Some observers see the cryptocurrency market as an opportunity for female-led companies to overcome some of the barriers that typically inhibit their funding efforts. "Cryptocurrency, being a digital platform, fundamentally erases that sort of bias and does create a sort of leveling of the playing field," said Lisa Wang of SheWorx.
Startup Ovie Smarterware uses small trackers to alert consumers when food is about to go bad. "Our product uses visual reminders to help people locate their food and use it before it expires," co-founder Ty Thompson said.
Roku, which went public in September, has managed to fend off competition from large technology companies such as Amazon, Apple and Google. The company has expanded through licensing deals with TV manufacturers, and it is also working with Hollywood to position itself as a player in the content business.
Goldman Sachs Group has teamed with Cadre in a move that will allow the bank's customers to invest using the startup's real estate platform. Cadre, launched in 2014, is designed to streamline the process of making real estate investments for people who meet certain net worth and income thresholds.
If you need someone's help, start by explaining the "why" rather than immediately making a specific request, writes Andrew Prasatya. "People are far more likely to accept a change if we understand the reason for it," Prasatya notes.
The work you put in at the beginning of a project is critical, as it lays the foundation for success throughout the rest of the endeavor, writes Chris Price. "This incubation stage is sometimes far more important than the time it takes to produce and ship the idea in its final formation," he writes.
No matter how polished your pitch is, there are certain circumstances when you simply won't be able to win a venture capitalist's support, writes Joseph Flaherty. In some cases, VCs may have already made too many details within a certain time period or are wary of investing in a particular sector because of past experience.
Before finding massive success with Pinterest, Ben Silbermann and Paul Sciarra worked to raise money for a shopping app called Tote, writes John Boitnott. The app was a failure, but Silbermann recognized that users liked to save photos of items so they could find them later, Boitnott writes.