Quick Bytes – 1 Sep: A New Trick for Reluctant Tech Unicorns and More

Sep 1, 2017 | Quick Bytes

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A look at the most interesting startup and business-related news stories of the week.


How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley


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 “Women have to pull up a chair and sit at the conference-room table rather than clinging to the edges of the room because no one gets to the corner office by sitting on the side.”

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Less than a year later, I would take those words to heart. I had been working for six years at the Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a junior partner and chief of staff for managing partner John Doerr. Read the Full Article Here


Show Authors More Love


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With “claps” being introduced earlier in the month as a better way to show article/author appreciation and a paid Partner Program being launched, it would be interesting to see if this form of paid content can be a legitimate alternative to advertising focused media.

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Remember that time you saw a really amazing live show? You couldn’t help but jump out of your seat and clap so hard your hands felt raw afterwards. Or when you heard a great lecture or stirring speech, and felt connected to the people around you by joining in with their applause? Read the Full Article Here


New Trick for Reluctant Tech Unicorns – Bring the IPO to Them


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Is this alternative route to public ownership what tech startups have been waiting for?

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A group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs plans to launch an investment vehicle that will offer a richly valued technology startup an alternative route to public ownership. Read the Full Article Here


Is Social Capital Trying to End-Run Banks By Creating IPO 2.0?


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“Venture is good, but venture firms are not really well built to make successful companies,” said Palihapitiya in an interview in May. “We want to look less like an investment firm and more like a company with capital as a service.”

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The investment firm Social Capital filed an S-1 form today to create what appears to be a financial vehicle that could allow startups to go public without the help of banks. Read the Full Article


Saying No 100 Times a Day


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Founders need to understand what it means to be a VC investor and what the job entails. Quickly analyzing an email, pitch deck or phone convo and making a decision is what they have to do every day, it’s their job. If they don’t do it quickly they cannot see as many deals each day/week.

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Given my role in the world, I say no a lot.
I get hundreds of unsolicited emails a day, often asking me to get together, invest, or look at something. Lots of VCs and execs who I know simply ignore and don’t respond to these emails. I’ve always tried to at least respond to them unless they are clearly a mass email. Read the Full Article


Resource Constraints


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”I believe that excess capital makes companies weak and unfocused.

I believe limited capital makes companies strong and focused.”

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Most of the companies I work with tell me that they are resource constrained and do not have enough capital and engineers to do everything they want to do.

I tell them that is a blessing not a curse.They look at me like I am crazy and rationalize it as me being an investor and not an operator. Read the Full Article


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