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One woman’s path to financial empowerment leads the way

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

2018 YLAI fellow Kenishia Mais is the founder of ThrivingDollars , a financial education platform empowering young adults with the tools and resources they need to make smarter decisions, create their ideal financial lives, and gain the freedom to pursue more of what they love.

Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it


No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. I was raised in rural Wyoming, far from the high stakes and deep pockets of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. But from a young age, going against the grain was in my DNA.

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Mental Health Should Be Your Top Priority Right Now. Here’s Why

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As COVID-19 devastates nations and businesses, there’s a potential casualty you may not have fullly realized: your mental health. Uncertainty around the health of your family, company and employees can be overwhelming.

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Startup Pitching 301

Paul G. Silva

This is the 3rd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. In this post we’ll go over advanced-level (301) techniques. The one (maybe two) number rule. Most people can’t hold multiple numbers in their head.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Responding to COVID-19

Y Combinator

In order to confront the COVID-19 crisis, we need to immediately mobilize global scientific and technical talent. We have refreshed our Request for Startups , which are concepts we believe are important in the coming decades, to reflect this newest addition: Responding to COVID-19. We want to invest in startups working on: Tests / diagnostics. Treatments and vaccines. Equipment for hospitals. Monitoring and data infrastructure. Please apply to our next batch at

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This Simple Tool Could Save Your Business

Co Starters

Reimagining Your Venture with the CO.STARTERS Canvas. Not ideal” would be an understatement for these times. If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, you’re probably pretty scared right now, and understandably.

Angel Investing in Challenging Times

The Seraf Compass

It’s amazing how the world economic situation changed seemingly overnight with Covid-19. One moment we were enjoying a healthy economy with a robust outlook on the future. Suddenly, a pandemic crisis sweeps over the globe creating uncertainty in all aspects of our lives.

Startup Pitching 201

Paul G. Silva

This is the 2nd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. In this post we’ll go over intermediate-level (201) techniques. Front load credibility. Investors are cynical. They have to be because about half of all angel/VC investments lose every penny invested.

Firefox Better Web (with Scroll)

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Ad blockers are hugely popular. Close to 800mm people around the world use them to avoid intrusive ads and data collection. I do not use an ad-blocker but I completely understand why one would choose to do so. And yet much of the media business is supported by advertising. There are a growing number of subscription-based media services, but many people cannot or won’t pay for content and the vast majority of content consumed on the web is advertising supported.

State of MENA Startups 2019, Report

MAGNiTT and 500 Startups jointly launch first 'State of MENA Startups 2019" report. Survey findings reveal insights on trends in fundraising exercise, exit opportunities, hiring, and growth optimization.

Now is the best time to be an angel investor (let me show you how)

Jason Calacanis

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the impact the coronavirus will have on startups and angel investors, so I thought I would tackle the issue head-on in this essay. Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): [link] ].

What Will this Crisis Accelerate in Your Ecosystem?

Tomasz Tunguz

I read an op-ed in Bloomberg last week written by a stock trader who was on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the 1989 crash. His manager brought him into his office. The trader feared his manager would fire him. Instead, his manager told him that these kinds of crises accelerate change and that he should embrace them. I’m struggling to find the link now, but if I do, I will update this blog post with it.

Dreamit Startups on the Front Lines of COVID-19

Dream It

More than 15 Dreamit Healthtech portfolio companies have products that are helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Startup Pitching 101

Paul G. Silva

As a mentor once told me… It doesn’t matter if you have the best opportunity in the world, if you can’t communicate it you’re dead. This is obvious. Yet… I’ve seen thousands of presentations and the vast majority of them were confusing as heck.

The Startup Funding Gap

This resource discusses the gap between early funding from friends/family and the more substantial rounds from angel groups and VCs. Why does this gap exist and what can be done about it?

How one woman is facilitating responsible financial management in Belize

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

2018 YLAI Fellow and co-founder of L3G’s & Associates, Fatima Chi, is empowering businesses in her community in Belize to take control of their finances. L3G’s & Associates, founded with Fatima’s sister, Yadira, provides accounting and bookkeeping services, assisting clients by providing them with a wide array of professional business knowledge to help them better manage their finances and overall business operations.

How Big Business Could Help Small Business in Kansas City

Source Link

For the first time, our small businesses are leading the recession. An article by Joel Mathis in The Week puts the crisis for small businesses in stark terms. Amazon seems to be doing well in the current crisis — it announced Monday it will hire 100,000 new workers for increased demand for delivery services. Mom-and-pop businesses, the kinds of establishments that make up the backbone of a community, stand to do much worse.

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Impact Hub Oakland leaves Impact Hub network

Impact Hub

Impact Hub Oakland has always been a lighthouse for driving the inclusion and equality agenda of the Impact Hub Network in North America. After six years of successful operations, we are sad to see Impact Hub Oakland leave the network.

Developing Rapid-Response Plans for Cities to Help Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses in This Time of Economic Crisis

Forward Cities

As the extent and impact of COVID-19 becomes more apparent, entrepreneurs and small businesses are on the front lines of its devastating impact–and with their demise comes potentially catastrophic economic losses for local communities.

Startup Pitching Checklist

Paul G. Silva

This is the checklist / boil down of the techniques listed in the pior 3 posts in the “Startup Pitching” series. After you complete a draft of your pitch, go over this list to make sure you’ve applied as many of the techniques as possible. Beginner (101). One rehearsed presenter – Pick one person to deliver your presentation, don’t tag team your pitches.

Revolution Companies Offering Resources and Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic


In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, it has been encouraging to see businesses and individuals around the world step up and support affected communities. Founders across our portfolio have moved quickly to pitch-in and provide everything from healthy meals to children out of school, mental health services to frontline workers, access to a platform connecting clinical researchers to patients for vaccine trials, and virtual playdates and activities to families hunkering down at home.

[CEO Jon Medved on CNBC] Utilizing Tech to Combat COVID-19


Jonathan Medved of crowdfunding platform OurCrowd says the overall investment community is only catching up with the urgency of earmarking funds for health care technologies that are critical in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Watch here.

She Breaks Barriers: Enabling an Equal World for Girls in Sport

Impact Hub

We could not agree more with the International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme for this year’s celebrations of female achievement: “An equal world is an enabled world.”.

We want to help


A Note From GCUC We are currently living through a period of turmoil and uncertainty that we are sure to remember for the rest. The post We want to help appeared first on GCUC Community. Amenity Coworking Sustainability Community GCUC Memebrship GCUC Gives

How To Sell Online:He Sells Suspenders and Shares His Digital Success

Smart Hustle Magazine

How to sell online is what Jackson Cunningham of JJ Suspenders does best. He believes in not letting imperfection slow him down and in building something and getting it better and better. Often times, it's waiting for perfection and fear of critique that keep people back.

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Data Lake Engines - The Essential Layer of the Next Generation Data Architecture

Tomasz Tunguz

In 2015, we partnered with two young founders to build Dremio. Tomer Shiran and Jacques Nadeau had just left MapR, and they came to work from our offices in Menlo Park. We shared a vision for a new way of working with data.

In the News: Time to move fast and fix things


Now is the time for tech to drive the effort and support the global community in reversing the course of this coronavirus pandemic and help us establish a more successful, healthier and safer future.

Startups and SBA Loans

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Last week Congress passed the CARES Act which provides a vast array of financial relief provisions to people and businesses in the US. Congress is providing relief to small businesses via a forgivable loan program administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA has long been in the business of making small business loans, but the loans under the CARE Act are very different.

3 Things Leaders Shouldn’t Do During the COVID-19 Crisis

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Amy Power , founder of the PR and social media firm The Power Group. . Reputations are won and lost during times of crisis.

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At i2E, thinking about addressing the impact of the pandemic

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. We are in unprecedented times. Seemingly overnight, the world has changed, possibly forever. We are dealing with a pandemic disease that has no vaccine or cure. The stock market has lost a third of its value. People are being furloughed and laid off. Many hourly workers can’t pay for their groceries, rent or other necessities. There are shortages of medical supplies, cleaning supplies, random food items, and even toilet paper.