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How Duolingo became fluent in monetization

As its meandering route to monetization will demonstrate, Duolingo isn’t mission-oriented, it’s mission-obsessed. Co-founders Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker never wanted to charge consumers for access to Duolingo content, a purpose imbued throughout the company’s culture. For years in order to work at Duolingo, you had to be comfortable with joining a company in Pittsburgh that was in no rush to make money. The startup, filled with education enthusiasts and mission-driven employees, became “ver...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Brazil, Silicon Valley, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Sand Hill Road, Pittsburgh, Gordon, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Luis, Luis Von Ahn


Book: The Business of Venture Capital

Today’s book recommendation, for anyone interested in venture capital, is The Business of Venture Capital: The Art of Raising a Fund, Structuring Investments, Portfolio Management, and Exits by Mahendra Ramsinghani. A decade ago, I got a cold email from Mahendra. He was investing in Detroit and eager to write a book about the art and science of venture capital. At the time, Jason and I were just finishing up the 1st edition of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist ...
Tags: Books, Trends, Venture Capital, Detroit, Jason, Foundry Group, Sand Hill Road, Feld, Mahendra ramsinghani, Mahendra, Business of Venture Capital, Mahendra He, University of Michigan Mahendra, Business of Venture Capital Given, Scott Kapor


Sequoia Capital, one of Silicon Valley's most notable VC firms, told investors it was hacked

Sequoia Capital offices on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, Calif. Katie Canales/Business Insider Silicon Valley VC firm Sequoia Capital told its investors Friday that it was hacked, according to an Axios report. The firm told its investors that some personal and financial information may have been accessed by a third party. A Sequoia employee was the victim of a successful phishing attempt, the firm said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. One of Silicon Valley's oldest ...
Tags: Microsoft, Finance, Trends, Cybersecurity, Hacked, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Fireeye, Sequoia Capital, Phishing, Sequoia, Sand Hill Road, PitchBook, Carbon Black, Tech Insider, Security Breach


How to Pitch a Startup Idea by Email.

How to pitch a startup idea by email? I scoffed a bit when I saw the question, on Quora. Nobody invests in ideas, I mumbled to myself. And pitching by email? Fat chance. But then I read the answer here, written by Bret Fox, former CEO of Touchstone Semiconductor, and now a CEO coach. Here is Bret’s answer: And the following is Bret Fox’s answer to how to pitch a startup idea by email, on Quora. Direct quote. When I was feeling really desperate (a common occurrence w...
Tags: Sales, Management, Best, Sand Hill Road, Maxim, Bret, Brett Fox, Bret Fox, Touchstone Semiconductor, Email Pitch Step, Touchstone Semiconductor Touchstone, Brett J Fox


The cauldrons of gold theory of media and startups

Another week, another email newsletter. This time, the story is Punchbowl, a politics-centric newsletter founded by a crop of recent Politico alums including Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan. Ben Smith has the story, as does Maxwell Tani at the Daily Beast with some more juicy details. Why do we need another newsletter analyzing Beltway politics in a world of Politico Playbook, Axios, The Daily 202 and a hundred others? In fact, why do we need the voluminous output of tech-oriented n...
Tags: Tech, Capitol Hill, Dc, Sand Hill Road, Marcus, Schumer, McConnell, Punchbowl, Maxwell Tani, Jake Sherman Anna Palmer, John Bresnahan Ben Smith


Austin’s secret sauce… it’s the WHY

Rendering of the amphitheater at the new Waterloo Park opening soon in downtown Austin, at the convergence of our technology, medical school and arts districts. Austin has been the fastest growing city in the country for a decade and recent events seem to be causing it to accelerate even further. What about Austin is drawing people in and keeping them here? It’s not just about taxes — there are plenty of other cities and states with similar advantages. Why does it feel different here than oth...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Texas, London, China, US, Tel Aviv, Entrepreneur, Startup, Austin, Army, Silicon Valley, Oracle, Sand Hill Road, Investors, Tim Ferriss


Z Fellows offers $10k to stop what you’re doing for a week and work on a side project

There is massive VC overcapitalization for Series A and later companies, and probably for seed as well. But there is a massive gap in the market to financially underwrite promising founders and guide them out of their current employers or schools. Cory Levy, who has been a long-time angel investor and startup tinkerer, launched First Text last year as an experiment to see what would happen if all communication barriers between founders and VCs were removed by substituting the formal pitch pre...
Tags: Google, Tech, Levy, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Sand Hill Road, Chris Farmer, Cory, Naval Ravikant, Keith Rabois, Cory Levy, Rabois, Ann Miura Ko, Miura Ko, Lucy Guo, Dylan Field


Ben Ling’s Bling Capital just rounded up $113 million more from investors

Ben Ling is as done with 2020 as the rest of us, but certainly for him, the year could be worse. Ling, who founded his own venture outfit in 2018 — naming it Bling Capital (a nickname from way back) — just closed on $113 million in capital commitments across two new funds: a seed-focused $77 million fund, and an opportunity fund focused on breakout companies from his portfolio that closed with $36 million in capital commitments. It’s a decent amount of money for a so-called solo GP fund, especia...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, New York, London, Youtube, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, Austin, Venture Capital, Miami, Max Levchin, Sand Hill Road, Mach, Bay Area


Floww raises $6.7M for its data-driven marketplace matching founders with investors, based on merit

Floww – a data-driven marketplace designed to allow founders to pitch investors, with the whole investment relationship managed online – says it has raised $6.7M / £5M to date in Seed funding from angels and family offices. Investors include Ramon Mendes De Leon, Duncan Simpson Craib, Angus Davidson, Stephane Delacote and Pip Baker (Google’s Head of Fintech UK) and multiple Family Offices. The cash will be used to build out the platform designed to give startups access to over 500+ VCs, acceler...
Tags: TC, Europe, Business, London, Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts, Tech, Ceo, Companies, Private Equity, Mayfair, Fintech, Head, CRM, Cto, Startup Company


The need for true equity in equity compensation

Carine Schneider Contributor Share on Twitter Carine Schneider is the president of AST Private Company Solutions, Inc., a division of AST Financial. I began my career at Oracle in the mid-1980s and have since been around the proverbial block, particularly in Silicon Valley working for and with companies ranging from the Fortune 50 to global consulting companies to leading a number of startups, including the SaaS company I p...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Column, Gender, New York, Pinterest, Labor, Opinion, Sexism, Tech, Diversity, Policy, Compensation, Ronald Reagan, Venture Capital


Scaling to $100 million ARR: 3 founders share their insights

Last week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Alex Wilhelm hosted a panel titled “Getting to $100 million ARR” on the Extra Crunch Stage. He was joined by three executives, including Vineet Jain, CEO and co-founder at Egnyte, Michal Tsur, president and co-founder at Kaltura and Sid Sijbrandij, CEO at GitLab. The panelists discussed their path to building successful companies — all of which could go public in the next year or two. Here are our five favorite takeaways from the panel. These notions should offer...
Tags: TC, Tech, Sand Hill Road, Gitlab, Egnyte, Jain, Alex Wilhelm, Kleiner, ARR, Vineet Jain, Tsur, Kaltura, Sid Sijbrandij, COVID-19, Disrupt 2020, 100M ARR


How Elon Musk's car collection has evolved over the years, from the million-dollar McLaren F1 he destroyed to the Lotus he bought that was in a James Bond movie

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Maurizio Pesce Tesla CEO Elon Musk has had a lot of different cars over the years.  His first vehicle was a 1978 BMW 320i — he paid only $1,400 for it.  At one point, a McLaren F1 was his daily driver, but he totaled it on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley in 2000. More recently, he's been driving Tesla cars, like the Model S and Cybertruck. He even sent his Tesla Roadster into space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk has had quite the car c...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Life, La, Cars, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Features, South Africa, Porsche, Peter Thiel, James Bond, Silicon Valley


At Disrupt, YC’s Anu Hariharan, Initialized’s Garry Tan, and GGV’s Hans Tung will tell you how to raise money in a dumpster fire

As this pandemically perverse year draws to a close, there’s one thing that’s certain. Everything has changed — at least a little bit. The U.S. is still grappling with a virus that it has yet to control and a vaccine, once it’s discovered and proven to be effective will take months to be distributed throughout the population. That means the virtual, socially distanced reality that has become the new normal will remain that way for at least a little bit longer. But what does that mean for startup...
Tags: TC, South Park, Tech, New York Times, Alexis Ohanian, Andreessen Horowitz, Palantir, Garry Tan, Sand Hill Road, Initialized Capital, Yc, Brien, Tan, Continuity Fund, Hans Tung, Anu Hariharan


How the crown prince of Saudi Arabia made his way into Silicon Valley circles with a $3.5 billion investment in Uber

Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck are both Pulitzer Prize finalists and reporters for The Wall Street Journal, where Hope covers finance and malfeasance and Scheck covers global white collar crime. The following is an excerpt from their new book "Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power" which delves into the life of Mohammed bin Salman, the 35-y...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Books, Japan, New York, Hope, London, California, Saudi Arabia, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Strategy


Founders can raise funding before launching a product

It’s possible to raise VC funding even if you haven’t built a real product, according to Charles Hudson, founder and managing partner at seed-stage firm Precursor Ventures. It’s just very, very difficult. I interviewed Hudson during TechCrunch Early Stage, our virtual event for startup founders. He gave a short talk titled “How to sell an idea when you don’t have a product,” then answered questions from me and from attendees watching at home. Hudson said Precursor invests in about 25 startups...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Entrepreneur, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Zenefits, Hudson, Sand Hill Road, Product Management, Charles Hudson, Precursor Ventures, Extra Crunch, TechCrunch Early Stage


Austin is seeing a startup boom. Meet Austin's top VCs giving Silicon Valley investors a run for the money.

Austin, Texas, has long been a hub for sales and customer-service outposts for some of Silicon Valley's largest tech companies. On Wednesday, Elon Musk gave the region another vote of confidence when he announced Tesla's newest factory would be located in the Texas capitol. In recent years, the city has seen a revival of entrepreneurship and, with it, venture capital. The city's ecosystem was long dominated by Austin Ventures, a major venture-capital firm with significant influence over Silico...
Tags: Hong Kong, Texas, London, NFL, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Austin, Silicon Valley, West Coast, Barry, Rackspace, Ball, Sand Hill Road, Bay Area, University Of Alabama


How Elon Musk's car collection has evolved over the years, from the million-dollar McLaren F1 he destroyed to a James Bond movie prop Lotus (TSLA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has had a lot of different cars over the years.  His first vehicle was a 1978 BMW 320i — he paid only $1,400 for it.  At one point, a McLaren F1 was his daily driver, but he totaled it on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley. More recently, he's been driving Tesla cars, like Model S and the Cybertruck. He even sent his Tesla Roadster into space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk has had quite the car collection over the years.  Some got totaled, ot...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, La, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, South Africa, Peter Thiel, James Bond, Silicon Valley, Grimes, Bmw, Mclaren, Audi


6 takeaways from California’s small-business Paycheck Protection loans

From Silicon Valley startups to Gavin Newsom’s wine business, a rundown of who got what from the federal coronavirus business loan program. Organic farms, the governor’s winery group, a scooter startup and … Burning Man? The new list of California recipients of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans to ease economic fallout from the coronavirus is long, varied and sometimes bizarre. The Small Business Administration effort “to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their ...
Tags: Apple, Business, Small Business, Congress, California, Government, San Francisco, Sport, Kanye West, Soccer, Treasury, Bird, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Airbnb, Michelin


40 insiders reveal the meteoric rise of Silver Lake's Egon Durban, the tech-focused PE firm's No. 1 dealmaker who strong-armed his way to the top and is about to get $18 billion more to invest

Egon Durban became co-CEO of Silver Lake Partners in December, giving him more control of the tech-focused private-equity firm he joined as a young banker in 1999. As Durban rose through the firm, he pushed Silver Lake to expand its investment targets outside of tech and into live events, travel, and content, industries that are particularly challenged by the coronavirus pandemic.  Business Insider spoke to more than 40 people who have or currently work with Durban, or across from him on deals...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Texas, London, Microsoft, Washington, Ebay, Amc, US, San Francisco, Trends, Harvard, Canada, United States, Manchester City, Hawaii


Enjoy this weird newsletter/blog about all the exotic Pacific islands you will never visit.

Kevin Kelly alerted me that Jamis MacNiven, owner of Buck's, the "famous and famously weird, restaurant in Woodside at the end of Sand Hill Road," has shut down the restaurant for good because of Covid-19. "Instead," says Kevin, "he is doing this weird newsletter/blog about all the exotic Pacific islands you will never visit."
Tags: Post, News, Islands, Sand Hill Road, Kevin, Woodside, Kevin Kelly, Islomania, Jamis MacNiven


Freada Kapor Klein warns of ‘vulture capitalists’ during pandemic

The tech industry experienced turmoil before during the dot-com bust and again during the 2008 economic downturn. But this time it’s a bit different, according to Kapor Capital founding partners Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor. “What’s different this time is that it is society-wide,” Kapor Klein said during an Extra Crunch Live appearance this week. “It’s not just the dot-com bust or its not just financial services. It is much more widespread. But again, as you point out, tech is in a much...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Events, Diversity, Venture Capital, Edtech, Fintech, Mitch Kapor, Sand Hill Road, Include, Kapor Capital, Freada Kapor Klein, Equitable, Market Analysis, Kapor


'You cannot afford to change things.' How Alkira, a multi-cloud networking startup, just raised $21.5 million from Sequoia and Kleiner Perkins during an economic crunch.

Alkira, a startup that helps other companies manage multiple cloud services, announced $21.5 million in Series A funding on Tuesday. Sequoia and Kleiner Perkins co-led the round. Alkira cofounder and CEO Amir Khan has nearly 30 years of experience in the tech industry and has worked for past networking giants like Cisco and Nortel.  He told Business Insider his past experience working in tech during the downturn has helped him develop an incredibly efficient business model for Alkira that can ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Cisco, Silicon Valley, Khan, Sequoia Capital, Amir Khan, Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia, Sand Hill Road, Kleiner, Amir, Hamid, Nortel, Cisco Juniper Networks, Mamoon Hamid


'You cannot afford to change things.' How Alkira, a multi-cloud management startup, just raised $21.5 million from Sequoia and Kleiner Perkins during an economic crunch.

Alkira, a startup that helps other companies manage multiple cloud services, announced $21.5 million in Series A funding on Tuesday. Sequoia and Kleiner Perkins co-led the round. Alkira cofounder and CEO Amir Khan has nearly 30 years of experience in the tech industry and has worked for past networking giants like Cisco and Nortel.  He told Business Insider his past experience working in tech during the downturn has helped him develop an incredibly efficient business model for Alkira that can ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Cisco, Silicon Valley, Khan, Sequoia Capital, Amir Khan, Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia, Sand Hill Road, Kleiner, Amir, Hamid, Nortel, Cisco Juniper Networks, Mamoon Hamid


VCs are launching new funds and closing deals — even as their own investors consider pulling back. Here's why the venture community is split on what comes next.

The coronavirus-driven economic uncertainty is nothing like other downturns the venture capital community has weathered before, several investors told Business Insider. Some investors are concerned that limited partners will scale back investments, especially family offices and individually wealthy backers. Others like Coefficient Capital have recently announced debut funds even as the uncertainty drags on. The fund was closed above its target near the end of 2019, the cofounders told Business...
Tags: Trends, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Kleiner Perkins, Sand Hill Road, Minnie Ingersoll, Andrew Goletka, Coefficient Capital, Business Insider Several, Catharine Dockery, Business Insider Some, Shirley Schoenfield, Goletka


Startups are engaging VCs earlier than ever, but investors keep raising the bar for pre-seed funding. This report says these 9 milestones are "must-haves" for young startups.

DocSend, a cloud-based document sharing startup, released a report Tuesday that revealed what can make or break a pitch deck for early-stage startups. The report found that pre-seed funding rounds have gained popularity and influence among startups and investors, but the stakes are higher for both groups as the round becomes a must-have for many companies. In a study of 174 pre-seed startups seeking funding, DocSend found that 9 milestones indicated whether or not a company would successfully ...
Tags: Trends, Silicon Valley, West Coast, Sand Hill Road, Don, Facebook Now, Russ Heddleston, Molekule, Heddleston


Weekend reading: Bring me sunshine

What caught my eye this week. F eels like only a couple of weeks ago I was reminding everyone via Weekend Reading that shares can go down as well as up. Actually that’s because it was on a couple of weeks ago. Twice. I needn’t have bothered. The past ten days – and most especially the past week – has provided an exhilarating reminder that stock markets can fall faster than you can say “no, for the hundredth time, UK government bonds are not riskier than shares.” Indeed this has been the fastes...
Tags: Google, UK, London, Microsoft, China, Singapore, Satya Nadella, Marketing, US, National Insurance, Italy, Crisis, Rbs, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Isa


Weekend reading: Vanguard is ready to let you SIPP

What caught my eye this week. H ard to make this sound anything like a (not paid for) plug, but I’m sure our many readers who’ve been waiting for it will all want to know that Vanguard is finally ready to take your money into its Personal Pension (SIPP). I covered the main features of Vanguard’s SIPP back in December, so won’t repeat that again. Instead here’s a couple of other articles that have run to mark the launch. From ThisIsMoney: Jeremy Fawcett, head of Platforum, said the Vanguard Per...
Tags: Apple, Google, UK, London, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Marketing, US, Bbc, New York Times, Financial Conduct Authority, Manchester, Jp Morgan, Hargreaves Lansdown, Financial Times, Turner


Elon Musk's car collection has evolved over the years, from the million-dollar McLaren F1 he destroyed to a James Bond movie prop Lotus (TSLA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has had a lot of different cars over the years.  His first vehicle was a 1978 BMW 320i — he paid only $1,400 for it.  At one point, a McLaren F1 was his daily driver, but he totaled it on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley. More recently, he's been driving Tesla cars, like Model S and the Cybertruck. He even sent his Tesla Roadster into space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk has had quite the car collection over the years.  Some got totaled, ot...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, La, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, South Africa, Peter Thiel, James Bond, Silicon Valley, Grimes, Bmw, Mclaren, Audi


How to Get Venture Capital: Secrets of Sand Hill Road

VENTURE CAPITAL is not right for every business. But if you determine that it is right for you, you should read Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor, the managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz. It is a book for those with big ideas. Beginning in the 2000s, capital became more abundant due in large part to the costs required to start a new company. Consequently, the amount of money a start-up needs to raise has declined significantly. Beyond that, there are more angel investors to provide e...
Tags: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Sand Hill Road, Instagram and Facebook, Scott Kupor, Kupor, C Corp


Flying solo: A new generation of VCs are rewriting the Sand Hill Road playbook and anointing themselves general partners of their own funds

A new generation of tech investors are raising their own venture capital funds as solo general partners. The number of micro-funds is actually on the decline, but the solo general partner's ranks are expected to grow as more companies go public and capital becomes more available. The solo general partner participates in the crowded early-stage investing space, but their size and background gives them an advantage over institutional funds. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Sand Hill Road...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Softbank, Trends, Ocean, Ben Horowitz, Susan Wojcicki, Coinbase, Hoover, Ryan Hoover, Product Hunt, Erik Torenberg, Zendesk, Marc Andreessen, Sand Hill Road, Ashley Mayer