Blog / author: Kevin Stevens

By Kevin Stevens on September 25, 2018

By now you’ve likely seen this week’s The Economist cover story entitled Peak Valley, which features quotes from Claire Haidar. Claire is CEO of WNDYR, an Intelis Capital portfolio company. The article highlights a mixture of outrageous costs-of-living, poor local government, and high operating costs as the catalysts behind an impending Silicon Valley collapse. We’re skeptical Silicon Valley is “over.” However, we do see its influence dwindling in the next few decades as a direct result of a technological invasion into new sectors that drive the economies of the regions most dependent on them.

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By Kevin Stevens on August 6, 2018

Pricing often gets overlooked in the foundational aspects of company building. Yet, when structured correctly, pricing strategy can create incentives that become powerful catalysts for early adoption and create extra margin over the long-term.

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By Kevin Stevens on July 29, 2018

Employees have more information and choices than ever, the best talent will go where they are valued more on their impact than email output. On the other side of the coin, organizational efficiency drives the bottom line which is obviously a decision criteria for any company looking to onboard new software.

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By Kevin Stevens on July 29, 2018

Directionally correct startups could be considered successful depending on the amount of capital raised, but ultimately fail to live up to their potential. For most, the pull of the market ends early and the next phase of growth requires precise allocation of capital internally. Subsequently, growth expectations begin to outpace what funding alone can accomplish and a ceiling in valuation is created. This leaves the company unable to raise more capital, eventually leading to an exit that leaves investors clamoring for what could have been.

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By Kevin Stevens on July 29, 2018

Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending my first AUTM conference after being invited by Kerri Smith of the OWL Accelerator in Houston. The topic of my quick 10-minute talk was "Ethics in Flyover Ecosystems" and it was part of a broader discussion on "Ethical Challenges Facing Startups".

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