TechCrunch: Where top VCs are investing in construction robotics

Dream It

Via TechCrunch by Arman Tabatabai: Venture capital has been flooding the various subverticals under the robotics umbrella in recent years, and the construction space is one of the largest beneficiaries. How much time are you spending on construction robotics right now?

Conviction, Diversification, and Portfolio Construction

Haystack

There are countless posts on portfolio construction, or how many investments are ideal in a venture portfolio, and so forth. What I do is that the topic of VC fund portfolio construction is not an easy way to grasp, and is likely even harder to master in practice. So, we have this portfolio construction tension between concentrating money into the best companies in a portfolio versus protecting the GP and LPs via diversification.

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The Optimal Seed Round Construction to Maximize Series A Success

Tomasz Tunguz

image credit: Svjetlana Tepavcevic. Is it better to raise your startup’s seed round from only angel investors, or is it better to include a VC or two? Several founders on the precipice of launching their seed fundraising processes have asked me this question. It’s a very difficult one to answer hypothetically because there are many different variables to balance. For example, VCs may invest larger sums than angel investors.

Photo: First Round Capital's new NYC office under construction

This is going to be BIG.

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[EquipmentShare in Silicon Republic] 8 start-ups transforming the construction industry

OurCrowd

EquipmentShare has been described as the “Airbnb of construction” for its equipment rental service. The post [EquipmentShare in Silicon Republic] 8 start-ups transforming the construction industry appeared first on OurCrowd.

[Virgin Hyperloop One in Construction Equipment] 22 States Bid on Hyperloop Test Track

OurCrowd

The post [Virgin Hyperloop One in Construction Equipment] 22 States Bid on Hyperloop Test Track appeared first on OurCrowd. The Wall Street Journal reported that 22 states including Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, and Ohio have bid on the first Hyperloop certification track.

[skyTran in ME Construction News] RTA and skyTran to develop driverless transportation system in Dubai

OurCrowd

The post [skyTran in ME Construction News] RTA and skyTran to develop driverless transportation system in Dubai appeared first on OurCrowd. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a MoU with skyTran to develop advanced public transport facilities in the emirate. Read more here.

[Virgin Hyperloop One in Construction Week Online] Virgin Hyperloop One, Bee’ah attend Gitex Technology Week 2019

OurCrowd

The post [Virgin Hyperloop One in Construction Week Online] Virgin Hyperloop One, Bee’ah attend Gitex Technology Week 2019 appeared first on OurCrowd.

[Virgin Hyperloop One in PR Newswire] Autodesk And Virgin Hyperloop One Announce Joint-Effort To Explore Advanced Route Optimization, Transportation Design, And Construction Technology

OurCrowd

The post [Virgin Hyperloop One in PR Newswire] Autodesk And Virgin Hyperloop One Announce Joint-Effort To Explore Advanced Route Optimization, Transportation Design, And Construction Technology appeared first on OurCrowd. “Virgin Hyperloop One is pushing the boundaries of transportation efficiency,” said Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Virgin Hyperloop One. Read more here.

Advancing social and environmental change in Argentina

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

All three organizations aim to empower communities in Argentina by addressing social problems through reducing construction debris, creating organic gardens, and promoting digital literacy respectively. La Escombrera is an organization that aims to reduce construction waste in Argentina.

Future of Real Estate Pitch Competition in Miami

Dream It

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

Serving the Underserved: The Commons on Champa // Denver, Colorado

Co Starters

After several years of constructing a robust program funnel, The Commons on Champa is focusing this year on strengthening the services they currently offer in order to better carry out their mission—to serve the underserved through entrepreneurship. “If you’re starting up, start here.” . This is The Commons on Champa’s invitation to underserved leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in the Denver area.

The Proptech Startups Using VR & AR to Reshape Real Estate

Dream It

Site tours of construction projects that are geographically distant, reducing travel time. Project management and supervision of subcontractors on construction sites, and assistance from offsite experts for projects that require unexpected expertise.

Serving the Underserved: The Commons on Champa // Denver, Colorado

Co Starters

After several years of constructing a robust program funnel, The Commons on Champa is focusing this year on strengthening the services they currently offer in order to better carry out their mission—to serve the underserved through entrepreneurship. “If you’re starting up, start here.” .

What is a Starter?

Co Starters

Could it be that we are just as entrepreneurial as a society as we have ever been, but we’ve just been distracted by the language we use and the cultural construct that we associate with entrepreneurship?

How High Rents Hinder Startup Activity

Revolution

The costs of construction and land values has increased far more quickly than incomes over the last 20 years, making it hard to build for the mass market.

Serving the Underserved: The Commons on Champa // Denver, Colorado

Co Starters

After several years of constructing a robust program funnel, The Commons on Champa is focusing this year on strengthening the services they currently offer in order to better carry out their mission—to serve the underserved through entrepreneurship. “If you’re starting up, start here.” . This is The Commons on Champa’s invitation to underserved leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in the Denver area.

Video: Andrew Ackerman and Charlie Stephens from Cushman & Wakefield

Dream It

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.

A Look Back at 2017 GSEA With the First Runner Up

Entrepreneurs' Organization

There were few mentors assigned to me and guided me prior to the finals in Germany, they were radically open-minded to the idea and gave very constructive feedback that helped a lot in developing my self-awareness.

Lesa Mitchell joins The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars to help startups disrupt legacy enterprises

TechStars

Construction and Materials: Building infrastructure including materials and techniques; new equipment and safety solutions.

Growth

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I like to provide a leader with deer in the headlights syndrome a lot of support, advice, and constructive feedback. One of the great joys of the work I do is I get to watch the leaders of our portfolio companies grow over time. I’ve had a number of moments over the last few months where I got off a call or a meeting and thought to myself “wow, she’s a new person.” ” Growing as a leader takes time, mistakes, failure, feedback, and a lot of work.

How Employers Can Support Workplace Mental Health

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Assertive communication and constructive criticism will show your employees that you appreciate all the effort they put in, and have an understanding of their potential mishaps. Contributed by Bethany Seton.

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Q4 2019 Applications Now Open

TechStars

The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars is digging into technologies across construction, materials, environmental and recycling, and energy and refining.

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.

UrbanTech News Roundup

Dream It

On Construction Technology Over 1.5 On Fundraising News Prefab construction startup Dvele raised $14M to build single family homes. Our UrbanTech News Roundup is one of the features in our bi-weekly newsletter.

WP Engine passes $100M in revenue and secures $250M investment from Silver Lake

A Smart Bear

People said there’s no money in hosting. WordPress is just a toy. After the success of Smart Bear, I should be setting my sights on something big, not this. I’m sure people said similar things to Heather when she joined as our CEO.

Are You Going Back or Moving Forward?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Construction sites are back at it, and capitalism is raring to go. Contributed by Shawn Johal, business growth coach, leadership speaker and co-founder of DALS Lighting, Inc. He is also an active member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Montreal chapter.

WINNERS OF BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

HHG Drums manufactures high-end snare drums using a unique solid wood construction and Nurse Navigator Solutions offers external nurse navigation services to urology medical practices and their patients.

THE TECHCELERATOR@STATE COLLEGE ANNOUNCES PITCH WINNERS!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Their cost-saving, automated technology removes the need for preliminary form work which reduces labor at the construction site.

Feeding the Hungry, Despite National Crisis

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Snehal Group , a construction company based in Ahmedabad, India. The year 2020 has emphasized one certainty: In times of crisis, entrepreneurs innovate, adapt and continue to give back.

How To Pitch A Real Estate Tech VC

Dream It

By Charles LaCalle , Director of Sourcing at Dreamit Ventures Subscribe to Dreamit’s Podcast on Apple , Google Podcasts , or Spotify Learn more about Dreamit Urbantech, a growth-focused program for real estate and construction tech startups with revenue, pilots, or early product-market fit

YC Summer 2019 Batch Stats

Y Combinator

Real Estate and Construction – 5%. At our 29th Demo Day, 175 companies presented over two days. You can read more about the companies on TechCrunch ( day one and day two coverage of S19 Demo Day), Forbes , and Crunchbase. Below are stats about the S19 batch. As a reminder, the application deadline for YC W20 is coming up next week on September 25. Apply here. Total companies that presented at YC S19 Demo Day : 175. YC S19 CATEGORIES: Aerospace – 1%. Agriculture – 1%.

GAN Partner, Chargebee, on How to Tackle Office Hours with an Investor

GAN

While mentors are there to guide you, giving encouragement, advice, and constructive strategies that help move you and your company forward, the purpose of an investor meeting is for you, a startup founder, to sell your vision in a way that demonstrates how that vision manifests itself in your company, your products, and the services you’re building with the ultimate aim of receiving financial buy-in.

FINALISTS IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Seth Thurau, with HHG Drums in Blair County, is creating high-end snare drums using a unique solid wood construction and a novel manufacturing technique. Over the course of the past two months, hundreds of people located in the counties of Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Cambria, Huntingdon, and Somerset in Pennsylvania visited BIGIDEA.BenFranklin.org to check out the rules and the easy application process for our recent $50,000 contest.

Advice from a Scientific Entrepreneur to Her 25-Year-Old Self

TechStars

I’m now an investor with HG Ventures, the corporate venture arm of the Heritage Group – a multi-billion dollar private conglomerate in the traditional industrial sectors of construction, environmental services and specialty chemicals.

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Striking The Right Balance

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Strong willed successful CEOs can often construct rubber stamp boards because that is what they want. I was talking recently to a friend who advises a lot of boards. I asked him his view on boards overall. He said that he saw two styles, both of which he found problematic. The first style is the “rubber stamp board” that does whatever the CEO asks of them. The second style is the “meddling board” that acts like it is running the business.

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Onevest Success Story: Recycled Guitars Shakes Up Industry

Onevest

Inspired by the innovativeness of the local musicians in South Africa, Bohemian Guitars are constructed using old oil cans and recyclable materials.