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Vienna to Bratislava in 8 minutes

Getting to Bratislava is usually via Vienna and takes an hour or so by bus or train but it could take eight minutes if a plan works out to build the first Hyperloop outside America between Vienna and Bratislava. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies says it has agreed with the Slovakian government to explore building a Hyperloop. HTT has talked to other ...

Working For The Algo

Google has given the thumbs-down to European start-ups dumping its European Venture Fund after it only made six investments in 18 months. By contrast, in its six years of existence, Google Ventures worldwide has invested in 300 companies. The European arm of Google Ventures had $100 million to invest in European start-ups when it was launched in July 2014 with ...

Revealing

      This chart from the OECD has been chosen by Goldman Sachs as one of the 21 most interesting charts of the year. While China may be seen as the world’s engine of growth, its growth is judged by raw GDP increase. Clearly, however, in terms of  relish for risk and hunger for invention America is head and shoulders, ...

The Fund To Launch 1,000 Start-Ups

A fund that launches a thousand start-ups is a juicy prospect, According to the Wall Street Journal the biggest fund ever raised for backing early stage start-ups was launched this week. Called AngelList it has been handed $400 million by Chinese private equity fund China Science and Merchants Investment Management Group – usually abbreviated to CSC. That’s enough to back ...

Pre-Seeding

What is ‘pre-seed’ investment? Well it comes before you have a company. “The accelerator model is pretty broken,” says Matt Clifford, founder of Entrepreneur First which invests in people before they have a company. EF looks for talent and pays it £1,100 a month until it comes up with an idea for a company, at which point EF invests £10,000 ...

Band Backs Tech

Recently a post here about Bing Crosby investing in tech companies, notably the magnetic tape pioneer Ampex, attracted attention. Now the investment fund of a band called Linkin Park has set up VC arm to invest in high-tech. The name of the investment arm is Machine Shop Ventures. Kiel Berry, evp of Machine Shop writes in the Harvard Business Review: ...

A Good Time To Raise Start-Up Money

There is a change in the air in financing start-ups. There seems to be more money chasing entrepreneurs than vice versa. There are anecdotal reports of activist potential investors – both angels and VCs – aggressively scouting opportunities. One reason is there’s more money around, another is that there aren’t many high returning investments around. Money is pouring into European ...

The Heroes From Xero

It is an unfortunate truism that many start-ups fail because they don’t pay attention to the cash-flow. Big organisations can reconcile their outflows and inflows daily, even hourly. Small companies couldn’t until a Kiwi software outfit called Xero came up with a package that connects your accounts to your bank and to your payments system allowing you to monitor your ...