We are proud at the Startup Conference to host entrepreneurs from more than 40 countries each year. But for the 9th edition, in 2018, we are noticing a disturbing trend. The number of entrepreneurs who told us they were not able to get a visa and therefore won't be able to attend, seems to have exploded.
Last week Dropbox went public and Drew Houston, its CEO joined a very small club of entrepreneurs that took their startup from idea to IPO.
Congratulations to SPLT.IO, the 2016 Startup Conference Pitch Competition winner. The startup was acquired by automotive giant Bosch this February.
The new federal tax reform is going to create awkward discussions at review time in 2018. Take a look at a typical senior engineer, who makes $340K
Just like last year, we just finished reviewing the 120 startups that applied to pitch at the Startup Conference on May 17. You can read last year's trends here. So, how is 2017 different from 2016?
What's the #1 need of early-stage tech startups? Experienced software engineers. And they are becoming impossible to find in Silicon Valley, even though they are everywhere.
Feuds among co-founders are the leading cause of early startup death (lack of traction is a close second). Sometimes the startup survives, the skeletons of disgraced co-founders are buried, and all the public hears is another great success story. Until the real story surfaces years later, in all its glorious details, through the excruciating record of a lawsuit.