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The AI Hype: It’s all about Domain Specific Applications – Financial Services

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Sanjay Gandhi
Oxford Valuation Partners
Sanjay Gandhi Sanjay Gandhi Guest Contributor

The AI Hype: It’s all about Domain Specific Applications – Financial Services

October 20, 2017

This article is co-authored by Sanjay Gandhi and Ryan Janssen.
The responses to our The AI Peak Hype post have been both polarized and engaged! We’ve had a number of requests for more detail and real-life examples; here, we’ll do just that.

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Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Investor Stories 67: Why I Invested (Nof, Wilkins, Sanwal)

October 20, 2017

This podcast was originally posted on Full Ratchet on September 1, 2017.
Investors Jordan Nof, Pete Wilkins and Anand Sanwal highlight situations where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.

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Loren Vittetoe Loren Vittetoe Guest Contributor

5 Ways Technology Will Change the Manufacturing Sector

October 20, 2017

This article was originally published here on October 17, 2017.
Accounting for almost 12% of the United States’ GDP and 9% of the workforce, there is no denying that the manufacturing industry is massive – $2.18 trillion to be precise.

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Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Navigating the Future of IoT (Panel Discussion)

October 5, 2017

This podcast was originally posted on Full Ratchet’s website on August 23, 2017.
This summer, UILabs hosted a panel of IoT experts to discuss the future roadmap of IoT. During the discussion, the group addressed a variety of topics including IoT security, consumer vs. enterprise IoT, metrics to use to evaluate IoT, key barriers to mass IoT proliferation, among others.

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Gadiel Morantes Gadiel Morantes Guest Contributor

How to Hire the First Salesperson for Your Startup

October 5, 2017

This article was originally posted on Early Growth Financial Services’ blog.
Few things are as important or as challenging to startups as landing that first salesperson to take your vision forward. Often you start as a solopreneur or as a small inner circle of founders wearing all the hats necessary to keep your firm lean and aggressively hungry.

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Nic Poulos Nic Poulos Guest Contributor

Evaluating SaaS Startups As Potential Vendors

October 5, 2017

This article was originally posted on Bowery Capital’s blog on September 12, 2017.
Today, even the largest enterprises are working with startups. While F500 procurement processes are still a tough go for young businesses, corporations are recognizing that adopting cutting edge technology early—while a potential risk—is a form of innovation in its own right. Inking a good deal with a new best-of-breed vendor years earlier than the competition can go a long way. That is why evaluating SaaS startups as potential vendors is important.

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Amir Malayery Amir Malayery Guest Contributor

Even on the Way Out, Investors Deserve a Manager’s Empathy

September 7, 2017

We were taught as children about the golden rule: treat others as one would expect to be treated. Sometimes we forget this rule in business—particularly in the venture business. While we could take a sentence like that in several different directions, today the focus is on limited partner transfers.

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Top Tier Capital Partners Top Tier Capital Partners Guest Contributor

The Importance of Specialization

September 7, 2017

This article was originally published by Top Tier Capital Partners on September 5, 2017.
We rely on specialists and generalists on a daily basis. When remodeling a bathroom, a general contractor with some experience in carpentry, plumbing and electrical work is important to get the project planned. When it comes to the execution of each task (laying new tile, wiring vanity lights, installing new plumbing) it’s important to call in a specialist to get the job done right.

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Ryan Janssen Ryan Janssen Guest Contributor

The Case Against AI: Are We at “Peak Hype” and What Should Founders + Investors Do?

August 24, 2017

This article is co-authored by Ryan Janssen and Sanjay Gandhi.
Well, we got here. Everyone’s wondering when a robot will take their job. Every pitchdeck’s slide 3 is showing how they’re “AI Powered” with a vague flow chart of a neural net – whether it’s an AI business or not. And Elon Musk is already beginning the Battle With The Machines.

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Top Tier Capital Partners Top Tier Capital Partners Guest Contributor

Pre-Seed Investing: Venture Capital’s Draft Day

August 24, 2017

This article was originally published by Top Tier Capital Partners on August 10, 2017.
The evolution of early stage VC ecosystem has led to the proliferation of many new venture funds started by former angels, operators, and existing VCs. According to PitchBook, since 2014, there have been nearly 100 first-time funds which raised a total of $7.3B.

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