Monthly Archives: May 2011

Startup Genome Project – What makes a Startup Successful

Source: TechCrunch,  May 2011   Founders that learn are more successful: Startups that have helpful mentors, track metrics effectively, and learn from startup thought leaders raise 7x more money and have 3.5x better user growth. Startups that pivot once or twice … Continue reading

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Paul Graham Insights

Source: TechCrunch, May 2011 (Transcript available in the source) Graham says that angel rounds end and VC begins at a million dollars YC’s acceptance rate is around 3% Source: TechCrunch, May 2011 “Who needs this” “Who has trouble with this … Continue reading

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Selling Eyewear Online – Warby Parker

Source: WSJ, May 2011 Two years ago, the founders of eyewear company Warby Parker entered their idea in a business-plan contest—and lost. This spring, the 15-month-old New York venture had to fight off would-be investors jockeying to write it a … Continue reading

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Your Personal Stylist – through the Web

Source: WSJ, May 2011 Now, a crop of new e-commerce sites are trying to cash in on regular consumers’ desires for a Hollywood-type stylist experience of their own. The sites combine the Internet’s powers of customization with the cachet of … Continue reading

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Moda Operandi Raises Add’l VC funding

Source: Reuters, May 2011 Moda Operandi, a fashion e-commerce site, is raising its second round of venture capital funding as investor interest in online luxury retailers grows.

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Recruiting World-Class Board Members

Source: Venturebeat, May 2011 One of the most important things you will do as the founder of a start-up is assemble your board. And if you take the proper time and care to assembled a knockout collection of members to … Continue reading

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Better than IBM’s Watson Supercomputer ??

Source: VentureBeat, May 2011 SGEye’s Visual Recommendation Engine uses visual inputs, which IBM’s Watson Supercomputer CANNOT handle (not in its current iteration). IBM’s Watson supercomputer — and champion of trivia game Jeopardy! — is headed to hospitals to help doctors quickly … Continue reading

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