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One of the first investors in Uber and Salesforce reveals how he picks startup investments that will blow up

One of the first investors in Uber and Salesforce reveals how he picks startup investments that will blow up

Mike Walsh was one of the first investors in Uber and Salesforce. Now he’s using his earnings — and his eye for hits — to  he thinks could be as big as Uber. He shared with Business Insider his technique for sourcing deals that blow up. The biggest thing: Does this seem like something people will actually want to use?  In 1999, Mike Walsh cut his first check as a hobby venture capitalist to a little-known cloud startup called Salesforce.com. He used the company’s product as a […]

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The most basic business advice isn't as easy to follow as it seems

The most basic business advice isn't as easy to follow as it seems

Happy Numbers is an artificial intelligence-enabled math education platform. CEO Evgeny Milyutin said the biggest lesson he’s learned in his time in startups is the importance of knowing your customer. This is pretty common business advice — but he’s probably not the only founder who initially went about following it all wrong. It took him a while to realize that meant visiting the classrooms where students and teachers would be using his product, talking to them, and watching them use it. When the iPad debuted in 2010, […]

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3 ex-Googlers hiring for their new startup say they're looking for a quality that's just as important as technical skill

3 ex-Googlers hiring for their new startup say they're looking for a quality that's just as important as technical skill

Google’s former HR head, Laszlo Bock, along with two other ex-Googlers, recently launched a startup called Humu. The company’s goal is to make work better for people in a range of industries. Humu’s founders say that, when hiring, they look for candidates who can tell a story about their career. It’s just as important as technical competency. Other experts agree that storytelling is a valuable skill. In 2017, three ex-Googlers launched a startup of their own, dedicated to making work better for people in a range of […]

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Silicon Valley can't handle hard conversations — and it's hurting entrepreneurs

Silicon Valley can't handle hard conversations — and it's hurting entrepreneurs

There’s a growing lack of transparency in Silicon Valley boardrooms, and startup founders report that they’re deprived of mentorship. Founders report that investors are often unable to engage in difficult conversations. Last year, the amount of available venture capital within the US — the second largest amount of available venture capital since the previous record of $76.8 billion in 2015. While this influx of new funding is making it easier for entrepreneurs to kick start their companies, it’s presenting a new set of problems of its own. With , […]

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This cryptocurrency startup with a 12-year-old CEO is trying to solve a common frustration among gamers

This cryptocurrency startup with a 12-year-old CEO is trying to solve a common frustration among gamers

George Weiksner and his father Michael are creating an ethereum-based token that can be used across multiple gaming platforms. George was first introduced to cryptocurrencies by his dad, Michael Weiksner, who has worked in the industry in the past. The pair sat down with Business Insider to chat about their new platform, a Pocketful of Quarters, their vision for cryptocurrencies in gaming, and the challenges of making a 12 year old the CEO of the company.  George Weiksner was 11 years old when he sat down to […]

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Real women share their best advice on life and work, including how to choose a job, wasting less time, and getting clear on what really matters

Real women share their best advice on life and work, including how to choose a job, wasting less time, and getting clear on what really matters

Advice on how to find a job or start a business is thick on the ground. But who knows better than people who have done it? Business Insider asked 20 professional women for their best advice on life and work. Responses included how best to manage time, the importance of a support system, and why it’s better to try and fail than never to try at all. If you’re looking for advice on how to find a job, start a business, or feel better about how much […]

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