2013 Venture Capital Financing and Exit Annual Report via CB Insights

In 2013, venture capital financing hit $29.2 billion across 3354 deals. Behind the continued surge in early-stage seed venture capital deals, 2013 marked the fifth straight year of record venture capital deal levels. On the funding front, venture capital funding levels increased in each successive quarter in 2013 and hit $8 billion in Q4 2013 across 849 deals – the highest quarterly funding mark since Q2’12 and a sign of potentially growing confidence throughout the venture ecosystem. Compared to 2012 and 2011, 2013 saw venture capital deals rise 3% and 9%. Funding increased 3% from [...]

Twitter Chat: Emerging Tech Communities #DrivingInnovation

When it comes to tech communities, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and New York rank almost 1, 2, 3 but as the world becomes more technology focused by entrepreneurship and innovation other communities are becoming making it known you don't have to move out West to launch your company. Tomorrow I'll dive into the conversation on Twitter with @blackenterprise and discuss emerging tech hotspots & hubs outside of Silicon Valley.
Feel free to join the us using the hashtag #DrivingInnovation.

Making An Impact: Oakland to Host Startup Weekend – Black Male Achievement

When we look at the state of diversity in technology space the numbers are slim. The same goes for offline events and that's not just in Silicon Valley but across the country. Along with the growing digital divide communities are falling behind when in comes to the fast past world of technology and startups. One community looking to make a difference is Oakland, CA. Next to San Francisco, Oakland has watched San Francisco become the most innovative city in America but their community leaders are not standing idle and watching their neighbors, they are taking action and hosting Oakland's [...]

The Done Manifesto Lays Out 13 Ground Rules for Getting to Done

Here's the full set of rules to get you moving and the illustration of these concepts.P


  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. [...]