The magic number that will help you scale – gpgmail

[ad_1] How and why sales efficiency could help tech start-ups unlock growth Ryan Floyd is a founding Managing Director of Storm Ventures, investing in early stage enterprise SaaS companies, and the host of Ask a VC Youtube channel. Sales efficiency is the best way to understand the economics of a business. To me, it answers […]

Boston gets a new biotech accelerator with the launch of Petri – gpgmail

[ad_1] As biotechnology becomes more central to new innovations in healthcare, material science, and manufacturing, one of the nation’s research hubs is getting a new accelerator called Petri to launch companies focused on the commercialization of new technologies. Backed by the Boston-based venture capital firm, Pillar, Petri has a three-year $15 million commitment to back […]

WeWork and Uber are proof valuations are meaningless – gpgmail

[ad_1] Hello and welcome back to Equity, gpgmail’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate and Alex were back to cover a lot of late-stage news, which they rounded up with some early-stage notes towards the end. As a reminder, come check out the show at Disrupt SF if […]

The youngest new partner at the venture firm Felicis Ventures, Niki Pezeshki, on how he wins deals – gpgmail

[ad_1] Felicis Ventures has, in its roughly 13 years of existence, established a reputation in venture circles as a smart early-stage investment firm that’s willing to make bets almost anywhere in the world. Founded by ex-Googler Aydin Senkut, the San Francisco-based firm has also demonstrated a knack for attracting talented investors into the fold, including […]

Max Levchin’s Affirm seeks capital amid surge in fintech funding – gpgmail

[ad_1] Another consumer finance business is lining up investors for its largest cash infusion yet. Affirm, founded by PayPal’s Max Levchin, is said to be raising as much as $1.5 billion in a combination of debt and equity, according to people with knowledge of the company’s fundraising activities. Josh Kushner’s New York venture capital firm […]

Tech startups want to destigmatize sex – gpgmail

[ad_1] Sex, despite being one of the most fundamental human experiences, is still one of those businesses that some advertisers reject, banks are hesitant to financially support and some investors don’t want to fund. Given how sex is such a huge part of our lives, it’s no surprise founders are looking to capitalize on the […]

Despite Brexit, UK startups can compete with Silicon Valley to win tech talent – gpgmail

[ad_1] Mehul Patel is the CEO of Hired , the marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Brexit has taken over discourse in the UK and beyond. In the UK alone, it is mentioned over 500 million times a day, in 92 million conversations — and for good reason. While the […]

Theresia Gouw and Ann Miura-Ko are coming to Disrupt – gpgmail

[ad_1] For a very long time, the venture industry was stubbornly resistant to change. The same people sat back in their chairs on Sand Hill Road while nervous founders made the rounds, hoping one of these firms would champion their cause. No longer. Since roughly the advent of Y Combinator, the landscape has seemed to […]

Kenshō, ‘the antithesis of Goop,’ launches a research-based guide to natural medicine – gpgmail

[ad_1] Goop is cashing in on pseudoscience and, in the process, giving natural health practices a bad name. Krista Berlincourt, the co-founder and chief executive officer of a new startup, Kenshō Health, hopes she can take back the narrative. “We’re the antithesis of Goop,” Berlincourt, a fintech veteran who previously led marketing and product at […]

Where have all the seed deals gone? – gpgmail

[ad_1] Sean is the co-founder and managing director of Merus Capital , a Palo-Alto based venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments. Before co-founding Merus, he was a principal of corporate development at Google. Before Google, Sean spent more than six years at Microsoft. When it comes to big business, the numbers rarely lie, and […]