Geeks on a Plane Africa kicks off as 500 Startups eyes tech for the continent and beyond
 500 Startups’ frontier and emerging markets travel series ― Geeks on a Plane ― kicks off its first Africa tour this week. The 12-day trip will make stops in Nigeria (Lagos), Ghana (Accra), and South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town). “We’ve done about 10 investments in sub-Saharan Africa,” he said noting most of the startups ― such as Nigerian HR platform… Read More ...
Jay Z launches Arrive to fund startups, offer branding support and more
 Jay Z’s new venture capital firm Arrive, has arrived – the rap and business mogul has been planning the launch for awhile, according to reports that surfaced in February, but a press release from parent company Roc Nation made it official on Monday. The investment platform will work with early-stage startups, and offer investment of capital as well as assistance with business… Read More ...
Startup School will soon be in session at Y Combinator
 Whether you swear by Both Sides of the Table or Zero to One, there’s no denying that Y Combinator knows a thing or two about starting companies. Today, the accelerator is Improving upon its Fall 2014 Stanford course, How to Start a Startup, with a larger scale online course called Startup School. The ten week class is a composite of lectures, class office hours and group office hours.… Read More ...
China’s newest source of on-demand hype, rental bicycles, gets its first unicorn
 There can be no hype without a unicorn. China’s newest startup money pit — bicycle rentals on-demand — now has its first billion-dollar valued company. The industry has sucked in more than $300 million from investors this year alone — that’s counting just one company — and now Ofo has become the first in the space to reach the much-coveted $1 billion… Read More ...
Heal plans nationwide expansion for doctor house calls on demand
 Already a hit in the limited California regions that it serves, doctor-on-demand startup Heal is planning to take its house call service to more cities across the country. Today, the company announced that it would be expanding into cities in Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania by the end of the year. It has been only two years since Heal’s first doctor made the first house call… Read More ...
mClinica raises $6.3M to map healthcare data in Southeast Asia
 Health startups are pulling in money in Southeast Asia. A week after wellness-focused insurance brokerage CXA drew $25 million from investors, fellow Singapore-based startup mClinica has announced a $6.3 million Series A raise. mClinica was founded in 2012 and its mission is to provide healthcare data in Southeast Asia, much like Nielsen and other traditional analyst houses, through an… Read More ...
Venture capital in 2017 is when the rubber hits the road for returns
 In the United States, VC funds raised a whopping $40.6 billion in 2016[1]. It was the largest year for VC fundraising since 2000 when the venture industry raked in a jaw dropping $101.4 billion[1]. Yet the 2016 exit market was a mixed bag. Despite many forecasting (hoping?) that herds of unicorns would enter the public market in 2016, the IPO market was lackluster at best. There were only 31 U.S. Read More ...
gigrove wants to match skilled freelancers and startups with spare rooms
 Bootstrapping London-based startup gigrove is looking to carve out a niche in the collaborative consumption space as a matching platform for digital workers with itchy feet, and startups with a spare room and pressing skills need. Which is all very zeitgeisty in these digital nomad/citizen of nowhere times. Read More ...
How To Sell A Website For Top Money | Entrepreneurs Guide
Before you sell a website, you need to know this… Most “website valuations” are based on dated and flawed thinking Thinking that leaves the entrepreneur selling a website out of pocket! In this article Website Selling Authority and good friend of IncomeDiary, Clinton Lee shows how the entrepreneur can get more for their online business (or indeed any business) than they thought. Clinton was one of the first to professionally value websites –  even before website...
Italian incubator H-Farm prepares for a new crop with a campus slated to open in 2018
 There’s a farm outside of Venice, Italy, that cultivates tech talent the way that other farms grow crops. Read More ...
What The Best Sales Closers Taught Me About Selling Online
I started my entrepreneurial career in the Summer of 1982, selling door to door. Some would call it ‘hard selling’. Yet, the master sales closers I met made it look easy. Prospects fell in love with them. They never had to close anyone hard. Truth be known, I wanted to be like them. I learned a lot from these early sales mentors. Strategies and techniques that has made me a lot of money, both offline and online. You see, being a commission only sales person is really not that differ...
This bed with built-in subwoofer, TV, lamp and power outlets may be your last purchase, ever
 Furlenco’s new “Pod” might just be the most outrageous product hitting the market this holiday season. The Bangalore, India based furniture rental startup has always had a penchant for targeting the millennial subset, but this is something else entirely — because as any 20-something knows, adding a bed to things makes them universally more practical. The Pod includes… Read More ...
Eaze CEO steps down
 Keith McCarty, founder of the well-funded pot delivery startup Eaze is stepping down from his position as CEO. Instead, the startup’s chief product and technology officer Jim Patterson will take on the role and McCarty will remain on the board of directors “as a strategic advisor on company growth” says a blog post on the site announcing the change of roles. McCarty… Read More ...
Anti-aging pill startup Elysium Health inks at least $20 million in Series B funding
 Elysium Health markets a pill formulated with ingredients it says will keep you feeling young and, according to a source close to the matter and documents obtained by TechCrunch, the startup has closed on $20 million in Series B financing at what we’re told is a $157 million pre-money valuation from ARCH Venture Partners. Reached for comment, Elysium suggested that our information is… Read More ...
Shopify Tutorial – Making Your First Sale [Case Study]
I recently built a website using Shopify (for testing purposes), and I’ve come to realize how almost effortless it is to setup/run an online business these days. As this Shopify tutorial demonstrates, Shopify makes it easier than ever to get started selling online What is more, you do not need to spend a lot of money to get started. Provided you master a few key factors: Sell/promote products that you – yourself – would actually buy (product). Know the right chan...
White House expands platforms for inclusive entrepreneurship
 The White House announced today new and expanded plans to improve diversity and inclusion within the startup economy, focused on higher education, investment and entrepreneurship. The diversity commitments made by schools, venture capital firms and tech companies represent a passing of the torch from the Obama administration to the private sector, which has been asked to take on the challenge… Read More ...
Online VC FundersClub launches Network Search to better connect its 17,000 members
 Network effects in venture capital are no joke. Sure, people want to close rounds with brand name funds like Sequoia and Andreessen Horowitz because they validate startups. But perhaps more importantly, companies become more likely to succeed after closing high profile rounds because of their newfound access to the friends and connections of prominent investors. Alex Mittal, CEO of… Read More ...
Women’s vitamin startup Ritual is now open for orders, with $3.5 million more from investors
 Ritual, a Disrupt Battlefield startup with a focus on women’s nutrition, officially launched today. We first told you about the company aiming to make a better vitamin for women last spring when Ritual’s founder Kat Scheider came on stage to present her business model. She made it to the final rounds for the idea, ultimately losing out to an interactive gaming network that was… Read More ...
Joy raises $2.5M for its interactive photo frame
 Today, Joy, hardware startup and resident positive emotion, announced the launch of it’s first product, the Joy Album — an interactive photo frame designed from the ground up. Joy has raised $2.5 million in seed funding from investors including Obvious Ventures, The Chernin Group, BoxGroup, and Maywic Select Investments. At first glance, the tablet-like device seems to… Read More ...
Full speed ahead for transport VCs
 Transportation investment has moved into the fast lane. Venture and growth investing in transport-related companies accelerated in the third quarter, fueled by momentum in the autonomous driving and ride-hailing spaces, as well as the prospect of big acquisitions. VCs and seed investors poured more than $6.2 billion into more than 150 companies across the globe with transportation-related… Read More ...