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  • Startup Success

    What Startups Need to Know About Business Development vs. Sales

    By on September 30, 2015

    During the Ynext™ Incubator boot camp, I gave a presentation on Strategic Partnerships. After working with startups for a number of years, I find that many entrepreneurs think that business development and sales are two different terms for the same job. However, there are key differences. Understanding these differences is essential for a startup to be successful. First, understand that […]

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  • Fintech Investor Shares - Renren

    Renren: Top Fintech Investor Shares Five Tips for Startups

    By on September 14, 2015

    According to CB Insights, fintech is top of mind for many of the largest corporations in the world. In 2014, more than 90 corporations invested in fintech startups, a 176% increase from 2010. $1.4B was invested across more than 110 deals in 2014 – with twelve $50M deals including Mozido, Credit Karma, and OnDeck Capital. As shown in the chart, most […]

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  • Investor perspective

    Investor Perspective: 3 Ways to Effectively Define Your Market

    By on August 19, 2015

    This is a guest post by Marc Weill, Two Sigma Private Investments. During Ynext™ Incubator boot camp in San Francisco, I gave a presentation on how to define your market. One of the biggest challenges new startups face is defining target audiences. The initial temptation is to say “everyone,” but unless you’re Wal-Mart or Target, “everyone” is not an option. […]

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  • Fintech Startup Talent

    To Attract Startup Talent, Create a Culture of Recruitment

    By on July 1, 2015

    This is a guest blog post by Alessandra Lanza, Technical Account Manager at Connery Consulting and speaker at Ynext Incubator boot camp. When you’re trying to build your fintech startup, it’s helpful to create a culture of recruitment right from the beginning. Create an environment where your staff enjoys working there, and wants to bring their friends into the fold. This will make […]

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  • Vision of Fintech: Evolution of the Financial Services Industry

    By on June 29, 2015

    After the financial meltdown of 2008, the emergence of cloud technology and the proliferation of open source software started a revolution in financial services technology. It’s an exciting and transformational time for our industry! The increasing number of tech startups and the continuous international expansion has seen unprecedented investment in fintech, which was up to 12.2 billion in 2014. The […]

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  • Recruiting Tips Tech Startups

    Three Recruiting Tips for Building Amazing Tech Startups

    By on June 10, 2015

    This is a guest post by Alessandra Lanza, Technical Account Manager at Connery Consulting, a boutique HR consulting firm. Are you looking to hire top-notch talent for your tech startup? During Ynext™ Incubator boot camp 3 in San Francisco, I delivered a presentation on best practices in recruiting. In this blog, I’d like to share three main areas to consider […]

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  • Ynext Incubator Bootcamp - Fintech Startup Trends

    Ynext Incubator Demo Day: Featuring the Class of Spring 2015

    By on June 2, 2015

    On May 27th the Ynext Incubator held its first annual Demo Day, where the inaugural cohort of companies revealed their cutting edge innovations after months of hard work and preparation. Eight companies entered the incubator in November 2014, receiving mentorship, technical assistance and capital. Supported by a series of boot camps, they drove towards a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and […]

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  • Ynext Incubator Bootcamp - Fintech Startup Trends

    Ynext Incubator Boot Camp 3: Event Recap

    By on April 1, 2015

    On March 24-25th, Ynext Incubator Boot Camp 3 was hosted at SF Greenspace, a modern and eco-friendly venue located in the heart of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena District. During boot camp 2, we focused on design and sales, product demos and hack sessions during tech day, as well as evening networking events at 25 Lusk and Lucky Strike. In preparation for demo […]

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  • Design Thinking App Development

    How to Apply Design Thinking to App Development

    By on March 10, 2015

    Designer and strategist Rose Figliano recently spoke at the Ynext Incubator Boot Camp about design thinking, and how entrepreneurs can use it in their app development. She piqued our interest about human-centered design, so we wanted to share her three stages of proper design thinking. Here’s what she told us before her talk: The first part of design thinking is inspiration. […]

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  • Branding for Startups

    Branding for Startups Begins With Your Vision

    By on March 5, 2015

    This is a guest blog by Patrick Mork, Board Advisor of Connect and former Entrepreneur in Residence at Signia Venture Partners. Most startups don’t do well creating a brand, a mission, and a vision that inspires people. They identify pain points, they come up with a product but they don’t really come up with an inspiring story, and without that, […]

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