Farm drones, autonomous security guards and next-generation tampons were among the products presented at today’s Y Combinator startup accelerator Summer 2016 Demo Day 1 with 30 percent of this batch’s startups coming from outside the US.
A great read from VC turned entrepreneur Panpan Wang about what it’s like being at YC Demo Day on the other end of the table. Top tip: If you build a great company, the pitch will write itself. So spend this summer building a great company, and don’t worry about the pitch.
According to multiple sources, Google has recently backed several early startups from former employees. These deals seem mostly about Google’s ongoing attempt to keep familiar engineers close to the company fold. Cunning.
Intercom’s co-founder explains how they signed up those first vital 100 paying customers. The company launched with a blog post, then hit number 1 on Hacker News and wrote a guest post for Smashing Magazine before finally reaching the magic number after more than a year.
The net worth of the world’s richest person Bill Gates hit $90 billion on Friday, fueled by gains in public holdings including Canadian National Railway Company and Ecolab Inc. Gates’s fortune is now $13.5 billion bigger than that of the world’s second-wealthiest person. Not too shabby.
A startup called Proxy has raised $1.6 million in seed funding to help people use internet-enabled devices of every kind without all the annoying login processes and standalone apps for each separate device.
Following revelations of government spying, data breaches, malicious hacking, identity theft and other online threats, the email and file encryption application Virtru has now grown to over 4,000 customers and has closed on $29 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning.
There is no section on-site or in-app that is more critical for conversion than the product page. From clear and intuitive product details to using big, quality images, here a few ways you can improve your page and get visitors to buy.
Care to learn more about Martian tsunamis? Now you can, after Nasa announced it is making all its publicly funded research available online for free on a new public web portal called Pubspace, where the public can find Nasa-funded research articles.
The first step is to invent a thing worth making, the second step is to design and build it in a way that people will actually benefit from and care about, the third step is to tell the story to the right people in the right way and the last step is to show up regularly. Apparently.
A really interesting talk from YC’s Sam Altman, covering everything from the future transition to digital life (within 100 years apparently), to AI being one of the most important events ever and there should be more people working on it, dammit!
When designing your support ecosystem, you’ll face the choice between omnichannel and multi-channel support tools — either an all-in-one framework, or a stack of multiple tools that each focus on specific features. Here are the tools that Help Scout have in their multi-channel, from Basecamp to Respond and, er, Help Scout…
A fascinating piece about Philip Rivkin, the king of the latest government playground for con artists: biodiesel. Rivkin successfully exploited the government’s biodiesel program to amass a $15 million art collection and a $3.4 million jet before going on the run in Guatemala. Classy.
Make way for the robots! Two driverless buses will be hitting the streets in Helsinki for some real-world testing for the next month or so, according to Finnish news outlet YLE. Yet more evidence that future really is here.
The giants of the tech industry have a lock on employer branding but analysis of the personalities of their staffs presents a different picture of what it’s really like in the trenches. Microsoft’s employees are more innovative than Apple’s, and Facebook’s staff are less creative than most tech workers…
Beijing’s walled off internat has split the digital world between China and everybody else. That has prevented American technology companies from independently being able to tap the Chinese market and has also forced Chinese developers to choose — either create something that caters to China’s digital population or focus on the rest of the globe.
The world’s most valuable company isn’t Apple or Alphabet. It’s an outfit in a league of its own: Aramco, aka the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. This sprawling state-owned producer, sitting atop one-fifth of the globe’s petroleum reserves, pumps more crude than the top four publicly traded oil companies combined and is planning a partial privatization.
An inspiring and/or jealousy inducing story about how Justin Mares spotted social proof purchasing tool Notify, bought it and then optimised it to increase users and turned it into Fomo. I’m definitely fearful of missing out on that kind of cash.
Welcome, young Padawan, to an accelerated 2-day workshop on Bitcoin and the Blockchain for developers and technologists. Running on the 8th and 9th of October in Palo Alto, it provides a comprehensive introduction to Bitcoin concepts and the inner workings of the Bitcoin protocol.
Just a casual chat between a super VC/YC boss and the founder of the world’s biggest social network about everything from the early days of Facebook and the challenges it faced, to Zuck’s views on what’s going to happen to Facebook and tech in the next 20 years.
You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. Sometimes firing an employee is just what needs to be done. From minimizing fake smile time to being generous but not leaving the door open, here are some key considerations to take when giving someone the boot.
News that the man who has probably already planned humanity’s next 1000 years has struck a deal worth between $1.99 billion and $2.98 billion with Japanese materials maker Toray Industries to supply carbon fibre to his startup SpaceX for use in the bodies of rockets and space vehicles. SpaceX is aiming to hold down expenses by re-using rockets and spacecraft.
One for the programmers out there: a tutorial about how to build a real-time health dashboard for tracking a person’s blood pressure readings, do time series analysis, and then graph the trends over time using predictive algorithms. This tutorial is the starting point for creating your own personal health dashboard using time series algorithms and predictive APIs.
First, who’s your largest customer? OK. Now, do you have a prospect in the pipeline that’s somewhat similar? You do? Great! Now on that deal … go quote twice your highest price ever. This is a terrific exercise to drive your deal size up and to force you to think about providing a true solution to a big problem.
Want to become a programmer bro? There’s now an app for that! Mimo is a platform for gamified and interactive lesson bites on Computer Science that give commutes, waits and other moments of idle time some purpose.
A survey or more than 30 VPs of sales, mainly in earlier stage startups, found that new sales leaders were least confident in development, upselling and onboarding, while seasoned leaders felt there was a need to focus on onboarding, hiring and development.
A great talk with Naval Ravikant covering AngelList, syndicates and startup funding in part1, and power dynamics, haters in venture, the American political system, the disruption of the wealthy elite and, of course, South Park, in part2.
A great piece from Peter Kafka who talks with specialist Bankruptcy lawyer Peter Friedman, and others familiar with the case, to find out more about how Gawker Media’s auction process will work, who may be bidding and what it will likely sell for.
Cheng Wi has a cool head, a keen strategic eye and a lack of ego – all pivotal in taking on and beating Uber in a two-year, multi-billion-dollar scrap for China’s competitive ride-hailing market. But his leadership style is also cut-throat and tinged with nationalism.
An interesting proposal for a Drone Tower, which would look like a futuristic condo building, with large balconies built to accommodate small electric aircraft or shipping drones. You wouldn’t need to buy your own drone, you’d simply order a ride with an app like a taxi—and hop in right from your terrace.
If you want to improve your business, in addition to all the other things you are doing, focus on changing things by 2%. For example, raise your prices 2%, eliminate 2% of your variable costs or focus on the bottom 2% of your team and ask yourself if you really want them on your team.
Snapchat is tiptoeing into search. The company is acquiring recommendation app Vurb for around $110 million plus additional team retention payouts totaling nearly as much, according to a person familiar with the deal.