We are back with this week’s Must Reads edition, consisting of some of the best articles from Inc42 and from around the web, which startups should not miss out on.
Lets have a look at the articles you shouldn’t miss out on:
How Indian Telcos Are Planning Cripple The Startup Ecosystem
In India, however, net neutrality is under grave danger. Telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone want to block apps unless they get paid by app developers, and our regulator, TRAI, looks likely to capitulate to their demands. This would be an extreme violation of network neutrality. Its not just the extreme violations that will destroy net neutrality in India. Even the practice of zero-rating — where operators have a separate, free plan where only apps that pay them are accessible — would kill the web startup ecosystem in a few years.
How Much Funding Is Enough For A Startup To Take Off?
It may seem like all the successful startups found funding early on. But is it so? And if yes, how much funding is enough for a startup to take off? How much money is enough to start?
From Around The Web
Facebook’s 10-Year Plan To Become The Matrix
Facebook doesn’t want to live in your analog world. It wants you to move farther into its digital one. In 10 years, Facebook would like anyone, anywhere, to be able to strap on a virtual reality headset and share moments with friends and family across the world. It’s the vision of a digital utopia that Facebook reps shared onstage during the annual F8 conference. Mark Zuckerberg himself pointed to a simple graph showing that we’re sharing more and more complex experiences. The natural endpoint is virtual and augmented reality.
What did Billion Dollar Companies Look Like at the Series A?
Shasta Ventures, a early-stage venture firm in Silicon Valley investing its third fund in enterprise and consumer technology start-ups studied 32 high value consumer companies to see what they looked like around their Series A. Its research included 25 billion dollar companies (as measured by $1 billion+ last round valuations, acquisition prices, or public market caps) and 7 high-flying private companies with billion dollar potential. It found a number of key traits in common, and most of them may surprise you.
America’s Most Promising Company: Instacart, The $2 Billion Grocery Delivery App
This article talks about Instacart , the number one company on this year’s Forbes America’s Most Promising Companies list, which has rocketed up the Silicon Valley money list in just two and a half years with its one-hour grocery delivery service. This month, it raised $220 Mn Series C funding round that valued the company at more than $2 billion. This article is a transcript of Instacart founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta’s interview in which he talks about his latest funding round, not selling out to one of his massive rivals, and what the future holds for supermarkets.