Want to hire and retain high-quality developers? Give them stimulating work

Phil Alves Contributor Share on Twitter Devsquad founder and CEO Phil Alves is an expert entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the tech industry leading product development teams for multiple clients. Software developers are some of the most in-demand workers on the planet. Not only that, they’re complex creatures with unique demands […]

3 founders on why they pursued alternative startup ownership structures

There is no one-size-fits all model for building a startup. At TechCrunch Disrupt, we heard from a handful of founders about alternative approaches to creating a sustainable company that ensures more than just VCs and early founders benefit from its success.  One way is building a cooperative, which Driver’s Seat CEO Hays Witt described as “a […]

Learning how to ask questions is an essential skill for startup founders

Mercedes Bent Contributor Share on Twitter Mercedes Bent is a partner at Lightspeed where she invests in consumer, edtech and fintech companies. More posts by this contributor Startup founders must overcome information overload For many of us, learning to ask questions was a matter of the five W’s: who, what, where, when, why (and how). […]

Entrepreneurship and investing as social good

Sree Kolli Contributor Share on Twitter Sree Kolli is co-founder of Conduit, a premium investment platform that connects founders with successful operators, family offices and select VCs worldwide. 2020 has been a year of social upheaval. Around the world, society is identifying different problems in our culture and pushing for widespread change. While there are […]

Selling a startup can come with an emotional cost

Every founder dreams of building a substantial company. For those who make it through the myriad challenges, it typically results in an exit. If it’s through an acquisition, that can mean cashing in your equity, paying back investors and rewarding long-time employees, but it also usually results in a loss of power and a substantially […]

Fundraising lessons from David Rogier of MasterClass

Nathan Beckord Contributor Share on Twitter Nathan Beckord is CEO of Foundersuite.com, a software platform for raising capital and managing investors that has helped entrepreneurs raise over $2 billion since 2016. He is also the host of Foundersuite’s How I Raised It podcast. More posts by this contributor Are you ready for the coming wave […]

Miami-based Marco Financial is launching a revenue-based lending service for Latin American SMEs

Marco Financial, a new Miami-based startup, is looking to take a piece of the roughly $350 billion trade finance market for Latin American exporters with its novel factoring services business.  Small and medium-sized businesses in Latin America can have trouble getting the financing they need to launch export operations to the U.S. and Marco said […]

A meeting room of one’s own: Three VCs discuss breaking out of big firms to start their own gigs

One of the more salient trends in the tech world — arguably the engine that propels it — has been the recurring theme of people who hone talents at bigger companies and then strike out on their own to found their own startups. (Some, like Max Levchin, even hire entrepreneurial types intentionally to help perpetuate […]

SaaS Ventures takes the investment road less traveled

Most venture capital firms are based in hubs like Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston. These firms nurture those ecosystems and they’ve done well, but SaaS Ventures decided to go a different route: it went to cities like Chicago, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Lincoln, Nebraska. The firm looks for enterprise-focused entrepreneurs who are trying […]

The stages of traditional fundraising

John Biggs Contributor Share on Twitter John Biggs is a former TechCrunch editor and is currently the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. He’s started and run a number of startups. More posts by this contributor GBatteries let you charge your car as quickly as visiting the pump The new TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Tourbillon Nanograph is a […]