July, 2019

The Truth About Investor Updates

Haystack

The topic of “investor updates” has been debated frequently. Most folks who are not close to early-stage startups and new company formation would be surprised to discover that a high number of companies, after receiving funding from individuals or institutions, do not send updates to their investors. Contrast that with a fund manager, who is often required to issue quarterly capital account statements usually paired with a cover note and updates on specific companies.

Women Face More Challenges When it Comes to Venture Capital Funding

Smart Hustle Magazine

There are more than 11.6 million businesses in the United States that are women-owned. Out of businesses that generate $1 million or more, 1 in 5 is owned by women. Being a female entrepreneur is looking better each and every day.

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

Co Starters

By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary. As the ecosystem building approach to economic and community development gains interest and credibility, the title of “ecosystem builder” has emerged to represent a specific type of community leader.

What's Your Core Investing Philosophy?

The Seraf Compass

Seraf Co-Founder Christopher Mirabile interviews several experienced angel investors from around the country to ask: What's Your Core Investing Philosophy?

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.

4 Strategies to Integrate Ethics into Entrepreneurship Education

Venture Well

We interviewed three leaders in entrepreneurship education about several ways to teach tomorrow's entrepreneurs about ethics. The post 4 Strategies to Integrate Ethics into Entrepreneurship Education appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty entrepreneurship education teaching resources

Interview with Captain Steve Lauver, Director of Technology Accelerators, AFWERX

TechStars

This interview originally appeared in a report from Innovation Leader , sponsored by Techstars, “Startup Engagement: Best Practices for Large Organizations.” ” Read the complete report here. .

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What Accelerators Look Like in 2019

GAN

Each year, GAN asks the accelerators in our community hundreds of questions on their programs with one goal in mind—to gather concrete insights into the state of the accelerator industry as it stands in any particular year. Responses from our yearly survey culminate in a giant data report available to any accelerator from the community that provided us with their data.

Whales Not Unicorns

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have been vocal here that I do not like the term Unicorn to describe highly valued venture-backed startups. Unicorns are mythical creatures that don’t really exist and highly valued venture-backed startups do exist. They might be rare, but they are not fictional.

Social Media and Thought Leadership for Founders

This is going to be BIG.

Running a startup consumes a ton of time. Just the immediate priorities seem to take up more than one person’s potential working hours—so it’s no surprise that when it comes to something like social media, many founders have trouble making it a priority. The consequences of failing to position a founder’s profile aren’t always obvious—and it’s usually all about missed opportunities.

7 Class Exercises to Amplify Innovative Thinking

Venture Well

We curated a fresh new list of cutting-edge class exercises to incorporate into innovation and entrepreneurship curriculum. The post 7 Class Exercises to Amplify Innovative Thinking appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty entrepreneurship education teaching resources

“Delivering Meaningful Opportunities to do Good Stuff Together:” Community Leader Spotlight with Pascale Hyboud-Peron

TechStars

Pascale Hyboud-Peron, Co-founder and Director of Venture Centre , has an awesome Twitter bio: “Creating connections and exploring intersections between people and ideas by delivering meaningful opportunities to do good stuff together #entrepreneurship.”.

No Limits: Looking Back with GSEA Finalist Carlos Rivas

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Carlos Rivas was a student in El Salvador when he competed in the 2012 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). After earning a spot as a finalist, he traveled to New York City to take part in the Global Finals.

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GAN Partner, Chargebee, on How Startups Can Get the Most Out of Office Hours with a Mentor

GAN

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

Business Model Innovation

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I’ve shared my views on this before here at AVC. I believe business model innovation is more disruptive than technical innovation. A good example of this was moving from web apps to mobile apps, which was largely a technical innovation. While the move to mobile certainly created some new companies, it largely strengthened the market position of the big Internet companies because there was little to no business model innovation. Compare that to the move from desktop computing to the web.

How to Manage a Board

Y Combinator

With special contributions from Nic Dardenne. One of the most common questions we hear from founders is “How do I manage my board?” It’s something that provokes anxiety, because this is the first time the founder/CEO is subject to external supervision, and the board has powers that include the firing of the CEO and the senior management. It is natural to feel this way.

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Rethinking Pitch Competitions: Create Value, Not a Spectacle

Venture Well

VentureWell Director of Venture Development, Eli Velasquez offers insights on how to develop pitch competitions that provide maximum support to startups. The post Rethinking Pitch Competitions: Create Value, Not a Spectacle appeared first on VentureWell.

Blockchain: Renewing Trust in Charities

TechStars

By Matej Michalko, Founder and CEO of DECENT. We at DECENT are investing in educating communities about the different ways that blockchain can be leveraged to make the world a better place. For example, in 2018, we worked with Techstars to bring a Techstars Startup Weekend Decentralize to Boulder.

Follow Your Curiosity and Success Will Follow

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Michael Weitz , co-founder of Virtuozo and EO Israel member. . What advice would I share with young entrepreneurs today? That’s easy to answer. Follow your strange curiosities.

Startup Business Funding: 5 Business-Breaking Misconceptions

Dream It

I've been an alum of Dreamit twice. The first time, back in 2012, I joined as part of a mobile gaming company. We didn't have a live product, but we had an insane buzz around us, with a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign and 'The Next Angry Birds' quote from Techcrunch.

Video Of The Week: Angela Duckworth – Grit

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A few years ago, we invited Angela Duckworth to speak to our portfolio company CEOs at our annual get together. It was a terrific talk that absolutely impacted the way these CEOs thought about hiring and managing their teams.

One Essential Question to Ask When Beginning an Accelerator Program

GAN

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” ” — Lewis Carroll. Last week, Exponential Impact’s latest cohort visited the GAN office. XI is a GAN Accelerator located in Colorado Springs and this cohort of founders is an amazing group, just starting the program. When thinking about what I should say to them, I remembered something that Steve Blank shared with a bunch of the Techstars founders we brought together in Las Vegas back in 2012.

How Challenging Assumptions Can Help Startups Save Lives

Venture Well

Challenging assumptions is a valuable process for any venture, and one that entrepreneurs should not be afraid to embrace. The post How Challenging Assumptions Can Help Startups Save Lives appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators global health Saving Lives at Birth

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Rebecca Lovell on career ‘nudges,’ karaoke, & how to be an ally

TechStars

Do you know how to be a great ally in the workplace? Why all startup founders should do karaoke? What the secret sauce of the Seattle startup ecosystem is? Create 33 Director Rebecca Lovell knows the answers to all these—and more. .

Practical Ways that Canadian Startups Can Go Global (Without Leaving Home)

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Manny Padda an entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist who won the 2016 Canadian Angel of the Year Award. As an EO Vancouver member, he was the 2017 Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Citizen of the Year Award. .

Make All the Asks

This is going to be BIG.

“I didn’t want to bother you.” “I I didn’t want to impose.” “I I didn’t want to show up with my hand out.” “I I feel like if you were interested, you would have said something already.” “I I wasn’t sure if it was ok to ask.” “I I haven’t spoken to that person in a while—it might be too random now.” Do any of these lines sound familiar? Too often, I meet founders that need something, and feel awkward about asking for it for a variety of reasons.

Turning A Loss Into A Win

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of the traits of successful founders is their ability to turn a loss into a win. You take a lot of losses as a founder, particularly in the early days. Investors pass on your funding pitches, people pass on your job offers, customers pass on your sales efforts, competitors take your customers and your employees, you get sued, you miss critical ship dates, morale tanks, and on and on and on. But inside of each of those losing moments is the opportunity to turn it into a win.

Meet the Startups of Batch 25

500

At 500, it’s our mission to back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, whether they’re on the other side of the globe or in our own backyard. The latest San Francisco accelerator batch was no exception. Over the past three months, companies from 12 countries participated in our flagship program, building their companies and preparing for Demo Day on August 22nd. Competition was fierce, and these companies represent the top 2% of applicants for our accelerator.

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Smart Way to Source Innovation: Activate Product Development

UBI Global

Sourcing Innovation for Product Development Innovation is a key focus for businesses looking to stay competitive. Because a company and its legions of executives, managers, and even researchers sometimes run out of ideas. Fresh perspective is needed.

Build Highly Successful Teams With Techstars Talent

TechStars

Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of Techstars Talent : a new offering that will enable startup founders to build highly successful teams and gain a competitive advantage when it comes to Talent. .

How to Accept Challenges and Thrive Alongside Business Risk

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by David Disiere. Fear of failure can have significant sway over entrepreneurs wanting to launch their own startups. But imagine what would be possible if failure were completely and utterly avoidable. Further, imagine what would be possible if failure did not hold anyone back.

What Happened When I Hit a Wall and the Important Question I’m Using to Move Past It

GAN

Last week, I wrote about how essential it is to ask yourself one important question before going through an accelerator program: What do you want your (work) life to be like? Meaning, unless you define what you want your time in-program (or when starting really anything) to look like, the world around you will surely help do it for you. I keep coming back to this question since writing it last week, though. Because I think there’s actually a deeper question behind this question.

Certainty Of Close

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

On Friday, I had two separate conversations with founders about fundraising strategies. Both had an easier path that would likely get them to a closing quickly but might cost them some economics and a harder/longer path that would allow them to maximize economics. I gave them both the same advice which is that certainty of close is super important, particularly early on in a venture when you see an opportunity and want to capture it before someone else does.

Snacking on Growth in Miami

500

Breaking Down the Business of Startup Growth: Did you know that each day we provide a snack to founders? The Snack daily newsletter provides tips for startup growth-hacking that are fun and easy to digest. Founders sign up to learn some cool new things, help their startups grow, and to have a quick laugh. Here are a couple of examples: The Snack // July 4, 2019 Don’t send email from a no-reply send address…!

NewsGuard: Fighting misinformation with Nutrition Labels for news

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

NewsGuard helps its users distinguish between reliable news websites and those from bad actors trying to fool readers. By Macaela Bennett and Sarah Brandt. When you see a headline in a social media post or search result, do you know who’s behind the article or whether they have an agenda?

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Sherri Hammons on staying humble and staying strong

TechStars

As a successful woman CTO, Sherri Hammons is well known for being both humble and strong. Her Oklahoma childhood taught her the importance of always giving (and how to get back on the bucking bronco).

Work On Your Business, Not In Your Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

David Cusimano shares how he worked through the stages of hearing and actually doing a key piece of advice for business owners. .

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