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The Open Circles of Great Startup Communities - Monique Woodard

The Open Circles of Great Startup Communities - Monique Woodard | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
I've been to startup events in lots of different cities and when I'm in Silicon Valley, I notice something special that happens.
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That’s the power of Silicon Valley. It’s dumb easy to get smart people to talk to you.

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The Unexpected Compensation Trends of Post-Series A Startup Founder/CEOs

The Unexpected Compensation Trends of Post-Series A Startup Founder/CEOs | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
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There's an interesting phenomemon occurring in founder compensation for post-Series A companies: founding CEOs are swapping cash for larger equity stakes in their companies.

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Some thoughts on startup crowdfunding - Chris Dixon

Some thoughts on startup crowdfunding - Chris Dixon | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

Like a lot of people, I’m excited about crowdfunding, and specifically the crowdfunding of startups now that’s it’s legal in the US. Based on my own experience investing in startups, here are some thoughts and issues that come to mind regarding startup crowdfunding.

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Uber — What's Fueling Uber's Growth Engine? - GrowthHackers

Uber — What's Fueling Uber's Growth Engine? - GrowthHackers | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
What began in 2009 as a luxury car service in San Francisco is now valued at $3.76 billion and operates in more than 35 cities worldwide.
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Really great insight into the rise of Uber and where they're going next.

"If you think of Uber as a giant supercomputer orchestrating the delivery of millions of people and items all over the world (the Cisco of the physical world), you get what could be one of the largest companies in the world."

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Funding goes global: location is no longer your financing destiny » Version One Ventures

If we look back ten years, the venture world was quite different. Investors weren’t too keen on investing out of town. And given the fact that the majority of top investors were congregated around Silicon Valley, many entrepreneurs felt compelled to move to the valley to start their business. It was much harder for a “remote” company in the Mid West, Europe, or Canada to draw any attention to themselves.
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VC expertise is just as/more important as location

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Want to get funded? Get an introduction! - VentureBlog

Want to get funded?  Get an introduction! - VentureBlog | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
The other day when I was giving a talk I was asked the simplest of simple questions -- "how do you get funded by a VC?" I thought about it and could only come up with one, for sure, piece of advice. Get introduced!
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