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ARE INVESTORS LOSING THEIR MINDS OVER WAYVE’S BILLION-DOLLAR FUNDRAISING?

Wayve, a UK-based autonomous driving startup founded in 2017, recently secured over $1 billion in Series C funding, led by SoftBank with backing from Nvidia and Microsoft. This investment, unprecedented for a European AI startup, signals strong confidence from investors and surpasses Mistral’s €385 million funding in December 2023 and Aleph Alpha’s $500 million raise […]

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Ohno Taiichi, Creator of the Toyota Production System

HOW TOYOTA’S MANUFACTURING MASTERY PAVED THE WAY FOR STARTUP SUCCESS

In the evolution of business methodologies, few stories are as compelling as the transformation of Toyota’s Lean Manufacturing principles into the backbone of today’s startup success. Toyota’s manufacturing mastery, with its relentless focus on efficiency, quality, and customer value, has not only revolutionised the automotive industry but also laid a foundational framework for the entrepreneurial

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ARM’S AI PIXIE DUST

Last September, Déjà Partners shared our reservations about the long-term value of Arm, the British chip designer, as it debuted on the Nasdaq with a valuation that raised eyebrows… Fast forward to today, Arm’s share price has not just grown—it has skyrocketed, soaring over 50% in the last couple of days and doubling the company’s

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THE RISE OF THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

The “Magnificent Seven” – Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Tesla – are more than just the most valuable companies in the stock market. They are trailblazers in key technology sectors like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, online gaming, and hardware and software innovation. This article, written by the team at Déjà Partners, explores their

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ALEPH ALPHA RAISES $500 MILLION

German AI startup Aleph Alpha has seemingly found its own “magic money tree” as it celebrates the successful closure of a remarkable Series B funding round, securing an impressive $500 million in investment… The round drew support from a diverse consortium of seven new investors, in addition to enthusiastic participation from existing investors who have

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HAS GRAPHCORE BEEN RUN OVER BY THE PROVERBIAL NVIDIA BUS?

In the dynamic world of artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing, Graphcore, a British semiconductor company founded in 2016, emerged as a beacon of promise against industry behemoths like Nvidia. By introducing its innovative Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) technology, Graphcore aimed to rewrite the norms of the AI hardware segment… However, Graphcore now stands at

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BOOSTING STARTUP INNOVATION WITH OPEN-SOURCE AI MODELS

In the tech landscape dominated by industry giants, ensuring startups have access to artificial intelligence is essential. Recent developments suggest that open-source Large Language Models (LLMs) could revolutionise the field, providing startups an unparalleled opportunity to harness AI innovation… In the article below, written by the team at Déjà Partners, we explore how open-source initiatives

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NO MORE TEARS IN STARTUP FINANCING: HARNESSING THE POWER OF SAFES

Financing often poses a significant challenge for startups. The process of securing funds from investors, who are willing to back a startup’s vision and take a risk, can be complex. This article introduces Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE), a type of investment contract designed to make the process considerably more straightforward… SAFEs were introduced

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THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF DEEP TECH INVESTING

Over the past few years, the investment landscape, especially in Europe, has been evolving dramatically with the rise of deep tech startups, which are driving a new wave of innovation and attracting substantial interest from venture capital firms and corporate investors alike… Deep tech involves building upon significant scientific or engineering breakthroughs to develop innovative

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UNDERSTANDING THE FUNDING ROADMAP: A GUIDE FOR ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS

As an entrepreneur, one of the most critical aspects of starting and growing a business is securing funding. Funding rounds refer to the phases through which businesses attract investments. Each round of funding plays a unique role in the evolution of a startup, from the ideation phase to initial public offering (IPO), and eventually, becoming

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WHY VENTURE CAPITALISTS SEEK STARTUPS WITH AN INNOVATION MINDSET

Venture Capital firms are constantly on the lookout for the next big thing, and startups with an innovation mindset are often the ones that catch their attention… Startups with an innovation mindset are seen as forward-thinking entities capable of disrupting markets and creating new ones. They continually strive to generate novel products, services, or business

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“ARE WE THE TYPE OF COMPANY YOUR FUND WOULD CONSIDER INVESTING IN?”

As an entrepreneur, pitching your business idea to a venture capital (VC) firm can be an exciting, yet daunting experience. You may have spent weeks or months crafting the perfect pitch deck, practicing your delivery, and researching the firm’s investment portfolio to ensure that you’re well-prepared. However, after presenting your business idea, there is one

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THE DOWNFALL OF SILICON VALLEY BANK

The downfall of Silicon Valley Bank is especially troubling because it was the self-described “financial partner of the innovation economy.” The bank, founded in 1983 and based in Santa Clara, California, was deeply entangled in the tech ecosystem, providing banking services not only to a large number of venture-backed technology businesses but also to institutional

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5 UNCOMMON LESSONS FOR STARTUPS TO ACHIEVE RAPID USER GROWTH: INSIGHTS FROM SILICON VALLEY

Starting a new business is exciting, but it can also be a daunting task, especially when it comes to building a user base. Many startups struggle to gain traction and attract early adopters, often because they haven’t fully grasped the nuances of user acquisition and retention. However, there are some lessons that can be learned

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TWO NUMBERS, WORLDS APART

5: the number of days it took ChatGPT to reach one million subscribers since launching in November 2022. 100,000,000,000: the $100 billon dollar drop in the valuation of Alphabet yesterday after its new artificial intelligence-powered chatbot, Bard, made an error in a promotional video… Since launching ChatGPT, it has become the fastest internet application to

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THE ART OF FUNDRAISING SEMINAR

Déjà Partners announces the launch of a new seminar on how to confidently and effectively pitch your business to investors. The seminar will be delivered through our channel partners comprising incubators, accelerators and state agencies across Europe… For startup founders, the process of raising money for their business can be a daunting and mystical challenge.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE YOUNG FOUNDER MYTH

While many observers and many investors believe that young entrepreneurs are the most likely people to create successful new firms, a research report on Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship published in the American Economic Review, strongly rejects common hypotheses that emphasise youth as a key trait of successful entrepreneurs… By integrating data from the United States

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