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My 1985 Nike Air Jordan Investment

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Earlier this week I purchased 1% of a collection of five 1985 Nike Air Jordan sneakers using our portfolio company Otis’ mobile app. I paid $330 for ten shares (out of a total of 1000 shares) implying a value of $33,000 for the five pairs, or roughly $6600 each.

Could You Step Away From Running Your Company? Here’s How I Did.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Raj Thakkar, founder and CEO, Charter School Business Management Inc. Could you step away from your company unexpectedly for months on end—and know everything would run smoothly?

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Olga Bartnicki Joins Techstars as Managing Director of the New York Barclays Accelerator Program

TechStars

Today, I am excited to announce that I am joining Techstars as Managing Director of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, in New York City.

7 Reasons You Don’t Want to Start a Business With Friends

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Frank Hamilton. Starting a business is an exciting adventure. It’s understandable why some people choose to do it with friends. After all, who could be a better partner than your best friend?

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.

celebrating 10 women redefining the face of invention

Venture Well

In honor of National Inventors’ Day, we’re showcasing 10 women innovators we’ve supported to motivate and inspire tomorrow’s female inventors. The post celebrating 10 women redefining the face of invention appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators Inclusive entrepreneurship E-Team

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STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator Welcomes Laila Partridge as Managing Director

TechStars

Today, I’m excited to announce that I am joining Techstars as Managing Director of the STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator in Hartford, CT. .

Computer Science For All NYC

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

About ten years ago, I started asking why were weren’t teaching computer science to every student in the NYC public school system.

Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator

GAN

Every year, some 30,000+ startups vie for just 1,300 spots at GAN Accelerators. Success rates for startups after they graduate from a GAN Accelerator are pretty impressive, too—more than 80% continue to be in business today.

How to Build a Successful Partnership in Work and Life

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Katty Douraghy, president at Artisan Creative , a member of EO San Franciso and the MyEO Women of EO Champion. . In January of 2000 my husband, Jamie, asked me to come work with (for) him.

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.

Why Meg Whitman is Betting on Quibi as“The Da Vinci Code of Content”

Both Sides of the Table

Every year, a personal Upfront Summit highlight is getting to sit down with experts in a field I care about.

LaunchPad Lift Spring Program Kicks Off

TechStars

What elements are necessary for successful college-based entrepreneurship education?

Being In The Flow

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have been investing in developer tools since the earliest days of my VC career. The first investment I led in the late 80s was a financing that provided the funds to acquire a programming editor called Brief. It was a text-based editor for PCs. That investment worked out but we didn’t make a lot of money on it. Brief was eclipsed by other better editors. But that did not cool my interest in developer tools.

Too Early is Never the Real Reason

This is going to be BIG.

I see this time and time again—a founder pitches a VC or an angel and they say to come back when there’s more traction. The founder then goes off and raises from friends and family or invests their own savings in the idea in an attempt to come back with a handful of customer or users.

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?

Advancing Humankind Through Individual Consciousness

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Gordy Bal, social entrepreneur on a mission to regenerate the planet, shift the current dysfunctional education system and end human suffering. . At this very moment, we are facing an evolutionary shift that we’ve never experienced before.

Fighting for our Soldiers: Action Zone // Tampa, Florida

Co Starters

The military community is among the most neglected special interest groups in America—Veterans are disproportionately at risk for mental health disorders, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury as compared to the rest of the population.

Scott Kraege Joins Techstars as Managing Director of The Heritage Group

TechStars

Today, I’m excited to announce that I am joining Techstars as Managing Director of The Heritage Group Accelerator, powered by Techstars in Indianapolis.

A SEC Safe Harbor For Crypto

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

SEC Commissioner Hester Pierce proposed a “safe harbor” for crypto projects that raise money before they are sufficiently decentralized. I am a big fan of “safe harbors”and wrote a bit a few years ago about why I like them so much and why a crypto safe harbor is such a needed and good idea. There is a chicken and egg problem in financing crypto projects.

Innovating veterinary medicine in Costa Rica

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This common inspirational quote reassured 2018 YLAI Fellow Priscilla Ortiz Porras about her innovative veterinary regenerative medicine practice in her community in Costa Rica.

Mindful Leadership for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Rob Dubé, CEO at imageOne. Rob is a member of EO in Detroit, speaker, author and an avid proponent of mindful leadership. . If you’re like most business leaders and entrepreneurs, you know what it’s like to be stressed.

An Introduction to Happiness

GAN

For the next five weeks, I’m going to be digging into the idea of being happy at work. This week, I’m going to share why we’re talking about this in the first place. I’m sharing some high-level statistics here, but click on the links to the articles and studies to dig in more.

Venture Deals Spring 2020 Course – Now Open for Registration!

TechStars

Raising capital can be one of the most difficult parts of the founder journey. The more you know about cap tables and term sheets, negotiating tactics and letters of intent, the better positioned you’ll be for investor meetings.

USDC

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I just bought some US Dollars today. I do that many days. But the dollars I bought today are crypto assets, like Bitcoin and Ethereum. These US Dollar assets are called USDC and they are issued by an industry consortium called Centre , led by Circle and our portfolio company Coinbase. I expect many other companies will join the Centre consortium in the coming months and years. I have been waiting to buy USDC for quite a while.

How a female commercial engineer in Paraguay is overcoming barriers

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

2018 YLAI Fellow Bibiana Dipeo, the director of Alimentando Para el Futuro (Feed4Future) in Paraguay, is empowering her community after more than a decade in the financial sector, by innovating new ways to reduce malnutrition and poverty.

A Thank You to Techstars

GAN

Today, we want to say “thank you” to Techstars. Techstars has been an integral part of the GAN origin story and will always be a part of our history.

LaunchPad Success Story: Joshua Pierce, The Diversity Org Founder Gives First

TechStars

Joshua Pierce knows the impact one opportunity or one mentor can have on a young person’s trajectory. As a Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars alum, he is living the “give first” mantra by building a nonprofit organization to educate underserved students about how to acquire economic success.

Entertainment vs Utility

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The news this week that HQ Trivia has finally called it quits reminded me of this post I wrote back in 2012 about the difference in sustainability (and thus value) between entertainment and utility apps. What is interesting to me is if you could use a social app or an entertainment app to get to another place (distribution, platform, blockchain, financial services, etc, etc). That feels like a much more sustainable place to be. But very few social apps and games have been able to do that.

navigating the rules and risks of startup crowdfunding

Venture Well

We highlight what crowdfunding is and what startups need to know before jumping into high-stakes opportunities, which can spell trouble down the line. The post navigating the rules and risks of startup crowdfunding appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators crowdfunding E-Team

Embracing the Circular Economy: One EO Entrepreneur’s Story

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Integral to the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s core beliefs is our commitment to making a positive difference in the world—exemplified by our pledge to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).