Growing a Startup Ecosystem in Louisville, KY


Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP) together announce the launch of the Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development program in Louisville, Kentucky. We have been working in Louisville over the past three months to learn as much as possible about the community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through stakeholder interviews and surveys as well as extensive secondary research.

Israel’s startup ecosystem powers ahead, amid a year of change


It had produced, and was poised to produce, an enormous number of technology startups, given its relatively small size. The moniker became so ubiquitous, both at home and abroad, that “Israel Startup Nation” is now the name of the country’s professional cycling team. After a record year for Israeli startups, 16 investors tell us what’s next. From age 13 Israel’s students are exposed to advanced computing studies, and the cultural push to go into tech is strong.


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


It was the first of five trips we’re making around the world where accelerators, corporate partners, and startups come together around one purpose: Helping startups who are operating in unique places around the world (“everywhere else” places—the cities that might not be considered major tech hubs) gain more momentum, wherever they call home. Pittsburgh Has a Culture of Innovation. ” “There is always time to help out a startup founder.”

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan


How does a country go from lifting a national ban on television in 1999 to nurturing tech startups in 2019? What does a startup ecosystem look like in a United Nations’ classified Least Developed Country? What role does startup culture play in a country that measures success via Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product? . Techstars Startup Weekend Bhutan (Women). ” Enter Techstars Startup Weekend. And that startup hustle?

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote about the 12 tips to building successful startup communities. After a recent discussion I had with Steve Blank it made me remember that I had left off one of the most critical factors – a culture of failure. I lived in London from 1997-2005 and for 6 of those years ran my startup based out of London. At this time I can tell you that the Brits definitely didn’t have a culture of failure. 14:00 How can we bring that culture to other places?

4 Startup Myths That Hold Innovation Back (and How to Overcome Them)


We live in a world with a stereotypical representation of what a startup founder looks like, so it’s no wonder that a large portion of the population feels underrepresented. A Gender Gap Grader study shows that women represent 9 percent of developers in the startup ecosystem.

The Parlay


The more I discover about going beyond just writing checks into startups — concepts like portfolio construction, cross-fund management, and new fund formation — the more I realize how critical the parlay is. And naturally, I started to see patterns in the startup ecosystem. Naturally, I started thinking about the parlay as it relates to startup investing, building funds, and fund management. Career Culture Technology Venture Capital

Opportunity Amid Volatility


Much of this can trickle down into the startup ecosystem. You’ll see posts like this on TechCrunch about various VCs warning their portfolio founders to brace themselves for a cash crunch, and today USV’s Fred Wilson reiterated an important point he often returns to, that in the game of startup financing, it’s a game of going for growth or profitability, and eventually, valuation multiples compress. Career Culture Technology Venture Capital

Rolling Closes Versus Synchronous Closes


What I do feel deeply, however, is that we all in the early-stage startup ecosystem are likely being a bit too over-protective. For any startup selling an annual license, the deal may not get signed right away. ” Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalEarlier this week, in the wake of Y Combinator’s Demo Day, I saw a tweet go viral and generate lots of chatter. The tweet was written by YC’s President, Michael Seibel.

Economic Developers Cannot Just Rely on Corporate Recruitment. They Have to Grow Their Own Ecosystem.


Louis, Missouri has prioritized the creation of a homegrown entrepreneurship ecosystem for more than a decade. The work involved in regional ecosystem creation is difficult, but St. They Have to Grow Their Own Ecosystem.

Startup Communities – Where to Find Them and How to Get Involved

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

While entrepreneurs can be found everywhere, some startup ecosystems are thriving more than others. Building a startup community, or startup ecosystem, is no easy task and requires a lot of intentional work. An interconnected startup community is one that shares common values and whose interests support the entrepreneurs, their ventures, and the startup community as a whole. What is a startup community? Why create a startup community?

Unsung Heroes of Ecosystem Building: Meet the Voices Championing “Universal Support”


We are proud to sponsor this edition of “ Unsung Heroes ,” a series spotlighting people who are growing the field of ecosystem building. Read the full series at Ecosystem Builder Hub. There is a better way, and many of us know it—entrepreneurial ecosystem building.

Brazil’s Black Silicon Valley could be an epicenter of innovation in Latin America


Over the last five years, Brazil has witnessed a startup boom. While finance and media are typically concentrated in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, a city of three million in the state of Bahia, is considered one of Brazil’s cultural capitals. Paulo Rogério Nunes. Contributor.

Next Media Accelerator on How Hamburg Helps Startups Gain Momentum


Both the economic and the cultural landscapes of Hamburg are very diverse: From buzzing party district, Reeperbahn, where the Beatles started their career, to the new and amazing Elbphilharmonie, the concert hall that quickly became the city’s landmark. According to Hamburg Startup Monitor 2018, more than 660 young companies are to be found in the harbour city. Due to close relations to media companies and agencies, the NMA makes it easy for the startups to enter the German market.

The Best Mindset for Your Next Corporate-Startup Engagement


As two examples of this, startups embrace risk while seeking revenue. Startups have to ensure they’re not burning too much cash. Why Corporates Work With Startups . Corporates typically engage with startups to get: . New culture and ways of working .

Incumbent and Insurgent: Adding Value Together


Today, global energy corporation Equinor and startup Crux OCM are working together to test Crux OCM’s software, which functions as an “autopilot” for oil and gas control room operators. This sounds like a pipe dream: a scrappy startup and a large corporation partnering to give the startup a first user to test their idea and the corporation the kind of solution that would have taken years to develop internally. Identifying the Stellar Startups. “We

Techstars and Innovation Leader Reveal Best Practices for Leveraging Startups in Corporate Innovation


Research shows corporations create coherent partnering and investing strategies with startups. BOSTON & BOULDER, CO – Innovation Leader today released a new survey sponsored by Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, which shares how executives at large corporations are approaching engagements with startups and other disruptors to fuel corporate growth. But many companies have not put a game plan in place to connect to their startup ecosystems.

SeedFuel–Rowad, Flat6Labs, and Nest on the Bahrain Startup Community


If you’ve ever wondered what an island like Bahrain has to offer to entrepreneurs and startups, we’re happy to fill you in and let you know how the ecosystem here has developed with the support of key stakeholders. Bahrain has a reputation for being a warm and hospitable country with an exceptional lifestyle and welcoming culture. Bahrain positions itself as business-friendly, with advantages that any startup would find valuable.

Nine Takeaways for Startups After Our Global Tour


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. To that end, over the course of each stop, more than a dozen startups shared their experiences of what it’s like to start and run a company in a smaller city. Culture is Strong.

The Rise of the Rest Class of 2019


At the end of each tour day, we hosted a pitch competition where a local startup received a $100,000 investment from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. For the pitch competitions in Orlando, Tampa Bay, Miami, and Puerto Rico, innovative startups based within a 100-mile radius of a tour stop were invited to apply. Why did you launch (or land) your startup in Orlando? Why did you launch your startup in your city? Why did you launch your startup in your city?

Unsung Hero Spotlight: Adam Arredondo

Ecosystem Builder Hub

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? I see an ecosystem builder as someone who takes a holistic look at creating the conditions for entrepreneurship and innovation to thrive in a community. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder?

The Double Standard of Female CEOs Moving Fast and Breaking Things

This is going to be BIG.

In February of 2017, Susan Fowler’s description of the pervasive cultural issues at Uber, after the company’s abject failure to address her sexual harassment complaints properly, finally broke through in a way that garnered the tech community’s appropriate attention.

Load Management


Yes, I’m tying this back to the startup ecosystem. But as private markets expand, as startups take longer to bake, as product-market fit is harder to hit, as fundraising cycles can get longer, etc., the NBA’s concept of load management may apply to the early-stage ecosystem, too. Like the NBA, there is a seasonality to how startups are formed, financed, built, and how they interact with the broader business community.

6 Miami-based investors share their views on the region’s startup scene


They see a huge opportunity for the region to become a major startup hub by utilizing its diverse workforce and wonderful quality of life. 8 Miami-area investors assess America’s southernmost tech ecosystem. Where do you see Miami’s startup scene five years from now?

It’s Time for a Mission Statement Makeover


Values are those things that affect and guide everything, from our internal staff culture to how we treat our clients (thanks to Eric Mathews at Start. We will continue to build a corporate culture that respects and values the unique strengths and cultural differences of our associates.”. Not only are they all about us, but they’re honestly what’s often really wrong with the startup ecosystem. The same is true for startups.

HPA’s Talent and HR Resource Guide During COVID-19

Hyde Park Angels

Built In Chicago: Online community hub for Chicago startups and tech. ChicagoInno: Chicago Startups that are Hiring Right Now. Silver Lining: Free resource for Employees and Startups. Propllr: Chicago Startups that are Hiring. Switch: Talent List for Startups.

Unsung Hero Spotlight: Adam Arredando

Ecosystem Builder Hub

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? I see an ecosystem builder as something that takes a holistic look at creating the conditions for entrepreneurship and innovation to thrive in a community. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder?

Let’s talk about gaslighting and fundraising


“Most of the startups I give advice to about how to raise venture capital shouldn’t be raising venture capital,” an investor recently told me. Understanding how fundraising terms can affect early-stage startups. Building the right team for a billion-dollar startup.

Q&A with Meg Salyer

Innovation 2 Enterprise

What advice would you give to entrepreneurs pursuing a startup in Oklahoma? Oklahoma’s startup ecosystem is disproportionately male, how can we improve the number of women-led startups in our region? Q&A with Meg Salyer. Founder, and former President and CEO.

5 top investors in Dutch startups discuss trends, hopes and 2020 opportunities


The Netherlands’ ecosystem has been flourishing; more than $85 million was invested in regional startups in 2019 alone. Plenty of good funding rounds, a highly skilled workforce and a strong entrepreneurial culture have given Amsterdam a booming startup ecosystem.

Christina Bechhold: Is Nice Necessary?

WSJ - The Accelerators

As the global startup ecosystem continues to grow, pulling in more people, companies and institutions, I challenge us all to be grateful for the success we make. Culture Leadership Management Networking Productivity Christina Bechhold investorCHRISTINA BECHHOLD: Speech and debate was one of my first and favorite club activities in high school, encompassing interscholastic debate, Model United Nations and Model Congress.

8 Czech VCs on green shoots, pandemic impacts and 2021 opportunities


Pipedrive is an EU-based CRM company with offices in eight countries, but it has a Czech co-founder in VP of Product Martin Henk, one of several founders to emerge from the ecosystem. To unpack this rare gem of Europe’s startup scene, we spoke to eight area investors.

Let’s move beyond 2020 and start thinking about the 2020s


Everyone covered the end of the 2010s with aplomb, a decade that, at least in tech, was filled with huge milestones, including some of the largest startup IPOs of all time and also some of the worst lows we’ve ever seen — frauds and product snafus that were larger and grander than ever before.

What are the advantages of stationing your startup in New York City opposed to Silicon Valley / SF?


The world’s fastest growing tech startup ecosystem. A much more tightly knit startup community, compared to the larger but more diffuse West Coast community. A city that from the Mayor on down is devoted to helping the tech startup community expand exponentially. Significantly easier access to European and South American startup centers. Access to many, many more world market centers (advertising, finance, fashion, media, food, etc.).

Impact Hub Belgrade – 5 years of making, failing and creating impact

Impact Hub

As a team, we are dedicated to supporting and developing the Serbian innovation ecosystem. This is part of broader efforts to contribute to the creation of a paying-it-forward culture. How Impact Hub Belgrade supports its members.

Spain’s ten-year plan to put startups in the economic driving seat


Spain is preparing to push forward with pro-startup legislation, having recently unveiled a big and bold transformation plan with the headline goal, by 2030, of turning the country into ‘Spain Entrepreneurial Nation’, as the slightly clumsy English translation has it.

Does Atlantic Canada have a blueprint for rural revival in the post-pandemic era?


When they return, young people like Morrison are finding that Atlantic Canadians have quietly built a robust startup ecosystem that has resulted in a dozen acquisitions to companies like IBM and Salesforce, the sum of which likely surpasses $5 million in cash and stock.