January, 2020

How Employers Can Support Workplace Mental Health

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Bethany Seton. Our mental health clearly affects all aspects of our daily life—including the way we do business and conduct ourselves in the workplace.

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Why Every Startup Should Have an Advisory Board

GAN

Running a business isn’t easy. Demands from your team and your clients can fill every minute of every day and it can be hard to prioritize the work that’s actually essential to you and your company. So sometimes, it really can help to get feedback at the right time, from the right people—people who understand the intricacies of your business and who allow you to be incredibly open and honest. For most companies, that means having a board of directors.

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big ideas 2020: a vision for the future of innovation and entrepreneurship

Venture Well

To kick off the new year—and new decade—we’d like to draw attention to four big ideas that will be of great importance in 2020 and in years to come. The post big ideas 2020: a vision for the future of innovation and entrepreneurship appeared first on VentureWell.

Five Reasons Why We Need a More Progressive Economy for Growth

This is going to be BIG.

Every election cycle, you hear the same thing—Republicans are good for the economy and electing a liberal will tank it. This is especially the case this time around as we’re in the middle of the longest running expansion this country has ever seen—and no one wants the other shoe to drop. There’s a lot of fear that making the wrong choice will mess things up.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

What To Work On

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My partner Brad likes to ask about the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing. His observation, which I totally agree with, is that many people and companies do things right but don’t do the right thing. Taking the observation one step further, I have seen that doing the right thing the wrong way can actually result in something important and successful whereas doing the wrong thing the right way rarely does. So that begs the question “what should I work on?”

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Convertible Notes: Good or Evil?

The Seraf Compass

One of the most controversial topics in the startup community relates to the issue of investing through convertible notes vs. investing through preferred stock. Much has been written about this topic for the past decade, and the debate continues to rage in the blogosphere even today.

Are You a Leader or a Laggard?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Angela Fernandez, vice president of community engagement, GS1 US. Today, maintaining steady revenue growth can be difficult without the right help and mindset.

How to Start a Business in Canada

Smart Hustle Magazine

Getting your business off the ground requires quite a few steps, and the list can be a bit daunting at first glance. Smarter Loans is the go-to resource for Canadians seeking any kind of loan or financing when starting up their new business.

Has VC Become So Big It Must Be Disrupted?

Tomasz Tunguz

Nathan Heller published an article called Is Venture Capital Worth the Risk? in the New Yorker. It’s a well-researched critique of the venture industry. The key question he poses is: has the industry become so large that it needs to be disrupted? It’s a thought provoking question and a good opportunity to ask for feedback on how we can imrove. If you have ideas for how to improve venture capital for founders, please tweet me or send me an email with the link above.

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.

Nate Schmidt Joins Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator as Managing Director

TechStars

In 2010 my brother Mike and I took our e-gift card startup, Instagift , through Techstars Seattle. The experience changed my life. We were guided by incredible mentors, worked in an amazing space, and ultimately raised money for the first time in our entrepreneurial careers.

The Easiest Way to Bring Diversity to Venture Capital: Raise the SEC's LP Count Limit

This is going to be BIG.

Raising a venture capital fund is hard enough. You’re going around to a bunch of people trying to convince them that you have what it takes to pick the big winners in a sea of aspirational companies that are destined for the scrap heap.

Stack Today, Stack Tomorrow

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Stack Overflow (which I like to call Stack) is an Internet Treasure. My friend Mark Pincus introduced me to the concept of an Internet Treasure many years ago and I am a fan of the notion. In my view, an Internet Treasure is a service on the Internet that is wide open, gets better when more people use it, and solves a need that many/all of us have. Wikipedia is an Internet Treasure. Quizlet is an Internet Treasure. Reddit is an Internet Treasure.

Salon Owner Chelle Neff Talks Scaling, Sustainability and Success

Entrepreneurs' Organization

At the start of 2020, Chelle Neff is wrapping up a decade of considerable success, growth and innovation. In addition to developing Urban Betty , a successful salon with two locations, Neff also created an app for stylists , produced a book about homes in Austin, Texas, and even reached the Inc.

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?

Remodeling English language education in Costa Rica

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By luck when he was young, Alex Solano took an English language course that would change his life. One inspiring teacher forever changed the way that Alex viewed education, and he received a scholarship to continue taking courses on teaching English.

YC Bio Tour – 2020

Y Combinator

This year, for the first time, we’ll be visiting universities and institutions to meet founders who are focused on building biotech and healthcare companies. Since 2014, YC has funded over 250 bio, healthcare, and life science companies, making us one of the largest seed stage bio/healthcare funders in the world.

Announcing the 2020 Class of the BSH Future Home Accelerator, powered by Techstars

TechStars

Today I’m thrilled to announce the ten companies joining the BSH Future Home Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

For 2020: Consider the Collective Power of 13,000 Startups

GAN

To the 13,000 startups in the GAN Community, thank you. Running a startup is so hard. At every point along the way, it feels like you could go out of business. It seems like there are potential competitors emerging every second. It’s hard to hire and build cultures that last. And it’s hard to continue to build things that the world needs. Still, even for all of the difficulties you encounter every day, you wouldn’t choose to do anything else, would you?

What Will Happen In The 2020s

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It’s 2020. Time to look forward to the decade that is upon us. One of my favorite quotes, attributed to Bill Gates, is that people overestimate what will happen in a year and underestimate what will happen in a decade. This is an important decade for mankind. It is a decade in which we will need to find answers to questions that hang over us like last night’s celebrations.

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EO Entrepreneurs Share Strategies for Failure-Proofing Small Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The statistics on small business survival are daunting: Only 50 percent of new companies will survive for more than five years in the U.S. marketplace.

Breaking boundaries together in Ecuador

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Elise Kemp. Tamara Isch, a 2018 YLAI Fellow and a co-founder and COO of EcX Labs, has been breaking boundaries in her country, in her field of work, and in the world. The results of this woman’s hard work and innovation are cutting-edge technology solutions to the biggest problems in Ecuador.

7 points to help startups write a winning grant application

Venture Well

If you’re planning to apply for a grant, there are several ways to ensure that your grant application stands out from the competition—and receives funding. The post 7 points to help startups write a winning grant application appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators E-Team

New Book From Techstars’ General Manager, Claudia Reuter, Encourages Women to “Lean In” By Starting-Up

TechStars

YES, YOU CAN DO THIS! HOW WOMEN START UP, SCALE UP, AND BUILD THE LIFE THEY WANT. YES, YOU CAN DO THIS! IS SET TO BE PUBLISHED BY TECHSTARS PRESS , A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TECHSTARS AND WILEY, ON FEBRUARY 19 TH.

Can We Stop Saying “Work Hard, Play Hard”?

GAN

When Reilly—my partner at GAN Ventures—and I are in the final stages of talks with a company we might invest in, we always ask a question to every CEO… How would you describe your company culture to someone who was thinking about joining your team? Somewhere around three-quarters of the time, their response is something to the effect of, “We have a ‘work hard, play hard’ culture.”

Justworks

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I just posted about USV’s investment in Justworks on the USV blog. I have known Isaac Oates for over a decade and he’s a terrific entrepreneur and has built a great company which offers a fantastic HR solution to small and mid sized companies. If you don’t love the payroll and benefits solution your company uses, go here and find out how Justworks can change that for you and your employees.

Living Life in the Background: Meet the Woman Behind the Iron Cowboy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Sunny Lawrence is the wife of James “The Iron Cowboy” Lawrence. A Guinness World Record holder, James is well known for completing 50 Ironman races in 50 consecutive days, through all 50 US States. He has shared his story in several Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) speaking events.

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Rubber Duckies by Gaetanlee

Paul G. Silva

My thanks to Gaetanlee for making this delightful rubber duckie picture (now the header image for this website) available for all to use! Innovation Accelerator

how technology transfer offices can close the gender engagement gap

Venture Well

As more technology transfer offices work to close the gender engagement gap, we outline some best practices to help administrators enhance their efforts. The post how technology transfer offices can close the gender engagement gap appeared first on VentureWell.

Delivering healthy and beautiful smiles throughout Haiti

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Ana Gonzalez. Through the Saint Apollonia Mobile Dental Clinic , 2018 YLAI Fellow Valesca Saint Cyr is able to deliver quality and affordable dental care to underserved communities in Haiti. The clinic travels to different areas for two or three days at a time and treats over 100 people each day.