Roundup of 2017 VC Predictions and Tech Industry Reports

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”   Niels Bohr Hope your 2017 is off to a great start. With more VCs blogging, it’s great to see the plethora of predictions being shared. Below is a selection of themes and… Continue Reading

The Ultimate Startup Intelligence Tools List 2013


It used to be hard to find information about early stage startups. Team members (and their background), funding to date, metrics (not just the vanity metrics shared by management). VC Cafe collated the top startup intelligence tools for 2013. These include startup research, market size for startups, competitive analysis, startup maps Continue Reading

The Early Stage VC Decision Making Process Infographic

Interesting infographic from Anna Vital in San Francisco, from the Kickstarter campaign “Becoming an Entrepreneur” Kickstarter campaign. Trying to get inside the mind of an early stage VC investor. Infographics could help dyslexic entrepreneurs to access the valuable insights that are currently “locked” in books or blog posts. The idea came to Anna as she is dyslexic herself. Continue Reading

Stop the Clones. Create a Purple Cow

In a world of increasingly growing choice, consumers face a continuous need to make decisions. With limited resources (time, money, attention span), the decision to register/buy/vote/comment on your online store/website or blog, takes seconds at best. That is why, I suppose, creating differentiation for your product can make the difference between failure and success. Continue Reading

Fundraising Recommendations for Startups (Part I)

I’ve been contacted by several members the VC Cafe Network on LinkedIn who are asking for assistance in fundraising for a web startup or a mobile app. I’m writing today to share my recommendations with all who have enquired, and with the broader group of VC Cafe readers. Continue Reading

Hangouts on Air Live at LeWeb London 2012

LeWeb London 2012

LeWeb, probably the biggest tech conference in Europe, migrated from Paris to London for the first time this year. While lots of the ‘action’ happened on stage, I was asked to moderate a few “Hangouts on Air” backstage. In a nutshell, Hangouts on Air essentially enable you to broadcast a live hangout conversation with multiple participants on Google+, and then automatically transform the live stream into a YouTube video. Continue Reading