Why Startups Succeed


This very interesting TED Talk by Bill Gross focus on the single biggest reason why startups succeed.
Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others — and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people’s, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others — and surprised even him.

 

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Pedro Calado

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Applications Driving Investment in Learning Startups


Gigaom

Deep learning, the popular approach to machine learning currently driving new capabilities in fields such as computer vision, is beginning to attract some serious investment. Like most things machine learning, though, the big money appears to be in applications rather than attempts to sell the technology wholesale.

In the past year or so, much of the investment activity in the deep learning space has come via M&A. Google’s $400 million acquisition of DeepMind is by far the biggest deal, but there’s also Twitter’s acquisition of Madbits and Yahoo’s acquisition of LookFlow, among others. With the exception of DeepMind, which continues to produce some very interesting research that should power novel capabilities for future Google products, many of the deals have revolved around real, working applications of the technology. Often, they’ve been in the area of computer vision and image recognition.

The same holds true for the handful publicly announced venture capital deals involving…

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