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Bayer HealthCare starts its own accelerator – and it’s better than you expected

Bayer HealthCare appears to be the first pharmaceutical company to have started its own accelerator. The company that made €18.924 million in turnover in 2013 “understands that innovation and healthcare cannot only be driven by the industry but also needs creativity,” said Christian Ullrich, Head of Marketing & Sales IT at Bayer HealthCare yesterday.

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Wells Fargo places bets on startups in its new tech accelerator

SAN FRANCISCO — There is no demo day in this startup accelerator. The entire six-month period startups go through at Wells Fargo’s new accelerator program is essentially a try-out to convince the 162-year-old bank’s decision-makers that they should buy the startups’ products.

If you replace every plank in a wooden ship, is it still the same ship?

What defines a startup, even as it grows and everything changes

Why should anyone — employees and customers both — join the founder on this journey, sharing this very personal responsibility? The answer is contained within your company culture — the core of your startup.

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How to go from tech founder to a CTO/leader role

How do you create a scalable tech team capable of tackling and building on thousands of lines of your own untested code?

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How to break open the Silicon Valley boys' club

Vivek Wadhwa has co-authored a book about the challenges that women have faced and how they are surmounting them. Here are some of their stories.

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Dear Uber & Lyft, get your shit together

Let’s start out by saying that I’m a big fan of both Uber and Lyft. I’m indirectly an investor in both companies as I’m an investor in three VC funds that are investors in Uber and one VC fund that is an investor in Lyft. I have no idea how much actual equity I have in either company, but based on current valuations the dollar value of my indirect ownership is non-trivial. And Foundry Group came close to investing in Zimride (the predecessor to Lyft) but we ended up withdrawing from what we thought was an inappropriately high-priced round, which, in hindsight, was clearly a miss on our part.

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How to get funding, as told by August Capital (video)

The Internet has fundamentally changed the ways in which startups receive funding these days. In many ways, it’s much easier to connect with investors that you want to work with, but on the other hand, it’s much more difficult to secure funding because of the massive amount of competition in the marketplace. Thus, for early-stage startups, it’s incredibly important to hone in on your product or service and perfect your pitch if you want to be one of the few startups that succeeds.

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Tech seers gaze into the mobile(y) future

Earlier this year, Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker declared smartphones and tablets “so 2013.” The future of computing, she proclaimed, is all about “wearables, drivables, flyables and scannables.”

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Apply to Splash LA startup competition and win sit-down meetings with top VCs and $35k-plus in prizes

Vator, one of the largest business networks for high-tech entrepreneurs and investors, is holding its popular Splash event in Casa del Mar in Santa Monica on October 2. If you’re a startup and want a chance to win 10 sit-down meetings with VCs and $35k-plus in prizes, apply, be sure to apply to the startup competition. The application deadline is August 22nd.

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5 signs your app is ready to win awards

Is your beta the next big thing in mobile? Consider looking into awards such as The Mobileys. “Awards are a great way to gain instant credibility and signal to the industry that you’re the best and not going anywhere,”

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When VCs don't bullshit you

I know many entrepreneurs who feel that VCs have played them, gamed them, deceived them, or bullshitted them. But this doesn’t only happen to entrepreneurs. VCs play this game with VCs all the time.