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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[Virgin Hyperloop One in The Construction Index] Mass transport for the post-Covid world

OurCrowd

The post [Virgin Hyperloop One in The Construction Index] Mass transport for the post-Covid world appeared first on OurCrowd. Hyperloop is being heralded as the first new form of public transportation in more than a century. Lisa Russell looks at whether Covid-19 might accelerate its adoption.

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. Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One sent out a request for proposals asking states to bid for a chance to host a 6-mile test track. Read more here.

Clearing a Path Toward Equity Through Entrepreneurship

Co Starters

One particular initiative on the horizon is the construction of a digital innovation lab equipped with virtual reality functionality to test concepts and prototypes. . CASE STUDY. Forward Cities + The Corner. New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

[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. News Center mobility portfolio news skytran

[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. Exhibiting at Gitex for the first time, Virgin Hyperloop One will showcase how its technology – which features electromagnetically levitated pods travelling through low-pressure tubes at speeds of up to 1,223kmph – can improve mobility across the world. 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.

Clearing a Path Toward Equity Through Entrepreneurship

Co Starters

One particular initiative on the horizon is the construction of a digital innovation lab equipped with virtual reality functionality to test concepts and prototypes. . CASE STUDY. Forward Cities + The Corner. New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

[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.

3 key ingredients for successful remote work

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Then provide constructive criticism. The global coronavirus pandemic has forced a widespread shift to remote work. The impact on our families and careers has been significant.

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. The audience will be highly curated creating powerful networking opportunities with C-level executives from Developers, Owners, Associations, Construction Companies, Multifamily Offices, Architects, Growth Stage Startups, Strategics, Commercial Developers and more.

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.

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.

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. IrisVR , which raised an $8 million Series A round from Emergence Capital, is built especially for the construction industry and allows users to take floor plans and turn them into VR experiences.

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?

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.

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

The two discussed a range of topics, including how Ackerman got into the world of venture capital, how to do networking in an effective way, how to raise money from venture capital investors, how Dreamit makes investment decisions, why Dreamit works with corporate partners in real estate, how a Dreamit cycle works, what trends Andrew is seeing in the real estate and construction markets, and much more. Andrew Ackerman and Charlie Stephens.

YC Summer 2020 Batch Stats

Y Combinator

Real Estate and Construction – 3%. At our 31st Demo Day, 198 companies presented virtually over two days. You can see a list of the companies that presented on-the-record in the YC Directory. You can also read about the companies in TechCrunch here and here.

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.

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.

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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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. Many industries that aren’t top of mind for most of us but serve our most basic everyday needs – from industrial production, transportation infrastructure and environmental services and safety – all are facing technological disruption and innovation.

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. Sadira Yeong Min Yi was a student at the University of Malaya when she competed in the 2017 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). After earning a spot as a finalist, she traveled to Germany to take part in the Global Finals—where she won first runner up! .

Top 5 M&A Insights from Senior Industry Leaders

Dream It

Amit advises the ideal VC-founder dynamic fosters constructive and healthy conversations, or even arguments, with the intent on both sides of bettering your business. Most founders consider two possibilities when thinking about their exit strategy: IPO or acquisition.

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. Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced that applications are now open for 2019’s Q4 mentorship-driven accelerator programs. These programs that are officially receiving applications: Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars – NYC (New York).

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.

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

A Smart Bear

blog might automatically assume that all this success is due to my prescience and wisdom, but the truth is that although I’ll certainly take the credit for the initial construction and lift-off of the rocket, setting up an impressive and rare trajectory, the reason we are in the position we are today, with all the attributes listed above, is due to Heather’s leadership, strength, vision, and execution. People said there’s no money in hosting. WordPress is just a toy.

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. On Cities The crowded field of building certification companies like LEED, WiredScore, Delos, and Fitwel are prompting building owners to wonder which are necessary and which are just marketing gimmicks, according to the NYT.

13 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Best Business Advice

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Your job, as an entrepreneur, is to find as many pieces of the puzzle as you can, from as many different, experienced people as possible, and then to construct your own version of that puzzle as best as you can. Agonise over whether or not you need business partners.

Case Study: The Dan River Region Ecosystem Development

Ecosystem Builder Hub

I feel like we are solidifying the foundation of the house and beginning to frame it out, but this “construction job” will have a number of phases.

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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