End of 2018 while enjoying the holidays with family I had this urge that 2019 needs some change. Don’t blame me, it was that time of the year. I thought – “how about sharing what I read and learn every day?” To set the perspective, at the time I was neck deep in Pitch.Link and all previous attempts to write regularly had failed. But strangely I wanted to make this impossible commitment (personal BHAG) to write a post everyday of 2019 sharing my daily learnings.
With all the discussion of ‘What is your exit strategy’ it is refreshing to look at those saas companies who have been at it for over a decade and some going into their 3rd. Why would it be any different than, say, an industrial era company? The funding and exit eco system perhaps. So how come many of the contrarians are in this list of those heading into the 3rd decade?
This is the last post on Startups in 2019 and what a wonderful journey it has been in sharing my learning s everyday for this entire year. So as you brace yourself for the next let me share a post from 2018 by Y Combinator where they listed areas of interest with their own RFS – Request for Startups. Y Combinator is in a unique position to see hundreds of ideas taking shape and the gaps that remain.
First Round Capital released their State of Startups 2019 Report with 3600 submissions of information creating 190,000 + data points. This year’s survey included employees besides Founders covering 950 companies.
CBInsights has this new report on 36 startups in 12 categories that could potentially help the world in ways that would have far reaching impact. These companies are working on technologies ranging from Quantum Cryptography, to Speed-of-light chips, AI Transparency to mind altering medicines.
Vik Singh, cofounder of Infer wrote about STC in his post in Latka B2B SAAS Blog and it brings a simple yet arguably a very effective way to assess the health and state of a startup (or any company for that matter) and apparently VC’s are paying a lot of attention to what Vik calls “STC”.