10 Factors That Predict Your Startup Success

10 Factors That Predict Your Startup Success

Performance Optimizing for Smart Layers Venture capitalists are constantly telling the entrepreneurs they invest in to make data-driven decisions. But as an industry, we haven’t been very good at doing it ourselves. Now that we have the analytics and numbers to take a closer look at ourselves and our business, we decided to give it a...
Shaping the Future: From What’s Now to What’s Next

Shaping the Future: From What’s Now to What’s Next

If you missed part 1 and 2, see From MVP to VC: Strategic Non-Starters and How to Avoid Them (part 1) and Don’t Tell Me About The Labor Pains, Show Me the Baby (part 2)   Shaping the Future: From What’s Now to What’s Next   You start a business because you see a gap and/or figure out a better way to do something. You build your MVP which has just enough feature to be functional. That’s the now. When seeking investment capital to fund your startup, you are focused on securing the money to make that ‘now’ happen. But what’s next? Depending on your industry, investors will expect their pay back within the next 3 to 5 years. How do you ensure that your shiny and magical solution of today will not only be relevant but innovative in the next 3 to 5 years and beyond?   Looking at industry trends and forecast, as well as constant technological advancements, what skill set do you need to acquire tomorrow? In which new ways will you deliver your solution tomorrow? If you still don’t see yourself as a tech company, think again!     Investors want to know how you will sustain your competitive edge. As we speak, there is someone out there that wants to eat your lunch tomorrow! Maybe they are not in your geographical area. Maybe they are not yet on the market but have already secured funding to deliver tomorrow’s solution today. A great way to understand what tomorrow’s competitive landscape will look like is to read news reports from investors such as Gust, PitchBook, and CB Insights....
Freshbooks Survey Finds Majority of Self-Employed Professionals Have No Intention of Returning To Traditional Employment

Freshbooks Survey Finds Majority of Self-Employed Professionals Have No Intention of Returning To Traditional Employment

FreshBooks Survey Finds Majority of Self-Employed Professionals Have No Intention of Returning to Traditional Employment FreshBooks, the #1 accounting software solution in the cloud for self-employed professionals and their teams, today unveiled a new survey that shines a light on the challenges, trade-offs, and mindset of small business...
Startup Raises $38 Million To Transplant Pig Organs To Humans

Startup Raises $38 Million To Transplant Pig Organs To Humans

A startup cofounded by a 30-year-old just got $38 million to revolutionize the way we transplant organs Egenesis, a startup that’s using the gene-editing tool CRISPR to make pig organs viable for transplants into people, just raised $38 million. The company, which launched back in 2015 and is co-founded by Harvard geneticist George Church and 30-year old Luhan Yang, wants to knock out certain genes in pigs that could cause diseases or organ rejection in humans, making it possible for those pig organs to be...