising a $12 million Series C from Google Ventures and Spanx founder Sara Blakely, along with several existing investors. Today, the company is confirming its Series C round has closed with a number of new, mostly female investors joining — including big names like…
Entrepreneurs Can Capitalize On The New Gig Economy

Entrepreneurs Can Capitalize On The New Gig Economy

The era of stable lifetime jobs for business professionals within a single company are gone. Companies are rightsized quickly now as markets change rapidly, and business professionals are quick to jump to new opportunities for growth and survival, with no ties to special benefits or pension plans. Thus smart business professionals are rapidly becoming the…
Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

Every entrepreneur wants to hear “yes” during the fund-raising process but I would argue that being too risk averse and not pushing hard enough and be willing to hear a “no” is what holds back many people from “yes.”I believe people generally hate making decisions and especially so when they involve commitments and risks. This is…

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