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L'Europe va enfin se doter d'un système de brevets compétitif

L'Europe va enfin se doter d'un système de brevets compétitif | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
Le brevet unitaire européen était attendu depuis des décennies par les PME. Trente ans d'efforts se concrétisent...
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The venture capital firms that are best at spotting unicorns

Sequoia might tout the most number of billion-dollar startups, but it's not necessarily the best at identifying them before they take off.
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2 ways of having an unicorn in your portfolio : investing late at high price due the the good connexion with tier 1 VCs and Corporate Bankers ("Logo Spotting" and "Cherry Picking"), or funding them at the very early stage. The second one needs a fantastic network and sourcing organization in addition to great analysis skills and... luck).

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Improving Startup Accelerators — Startups & Venture Capital — Medium

Improving Startup Accelerators - Startups & Venture Capital - Medium
Most startup programs suck. Here are tips on fixing accelerators from a Silicon Valley founder who mentored over 1,000 founders in last…
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excellent ideas about value creation and added value from accelerators. 

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Why Hiring is So Hard in Tech

Why Hiring is So Hard in Tech - JavaScript Scene - Medium
Talent Shortage
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a good survival guide for hiring techies. 

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Lessons From A Study of Perfect Pitch Decks: VCs Spend An Average of 3 Minutes, 44 Seconds On Them

Lessons From A Study of Perfect Pitch Decks: VCs Spend An Average of 3 Minutes, 44 Seconds On Them | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
DocSend, a startup that provides people with a secure and private way of sharing files like offer letters or legal agreements, studied more than 200..
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good to read about pitch decks

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What is the worst part of being a VC? - Quora

There are lots of great parts of the job - especially watching young and small teams create new products, calendar control, and the fact that the pay is pretty good - even without carried interest - which very few funds in the past decade have shown. ...

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This is a must read. He forgets to mention situations where several portfolio company CEOs make a fortune and VCs lose money. VCs are always financialy outperformed by entrepreneurs.

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2015 Venture Investing Update

2015 Venture Investing Update | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
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This is a great post of F.Grinda. It is uncommon to have investors disclose their strategy in the very detail....

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Vidéo : l'impression 3D passe à la polymérisation liquide, façon Terminator 2

Vidéo : l'impression 3D passe à la polymérisation liquide, façon Terminator 2 | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
Avec une nouvelle technique de fabrication additive en continu, et non plus couche par couche, le temps de fabrication d’une pièce se compte en minutes et non plus en heures. Sans faire de compromis sur la résolution. Une méthode de fabrication qui, vue en action, présente une similarité amusante avec le "polyalliage mimétique" utilisé par le T-1000 dans le film Terminator 2.
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just awesome

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12 Reasons You Didn't Get Funding for Your Startup

12 Reasons You Didn't Get Funding for Your Startup | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
I am approached quite often by a range of entrepreneurs—from first timers to startup vets-- who are looking for funding for their companies. As both a veteran entrepreneur who has raised about $73M in funding, and now in my commercialization/startup role at the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute, one of the major public research universities in the U.S., it never surprises me how the search for funding is a constant concern for every entrepreneur. I think some of the folks who appro
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an interesting analysis on fundraising failure causes, one could add NOT BANKABLE CEO.

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Anti-Portfolio | Bessemer Venture Partners

Anti-Portfolio | Bessemer Venture Partners | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
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All of us have built a fantastic anti-portfolio. I have.  Passing on a deal is mainly a question of measure of risk/reward. You can be heavily diluted in capital intensive companies if there is no open window for an IPO. Blockbusters have all benefited from a favorable timing with stock markets. I remember Lastminute.com, one of the few European companies that raised huge money on the LSE in 1999. Wise and experienced VCs are reluctant to bet on the existence of a future bubble on the stock markets. 

read @Nassim-Nicholas-Taleb

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Prédictions 2015

Prédictions 2015 | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
Avant de vous envoyer la plus grosse carte de vœux du monde (280 pages) sous la forme du prochain Rapport du CES de Las Vegas et dans les temps règlementaires (avant fin janvier), je vais étrenner ...
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une belle synthèse des différentes prédictions sur tendances technologiques pour 2015. Merci Olivier

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What Teens Really Think About YouTube, Google+, Reddit and Other Social Media — Backchannel — Medium

What Teens Really Think About YouTube, Google+, Reddit and Other Social Media - Backchannel - Medium
By the “Actual Teen” who nailed Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat last week
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The 5 Things You Need to Land Venture Capital

The 5 Things You Need to Land Venture Capital | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
Find out what VCs look for before investing in a new company.
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good advice to founders

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Hot Tech Start-Ups May Face a Long and Bumpy Fall

Hot Tech Start-Ups May Face a Long and Bumpy Fall | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
The worldwide market gyrations will filter down to Silicon Valley, with start-ups that need cash likely to be the first to undergo tougher scrutiny.
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This is a wise analysis. founders should prepare for the battle for survival. 

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En 1931, la voiture à énergie libre de Tesla pouvait rouler à 130 km/h | 9Share

En 1931, la voiture à énergie libre de Tesla pouvait rouler à 130 km/h | 9Share | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
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you would love that TESLA MOTORS annouce tomorrow that they have a prototype working on the same ETHER ENERGY principle developed by Nikola Tesla in 1931

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Accelerators Are The New Business School

Accelerators Are The New Business School | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
It's no secret that most startups fail. What’s a bit less obvious is that most startup accelerators also fail. While a few top-tier programs get the cream..
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not better but complementary to an MBA

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First Round Q1 LP Letter

First Round Capital LP letter
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Here is a VC with a realistic view on funds performances in the middle of the US tech bubble. a must read

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Why I won’t run another startup

Why I won’t run another startup | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
Lured by the lights of the startup industry, founders are the product in someone else’s show. So I’ve made five new rule…
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an interesting comment on what is usually considered as granted. However, these advices are not good for every startups. . Remember what Le Marquis de Marigny said in 1760 : mezzo l uno, mezzo l altro, basta che sia corniche di buon gusto. 

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Three Basic Rules: Dilution, Dilution, Dilution

Three Basic Rules: Dilution, Dilution, Dilution | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
Take a sample of 100 venture-backed companies successful enough to undertake an initial public offering. In a high percentage of the transactions, the prospectus discloses that the earliest stage i...
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up the ladder warrant is a interesting approach, but unfortunately, those warrants will be taken into account in fully diluted pre money  valuation for any additional round of financing. price per share will be lower so dilution will be higher. the positive effect could be offset.

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Outbrain - The Ever Changing Deal Terms

Outbrain - The Ever Changing Deal Terms | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
Outbrain has created a marketplace for publishers and buyers of content. They caught our eye not only from the jump in deal terms used in each financing round, but also how they have created serend...
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This is a great illustration of how difficult is is to invest at the seed stage in a company willing to follow the VC route. Terms of future rounds of financing can just ruin performance if things go no that well. 

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Silicon Valley’s bubble is about to burst, says Sequoia’s Moritz

Silicon Valley’s bubble is about to burst, says Sequoia’s Moritz | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
Early investor in Apple and Google doesn't like what he's seeing.
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a window for great investments will open again soon. it is temporarily closed. Moritz says aloud what we all think

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Uber’s New BHAG: UberPool

Uber’s New BHAG: UberPool | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
In their seminal 1994 book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, Jim Collins and Jerry Poras coined the term BHAG (pronounced BEE-hag) -- an acronym that stands for “Big Hairy Audacious Goal.” Collins and Porras suggest that the very best companies set an audacious, very long-term goal that shines a light towards “an envisioned future.” BHAGs serve as a rallying cry for the company culture, an ambitious target for the future, and a focusing tool for corporate decision-making.
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uberpool is just one part of the ultimate global solution. no doubt that uber will add additional services including switching from a car pool to a bus then switching to a bike, then to a train... Even if I can afford having my own car and driving alone, i would accept to take a passenger for a short ride, just for contributing to the humanity global effort.

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99% of Networking Is a Waste of Time

99% of Networking Is a Waste of Time | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
And other lessons learned from “Mr. Davos.”
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wasting 99% of the time is what you have to pay to get 1% ultra high value opportunities. 

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A Teenager’s View on Social Media — Backchannel — Medium

A Teenager's View on Social Media - Backchannel - Medium
Written by an actual teen
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part 1... a must read

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Jeremy Rifkin : “Ce qui a permis le succès inouï du capitalisme va se retourner contre lui”

Jeremy Rifkin : “Ce qui a permis le succès inouï du capitalisme va se retourner contre lui” | Startups et compagnie... | Scoop.it
Pour l’économiste américain Jeremy Rifkin, l’heure de la troisième révolution industrielle a sonné. La société va devoir s’adapter.
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même si je partage son constat sur la mutation de la société, je ne pense pas quant à moi que l'entreprise va être mise à genoux; oui, les entreprises traditionnelles vont être secouées;  des millions d'autres vont cependant être créées, plus petites et plus automatisées. je ne crois pas quant à moi que le partage supprimera l'envie de posséder. les Hommes tireront profit du partage, à l image des propriétaires de voitures qui utilisent blablacar pour rentabiliser leur achat.  

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