Announcing the Founder Support Fund


I’m excited to announce the Founder Support Fund. It’s an evergreen microgrant-making fund dedicated to supporting founders’ mental and emotional health and well-being. And many startup founders have been particularly affected by the stress and unknowns of this time. .

How to leverage organizational storytelling in shaping culture

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Sharing your company’s story can have a powerful and long-lasting impact on company culture —especially during times of change. We found a great example in Culture Renovation: 18 Leadership Actions to Build an Unshakeable Company by Kevin Oakes.


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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Entrepreneurs' Organization

By Miranda Naiman, accidental entrepreneur, motivational speaker, member of the EO Tanzania chapter and founder of Empower Limited , a Tanzanian human capital consultancy firm. While commendable, this effort to invest in strategy doesn’t work unless the company also focuses on culture. After culture eats breakfast, it continues to chomp its way through strategy for lunch and dinner, too! Organizational culture is intangible; as such, it can be difficult to influence.

Building an Entrepreneurial Culture


I recently participated in a webcast hosted by SHRM on “Three Strategies for Building an Entrepreneurial Culture: Learn how to attract, manage, and build entrepreneurial talent.” Steve Cadigan, founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures is a talent advisor to leaders and organizations across the globe advising on talent management. . That’s absolutely the kind of culture I want to work in—and I suspect you do, too! Build Entrepreneurial Culture.

The Four Tenets of Conscious Capitalism

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Kent Gregoire is an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member and founder of Symphony Advantage, which helps CEOs achieve ongoing success through strategic thinking, advice and planning. The caring culture he developed also points to his genuine concern for stakeholders.

8 Simple Strategies for Founders To Improve Startup Culture

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Leaders want more efficient workplaces, and founders are in the unique position to set the cultural tone of their organization. When founders invest in their team, it results in greater cohesion, performance, and a more supportive atmosphere.

Pittsburgh: A City Fueled By a Culture of Innovation and Community


Pittsburgh Has a Culture of Innovation. But, as I reflected on everything I’d heard from Ilana, Dan, and the founders and other startup ecosystem leaders during our time there, I found it completely compelling that the city continues to find a need and then builds something to support that need. On stage, we heard over and over again about the city’s culture of innovation. ” “There is always time to help out a startup founder.”

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan


What role does startup culture play in a country that measures success via Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product? . This is the remarkable story of a country building a startup culture from the ground up. Sonam Pelden is the Founder of Code for Bhutan. Growing startup culture across the nation? Tashi Wangdi is the Founder of iHub Bhutan, and a Techstars Startup Weekend Bhutan Community Leader.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities


Here’s the thing, though: We know that an uneven amount of dollars go to founders in major tech hubs—the Londons and San Franciscos of the world. And, three years into running our fund at GAN Ventures, with over 25 investments (almost exclusively in founders operating in cities like the ones I just mentioned), we’ve seen investment markups on a full third of our portfolio. Most founders in smaller cities are already leaders in their communities. (It’s

Company culture still needed when working from home

Innovation 2 Enterprise

But working remotely also has an impact on a company’s culture, and on collaboration and team building among a company’s most important asset—its people. By Scott Meacham. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

Helping Startups Understand Salespeople & the Sales Culture

Both Sides of the Table

Specifically what is often not in the DNA of founders are sales skills. Founders think in options. Most technology startups seem to be funded by product people or business people. Nor do they exist in the investors of early-stage companies. The result is a lack of knowledge of the process and of sales people themselves. My first startup was no different. I had never had any sales training so everything we did for the first couple of years was instinctual.

People Ops Question: How do we define our company culture?


We attract, retain, develop, and support Techstars employees globally and aim to uphold our culture and values, in a manner that is inclusive to all.” . As VP of Talent, and former VP of People Ops, I hear a lot of questions from founders. Q: How do we define our company culture? Accelerators Resources Company culture People Ops Techstars TalentBy Sabrina Kelly, Techstars Vice President of Talent.

13 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Best Business Advice

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Ai-Ling Wong—founder at The Decorateur. Alex Louey—founder and managing director at Appscore . Andrea Grisdale—founder and CEO at IC Bellagio. David Fastuca—founder at Ambisie and founder at Locomote. Demi Markogiannaki—founder at WeTeachMe.

VC Corner: Marlon Nichols, Cross Culture VC

Startup Grind

Introduction : Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), where he leads CCV in identifying game-changing entrepreneurs who are creating next-generation companies.Marlon draws from his unique professional background to drive CCV’s focus on using global trends and shifts in consumer behavior to capture high-potential investments. We started to invest out of our inaugural fund, Cross Culture Ventures I in April 2015.

Does a VCs Culture Really Matter? The Upfront Story

Both Sides of the Table

Funds like First Round Capital, True Ventures, Foundry Group, HomeBrew, USV and many others are still run by the founders and are still on the mission they started. ” We won’t be the right cultural fit for every entrepreneur but if we’re truly WYSIWYG then it helps entrepreneurs decide if we’re aligned. And helping be our cultural ambassador.

How a Fashion Brand in Honduras Is Preserving the Country’s Traditional Culture

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Rafael, a 2018 YLAI Fellow and an entrepreneur in Honduras, saw years later a need for his skills in the country’s cultural heritage sector. “My Today Rafael is working with Xiomara and other artisans to market their products, all the while preserving traditional Honduran culture. For Rafael, these products are testaments to the many layers of Honduran culture. We are a mix of Spanish, Indian, black and Mayan culture.”.

Why I F **g Hate Unicorns and the Culture They Breed

Both Sides of the Table

Not the successful companies themselves but the entire b t culture of swash-buckling startups who define themselves by hitting some magical $1 billion valuation number and the financiers who back them irrespective of metrics that justify it. We have companies that became valuable through founders that sacrificed for years and through hard work – and partly through luck – achieved great things. Something is rotten in tech startup land.

Announcing Founders’ Co-op V

Founders Coop

Our LPs, many of whom are founders themselves, love our commitment to being first and fast, writing high-conviction pre-seed and seed checks to the best technical founding teams in the Pacific Northwest. We have an enviable track record of helping those founders raise from the best later-stage investors in the world. And with over 200 companies in our combined portfolios, we’ve assembled the most powerful founder support network in the region.

Squire Co-Founder and CEO Songe LaRon: Powering Barbershops of the Future

Y Combinator

Though they didn’t have a tech or startup background, LaRon and his co-founder, Dave Salvant, did have the keen ability to recognize an underserved market. “I Part of becoming a founder is accepting that chaos is a given. Founder Stories Feature

Our Customer Experience Promise to Founders

Founders Coop

But one thing that really jumped out at us was how bad a job we’ve done at telling founders exactly what they can expect from us. Ideas that start out bad often get better over time as founders learn and adapt. Weak teams can get stronger as co-founders come and go.

From Our Founder: Creating Opportunity During Times of Crisis


The reshaping of cultural and societal norms is swinging the door to opportunity wide open. The post From Our Founder: Creating Opportunity During Times of Crisis appeared first on StartupNation. As entrepreneurs and business owners, we do our best to plan for the future.

An Introduction to Happiness: Rest


Company Culture accelerator company culture founders happiness mental health rest workLast week, I shared this idea of being happy at work.

The Perils of Founder Fighting

Both Sides of the Table

I think as a tech industry we have bred a culture that places more emphasis on product excellence than managing human behavior. Nowhere is the politics more difficult than with co-founders, which is why for years I’ve spoken publicly about “ the co-founder mythology.” ” Of course we all go into businesses expecting to be aligned with our co-founders but over time life changes. What should the financial settlement be for the founder leaves be?

The Midwest’s Top Female Founders to Watch in 2021


” That was Lori Coulter, CEO and co-founder of Summersalt, speaking at the State of the Midwest Startup Community 2020. There’s no denying that women have made many strides in closing the gender gap in tech, but those trends haven’t necessarily been true for female founders.

Investors are missing out on Black founders


Lewis is the founder and CEO of Gig Wage , a simplified fintech payroll platform built for contract workers. Black founders, and uniquely Black founders in tech, are facing insurmountable odds. Black founders: Forget what you think works in fundraising. Craig J. Lewis.

Insights from Giggster Co-founder Hank Leber on building a location marketplace for creators & content production | E1196

Jason Calacanis

Co-Founder & Head of Growth, Giggster (April 2019-Present) Website: [link] Hank previously was CEO of GonnaBE a planning social media app (they presented at LAUNCH Festival). Entrepreneurship Founder Advice UncategorizedTop Insights.

The hidden cost of being a founder


James Sutcliffe is the founder and CEO of The Founding Network , a collaboration platform for high-growth founders. If I were to pick one thing that unites the global tech scene in terms of culture I would point to the respect and reverence accorded to startup founders.

How To Use ClubHouse. 15 Insights from Clubhouse Founder.

Smart Hustle Magazine

On a recent room I was in, hosted by the founders of Clubhouse, I gained a bit more insight. Here’s 15 insights about Clubhouse from Paul Davison, founder. Paul Davison and Rohan Seth, Clubhouse founders, want to grow fast and retentive. 15 Insights from Clubhouse Founder.

Revel pulls electric mopeds after failing to make a dent in Austin’s car culture


The startup’s CEO and co-founder Frank Reig didn’t place the entire blame on the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused ridership to fall across shared micromobility services as well as public transit, for the company’s decision. Instead, Reig cited the combination of Austin’s “deep-rooted” car culture, which has only become further engrained during COVID. ” A statement from our CEO & Co-Founder:

Streetwear Culture Goes to the Dogs

Entrepreneur - Entrepreneurs Category

When the founder of Fresh Pawz couldn't find clothes and gear he actually wanted to buy for his dog, a company was born. Real Entrepreneurs

How COVID-19 Has Changed the Way We Support Our Early-Stage Founders


Across the startup landscape, founders are struggling to address the unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But for early-stage founders, fundraising is almost always top of mind.

Three Fintech Founders Share How They Are Closing the Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps


Here are three entrepreneurs building innovative technology platforms to help close the gender and racial wealth gaps around the country and the globe: Jordan Sale, CEO and Founder of 81cents. – Jordan Sale, CEO and founder of 81cents.

Founders from Warby Parker, Plated, and The Muse to Speak at LaunchPad Propel


Leading Student Entrepreneurs to Pitch and Meet Founder Mentors at 3rd Annual Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Convening. Student participants at the event will hear from world-class speakers including Jon Gray, Blackstone president and chief operating officer, Josh Hix, Plated co-founder, Kathryn Minshew, co-founder of The Muse , and Neil Blumenthal, who co-founded Warby Parker while in school. .

The First Live Meeting With A Founder


Immediate “Yes” – It is not common, but it is possible that I leave the meeting with all the information I need and, with some quick reflection, signal the founder that I’d like to invest. I do this in the meeting partly to stay present about having a proper close to the meeting, to give the founder a clear sense of what I’m thinking, and to stop the back-and-forth email that can occur after a meeting. I will meet a founder with great potential.

Startup Culture Rot

This is going to be BIG.

You''re a founder and you''re super busy just keeping the company afloat. You''re just not actively managing the culture because you''re busy doing other things. Great cultures have values that everyone can be a part of--and these values need to be built in to everyday life at your company, no matter how small it is. The best professionals want to work in places that care about culture and values--because they know actively managing that has second order effects.

The iconic VC-Backed founders are all White & Asian men. So why invest in diversity?

David Teten - VC

All of the 40 companies’ 92 founders were male. based founders, 35 were white* American; four were white immigrant/first generation, from France, Ukraine, Russia and Iran; and four were Indian immigrant/first generation. Of the 19 Western Europe/Israel-based founders, all were white.

Time: Our Most Important Resource


Organization/culture: 16%. The Industry calendar ceo CEOs company culture founders resources time workAs I think about this new season of operating, everything has changed. Rhythms, work environments, products, and business models are different. . It’s a dynamic season.

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