So: Are we in a late-stage, private-market tech bubble or not?
It’s the talk of Silicon Valley today. Many investors and executives are fretting about the rise of pre-IPO company valuations, while the IPO markets themselves—and the stock performance of newly public companies—have been less than robust. True, a select few technology companies have managed to go public over the last few months. But most of their IPOs have been valued at levels very close to their last private-market rounds—meaning many late-stage investors in these companies aren’t making much money.
Big cities like San Francisco and New York are digital meccas, home to many of the world’s largest technology startups—and to hordes of smartphone-toting, app-using consumers. But when it comes to making a name for themselves, many of the companies hoping to influence these techie urbanites are going decidedly analog.
This post was written by Battery team members Roger Lee, Ben Johnston and Jeff Lu.
In the last two decades, dozens of traditional industries have been “Amazoned”—turned upside down by new business models made possible by the Internet.
We all know a great speech when we hear one. Your breath catches in your throat; you forget the world beyond the auditorium’s walls. You don’t check your phone or fidget. You just listen.
The 50Th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 just occurred earlier this month. Not many people talk about this act today, but it has had a dramatic impact on the nation’s immigration and ethnic composition, as well as on U.S. technology and innovation more broadly. And of course, I would have lived a totally different life without this groundbreaking legislation.
More millennials than you might think are abstaining from social media, though Facebook– thought by some to be losing younger users to newer social networks—actually boasts significantly more engaged, younger users than newer outlets like Snapchat, Instagram, and Pinterest.
There are so many monitoring products that it’s hard to keep track of them all. And the scale of information that these tools generate can be difficult to keep up with.