Thx to Alex Cohen of Birch Finance for sharing the above.
Last year, drone startups saw more than $450M of investments. This Thursday, we’ll be digging into financing trends, notable startups, and investors in the drones space. Join us for the briefing.
Toyota’s startup bets
Toyota has become the latest OEM to carve out a dedicated venture unit — Toyota AI Ventures. We took a look at Toyota’s private market bets as well as the moves of its $100M AI fund.
Uh – no you wouldn’t
SoundCloud, which is rumored to have somewhere between 50 and 100 days of cash left, has been having a rough go as of late.
In an article in TechCrunch, I saw this passage about SoundCloud’s perks.
And as highlighted in the above image, an employee of SoundCloud said he’d be willing to make sacrifices if he had known the company was in trouble.
Would they be fine without the catered lunches and stocked kitchens and gear?
That sounds nice and all, but TBH, it’s probably not true (the vast majority of the time).
I remember working at a company where they got rid of the Keurig on each floor and it almost resulted in a coup. How dare you take my k-cups? The amount of productivity lost discussing and insulting the evil bean counter who got rid of the coffee was mind-boggling.
The reality is that perks over time go from being viewed as perks to becoming entitlements. And to be fair, sometimes candidates are sold on those perks when joining so it’s fair they are miffed.
But the idea that folks would be just fine with losing perks is one of those things people fool themselves into believing.
The other reality is that a lot of startups try to act like Google and Facebook in the perks war because they believe it has a causal relationship with success.
Basically, the thesis is that if you give you away lots of cool, free food and other isht, you’ll get a billion-dollar company.
The hard pill to swallow is that these startups don’t have the insanely amazing business models that Google or FB have. In many cases, they have no business model except raising VC money.
Speaking of coups
Your startup will clearly never be as exciting as Hampton Creek which lost all its board members this week. But the excitement doesn’t stop there as this Bloomberg article highlights.
They even had an almost coup.
Getting “Amazon-ed” is now synonymous with disruption, and Amazon entering the grocery market affects both publicly-traded grocers and private food startups alike. With Amazon debuting a private-label meal kit service, alongside the recent Whole Foods acquisition announcement, we look at the companies most likely to be affected by Amazon’s latest moves into grocery and meal kit delivery.