Category: Entrepreneurship

The Risk & Reward of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology: What You Need to Know

Across the globe, bitcoin and blockchain investment deals in 2015 grew 32 times over the five deals reported in 2012. The amount of financing reached $550 million by 2016. This accelerated growth–notably in the last few years– in global bitcoin and blockchain financing trend was recently reported by Business Insider.

 

Are cryptocurrency and blockchain technology a fad, or a new and more efficient way to buy goods and services, or even fund startups in a society that is becoming increasingly digital?

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Envision Ventures Partner Talks CleanTech; Why and How He Funds Startups

Dan Ahn, Managing Partner at Envision Ventures

Dan Ahn, Managing Partner at Envision Ventures

Recently, MITCNC hosted a forum entitled Multiple Ways to Fund Your Clean Energy Startup. Numerous experts provided CleanTech entrepreneurs with new ideas to fund their companies. Some of the alternative funding sources included: angels, private equity, corporate venture funds, federal or state grants, international venture investors, and prizes.

We’re pleased to invite Dan Ahn, Partner of Envision Ventures and a panel speaker, to share additional thoughts on the panel discussion, as well as the partnership he seeks and builds with his portfolio companies.

Anna: Welcome, Dan! Why did many CleanTech startups fail over the past years?

Dan: Good question. Let me start with a “historical” perspective: “CleanTech,” from an institutional investor perspective, has been a dirty word. Continue reading

Eleven Useful Books For First-Time Tech Founders

 

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I found myself recommending the same books time and again to first-time tech founders, so decided to just put together this list:

(1) The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company – By Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

(2) The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup – By Noam Wasserman

(3) Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers – By Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur

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The technology “disruption” occurring in today’s business world is driven by open source and APIs and a new paradigm of enterprise collaboration

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Disruption and Reuse

It is my contention that 90% of costs are being eliminated from the traditional software development process and the time to market reduced dramatically by leveraging the reuse capable today via open source, APIs, fast deployment and resource sharing with PaaS. The cost of Enterprise Software was magnified by an order of magnitude by the lack of reuse prevalent in the old paradigm of software development. This is apparent as we see how fast we are able to build technology today. This is a major reason for the massive adoption of disruptive technologies of open source and APIs we see today.

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