May, 2024

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Four Ways To Foster Creative Thinking in Student Entrepreneurs While Developing Their Problem-Solving Skills

Venture Well

With the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) workshop series, educators offer classroom techniques to develop problem-solving skills. The post Four Ways To Foster Creative Thinking in Student Entrepreneurs While Developing Their Problem-Solving Skills appeared first on VentureWell.

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How Founders Can Master Mental Resilience to Stay in the Game Long Enough to Win

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In May, mental health is top of mind with Mental Health Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Week , 13-19 May. Don’t miss our previous posts on How to Protect Your Mental Health When Starting a Business and 5 Strategies To Change Your Inner Dialogue From Critic to Advocate and 3 Steps to Safeguard Your Mental Health and Become a Better, More Effective Leader.

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Themes vs Verticals: How to Stand Out as a VC Building a Thesis

This is going to be BIG.

There are more active VCs alive today than have ever existed in the history of modern human existence—and that dates back 300,000 years! That means a lot of competition for the best deals and more difficulty in standing out. Add on the fact that some people theorize that the need for venture capital dollars will peak, or potentially already has, and then decline because of the ever-decreasing cost of technology infrastructure as well as the increasing capability of AI to replace expensive humans

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A Guide To Angel Investing Documents: Preferred Stock Deals

The Seraf Compass

This article is intended to provide a quick overview of the principal documents in a fundraising where the investors are purchasing stock. Unlike a convertible debt issuance, these stock transactions permanently alter the capitalization of the company by adding new stockholders, who are typically purchasing a brand new class of stock created for them, typically a series designated class of preferred stock with special rights and privileges they have negotiated.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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I’ve Moved Onchain

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Over the last few years, I’ve moved my internet life from web2 to web3 and rarely use any web2 services anymore. So I am starting a series called “I’ve Moved Onchain” to explain this journey to everyone and today’s opening post is about blogging, naturally. I’ve blogged at AVC.com for a very long time. I started out in September 2003 at avc.typepad.com but moved to avc.com a few years later.

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Influence Meets Innovation: How Founders and Cultural Leaders Can Work Together

Andreessen Horowitz

The Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) team is often asked by portfolio founders how exactly cultural leaders can be a game-changing asset for their companies. On the flip side, athletes, entertainers, and C-level executives also ask what they should expect when investing in technology startups and working with founders looking to build the next big thing.

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4 Steps to Launch Your Startup’s First Product on a Shoestring Budget

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Turning an idea into a sellable product takes grit, but limited budgets often require entrepreneurs to develop creative solutions that rely more on resourcefulness than cash. In the rocky economic climate of 2024, creativity fuels entrepreneurial success more than deep pockets. The following battle-tested steps can help you launch your first product on a budget, from identifying a Minimum Viable Product and bootstrapping development to finding affordable manufacturing options and mastering guerr

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Gateway to Asia’s Tech Frontier: Hong Kong Science Park Sparks Innovation with Top Startups & Cutting-Edge Ventures

AsiaTechDaily

The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) stands as a beacon of innovation in the heart of Hong Kong, driving the region towards a future fueled by technology and entrepreneurship.

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A Guide to Angel Investing Documents: Convertible Debt Deals

The Seraf Compass

This article is intended to provide a quick overview and explanation of the principal documents in a fundraising where the investors are purchasing convertible debt. Unlike a stock transaction, these convertible debt deals do not alter the capitalization of the company by adding new stockholders until the debt is converted into equity.

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Your Fractional Finance and Accounting Team

Mighty Financial specializes in supporting the financial aspirations of small businesses and entrepreneurs. With our comprehensive bookkeeping and precise accounting expertise with decades of experience across diverse financial roles, our team offers tailor-made services ranging from essential bookkeeping to strategic fractional CFO support, catered specifically to the unique challenges of technology companies, startups, and SMEs.

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Textio’s Founder Kieran Snyder on the Two Advantages Startups Have in AI (While Remaining Skeptical Of The Funding Gold Rush)

Hunter Walk

“Admirer from outside of the cap table” is how I approached Kieran Snyder , Cofounder of Textio. That is to say, I DMed her on Twitter in 2016, impressed by the work she was doing but without a preexisting relationship. Thankfully the interest was mutual and we’ve had the chance to exchange thoughts here and there in the time since.

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Startup Fundraising that Meets Investor Expectations

American Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs seek to find the right investor and to make the best pitch when the opportunity comes Entrepreneurs start their companies with great passion and big dreams. If the founding entrepreneurs believe their business models will scale quickly, they will need a good deal of funding to support growth. Many, but not all, turn to investors to provide the necessary funds to grow.

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The American Dynamism Engineering Fellows Program

Andreessen Horowitz

We believe the most successful American Dynamism companies share a few common characteristics: They’re able to anticipate technological turning points and breakthroughs. They identify, recruit, and empower the world’s best engineers by giving them insanely hard, cross-disciplinary problems to own. They continuously push the limits of what’s possible with technology, and innovate quickly through both success and failure.

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How to Protect Your Mental Health When Starting a Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As we turn the calendar to May, Mental Health Awareness is top of mind with Mental Health Awareness Month and the upcoming May 13-19 Mental Health Awareness Week. While the entrepreneurial journey can be deeply fulfilling, it’s important to acknowledge the mental health struggles that often go hand-in-hand with the challenges, uncertainties, and responsibilities of starting a business.

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Digitalization: 5 Tech Updates That Will Help You Survive The Recession & Thrive

Lack of digitalization decreases business competitiveness. To thrive, embracing modern solutions becomes essential. The approach to digitalization often aligns with a company's business model. This shift not only boosts productivity but also automates processes and improves security. The tech market offers a wealth of technologies tailored for management, planning, and forecasting, replacing outdated pen-and-paper methods.

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Brainfish Raises $3.85M to Accelerate Global Expansion of AI-powered Customer Support

AsiaTechDaily

Sydney-based startup Brainfish, specializing in AI-driven customer support solutions for online businesses, has successfully secured AUD 3.85 million (USD 2.5 million) in its second funding round.

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Lesson #360: How to Survive a Difficult VC Funding Environment

Red Rocket

CB Insights, a leading research organization that tracks venture capital financings, recently released its report on t he state of the venture capital market in 2023. The long story short is: it was a terrible year for raising capital. The global market was down 30% year-over-year, to its lowest levels in six years. The U.S. market fell to its lowest levels in 10 years, down 21% in the last quarter alone.

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How do you pay an early-stage board?

Berkonomics

Give one percent equity to each outside board member vesting over two to four years of service. Many early-stage CEOs and board members have asked for some guidance regarding pay and time commitments for board members. Here is my best advice, based upon many boards and many years. Pay early-stage board members of companies that are not lifestyle businesses one percent of the fully diluted equity in the form of an option that vests over two to four years of service.

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U.S.-based “iThrone” Wins Global Competition at Fundación MAPFRE Social Innovation Awards

American Entrepreneurship

American innovator addresses hygienic sanitation for those living in poverty Seven years ago, Fundación MAPFRE, a global non-profit created by MAPFRE, launched the inaugural Social Innovation Awards in partnership with IE University. The competition recognizes social impact projects in e-Health, Safe and Sustainable Mobility, and the Senior Economy.

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PE Mastery: CAPTARGET's Playbook for Quality Lead Flow

CAPTARGET presents a masterclass in M&A deal sourcing. Learn to cast a wide net, embracing seller self-identification. Consistency is the linchpin: keep the origination process steady for a reliable flow of opportunities. Diversify your tactics, employing various tools and vendors. Tech matters! Understand DNS settings, domain authority, and brand presence for optimal outreach.

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7 Ways AI-Native Companies Can Improve Retention

Andreessen Horowitz

For consumer products, the rubber hits the road at retention. It’s the lifeblood of an app and the hardest metric to move, as I learned viscerally during my time running the growth team at Snap. To attract repeat users, companies can’t just fill a product with the latest and greatest tech — they must intentionally craft each product feature to ensure their users come back again and again and again.

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3 Inspirations from Winnie Hart: EO’s 2024 Mark Lincoln Global Volunteer of the Year

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As the world’s premier, purpose-built organization with a mission to empower entrepreneurs from every industry, culture, and sector, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a member-led community created for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. Thousands of member leaders give generously of their time and expertise to help EO connect, inspire, and propel entrepreneurs in their leadership journeys and help move the world forward.

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Disrupt Launches Health Impact Fund in Thailand: Investments in HealthTech Startups

AsiaTechDaily

Disrupt Technology Venture (Disrupt) has announced the launch of the Disrupt Health Impact Fund in collaboration with leading Thai business groups.

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Ben Franklin Announces Spring 2024 TechCelerator Finalists!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

State College, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (CNP) is pleased to announce the selection of ten outstanding entrepreneurial teams to participate in the Spring 2024 TechCelerator Business Bootcamp. Following a rigorous application process, these finalists have been chosen for their innovative ideas and potential to make significant impacts in their respective industries.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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ACA Recognizes Angel-Financed Innovation with the Prestigious Luis Villalobos Award at the Largest Summit of Angel Investing Post Pandemic

Angel Capital Association

For Immediate Release Columbus, OH (May 20, 2024) – Recognizing the most ingenious and innovative companies recently financed by members of the Angel Capital Association, the prestigious Luis Villalobos Award was given on May 13, 2024, to two outstanding portfolio companies. Receiving the award were Ready. Set. Food! , an early allergen introduction system taking the Tech Category, and Deep Blue , a company transforming soft tissue surgery by developing next generation surgical devices to preven

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RunPod’s Innovative AI Cloud Service Gains $20M in Funding from Tech Giants

American Entrepreneurship

A broad movement of developers led to a 10x year over year revenue increase The AI race is in full throttle, with entrepreneurs innovating to join this new highly competitive tech arena. Count-in New Jersey -based RunPod, being the first cloud provider for AI applications. The company’s AI cloud platform enables developers to seamlessly deploy custom full-stack AI applications.

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Investing in Yellow

Andreessen Horowitz

If history is a guide, transformative breakthroughs emerge when powerful creative tools reach the masses. That’s why we’re thrilled to lead the $5M seed round for Yellow, a company focused on revolutionizing 3D character creation through generative AI. The potential impact is immense. Despite rapid progress in 2D image generation and control, 3D has remained stubbornly difficult and expensive due to challenges like maintaining clean topology and requiring numerous intermediate repres

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4 Mindset Patterns Visionaries Use To Change The World

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Just a few years ago, I was a journalist making about US$80,000 year while working long, weird hours and trying to see my family as much as possible. After my job salary was cut on February 10, 2017, I had to quickly figure out a solution for success. Despite having zero business background, I started my first company on April 16, 2017. It’s been seven years, and I now run two global companies that partner exclusively with the world’s top visionaries, or those willing to do whatever it takes to

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l