Postmates reportedly plans to make IPO filing public in Sept. | Can "medical diligence" prevent another Theranos? | Does becoming a unicorn startup matter anymore?
August 13, 2019
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Postmates reportedly plans to make IPO filing public in Sept.
Postmates reportedly plans to make IPO filing public in Sept.
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Postmates intends to reveal its filing for an initial public offering on form S-1 next month and to bring the offering to the market before the fourth quarter, sources said. Bloomberg has reported that Postmates hired JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America to serve as lead underwriters.
TechCrunch (8/12) 
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Today In Startups
Can "medical diligence" prevent another Theranos?
Former 23andMe Vice President Ruby Gadelrab and former Color Genomics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jill Hagenkord observed the downfall of Theranos and launched MDisrupt to help health-tech entrepreneurs avoid red-flag practices and methods that could lead to similar problems. Gadelrab and Hagenkord say a process of "medical diligence" can show whether scientific claims are backed by evidence, protecting startups and investors.
CNBC (8/12) 
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Does becoming a unicorn startup matter anymore?
The increase in the number of startups worth at least $1 billion has raised the question: Does the unicorn threshold still have meaning? Aileen Lee, credited as the first person to use term in relation to startups, argues it does because such business are rare among new companies, and investor Sunil Rajaraman notes venture capital firms don't want to miss the next big startup.
National Public Radio (8/12) 
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Make Your Startup Better
Impact accelerators may be the solution to scaling for social startups
Joining an impact accelerator can help socially minded startups overcome problems related to growth. Entrepreneurs can prepare by analyzing offerings to ensure they support the mission and talking with stakeholders to gain critical insight, among other tactics, writes Elyse Burden.
Forbes (8/13) 
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What this entrepreneur learned after selling a startup
Selling a startup is a long process, so Ben Faw, a veteran of mergers and acquisitions, recommends hiring additional people to bolster the business. He also advises meeting with potential buyers in person to build trust and not allowing advisers to become decision-makers.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (8/13) 
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Funding, IPOs and Acquisitions
When Entrepreneurs Fail
Critics question tech startup's disaster-response AI
Technology startup One Concern is drawing criticism for its artificial intelligence tool designed to help emergency responders figure out where people need saving during disasters. San Francisco was an early adopter but is ending its contract, citing the expense and uncertainties about One Concern's data.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/9) 
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You can't be everything to everyone -- and you shouldn't try.
Elyse Burden, co-founder of Real World Scholars, writing in Forbes
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