Venture Capital Hacks

Want to raise money outside of Silicon Valley? Here’s a fresh look at where the money is flowing beyond the bubble:

From the Investors:

Jeremy Lieu, VC at Light Speed Venture Partners, thinks Even when Facebook was smaller, the size of its audience dominated any other platform. Any time it offered other companies API access to that audience, a goldrush occurred and big audiences got built. We’ve seen this happen three times before:

David Skok, VC at Matrix Partner, reccomends entrepreneurs on how to create a great team slide for your pitch deck and walks through real examples to offer clarification:

Graham Mann, Associate at Techstars, offers advise to entrepreneurs on how to get most out of your mentor relationship:

From the Operators:

Jake Dunlap, CEO of Skaled, offers guidance on how to adapt to changes that deal with salespeople, clients, and processes:

Ruben Harris, Lead Generation & Partnerships at Honor, offers his wisdom on why the first product you build is yourself:

Jon Westenberg, Founder of The Voidist, says “If you’re looking to start a business, there are really only three concerns that you have to think about. Only three”.

  1. Will I make money?
  2. Will I be proud of what I’ve built?
  3. Will I enjoy the work?

Startups:, New York-based artificial intelligence company, has raised $23 million in new funding led by Two Sigma Ventures, with participation from DCM Ventures, Work-Bench Ventures, and earlier backers IA Ventures, FirstMark Capital, SoftBank Capital:

Globality, Menlo Park, Ca.-based stealth-mode startup at work on a platform to facilitate cross-border trade, has raised $27.25 million in Series B funding. Investors include such as former Vice President Al Gore; Ron Johnson, CEO of Enjoy and a former Apple retail executive; John Joyce, CFO of Kony and former CFO of IBM; Michael Marks, a managing partner of Riverwood Capital and former CEO of Flextronics; and Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman:

Luka, San Francisco-based free iOS messaging app that features intuitive AI-powered bots that help users make dinner reservations, get news updates and more, has raised $4.42 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Sherpa Capital; other participants include Y Combinator, Ludlow Ventures and Justin Waldron:

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