Key Trends and Statistics That Will Shape European Venture Capital for 2019 [Crunchbase]

A statistical overview of the European venture capital market about venture capital investment and fundraising, deal sizes and returns.

Small VC Funds Continue to Raise, Despite Pressure from Above [TechCrunch]

As fund sizes have increased significantly, the growth of smaller funds continue. In 2018, more sub-$100 million funds were raised in the U.S. than ever before.

Decade in Review: Trends in Seed-and-early-stage Funding [TechCrunch]

A look at key observations in the last decade outlining trends in deal volumes and round sizes.

12 Things You Need to Understand about the Silicon Valley Model before Using it in Other Markets [Entrepreneur]

Before expanding entrepreneurial interests in other countries, it is best to review and plan ahead by taking notes from what works and does not in Silicon Valley

The Technology 202: Venture capitalists balk at proposed export limits on AI, quantum computing [Washington Post]

Venture capitalists warn how the Trump Administration’s new export restrictions could adversely affect American start-ups projection for growth overseas.

10 Questions to Ask Before Committing to a Business Partner [Entrepreneur]

Much like personal relationships, it is important to set realistic expectations when starting a new business, this all starts with carefully choosing a great business partner.

Fintech waves reshape Gulf region [Bloomberg]

Fintech startups in the Middle East have continued to grow and with it transforming the banking system in the area.

Why Invest in Emerging Markets? [Forbes]

Growth in emerging markets are set to grow at a rapid rate, three times faster than developed nations according to the International Monetary Fund.

New US Development Entity Will Spur Investment In Africa [Law360]

The United States International Development Finance Corporation’s is slated to enter Africa’s emerging-markets and private equity sectors, promising a large generation of growth beginning in the fourth quarter of this year.

A tiny Gulf nation is opening its doors to crypto [Bloomberg]

A small Middle Eastern country known as Bahrain has once again become a prominent player of the financial sector by way of entering the cryptocurrency industry as it generates new ways of regulating this throughout the country.

The Technology 202: The Shutdown Is Over, but Companies Trying to Go Public Are Still in Limbo [Washington Post ]

Morrison & Foerster partners David M. Lynn and John M. Rafferty explain the impact that the government shutdown could have on companies looking to go public in the Washington Post article, “The Technology 202: The shutdown is over, but companies trying to go public are still in limbo.”

Navigating Geopolitics In US-China Investments [Law360]

Morrison & Foerster partner Charles C. Comey and associate Jim Ryan outline the latest developments that companies need to be aware of before investing in China or the U.S. in their Law360 article “Navigating Geopolitics In US-China Investments.”

Accelerator Funding Keeps Rising [Wall Street Journal]

Fueled by the dozens of accelerators that have popped up in recent years, accelerator funding doubled at the end of the third quarter this year compared with the total raised in all of 2017.

Chicago Unites To Showcase The Midwest Venture Ecosystem [Forbes]

U.S. News recently reported on why Chicago has become a top city for startups and entrepreneurs, highlighting the organization that works to promote the city’s technology industry, ChicagoNEXT.

The 3 Trends To Watch In Fintech, According To Top VCs [Forbes]

Venture capital funding for fintech startups has ballooned over the past several years, rising from $1.9 billion in 2010 to $27.5 billion in 2017. While some fintech trends like lending and mobile payment wallets have fizzled out, others are on the upswing.

This New $100 Million VC Fund Is Looking To Help Crypto Startups Bridge China And Silicon Valley [Forbes]

Its founders make an unlikely pair. But in the fast moving-intersection of capital and cryptocurrency, a new $100 million fund is looking to turn that into a big advantage.

You Can’t Get VC Funding for Your Startup. Now, What? [Entrepreneur]

Take heart, because there are other paths to take to launch a company — some very popular, and others virtually unknown.

Who Would Invest in Your Startup, and Why? [Entrepreneur]

The type of funding you should pursue depends on your business’s value and scalability.

Why Tokenized Securities May Well Lower the Barrier to Entry for Entrepreneurs [Entrepreneur]

Entrepreneurs who are able to conduct STOs, and not spend the millions of dollars required for an ICO, will enable more startups to enter the market.

As U.S. Cracks Down on H1-B Visas, Latin America Adds Fast-Track Alternatives for Entrepreneurs and Investors [Entrepreneur]

More and more entrepreneurs are setting up offices in Latin America where they can still hire talented foreigners without any visa hassle.

A Data-Driven Look at the U.S. Startup Ecosystem: Jobs Fade but Credit Rises [Inc.]

In the second quarter, big banks were more willing to lend to small businesses whose growth was tempered, in part, by wage competition.

How Healthy Is the U.S. Startup Economy? The Inc. Entrepreneurship Index Will Tell You Each Quarter, Based on Over 1 Million Data Points [Inc.]

This groundbreaking benchmark offers a by-the-numbers look at current U.S. entrepreneurial activity.

Fintech Frenzy: Hype or Reality? A Closer Look at 6 Key Sectors [Fortune]

A top venture capitalist grades the state of his industry – from payments to crypto.

Is South Korea Poised To be A Leader In AI? [Forbes]

Asia is aggressively pursuing artificial intelligence. Across the whole region, companies with an AI-focus are raising more money than ever before, with many Asian companies largely leading the way.

Millennials Are Driving The Digitalization of Finance [Forbes]

Over the last decade, consumer technology and the sharing economy has revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives.

Cybersecurity: A Major Concern and A Great Business Opportunity [Forbes]

Since this evil has grown along with this otherwise marvelous structure, spending on cybersecurity has skyrocketed, bringing many legitimate business opportunities with it.

Innovation In Goods and Services Will Soon Be Driven By Artificial Intelligence [Inc.]

AI-powered product and service creation is right around the corner. What does it mean for you?

Finding The Goldilocks Zone For Applied AI [TechCrunch]

To find the right opportunity around which to build an AI business, startups must apply the “Goldilocks principle” in several different dimensions to find the sweet spot that is “just right” to begin — not too far in one dimension, not too far in another.

Why Transparency Is Critical In This Data Economy [Forbes]

What is becoming more and more apparent to the consumer is the idea that these services, while appearing to be free, are actually pay-to-play with the pay being their data.

How (and How Not) To Fix AI [TechCrunch]

While artificial intelligence was once heralded as the key to unlocking a new era of economic prosperity, policymakers today face a wave of calls to ensure AI is fair, ethical and safe.

The World’s First “High-Tech Eco Village” will Reinvent Suburbs [Fast Company]

ReGen village, in the Netherlands, will collect and store its own water and energy, grow its own food, and process much of its own waste. Also: no cars.

How Virtual Reality Can Change the Way We See Our Molecular World [Forbes]

VR journeys into the molecular level aren’t just fun—they reveal important details of how nature is built and behaves, and could hold keys to engineering nanosystems, combating antimicrobial resistance, and making progress to understand neurodegenerative disease.

Liberty, Equality, Technology: France is Finally Poised to Become a Tech Power [TechCrunch]

There were 274 French companies at the latest CES, up from 13 less than a decade ago.

With New Tech Coming Online, Cities need a Department of Urban Testing [TechCrunch]

The design and operation of cities is the province of urban planning. But an explosion of startups in cities means a lot of new products and services for urban areas. The problem is, we don’t really know how people are going to use these new products and services.

Convergence of Brains and Chains [Forbes]

After many stops and starts it finally appears that we are on the verge of a true convergence explosion between Internet of Things (IOT), AI, and blockchain. Or in other words, the production of data, the consumption of data and the distribution of data.

Consumers are Obsessed with Digital Research and are Reshaping Customer Journeys as a Result [Forbes]

Research is now starting to show how smartphones are empowering customers to seek and discover richer, more personalized information.

IoT For Economic And Social Good: How The Internet Of Things Makes Our World Better [Forbes]

From smart home appliances to connected cars, consumers are increasingly experiencing the benefits of the internet of things (IoT). Although much attention has been paid to consumer and business IoT applications, many people remain unaware of the ways the IoT is delivering positive economic and social impacts, transforming our societies, the environment and our food supply chains for the better.

These Startups Are Defying The Status Quo In Crypto And Building Diverse Teams [Forbes]

In the nascent world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, gender and ethnic diversity are hard to come by. Men dominate “About us” pages of crypto projects across the globe.

Why are big VCs opening up crypto funds? [Recode]

Tech investors agree there is money to be made in cryptocurrency. They just don’t agree on how to make it.

Automated vehicle technology is starting to show up wherever there’s wheels — including motorcycles [Recode]

The market is attracting startups and traditional automotive suppliers alike.

Why Smarter Voice Assistants Means You’ll Have More Time to Work on Your Business [Entrepreneur]

AI can do brain-draining menial tasks flawlessly, so you can focus on the higher-level work no machine can do.

The modern workforce is freelance–cities should get ready [Fast Company]

By 2027, half the U.S. population will be freelance. If cities focus on that, attracting independent workers and startups suddenly seems a lot more important than, say, courting Amazon.

This Is The Most Pressing Challenge Facing New York City’s Tech Ecosystem [Inc.]

Instead if trying to attract talent from other states, New York founders should work with their local government to support the existing talent pipeline.

Should You Start Up In Munich? [Inc.]

If you want to start a company in Germany, most of the action is in Berlin. But Munich is assembling the elements for a lively startup hub. Munich’s momentum depends in part on whether a local startup can create a snowball effect through a successful exit.

Why the Rise in Female Angel Investors Is Good News for Women-Led Startups [Entrepreneur]

It’s no surprise that more funding for women entrepreneurs coincides with an increase in the number of women angel investors.

How can we unlock the power of the innovation system for good? [Fast Company]

How innovators, investors, managers, and policymakers can come together to make change.

Entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico Are Solving Problems in Hurricane Maria’s Aftermath [Entrepreneur]

Puerto Rico was struggling long before Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017. The Puerto Rican government had been looking for potential solutions toward economic recovery, and it had turned to Chile with the goal of emulating its successful government-funded accelerator, Startup Chile.

Is the freelance economy really shrinking? [Fast Company]

Researchers have been asking “How big is the freelance economy?” for years now. It might be time to start asking different questions.

The Stats on Co-working Spaces Are Even Better Than What They Seem [Entrepreneur]

Co-working spaces are creating prosperity for many more people than the entrepreneurs renting offices.

People are really into impact investing [Fast Company]

In just one year, the estimated value of the impact-investing sector has roughly doubled. There are now $228 billion in assets under management, according to a recent survey from the Global Impact Investing Network, which is up an estimated $114 billion since mid-2017. Placing bets that provide both a financial and social or environmental return is booming.

The Best-Kept Secret in Nashville: Its Thriving Tech Scene [Inc.]

Nashville may be known as the country music capital, but a slew of ethical fashion brands, Pinewood Social, and an $84 billion health care economy are transforming its reputation as an emerging tech hub.

These angel investors want to bring women into startups early—and get them equity [CNBC]

Silicon Valley is still under fire for its lack of diversity. At tech giants like Apple and Google, women still comprise less than a third of employees, and female founders drew just 2 percent of VC dollars last year. One group of female angel investors is working on a plan they hope will help close those gaps by honing in on the nexus of power: the allocation of shares to founding employees of startups.

Some of the top female founders in the U.S. are backing the latest Female Founders Fund [TechCrunch]

Roughly five years after the launch of its first fund in 2013, Female Founders Fund (F3) has closed on $27 million for its latest seed fund — backed by some of the startup world’s top women entrepreneurs and investors.

How AI Anxiety Is Creating More Jobs For Humans [Fast Company]

Some experts predict a boom in jobs meant to ensure that AI systems keep in step with legal and regulatory obligations, ethical responsibilities, and community standards.

New Issue Areas Attracting Impact Investors, And Why [Forbes]

We sat down with Katherine St. Onge, Director, Syndications and Institutional Partnerships, at Calvert Impact Capital, and discussed what new issue areas are attracting impact investors – and why.

FRANCE’S BIG PIVOT [Forbes]

Take a centrist president with a private sector background, the country’s top tech billionaire and the world’s best incubator, and the potential is tantalizing: Can they transform Europe’s perennial economic underperformer into an entrepreneurial hotbed?

Trying Something That’s Never Been Done Before? Top Tips from Entrepreneur Pioneers [Entrepreneur]

Leadership advice for those brave souls heading into the great unknown.

What’s Next? 5 Technology Trends that Will Shape Retail and Commercial Banking [Forbes]

In its annual Banking Tech Vision research, Accenture looks beyond current, visible trends and identifies what’s next in terms of the technologies that could disrupt the retail and commercial banking industry.

The 2018 Midas Brink List: Meet Venture Capital’s Up-And-Comers [Forbes]

Each year, in conjunction with the Midas List, TrueBridge publishes a “Brink List” of investors who have not yet joined the Midas ranks but who have been making a name for themselves in the venture capital industry.

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Is Launching a Tech Incubator [Fortune]

The venture will focus on consumer media and artificial intelligence.

Over 400 Startups Are Trying to Become the Next Warby Parker. Inside the Wild Race to Overthrow Every Consumer Category [Inc.]

Wharton professors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs are fueling an entire generation of Warby Parkers. Now there are more than 400 startups tackling products from toothbrushes to bras. What could go wrong?

6 Hottest Industries for Millennial Entrepreneurs [Inc.]

Twenty-something founders are crowding around health food, influencer marketing, and services for minority groups, according to the results of Inc.’s annual 30 under 30.

Techstars Is On the Hunt for Brilliant Startups With 1 Key Trait. Do You Have It? [Forbes]

Business accelerator Techstars is on the hunt for brilliant minds behind explosive new ideas. And while it has historically worked more often with men, it’s actively working to engage more women.

The Next Wave Of Tech-For-Good Companies Are Being Built By Women And Minorities [Fast Company]

A simple question you can ask about new startups: Are they building a gizmo or app to bring American consumers more joy or convenience? Or are they building a product or service that radically improves the lives of the poor and disenfranchised around the world?

A New Wave of Innovation Hubs Sweeping the World [Forbes]

Around the world, in places like Barcelona, Paris, Buenos Aires and New York, there’s an exciting new co-location concept spurring innovation: Multi-sector innovation hubs that span a range of business models, ownership structures, and physical layouts.

UC Santa Cruz joins Silicon Valley accelerator action [Silicon Valley Business Journal]

SVLink is on the Santa Clara campus of UC Santa Cruz, where it hopes to work with as many as 27 startups. It is the third accelerator or incubator opened by the school in the past year.

Hearst Ventures: A Media Giant’s Pipeline to the Future [Forbes]

In a period of convulsive turmoil for the media industry, job-one for executives is to stay ahead of disruption and avoid catastrophic strategic mistakes. Which makes a look at a quiet arm of Hearst—Hearst Ventures—timely and illuminating.

Funding For Female Entrepreneurs in the UK Takes a Tumble [Forbes]

New data shows female entrepreneurs in the UK were offered less investment last year than in 2016

What’s The Next Big Thing In Healthcare? [Fortune]

Helping medical professionals to more easily interact with such databases is just one possibility.

12 Startups Utilizing Blockchain Technology in New Ways [Entrepreneur]

Blockchain is good for a lot more than just Bitcoin.

7 Women VCs on How Female Founders Can Get More Venture Dollars [Fortune]

Only 2% of venture funding went to female founders, and just 8% of partners at the top venture capital firms are women.

Harlem Capital Wants to Fund 1000 Founders of Color [Forbes]

Harlem Capital Partners is part of the growing wave of investors who bank on influencing the industry’s color paradigm.

Y Combinator is looking for startups to solve fake video and these 8 other problems [Silicon Valley Business Journal]

Y Combinator hears from thousands of founders every year who want to follow in the footsteps of Dropbox, Airbnb or other “unicorns” the Mountain View startup accelerator has produced. But there are opportunities that remain unsolved that YC’s partners say they would like to hear more pitches about, like the problem of fake video.

Here’s Why Austin Could Become the New Silicon Valley [Inc.]

Tech industry employees in the city made 7 percent more money on average in 2017 than they did the year before.

18 Investors That Could Fund Your Hardtech Startup [Inc.]

Hardware is hard. These investors know how to make it work.

John Legend Is Backing Startups from Former Inmates, Including 3 from D.C. He Tells Us Why. [Washington Business Journal]

Grammy award-winning artist John Legend and venture philanthropy fund New Profit have teamed up to support eight formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs from across the country — and three are growing their businesses in Washington. The 20-year-old Boston-based nonprofit, which supports social entrepreneurs with access to capital and leadership, has launched the Unlocked Futures accelerator, a program to help returning citizens from prisonbuild their organizations.

New York City Aiming to Be the Country’s Cybersecurity Hub [The Wall Street Journal]

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiative to turn the city into a hub for the development of cybersecurity technology is beginning to attract technology startups. The mayor has said he wants to see 10,000 cybersecurity jobs created in the city over the next decade, and the city is preparing to open a startup accelerator focused on cybersecurity.

Do Tech Incubators Work? NYU Tandon Future Labs Answer: 3,200 Jobs and $4 Billion for New York [NYU]

NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s FutureLabs – a network of startup business hubs that includes the Data, Urban, Digital, and recently launched Veterans Future Lab – today reported an estimated economic impact on New York City’s economy of $4.06 billion since launching in 2009 as the first incubators with city support through the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Adam Draper’s Boost VC Closes New Fund to Become the ‘Y Combinator of Sci-Fi Startups’ [Venturebeat]

The San Mateo, California-based accelerator kicked off its eleventh “tribe” this week with a cohort of 20 startups, and announced the close of its third fund of $38.6 million. Even though Boost VC initially focused on Bitcoin, it has now expanded to include other verticals, such as virtual reality (VR), jetpacks, and space startups.

Tech Startups Aren’t the Hottest in America Anymore. Here’s What Replaced Them [Inc.]

In a game of word association, the prompt “entrepreneur” might elicit responses like “Silicon Valley,” “venture capital,” and (pick one) “Zuckerberg”/”Musk”/”Jobs.” But, in actuality, the large majority of fast-growth companies are not in tech at all. That’s according to a new study from the Brookings Institution, which took a deep dive into the Inc. 5000, Inc.’s ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

The Forbes Fintech 50 For 2018 [Forbes]

While crypto hogs the headlines, technology is disrupting the $8.5 trillion (market cap) U.S. financial services industry in less flashy ways, changing how we invest, borrow and save; how big banks control risk; and how hedge funds analyze data and place their bets. Worldwide, $27.4 billion poured into fintech startups in 2017, Accenture reports, up 18% from 2016.

4 Of Our Biggest Global Problems Are Big Business Opportunities [Fast Company]

As the world falls behind on some of the Sustainable Development Goals–inequality, consumption, climate change, and clean oceans–there are also places for aspiring social entrepreneurs to find a niche.

Female Founders Got 2% of Venture Capital Dollars in 2017 [Fortune]

Believe it or not, that’s up from last year.

Startup Roundup: Foodtech Incubators to Watch in 2018 [The Spoon]

While developing food technology has been a priority of many since the beginning of last century, it’s only been in recent years the concept of startup accelerators/incubators has taken hold. It seems, though, that foodtech is making up for lost time. Startups are everywhere now, from new takes on the meal kit concept to vertical farming platforms to managing pesticide levels. And everyone from Tyson to IKEA to the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is... Read more »...

World’s Largest Startup Accelerator Plug and Play Japan is Launching “Mobility” Startup Accelerator Program [Tech Startups]

World’s largest startup accelerator, Plug and Play Japan, yesterday announced the launch of Mobility as a new genre for its startup accelerator program in addition to Fintech, IoT, Insurtech for the Batch 1 program. This new Mobility program is being launched in partnership with Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. As a leading partner.

ICO Won’t Make Startups Skip Accelerator Programs [Forbes]

ICOS have gained tremendous popularity as a funding method for many investors and startups. What does this mean for accelerators?

Being a Female Entrepreneur Can Be Incredibly Lonely. This Founder Is Changing That. [Entrepreneur]

Kathleen Griffith, the founder behind Build Like a Woman, plans on forging connections and community with female entrepreneurs.

Scale Your Values to Scale Your Business [Entrepreneur]

Losing sight of the values that comprise your company culture makes organizations less successful, efficient and effective. It can even cause companies to fall apart. Don’t undermine or undervalue your company’s values or mission.

Andrew Ng unveils the AI Fund, with $175 million to back new startups [Venturebeat]

AI superstar Andrew Ng has spent the past year launching a handful of new initiatives, and now he’s at it again with the AI Fund, a startup incubator that will back small teams of experts looking to solve key problems using machine learning.

Virtru: How These Brothers Protect The World’s Data [Forbes]

Virtru is an email encryption and data security company that was founded by brothers John and Will Ackerly.

Andela Aims To Solve The Developer Shortage With Tech Workers From Africa [Forbes]

Founded in 2014 and funded with $80 million in venture capital from Google Ventures, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and others, Andela supplies developers who work remotely from Africa for companies around the world.

Why Startups Are Coming To Latin America: The Allure Of Government-Backed Accelerators [Forbes]

With the accelerator industry now booming around the world, giving thousands of entrepreneurs access to cash flow, mentoring and the potential to network, governments in Latin America have seen how this industry can be fruitful and, in the long run, helpful to their economies. Here are three leading public accelerators in Latin America helping to push the region forward.

Scale Up: How Three Small Business Owners Think Big [Forbes]

Three small business owners share insights on how they scaled their business.

Here are the most common uses of AI on your smartphone today [Business Insider]

Artificial intelligence is starting to permeate the technology that we use everyday. That's especially true in smartphones, where apps that rely on machine learning and AI are increasingly common.

Why Blockchain Matters to Small Businesses [Entrepreneur]

The technology can be used for much more than cryptocurrency.

Why Your Small Size Is an Asset — Not Something to Overcome [Inc.]

Startups around the world are beating their much larger competitors for market share by plugging holes, thinking locally, and staying current.

20 Female-Founded Startups That Grew Like Crazy in 2017 [Inc.]

Women entrepreneurs quietly accomplished amazing things in 2017.

IBM and Comcast back a blockchain accelerator [Business Insider]

IBM and Comcast Ventures, the telco giant's VC arm, have announced that they will provide support services and funding, respectively, for MState, a new accelerator and investment fund for startups developing blockchain solutions for large enterprises.

Dodgers Accelerator Program Revamped With Launch Of Global Sports Venture Studio [Dodger Blue]

Building on the success they’ve had over the past two years, the Dodgers and R/GA announced the launch of the Global Sports Venture Studio. The platform is designed to enable and support collaborations between forward-thinking organizations and emerging startups under a new year-round format.

12 Tech Trends That Will Define 2018 [Entrepreneur]

Get ready to step into the future.

3 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Understand About Blockchain Technology [Entrepreneur]

No single entity has veto power over the rest of the network in a blockchain, eliminating top-down corruption and manipulation while empowering the community.

A Look at 42 Women In Tech Who Crushed It in 2017 [TechCrunch]

Highlighting just 42 of the many women who defied the stats in 2017

Finally Starting Your Business This Year? Here’s Your Ultimate 12-Point Checklist [Inc.]

You’ve had the idea for a while. Now is the time to act. This startup guide will get you up and running fast.

The Other Tech Bubble [Vince Timoney]

2017 has been another good year for the venture capital industry from a financial perspective. However, 2017 will be far more memorable for the negative headlines the industry generated (Erin Griffith – The Other Tech Bubble). For many of those in Silicon Valley and beyond perception has become reality.

Can Hong Kong Become a World Leader in Digital Infrastructure? [Michael Bruck]

Hong Kong’s tech innovation scene has evolved and developed into a thriving community and a lot has already been written about its successes and challenges. One recurring question is what will it take for it to hit a tipping point that catapults it into the realm of a true global tech center?

Startups Selected for Inaugural InsurTech Acceleration Program in Hartford [Insurance Journal]

Hartford InsurTech Hub, an initiative established in 2017 by Hartford, Conn.-based insurance companies, the city of Hartford and CTNext, has selected the 2018 group of 11 startups that will participate in its inaugural acceleration program, The InsurTech Accelerator.

Tel Aviv accelerator inks partnerships in Ohio and Germany [Israel21C]

Youngstown Business Incubator and Germany’s Innogy team up with The Junction to bring disruptive Israeli startups to their markets.

AI Dominated 2017. Here’s What’s Coming Next. [Fast Company]

Artificial intelligence was one of the hottest topics of 2017. AIs developed new languages in which to converse; the debate raged over whether AI will automate our jobs or augment our skills; and the insidious ways in which bias can infiltrate AI systems became all too real in our politics. So what will 2018 look like, compared to the tumult of the past year? Co.Design spoke to five experts in design and artificial intelligence to find out.

What it Was Like to Work at Startups in 2017, According to Over 850 Founders Surveyed by a Top VC Firm [Business Insider]

This year, the VC firm First Round surveyed nearly 900 startup founders to provide insight into what the startup landscape is like in 2017.

Stitch Fix’s CEO says ‘We’ve been underestimated before’ [ReCode]

A few hours after the company opened trading on Friday, Jason Del Rey visited Nasdaq for a candid discussion with founder and CEO Katrina Lake about their path from start-up to IPO.

As Entrepreneurship Thrives, Women Are Starting More Innovative Businesses Than Men [Forbes]

More than 25 million Americans were starting or running new businesses in the United States in the past two years, and more than half see opportunities for starting companies, according to the new Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2016 United States Report from Babson College. More than ever, the people seizing those opportunities are women.

The Founder Of UncommonGoods Shares The Best Failure Of His Career [Forbes]

On the search for unique holiday gifts? Few websites boast more fun, unusual and interesting products than UncommonGoods. The founder, Dave Bolotsky, got the idea for the site while visiting a Smithsonian Museum craft show in 1999.

There’s A Sprawling College Building In Utah Where 400 Students Live, Sleep, And Study To Be Entrepreneurs Around The Clock. [Business Insider]

The University of Utah is helping redefine how entrepreneurs are created on the collegiate level.

After Being Told She Wasn’t ‘Entrepreneurial,’ This Woman’s Startup Is on Track to Hit $40 Million in Sales This Year [Entrepreneur]

The co-founder of sheet company, Brooklinen learned to stay focused, determined, and motivated to make her startup a success.

Where the Software Industry is Growing Outside Silicon Valley [ReCode]

Indiana and North Carolina are among the states seeing the fastest growth within the software industry.

Accel launches UC Berkeley mentorship program [TechCrunch]

UC Berkeley is the top-ranked public school in the country and renowned venture firm Accel is making an effort to get to know its community. The team is launching Accel Scholars, a program to mentor a select group of electrical engineering and computer science students.

Petuum secures $93M Series B to push AI into the mainstream [TechCrunch]

With a shortage of machine learning developers bearing down on the industry, startups and big tech companies alike are moving to democratize the tools necessary to commercialize artificial intelligence. The latest startup, Petuum, is announcing a $93 million Series B this morning from Softbank and Advantech Capital.

The entrepreneurs leading 8 of the fastest-growing new retailers in the world share their best business advice [Business Insider]

Eight fellow entrepreneurs share insight that changed the way they thought about their business.

Investors Didn’t Take Her Seriously. Then She Built Outdoor Voices, Activewear’s Next Big Thing. [Entrepreneur]

Tyler Haney has a motto: "Doing Things." And it's how this runner kept going, despite the setbacks.

4 Ways to Prepare Your Marketing for the Upcoming Holiday Season [Entrepreneur]

Get your business and promotion schedule prepped for the busiest shopping season of the year.

Advice For Pitching Investors From The Founding Partner Of Female Founders Fund [Forbes]

Anu Duggal, who started Female Founders Fund, gives her advice for getting over one of the biggest barriers to entrepreneurship.

Lori Systems wins Best of Show at Startup Battlefield Africa [TechCrunch]

After an incredibly fierce competition in Nairobi, Kenya, here are the winners of TechCrunch’s first ever Startup Battlefield Africa.

How to Make Your Startup Global Without Breaking The Bank [Forbes]

You can take advantage of incredible marketing opportunities across the world and rapidly expand your market range simply by translating your product or service.

3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Overcome the Startup Drought [Entrepreneur]

It’s still possible to create a Silicon Valley success story. But to do that, your company is going to have to be scrappy.

Israel, China set up first accelerator program in Beijing [Times of Israel]

Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry said Sunday it was setting up a first China-Israel accelerator program in Beijing together with Chinese partner ShengJing Group, a fund-of-funds manager and consulting firm. The program aims to help Israeli technology companies penetrate the Chinese market by providing five selected Israeli firms with the knowledge, mentorship, and fundraising resources necessary for a successful foray.

Startup Accelerators Aren’t Banking on Exits Any More [Entrepreneur]

Accelerators are increasingly selling a range of services to generate ongoing revenue, without waiting years for startups to be sold, including charging for mentorship, subletting office space, hosting events and working with corporations.

Startup Accelerators Have Become More Popular in Emerging Markets — and They’re Working [Harvard Business Review]

For decades, we have heard that emerging markets are poised for huge growth that will yield even greater prosperity. But a long list of obstacles always seems to be getting in the way of realizing this potential. Startup accelerator programs have been touted as one path to faster progress. Much like their famed Silicon Valley counterparts, emerging market accelerators aim to boost startups’ potential for raising growth capital.

Singapore signs new partnerships to help startups break into China [thestack.com]

Singaporean government agency International Enterprise Singapore (IE) has signed two new Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with tech partners in China to help local startups tap into the Chinese market and the country’s resources for innovation.

Connect Partners with S.D. in $2.5M Public Accelerator Program for Startups [San Diego Business Journal]

Local nonprofit Connect, San Diego’s oldest startup accelerator, has won a contract to partner with the city on a new publicly-funded accelerator program for startups.

Female Founded Apps That Secured Funding Against All Odds, and Are Now Taking The Tech Sector By Storm [Inc.]

Are we beginning to see a shift when it comes to female founders receiving venture funding for tech startups? These women are a strong indicator that we are.

24 Must-Have Tools for Running a Growing Company Today [Inc.]

How many tools does it take to run a company today? The answer might shock you.

The not-so-obvious reason Ikea bought TaskRabbit [Inc.]

There’s no market research like going into people’s homes and seeing how they live.

5 Major Industries And Their Next-Gen Disruptors [Forbes]

Almost 70% of the 2017 Next Billion Dollar Startup List, produced by Forbes and TrueBridge Capital, are concentrated in just five industries: fintech, healthcare and biotech, “new space,” data and analytics, and logistics.

The Sweet Success Story of A Lawyer Turned Chocolatier [Forbes]

Maggie Callahan has found fortune as a newcomer to an industry whose biggest players boast storied histories.

What Successful Entrepreneurs Outsource to a Virtual Assistant [Entrepreneur]

Here are the most common tasks to delegate to a VA.

Emerging Markets Have a Lot to Teach Us About Entrepreneurship [Entrepreneur]

Government support of small business and investments in women-owned startups could do much to keep America on the forefront.

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Started: With Nicholas Horbaczewski, CEO and Founder of the Drone Racing League (DRL) [Huffington Post]

Nicholas Horbaczewski divulges five things he wishes he knew when starting Drone Racing League.

SparkLabs Group launches an agricultural tech accelerator called Cultiv8 in Australia [TechCrunch]

SparkLabs Group, which claims to be the largest startup accelerator group in Asia, is stepping into agricultural tech with a new program created in partnership with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Ignoring Industry Wisdom Propelled this Brand to Success in Less Than 12 Months [Entrepreneur]

SENREVE founders reveal the importance of staying true to your vision even when it goes against expert advice.

How This Entrepreneur Secured a Global Deal with Microsoft [Entrepreneur]

Microsoft's recent decision to motivate its value-added partners to sell third-party solutions has created several openings for small businesses to gain big revenue advantages.

How TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot Conquers Everyday Tasks [Forbes]

Stacy Brown-Philpot discusses the future of work, the gig economy, and how she runs TaskRabbit, the online and mobile marketplace to match freelancers with local demand.

Three Things To Focus On When Pitching Your Product Launch To The Press [Forbes]

So you have a product in the pipeline, and finally—after months of development—you’re ready to launch. You want some publicity, so you’re going to approach media. Here are three things to keep in mind.

Seven Travel Tech Start-Ups Taking Europe By Storm [Forbes]

With 200 travel tech businesses attracting £2.5 billion of funding in 2016 according to CB Insights, and online bookings rising all the time—76% of UK holidaymakers booked a holiday online last year—the travel tech industry is booming.

How An Accidental Entrepreneur Created A $30M Online Business [Forbes]

Jane Lu’s path to success was a winding road that took her halfway across the world — and through a significant rough patch —before taking her to the top.

Y Combinator bets startups solving boring business problems will mint its next great fortune [Quartz]

In a shift from its origins, the storied Silicon Valley accelerator that backed Airbnb and Reddit is now funding more business-to-business (B2B) startups than consumer startups.

6 Startups That Could Help Slash The Cost Of College [Fast Company]

From micro-scholarships to FAFSA tools, college financing startups are on the rise.

5 Ways Fintech Is Changing Wall Street, Main Street And Everything In Between [Forbes]

Driven by startups bent on innovation, fintech is giving the traditional financial services model a run for its money. The resulting disruption has made a lasting impression on five distinct aspects of the financial industry.

How Amazon’s Nonstop Growth Is Creating A Brand-New Seattle [Fast Company]

The Emerald City is booming, driven by its homegrown tech giant. But Amazon is trying to keep Seattle livable.

WhatsApp’s Cofounder On How It Reached 1.3 Billion Users Without Losing Its Focus [Fast Company]

Even under Facebook ownership, Jan Koum says that the simplicity and efficiency that made WhatsApp a hit in the first place remain all-important.

Want to Build a Billion-Dollar Business? Here Are 2 Simple Ideas That Helped These Two Skincare Heavyweights. [Entrepreneur]

The developers behind Proactiv, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, share their success strategies and routines.

How Glossier Hacked Social Media to Build A Cult-Like Following [Entrepreneur]

Former blogger Emily Weiss had a hunch: If she could translate women's real needs into products, she could build a beauty company unlike any other.

Tech companies spend more on R&D than any other companies in the U.S. [Recode]

According to a study by FactSet, the technology sector leads the U.S. in R&D spending.

CB Insights Announces The Fintech 250 [CB Insights]

Who are the emerging fintech companies that will change the face of financial services? The Fintech 250 identifies and recognizes the 250 most promising, private fintech companies from around the world.

Impact Investing – How Silicon Valley’s “Techies” are getting involved [MoFo]

Successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have entered the impact investing space. This article provides an overview of who is involved and what they've done to pursue social and environmental missions.

Conscious Venture Lab’s New Accelerator Cohort Will Focus On Smart Cities [CityBiz-Maryland]

Conscious Venture Lab put out the call this week to apply for its first cohort in West Baltimore. The accelerator that helps on impact-minded businesses is planning to fund up to 10 companies for the four-month program, which begins in August. Companies get an investment of $50,000 and access to office space and mentors in exchange for eight percent equity.

Mindful merge: Women-targeted accelerator fuels startups with a blend of awareness, family and fun [BizWest-Colorado]

In a region that’s fertile ground for new businesses and the mentoring programs that support them, MergeLane always has been a bit different. Next year, the woman-centered accelerator will build on those differences.

Where To Find The UK’s Accelerators and Incubators [Forbes]

How much support is out there for growing UK businesses? The short answer is plenty – if you know where to look for it.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils 3-year incubator programme in Singapore [The Business Times-Singapore]

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on Monday unveiled a three-year incubator programme in Singapore to partner local companies to create and commercialise new technologies.

Pope-inspired accelerator brings a little Silicon Valley to the Vatican [Silicon Beat]

Menlo Park-based investor Stephen Forte, of Fresco Capital, is launching an accelerator in Rome for social impact startups. Forte says he was inspired to do so by Pope Francis, who in a TED Talk last month challenged tech companies to act with thoughts of equality and social inclusion in mind, and has been an advocate for action on climate change.

The First Food Tech Accelerator In China Is Funding Silkworm Flour And Fancy Juices [Fast Company]

A new food tech accelerator, the first of its kind in China, hopes to help tackle the problem of food safety–along with a long list of other challenges in agriculture and health in the country, from sustainably meeting a growing demand for protein to addressing the fact that there are now more overweight people in China than in the U.S.

6 Innovative Ways to Attract New Customers [Entrepreneur]

Read about new and innovative strategies you can employ to make your business stand out from the rest.