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Top Reasons Tech Startups are Leaving Silicon Valley and Where They are Going

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When you think about Silicon Valley in California, it conjures up images of many of the global heavyweights in the tech industry. Giants like Google, Apple and Facebook have all changed the world with...
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Making it Personal: Why A Face-to-Face Approach Works Best in Business

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Few people better understand the efficacy of the direct approach than Mina Chang, CEO of Linking the World International, an advocacy group. After assuming her position in 2010, the former recording artist endeavored to visit...
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Will ICOs replace VCs for start-ups?

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It was once the norm for an aspiring start-up to seek funding through venture capital (VC). Ownership of the company would be divided amongst participating investors via limited partnerships established by the VC firm,...
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Infographic: Why Working Professionals Need To Retain Essay Writing Skills

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Most of us haven’t written an essay since we left school, and you probably don’t miss it. But writing skills are as important to your career as they were to your grade point average....
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Crisis? 3 Ways VCs Adapt

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There is a global crisis going on as I write this article. It’s not the first, it won’t be the last. A lot has been written about how startups should manage themselves in a...
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Good Talk Yields Good Profits

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The more people talk about your business, the greater your chance for success. More chatter translates to more income. Good word of mouth spreads best with a positive push, which is where Jay Baer lends...
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Disaggregation of the Hospital – A Counterintuitive Opportunity for Startups?

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Tau Ventures is a seed-focused fund investing in applied AI in digital health, enterprise and automation (cars, robots). We think a lot about where healthcare is going and one of the biggest trends we...
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Startups, VCs and Social Capital

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In mature ecosystems like Silicon Valley, there is just so much entrepreneurial activity that it often becomes hard to distinguish signal from noise. In an emerging ecosystem, there is a different problem, perhaps too...
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An M&A Love Story (Part 1 of 3)

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Last week, we covered Part II of our three-part series “An M&A Love Story”. Today we go back to the beginning to talk about how to start the M&A story. If you’re a private company...
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Infographic: The Business of Hemp

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In 2017 alone more than $800 million worth of legal hemp products were sold in the United States. Grown in 19 states across 25,713 acres of land and the subject of studies among 32...
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Why’d you give it all up? — Question I’ve been asked several times.

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I may not have been the smartest person at my university, nor was I the most motivated by any means. I spent more time hanging around the university bar than I did attending my...
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Smart City: How Startups Can Succeed

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Self-driving cars that talk to roads and to each other, ensuring fast, safe and convenient  transportation. Energy generation and distribution that respond to a city’s dynamic needs. Water delivered through dynamic pricing, taking into account the...
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The Technologies Poised to Change the World in 2019

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It is not easy to imagine a technology that will receive as much publicity as the blockchain did last year but there’s little doubt that other new and innovative technologies will make even greater...
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The Compliance Revolution: An Introduction to RegTech

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The FinTech boom continues to gather steam. We are now observing some fairly seismic transformations taking place across virtually the entire cross section of the finance industry, as machine learning, blockchain, big data and...
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Startups Vs Incumbents — How Davids Can Take On Goliaths

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Startups are great at creating new markets, corporates are great at scaling them. But what about startups trying to win an existing market that has started growing? Logic would dictate that incumbents would always...
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An M&A Love Story (Part 3 of 3)

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In our previous posts, we’ve talked about The best way to approach an acquisition – called Playing the Field What happens when you find someone who is interested in you – called Getting Engaged Today...
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Startups And The Series A1 Trap

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Hit the magical $1M ARR a year after your A but not so sure if you should be raising a B? And at the current burn your cash is going to last for 6...
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Conversational marketing is the word

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Before making a purchase, talk. Marketers who do that will be ahead of the game. That’s the premise of what Paul Ince, better known as Biz Paul, defines as conversational marketing.  Interactions might be people...
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Tech or No Tech, Keep it Real at Work

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A conference call among people separated by cubicles and a few feet? Erica Keswin can attest to such head-scratchers and more in the war between technology and just being human. She has seen so many...
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Why Found A Startup During A Crisis? 4 Key Reasons

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At Tau Ventures we have the privilege of interacting with dozens of entrepreneurs on a daily basis. Given our focus on seed we end up disproportionately exposed to people considering executing an idea. You...