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I’m Peter Roberts, immigration attorney who does work for YC and startups. AMA

Hi Peter, wondering if you have worked with many Aussies with the E3 while working with startups, and the general perception of hiring those eligible for E3 visas? Just wondering about your thoughts on that, or any general advice when going for an E3. Thanks There is a chance although any major overhaul of immigration…

What I Look for in Tech Startups: Q&A w/ Prominent Seattle Tech Investor

Below is a summary of an interview with the prominent Seattle tech investor Chris Devore. Jasper Kuria did the in-person interview and Chris Sheppard contributed to the summary.   Chris DeVore is Managing Director of Techstars Seattle, the Pacific Northwest’s most selective startup accelerator, and also co-founder and Managing Partner of Founders’ Co-op, the region’s…

Negativity and Startups

2017 has not been a good year for good news in the startup world. VCs repeatedly sexually harassing founders, often over a period of years. Products that are dangerous, stupid or a mix of both. Company executives breaking the law in pursuit of delirious growth. Dumb product launches that insult whole ethnic groups. Hiring models…

Y Combinator announces growth program for later stage startups

Silicon Valley-based accelerator Y Combinator (YC) announced today that it is launching a growth program for later stage startups. The program, which will be a 10-week dinner series, is designed for founders of post-series A startups who have between 50 and 100 employees. Over the past decade, YC has become a pivotal player in the startup…

State of Startups for 2017 (860+ founders surveyed)

Every year, we survey as many venture-backed startup founders as possible to figure out what it's like to run a technology company right now. This year, we got more responses than ever before — 869 — giving us an even more precise pulse on what entrepreneurs think, feel, fear, and value. As we have since…

From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for ‘Flyover’ Start-Ups

It turns out that while they were publicly crisscrossing America, they were also privately holding meetings with some of the wealthiest individuals and families in the country, urging them to not only invest in a new fund but become partners with some of the companies that will benefit from it. On Tuesday, the fund, called…

These are the 15 startups participating in Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield

Each year, TechCrunch selects early-stage startups from a pool of thousands across the globe, and selects the top innovators to compete in Startup Battlefield. Over the next two days at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017, a select few will vie for $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. Our founders are focused on innovations aimed at disrupting…

There are almost as many baby food delivery startups as regular food delivery startups

In 2017, you might think, what is there left to disrupt?  There's baby food.  A crop of new startups are trying to bring meal kit delivery, subscription services, and a tech approach to the mashed-up foods parents have fed their children for millennia.  Jennifer Garner co-founded the baby food delivery startup Once Upon a Farm.…

Startups worship the young. But research shows people are most innovative when they’re older

While Silicon Valley had peddled the image of the 20-something, sweatshirt-wearing, college-dropout genius as the model for creativity in the 21st century, research shows that it is, in fact, older people who are more creative and productive. For example, a 2016 study (pdf) by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation that looked at the demographics…

‘Give Away Your Legos’ and Other Commandments for Scaling Startups

Molly Graham has seen a lot. Her team at Google leapt from 25 to 125 in just 9 months. During her 4+ years at Facebook, the company exploded from 500 employees serving 80 million users to 5,500 employees and over 1.1 billion users. (Her job was to sort out the culture, compensation, and performance systems…