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Swanlaab Newsletter: October

We bring you the most important of the month of October: current news that you can not stop reading, the best advice on decision making, Venture Capital tips, trends in the market and all you need to know about Swanlaab Venture Factory! Keep up with our Newsletter, so you can always be one step ahead.

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El inversor que supo vender a España en Israel
Mark Kavelaars logró convencer a Giza, uno de los mayores fondos de inversión israelí, para que le confiasen 40 millones de euros para invertir en startups españolas. Link.📷

Events where you can find Swanlaab this month
Capcorp- 7 Nov. Madrid. Link
Mobile Summit- 13 Nov. Madrid. Link
Eibar- 13-16 Nov. Eibar. Link
Finnovista- 21 Nov. Madrid Link

Enterprise & Tech monthly news


What should your startup be spending on product?

We did an analysis looking at product/R&D spend at 123 successful startups that ultimately exited via IPO. Specifically, we compared product spend to revenue in the full year prior to IPO, the year before that, and when available 2 years prior so we could see trends.... Read more

Are you ready for Robotic Process Automation?

I’d say that the biggest misconception about RPA is that it’s easy—It’s not easy. That’s why barely 10% of the buyer population in Global 2000 companies have embraced it... Read more

Slack CEO says there's "No specific timeline for an IPO"

Wall Street is buzzing about the possibility of Slack Technologies selling its shares to the public–maybe in early 2019.
The San Francisco-based company recently landed $427 million in new funding that values Slack at more than $7 billion.  Read more

The enterprise software salespeople of the future

If you sell software for a living, odds are you sell business-to-business software (also referred to as enterprise software). It’s a viciously competitive industry because there are billions of dollars you can rake in per year selling your SaaS (Software as a Service) . Read more

It’s time to be skeptical about the lean startup. Here’s why:In 1997 Clayton Christensen published The Innovator’s Dilemma and it sparked a revolution. It seemed that all anyone could talk about was disruptive innovation. That was until Henry Chesbrough published Open Innovation in 2003 and that got hot. Then Stanford launched its d.school and design thinking was where it was at Read more


How technology is changing the consumer credit landscape

Traditional Credit models have a certain predefined metrics that need to be taken into account when determining the creditworthiness of a client. These same metrics are used to calculate the Credit. Read more

Make sure you’re not investing in zombie AI

Ever notice how images of robots almost always accompany AI propaganda? It’s certainly an effective tactic. Robots conjure up images of highly intelligent solutions... Read moreOld VC firms hold entrenched position in fundraising despite fresh entrantsOn Tuesday, news broke that Sequoia Capital has closed $6 billion out of what could end up being an $8 billion growth-stage fund with global scope... Read more

Tech startups stoke market for IPOs

A number of highly valued Silicon Valley companies are gearing up to go public, including Uber, Lyft and Palantir Technologies Read more

The secret to achieving reliable VC returns
(and it isn't Chasing Unicorns)

The venture capital industry is on a roll, with US investments expected to reach $100bnfor the first time ever by the end of 2018, and European start-ups also on course for a record-breaking funding year.  Read more


5 key artificial intelligence predictions for 2018: how machine learning will change everything During 2017 it was hard to escape predictions that artificial intelligence is about to change the world. In 2018, this is unlikely to change. Read moreResearch: how cloud computing changed venture capital

How has technology changed which deals venture capitalists (VCs) fund and how they fund them? Venture capitalists essentially invest in ‘experiments’... Read more

Why tech worker dissent is going viralIf screen time is a problem for you, columnist Joanna Stern has bad news: streaming images and personalized information will soon appear everywhere you look... Read more

Serverless computing requires a shift in mindset

IT leaders must communicate business value, says iRobot cloud scientist...
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An interview with author and Lean Startup Conference 2018 speaker Giff Constable

One of the speakers at this year’s Lean Startup Conference, which kicks off on November 14th in Las Vegas, is Giff Constable. Giff is a repeat entrepreneur whose companies include Neo
Testing with Humans uses a fictional story of two entrepreneurs building a soccer ball sensor company.. Read more

Why technology favors tyranny

Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. It will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it... Read more📷7 ways to reprogram a negative mindset

How to stop being pushed around by bad self-talk immediately
“the goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.” — Dalai Lama  Read more