Metrics for Early-stage Mobile Apps


Have been talking to many “mobile app” entrepreneurs of late, and one question I get consistently is around how they should think about metrics for mobile apps, to gauge early traction, and with an eye on first round of investors. By and large, I am seeing the first kind of businesses in the Indian market, perhaps because mobile payment and monetization is still nascent. conversion to next stage of funnel is low), and then fix those to optimize the funnel.

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. as a distribution channel have vastly reduced the amount of capital a startup needs at the early stage when the risk is greatest. What’s Missing Is Early Stage Capital. Regions are missing early-stage capital.

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Web Summit – Top 50 Hottest Early Stage Startups In The World

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Etherbooks is an exciting, new mobile social reading platform that publishes “made for mobile” Quick Reads directly to Smart Phones. Want to get in on the mobile app developing game? Twipe transforms your print content to mobile and tablet form efficiently and attractively.

The Top 10 Sources of Early-Stage Money

Inc Startups

These investors are the most active financiers of early-stage startups. Mobile and telecom jumped to 16 percent of all deals, from just under 10 percent. Together, mobile, health care, and Internet startups accounted for nearly 80 percent of angel dollars.

Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups

Mobile. Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups. Founders Den co-founder and angel investor Zachary Bogue has joined forces with seasoned big data VC Matt Ocko , Metamarkets founder Michael Driscoll and Prismatic CEO Bradford Cross to launch Data Collective , the world’s first Big Data-only early stage investment fund. Startups. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Enterprise. Venture. Social. GreenTech. Gaming.

Can Alliance's new early-stage fund get Norway on track?


Talking to Norwegian entrepreneurs over the years we''ve heard two things about the state of their early-stage funding.

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One


I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. And it made me come to a new realization: Every early-stage web/mobile/online startup should have at least one technical advisor, probably two.

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How SaaS + Mobile has changed our world.

Scalable Startup

These are now done either transparently in the background, in the cloud, or done using minimally invasive mobile apps. We wouldn’t be able to imagine our lives without it, auto-save, no software loads, freemuim, mobile, access anywhere.

Year-End VC Report Shows Strength of Internet & Early Stage Investment


No surprise, mobile investment continued to grow. Over 50% of the deals in Washington were in early-stage companies, and almost 60% of the deals were to Internet firms. Early Stage VC Grows.

Why transparency is the next killer feature in mobile

The Next Web

a boutique agency in Austin focused on bringing early-stage technologies to market. Design & Dev Entrepreneur Mobile Analysis and Opinion Ted Muething is a PR and marketing consultant at Jones-Dilworth Inc.,

How to Improve Mobile UX with Digital Wallets


Mobile Commerce to Take Over as Primary Checkout Point. At the continued rate of growth, we can expect mobile to account for nearly 50% of all online sales by as soon as 2020. However, there’s a big problem when it comes to mobile for many retailers: conversion rates are are lagging.

Fundraising? Be a Buyer, not a Seller


Most founders raise (or try to) far too early. Here’s the thing: At the early stage there’s tons of demand for capital and fewer sources. At the late stage ($10M+ revenue) the reverse is true.

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Connect Ventures Closes €16M Fund For Early Stage Investments


A new European venture capital fund has opened up in London after raising €16 million for early-stage investments. Connect Ventures will focus on web and mobile sector investments, with a particular focus on web, digital media, e-commerce, entertainment and gaming sectors.

6 Key Trends Shaping This Year’s Mobile Holiday Shopping Season


The holidays are approaching, and mobile is going to play a bigger role in eCommerce than ever before. Last year, mobile holiday shopping traffic surpassed desktop for the first time and retailers are expecting even higher mobile traffic this year.

The Importance of Revenue is Back - DShen's Blogs


Back in 2009, shortly after the 2008 crash, I wrote The Importance of Revenue at Early Stage, Now More Than Ever. Tracking M&A values, they hang slightly above $20M [source: Berkery Noyes 2012 3rd Qtr Trends Report Online & Mobile Industry]. 2.Valuations for startups still hang around $6-10M cap or pre-money at early stage for the hotter deals, sometimes even higher. The Web and the World of Business. Observations on doing business in the world of Web 2.0.

The most important mobile design decision a startup faces

The Next Web

Bubba is an early stage investor in consumer internet and mobile technology companies for @DFJvc. On mobile, the strategies and tactics for achieving the above are still nascent. Many of these experiences will be Mobile Only. On desktop or mobile browser to app.

“Accelerators should not try and be all things to all people”


At the recent Venture Intelligence APEX’13 Summit, Sateesh Andra of VenturEast Tenet Fund provided what I thought was very useful guidance to entrepreneurs on which type of early stage investor to approach – depending on the type of company they were creating. They are great for fast moving businesses – like Internet, Mobility, Cloud-based technologies, etc. Ecosystem General Accelerators early stage funding Sateesh Andra seed fund Venutreast Tenet

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Index Ventures Raises New €350 Million Early Stage Fund


Index Ventures has raised a new €350 million venture fund targeting early-stage european companies. With the new fund, Index will make around 30 investments anywhere from a few hundred thousand, to up to 15 million in companies in the seed and series A and B stages. Ben Holmes, Partner at Index Ventures, tells ArcticStartup that in the Nordics and Baltics, he's seeing positive trends in the mobile sector, with Rebtel's recent growth as a positive example.

First Half of 2011 Showed Boost in Later Stage VC Deals in Israel

VC Cafe

Mid stage companies accounted for the highest rate of investments in Q2 2011, attracting 44% of all capital invested and later stage followed, with 27%. Seed stage investments are down almost by half, accounting for 3% of investments in the first half of 2011, compared to 5% last year.

Recent Interview for Workbridge

Scalable Startup

Simultaneously Alessio watched his father create a PayPal competitor and he wanted to make something more futuristic for mobile payments; he then saw a WIRED article “Kill The Password!” ” We compared notes and decided the timing was right for mobile payments without passwords leveraging advances in biometrics. After a recent speech I gave for startups, I was interviewed by Jennifer DesRosiers (love that name!) about tech startups.

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Mobile: A Walk Down Memory Lane, 2000 to 2011 - NextWala


Anu Anand on Indias Mobile Apps & Services Industry is in a Slump. Anu Anand on Indias Mobile Apps & Services Industry is in a Slump. Anu Anand on Social/Mobile Platforms have Changed the Game in the US (but not India yet). Mobile Rev-Share Changes Might Spark a Fire.

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What Has Changed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As the WSJ notes, VC funding of consumer web and mobile companies is down 42% in this first nine months of 2012 (vs the first nine months of 2011). 2) the consumer is moving from desktop/web to mobile/app. distribution is much harder on mobile than web and we see a lot of mobile first startups getting stuck in the transition from successful product to large user base. 3) the momentum/late stage investors have moved from consumer to enterprise.

Launching Year One Labs – An Early Stage Seed Accelerator

Instigator Blog

Year One Labs is an early stage seed accelerator that will help fund and build startups, primarily in the web and mobile spaces. Today is a big day. After 6 or so months, I’ve launched my new startup: Year One Labs. Although we’ll be in the business of helping others launch their startups, Year One Labs is most definitely a startup itself. I’m particularly excited about the team: Raymond Luk , Alistair Croll and Ian Rae.

Silicon Valley Bank HALO report – Angel Investing(Infographic)

Scalable Startup

Some interesting trends here - Mobile is up, The West outside California is up, average valuation is unchanged. Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession early stage founder instagram Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora

The Future of Startups 2013-2017

Scalable Startup

Hundreds of startups will succeed in this world over the next few years, like all the mobile app companies over the past 5 years. And the reason is because – the reason fundamentally is because now that you have got these things, you have — now that you have a computer in everybody’s hand, all of a sudden all these barriers — it used to be these barriers to market entry were so big, it used to be there just weren’t that many early adopters in the world.

Finnish Kopla Games Raises €700,000 For Mobile Role-Playing Games


Tampere-based mobile game startup Kopla Games announced on Wednesday that the studio has closed €700,000 € seed round. Kopla is a highly experienced group with a unique mindset when it comes to developing mobile games.

Ten million users is the new one million users

Chris Dixon

Some observations: - Thousands of early-stage consumer web/mobile companies were started and funded in last 24 months. A few breakout early-stage consumer hits (Instagram, Pinterest) have reached tens of millions of users in record time. Hence, many early-stage consumer startups are switching to transactional models. - VCs are increasingly focusing on B2B for early-stage investments.

Silicon Valley Uber Alles? I think so… Some of their Secret Weapons.

Scalable Startup

Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession Drupal early stage founder Hawaii Jobs Launch Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora Uncategorized venture acquisition angel investor CEO blog CEOing CoFounder google income iOS leadership Silicon Valley tom nora venture capital

The Second Smartphone Revolution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Benedict Evans tweeted out this chart yesterday: We sometimes think of the shift to mobile as finished, or almost finished. The first 2.5bn smartphones brought us Instagram, Snapchat, Uber, Whatsapp, Kik, Venmo, Duolingo, and most importantly, drove the big web apps to build world class mobile apps and move their userbases from web to mobile. We aren’t done with the mobile revolution. So I am excited to watch this second mobile revolution unfold.

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How The Blockchain Can Unshackle Us


We are now in the early stages of another major technological development called the blockchain. Bitcoin Blockchain Emerging Markets Fintech Internet of Things Machine Learning Mobile Social impact Technology blockchain data economics globalization machine learning mobile social impac

The Mobile Enterprise in 2013: Getting Down to Business

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Over the last 12 months, there have been a handful of acquisitions of mobile start-ups like RapSphere * (by Appsense), Nukona (by Symantec) and most recently Zenprise (by Citirix) that help enterprises better manage mobile devices. In the consumer world, the newness of mobile has, for the most part, worn off as everyone from teenagers to grandmothers now proudly carry smartphones, using apps and taking photos wherever they go.

What is Drupal? or, My retraining in Software Development

Scalable Startup

in 2010, I gradually saw that among our weaknesses we were very strong in E-Commerce, Fashion Commerce, Mobile Commerce, Content Communities, dynamic sexy websites and it was all based on varieties of PHP/LAMP. Angel Investor Business Development Hiring Jobs PHP SaaS Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora venture Android Drupal early stage first revenue leadership scalability Silicon Valley software Software Development tom nora Confessions of a Drupalvangelist.


TALK LESS! (or, the fine art of Sales)

Scalable Startup

In most of the pitches I get from early stagers these days, they start talking and demoing and don’t know when to quit. The other night someone was trying to show me a demo of their mobile app in a loud bar. Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession early stage founder Launch Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora venture advertising alec baldwin angel investor business CEO first revenue leadership Sales The Next Level tom nora venture capital

Seeing Through The Fog

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was talking to my friend Simon yesterday and he observed that the essential skill of entrepreneurs and early stage VCs is to “be able to see through the fog of an emerging market and pick out the winning idea.” Getting your hands dirty by using the technology as early as you can will you help to see through the fog. There are sometimes early observers/pundits in these nascent sectors and some of them can be quite good.

Responses: Santa Fe Friends + Cali Friends + +

Scalable Startup

Sent wirelessly via BlackBerry from T-Mobile. I’m going to be out there in early October to attend Indiecade…do you have a free couch? CEO Succession early stage founder Launch Scalability startup CEO Uncategorized angel investor CEO first revenue google iOS iPad iPhone scalability startup tom nora twitter vc venture capitalResponses to my Santa Fe Friends + Cali Friends + + letter. In chronological order. So you and Rich Murray became friends?

Conversion: The Most Important Internet Metric of All (Revisited)

In 2013, we are in the midst of a critical platform transition from the browser-based Internet to mobile applications platforms like iOS and Android. This transition adds even more complexity to the conversion puzzle, as you now need to track and understand conversion on mobile as well.

Bigger in Bend, Part 2: Early-Stage Regional Venture Funds

Inc Startups

Part 1: Bend, Oregon Ecosystem and Entrepreneurs Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds Part 3: Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster Here’s Part 2 of Dino’s story… Tech investing is risky. Focus on early-stage investments.

Five Tips To Understanding & Using Mobile Metrics


adjust focuses on mobile app metrics and have clients from the Nordics like Grand Cru, Seriously, MAG Interactive, and Soundcloud, so it is fair to say that they know their stuff when it comes to numbers. Lets say we have a mobile game.

Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse

Steve Blank

But over time code/hardware written/built to validate hypotheses and find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain and incapable of scaling. Organizational debt is all the people/culture compromises made to “just get it done” in the early stages of a startup.

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The Pre-Product Phase

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of my big weaknesses as an early stage investor is my eyes glaze over at wireframes, design sketches, photoshop screens, and prose that describes a product. That's a lot easier on the web and much harder on mobile, which is a bummer. But I am not good at investing in the figuring out the product stage. Until I can get my hands on it and use it, I have an incredibly difficult time imagining what the thing is.