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Startup Business Funding: 5 Business-Breaking Misconceptions

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I've been an alum of Dreamit twice. The first time, back in 2012, I joined as part of a mobile gaming company. We didn't have a live product, but we had an insane buzz around us, with a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign and 'The Next Angry Birds' quote from Techcrunch.

RaySecur Closes $3M Seed Funding Round

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RaySecur ( Dreamit Securetech Spring 2019) closed a $3M seed funding round. The startup’s mission is to be the first line of defense to safely detect suspicious powders and liquids, as well as conventional mail threats.

Announcing the 17 New Startups in Dreamit Ventures’ SecureTech, HealthTech, and UrbanTech Programs

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Press Release The venture fund and growth-focused accelerator accepted the cohort from a field of nearly 2,000 pre-Series A companies NEW YORK CITY, NY — April 2, 2019 — Dreamit Ventures, an early stage venture fund and growth-focused accelerator, announced its latest batch of startups this week.

The Startups and Investors Bringing Voice Tech to Healthcare

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Voice tech is on the rise. According to a report from Edison Research and NPR, 53 million people in the United States own a smart speaker such as Amazon Echo or Google Home. And, 30% of this group owns three or more smart speakers. Voice tech is changing the way people shop and search online.

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.

The Fundamentals of Talking "Exit Strategy" with Investors

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At the seed stage, talking about exit strategy always seems a bit premature, even presumptuous. But this topic is always in the back of mind for VCs and other investors, so it’s important to formulate a plan around the topic, even if those exit strategies might change as you grow your startup.

Marketing for CREtech Startups: What Works (And What Doesn't)

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In this #DreamitLive, Urbantech Managing Director Andrew Ackerman speaks with CREtech CEO Michael Beckerman about the latest trends in innovation in the commercial real estate industry.

The Proptech Startups Using VR & AR to Reshape Real Estate

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According to Goldman Sachs , virtual and augmented reality (AR) will become an $80 billion market by 2025, and $2.6 billion will be specifically for real estate. The medium is extremely powerful.

The Most Important Question to Ask Potential Investors After Your Pitch

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Startup pitch meetings are pretty predictable. You walk into a venture fund’s conference room or Zoom room (if they’re progressive), pitch the partners, offer to answer their questions, maybe ask them a bland question or two, and then leave the meeting to await a response.

Pitch Decks and Fundraising: A Fireside Chat with the Founder of Slidebean

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It's been about a year since Slidebean’s first Youtube video breakthrough. Since then, they’ve added around 20,000 subscribers, and their videos have been watched over 1.7MM times.

New Study by MPOWER Financing Shows the Value of Investing in Immigrants

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5 Disruptive Cybersecurity Startups That Are Changing the Industry

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Accelerated digital innovation has catapulted the world into unprecedented growth. But this age of disruption has also created numerous opportunities for hackers and cybercriminals.

Accessing Innovation: Corporate Executives In Unfamiliar Territory

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Originally Published on Hive. This is the second post in this series by Andrew Ackerman. View Part 1 of the series here.

SecureTech News Roundup

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What We’re Reading Developments in The Security Industry Verkada , a physical security startup that helps schools, gyms, municipalities, and corporations manage their security camera systems, reached a $540 million valuation in 3 years. Read how this startup set itself apart in a crowded market.

An In-Depth Look at The Medical Device Cybersecurity Startup Landscape

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Health systems and hospitals face unprecedented cybersecurity challenges. In May 2016, 89% of healthcare organizations included in a study by the Ponemon Institute had experienced at least one data breach over the prior 24 month period. And, The U.S.

The Path to Commercialization for a Healthtech Startup

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In this #DreamitLive, Healthtech Managing Director Adam Dakin speaks with Graftworx founder and CEO David Kuraguntla about his startup’s path to commercialization. Graftworx is a healthtech startup innovating the way remote patient monitoring is done, particularly for those with chronic conditions.

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Bootstrapping from $0 to Exit

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Steve Barsh speaks with Anthony Bucci about bootstrapping RevZilla from $0 to 250+ people and a successful exit. They talk about Bucci’s ups and downs, leadership ideas, growth, surprises along the way, and key learnings.

Cision acquires TrendKite (Dreamit 2013) for $225 million

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Global PR powerhouse Cision announced today that it is acquiring Dreamit alum TrendKite in a deal valuing the startup at $225 million. TrendKite’s suite of analytics tools uses artificial intelligence to help brands monitor and measure their PR efforts.

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How to Answer Customer & Investor Questions Like A Pro

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After you pitch your startup to venture investors or to potential customers, if they have any interest in what you’re doing, they’ll almost always ask you questions. And, if you’re like most founders, you’ll immediately start to answer their questions with enthusiasm and zeal.

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UrbanTech News Roundup

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Our UrbanTech News Roundup is one of the features in our bi-weekly newsletter.

UrbanTech Transit Startup Remix Raises $15 Million

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The Summary Remix is currently being used by over 4,000 planners in over 300 cities to enable planners to visualize tradeoffs when making urban planning decisions.

6 Ways to De-Risk Key Assumptions

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Under lean startup methodology , founders attempt to eliminate as much uncertainty as possible to create some order out of the chaos involved in starting a company.

HealthTech News Roundup

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What We’re Reading Developments in The Healthcare Industry IBM announced it would stop selling its AI-powered Watson drug discovery products due to disappointing sales. The company will continue to work with existing customers like Pfizer, Novartis, Illumina, and Teva Pharmaceutical.

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Video: Andrew Ackerman and Charlie Stephens from Cushman & Wakefield

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Andrew Ackerman and Charlie Stephens. Dreamit UrbanTech Managing Director Andrew Ackerman joined Charlie Stephens (@ charlieNYC ), a real estate advisor at Cushman & Wakefield, for his “Leaders Live” series of interviews.

MedStack (Dreamit HealthTech 2016) Closes $2.4 Million Seed Round

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MedStack , a Dreamit HealthTech alum whose platform provides a privacy and security compliance solution for healthcare apps, recently closed a $2.4 million round of funding.

Future of Real Estate Pitch Competition in Miami

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On May 14, 2019, our friends at Lab Ventures Miami are hosting Future of Real Estate Tech Summit Miami. This event brings together investors, innovative startups and leading corporations in the construction and real estate industry.

Dreamit Announces the Fall 2019 Cohort

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The Dreamit Fall 2019 cohort at Kickoff Week in Philadelphia. Photo credit: Bob Stasio, Dreamit (@BobStasio). Our team at Dreamit is thrilled to announce the new cohort of startups for our Fall 2019 Securetech , Healthtech , and Urbantech programs.

CISOs to Cyber Startups: Stop Making These 4 Sales Mistakes!

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In this episode… 14:20 How CISOs interact with startups 15:50 How to get your startup noticed by CISOs 20:00 What are the "must haves" for starting a pilot with Penn Medicine? 25:30 Importance of partnering with the corporate 32:00 Do health systems pay for pilots or POCs?

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Scaling B2B Sales from Seed to Exit

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Dreamit’s Steve Barsh speaks with AJ Bruno about scaling B2B sales from seed to exit. AJ co-founded TrendKite, where he was responsible for all growth operations ($0-$25 million) and which was acquired for $225m by Cision (NYSE: Cision).

The Data Revolution in Real Estate

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Real estate data is notoriously fragmented, but a new crop of startups, including Cherre, are helping businesses harness disparate data sources and gain a competitive edge. In this episode, Urbantech Managing Director Andrew Ackerman sits with L.D.

BrainCheck Raised $8M in Series A Funding to Help Doctors Assess the Cognitive Health of Patients

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BrainCheck (Dreamit Healthtech Fall 2016) raised $8M in funding. The startup helps physicians assess and track the mental health of their patients.

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How to Create a Killer Go-to-Market Strategy 

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Founders often make the mistake of talking about marketing or sales tactics when asked about their go to market strategy.

How to Create the Perfect TAM Slide for VC Pitches

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Click to Share Via Twitter When pitching to VCs, one of the most frequent errors founders make is incorrectly presenting their total addressable market, or TAM for short.

Startup Equity & Funding: 5 Catastrophic Startup Mistakes

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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.

10 Crucial Steps to Closing A Round

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Fundraising is hard, and it’s critical to have a game-plan and process for raising capital. In this episode, Steve Barsh discusses some strategies that founders can use to close a new round of funding.

Why Are Unicorns Failing + What Should Founders Do?

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In this episode of #DreamitLive, Dreamit’s Steve Barsh speaks with Gil Beyda , Managing Director at Comcast Ventures and Founder & Managing Partner at Genacast Ventures. Steve and Gil dive into why pre-IPO unicorn startups are failing and post IPO valuations are dropping.

Dreamit Invests in TrekIT Health

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TrekIT provides users with everything they need to manage their entire shift - all in one place, on any device. TrekIT Health , a clinical workflow management and analytics company, announced their newest round of funding from IP Group , Inc. and Dreamit Ventures.

The Complex Problem of Insider Threats

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In this DreamitLive, Securetech Managing Director Bob Stasio speaks with Bill Conners from ForMotiv about the increasingly frequent and ever-evolving problem of insider threats. How can organizations protect their data? How can you be proactive in identifying potential insider threats?

The Keys to Selling Enterprise SaaS in Real Estate

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From Stethoscopes to Pitch Decks

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One of the big discussions in the healthcare community is whether healthtech platforms are enabling clinicians to be more efficient or if current systems are too out of touch with end-user, causing discontent among clinicians.

Stop Talking Exit! Start Talking Vision!

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How to Create a Killer Competition Slide (Hint: Don’t Use a Magic Quadrant!)

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50% of the time, founders walk into a pitch meeting with Dreamit and show a competition slide that looks something like this: That's called a "Magic Quadrant." If you present your competition slide as a Magic Quadrant, you'll do your company a major disservice.

How To Gather Honest and Valuable Customer Feedback

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Picture this scenario: your startup launches and you get covered in TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and Business Insider. A tidal wave of traffic floods your website……and nothing happens. Several people sign up for a free trial of your product but not a single one converts into a paying customer.