April, 2019

Techstars and Innovation Leader Reveal Best Practices for Leveraging Startups in Corporate Innovation


Research shows corporations create coherent partnering and investing strategies with startups.

Innovator Spotlight: Maricely Ramirez Hernandez of Burnflex

Venture Well

Maricely Ramirez Hernandez of E-Team Burnflex has changed how she thinks about inventing by first considering customer pain points. The post Innovator Spotlight: Maricely Ramirez Hernandez of Burnflex appeared first on VentureWell.

11 angel investing lessons

Venture Hacks

Spearhead asked me to write a post on angel investing when they first launched. Here’s a slightly updated version—most of the wisdom is from Naval. Charlie Munger says investing requires a latticework of mental models. Here are 11 lessons for your angel investing lattice: If you can’t decide, the answer is no. Proprietary dealfow means ‘they want you’. Investing takes years to learn, but improves for a lifetime. Valuation matters: you will have to pass on future greats. Back $0B companies.

Certainty on Demand: How Labor Platforms are Moving to Higher Order Work

This is going to be BIG.

Over the years, we’ve seen a revolution in how labor is supplied because of technology. First, we saw simple outsourcing—taking one person doing one job and moving the job over to a cheaper person in another geography.

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.

When You Pitch, Focus on Your Essence


Last week, I spoke at InBIA’s International Business Incubation Conference in Minneapolis. InBIA brings together a curated group of incubators a few times a year, and they had me talk about the difference between accelerators and incubators, as well as how the two can work together.

The Truth About the Scooter Economy?—?An Insider’s Perspective

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Faculty Spotlight: Gary Brooking from Wichita State University

Venture Well

Gary Brooking from Wichita State University helps students develop a mindset that is open to understand broader issues to better solve problems. The post Faculty Spotlight: Gary Brooking from Wichita State University appeared first on VentureWell.

Announcing the 17 New Startups in Dreamit Ventures’ SecureTech, HealthTech, and UrbanTech Programs

Dream It

Press Release The venture fund and growth-focused accelerator accepted the cohort from a field of nearly 2,000 pre-Series A companies NEW YORK CITY, NY — April 2, 2019 — Dreamit Ventures, an early stage venture fund and growth-focused accelerator, announced its latest batch of startups this week.

Impact Hub Bergen: Where History Meets Innovation

Impact Hub

#ImpactOnTour ’s next stop this year is Impact Hub Bergen: at the gateway to the Norwegian fjords….

Thank a Salesperson Today


I gave Dina a call on Monday. Dina oversees business development for GAN Partners, the innovative corporates like Allstate, Prologis, and UPS that engage with startups in the GAN Community. She’s had an amazing three months. She’s been working hard, traveling a ton, and doing the right things to find new partners. And, on the call, we had some really great back-and-forth about all of those new partners. Then something popped out of my mouth, somewhat unexpectedly.

Announcing the Rise of the Rest 8.0 Finalists


Meet the companies that will pitch Steve Case and the Revolution team on the upcoming Rise of the Rest Road Trip. In a few weeks, the Rise of the Rest Road Trip heads to Florida and Puerto Rico!

A New Way to Help Student Entrepreneurs Succeed: Learnings from the inaugural LaunchPad Lift Cohort, part of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship program


LaunchPad Lift “was the most impactful incubator/entrepreneurship program I have participated in. The cohort not only connected me to experts in a wide range of fields (branding, fundraising, HR) but was incredibly personalized and practical. Every single meeting made a difference.

Do You Have the Right Answers to these Intellectual Property Questions?

Venture Well

In honor of World Intellectual Property Day, we put together a quick-reference guide on the role IP rights play in innovation and entrepreneurship. The post Do You Have the Right Answers to these Intellectual Property Questions? appeared first on VentureWell.

The Startups and Investors Bringing Voice Tech to Healthcare

Dream It

Voice tech is on the rise. According to a report from Edison Research and NPR, 53 million people in the United States own a smart speaker such as Amazon Echo or Google Home. And, 30% of this group owns three or more smart speakers. Voice tech is changing the way people shop and search online.

9 Ventures Forming the Future of Fashion

Impact Hub

Over 80 million* people are employed globally in the fashion industry, and yet many of them are at risk of exploitation and unsafe working conditions. Not only that, but the damage created by toxic chemicals, textile waste and water pollution is on an unimaginable scale – yet invisible to consumers.

One Decade In, Saying Hello to the Next One: Announcing Founders’ Co-op IV

Founders Coop

Where does the time go? In early 2008 we announced the formation of Founders’ Co-op. We called it a fund, but at $2.7 million it wasn’t much of one, just some of our own money and some from a few local friends who knew how hard it was to be a founder up in this remote corner of the world.

An Engine to Find Product/Market Fit

Paul G. Silva

Previously I shared Brad Feld & Neeraj Agrawal’s descriptions of how hard it is for a startup to achieve product/market fit… and the ramifications of that failure. Recently Jim Stanczak kindly shared an article identifying the solution : a numbers-based, systematic, empirical process for measuring product/market fit and iterating your product towards it. This article is pure gold. Highlights: 0) Anchor on a leading indicator.

Teaching a VC How To See


Mary Haskett, founder and CEO of Blink Identity , had a problem. Time after time, she and her cofounder, Alex Kilpatrick, would walk into an important meeting—often with a potential investor—and Alex, a man, would get the handshake.

OPEN 2019: Engaging, Inspiring, and Transforming the I&E Ecosystem

Venture Well

The VentureWell OPEN 2019 conference was one for the books. Here's a photo essay highlighting the engaging and inspiring conference. The post OPEN 2019: Engaging, Inspiring, and Transforming the I&E Ecosystem appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators Entrepreneurial Mindset Faculty I&E Ecosystems entrepreneurship education innovation entrepreneurship open

The Proptech Startups Using VR & AR to Reshape Real Estate

Dream It

According to Goldman Sachs , virtual and augmented reality (AR) will become an $80 billion market by 2025, and $2.6 billion will be specifically for real estate. The medium is extremely powerful.

The NESI Forum Comes To Málaga In April 2019

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Benchmarking Slack's S-1: How 7 Key Metrics Stack Up

Tomasz Tunguz

Slack has transformed the way we work. By replacing email with beautiful and simple internal chat, Slack has productized productivity. Founded as a gaming company called Tiny Speck in 2009, the company’s initial product, Glitch, didn’t catch on as expected.

The Quarterly Reset


I’m traditionally pretty particular about doing annual planning every year. I prioritize it heavily because it’s the one time each year when we take a step back and go over our plans for the following year. It includes department-level brainstorming and planning sessions that roll up into full-blown presentations to the C-Suite. I think they’re incredibly helpful and good for a team, and we’ll continue to do them.

Growing a Startup Ecosystem in Louisville, KY


Photo courtesy of University of Louisville. Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP) together announce the launch of the Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development program in Louisville, Kentucky.

Melanie Nakagawa: Rhetoric Versus Reality Around Climate Change Solutions

Venture Well

We spoke with Melanie Nakagawa about the rhetoric versus reality surrounding U.S. environmental policies to address climate change. The post Melanie Nakagawa: Rhetoric Versus Reality Around Climate Change Solutions appeared first on VentureWell.

SecureTech News Roundup

Dream It

What We’re Reading Developments in The Security Industry Verkada , a physical security startup that helps schools, gyms, municipalities, and corporations manage their security camera systems, reached a $540 million valuation in 3 years. Read how this startup set itself apart in a crowded market.

Keeping It Green In 2019: How To Organize An Eco-Friendly Event

Impact Hub

The Global Gathering. Once a year, the top leaders from Impact Hubs around the world come together for the Global Gathering, where in one of our locations they review, shape, and decide on the strategy and governance of our network.

The Future looks Juicy – What can we Expect from the Flexible Workspace Industry


Demand for flex workspace increased in 2018 as new markets began to pick up and awareness of workspace options increased among clients.

Venture Hacks goes rogue

Venture Hacks

Venture Hacks is now independent of AngelList. Muchos thanks to AngelList for assisting with this transition (Aaron, Jake, Kevin). The first version of AngelList was a blog post on Venture Hacks. It shipped in one day, maybe two. I don’t know if anyone remembers, but it was called AngelBase back then. They’ve come a long way since then. Now, Venture Hacks is going solo with new posts on fundraising, investing and good times.

Becoming the Partner of Choice for Startups


By Ted Stuckey, Managing Director of QBE Ventures. For the past year, we’ve been promoting—both internally and externally—the concept of QBE becoming the “partner of choice” for startups. We’ve been inspired by the work that companies like Barclays and Stanley Black & Decker have put into their partnerships with Techstars. One of many great examples is the collaboration between Crowdz and Barclays to move B2B payments online.

Do SaaS Startups Still Require Less Capital than 10 Years Ago?

Tomasz Tunguz

In 2014, I published a post called Do Startup Require Less Capital to Succeed than 10 Years Ago ? It’s been five years and time to see how things have changed. In the analysis, I created a metric, the return on invested capital (ROIC).

An In-Depth Look at The Medical Device Cybersecurity Startup Landscape

Dream It

Health systems and hospitals face unprecedented cybersecurity challenges. In May 2016, 89% of healthcare organizations included in a study by the Ponemon Institute had experienced at least one data breach over the prior 24 month period. And, The U.S.

It’s time to boycott Saudi money (aka Masa’s Vision Fund)

Jason Calacanis

It’s time for founders and venture capitalists to say “not yet” to Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund — commonly referred to as Masa’s Vision Fund in tech — due to the deteriorating state of human rights in the Kingdom.

Adding Another “E” to STEM Education


Merging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and entrepreneurship education ensures that students reach their full potential and are equipped with the necessary skill sets for an ever-changing world. Career paths in STEM disciplines are increasingly entrepreneurial.

‘Hope is A Global Thing’: Nas Daily shares an impact message


If you haven’t already encountered Nuseir Yassin , better known as video blogger Nas Daily , he’s the guy who has probably popped up in your Facebook newsfeed a few times over the last few years.

“I Learn From Startups All The Time”—Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs’ Danielle Cohn Has 4 Rules for Startup Mentors


If you spot a blur speeding through the bright, airy space occupied by Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars, it’s probably Danielle Cohn. She’s the Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Engagement and the Head of LIFT Labs for Comcast NBCUniversal, and she moves fast.