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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of December 4, 2016

  • 12.9.2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

7 Lessons for Founders on How to Stick Your Neck Out
Successful entrepreneurs know how to stick their necks out without losing their heads. Alley Watch shares some lessons for taking smart risks when starting a company.

Automation is Inevitable
Smokey and the Bandit would have been a very different movie if Burt Reynolds was replaced by an autonomous Uber truck. Vox examines how, in the age of AI and automation, we make sure we’re creating jobs and not just replacing people with machines. 

Creating a Culture of Feedback Inside a Startup
Iteration and feedback are key to building a great, customer-oriented product. A similar approach with employees may also help build a strong business and company culture.

NextGen Panel: VC-Backed IT Startups Must Overcome Hurdles With Building Partner Programs to Expand Sales Pipelines
New channels mean new challenges. Startups must put in the work to convince established players to partner with their young companies—the benefits are usually worth it.

European VCs Say Brexit is Already Impacting Where New Founders Base Their Startups
Brexit might cause UK entrepreneurs to do their own exit for the continent. Nothing is certain until a host of issues are decided, but some founders are already weighing the decision to start a company in the UK or move elsewhere.

Why Venture Funders are Shunning Baby Unicorns
Baby unicorns aren’t getting as much love due to a slow-down in later-stage funding. VCs want to see strong potential and customer engagement before committing millions to that Series A or B.

Tech Startups Struggle to Tap $82 Billion in Federal Contracts
When the US government is the target market, customer acquisition costs prove too costly for most startups. Bloomberg discusses the barriers to government contracts for emerging companies and takes a look at some of the notable exceptions.

Links compiled by Bill Warren.