November, 2019

A Startup Support Guide for My Mom

GAN

In just a few weeks, I’m going to see my mom for the holidays. While I’ve been in the startup world for over a decade now, I know my mom (and many of my friends) have no idea about all of the startup jargon we throw around, especially when it comes to the type of support startups can receive. Words like accelerator, incubator , venture studio, and others are terms that sound the same or are very confusing. And my mom and friends aren’t the only ones who are confused.

Want to Build Employee Engagement? Invest in Your People Holistically.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Robert Glazer is a member of EO Boston and the CEO of Acceleration Partners , a leading independent affiliate management agency with 160 employees. Glazer has established himself as a leader who invests in his team and in the culture of his organization. .

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What kind of leader are you?

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

The most effective way to encourage your employees to practice integrity is to practice integrity yourself.

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

Co Starters

A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community. By Enoch Elwell. Entrepreneurial culture is changing. There’s something exciting afoot if you look through the negative national narrative on the decline of small cities and towns across the United States.

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.

Why Coworking Will Thrive Post-WeWork

GCUC

I consider it part of my job at GCUC to identify and highlight up-and-coming coworking brands and leaders. In 2011, I called Adam Neumann of WeWork and invited him to come to Austin for the very first GCUC conference. He agreed and came to Link Coworking (my brand, which I have since sold) in Austin.

Startup Reads: 11 Books Every Early-Stage Entrepreneur Should Read

TechStars

I haven’t always been a big reader, but I’ve got more into it over the past few years of working with startups. In a past article, Five Pillars of Success: Curated Content for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs , I mentioned that last year I read 12 books.

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Keeping Order in Your Office

Entrepreneurs' Organization

From EO Melbourne , we share how to declutter and organize your workspace. Work never stops in your office. Every day, there are new fires to put out, new targets to reach and new ideas to execute. Your to-do list keeps piling up—just like the files on your desk and the messages in your inbox!

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Lighting the torch of change: Youth volunteering in Haiti

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Elise Kemp. As a part of the YLAI Network’s mission, community involvement in fostering development is critical. Hearing about the impact that our networkmembers are making in their own communities is a real privilege and helps us see how impactful it can be to volunteer locally.

Give Big, Shop Small with 12 Days of Starters

Co Starters

Each year during the holiday season we look forward to putting our money where our mission is: helping communities thrive through entrepreneurship.

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

GAN

I work for Chargebee, the recurring billing and subscription management product used by thousands of customers in more than 53 countries and a proud GAN Partner. In my role, I head up one of our strategic initiatives, called “ Chargebee for Entrepreneurs ,” where we work with 100 accelerators and incubators to identify high-potential startups globally.

The Startup Funding Gap

This resource discusses the gap between early funding from friends/family and the more substantial rounds from angel groups and VCs. Why does this gap exist and what can be done about it?

An update on YC China

Y Combinator

In the summer of 2018, Qi Lu joined Y Combinator to help create YC China, a localized version of our U.S. program. As we worked to establish YC China, we had a change in leadership. With this, our strategy changed back to our tried and true approach of supporting local and international startups from our headquarters in Silicon Valley. As a result, we decided that now is not the right time to run a new, country-specific version of Y Combinator.

Video Of The Week: Duolingo On SNL

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Duolingo was the subject of a funny skit on SNL a few weeks ago. hacking education

How to Give Back Through Your Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Have you ever wished for a way to give back that’s integrated with your life and your work? EO Oklahoma City member Piyush Patel has figured out how to do just this.

Strengthening financial education in Argentina with honesty and integrity

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

“It is important to try to understand your customers and their needs and supply what they need with honesty,” says Gastón Fontaine.

Supporting Latinx Entrepreneurs Means Building Relationships of Trust

Co Starters

Inside Batch 25 at 500 Startups

500

Guest Post: Rishika Jhamb is the Marketing Lead at Alluva. Under no circumstances should any of the below content be construed as legal, tax or investment advice from 500 Startups or any of its affiliates.

4 Steps to Hire Candidates that Fit Your Core Values: An Interview With Alison Kopf & Brett Brohl

TechStars

January through March is the busiest time of year for hiring so we want to help ensure that you have access to as many high-quality candidates as possible.

The Education Transformation

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Back in March 2009, USV hosted an event called Hacking Education. It was the beginning of our effort to invest in the transformation of the education sector. A few weeks ago, USV held its annual meeting, roughly 15 years after we closed our first fund. And our partner Rebecca gave a presentation on our eduction portfolio, which is now one of the strongest parts of our entire portfolio. As Rebecca was developing her presentation, I wrote an email to her that said: when did we do Hacking Education?

How to Deal With Colleagues in Denial

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, disaster avoidance expert, speaker and author. . When was the last time a colleague said something so ridiculous that it made your jaw drop?

Supporting and empowering children with autism in Nicaragua

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Ana Gonzalez. In 1992, the United Nations proclaimed December 3 to be the International Day of Disabled Persons to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities and to raise awareness of the situations they face in political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of life.

innovating for low-resource settings: learnings from the d-tree international experience

Venture Well

Creating a business model that allows you to transition to scale is particularly difficult in a low-resource environment. Here's how D-Tree succeeded. The post innovating for low-resource settings: learnings from the d-tree international experience appeared first on VentureWell.

Ready to scale in Southeast Asia? Start in Singapore.

500

While people may think of Singapore as a top startup city, what they may not realize is that this city-state potentially has quite a bit more to offer as a local hub when looking to scale throughout the region. This fall, we kicked off Global Launch, a program aimed at building bridges between Singapore and the Silicon Valley.

5 Questions with Todd Deacon

TechStars

Meet Todd : Todd Deacon is the Managing Director of the Techstars SportsTech Melbourne Accelerator. Todd has a passion for the business of sport and in particular SportsTech, startups and venture capital.

Cash Management In Startups

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

When I was in my mid-20s and had just gotten a job in venture capital, I read a piece on Alan Shugart , the larger than life founder of Seagate, one of the most successful disk drive companies. Alan was quoted as saying that “cash is more important than your mother.” ” That got my attention because mothers are really important. Over the years, I have learned what Alan meant. Cash is everything in a startup. It is the fuel that keeps the car running.

Don’t Let Change Management Become Disaster Management

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Annie Button, a content specialist in business growth and development. Annie shares her experiences and knowledge through blog posts in a variety of publications. . No industry is exempt from our constantly evolving business world. Restructures and turnarounds are common scenarios.

Counteracting corruption: 3 questions of self-reflection for leaders

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Elise Kemp. Corruption is a concept that may be familiar to many, especially in Latin America. There are often campaigns for anti-corruption reforms in government, businesses publicly fighting against corrupt competitors, and protests blocking roads to advocate for anti-corruption.

Nine Takeaways for Startups After Our Global Tour

GAN

We just finished GAN’s first Momentum Tour, a four-stop global tour with events in Pittsburgh, Hamburg, Lima, and Manama. 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. Which, by the way, is GAN’s mission.

the role universities play in startup ecosystem development

Venture Well

We explore the role universities play in regional ecosystem development, and how they can help level the playing field for all entrepreneurs. The post the role universities play in startup ecosystem development appeared first on VentureWell. I&E Ecosystems Faculty inclusive entrepreneurship

Oxygen, Aspirin or Jewelry: Which Makes a Better Investment?

The Seraf Compass

Entrepreneurs fall in love with their products. It’s no surprise… their product is their idea and as they nurture it, it becomes like a child to them, and who doesn’t love their child!?

Video Of The Week: The Recount Recap

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote a bit about our investment in Recount Media last month. I have found their daily videos that give me what I need to know in five minutes or less a godsend. This past week was a blur for me as I was on the go all week and could not catch up on anything.

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If Your Customers Can Be Everywhere, Why Can’t Your Talent?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Vikram Ahuja. Ahuja is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder at X10 and founder of Byond Travel. He is also a member of EO Bangalore. At the 2019 Web Summit , Ahuja joined a delegation of 16 EO members from 11 countries to lead workshops and speed mentoring sessions.

Three choices to make this International Anti-Corruption Day

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Kaelyn Vitale . According to Transparency International’s 2019 Latin America Barometer , 77% of survey respondents in Latin America and the Caribbean are ready and willing to tackle corruption.

Rajat Bhargava on Giving First for a B2B company

TechStars

Why does Rajat Bhargava, co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, keep starting businesses? How does JumpCloud, a B2B company, Give First? What does their 30 years of friendship mean to Rajat and Give First co-host Brad Feld? Listen for answers to these questions—and more. .

reducing the spread of tuberculosis: q&a with bonolo mathekga of e-team, drizzle

Venture Well

Bonolo Mathekga of drizzle developed a device that can be used in low-resourced regions to diagnose tuberculosis in individuals. The post reducing the spread of tuberculosis: q&a with bonolo mathekga of e-team, drizzle appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators Global Health healthcare technology

Scavenger Hunt: What To Look For In A Pitch Deck

The Seraf Compass

Deciding whether to invest in a good idea is hard. Even when its potential is clearly explained. Trying to make that evaluation without a solid explanation is an exercise in needless frustration.