Please indulge us as we rage, rant, pontificate, philosophise, and speculate about the state of early stage investing, entrepreneurship, startups, and any manner of somewhat tenuously relevant and current issues.
By raising less money at lower valuations, early stage founders and investors will waste less time and money, and make more money in the end.
2016 looks a bit like Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. A lot of energy and effort expended to achieve very little. However, doing nothing is often the best option, and in this case, UK, London, and US voters appear to be headed that way, but, crucially, backed by democratic mandate.
It’s been hailed as a new model for company financing. Startups raise cash directly from investors and investors get to buy shares in the next Google. No nasty banks involved. Everyone’s happy and nobody gets hurt. Wrong.
According to google, the search term ‘startup bubble’ started to trend (again) sometime around April 2014. Last year, the trend strengthened, and there was a palpable sense of expectation both inside and outside of startup circles that the jig was now finally up. If things play out as they sometimes do, things will get a lot worse, and then somehow, they will ultimately get better again.
It is common for B2B SaaS businesses to speak of ‘horizontal’ and ‘vertical’ strategies. From outside of the tech bubble, this may just appear as another bit of jargon, intended as most jargon is to separate insiders from outsiders. However, there is real substance hiding behind the marketing speak.
B2B SaaS businesses should understand the degree of market concentration in their target customers' industries and may use tools such as Pareto Analysis to better understand which customers to focus on as part of a go to market strategy.
The world is changing fast, driven by the emergence and maturation of multiple new technologies in parallel, as well as the integration and interplay of several of new and established technologies to enable the creation of entirely new products and services. Dozens of breakthroughs in every industry and within every area of technology are coalescing to create an unprecedented tsunami of innovation.
We all need to take the red pill and wake up from the Matrix
An overview of the rapidly growing UK accelerator and incubator markets.
Kidslox helps parents set digital boundaries for children.
Emerging and maturing tech trends change the world around us to create incredible opportunities
Instead of investing in last century infrastructure such as slightly faster trains, governments should prioritise digital infrastructure. Cornwall is highlighted as an example.More