Startup Roundup June 16, 2016


Why Startups Are Struggling

Even amid the venture capital boom of the past few years, entrepreneurs are finding it harder to build big, enduring companies. What does this mean for the future of innovation? 


Where are they now? Startup Battlefield participant Valor Water raises $1.6M | TechCrunch

Faced with droughts and an increasing environmental effort in America to conserve water, utility companies have struggled to keep their financial houses in order in light of reduced usage. 


The 5 Fundamentals for Growing Your Startup

It can be an exciting thing, starting your own business. But like many others who have begun their own startup companies, it soon becomes apparent how daunting it can be to make the company a success, or even just to keep it going. 


After the gold rush, Shenzhen start-ups watch their bottom lines — FT.com

If the Chinese government sees the economy’s future in the mushrooming of new, innovative companies, then that future may lie in Shenzhen. The end of China’s export boom has left behind manufacturing and labour infrastructure in this southern city that is uniquely capable of meeting the needs of start-ups. 


Techstars’ Brad Feld: How to create a killer start-up pitch

Few people know more about what it takes to pitch a venture capitalistthan Brad Feld. He is co-founder of the prestigious Techstarsaccelerator, which has mentored 762 start-ups to date, helping them garner more than $2 billion in funding. 


Andreessen Sees Big Exits for Tech Startups in Next Wave – Bloomberg

Marc Andreessen sees technology startups cashing out in a wave of acquisitions and public stock offerings over the next few years. 


The Big New Crowdfunding Vehicle for Startups Is a Bit of a Flop So Far

On May 16, the latest stage of the 2012 JOBS Act took effect, but the expected gusher proved to be only a trickle: Only ten portals were approved, for crowdfunding for small investors. 


EEI Partners with Startup Incubator to Accelerate Innovation in Energy

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which represents U.S. investor-owned utilities, along with its Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI), has developed a new partnership with startup incubator 1776 to accelerate the pace of innovation in energy. 


Electric car startups fueled by Chinese money aim to catch Tesla | Reuters

A few miles from Tesla Motors Inc’s (TSLA.O) Palo Alto headquarters, a Silicon Valley startup plans to challenge the electric car maker with a rival family of vehicles designed and built in the United States with major backing from Chinese investors. 

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