Fri.Jan 10, 2020

6 Lessons From an Entrepreneur’s Journey

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Marcus Lethlean is the owner of Mediport , GoodBarTrade , 4Degrees Celcius, A2b Solutions and OneSevenOne. And with several businesses under his belt, you might think he’d mastered the entrepreneurial journey. Not so!

Funding Friday: Make 100

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Kickstarter kicks off the new year with a campaign called Make 100. The idea is to stimulate a lot of smaller projects where the creator makes 100 of something. It’s a hodgepodge of creativity in the best sense of the word. Here are the current crop of Make 100 projects live on Kickstarter. I just went and backed a bunch of them. It’s so much fun. My favorite is this project where the creator, JJ Chuan, is going to make 100 city maps out of old cassette tapes. I just love that.

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Calling All Billionaires: Fund Fusion Now

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For any billionaire out there: fund nuclear fusion now! Consider this: the people who fund successful nuclear fusion are guaranteed a spot in the history books. And that spot will be immediately followed by spots for anybody else who spent serious money ($100 million+) and did not succeed. Because clean electricity is absolutely crucial to fighting the climate crisis. Is this realistic? Can we achieve nuclear fusion in our lifetimes?

[Casper in The Washington Post] Online mattress pioneer Casper files to go public

OurCrowd

The New York-based company has expanded beyond online selling, opening 60 Casper stores and selling to 18 retail partners like Target and Amazon. It has plans to eventually expand to more than 200 stores in North America. Read more here.

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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.