A Corporate Card Just For Small Businesses

March, 2015
Source: Forbes

A Corporate Card Just For Small Businesses

Even well-funded startups and small businesses face challenges getting credit cards and when they do qualify, there is very little designed specifically to meet their needs. Yet if you’re a small business owner, how do you control spending and expenses? A credit card. Business owners often use their personal credit card for company expenses and that […]

Fundbox Raises $40M To Keep Small Businesses’ Cash Flowing

March, 2015
Source: WIRED

Fundbox Raises $40M To Keep Small Businesses’ Cash Flowing

IT TAKES MONEY to make money, so the saying goes. Which is why, for so many small businesses, the sometimes months-long gap between filing an invoice and actually getting paid can spell death when you’re already barely scraping by. Enter FundBox, an alternative lending startup that’s trying to fix this problem by doling out advances to small […]

Using Machine Learning And Wearables To Make Babies

March, 2015
Source: Forbes

Using Machine Learning And Wearables To Make Babies

Last week I explored how small data, rather than big data, can be a critical component of the Internet of Things. To drive the point home I went looking for more examples of companies using both small and big data to improve decision making. I stumbled across an innovative startup out of Boston named Ovuline […]

Amyris & Genome Compiler Partner to Commercialize DNA Construction Software Services for the Pharma and Biotech Industries

March, 2015
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Amyris & Genome Compiler Partner to Commercialize DNA Construction Software Services for the Pharma and Biotech Industries

Amyris, Inc. (AMRS), an industrial bioscience company, and Genome Compiler Corp., a synthetic biology platform company, have entered into a collaboration agreement to integrate Amyris’s automated lab services with Genome Compiler’s online design tools and e-commerce platform to enable users to design and order DNA or other biological products seamlessly.

The “Common Plus” Opportunity

February, 2015
Source: TechCrunch

The “Common Plus” Opportunity

What can you do if you already have an existing convertible note and want to make it attractive for a VC to invest in you now before your next round?

How the right VC can help when you hit a down patch

February, 2015
Source: VentureBeat

How the right VC can help when you hit a down patch

As a startup closing your first round of funding, everyone is excited by your potential, investing in “the dream”. The plan is always to move smoothly from financing round to financing round, increasing your valuation all the way through IPO or being acquired. But in reality, it never works out this way.

Bento for Business raises $2.5 million

February, 2015
Source: PEHub

Bento for Business raises $2.5 million

Anthemis Group led a $2.5 million seed round of financing for Bento for Business. Other participants in the round include Blumberg Capital, LionBird and Pivot Investment Partners. San Francisco-based Bento for Business provides financial services for small businesses.

Are early stage startup valuations determined at random?

January, 2015
Source: VentureBeat

Are early stage startup valuations determined at random?

To many, it seems like early stage startup valuations are determined at random. Given that these companies often fetch higher valuations vs. their counterparts in other industries — despite lack of significant revenue, hard assets, or even direct public companies to evaluate them against — this misconception is understandable. But of course valuations are not generated […]

Indian E-Commerce Marketplace ShopClues Lands $100M Round Led By Tiger Global

January, 2015
Source: TechCrunch

Indian E-Commerce Marketplace ShopClues Lands $100M Round Led By Tiger Global

There’s more funding for e-commerce companies in India today, after ShopClues — a startup that led the adoption of the marketplace model in the country — closed a $100 million Series D round.