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ARM chip designer to be bought by Japan's Softbank
ARM-Who? bbc.in/29OUgUM //&! 43% premium // on.recode.net/29On8LK - One key question is whether other firms will let SoftBank purchase ARM or if there will be a bidding war. Apple, arguably ARM’s most important client, and Intel, which lost the mobile chip war to ARM, are both potential buyers. The offer is already a generous multiple. As the FT notes, it’s some 70 times ARM’s net income last year. That’s around the same price-to-earnings ratio as Facebook stock. //&! politicians grasping for a positive headline - bit.ly/29OyjUD - bit.ly/2an8nk6 &! bit.ly/29PpN7N &! bit.ly/29ODbdM << calling a takeover/M&A an investment is criminal. Softbank will extract value out of it for its shareholders. What else?! &! Labeling Softbank as a japanese company; bbc.in/29OhqdK &! Vince Cable worried - bbc.in/2a3c95T &! youtu.be/T4IZdNW-e5U :: M&A is not investment, stupid! misleading people.
M&A  SoftBank  Capital  shareholder  value  shareholder  capitalism  dividends  smart  phone  IoT  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  equity  bubble  distortion  hunt  for  yield  ARM  Venture  Capital  ROI  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  technological  unemployment  research  R&D  productive  investment  Intel  Apple 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
The Growth Trap
[ growing for growth sake! vs growing in a world/area that is not conducive to grow ] When Twitter went public in 2013, its stock soared and its value jumped to $25 billion. Its founders and early investors got rich. But since then, the company has been considered a failure, despite the fact that it boasts 320 million active users, because it's not growing fast enough. Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," talks to Steve Paikin about why he sees the push for more growth as dangerous. // true capitalists (shareholder, crony, greedy) w/o self-regulation or governance extract all the value there is to extract and then leave, dispersing it to the few who already have [...] WE MUST REWRITE THE RULES OF THE GROWTH GAME ITSELF! [...] you want to optimise the economy based on velocity of money (circulation of money), not share price and value extraction [...]
Venture  Capital  Unicorn  shareholder  capitalism  Greed  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  Wall  Street  Wall  Street  activists  Yahoo!  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Microsoft  IBM  Intel  Oracle  capitalism  exploitation  Super  Rich  short-termism  short-term  thinking  1%  plutocracy  oligarchy  M&A  economic  growth  growth  round  Mutual  Fund  macroeconomic  policy  secular  stagnation  Private  Equity  MBO  Pivot  IPO  dividends  prosperity  Start-Ups  Start-up  s&p500  pension  scheme  pension  finite  resources  resource  depletion  economic  history  creative  destruction  share  buyback  Apple  capitalism  in  crisis  capitalist  Uber  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  antitrust  corruption  western  world  squeezed  middle  class  emerging  middle  class  BRIC  business  cycle  company  book  cost  center  overhead  costcutting  operating  performance  operating  margin  globalisation  globalization  Universal  Basic  Income  artificial  intelligence  AI  augmented  intelligence  Robotics  automation  structural  unemployment  materialism  consumerism  status  anxiety  disenfranchise  disenfranchised  youth  unemployment  post-capitalism  Mobile  Banlieue  deprivation  poverty  trap  poverty  meritocracy  meritocratic  Gini  value  coefficie 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Börsenpläne von Spotify: Der Sound der Zocker
Eine Milliarde Dollar (880 Millionen Euro) leiht sich der Musikdienst laut "Wall Street Journal" bei Finanzinvestoren und der Großbank Goldman Sachs. Spotify verspricht den Geldgebern neben Zinszahlungen auch Anteile am Unternehmen. Wie viel Spotify zahlen muss und in welcher Größenordnung Anteile den Besitzer wechseln, hängt davon ab, wann die Schweden an die Börse gehen. Mit jedem Halbjahr, in dem das Start-up die Erstemission herauszögert, wird es jedenfalls teurer.

Das macht den Deal hochriskant für Spotify: Von Profitabilität ist der Dienst weit entfernt, 2014 fuhr der Dienst einen Verlust von 162 Millionen Euro ein. Die neuen Schulden könnten das Unternehmen in einen ruinösen Strudel von schrumpfenden Geldreserven, drückender Zinslast und immer mieseren Börsenaussichten reißen. [...] [ M&A out of question ] &! bit.ly/1MYHBK4 &! on.recode.net/1oo4GQ1
Spotify  IPO  growth  round  Private  Equity  Goldman  Sachs  liquidation  preferences  termsheet  Box  Aaron  Levie  Apple  Music  Apple  Google  Inc.  Google  Play  Music  Google  Play  Amazon  Prime  Amazon  M&A  Soundcloud  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  Microsoft  Venture  Capital  Unicorn  business  model  subscription  model  freemium 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
German Banks Told To Start Hoarding Cash | Zero Hedge
In order to generate artificial economic growth, the ECB wants banks to make as many loans as possible, no matter how stupid or idiotic. They believe that economic growth is simply a function of loans. The more money that’s loaned out, the more the economy will grow. This is the sort of theory that works really well in an economic textbook. But it doesn’t work so well in a history textbook. Cheap money encourages risky behavior. It gives banks an incentive to give ‘no money down’ loans to homeless people with no employment history. It creates bubbles (like the housing bubble from 10 years ago), and ultimately, financial panics (like the banking crisis from 8 years ago). Banks are supposed to be conservative, responsible managers of other people’s money. When central bank policies penalize that practice, bad things tend to happen.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Die Macht der Finanzkonzerne - Wie Blackrock mittels Geld die Welt regiert - YouTube
extraction of fat. no skin in the game. // Privatisation of housing stock - social and affordable, anglo saxon capitalism style; profit maximisation, dividends. // after Goldman Sachs the new vampiresquid // no skin in game; get money for speculation from pension funds, other investors, mutual funds. << that is the system! // nur wer geld hat, kann es vermehren. // nearly no governance, no guidelines regarding sustainability, ethics, transparency, morals. // no regulation = big profit and exploitation, corruption, bribery.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Matt Taibbi: Mitt Romney and the Looting of America (1/2) - YouTube
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heuschreckendebatte // companies turned into financial instruments. // fictionalisation of economy // >> money spend (debt) on hostile takeover/LBO/MBO/M&A are tax deductible! << = invest in debt, rather than equity! & carried interest is only taxed at 15% max. still can reduce it w deductions xyz. // !!! NO SKIN IN THE GAME !!! Nassim Taleb //
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Does a VC’s unconscious hesitation to fund women start at home?
It’s widely acknowledged (by most of us anyway) that there is a culture problem within startups that makes women want to go elsewhere and that there’s some serious unconscious bias going on. But untangling that knot of unconscious bias-- even talking about it the wrong way-- is like defusing a gender bomb
Silicon  Valley  gender  inequality  gender-based  discrimination  gender-based  harassment  confirmation  bias  gender  bias  selection  bias  bias  snap  judgement  HR  human  resources  gender  policing  gender  politics  gender  pay  gap  gender  gap  meritocracy  meritocratic  boys  club  everyday  sexism  sexism  sexismus  misogyny  Misogynie  male  privilege  straight  white  male  white  male  privilege  Venture  Capital 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
The "Tourist" Investors Flooding Silicon Valley With Money Will Go Home One Day - BuzzFeed News
The tourist analogy comes from Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at the German financial company Allianz and former CEO of mutual fund giant Pimco. He fleshes out his theory of “tourist dollars” in his new book, The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse, describing what happens in emerging economies like Brazil and India when investors from the developed world respond to slow economies at home by seeking more profitable climates abroad. Ranjan Roy, a former emerging-market currencies trader who now runs a tech startup, wrote a Medium post this week connecting El-Erian’s “tourist” theory to the mutual fund investors that have flooded Silicon Valley with cash in recent years. The post was pretty convincing, so we decided to see if El-Erian agreed. He does. And he worries about what those tourist dollars are doing to the locals. [...] they don’t re-up [ like VC's and real Angels would do ] [...] push to stretch for return.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Masters in Business: Yale Professor Robert Shiller (Audio) by Bloomberg View
history has proven again, markets are not efficient long-term // psychology is disreputable in econ department. // cognitive dissonance - justifying X action by looking around ... / Efficient-market hypothesis is a hypothesis for a reason; "it's a half-truth" "sometimes market moves don't reflect market news." // irrational exuberance // book fooled by randomness // 24:00 eugene phama - markets are very efficient, prices reflect all the knowledge out there, just buy the index, don't try to beat the market. buy passive index // don't play poker with your life savings. << robert shiller // 30:00 look at politics science, sociology, psychology - influence markets, people. broader disciplines. economists disregard them. // finance is about manage risk! about being a productive society and progress, and not suffer from boom and bust cycle! + financing activities ie VC gov supported R&D // & gov being a support pillar for all and not picking winners, can't forecast the future!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Sources: Vegas-based Work In Progress co-work space is shutting its doors
Organic is better is more sustainable // Vegas Downtown Project // have a framework (macroprudential policy), but don't pick winners, cities, regions, ... roundabouts. // semiconductor boom bust in scotland, outside glasgow, area - via tax breaks (ie IBM spango vallye)
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The end of Twitter? Not for its users – we love this great leveller | Dan Snow | Opinion | The Guardian
The greatest strength of Twitter – its revolutionary democratisation of discourse – is now its terminal weakness. It turns out the elite don’t like the global forum. [...] Twitter is not for telling your imaginary friends you have an itchy toe. It’s a personalised news feed, and I love it [ NEWSFEED ] [...] Twitter might not work for venture capitalists. But it works for me.
Twitter  Facebook  Newsfeed  Wall  Street  Venture  Capital  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  capitalism 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Two slides that could predict a worse quarter for venture capital is coming
All of 2015’s totals lived and died on mega-deals. Mega-deals were the reason that the total amount invested in the year was one of the highest on record, even though the actual number of deals fell. It’s the reason the fourth quarter’s venture capital total fell so sharply when mega deals declined some 45%. //&! As America faces the techpocalypse, how are things going in Europe? - bit.ly/1ndNFZt //&! If Doordash is struggling to close funding with Sequoia as a lead, how bad are things at your startup? - bit.ly/1njD8v9 - Doordash is a fundable company, just not at the prices originally discussed… and maybe not even at $600 million. //&! Asian venture capital in 2016: This could get ugly… - It has the farthest to fall, and the newest investors - bit.ly/1Pg8vla
growth  round  Venture  Capital  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  distortion  Silicon  Valley  Private  Equity  Mutual  Fund  Angel  Investor  Seed  Party  Private  Market  Hype  Cycle  Unicorn  China  credit  bubble  monetary  policy  liquidity  trap  speculative  bubbles  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  QT  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  mobile  homescreen 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Unicorns on fire: Funding falls dramatically in the fourth quarter, along with exits of all kinds
I predicted the second quarter of 2015 had to be peak mega round. Turns out, I was three months off. But now it’s official: The shit is hitting the fan. [...] In the third quarter, venture funding hit dot com funding levels with 2008 deals and $38.7 billion raised. In the fourth quarter, we saw the lowest deal tally since 2013, with just 1743 deals raising some $27.3 billion.
IPO  Unicorn  growth  round  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  distortion  Private  Market  Wall  Street  Fed  monetary  policy  USA  China  business  confidence  Silicon  Valley  Hype  Cycle  termsheet  liquidation  preferences  Private  Equity  Mutual  Fund  SPV  Venture  Capital  Angel  Investor  Seed  Oil  price  QT 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
When a Unicorn Start-Up Stumbles, Its Employees Get Hurt - The New York Times
Just how punishing that price was became clear in late September. In an investor document about the sale that was distributed to shareholders, employees discovered their Good stock was valued at 44 cents a share, down from $4.32 a year earlier. In contrast, preferred stock owned by Good’s venture capitalists was worth almost seven times as much, more than $3 a share. The paperwork also showed that Good’s board had turned down an $825 million cash offer just six months earlier, in March. // via https://redd.it/3yehai
Unicorn  liquidation  preferences  Venture  Capital  termsheet  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  downround  Private  Equity 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
The True Impact Of The Snapchat Writedown For Entrepreneurs | TechCrunch
Snapchat is worth a lot less this month than it was last month. Fidelity, one of tech’s most active late-stage cross-over investors, recently decided that Snapchat is worth about $23/share, instead of the $30/share initially estimated. It’s part of an ongoing trend of cross-over investors trying to figure out exactly what unicorns are worth. But what does that mean for the average entrepreneur? Not much. The bubble didn’t pop. It just landed back on our planet. The best thing you can do for yourself, your company, and your future investors is build a business that works in real life.
Snapchat  Unicorn  Silicon  Valley  Venture  Capital  growth  round  hunt  for  yield 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
The Information's 411-10/23 "Blood Feuds" by The Information Podcasts | Free Listening on SoundCloud
11:30 // science is hard. stupid. and a non-consumer product. duh. //&! HYPE CYLCE - on 5 magazine covers and not even public! because she is, as female science-based founder/ceo a rarity and it sells papers >> on.recode.net/1PcJ8zW - Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes’s Five Best Cover Story Appearances, Ranked
Theranos  Hype  Cycle  Silicon  Valley  Elizabeth  Holmes  Steve  Jobs  Leadership  vision  visionary  missionary  Trope  messaging  message  PR  spin  doctor  Mark  Zuckerberg  credibility  glass  cliff  glass  ceiling  gender-based  discrimination  gender-based  harassment  Venture  Capital  B2B  Box  Aaron  Levie  B2C  Google  Inc.  Google  Search  communication  TOS  EULA  consumer  product  Protection  23andme  Tesla  Motors  Elon  Musk  journalismus  journalism  investigative  journalism  Amazon  disruption  disrupting  markets  Uber  Travis  Kalanick  Jeff  Bezos 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: “Is this thing on, bro?”
Earlier this week, The Information published the results of a three-month research project on diversity in venture capital. The results were exactly as you’d expect: There isn’t any. Diversity in venture capital is far worse than the tech industry as a whole. In an op-ed on the site, Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya wrote something that was surprising: He aggressively called out the industry. Not off the record. Not in whispers with journalists. Not saying “some VCs.” He went full barrels on the industry writ-large
Venture  Capital  diversity  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Female  Founders 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: The most patient man in Silicon Valley
Too much in Silicon Valley revolves around hyperspeed. Everything in the startup world is an emergency that needs to be solved in an all-nighter last night, if you allow it to be. The genius in Ravikant’s AngelList is its measured, methodical, brick-by-brick pace to build a software platform to replace, save, wreck, or augment – the verb depends on your point of view – a business that everyone insisted for decades was incurably human, boutique and done with deeply-trusted partnerships and eye-to-eye handshake deals. //&! bit.ly/1LS4aVg - The “The old Series A investor who put in $2 million and really cared and had resources is dead.” [...] “A seed fund doesn’t have the resources that a Kleiner Perkins or a Benchmark had,” [ Incubators are only 3 months long ] AngelList syndicate leads help, but they don’t care enough to help [as classic VC's] [...] Entrepreneurs have to stitch it together themselves.”
Naval  Ravikant  AngelList  Venture  Capital  Silicon  Valley  Networking  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  crowd  funding  Seed  Round  Angel  Investor  disruption  disrupting  markets  bottom  up  SPV  growth  Party  Round  Angel  List  angel-list  A  Round  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
American Apparel: a trip from the height of cool to lows of bankruptcy | Business | The Guardian
[ your edgy and PR storm/press differentiation can become a liability to future growth especially if you use that kind of marketing to grow, clickbait is not sustainable. stupid. should have stayed private and nimble! wall street and the numbers call it a bluff of the founder, cant be bigger & more than it was pre-ipo. no growing endlessly as edgy brand ] American Apparel has faced growing competition in the US from cut-price overseas competitors such as H&M, who have effectively replicated the brand’s fashion for a lower price. [...] recorded a loss for ten consecutive quarters, which was unsustainable given its debts. [...] American Apparel is the country’s biggest manufacturer of clothing and it is based in downtown Los Angeles. The company claims to pay experienced factory works more than $30,000 a year, compared with $600 a year for workers in Bangladesh factories. [...] we are taking this step to keep jobs in the US, and preserve the ideals for which the company stands.”
American  Apparel  Fashion  Industry  Manufacturing  Branding  brand  awareness  differentiate  differentiation  USA  Fast  Fashion  commodity  business  commoditization  Retail  pure  play  e-commerce  Wall  Street  IPO  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  mainstreet.org  fiduciary  responsibility  Venture  Capital  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  marketing  PR  advertising  advertisement 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Save the World, Turn a Profit - Bloomberg View
Building on these initiatives, Yunus Social Business -- Global Initiatives and the Rockefeller Foundation’s venture-philanthropy Zero Gap project have jointly developed a new tool: the social success note. This innovative financial instrument brings together the interests of commercial investors, social businesses and donors to achieve concrete and measurable social outcomes. In this arrangement, a private investor agrees to make a concessional loan or provide equity to a social business.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Zumper: One-Third Of San Francisco’s Rent Is Attributable To VC Funding | TechCrunch
[capital efficiency?] // the other 1/4th is bidding up via credit bubble riches, diversification. other 2/4ths from planning restriction and natural biz cycle of sv //&! http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7266-an-open-letter-to-anyone-moving-to-san-francisco-for-a-tech-job - For context, people are right to be angry; shit is certainly fucked up. Since 2010, rents have risen by 40%, and eviction rates have risen by 38%—two rapid changes that have had very visual consequences all across the city. Much of SoMa, for instance, looks like an elephant graveyard. Sidewalks look like the surface of the moon; alleys are littered with broken glass; and streets are strewn with sleeping persons and human shit. All of this can be observed from in the shade of the brand-new office buildings and luxury condos that now line the streets everywhere east of 4th Street. [...] those who move to San Francisco and don’t engage with the community dilute and adulterate San Francisco’s sense of character.
San  Francisco  Venture  Capital  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  standard  of  living  city  living  burn  rate  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  runway  Networking  Network  economies  of  agglomeration  ecosystem  community  gentrification  Gentrified  speculative  bubbles  property  bubble  credit  bubble  BRIC  QE  ZIRP  hunt  for  yield  FOMO  NIRP  centralbanks  asset  allocation  alternative  investment  allocation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Lab-grown kidneys work in animals - BBC News
Scientists say they are a step closer to growing fully functioning replacement kidneys, after promising results in animals. // shared economic interest (public good) = investing in research when it seems possible/likely/plausible is not good enough for moonshot projects (time when only investment by for-profit ventures come into play), thus need private-public partnerships like uni(s) + gov grants + joint venture = shared risk. // investing in science has ROI. even if it does not and will not produce a gadget after the first peer reviews paper.
3D  printing  biotechnology  biotechnologie  Organ  Donation  human  tissue  medical  advances  medical  profession  medical  research  STEM  R&D  University  shared  economic  interest  underinvestment  business  investment  Venture  Capital  public  investment  productive  investment  ROI 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline | Vanity Fair
Lost decade under Ballmer, the sales guy. Sales guy is not the right guy 2 make a dent into the universe. //&! JULY 2012 Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant - vnty.fr/1OU6xUN //&! NOVEMBER 2014 The Empire Reboots - vnty.fr/1FZ4mJd //&! bit.ly/1isyHfL //&! Bill & Ballmer not on speaking terms - on.mash.to/1isyFED cnet.co/1KcO02M //&! Steve Ballmer talks LA Clippers, Satya Nadella & Microsoft. Just dont ask him abt Gates - ind.pn/10mLbMH //&! read.bi/1Lw4zXs // &! Start-up advice/lesson is that you have to have a true north to be long-term relevant, big enough to be seemingly inexhaustible! Yahoo! NO. AOL. NO. Twitter. Still Debating it internally, reflective of nobody being the true leader with true leadership capabilities, everyone cooking & suggesting spices. Facebook. YES. LinkedIn. YES (economic graph). Amazon. YES. Zappos. YES. RocketInternet. NO. Google. YES. Foursquare. YES. Tumblr. NO. Reddit. YES. HBO. YES.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Good news! B rounds have doubled in value over five years!
B Round! doubling down on (to a certain point) proven ideas as they move to make themselves solid/viable (building business model & continued growth if not even putting some more gasoline on the fire with a B Round - allocation of resources). thus there is competition thus bidding up in a private market. BUT BUT also reflects the rising cost! Rising cost to grow, the war for talent to scale, and the cost in said hubs/ecosystems where the talent are already working on scaling other companies, where rent is sky high and space rare to expand office, ops, ramp up head count, ... // why, on a side note!, ? because global ZIRP, NIRP, QE, hunt for yield, FOMO, property speculation, alternative asset management and allocation (newly minted paper millionaers) have bid up prices in metropolitan and hot cities by credit bubbles around the world. bc financial markets are global, thus your allocation/diversification is global, not limited where ur home addr is. adding to volatiliy too bc of froth!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Your biennial reminder that hype is a drug
"Hype is a drug. As the entepreneur you can't resist it. But as the entrepreneur it'll bite you in the ass every time. So if you choose to build your company on hype, you're going to have to live with the consequences." // & cheerleading squadron that sits inside the bubble & transmits signals 2 the outside world is not helping these companies 2 dampen down 'just reporting'. There are rarely if, buts, question marks, demand for numbers, critical journalism, viability and sustainability questions, ... there is no journalism. and forget investigative journalism that could break another Techopus. Its also fuelled by the way established companies handle their PR. treat journalists. off the record practise, invites, dont tell anybody else, u didnt hear that from me, here is the invite 4 that special even for special people, ego stroking techniques. feeding ground for insular environment. //&! Fancy office (phony display of success) w A Round money 4 no revenue plan product &JUST BUY GROWTH!
Fred  Wilson  Hype  Cycle  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Unicorn  Venture  Capital  FOMO  hunt  for  yield  distortion  downround  Silicon  Valley 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Option Games: Common Stock Values Get Murkier — The Information
Valuing common stock has gotten trickier for startups. The growing number and complexity of rights on preferred shares are causing companies to adjust their reasoning around how much their common stock is worth, according to firms providing the valuations and lawyers overseeing them. But companies still have a lot of discretion, a reminder that how startups calculate their value frequently bears little relation to big funding headlines. [...] Valuations of startup firms’ common stock for employee option grants has been complicated by increasing complexity of rights on preferred stock and secondary market transactions. [...] [ !!! Snapchat offered common stock only in recent (May 2015) investment, Alibaba & two hedge funds were ok with it. But further termsheet details (liquidation preferences) unknown. Existing holders of common stock (employees) could be diluted massively, in future, ie Snapchat has a down round in the future/eventual IPO - on.wsj.com/1KICv8H &! bit.ly/1iiJw3G ]
cap  table  liquidation  preferences  common  stock  employee  option  grants  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  HR  human  resources  compensation  package  valuation  Unicorn  Decacorn  preferred  stock  termsheet  Venture  Capital 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Venture capitalists have Dying Unicorn lists. But they won't share 'em - Fortune
don't you reduce risk with each VC round raised? // Venture capitalists say startups are taking on too much risk, and a shakeout is inevitable. But they’re not saying who will be shaken out.
Unicorn  growth  round  Venture  Capital  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
We’re gonna need a bigger round...
After 15 years of staggering declines, the cost of building a company in San Francisco is rising sharply // prohibitive! diluting too much too early. // China and other BRIC paper millionaers divesting into property speculators, around the world. every city that has seen substantial price appreciation +10-20% over last +5 years // hot money from monetary policy, excess reserves, flushing around the globe //
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Blue Apron and the rise of the non-demand economy
[ trading money 4 convenience, on-demand, no planning (no personal overhead, that thing you have 2 plan & be reminded of 2 go after work 2 grocery store with that list.), & TIME. IF YOU HAVE THE MONEY. New Friday Night in (not w pizza, Chinese take out) for the better paid. You think you deserves, deserved to treat yourself, even during the week 2-3 times. Because you worked so hard and are so busy. It's not a mass market, utility thing. Period. It also sprouted so many kind of these things, because the money was there (2010-12-13-14-15). and SV and NY is hot bed of them, because of so much more disposable income available. But go into America. The picture looks very different. The opposite. People trying to make ends meet. Not just America but rest of western world! The actual macro of America did not justify those valuations and the money and the amount of these start-ups. SV/NY/Seattle distored the picture, does distort pictue of rest of America labour market! ] //&! bit.ly/1hUTTdS
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: In the Valley, pre-seed is a meme. In New York, it’s a necessity
// cost of entry? // unable to make it happen? // Can't you write software from anywhere? // problem, heavily diluted early on approaching A/B, traditional shops don't like the cap table of pre-seed, angels, seed, accelerator & Micro VC's already owning ~+40% ... you come to a traditional A/B shop and not one of the existing investors is actually leading the round or committed in paper do double down? // // from a financial perspective/investment/math --- in the PRIVATE MARKET thrown under the bus by NIRP, QE, hunt for yield and FOMO (looking for their female unicorn or own Zuck) everyone can run 100 burger stands with unlimited/stellar returns in their spreadsheet model (bc cost of capital being 0 or negative). Despite the deflation of price of software & hosting (marginal cost, economics of abundance), Talent got bid up heavily (+200k/y in LA by Snapchat) in certain cities (SV, NY, London) // &! Steen Jakobsen - youtu.be/fnp5ETnKylU - min 16 avg guy does not have access to credit!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA Interview with Fred Wilson & Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures - YouTube
mi 32 - lack of adoption of SV model: no politics, execution, results driven, value creation, accepting Failure as outcome (culture of Stigma in EU and Germany) // min 36 - oh hi there world - buy into the company! a partner, strategic joint venture. shared economic interest, own platform by publishers! // miss-allocation of capital ! // hard things about hard things - Pivot, layoff vs running out of money not finding product/market fit & traction // early on its only hunch & gut based. // #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis - its abt value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data. Big corps cant disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely 2 survive bc of patterns 2 stick 2 the conventional & fail than fail with unconventional & look like a fool (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye). Book "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA15 Interview with Amit Karp, Ciaran O’Leary, Felix Petersen and Robin Wauters - YouTube
Very connected, fluid, enabled by infrastructure & networking. &! youtu.be/JvQaHXGgeYQ // &! youtu.be/7s6C4OJ04Rc - #TOA15 Interview with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer) - Germany good at incrementalism. A to B. Industry not willing to disrupt itself, give away existing shrinking pie - for bigger pie. unwilling to break up and upwards (value add) existing products/processes/value chain (legacy) for better. << Axel Springer digital ventures (VC arm). &! #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis --- its about value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data, ... big corps can't disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely to survive because of pattern to stick to the conventional and fail, than fail with unconventional and look like a fool. (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye) -- book -- "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Survivors | Bothsides of the Table
Failure. To most people it smells. People are afraid of it. It’s like cancer or divorce. When you have it you find you who your true friends are because they’re the ones who double down on helping, on being available, on listening, on understanding. Most people run from failure or disease because they’re hard to handle. Hard to know how to deal with. Awkward. But I am attracted to those who have had severe set-backs in life because it tells you something about the mettle of the person with whom you’re dealing. It reminds me of a famous quote in one of my favorite novel’s “Damage” by Josephine Hart “Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.” [...] closed up shop at the very first hurdle. I wouldn’t work with him again. [...] Honor is what I’m looking for. How you failed is significantly more important than if you failed. [play the long-game = relationships, trust, network [ character, live life 4 ur eulogy, not CV, not bank account - nyr.kr/1J5Y13X & bit.ly/1KrTfPT ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Gurley on Global Selloff: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/21) - YouTube
'averting catastrophic events' - hard things about hard things - book // when taking on growth round to grow aggressively company (buying customer growth)... you might actually take on risk. especially when the sentiment and the market turns and you burned it all and weren't so good at allocating the money and 'growing' you have to maybe raise a flat/downround ... ooopsies. Or even have to accept a debt round and massive lay-off to get to cash flow even/positive. And run a tight ship with the user base/business you've got. // re: post-price correction after speculative China bubble burst and massive China weakness and still existing/persistent deflationary pressures in western world. // &! bit.ly/1NTc3GM - Public markets affect venture funding. Full stop.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Tech Stocks Rebound: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/25) - YouTube
15:53 - you can build sw companies everywhere else. cost of living out of control as well dampens quality of life and standard of living. // lower burn rate, more time, more runway to find traction (product market fit) beyond MVP,
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Upside of a Downturn in Silicon Valley - The New York Times
In good times, in other words, it’s relatively easy to be a great start-up chief executive. When winter comes to Silicon Valley, we’ll find out which founders really shine. A lot of them won’t. Things won’t be pretty. But maybe it’s time.
Silicon  Valley  Venture  Capital  Ben  Horowitz  book 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: The $13 billion question: Is the dramatic step up in corporate VC cyclical or structural?
Corporate venture capital has a difficult relationship with Silicon Valley. They’re in, then they’re out. Sometimes they invest for return, other times they just invest to get a quick peek under the competition’s covers. And the worst: When right of first refusal M&A clauses can hinder a startup’s future options. Other would-be acquirers can be loathe to even kick the tires lest they be little more than a stalking horse in a deal that’s already a fait accompli. [ even NYT invested some money into a EU start-up to sell single articles on a platform (silo) ] // Corporate VCs move slower than a typical VC can, which is annoying to time-pressed founders. And frequently “the partners” aren’t great or even operating in a partner structure. Think about it: Why would a top VC be at a corporate? With rare exceptions, ...
Venture  Capital  Intel  Microsoft  Wireless  Carrier 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter | TechCrunch
I recently heard a story about one VC pushing a company to drive their burn up from $1 million a month to $2.5 million. Unfortunately, an inefficient sales force will always come back to bite you in the butt. We typically think of 60 percent as the benchmark for a healthy performing sales organization. Anything less and you don’t have a repeatable model. [ avc did write about that you need to find product/market fit, traction, self starter, great net promoting score, without spending marketing/advertising/pr ] [...] The goal of every entrepreneur and VC for that matter should be to build sustainable and scalable businesses. The only way to do that is to focus on the metrics that truly matter. The companies that nail many, if not all, of the above criteria will be the ones that make it to the finish line, and the balance will be wandering through the forest looking for someone to feed them.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Secret’s Demise and Uber’s Next Potential Acquisition by The Jay & Farhad Show
Jay Yarow (Business Insider) talk abt Secret’s demise; Google Ventures partner compares failed startup Secret to 'a bank heist' - bit.ly/1h9RZFc &! Google Ventures partner sort of apologizes for comparing one of his portfolio companies to a 'bank heist' - bit.ly/1NQsFyI // 2012-mid 2015 Environment: FOMO! // @StartupLJackson - startupljackson.com/post/118338084025/secret-financing - "Their big issue was that they were Silicon Valley famous before product-market fit, which meant the failure was public and the hype cycle inescapable. That may have been their fault, may not have been. Journalists can sort that out. Other founders: don’t ever do this." what other names/co come 2 mind, being Hyped, feeding the hype & failing very publicly!? Kevin Rose - Digg, Dennis Crowley fights not to fail publicly with Foursquare, Twitter post-IPO, FriendFeed in its own way, ?Photo? 40m no product, Bebo post-AOL acquisition, Consumer Products are inherently hard and luck based. Path.
Secret  Venture  Capital  Google  Ventures  FOMO  Silicon  Valley  ethical  machine  termsheet  Whisper  anonymity  pseudonym  Trend  Hype  Cycle  Yik  Yak  Beme  Casey  Neistat  Dennis  Crowley  foursquare  Digg  Kevin  Rose  consumer  product  Product/Market  Fit  Bebo  AOL  Twitter  Friendfeed  Path  Dave  Morin  Friendster  StudiVZ 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
An Analysis Of Zirtual’s Reality And The Perils Of Debt | TechCrunch
[ SEC filings show it wanted to raise lots more money ] Think about the implications of this for a moment: we know the company wanted $2.75 million in June, and got most of it. But we also know that 35 days later, Zirtual had been looking for another $3 million, and only got $650,000. That is a meaningful shortfall, an 80% difference between the money they needed and the money they got. [...] In fact, you might have concluded they were in for some kind of serious financing and operational problem weeks in advance [ talked also in Jason's interview that they still have legacy customers who cost them too much but are sort of still keep on: book 'hard things about hard things'], when you connect the fairly clear dots between two attempts to raise capital within a month of each other, and which are increasingly unsuccessful. [...] We’re not talking about an equity financing here, we’re talking about debt. [...] debt is a harsh mistress, especially for a startup tech company.
Zirtual  burn  rate  runway  Venture  Capital  fundraising  operations  operation  convertible  note  debt  cash  flow  cash-is-king  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  CEO  CFO  financial  literacy  accounting  accountability  execution 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The investors who will invest ask you why they shouldn’t. – AVC
I could tell within 5 minutes of meeting an investor whether they would invest. Investors who invested were excited about eShares before we met. They either saw the vision and liked it. [...] Excited investors (and the ones who invested) were different. They didn’t let me pitch. Instead, they asked questions to assess risk. They tried to find reasons not to invest. That is the pitch-paradox. The investors who won’tinvest will ask you why they should . The investors who will invest ask you why they shouldn’t. [ check you if you know your business/product/vertical/category inside out and intellectual honesty ] Your job is to make sure you don’t have reasons that they shouldn’t. Fundraising is simple: find investors that get excited about your company. It is a filtering exercise. Too many founders believe they have the wrong pitch instead of realizing they have the wrong audience. // [ from comments: The good VCs know what they want to invest in, and when they see you, they know it ... ]
Venture  Capital  Angel  Investor  Seed  Round  Party  Round  Pitch  deck  pitching  Risk  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
A Dozen Things I’ve Learned From Chris Sacca About Venture Capital | 25iq
“Good investors are in the service business.” “There are angels who have 75 companies and don’t call any of them ever.” [...] “Any VC will tell you where they really make their money is on following on, it’s on doubling down into the winners. The things that are growing geometrically in terms of users, revenue that kind of stuff.” [...] “I do try to focus a lot on the entrepreneur as a person, I think that has fallen out of the equation recently…. look for driven people.” [ execution, passion, vision, mission, alignment ] [...] “Companies don’t succeed, when there’s a lot of chiefs and no Indians.” [...] “Create value before you ask for value back.” [...] “It’s people with these broader life experiences who have balanced relationships who come up with the cool shit.”
Venture  Capital  a16z  First  Round  Capital  s23p  Chamath  Palihapitiya  Marc  Andreessen  Ben  Horowitz  500  Start-ups  ycombinator  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Networking 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
India's Snapdeal raises $500m from international investors - BBC News
In the Indian e-commerce sector, Snapdeal competes with rivals Flipkart and Amazon for market share. // burning cash, to buy customers, and with it being a private market, only board and founders know the numbers like LTCV and the puff they add with words and milestones. Chasing the emerging middle class. The new consumer is everywhere else, but not in the Western World which is struggling. http://www.breakingviews.com/indian-e-tailers-funds-will-disappear-in-a-flash/21212651.article
e-commerce  Flipkart  Snapchat  India  China  Amazon  commodity  business  commoditization  BRIC  Developing  World  emerging  middle  class  Frontier  Markets  growth  round  Venture  Capital  customer  acquisition  LTCV  customer  retention  user  churn  user  acquisition  burn  rate  runway 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Brokering Private Stocks Yet to Yield Big Profits — The Information
The secondary market for private tech shares is booming again, after a slowdown following the Facebook IPO. With valuations rising and startups staying private longer, investors in search of growth have been striking more deals with private company employees seeking to sell their shares. But that boom doesn’t appear to be yet translating into big profits for the handful of most well-known firms brokering the buying and selling of secondary shares, at least based on the limited evidence that’s available from publicly filed financial records. Adapting to changes in the secondary market and launching new ventures has been costly, although the firms are poised to benefit if deal volume continues to rise. [...] The Takeaway. Filings show that some parts of secondary market businesses SharesPost, SecondMarket and Nasdaq Private Market were unprofitable last year, despite the resurgence of deals. Factors include startup costs and a shift to lower-margin transactions.
Secondary  Market  IPO  Silicon  Valley  asset  allocation  hunt  for  yield  2015  growth  round  Venture  Capital 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Anti-Angel-Gesetz: Auch die CDU schießt gegen Schäubles Pläne | Gründerszene
Die Lage ist schon jetzt nicht rosig. Die Zahl der Unternehmensgründungen geht zurück – die Liquidationen übersteigen bereits seit 2012 die Neugründungen. Zudem sind die Wagniskapital-Investitionen rückläufig. „Die wenigen Risikokapitalgeber jetzt zusätzlich durch drohende Gewinnbesteuerungen von einer möglichen Investition abzuschrecken, ist äußerst kontraproduktiv“, [...] Das Finanzministerium verteidigt sich. Bei der Reform gehe es darum, ein Steuerschlupfloch zu stopfen, das durch Änderungen bei der Dividendenbesteuerung im Jahr 2013 entstanden sei. Außerdem gebe es weiterhin einen Steuernachlass für Investoren in Startups. [ ja und die grossen konzerne? ] [...] Um den Startup-Standort Deutschland attraktiver zu machen, fordert der CDU-Wirtschaftsrat eine Etablierung von Wachstumsfonds für Startups und einen verbesserten Zugang zu Wagniskapital.
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  tax  code  Venture  Capital  Angel  Investor  Seed  Round  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Wolfgang  Schäuble  Angela  Merkel  GroKo  Germany  Mittelstand  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  Failure  society  stigma  SME  SMB  national  interest  creative  destruction  Software  Is  Eating  The  World 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why I'm Moving My Business From San Francisco to St. Louis | Need/Want
// one VC/Angel said, its not that you run out of money, you run out of time to find the magic that makes things for your product work, MVP, Product/Market Fit, that kick up in net promoter score, that multiple in q/q growth, etc etc. // If you’re trying to bootstrap, being based in San Francisco is awful. [ Same with London and New York followed by LA and Seattle. ] Cheap cities are startup friendly. [ don't opt for Edinburgh, if go to Glasgow or Manchester (which got already a small start-up scene plus Media City, Salford) ] We’re an internet company. We don’t need to be tied to a specific location. Hiring remote and having a distributed work force is far cheaper than hiring locally and making everyone come into an office. // &! bit.ly/1EvpTcY
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 49: The Shortest Interview With Jenny Lee From GGV Capital by analyseasia
8:00 don't innovate for innovation sake, R&D in the lab is only R&D. address real world problem, issue that is bothering you and you can't stand it any more that nobody is doing something about it. add value, is it of value, people coming back every week, month. are you creating more value than you take!? productise the solution. build a big or small sustainable company around it. // you are the first customer, you are solving your problem! // 10:00 the mobile super computer, connectedness, big data, relevance, targeted ... apps (appification) destructing traditional verticals, ... always on. platform offers new business models, enabled by scale and network effects, ... and convergence of different tech ( IoT in store connected to store e-commerce solution - user stores app )
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Product/Market  Fit  vertical  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  Appification  mobile  phone  Venture  Capital  Asia  entrepreneurship 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
A Rare Look Inside a Private Tech Stock Loan — The Information
Public filings show that a pre-IPO loan to SolarCity founders paid off in stock options to the lender, an example of the burgeoning secondary market for private tech shares. // can do that when you have solid business ... revenue etc. like Dropbox also getting a credit line with their growth round.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  growth  round  Private  Market  Venture  Capital  financing  hunt  for  yield  investment  banking  IPO  Silicon  Valley  SolarCity 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Private Tech Draws Wide Array of Mutual Funds — The Information
The number of traditionally public investors in Uber is higher than previously understood, according to regulatory filings. But questions about risk and liquidity remain.
Uber  growth  round  Silicon  Valley  Venture  Capital  Mutual  Fund  Private  Equity  Hedge  Fund  hunt  for  yield  liquidation  preferences  termsheet 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber operating at big losses, suggests document leak - BBC News
They show operating losses of more than $100m (£65m) in the second quarter of 2014, albeit coupled with steady growth in revenue. In a statement, the company hit back at reports but did not deny them."Shock, horror, Uber makes a loss," it said. "This is hardly news, and old news at that," it added. "It's a case of business 101: you raise money, you invest money, you grow (hopefully), you make a profit and that generates a return for investors." [...] One positive note to emerge was the fact that the company increased its cash holdings from $263m in 2013 to over $1bn the following year. [ war chest ] [ growth round = do or die, no conservative mode ]
Uber  Venture  Capital  growth  round  Unicorn  Decacorn  2015  Lift  termsheet  liquidation  preferences 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Interview: Passion Capital's Eileen Burbidge
// strike out without having a playbook, give it your best shot. // London as FinTech hub - competitive adv through canary warf and london being eu bank capital and 2nd after NY/Wall Street // NHS will play role in future of health tech and be competitive advantage //
London  Start-up  Scene  Venture  Capital  lesson  advice  FinTech 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook: Gewinn sinkt im zweiten Quartal deutlich - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[FB] kämpft mit hohen Kosten. Die Anleger reagierten skeptisch. // [ Hohe Kosten!? Was wie!? ] // [...] Die Ausgaben stiegen kräftig um 82 Prozent auf 2,8 Milliarden Dollar. Der Konzern hatte bereits eine Investitionsoffensive angekündigt: Er steckt unter anderem viel Geld in Rechenzentren. Facebook treibt außerdem die Werbung auf mobilen Geräten wie Smartphones oder Tablet-PCs voran. Auch Angebote wie der SMS-Ersatz WhatsApp oder der Fotodienst Instagram werden weiterentwickelt. Dass die Kosten so stark zulegen würden, hatten Analysten aber nicht kommen sehen. [ Cost of hiring more developers for WhatsApp and Instagram and building data centers ] [...] "Es war ein weiteres starkes Quartal für unsere Community", kommentierte Facebook-Chef Mark Zuckerberg die Zahlen. [ LOL, you mean for Wall Street ] &! 1.49bn MAU, 76% of advertising now from mobile! //&! bbc.in/1IsEOKj
Facebook  Silicon  Valley  burn  rate  runway  Palo  Alto  Mountain  View  London  Start-up  Scene  Venture  Capital  operations  Wall  Street  mainstreet.org  San  Francisco  war  for  talent 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
ProSiebenSat.1 und Axel Springer: Doch keine Fusion - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Medienkonzerne Axel Springer und ProSiebenSat.1 werden doch nicht fusionieren. Es soll zwar eine Zusammenarbeit bei digitalen Start-ups geben - darüber hinaus ist Firmenangaben zufolge aber keine weitere Kooperation geplant. [...] Digitale Geschäftsideen und Start-ups wollten die beiden Unternehmen künftig aber gemeinsam fördern, teilten sie am Mittwoch in Berlin und München mit. Man wolle gemeinsam in Unternehmen und Fonds investieren, bestehende Förderprogramme vernetzen und neuen Unternehmen Werbemöglichkeiten gegen Firmenbeteiligungen zur Verfügung stellen. [ Institutional Venture Capital investment in start-ups for help with advertising, branding, communications etc. ]
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Axel  Springer  ProSiebenSat.1  media  conglomerate  ecosystem  Venture  Capital 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Scottish fantasy sport firm FanDuel plans expansion - BBC News
>> London Expensive, Silicon Valley (SF, Mountain View, Palo Alto), NY prohibitively expensive to run a start-up out of solely. The next best cities are probably, in UK; Glasgow and Manchester. Edinburgh still more expensive than both and commuting is for most unavoidable. Keep in mind, (1) UK wide housing shortage - lowest rate of new builds over decades, and (2) also quality of life/health lower in noisy polluted over crowded London with the long commute, and (3) Aberdeen is 2nd most expensive city of UK, bc Oil drove up the prices.
FanDuel  London  Start-up  Scene  Edinburgh  Silicon  Valley  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  barriers  to  entry  Venture  Capital  ecosystem  Berlin  Scene  Manchester  UK  lesson  advice  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  commuting 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Y Combinator Finally Reveals Its Approach To Growth-Stage Investing | TechCrunch
- signaling risk - do or not do follow-on round participation, but exists with every existing investor (on the bend to invest in next round or not and have pro rata) http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2010/04/03/understanding-vc-signaling/
ycombinator  growth  round  signaling  risk  Venture  Capital  Seed  A 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA14 Interview with Julie Meyer (CEO & Founder, Ariadne Capital) - YouTube
(1) why not to go to Palo Alto (2) money will find you if you are good enough/traction. // &! Enterprise Connect Presents: Raising Finance; Top Tips From Industry Experts (Highlights) - youtu.be/9Psgw5oJSMs // &! Lecture 9 How to Raise Money Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Parker Conrad - youtu.be/NJAKt1icZYs
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  traction  Focus  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  viral  coefficient  Net  Promoter  Score  network  effect  Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  Seed  Round  A  Round  Angel  Investor  London  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Networking 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The only stat about unicorns that should worry Silicon Valley
Now theres a new reason 2 fear the ‘corn: They are insanely capital inefficient. And over the last year, they’ve gotten even more so at an alarming rate... // dead Unicorn (their own making) because of burn rate w expensive offices ('we are successful'), developers, aggressive drive ('acquiring market share in a new market') to acquire customers (and not even making the math long term - life time customer value), ... with each round they have 2 be more aggressive, especially with these liquidity preferences inked in, actually keeping the risk level instead of reducing/mitigating the risk. All 2 blow out the IPO & not end up lower on day 1/compared 2 the last growth round. Box couldnt make a higher valuation after day 1 post-IPO than their last growth round via Private Equity. Existing investors got diluted in order to meet last rounds term sheet liquidity preferences/guarantees. // &! Either u risk more, or the other (competition) will, will outspend, overtake u. &! bit.ly/1Ji536P
burn  rate  Unicorn  Decacorn  runway  Silicon  Valley  growth  round  San  Francisco  Palo  Alto  Bill  Gurley  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Blue  Ocean  Venture  Capital  termsheet  liquidation  preferences  SPV  Mutual  Fund  Private  Equity  IPO 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
German Startups sagt Börsengang ab - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Following Rocket Internet. Trying to go public as investor. Like a KKR for Start-ups. Ups. Is this a symptom of the irrational exuberance and hubris? // Der Börsengang des Berliner Risikokapitalfinanzierers German Startups Group ist geplatzt. Auch eine Verlängerung des Angebotszeitraums in der vergangenen Woche brachte nicht die erhoffte Nachfrage nach den Aktien, teilte das Unternehmen am Dienstag nach Ablauf der Zeichnungsfrist mit. [...] German-Startups-Gründer Christoph Gerlinger wollte mit dem Börsengang 54 bis 72 Millionen Euro einsammeln. Die Erlöse sollten zum größten Teil in den Kauf weiterer junger Firmen gesteckt werden. Bei der German Startups Group handelt es sich um eine Beteiligungsgesellschaft mit Fokus auf jungen, schnellwachsenden Unternehmen. // [ Interesting to want to go IPO instead of asking Private Equity or Mutual Funds for a "growth round" like participation in the realm of 50-70m Euros. ]
irrational  exuberance  hubris  Silicon  Valley  Private  Equity  IPO  Germany  Rocket  Internet  Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  asset  allocation  alternative  investment  SPV  Mutual  Fund  growth  round  2015  Wall  Street  bubble  NASDAQ 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Imgur finally cracks down on NSFW content -- and its users are fucking pissed
Making thinks more Family Friendly! To attract (more) actual advertisers (to get even to a 'maybe'). To fund the sites ops and with an aim to actually make a profit. Think about if Nike and co co-host their pictures on Imgur. And or post branded / native style content on imgur along the strings imgur plays. Telling a story with picture series. ie about how a product came to be/evolved (a shoe). // https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/imgur - Reddit and Imgur got funding from a17z
Reddit  Imgur  community  community  management  communication  TOS  Platform  business  model  Venture  Capital  Start-Up  lesson  free  speech  Start-Up  advice  user  generated  content  advertisement  banner  ads  native  advertising  branded  content  click  farm  brand  awareness  advertising  pageviews  Programmatic  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  4chan  YouTube 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Fear Trumps Greed in Silicon Valley as Some Venture Firms Hedge - Bloomberg Business
[... high ops cost associated w SF/Palo Alto ... fancy office (and expensive (rarefied) developers from Google or Facebook) in SF as a sign of success while burning +2m per year at least with no cash flow in sight ... and with all consumer products being free and hoping to finance themselves in the future with advertising ... ] Some VCs are urging their companies to build a rainy day fund to ensure their survival. [...] It’s a constant battle deciding whether to invest in a potentially lucrative deal, said Philadelphia financier Rudy Karsan: “Greed versus fear.” [ Softbank Capital just last week came out publicly with a shift in strategy, to invest now ONLY in proven winners, at slightly premium to get in (and with preferred liquidation preferences in writing), &focus resources on those portfolio companies ... than to compete in a crowded, distorted, muggy, in transparent, very speculative (with lots of ifs and luck and bet on CEO to execute well) A-, B- (and C-Round) market. ]
Silicon  Valley  burn  rate  runway  cash  flow  cash-is-king  hunt  for  yield  distortion  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  growth  round  SPV  war  for  talent  Private  Market  Private  Equity  Hedge  Fund  Mutual  Fund  bubble  USA  Fed  Taper  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  Angel  Investor  Seed  business  model  advertising  VC  Venture  Capital  Greed  FOMO  bubble  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  SoftBank  Capital  IPO  NASDAQ  A  Unicorn  Decacorn  termsheet  liquidation  preferences  exit  strategy  M&A  acquisition  acquihire  acqui-hire  business  cycle  business  plan  business  investment  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  leverage  debtoverhang  irrational  exuberance 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Homejoy Is Shutting Down At The End Of The Month | TechCrunch
tcrn.ch/1CO0OOU / 7:10 $VC subsidized early business. Could not get 2 cash flow even. Lets not speak of cash flow positive. // If u dont have a cash flow even/positive business, u are dependent on $VC 2 keeping it afloat. If u dont have massive growth, VCs like 2 see & not hitting ur milestones & ur still not able 2 turn the business arnd towards cash flow even. Ur dead in the pan. AND 4 digital only consumer & entertainment products, scale is important +10m users. Because then only advertisers might ... might consider placing an add/natively if the conversion & engagement metrics are attractive. Advertisers & brands cant spread resources thin across 1000 apps. Its overhead & waste in ops. That is why BIG like TV (still), Daily Paper/Magazine (still) and FB (owning +70% of Social) are the MAIN HUBS. >> THUS [Freemium] the Free On Phone Version 4 closetphile (wont cost u much except dev) & the Customer paying 4 Cloud Convenience,Security, more features (ie analytics). &! bit.ly/1CSygUA
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  on-demand  convenience  scale  economies  of  scale  Venture  Capital  burn  rate  runway  business  model  closetphile  wardrobemalfunction  freemium  Homejoy  added  value  value  creation  Perception  Silicon  Valley  Unicorn  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  Appification  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  irrational  exuberance  Rocket  Internet  Uber  Lyft  customer  acquisition  customer  acquisition  cost  customer  retention  customer  lifetime  value  SAAS  Postmates  Service  Sector  Jobs  1099  Economy  uncertainty  self-employment  Niedriglohnsektor  Niedriglohn  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  commodity  business  commoditization  price  sensitive  price  insensitive  price  sensitivity  behavioral  economics  behavioral  finance  status  symbol  status  anxiety  socioeconomic  status  social  status  craigslist  sustainable  sustainability  metrics  KPI  Circa  Share  Economy  marketshare  unit  economics 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 558: News Roundtable! Reddit, tech outages, hackers gone wild, sex scandals, luxury pot, - YouTube
>> Ellen Pao wasnt alone, there was Sam Altman and Alexis Ohanian who also aversaw 1) how to make AMAs and Co reddits a business avenue (he plan of how to make money without asking / consulting all stakeholders!) and 2) its lack of mod and community support on a lasting basis and 3) to fire Victoria, and secret santa founder and SVP of product bc they did were not on the same line with the head honchos how to make money with Reddit. Period. Ellen Pao was not the sole decision maker. The board obviously was behind her. /// &&&!!! http://www.newstatesman.com/sci-tech/2015/07/reddit-s-woman-problem
Reddit  Ellen  Pao  Women  in  Tech  Silicon  Valley  Sam  Altman  Alexis  Ohanian  Venture  Capital  business  model  community  community  management  HR  human  resources  management 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The frustrating, no-win "Goldilocks Zone" of seed deals
Don’t do party rounds. Raise as much as you possibly can so you don’t get crunched. Don’t raise money from just seed funds. Don’t raise money from just big name VCs unless you know you’ll breakthrough, and then absolutely do. And actually you never know that, so nevermind. Oh, and good luck rationalizing all of this advice, first timers. [...] TL;DR version: Large VC firms may do lots of seed deals but each partner will only do one to two Series A deals a year. So basic math tells you it’s a game of survivor. Most of the seed deals will not get a Series A from that firm. The concern is if you don’t quite make the cut, is the signal so bad to other VCs that you are worse off than if you never raised that, say, $200k from a big name VC to begin with? [ not every product consumer or b2b will not be a 500m/1bn dollar company, thus it's not worth it to raise risk capital and just grind it out!? at a sustainable pace, putting back in what you earned. ] &! bit.ly/1HjO13v
Seed  Round  Party  Round  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Angel  Investor  Micro  VC  Venture  Capital  Series  A  seedround  seedfunding  traction  business  model  Silicon  Valley  economies  of  scale  pageviews  Unicorn  valuation  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Helpling: Putzportal-Chef Franke über Preise und Festanstellungen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Putzjob: Zwischen 8 und 9,50 Euro Stundenlohn verdienen "Helplinge" - minus Kosten für Rentenversicherung, Anfahrt, Arbeitskleidung --- Die Plattform Helpling vermittelt günstige Putzkräfte. Forciert sie nur die Ausbeutung von Tagelöhnern? Hier spricht Mitgründer Benedikt Franke über karge Stundenlöhne. [...] KarriereSPIEGEL: On-Demand-Plattformen verbrennen derzeit vor allem Geld. Ihr US-Konkurrent Homejoy soll pro Auftrag zwölf Dollar Verlust einfahren. Wird Helpling jemals profitabel arbeiten können? Franke: Unser Geschäft hängt ganz davon ab, ob es uns gelingt, langfristige Kundenbeziehung aufzubauen. Darauf konzentrieren wir uns derzeit, versuchen aus ganzer Kraft, das Kundenerlebnis zu optimieren. Operativ arbeiten wir bereits profitabel. [ LTV - user lifetime value got to be < than user acquisition cost = sustainable (if operation can be paid for and some little profit even) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Customer_lifetime_value ] - bit.ly/1NP6Ore "digitaler feudalismus"
Rocket  Internet  Helpling  on-demand  convenience  Share  Economy  self-employment  precarious  work  Precariat  working  poor  Niedriglohn  Niedriglohnsektor  Service  Sector  Jobs  1099  Economy  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  Uber  Contractor  Zero  Hour  Contract  labour  market  labour  economics  underemployed  employability  employabilitie  uncertainty  Sozialer  Abstieg  Aufstocker  minimum  wage  living  wage  commodity  business  commoditization  Universal  Basic  Income  working  tax  credit  child  tax  credit  tax  code  tax  free  Homejoy  Venture  Capital  user  acquisition  LTV  business  model  status  symbol  status  anxiety  socioeconomic  status  social  status  squeezed  middle  class  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  class  warfare  job  creation  job  market  Minijob  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  vocational  education  education  policy  added  value  value  creation 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Noyce and the Rise of Silicon Valley (2009) - YouTube
BBC Docu about history (its past) of Silicon Valley. // &! Something Ventured - Something Ventured is a 2011 documentary film investigating the emergence of American venture capitalism in the mid-20th Century.
Silicon  Valley  history  technological  history  technological  progress  STEM  Women  in  Tech  meritocracy  meritocratic  American  Dream  USA  academia  creative  destruction  Venture  Capital 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Reddit's fate hangs in the balance as revolt against CEO makes waves | Technology | The Guardian
While more than 200,000 Redditors want Ellen Pao to resign, readers are jumping ship to budding competitor sites as top brass pushes to go mainstream [...] Redditors – as users are called – have accused the site of increasingly trying to monetize its popularity, and it appears their sentiments came to a head last Thursday, when Reddit’s popular director of talent, Victoria Taylor, was let go from her post. [...] a company torn between catering to commercial interests, and an obsession with giving voice to every possible perspective. [...] But some have suggested that the latest revolt is a flashpoint in a wider clash of cultures. The web’s largest agglomeration of niche enthusiasts provides a portal for people to make friends and enemies in a wide range of different communities, including some less reputable forums that have come under increasing scrutiny. &! bit.ly/1NMqxYG - Memo to VCs: Not every site with gargantuan traffic is destined to be a billion dollar public company
Reddit  business  model  Ellen  Pao  user  generated  content  Venture  Capital  Alexis  Ohanian  Digg  4chan  The  Wars  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  community  community  management  communication  Twitter  Dick  Costolo  mainstream  mass  market  critical  mass  mass  culture  Facebook  Pinterest  foursquare  Dennis  Crowley  Tumblr  Flickr  Instagram  Snapchat  Vine  Periscope  Meerkat  MySpace  AOL  Yahoo!  Y!  Yahoo 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
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