Venturebeat has an article up this morning titled Startups and big corporations embrace the maker movement which reports that the annual Maker Faire has this year introduced a ‘Startup Pavillion’ which it cites as evidence that the maker movement is moving beyond hobbies to being a ‘rich source of economic potential’. Here’s a selection [...]
I’ve just read Bill Barnett’s article on Winning as a self-fulfilling prophecy which argues that optimists’ irrational belief in their chances of success makes them to try longer and harder to get there and makes them better motivators and leaders of teams. They are therefore more likely to succeed than people who are more [...]
Paul Graham just published an essay which details eighteen reasons startups fail. As he points out, somewhat tongue in cheek, an exhaustive list of reasons why startups fail is actually a prescription for success, and therefore a very big ask. That doesn’t stop him trying though. And who better to have a go?
CityAM reported today on research from Barclays:
Research from Barclays shows that firms that sell their products or services mostly online have seen revenues grow by on average 11.4 per cent in the last three years, over 50 times faster than GDP growth of 0.2 per cent over the period.
The research shows that [...]
I love it when I come across data like this. The chart shows how far people will drive to get to a business in a bunch of different places in the US. It’s no great shock to find that in major cities people are less willing to travel – they have more options [...]
As you can see the latest data out from CBInsights shows a modest increase in investment activity in the US from Q4 to Q1 and no change in the split between Seed, Series A and so on. There isn’t much seasonality in this data, so I think it is more meaningful to [...]
Sarah Lacy has an interesting article up on PandoDaily this morning about the data on the venture industry. The difficulty we face is that because the bulk of returns reside in a small number of companies and investment firms the averages aren’t a useful way of understanding anything. There is nothing new about this [...]
I’ve just finished reading Founders Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman the central point of which is that for entrepreneurs there is a trade off between wealth and control. In my experience, few founders see it this way.
“But wait!” I hear you say, “I can have both wealth and [...]
I’ve long been a fan of Carlota Perez and her work on innovation and and financial capital. I think it brings an important historical context that helps us understand what is happening today and to better predict what might happen over the next few years. Over the weekend Chris Dixon wrote the following in [...]
I’ve just read Betaworks 2012 Shareholder Letter written by the CEO John Borthwick. At 43 pages its a long read. Its pretty dense too. But there’s an amazing amount of great insight there – from developments in the investment market to interesting startup themes.
One of the themes John talks about is drawing [...]