September, 2019

industry and university collaboration: how partnership drives innovation

Venture Well

Industry and university collaboration produces groundbreaking research and innovation that solves complex problems, drives economic growth, and creates a more skilled workforce. The post industry and university collaboration: how partnership drives innovation appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty I&E Ecosystems entrepreneurial mindset National Science Foundation

The Secret to Successful Mentorship

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Kristen Harris is the co-founder and COO of Portfolio Creative , a workforce innovation firm based in Columbus, Ohio, USA. As a member of the EO Columbus chapter, Kristen is an active participant in the EO Mentorship program. I’ve been matched with seven amazing local mentors so far! I have also served as the chapter Mentorship Chair and on the Global Mentorship Subcommittee. The benefits of mentorship.

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How to Craft an Exceptional Update About Your Startup

GAN

Each week, I receive dozens of updates from startups—everything from founders I’ve just chatted with briefly, to founders I’ve mentored, to companies that have asked GAN Ventures for funding. The purpose of updates from founders is to get their community of investors, mentors, and friends excited about the work they’re doing and to create additional fans who are bought into the company’s vision and plans. Here’s the thing, though.

The Cost of Preemptive Deals

Y Combinator

Recently, while discussing a preemptive funding offer with a company, we noticed that the offer was more dilutive than expected. Wondering if this was an outlier, we looked at 120 US Series A rounds from our portfolio over the past 18 months to see whether or not preemptive offers were generally more or less dilutive than process driven rounds. We were somewhat surprised to discover that, on average, founders taking preemptive offers are taking ~1.4% more dilution for less money.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

Why Positive Cashflow Matters

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Venture backed companies have a strange relationship to positive cashflow. Because they have financial backers who can and do finance losses, they tend to operate in the red for a long time. In the early days it makes sense to burn cash. If you do not have revenues, you can’t generate cash. And if you can’t grow your revenues without investing out ahead of income, then you also need to be able to operate in the red.

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Revolutionizing responsible tourism in Nicaragua

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

“Every action we take, big or small, can make a difference in our society,” says Damaris Guardado, co-founder of Purpose Driven Tours Nicaragua. “I I cannot change the world, but I can contribute to make it a better place to live.”. Damaris, a 2017 YLAI Fellow, is working hard to combine her love for her home country of Nicaragua and her love of tourism to give back to those in her country, providing employment and education opportunities across her community.

A Look Back at 2017 GSEA With the First Runner Up

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Sadira Yeong Min Yi was a student at the University of Malaya when she competed in the 2017 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). After earning a spot as a finalist, she traveled to Germany to take part in the Global Finals—where she won first runner up! . What company were you running when you competed in the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards (GSEA)?

Pittsburgh: A City Fueled By a Culture of Innovation and Community

GAN

We just finished the first leg of the GAN Momentum Tour in Pittsburgh. It was the first of five trips we’re making around the world where accelerators, corporate partners, and startups come together around one purpose: Helping startups who are operating in unique places around the world (“everywhere else” places—the cities that might not be considered major tech hubs) gain more momentum, wherever they call home. You can see a 90-second video of all that happened here.

United Nations Development Program and 500 Startups Join Forces to Bridge the World of Impact Financing and Tech Startups

500

Startup founders often have ambitions not just to make money, but to change the world. So, how do we help these founders accomplish these goals? Enter ImpactAIM Indonesia, a program forged from a partnership between 500 Startups and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). ImpactAIM Indonesia’s goal is to bridge the world of impact financing with the world of tech startups in Indonesia.

The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.

Some Thoughts On Crypto

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The crypto sector is in an interesting phase right now. The market has rallied from its lows this past winter and is up a lot in 2019: But Bitcoin now makes up almost 70% of that aggregate market cap. In some ways, Bitcoin is the one protocol that has found lasting product-market fit. In terms of a censorship proof digital store of wealth, there is nothing that comes close to Bitcoin. There are some protocols, like the privacy-focused ones, that offer similar and in some cases better use cases.

Accessibility as an Advantage in Venture Capital: Why Creating Value for Everyone in the Community Wins

This is going to be BIG.

I believe that the next generation of top companies are far more likely to be founded by people not on VC radars today. Today's top founders will undoubtedly start something new in the future, but they won't make up the majority of innovators going forward--just as prior generations of venture backed founders don't make up a majority of those who are succeeding today.

Creating a community and brand beyond the product

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Wrapping up this three-part series on entrepreneur David Dávila, the YLAI Network gains insight to how David establishes a community and brand for his coffee company showcasing the rich history of Haiti and Nicaragua, by highlighting the talented producers and artists on the ground and by engaging with his customers through a variety of new and traditional platforms. Building a passionate team. Beyond his business plan development working with an accelerator in the U.S.,

Build a Better Tribe, Build a Better World

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In August 2019, Kimberly Hickok Smith spoke at the MyEO Women of EO Summit in Bogota, Colombia. While sharing her professional journey—from tween entrepreneur to international executive—she also spoke to the audience of men and women about supporting each other and making a difference in the world. . I was the first elected president of EO and the first chairman of the Global Board. Given that I am also a woman, I guess that makes me the first Woman of EO.

12 Plays to Kickstart Your Recruitment Process

To stay ahead in this race, every recruiter needs a good playbook. In this eBook, we lay out 12 recruiting plays that can automate key steps in your recruitment process, helping you reduce both the cost and the time it takes to hire the best candidates.

Next Media Accelerator on How Hamburg Helps Startups Gain Momentum

GAN

Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city with 1.8 million people and a metro region of about three million. The city is, of course, known for its seaport, the third-largest in Europe. It’s also among the top three locations for the aviation industry in the world. Hamburg prides itself as “The Gate to the World” and is home to all branches of the economy, ranging from aviation to maritime and logistics, as well as the creative and media industry.

Welcome Tony Wang as 500’s New Managing Partner

500

500 centers itself around supporting bold, innovative founders around the world. As venture dollars increasingly shift towards being deployed outside of the U.S., firms need to be thinking about their strategy to manage the trend towards globalization. 500 began making bets outside of Silicon Valley and outside of the U.S. back in 2010. Today, in 2019, 49% of our overall portfolio hails from outside the U.S. and spans more than 75 countries around the world.

Scaling In Lower Cost Locations

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This is a topic I’ve written about a bunch over the years. I feel like it is becoming more urgent every day. Last week I heard some shocking numbers about salary levels for certain kinds of engineers in the bay area. I checked them out with a few of our bay area portfolio companies and they were more or less corroborated.

Accessing Innovation: Corporate Executives In Unfamiliar Territory

Dream It

Originally Published on Hive. This is the second post in this series by Andrew Ackerman. View Part 1 of the series here. Because senior management may have a deep understanding of the sector and the specific needs of the corporate sponsor, it seems easy to assume that involving them in the selection process will help the corporate venture capitalist (CVC) pick the right startups to support? However, that’s not the case. I’ll explain.

12 Tips for Selling to the C-Suite

The question for sales pros is this: Are you ready for the challenge, and opportunity, of selling to the C-suite? The following 12 tips can help ensure that you and your team are.

Advancing your business with the help of an accelerator

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

When emerging entrepreneur David Davila started to develop his idea of a family business selling coffee, one of his friends recognized that he had a great idea and encouraged him to apply to Union Kitchen, a startup accelerator in the United States. Continuing this series spotlight on David’s journey as an entrepreneur, he gives the YLAI Network his key takeaways from the experience. Accelerators such as Union Kitchen, a startup food business accelerator in the Washington D.C.

4 Leadership Secrets I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Manager

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Violet Lim, an EO Singapore member and the co-founder of Lunch Actually , Singapore’s first and largest lunch dating agency. A version of this article originally appeared on LinkedIn. . I first became a manager at 24, the year that we started the business. I had never managed anybody before that, and everybody I hired at that point was older than me, with more working experience than me. I had to learn management the hard way—on the job.

The Common Denominator Among Our 25 Startup Investments

GAN

This past week, I took a look at the 25 investments that GAN Ventures has made so far. Mostly, I was just checking to see who I’ve followed up with lately and who else I should reach out to so that I could say hello and see how things were going. But while looking over the list, I started to wonder if there might be any common denominators across the group.

Read This First - An Entrepreneur’s Library

The Seraf Compass

Investing in early-stage companies is investing in entrepreneurs. Understanding how they measure up is partly a function of understanding how they think, or should think. Entrepreneurship has come a long way toward being a better-understood and accessible way of life. But it will never be completely mainstream, because it’s not for everyone

The Power of Conversation Intelligence

This eBook will answer all your questions and more on Conversation Intelligence (CI) by providing a complete overview and its need in Revenue organizations - delivering impact from your Sales Development Representatives all the way to the C-Suite.

Founder Control

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have not written a lot about this issue. As I said in this post , I am generally a “one share one vote proponent”, but I have supported founder control provisions in a few companies where I was or am on the board. These provisions make me uncomfortable but there are solid arguments for them, particularly when you are taking a company public and want to be able to keep it independent.

New Study by MPOWER Financing Shows the Value of Investing in Immigrants

Dream It

An Impact-Investing Success Story: Goldman Sachs-Backed Fintech Fuels Double Bottom Line by Investing in International Students A new study by MPOWER Financing (Dreamit Spring 2016 alum) highlights the dramatic impact of no-cosigner loans for international and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students on campus diversity, gender equity, and financial inclusion.

Top Listed and Number One

UBI Global

Recognizing the Top Business Incubators and Accelerators from the World Benchmark Study 2019-2020 In 2012, a Swedish student wondered, “What are the traits of the most successful top-performing university incubators worldwide?” The answer at the time was unavailable; the landscape was unmapped, unexplored, and unranked. So began UBI Global, with a mission to identify, benchmark, […]. The post Top Listed and Number One appeared first on UBI Global.

Can You Afford a Marketing Team?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Jackie Carrillo, a content coordinator and contributor who writes on technology, marketing, business management and education. . For high-achieving startup founders and entrepreneurs, marketing might feel like a no-brainer to tackle on your own. Plus, today’s online marketing platforms make it easy to post, track and engage. Not so fast. It isn’t 2010. Digital marketing consists of much, much more than posting on Facebook once a week and using Google AdSense.

100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.