Company Forensics | SlidebeanFeb 25, 2021
How a sociopath fooled the entire world: the Theranos story
Investors blindly trusted her. She rocked magazine covers, and the media called her the female Steve Jobs. Her company was worth billions. But it was all a lie. So, how did Elizabeth Holmes fool the entire world?
Dan Bilzerian: Millions, but whose millions?
From his poker skills to his upbringing, many question what's real and what isn't about Dan Bilzerian's life.
Pandora Papers - The 'legal' way to avoid taxes
What are the Pandora Papers and what do they imply for the people involved?
Deal Breakers for Investors
Paul Silva, managing partner at River Valley investors shares useful tips to avoid deal-breakers when pitching your business to investors.
Raising Money Outside of the US
Company Forensics: How to raise money as a company located outside the US? Tips and advice from an early-stage investor.
How Superpeer solved the Chicken-Egg Challenge
Superpeer announced a $2M round in early 2020 and an $8M follow up round in November 2020- and our guest for today's episode is Devrim Yasar, the CEO.
5 minute tech news: Apple vs. Facebook. China bans Clubhouse
Facebook is suing Apple. China bans booming platform Clubhouse.
How Jackpocket raised their new series C round ($50M!)
Today, Jackpocket announced their Series C round, $50 million dollars, raised on the backbone of a 4x annual growth in sales. We held an interview with Pete Sullivan, CEO, and founder.
5 minute tech: Trump & Parler banned
Trump & Parler banned. Signal can’t keep up. GoDaddy is a troll.
5 minute tech: Google is unionizing.
Welcome to the very first episode of “Forensics Flash News”, Slidebean's brand new show.
Google is unionizing. Alibaba CEO missing. Facebook sued.
Accelerator programs: are they still worth it?
Are accelerators still the way to go when it comes to Startups? We talked about this with Steve Barsh, Managing Partner at Dreamit Ventures.
How to sell a company for 2x its price
In a very unexpected turn of events, once competitors Caya and Mike Lingle (Sliderocket founder) share an interesting conversation around selling your company at twice its price.
The painful death of BlackBerry | Company Forensics
The reasons why BlackBerrys failed staying as the coolest communication devices aren’t exclusive to them. When one of the biggest phone companies plummets to oblivion, it’s worth analyzing. Find out the story here!
Kodak invented the digital camera in 1975. And then shelved it.
“It’s a Kodak moment!” was what we used to say when our cameras captured something special. For decades, Kodak dominated the world of photography, but in 2012, it declared bankruptcy. So, what happened?
Zoom company story: How Eric Yuan defeated Skype
If you are in your house (which you should be!) chances are you’ve used some sort of video call to talk with family, friends or even go to school. And, most likely, it’s been Zoom. Why is everybody using Zoom? Let’s find out how it became successful in this episode
Why Motorola’s CEO cried on his first day
Motorola Company was a pioneer in mobile communications and helped shape entire markets with groundbreaking products. But now, it’s gone
Atari Console Story: why are 700,000 games buried in the desert 👾🕹
Decades ago, Atari was THE videogame console. It helped develop the gaming world in the U.S., with its great 2600 console and games such as Pong and Space Invaders. But then a little alien came along, the market crashed, and chaos ensued.
Why does a startup fail after raising MILLIONS?
For someone outside the startup ecosystem, the amounts of money Startups raise just seem obscene. Some companies (Uber, WeWork) raise BILLIONS. Even smaller companies deal with rounds in the millions of dollars, and valuations in the hundreds of millions. Why do investors put so much money in these tech startups?
The North Face: from Bankruptcy to Brand Success
In this episode of Company Forensics, we’ll talk about one of the coolest clothing brands in the world: The North Face.
Toy "R" Us Closing Story: How they Went Bankrupt.
How does the biggest toy store in the world end up in bankruptcy? It’s a question worth answering.
How to start a business in 2020
2020 caught most of us off guard. A seemingly booming economy now seems to be headed towards a recession, which will inevitably leave a lot of people unemployed across many industries.
More importantly, 2020 is likely to represent one of the most essential 'resets' the economy will go through. This instability, this chaos, is a ladder; for witty entrepreneurs to find opportunities, to create or evolve their business and monetize this revolution
What happened to Forever 21? | Startup Forensics
Why did forever 21 go bankrupt?
It was the embodiment of the American dream. A migrant couple who starts from scratch and rises to the top of the clothing retail industry. But then, that dream plummets to the ground.
This is why MySpace Failed - Startup Forensics
If you were a teenager in the early 2000s, you will remember there was a site that transformed the concept of a social network: MySpace.
However, nowadays it is just a distant memory of a fun platform we used in simpler times. So, what happened? What made them fall and what can we learn from their story?
What happened to Juicero? - Startup Forensics
Can 60 seconds end a unicorn that managed to raise $120 million? If you ask Doug Evans, founder of Juicero, he will say yes.
Startup Mistakes when Finding Investors
We deal with thousands of companies in the process of fundraising. Last year, I spoke to over 1,000 founders, and I've set a personal goal to beat that this year.
These companies mostly come to me for office hours, and most of the time, their questions revolve around fundraising. One thousand people are enough to detect some patterns: the mistakes these companies are making when approaching their fundraising.
What happened to Pebble Watch? | Startup Forensics: startup stories and startup mistakes
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In this episode of Startup Forensics, we discuss Pebble: the smartwatch that was ready to take the world by storm and ended up ceasing to exist after production issues and, most importantly, wrong decisions. What exactly happened to the Pebble Watch? Find out here!
What happened to Vine? | Startup Forensics
What happened to Vine? 🤳🏼
In this episode of Startup Forensics, we’re going to throwback to Vine and dig into some key aspects of its rise and fall, including Twitter’s acquisition of the company, along with some product, and competition analysis.
Startup CEO Roles and Responsibilities: an entrepreneur lifestyle
Let's just throw it out there: being a startup CEO is one of the most demanding and mentally exhausting jobs ever. The decisions you make, affect not only the future of your company but the future of the people who trust you to make the right decisions.
Yik Yak: a deadly combination | Startup Forensics
Anonymous messages and local context were the perfect mix to make the popular social network, YikYak, come to life in 2013. They were also the poison to kill it and to write on its tombstone the epitaph of: died too young and too soon.
Is WeWork dead? | Startup Forensics: the downfall of Adam Neumann
WeWork. They rose. They fell. What lessons can we learn from them?
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Startup mistakes that almost put Slidebean out of business
Slidebean is my third startup. The other two failed and left me with a sad face and a few thousand dollars in debt. In this video, I talk about the mistakes I made, the hard lessons I had to learn, and how they translated into the success of this new company.
I'll be talking about three specific startup mistakes in this episode.
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Startup ideas: should you compete against an established company?
Demo days are often the first chance a startup gets at getting in front of investors.
For most startup accelerators, this is your graduation event, and a lot of work goes into preparing those slides and those pitches. In this video, we're going to dig into what investors are looking for, how to stand out from the crowd, and our lessons learned when preparing a demo day pitch deck.
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Demo Day: how to deliver a startup pitch deck
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Demo days are often the first chance a startup gets at getting in front of investors. For most startup accelerators, this is your graduation event, and a lot of work goes into preparing those slides and those pitches.
In this episode, we're going to dig into what investors are looking for, how to stand out from the crowd, and our lessons learned when preparing a demo day pitch deck.
Stock Options explained: basics for startup employees and founders
You started a business and you want to compensate your early employees. Or you've joined a startup and were offered stock options as part of your compensation. How do those work?
How to Write a Killer Startup Pitch Deck?
In this episode, we are going to cover writing a first investor pitch deck. From calculating your market to figuring out your go-to-market strategy, financials, etc... and how to translate them into writing in the format that investors expect.
Pitch Decks & Fundraising Fireside Chat with Slidebean & Dreamit
It's been about a year since Slidebean’s first Youtube video breakthrough. Since then, they’ve added around 20,000 subscribers, and their videos have been watched over 1.7MM times. To celebrate their success, we’re collaborating with Slidebean to host a Fireside Chat in New York City on October 10th featuring Caya, founder of Slidebean, and Steve Barsh, Managing Partner at Dreamit. from DreamIt Ventures.