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Video Of The Week: Duolingo On SNL

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Duolingo was the subject of a funny skit on SNL a few weeks ago. hacking education

Want to Build Employee Engagement? Invest in Your People Holistically.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Robert Glazer is a member of EO Boston and the CEO of Acceleration Partners , a leading independent affiliate management agency with 160 employees. Glazer has established himself as a leader who invests in his team and in the culture of his organization. .

the role universities play in startup ecosystem development

Venture Well

We explore the role universities play in regional ecosystem development, and how they can help level the playing field for all entrepreneurs. The post the role universities play in startup ecosystem development appeared first on VentureWell. I&E Ecosystems Faculty inclusive entrepreneurship

Nine Takeaways for Startups After Our Global Tour


We just finished GAN’s first Momentum Tour, a four-stop global tour with events in Pittsburgh, Hamburg, Lima, and Manama. The entire purpose of this tour from the very beginning was to help startups operating in places like these—smaller markets that aren’t considered the world’s major tech hubs—to have additional connections, tools, and resources to build and grow their companies, wherever they are. Which, by the way, is GAN’s mission.

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.

Scavenger Hunt: What To Look For In A Pitch Deck

The Seraf Compass

Deciding whether to invest in a good idea is hard. Even when its potential is clearly explained. Trying to make that evaluation without a solid explanation is an exercise in needless frustration.

How to Deal With Colleagues in Denial

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, disaster avoidance expert, speaker and author. . When was the last time a colleague said something so ridiculous that it made your jaw drop?

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Why Coworking Will Thrive Post-WeWork


I consider it part of my job at GCUC to identify and highlight up-and-coming coworking brands and leaders. In 2011, I called Adam Neumann of WeWork and invited him to come to Austin for the very first GCUC conference. He agreed and came to Link Coworking (my brand, which I have since sold) in Austin.

In the News: All of our magic – summed up in one article


Simply one of the best and most intelligent articles written about OurCrowd in the last six years… How To Let Ordinary Investors Invest In Startups? OurCrowd Has The Answer. And for the fifth year, OurCrowd is proud to be listed in the Top 50 innovators on KPMG’s 2019 Fintech100 list.

More Than Words: The Art of Balancing Mission and Margin in Social Enterprise

Smart Hustle Magazine

“Why books, Jodi?” . Why not books, Ramon?”. There is money to be made in books! Jodi Rosenbaum, Founder and Executive Director of More Than Words , says they are selling them to the tune of $3.7 million a year.

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Ben Franklin Technology Partners

LANCASTER, PA – On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 six local tech-entrepreneurs made pitch presentations to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $10,000. The audience of more than 70 people who attended also had the opportunity to vote for their favorite pitch.

Friday’s Entrepreneurial Summit to showcase ‘spirit and heart’ of Oklahoma

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. The energy is powerful when Oklahoma’s successful and “wannabe” entrepreneurs gather for the Oklahoma Entrepreneurial Summit and the simultaneous Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur? WWTB) event for college level entrepreneurs. This year’s program is Friday, November 15. The Summit begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes with a networking luncheon, which participants applaud as an industry highpoint year after year.

edition #16: Clark Reinhart


Here at GCUC we are immensely fortunate to cross paths and work with so many amazing people. Through our work, we’ve cultivated a global community of people we think you should know about. Community of Cultivators is a blog series we created to introduce you to coworking game changers and connectors.

[Zoomcar in Economic Times] Tata Power partners with Zoomcar for EV fleet


Power discom TPDDL has rolled out a pilot project to switch over to an electric vehicle fleet for its operations and maintenance work by collaborating with car rental company Zoomcar. Read more here.

Hiver and the Evolution of Email

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray caught up with Niraj Ranjan Rout, the co-founder, and CEO of Hiver, a company dedicated to making email better for business. Niraj started out as an electrical engineer and worked as a programmer writing code for 6-7 years. That’s when the startup bug basically bit me,” he laughed. .

Ben Franklin Alum Company, Sustainable Composites, In The News!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Sustainable Composites Introduces Recycled Enspire Leather To Market, And La-Z-Boy And Timberland Sign On! Pamela Danziger/Forbes. Five years ago two scientists had a mad idea: recycle leather scraps and turn them back into a useable leather product.


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Often art can expose issues more clearly than other mediums. A show opened at The Shed this week called Manual Override. It is about the increasing power of technology in our lives and our inability to control it.

Building an Investor Pipeline Spreadsheet: Keep Your Funding Flowing!


As the Managing Director of Techstars NYC and investor in 120+ companies , I’ve helped dozens of early stage companies connect with investors. But all too often I’ve watched founders struggle with fundraising —- pitching the wrong deal, to the wrong investor, at the wrong time.

[Frontier Car Group in Bloomberg] Frontier Car’s 26-Year-Old CEO Strikes $400 Million Prosus Deal


Prosus NV’s online classifieds business, OLX Group, said it will invest as much as $400 million in Frontier Car Group, to become the startup’s largest investor. Read more here.

How One Entrepreneur Empowers Adults With Disabilities Through Art

Smart Hustle Magazine

About Creativity Explored. Creativity Explored gives artists the space to create, and a space to show off their work. This is a rarity, as many studios focus on just one of the above.

4 ways to foster transparency in your organization

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Ana Gonzalez. Responsible business starts with you.

Considering Expanding Your Business? 3 Tips on How to Approach It

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Justin Song, a senior research analyst at LendingTree where he has experience covering topics such as personal loans and small business lending. Making smart decisions for your company is both your privilege and responsibility as a business owner.

2019 LaunchPad Propel Pitch Competition Winners Help Build Student Credit Scores, Connect Young Creative Talent to Opportunities, and Provide Healthy Snacks


Out of nearly 100 student entrepreneurial teams from schools across the U.S. and Ireland, Credit Starter , Cllctve , and Eat Makhana rose above the rest and won in the 2019 Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Propel pitch competition.

[Frontier Car Group in Reuters] Prosus classifieds unit invests $400 million in Frontier Car Group


The classifieds business of Prosus (PRX.AS) is becoming the main shareholder in Berlin-based second-hand car trading platform Frontier Car Group (FCG), through a deal that will knit together their operations across emerging markets. Read more here.

Facebook Rolls Out New Features for Veterans

Smart Hustle Magazine

As the U.S. takes today to celebrate heroes all across the Nation, we would like to share some valuable resources to give back to those who’ve helped so many.

Inspiring energy efficiency in Bolivia and avoiding corruption

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

“We work hard to inspire innovation for future generations through our own example,” says Hernann Zabala, of EnerGea in Bolivia.

Funding Friday: The Home Roasting Kit

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Here’s a Kickstarter for all of you coffee lovers: crowdfunding


Techstars Announces Virtual Accelerator Focused on Next Generation Space and Frontier Technologies with International Partners


BOULDER, Colo. November 13, 2019 – Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of the Techstars Allied Space Accelerator.

Grinspoon Foundation Championing Entrepreneurship Yet Again

Paul G. Silva

At t his year’s Grinspoon, Garvey & Young [Collegiate] Entrepreneurship Conference hundreds of students participated in an “Idea Madness” event to motivate them to Get Started.

When To Fire Your Client. 5 Questions To Ask. From Seth Godin

Smart Hustle Magazine

A powerful thing a freelancer can do for her career is to figure out when to fire the bad clients. Firing bad clients is an essential step on the way to finding better ones. Identifying a client mismatch: The most obvious is a skills-based gap. They need something you’re struggling to do well.

What Makes The Top 10% Of Founders Different?

Y Combinator

Y Combinator CEO and Partner Michael Seibel on what makes the top 10% of founders different. Topics. 00:00 – What Makes The Top 10% Of Founders Different? 00:35 – Great founders execute. 1:22 – Formidability. 2:09 – Clear communication. 3:40 – Internal motivation. 4:52 – Note that “idea” is not on this list. Advice Video Feature


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This is a week full of philanthropy for The Gotham Gal and me. We are attending two fundraisers for organizations we support and throwing one for an organization we started. I woke up thinking about giving back and how important it has become to us. Neither of us grew up in environments that were deep in philanthropy but somehow we were drawn to it in our thirties. The Gotham Gal got involved in MOUSE when it was formed and became the Board Chair a few years later.

5 Signs You’re Ready to Hire a COO


At Revolution Growth, we’re constantly looking at companies that are crossing the business-model validation threshold and shifting into their hyper-growth stage.

Startup Equity & Funding: 5 Catastrophic Startup Mistakes

Dream It

A thoughtful strategic approach to equity structure and allocation is critical for all startups. Yet, over and over again, startups often make avoidable mistakes that can have catastrophic downstream effects.

Over-promoting employees. Recalling the Peter Principle


Remember the Peter Principle? Funny how good messages come back in new forms after years of languishing out in the ether. Dr. Laurence J.


Startup School Week 11 Recap – Geoff Ralston’s Parting Advice

Y Combinator

In this week’s lecture YC President Geoff Ralston shares parting advice for all the founders that participated in Startup School. If you want to sign up for next year’s edition of Startup School, you can put your name on the waitlist at Topics. 00:00 – Intro. 00:31 – Geoff Ralston’s Parting Advice. 00:51 – There is no one path. 3:19 – Find your path. 3:26 – Focus on what matters. 4:14 – Startups are hard.

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Pixel 4XL

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I got a new Pixel 4XL phone a week ago and it took me most of the week (it was a busy one) to migrate over to it. I wrote a bit about how I’m careful about the migration last week. I like to upgrade to the new Pixel flagship phone every fall when Google tends to ship them. It generally means longer battery life, better camera, and some other nice things. Last year, we got fingerprint biometrics. This year, we got face recognition, something iOS users have had for at least a year now.