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AI Startups + Fundraising = What Are The Metrics?

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What do I need to show in order to raise my next round? All entrepreneurs face that question at some point and it may be the single piece of advice they most ask. This...
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Synthetic Biology — Golden Land Of Startups?

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Synthetic biology is the branch of biotech that is about creating new biological parts from scratch or from templates in nature. It is often about genes or proteins that can be used in research...
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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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How To Truly Measure A Venture Capitalist’s Performance?

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Wall Street Journal: Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns Trail Venture-Capital Elite TechCrunch: AngelList wants to improve comparing VC fund performance with new metrics and calculator New Yorker: Is Venture Capital Worth the Risk? Trying to make sense of these...
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Can Startups Disrupt Medical Errors?

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Primum non nocere -- Latin for “first, do no harm” has been enshrined by the medical practice since the times of the Hippocratic Oath. Unfortunately erring is part of the human condition and despite...
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Drive the Relationships Workers Crave

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Try as they might, many organizations still struggle to move the needle on worker engagement but to no avail. Throwing money at the problem hasn’t helped. Gregg Lederman has a few suggestions. He is a...
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Being Social is an Easy Pill to Swallow

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Doctors and social media might not seem like a healthy relationship. Yet, many physicians have tackled and overcome privacy and other issues to enhance contact with patients and peers. For more than a decade, Dr....
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Why We Invested In Labelbox aka “The Pickaxe” Of The AI Revolution

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We just invested in Labelbox as part of their $40M series C led by B Capital, here is some of the coverage: Business Insider, VentureBeat, company's blog post. Tau Ventures is an AI-first fund...
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Fundraising During A Pandemic? 4 Ways For Startups To Be Most Effective

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The fundamentals of pitching a startup during a pandemic are no different than pitching in normal times. In fact, there is a strong argument for looking at the crisis as an opportunity to start...
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How To Pitch Your Early-Stage Healthcare Startup To A VC? The Three Main Challenges

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Tau Ventures is a seed fund and digital health is half of our portfolio; our strong view is in healthcare market size is rarely a major issue. VC funding in a space is arguably...
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Innovation in Nature: a life history strategy approach to change your business

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It’s time to ask nature how to keep pace with the change. Amplified by the pandemic, the digital dare is creating new winners and losers as we speak. From reimagining our lives to reassessing...
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Loyalty is a Simple Proposition

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Marriott faces a class-action lawsuit following a data breach, one of the perils of using big data: Is it worth it? Count Ray Clopton among those wondering. He is founder and chief executive officer of...
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How Blockchain-as-a-Service (Baas) Platforms are Speeding up Blockchain Adoption

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There is hardly an IT director today that does not have to answer questions by his superiors as to if, how and when blockchain technology can be adopted in the business. The technology that...
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What Do VCs Look For In Their Own Investors aka LPs?

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If an entrepreneur is looking just for money they should probably raise from sources other than VC. What good VCs do is truly help a company -- in the early stages especially with product...
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5 Industries the Blockchain is Disrupting That You Probably Didn’t Expect

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It has become widely accepted that blockchain technology will be one of the most disruptive technologies the world has ever seen. The open-source technology that underlies the digital currency bitcoin can be augmented to...
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SPVs and SPACs — A Straightforward Guide For Entrepreneurs

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Have an investor wanting to do a SPV? Wondering what is all this talk of SPACs? This post is focused on entrepreneurs looking to learn more. 1) Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) -- Also sometimes called...
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#1 Thing I Need to See in a Startup— from a Venture Capitalist

- What do you need to see in a company before you’ll invest? - What is the main reason startups fail? I’m not a venture capitalist but I have started and bought many companies. Some failed....
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Can You Hear Me Now? Preventing Customer Churn

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For every business, customers are one of the most valuable asset. Even just one positive impression can be invaluable to reducing customer turnover and can help promote customer loyalty. But in 2018, that’s easier...
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Hiring For Your Startup? 5 Best Practices

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Hiring effectively is both a science and an art. This article will cover five practical principles to make the life of a startup CEO easier. 1) The Hiring Landscape In emerging ecosystems oftentimes there is a...
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Why Is That Entrepreneur Raising So Much More Than Me?

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How much to raise is both an art and a science, a topic discussed at length in many other posts. What this article will focus on are the reasons specifically an entrepreneur similar to...