Design may be the next entrepreneurial gold rush

Design may be the next entrepreneurial gold rush

Ten years ago, the vast majority of designers were working in Adobe Photoshop, a powerful tool with fine-tuned controls for almost every kind of image manipulation one could imagine. But it was a tool built for an analog world focused on photos, flyers and print magazines; there were no collaborative Read more…

Non-obvious fundraising tips from a Silicon Valley outsider

Non-obvious fundraising tips from a Silicon Valley outsider

Nathan Beckord Contributor More posts by this contributor Tips From The Startup Fundraising Playbook When it comes to workplace productivity and communication apps, it can often feel like Slack, Trello and Asana have the market cornered. But Aydin Mirzaee saw past the crowded space. In his previous work, Aydin often Read more…

VTEX, an e-commerce platform used by Walmart, raises $140M led by SoftBank’s LatAm fund

VTEX, an e-commerce platform used by Walmart, raises $140M led by SoftBank’s LatAm fund

E-commerce now accounts for 14% of all retail sales, and its growth has led to a rise in the fortunes of startups that build tools to enable businesses to sell online. In the latest development, a company called VTEX — which originally got its start in Latin America helping companies Read more…

Reimagine inside sales to ramp up B2B customer acquisition

Reimagine inside sales to ramp up B2B customer acquisition

Robert Wahbe is the co-founder and CEO of Highspot, the sales enablement platform that reps love. Slack makes customer acquisition look easy. The day we acquired our first Highspot customer, it was raining hard in Seattle. I was on my way to a startup event when I answered my cell Read more…

Founder-investor Natalie Massenet on how new brands win

Founder-investor Natalie Massenet on how new brands win

“Direct-to-consumer should not mean online only,” says the fashion entrepreneur. Connie Loizos @Cookie / 7 hours Natalie Massenet, the fashion entrepreneur who founded the designer fashion portal Net-a-Porter, chaired the British Fashion Council for four years and is today runs Imaginary Ventures, a venture firm that’s focused on consumer startups, Read more…

Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit $2 billion in payments processed by the end of the year

Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit $2 billion in payments processed by the end of the year

Ebanx, the newly minted Brazilian financial services unicorn, expects to process $2 billion in payments by the end of the year and is looking to expand its offerings into domestic payments as it grows. Since its launch in 2012, Ebanx has primarily focused on helping international merchants sell locally in Read more…

Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit $2 billion in payments processed by the end of the year

Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit $2 billion in payments processed by the end of the year

Ebanx, the newly minted Brazilian financial services unicorn, expects to process $2 billion in payments by the end of the year and is looking to expand its offerings into domestic payments as it grows. Since its launch in 2012, Ebanx has primarily focused on helping international merchants sell locally in Read more…

Shipping giant Pitney Bowes hit by ransomware

Shipping giant Pitney Bowes hit by ransomware

Shipping tech giant Pitney Bowes has confirmed a cyberattack on its systems. The company said in a statement that its systems were hit by a “malware attack that encrypted information” on its systems, more commonly known as ransomware. “At this time, the company has seen no evidence that customer or Read more…

Why venture capital firms need culture experts

Why venture capital firms need culture experts

When Susan Fowler’s 2017 blog post shined a light on Uber’s raucous culture, outlining rampant harassment and sexism, a debate erupted. What role do the deep-pocketed investors behind the company, those who allowed it to scale to monstrous proportions, have in developing and nurturing its culture? Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists Read more…