Ideatrotter: Disruptive 2.0 Intelligence

When its time to step down as CEO

Ben Horowitz is a founder and partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs become successful CEOs and build important and enduring companies. Andreessen Horowitz provides seed, venture and growth-stage funding to the best new technology companies, and the firm currently has $2.5 billion under management across two funds.

Among its investments are Airbnb, Facebook, Foursquare, Jawbone, Coinbase, Pinterest, and Zulily. Ben was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007 for $1.6 billion, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP.

Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line.

Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation. Ben has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA. He serves on the board of many companies including Foursquare, Jawbone, Okta, Magnet, Nicira and Tidemark. Ben also pens his own blog, Ben’s Blog (www.bhorowitz.com), where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company. You can also find him on Twitter at @bhorowitz.

#video #venture capital #Funding #business model #strategy

The Cycle of Venture Capital Returns

Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), speaks with Nina Xiang about the history of DFJ’s investment activities in China, where he is focused on funding the next big tech companies, his big misses in China, and his views on the next tech bubble that he thinks is coming right now.

#video #venture capital #investing #Funding #strategy #china
1 note

Pilot Health Tech NYC 2014

Pilot Health Tech NYC 2014 has launched! It provides $1,000,000 to fund pilots of new health technologies in New York City. The City’s program (powered by Health 2.0) matches early-stage health or healthcare technology companies with key NYC healthcare institutions, including hospitals, clinics, and major employers, to validate new technologies that improve New Yorkers’ health. 

#video #Health Care #technology #innovation #Funding #vc

New developments in South Africa’s venture capital market

There are an exciting number of new developments happening in the South African venture capital market, specifically around legislation that will encourage new investors to participate in the sector.

#video #africa #venture capital #Funding

Canary a Home Monitoring Device Shatters Its Indiegogo Funding Goal

Canary is a little console, slightly smaller than the size of a paper towel roll, that’s packed with a host of sensors, a mic, and an HD camera. For $200 down, this little guy will connect to the Wifi, sync with your phone, and constantly watch your home. I say watch, and not monitor, because Canary can only see as far as its sensors will allow, whereas most home security systems are wired in to monitor every crack and crevice of a home. 

#video #crowdsourcing #Funding #technology

Health Tech Startups are the new buzz?

Entrepreneur Online goes inside Blueprint Health, a health-tech accelerator in New York City, to meet some of the entrepreneurs working to give health care a digital upgrade. Venture-capital dollars have been flowing into the sector in recent years.

Wendy Nguyen is the co-founder of HealthyOut, an app that helps people make healthy dining choices. Tim Soo, who co-founded Meddik, uses the collective wisdom of crowds to provide a new way to search for health-care information on the web. They also meet Seth Freedman, co-founder of intelligentM, which aims to cut down on hospital-caught infections through smart tags. 

#video #Health Care #food #venture capital #Funding

How PE-backed Samhi is building its hotels portfolio

Two-year-old Samhi Hotels Pvt Ltd is following a build-and-buy strategy to expand its business in India and already boasts around 22 hotel properties in various stages of operations and development. Co-founded by Ashish Jakhanwala (who previously led the hotel major Accor’s business in India) besides Steve Rushmore and Manav Thadani (founder and senior executive of the hospitality consulting outfit HVS, respectively), it is one of the new-generation hospitality firms to have attracted large private equity funding.

The company is majority-owned by early investors Equity International and GTI Capital who had committed around $100 million to the firm over a year ago, of which Equity International came in with $75 million. Speaking to VCCircle, Samhi MD & CEO Jakhanwala said the firm would continue with its build-and-buy strategy and scout for more opportunities, mostly in the metros and the mini-metros in India.Watch the video to know more about Samhi’s strategy and expansion plans going forward.

#video #private equity #Funding #business model #strategy #india

What investment style is right for your startup?

Many people waste time sending business plans to Venture Capitalists, begging bank managers for loans, creating CrowdFunding videos, or pitching their ideas to any angel investor that they can find. If you are scattered in your finance raising strategy, you will experience a lot of rejection, frustration and more importantly,.waste a lot of your valuable time. 

There are two models discussed in this presentation - 

1. Before CrowdFunding (BC) 

2 - After Debt Crisis (AD) 

Quickly see when you should use the triple F round, bank lending, angel investors, venture capital, private equity, equity capital markets, debt capital markets, CrowdFunding, CrowdLending or CrowdInvesting. 

#video #Funding #venture capital #investing #finance #crowdsourcing

Green Infra Seeking $150 Million for Wind Farms, Considers IPO

Green Infra Ltd., an Indian wind-farm developer backed by IDFC Private Equity, is in talks with at least two investors to raise $150 million.

The funds raised will be used to increase generation capacity to 1 gigawatt from 295 megawatts in two years, Chief Executive Officer Shivanand Nimbargi said in a phone interview from New Delhi. The company may consider an initial public offering in 2015, he said.

India, the third-biggest wind market, is attracting investments as the cost of wind power declines and fossil-fuel imports increases, making renewable energy more competitive with coal. Developers’ bids in auctions for coal-fired power stations have ranged from $49 to $78 a megawatt-hour, compared with tariffs for wind farms between $66 and $105 a megawatt-hour, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Green Infra, which bought BP Plc (BP/)’s Indian wind-energy businesses in 2009, has 270 megawatts of wind farms and 25 megawatts of solar plants in the country, Nimbargi said. BP’s unit included about 100 megawatts of that total.

#video #green #energy #wind #IPO #technology #Funding
1 note

MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. It turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween:

It comes ready to use out of the box with everything you see above: MaKey MaKey, Alligator Clips, USB Cable.

How Does it Work?

When you touch the apple, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input. 

Make + Key = MaKey MaKey! 

#video #invention #innovation #technology #kickstarter #Funding
1 note