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.

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.

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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.

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 Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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.

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Lesa Mitchell joins The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars to help startups disrupt legacy enterprises


Many industries that aren’t top of mind for most of us but serve our most basic everyday needs – from industrial production, transportation infrastructure and environmental services and safety – all are facing technological disruption and innovation.

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.

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.

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.

Growing your Startup? Find the Right Startup Financing for Your Capital Needs

Entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented circumstances right now. The capital choices you make will have a lasting impact on the trajectory of your company. Knowing the right questions to ask and how to compare your options is vital to making the best decisions. Download the Startup Finance Playbook to learn more.

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!

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.

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.

The Proptech Startups Using VR & AR to Reshape Real Estate

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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.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Debt Financing Fuels Your Growth - on Your Terms. Zero Dilution.

The landscape of startup financing is changing. Learn why SaaS founders are turning to debt capital options like revenue-based financing.

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.

SecureTech News Roundup

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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.

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.

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….

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

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.

Revolution Growth Successfully Exits Custom Ink


By Ted Leonsis, Founder and Partner, Revolution Growth I joined the Revolution team as a cofounder of the Revolution Growth fund in 2011 and our goal was, and still is, to make investments in great businesses that give customers more choice, convenience and control in their lives.

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.

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.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.