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US fintech pioneer’s start-up in Kenya

InVenture’s greatest success has arguably been the way it has disrupted the Kenyan lending system and prompted others to follow. Not only have similar start-ups, such as Branch International, based in San Francisco and Nairobi, emerged but two of Kenya’s biggest banks — KCB and Equity Bank — have launched…

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The brilliant mechanics of Pokémon Go

Some of the most popular games have bite-time playing sessions. But the session time in Pokémon Go can essentially be as long as the player wants, because there is a constant way to increase the length of the session time by walking to more pit-stops. That’s a really hard thing to…

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Amazon Invades India

It is not hard to see why the battle for India is this fierce, nor why Bezos, famously obsessed with analytics, would see it as essential for Amazon’s future. The numbers alone are dizzying. India’s population of 1.25 billion is four times as big as the U.S.’s and more than…

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How App Design Can Hurt App Development

App development is not a linear process, and an end to the all-too-common workflow of designing an app and simply handing it over to developers. What’s needed, instead, is an organic process where designers and developers work together to create a vision that’s compelling and exciting — while also ensuring…

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Being Creative When The Series A Doesn’t Arrive

Semil Shah shares some great, in depth and candid advice in his blog about how an entrepreneur can overcome the Series A crunch for his startup, provided he is ready to be creative and explore other resources and options and those options will ultimately test who is in it to…

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Too Much Profit Can Doom Your Company

What lessons can we learn from Microsoft’s and Amazon’s differing emphasis on profits? How do you know when to focus your attention on defending a cash cow, and when to worry about winning in the future? Despite its scale, Amazon still thinks and acts like a startup. It has maintained…

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Airbnb And The Problem Of Data

how San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and other economically prosperous and land-constrained cities decide to regulate Airbnb will impact how much the company can grow its inventory in its most lucrative markets. While Los Angeles city council members are currently considering new rules New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration does not yet have a position…

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For Verizon and AOL, Mobile Is a Magic Word

Verizon’s bet on AOL is hardly guaranteed to play out in the way the companies intend. This is both because of the general difficulties associated with any merger and because the industry AOL is going after is in a state of constant flux. Nobody really knows what will work in…

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Why the Bubble Question Doesn’t Matter

No one knows if there’s a bubble or if/when our presumed bubble will pop. The best we can do is build startups using sound principles and disciplined decision-making, with the aim of building sustainable, defensible businesses. Whether or not we’re in a bubble shouldn’t change those core tenets. So if…

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Pitch Deck Collection Of 42 VC Funded Startups

You need to raise money for your awesome start up, only you need is a pesky pitch deck to show venture capitalists and you don’t know what one looks like. This blog is a collection of pitch decks that are available to view online. Some are exceptional and some are…

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KPMG-CBS Insights report on ‘Unicorns’

A fascinating report published by CBS insights in Association with KPMG on the ‘Unicorns’ in the start up world. the report shares some insights on the number of start up joining the ‘Unicorn’ club, their valuations and their surge in the recent years. CBS Insights   Between 2013 and 2014,…

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Sam Altman-Board Members

Sam Altman shares some great, in depth candid advice in his blog regarding the importance of an outside board members post an A round of a start-up. He highlights that great board members, with a lot of experience seeing companies get built, are the sort of people founders should want…

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Which Metrics Matter For Today’s App Developers?

App Annie’s new head of research talks about what sort of metrics should app developers track today. Levitas explained that, today, there’s not just one key metric that developers should track. Instead, she said, the type of data app developers should pay attention to will depend on the maturity of…

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How This One Investor Plans To Improve Women’s VC Odds

Anuradha Duggal argues that this particular skill–marketing, really–is becoming ever-more-important, and she says it’s women who are the experts. She’s backing women who were early employees at consumer-focused companies like Rent the Runway and Quidsi–there are five Quidsi alumnae among F Cubed’s entrepreneurs–as well as women with experience at companies…

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What Etsy’s S1 Filing Taught Me About Marketplaces

In reality, what Etsy did so well was enabling individuals to be entrepreneurial with their hobbies. They created a virtuous cycle through several touch points, all directed towards helping the seller first: the “Seller Handbook” (Etsy’s Blog), internal management tools to better process their orders and staying in touch with…

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The Simple Numbers That Could Change How You Hire.

At First Round’s recent CTO Summit, Eric Feng outlined the strategies he uses to crunch recruiting numbers, derive meaningful lessons, and put them to good use. Along the way, he provided a number of tips and actions companies can take to get world-class talent in the door.   Eric Feng…

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India should not jump the gun on net neutrality.

There is no reason for India to be hastening up any kind of action on net neutrality. The government needs to be well-informed of the inputs, views and thought processes of various stakeholders and then take a customized approach depending upon the specific customized requirements of Indian nation and the…

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China’s Internet Boom Starts to Fade

The excitement about China’s Internet boom is fading. Half of the 14 Chinese dot-coms that debuted in the U.S. last year are now trading below their initial sale prices. Even Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., one of those still up in price, has dropped 28 percent from its record high in…