9 Secrets Of Data-Driven Companies

Posted on | | Software, Startup Operations, Texas
TrendKite Team at Texas Capitol
9 Secrets Of Data-Driven Companies, was published on InformationWeek and was written by Lisa Morgan. Aziz Gilani, Partner at Mercury Fund, shares his insight into how companies that are using data to fuel customer-centricity have shifted their hiring and workflow allocations.   Mercury Fund portfolio company, TrendKite, is an example …
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Launching Station Houston

Posted on | | Texas
Station Houston
In November at the Rice Alliance IT and Web Venture Forum, Emily Keeton and I announced we were launching Station Houston, a new coworking organization that will bring together key players in Houston’s startup community to launch software startups.   Station Houston to open at SURGE Shack on March 1st…
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Security Pros Offer Opinions, Solutions for FBI vs. Apple

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AppleBuilding
This article was first published on eWeek by Chris Preimesberger. Chris Preimesberger interviewed several IT and data security experts to explore whether the government should be given access to encrypted data and what solutions are available to Apple and the FBI. The excerpt below is his conversation with Mercury Fund…
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How To Raise Venture Capital In A Down Market

Posted on | | Advice, Midwest
Fundraising in Down Turn
How to Raise Venture Capital In A Down Market, by Tom Taulli, was originally published on Forbes.com. Mercury Fund Partner, Blair Garrou, shares what entrepreneurs can do to make their startup a more investable business as fundraising becomes more challenging. For entrepreneurs, it’s likely to get much tougher to raise …
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5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Meeting with Investors

Posted on | | Advice
Image Source
Joshua Kraus’ article, 5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Meeting with Investors, was first published on SitePoint. Joshua Kraus asked several investors, including Blair Garrou, a Partner at Mercury Fund, for the most important things entrepreneurs can do to meet and secure investment for their startups. Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den, Lion’s Mouth: …
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How Ag-Tech Ripened Into a Growing Market

Posted on | | AgTech, Software
Ag-Tech Software
This article was first published by Margaret Littman in the December issue of Entrepreneur. In Margaret Littman’s article about agricultural technology and software (ag-tech), Mercury Fund Partner, Adrian Fortino, highlights some of the market forces that make this sector attractive to investors. Image Source: VLAB   With the rise of …
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Why We Invested in Benson Hill Biosystems

Posted on | | Midwest, Science
Benson Hill Biosystems
Benson Hill Biosystems improves photosynthesis Mercury Fund recently invested in the $7.3 million Series A financing of Benson Hill Biosystems. The company is a St. Louis and Research Triangle Park-based agriculture biology startup. Using a unique computational biology platform (PSKbase) and novel experimental platforms for high efficiency translation into model …
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