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2017 IPO Prospects: DJI Drones Drive its Soaring Valuation

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 17th 2017

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According to a report by Grand View Research, the commercial drone market was pegged at $552 million in 2014 and was projected to grow 17% annually through 2022. Another report by the researcher estimates stellar growth in the consumer drone market, which is expected to be worth $4.19 billion by 2024. Overall, the drone industry is dominated by Chinese Billion Dollar Unicorn club member DJI.

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Bootstrapping With a Paycheck to TechStars: Nevin Shetty, CEO of Blueprint Registry (Part 2)

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 17th 2017

Sramana Mitra: This is a big challenge. We do have entrepreneurs who are non-technical. Let me ask you one question before you go to the development portion. Before launching into this direction with your startup, you must have done some level of comparative analysis. Talk to me a little bit about what you unearthed in that process of looking around. What else is there? What other options are there along these lines?

Nevin Shetty: In 2013, I had the conception of building an e-commerce experience based on the blueprint of a home. We were like, “Let’s apply this to one particular market. Instead of going to general e-commerce, let’s focus on one particular niche.” We decided to focus on weddings. Wedding is a one-time life event related to the home. >>>

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Successful Pivot from B-to-C to B-to-B: Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jan 16th 2017

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Here’s another pivot story. Note: pivots are very expensive to do in VC timeline and cap tables. Matt discusses how damaging the ownership structure has been. Worth understanding the ramifications.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Matt MacInnis: I’m from Nova Scotia, Canada. I’m from a small island in the northeast, 300 miles to the nearest airport. My mom was a school teacher and my dad was a factory worker. We had a pretty good upbringing up there. It was a little bit cold in the winter. I ended up getting into Harvard somehow from that little town. We had to find a way to make that work. My parents, very graciously, gave their retirement savings to make that work. >>>

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Implosion of Media Startups

Posted on Monday, Jan 16th 2017

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The year 2017 started off with news of blogging platform Medium laying off 50 people or one-third of its staff because it is unable to make money selling ads. Since then, the media industry has been on tenterhooks. BuzzFeed also reduced its revenue projections by 50%. The latest news from Medium has renewed fears that the media industry is about to implode. >>>

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Death by Overfunding

Posted on Monday, Jan 16th 2017

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Funding = Success, right? I wish it did. But entrepreneurial tracks are littered with carcasses of dead startups that were very well funded, some to the tune of hundreds of millions. As a case in point, watch this 2 minutes 31 second video: Death By Overfunding.

If you prefer to read instead of watching, read the Nasty Gal story here:
Death by Overfunding: Nasty Gal
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Bootstrapping With a Paycheck to TechStars: Nevin Shetty, CEO of Blueprint Registry (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jan 16th 2017

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In a previous story, we showed you how Jas Grewal bootstrapped his company CareSkore with a paycheck and then got into YCombinator with a validated business. With Blueprint, we show you the same strategy as executed by Nevin Shetty to get into TechStars.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Nevin Shetty: I was born in Alabama but the first memory I have is of Saudi Arabia. I spent five years in Saudi Arabia. My dad is an aeronautical engineer. I grew up in an American compound in Riyadh and had an amazing childhood. Growing up, I remember my mom teaching English to some of the Saudi princes. >>>

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Catching Up On Readings: Tech IPO Prospects 2017

Posted on Sunday, Jan 15th 2017

This feature from VentureBeat lists 31 top IPO candidates in 2017, which have also been highlighted as IPO contenders by private company research startup CB Insights and IPO exchange traded funds (ETF) manager Renaissance Capital. For this week’s posts, click on the paragraph links. >>>

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334th Roundtable Recording On January 12, 2017: With Ludovic Huraux, Attractive World and Shapr

Posted on Friday, Jan 13th 2017

In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here:

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