Should you accept that acquisition offer? | Upstarts hope driver perks are the key to beating Uber | For one founder, the women's march led to an investor fight
March 24, 2017
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Should you accept that acquisition offer?
Should you accept that acquisition offer?
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Founders who want to build the next billion-dollar business are faced with a hard decision when somebody offers to buy for, say, $100 million. One of the ways to evaluate this kind of offer is to compare the acquisition deal to the valuation the company would be able to achieve in a subsequent funding round.
Hacker Noon (3/23) 
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Upstarts hope driver perks are the key to beating Uber
A number of ride-hailing startups are trying to outmaneuver Uber and Lyft by offering appealing perks to drivers. Juno, for example, reserves some of its company stock for drivers and charges relatively low commissions.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (3/24) 
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For one founder, the women's march led to an investor fight
Tracy Heller, founder of the online retailer Brooklyn Born, found herself in an unexpected dispute with an investor after posting images from the women's march held in January. The situation highlights challenges women may face in finding funding and navigating relationships with angel investors, many of them male.
The Ringer (3/23) 
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Make Your Startup Better
How to get ready to interview at Y Combinator
If you're applying to Y Combinator, prioritize your product demonstration as you do interview preparation, writes Danielle Morrill, CEO of Mattermark. Also, resist the temptation to give an unnecessarily detailed, jargon-heavy description of your product.
Mattermark (3/23) 
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EBay exec: Don't forget the human element in diversity efforts
Rather than only focusing on numbers, tech companies have to focus on humanizing diversity issues, says Damien Hooper-Campbell, eBay's first chief diversity officer. The key is to move beyond "surface-level conversations" at work and develop larger "circles of trust" that offer safe, open spaces for discussion.
First Round Review (3/22) 
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When Entrepreneurs Fail
Theranos to investors: Don't sue, and we'll give you extra shares
Theranos to investors: Don't sue, and we'll give you extra shares
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Investors in troubled blood-testing startup Theranos are being offered shares in exchange for pledging not bring lawsuits against the company, sources say. The share transfers will reportedly affect founder Elizabeth Holmes' majority stake.
TechCrunch (3/23),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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I want you to find the business case for diversity and inclusion in your company. I'm telling you, it exists.
Damien Hooper-Campbell, eBay's first chief diversity officer, as quoted by First Round Review
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