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

TechStars

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

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?

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.

No Shenanigans

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I was talking to a friend today about company values and how important they are but also how lame so many of them are. I told him that some of my favorite company values come from our former portfolio company Twilio (which in the spirit of full disclosure I am still a large shareholder of).

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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 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

GAN

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.

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How To Beat A Patent Troll

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Cloudflare posted yesterday about the two and a half year war it waged against a patent troll called Blackbird. This was the battle plan that Cloudflare came up with: After we were sued by Blackbird, we decided that we wouldn’t roll over. We decided we would do our best to turn the incentive structure on its head and make patent trolls think twice before attempting to take advantage of the system.

How to Give Back Through Your Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Have you ever wished for a way to give back that’s integrated with your life and your work? EO Oklahoma City member Piyush Patel has figured out how to do just this.

Why Coworking Will Thrive Post-WeWork

GCUC

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

OurCrowd

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.

WINNERS OF BEN FRANKLIN’S TECHCELERATOR PITCH NIGHT TOOK HOME A TOTAL OF $10,000!

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.

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.

Annual reviews or constant feedback?

Berkonomics

Here comes a controversial subject. How often do you take the time to rate your direct reports? Is it worth the time and effort when measured from the perspective of the company and of the employee? In terms of time, this can be expensive and disruptive to you and your direct reports.

edition #16: Clark Reinhart

GCUC

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.

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

OurCrowd

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.

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.

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.

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.

4 ways to foster transparency in your organization

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Ana Gonzalez. Responsible business starts with you.

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

OurCrowd

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.

Bad Takes on Taxing Wealth (Especially Billionaires)

Continuations

The discussion around taxing wealth, and in particular billionaires, has been illuminating. Not in the sense of learning something new but rather seeing who is willing to make or defend bad takes instead of engaging in any level of critical thinking. To make it clear on where I am on this issue, I am in support of a wealth tax , although I think there is a lot of room for discussion on how to best accomplish this. There are a few takes out there though that particularly bother me.

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.

Notes from Office Hours with Nick Mehta

Tomasz Tunguz

A few weeks ago, we were fortunate to welcome Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight to SaaS Office Hours. I learned a lot from the session about how customer success has evolved over the last 5 to 10 years. Here are my notes from the session. The discipline of customer success varies widely depending on price point. At the lower price points, some organizations combine the role of an account manager and the customer success person into a CSAM (customer success account manager).

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.

[Hailo in PR Newswire] Leading AI Chipmaker Hailo Recognized as CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree in Embedded Technologies Category

OurCrowd

Leading AI chipmaker Hailo has been selected as a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree. Hailo’s breakthrough AI Chip, the Hailo-8 , won the award in the Embedded Technologies product category by the Consumer Technology Association. The award was revealed at CES Unveiled New York. Read more here.

Video Of The Week: Mike Bloomberg Talks Climate Crisis At MIT

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This spring, Mike Bloomberg gave the commencement speech at my alma mater MIT. He talks about moonshots, engineers, and the looming climate crisis. It is a great talk and one that shows what kind of leader I would like to see in this country.

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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

Global Entrepreneurship Week: November 18-24, 2019

EntreWorks Consulting

Mark your calendars for the week of November 18-24, 2019, the 12 th annual celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. GEW is a big deal around the world. It currently engages 20,000 partners in 170 countries, who sponsor 35,000 events that engage more than 10 million people. All of this work is devoted to telling the story of how entrepreneurship can be a tool for personal enrichment, economic development, and community building.

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.

[SkyTran in Business Standard] Reliance Industries announces acquisition of further shareholding in SkyTran Inc.

OurCrowd

Reliance Industries announced that its subsidiary, Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings, had acquired 12.7% shareholding in SkyTran Inc. on a fully diluted basis with an option to further invest an amount upto USD 25 million in convertible notes. Read more here.

Philanthropy

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.

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 StartupSchool.org. 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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Smart Hustle Growth Conference: What You Missed

Smart Hustle Magazine

The Smart Hustle Growth Conference took place on October 25th in Times Square NYC. It was a full day of networking, inspirational talks, and business learning. Some attendees were meeting each other for the first time while others embraced with a long-overdue hug.

Celebrating Dori (2011-2019)

Continuations

We had eight glorious years with Dori, our beloved Goldendoodle. Just seeing her in the street put a smile on people’s face. She was alway up for a pet from random strangers and could be trusted with the youngest of kids.

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[Nexa3D in Business Wire] Nexa3D Scales Commercial Shipments of Its NXE400 Around the World

OurCrowd

Nexa3D, the maker of ultrafast production 3D printers, announced today that it is rapidly scaling commercial shipments of its NXE400 printers in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Korea.

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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.

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