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So A VC Passed On You? 4 Ways To Turn The As*Hole Into An...

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At Tau Ventures we get 4-5 pitches a day, almost a 1000 a year, and end up investing in 3-4.  A few companies don’t get our attention because the idea is terrible or there...
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Hipster Data

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From an unprofitable company to data mogul If you live in a big city, you might have noticed the arrival of weird new vehicles: electric scooters. If you’re over 40, you might have been annoyed by all...
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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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Software Reuse and the Disruption of the API Economy

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AIKON wants software developers around the world to connect their products together on blockchain What do you get when you cross a German tech startup savant with a Mexican fintech expert and a U.S. political...
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Top Rules for Startup Founders

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When setting up a company, most founders are so focused on getting the business off the ground, that they can easily forget of dotting their Is and crossing their Ts. Here are some essentials to...
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Closing Your Startup Round? 5 Practical Guidelines

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Previous articles have talked about party rounds and keeping momentum in your fundraising. This one will focus specifically on the close, which ideally is a foregone conclusion but sometimes becomes the period of highest...
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Crisis? 5 Principles For Startups To Still Raise Seed

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This is Part II of a series, Part I was Crisis? 3 Ways VCs Adapt. There is a global crisis going on as I write this article. It’s not the first, it won’t be the...
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ClouldFlare employing IPFS to decentralize the Internet

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The theme of decentralization has become the talking point of everyday conversation with the emergence of Digital Ledger Technology (DLT). The integration of this technology seems to have become the mantra of every enterprise,...
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Digital Therapeutics (DTx) And Startups — Where We Are And Where We Are Going?

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Medicine today looks drastically different than it did fifty, even ten years ago. Digital health, biotechnology, continuous sensors, the list goes on. One arena that’s been particularly revolutionized is the management of complex and...
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How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Change Banking

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Artificial intelligence is a field of computer science that focuses on making machines intelligent by developing computer programs that can replicate human intelligence to a certain degree and potentially beyond. This much talked about technology...
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How Local Event Sponsorship Can Help You Find New Customers

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According to the 2017 BrandMuscle Effectiveness Index, hosting and sponsoring events is one of the most effective channels for local marketing. Yet many local businesses are still relying on social media and even email...
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Raising A Startup Round? The 5 Steps To Keeping Momentum And Actually Close Successfully

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The three core requirements for raising a strong round of financing: substance -- vision and results, our put it another way team + traction + tech style -- present those results in a meaningful...
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Seven Tips on How to Use Artificial Intelligence to Take Your Company to the...

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Are you weary of all the talk of the impacts of Artificial Intelligence? Rather than listening to speculations on how robots will ravage the labor market, why not devise a plan to harness the...
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Cybersecurity Non-profit to Help SME’s Fight Against Cybercrime

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A non-profit organization called Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) has vowed to improve one of the weakest links in cybersecurity by helping out small businesses. GCA has released a new toolkit containing free cybersecurity tools. Accompanying the...
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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...
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Cognitive Biases? What Are They And 6 Practical Ways For Startups To Avoid Them

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Much has been written about cognitive biases -- below is a particularly good diagram by Jeff Desjardins summarizing some of the most common types. There are many other related concepts, for instance: Reality Distortion Field --...
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What American Manufacturing Means for Communities

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As of 2016, the United States imports $120 billion worth if textiles and apparel, nearly 40% of which come straight from China. Our exports add up to just $21 billion, as we import almost...
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It’s Time To Learn The Art And Science Of Delegation

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For leaders who have grown accustomed to managing every aspect of their business, micromanaging can be a tough habit to break. To be fair, the necessity of being a jack-of-all-trades within the operation is...
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The 1960s Hippie Movement and How It Gave Rise to Silicon Valley

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There’s probably not a person in the world that doesn’t associate Silicon Valley with major technological enterprise – most of us associate the area with big-time tech developers like Google and Apple. But what was...
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To PR Or Not To PR? 5 Key Questions For Startups

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Wired published a thought-provoking opinion article in 2015 comparing the news cycle around startups to a 12-hr clock. Indeed, tech in general and Silicon Valley in particular has received significant criticism over the years...