In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of April 17, 2016

  • 4.22.2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

Postscript: Bill Campbell, 1940-2016
He may not be the most globally famous person who passed away this week, but Bill Campbell’s quiet influence on the titans of Silicon Valley shaped the market and its culture from the very beginning. If you’re not familiar with his story, now is the time.

On the Road to Recap: Why the Unicorn Financing Market Just Became Dangerous…For All Involved
Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital made waves yesterday with a 5,700-word essay dissecting the precarious market for with the very highest valuations. Reaction has been widespread—Re/code has a quick summary of Gurley’s piece if you’re too busy, but Brad Feld implores you to read every word.

As VCs enroll the startup class of 2016, it’s RIP for ‘me too’ companies
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” It’s a mainstay concept in the world and has led to limitless elevator pitches like “Uber for X.” The right copycat concept can attract venture capital, but is this the year investors finally put their foot down?

How To Approach The Topic Of Equity Compensation In Your Startup
Solid advice on balance: incenvitiving your team while keeping your capital structure sustainable. Worth a bookmark for early-stage founders.

The Secret History of Agile Innovation
The “Agile movement” sets the project management principles of tech companies large and small, but it’s an older concept than you might think. Dig into this mini-history from the Harvard Business Review.

Three Curveballs of Public Equity Crowdfunding
We’re just a few weeks away from May 16, when the SEC’s new equity rules take effect, allowing non- (English: everyday people regardless of income) to invest in early-stage . It’s not a viable funding method for every company, so make sure you understand the risks involved. This piece from Forbes is here to help.

Links compiled by Jared Brenner.