Category Archive: Business Landing

Why Seattle startups have an advantage

Nice comments from Microsoft M&A Exec Bob Kelly at the last Mile9 cohort graduation event: “Here’s the ‘dirty secret’ about Silicon Valley, and why Seattle startups have an advantage”. Bob Kelly arguments that Silicon Valley startups typically gain early sales momentum because they sell to other startup or mid-tier companies in the Valley. But in …

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Seattle again in the top tech cities in America

Again, Seattle is at the top in the ranking for tech cities in America. A new article from Bloomberg, based on the 2014 data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, shows San Jose (eg the Silicon Valley) as the top city, followed by Bridgeport CT, then SF and Seattle. More than the ranking per se, …

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From startups to VC perspective

You may want to read this article, where Ryan Sarver (previous platform guru @Twitter and other) describes his transition from being a startupper to a VC, and what difference it makes in the perspective of risk, time, success factors. The reason this is important if you are on the startup front is because you have …

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Smart Cities

There is a growing number of people that try to define a city to be “smart”: smart cities find ways to become more efficient, to deliver more services via mobile technology, to optimize existing infrastructure, and to leverage citizen participation to create better land-use decisions and to break down bureaucracy in order to stimulate a …

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Seattle startups ride cloud of innovation

Once again, an article describes that Seattle and its tech start ups are alive and kicking, and driving innovation and economic growth. Different from the past in fact,  the Valley’s been fretting about a slowdown in venture funding for consumer Web companies: “consumer behaviors are starting to ossify on the Web, and it is harder …

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Seattle the #1 Best City for Technology Jobs in the US

This is the news that Forbes publishes, based on high-tech employment data collected from EMSI and charted by the Praxis Strategy Group. During tough economic times, technology is often seen as the one bright spot. In the U.S. this past year technology jobs outpaced the overall rate of new employment nearly four times. But if …

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Where taxes hit the most

A new and updated report on Tax Revenues has been published from OECD. Some good news: taxes are decreasing a bit (“driven downward by declining economic activity and tax cuts”), in average; but these good news are not consistent across the world though, and 8 countries in Western Europe are above 40%: Denmark has the …

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Why You Should Start a Company in… Seattle

It used to be, if you were serious about starting a tech company, you went to Silicon Valley. But emerging entrepreneurial hubs around the country are giving startup aspirants options. Laura Rich, from Fast Company, has been doing a virtual road trip of sorts to the nation’s technology hubs, asking people in those communities to …

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All nice ways to say NO – but there is hope in every rejection

I found a very educational,and CONSTRUCTIVE article from Matt Shapiro – where the funny part is the list of the many ways, nice and not so much, that you can use to say NO to startups looking for capital (well, I believe the list can  be extended…). The good part of the article is where …

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US: the crossroad nation

Yes, the 20th century went by with the great expansion of the US as an economic and political super power. What are the perspectives for the 21st century, what its role as we see China and India drive growth?  The US still have an incredible opportunity, and I believe David Brooks picks well when it …

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