This edition of the EarlyFive marks the debut of a special new feature: “Investor Insights from GSV.” Our investor and strategic partner GSV Capital is a pre-eminent authority on growth investing. GSV frequently shares thought leadership on their A2Apple blog, so from time to time we’ll include their insights here on the EarlyShareholder.
Sept. 11, 2014
The Rise of Real Estate Tech
Richard Florida, CityLab
To keep pace with the rebounding real estate sector, the tech world has been hustling to create new apps and services specifically for the real estate industry – and EarlyShares is no exception. Our expansion into real estate crowdfunding is helping give investors access to vetted, quality commercial real estate opportunities. Stay tuned for more exciting real estate news from us in the months to come!
Sept. 10, 2014
How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up
Ali Mese, Medium
This slightly misleading title could have a few extra words tacked on the end (such as, “in a good way”) but its overarching theme – the immensely challenging but immensely rewarding path of entrepreneurship – is one we understand firsthand at EarlyShares.
Sept. 16, 2014
Five Lessons from the Digital Revolution
Walter Isaacson, Vanity Fair
How does innovation happen in the real world? For his forthcoming book, author Isaacson sought to answer that question. The five lessons he spotlights feature insights from major corporate success stories, well-known American inventors, and some legendary business leaders (including Isaacson interviewee Steve Jobs).
Aug. 12, 2014
Disrupting the Disruption Myth
Judy Shapiro, Entrepreneur
While I feel it’s a stretch to call disruption theory a “myth,” the author of this piece makes a solid argument that personalization and user experience can ignite a business to a strong “nondisruptive competitive advantage.” She uses fast-growing Chinese company Xiaomi (pronounced SHOW-me) as an example.
Investor Insights from GSV
A2Apple: TMI = Infobesity
GSV Capital’s Blog
Our society is always on – plugged into an endless stream of information – resulting in an epidemic of “infobesity.” What trends are converging to create this “TMI” environment? What tools are emerging to capitalize on changing market forces? What effect does “infobesity” have on business?