October, 2019

how collaboration can improve entrepreneurship education

Venture Well

Tom Katona had been thinking quite a bit about a simple question. An assistant professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, The post how collaboration can improve entrepreneurship education appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty I&E Ecosystems entrepreneurial mindse

Can a Week in the Desert Make You a Better Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Every year, a group of EO members convenes in northwest Nevada, USA, at dEOxidized, one of the hundreds of theme camps at Burning Man.

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Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

GAN

No matter where you run a company, you’re probably making trade-offs. There are pros and cons to operating anywhere, for sure. But, I know that operating your company in a smaller city can feel really, really hard. You face a lot of challenges—anything from your commute time, to finding great talent, to landing big investments, to connecting with your target customers (fashion and beauty companies come to mind, for instance).

What Did I Learn From the First VC Check I Ever Wrote?

Both Sides of the Table

I became a VC 12 years ago in 2007 when the pace of deals was much slower. I had just left Salesforce.com where I was VP, Products, after they had acquired my second startup.

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.

The Future of Corporate Venture Capital

500

The following is an excerpt from 500’s CVC report. How has corporate venture capital changed? In the decade since the Great Recession, we have seen digital upstarts – taking advantage of disruptive technologies from AI to IoT – reshape the economy and the corporate pecking order. Conventional wisdom dictated that incumbents should focus their innovation efforts on R&D and growing their cash cows while investing in a few startups.

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Growing a Living Community

Co Starters

CO.STARTERS Summit Highlights Deepened Support for Entrepreneurial Leaders. Grassroots entrepreneurial leaders from across the U.S. came together October 2–4 for the fifth CO.STARTERS Summit, held in the organization’s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

How Extreme Adventure Racing Informs Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Chip Dodd joined EO Southeast Virginia in 2013. He is currently the president and CEO of Support Services of Virginia , a mid-sized company that provides Intellectual and Developmental Disability Waiver services, supports and housing in community-based integrated settings across Virginia, USA.

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

GAN

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. Background on Bahrain.

Our Helium Hotspot

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Back in June I wrote about a company we recently invested in called Helium. Helium is creating a decentralized low power and low bandwidth wireless network for the exploding number of smart devices out in the world.

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.

500 Around the World: Takeaways from the Sberbank-500 Accelerator

500

If 500 has learned one thing from investing in over 75 countries, it’s the importance of placing bets in all the right founders and helping build ecosystems for them to thrive in. 500 is a firm believer of the idea that talent can be found everywhere, but you have to understand where that talent is and what unique challenges they are going to face in their region. One of these often-overlooked regions is Russia, which despite challenges, has a booming tech and startup ecosystem.

Elizabeth Kraus on funding women-led companies

TechStars

As co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of MergeLane, Elizabeth Kraus invests in women-led startups and venture funds. And she hopes to one day make MergeLane obsolete—by achieving gender parity in entrepreneurship and VC.

Avoiding bias and making informed decisions when hiring

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Amanda Hinojosa, Howard University. Hiring decisions are key decisions that can have a lasting impact on an organization. Choosing who to offer a job to is not a decision that should be taken lightly.

Skills of the Future that Guarantee Success!

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Susan James, co-founder, self-discovery trainer and coach at Self Discovery Life Mastery.

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?

Intern #1 to YC Founder: An Interview with Jack Forbes of Faros (YC W19)

Y Combinator

I got a chance to interview Jack Forbes, CEO of Faros * (YC W19). He shares his experiences moonlighting as an intern at HigherMe (YC W15), playing soccer with YC founders & partners, and what drove him to start a YC company — even after being rejected.

Startup Horror Stories: Scary Situations Entrepreneurs Can Avoid With Stress Tests

Venture Well

Frightened to fail? Face your fears! Download a free stress test to identify your startup's vulnerabilities and brainstorm contingency plans. The post Startup Horror Stories: Scary Situations Entrepreneurs Can Avoid With Stress Tests appeared first on VentureWell.

Inside 500: How Their Accelerator Helped Me Grow My Accounting-as-a-Service Company and Raise $2 Million

500

Felix Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Back Office, a human-assisted AI platform and bookkeeping service for companies and consultants. In an interview with Nathan Beckord on Foundersuite’s “How I Raised It” podcast he shared how 500 Startups was instrumental in the early growth of BackOffice. Below is an excerpt of his interview. I believe founders have superpowers.

Founders from Warby Parker, Plated, and The Muse to Speak at LaunchPad Propel

TechStars

Leading Student Entrepreneurs to Pitch and Meet Founder Mentors at 3rd Annual Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Convening.

Creating a “can do” mindset for integrity

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Liliana López-Jiménez, Ph.D. Business Professor at Universidad Externado de Colombia. Young professionals are bound to encounter ethical challenges quite early in their lives in the workforce.

Dandapani Discusses Focus, Harnessing Entrepreneurial Drive, Parenting and Purpose

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Photo courtesy of George Evans. “As As soon as we control where awareness goes we control where energy flows. As soon as we control where energy is flowing we control what is manifesting in our life. And we need willpower and our powers of concentration to direct awareness.”. ?Dandapani. Dandapani.

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Rule #1 in Angel Investing - It’s All About the Team

The Seraf Compass

Great ideas are a dime a dozen. Living in the Boston/Cambridge area, we are surrounded by some of the most innovative researchers in the world working at institutions like MIT and Harvard.

Y Combinator Top Companies – 2019

Y Combinator

We’re excited to share the list of 2019 Top Y Combinator Companies. We also included top exits. We put this list together to help potential employees, partners, and late stage investors get to know a wider set of YC companies. If you’re looking for a job at one of our top companies, you can hit the Apply button to be taken to their careers page. The companies in this list are sorted by valuation. Why do we use valuation?

Faculty Spotlight: Richard Niesenbaum from Muhlenberg College

Venture Well

We continue our series highlighting educators within the VentureWell network who are doing good work—faculty members who are catalyzing change in higher education and inspiring. The post Faculty Spotlight: Richard Niesenbaum from Muhlenberg College appeared first on VentureWell.

Mentors, Presenters, and Judges from Shutterstock, Upsie, and M.M.LaFleur Join the Lineup at LaunchPad Propel

TechStars

On the heels of announcing h eadline speakers from Plated, The Muse, and Warby Parker, industry leading entrepreneurs from Shutterstock, Upsie, M.M.LaFleur and more have also committed to participating as mentors, presenters, and judges at the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Propel this November. In addition to a keynote session co-hosted by Blackstone President and COO Jon Gray and Techstars co-founder and Managing Partner David Cohen, students entrepreneurs will also participate in an accelerator-style ‘mentor madness’ session. Propel attendees will learn from enlightening breakout presentations and participate in a business plan pitch competition in which the winners will receive more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. Student business competition winners will also receive an invitation to join LaunchPad Lift. Running its third cohort in the spring of 2019, Lift is a virtual, mentorship-driven program aimed at taking student-led ventures to the next level and preparing them for their next major milestone—be that launching products or services, landing sales contracts, or raising funding. Newly announced LaunchPad Propel mentors, presenters, and judges include: Clarence Bethea, Founder and CEO of Upsie and Techstars Accelerator Alum (Presenter and Pitch Competition Judge). Narie Foster, Co-Founder of M.M.LaFleur, and Entrepreneur in Residence at the MIT NYC Startup Studio (Presenter). Dan Fradin, Founder of Impact Wrap and Operating Partner of Whitecap Enterprises (Presenter). Kelly Fryer, Program Director of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in New York (Pitch Competition Judge). Ali Goldstein Norup, Founder and CEO at kpiReady, Co-Founder of GDPRsimple, and Techstars Accelerator Alum (Presenter). Jon Oringer, Founder and CEO, Shutterstock (Pitch Competition Judge). Laura Weidman Powers, Head of Impact, Echoing Green (Pitch Competition Judge). In addition to entrepreneurs and executives, a number of Techstars Accelerator managing directors and program managers—the people who give intensive support to dozens of startups in accelerator programs each year—will be leading breakouts and mentoring students. These individuals include: . Jenny Fielding, Managing Director of Techstars NYC. Amos Schwartzfarb, Managing Director of Techstars Austin. Propel will take place November 7th and 8th in New York city. Students and schools interested in bringing the LaunchPad network to their campus can visit www.blackstonelaunchpad.org. Accelerators Blackstone Blackstone LaunchPad Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars LaunchPad LaunchPad Propel

Pitch Decks and Fundraising: A Fireside Chat with the Founder of Slidebean

Dream It

It's been about a year since Slidebean’s first Youtube video breakthrough. Since then, they’ve added around 20,000 subscribers, and their videos have been watched over 1.7MM times.

The Secret to Become More Interesting Is… Making a List?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Jeff Shugart, retired senior executive. . After 40 years of working, I was retired. I had always worked long hours in addition to traveling for work. While I was away, my wife handled all of the household chores, family activities and social connections.

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Angel 201: 4 Critical Skills Every Angel Investor Should Master

The Seraf Compass

Angel investing started to break into the mainstream in popular American culture in the early 2000s. It started with stories of individuals striking it rich from investments in companies like eBay, Yahoo, PayPal and Google.

That’s Not Fair

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I saw some news this morning and immediately thought “that is not fair.” ” And then I reminded myself that life is not fair. Of course we all wish that life would be fair. It should be fair. But it just isn’t and if you go through life wanting it to be fair, you are just setting yourself up for a lot of disappointment. All of that said, I have found life to be more fair over the long run. Things tend to even out over longer time frames.

Should You Build your Company in a Country Like Lima?

GAN

Last week, we were in Lima for our second stop of the Momentum Tour ( video here! ) We met with government officials—the people who oversee the support that startups receive directly from the country—investors investing in the country’s best seed-stage founders, and corporates doing business with the country’s newest startups. Everywhere we went, I asked this one question. Did they feel like Lima was a great place to grow a startup?