Only 14% of venture capital investment went to startups with female founders in the third quarter, finds an analysis of 276 rounds. One-fifth of VC investment has gone to women-founded startups so far this year, although much of that tally came from Ant Financial's huge $14 billion Series C round.
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Scooter-sharing startup Bird has snapped up Dennis Cinelli, Uber's former head of finance, and Yibo Ling, Uber's former director of corporate development. "As Bird enters its second year, we're continuing to expand our talented executive team to build on and scale our momentum," Bird founder Travis VanderZanden said.
Lime is preparing to request a temporary restraining order after being denied a permit to operate its electric scooters in San Francisco. Lime alleges that the city's selection process "was riddled with bias," but a city official disputed that notion, saying it was "thoughtful, fair and transparent."
The expected $2 billion US initial public offering by China's Tencent Music Entertainment is being postponed until at least next month, sources say. The company, which owns a popular music app, reportedly will wait for the markets to stabilize before moving ahead with the offering.
It's important for startups to uncover the true source of the value they provide to customers rather than fixating on their products, writes Aytekin Tank. Listening to customers can help with this process, writes Tank, who shares five questions that can help you uncover consumers' hidden needs.
Many startup founders dream of a lucrative exit, but running a profitable business for many years into the future is also an appealing option. There are downsides to this "get rich slow" approach, but it allows for a degree of freedom that public companies do not have, writes Joseph Flaherty.
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Economist Nouriel Roubini has told US lawmakers cryptocurrencies are "the mother of all scams." Roubini, who is famous for predicting the 2008 financial crisis, said that the "crypto bloodbath is in full view" and that blockchain is "the most overhyped -- and least useful -- technology in human history."