April, 2020

Innovation Through Crisis

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Ruchir Punjabi , the co-founder and chief digital officer of Distributed Energy , a company that matches investors with renewable energy projects across Africa, Middle East and India, and the founder of Langoor, which was sold to Havas Group in 2019.

Creative ways to earn money in difficult times

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Elise Kemp. Life is unpredictable. Markets take a turn, opportunities disappear, and unforeseen circumstances prevent us from being able to follow through with business as usual. Adaptability is the key to survival in an ever-changing world.

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How Much Money Should You Raise From Venture Investors?

Dream It

When pitching investors, remember that your ask is like porridge; it follows the goldilocks ratio and has to be just right. Asking for too much or too little funding will raise red flags with investors and cause you to lose credibility.

How to Come up With Great Ideas

Paul G. Silva

If your startup/organization/team struggles with ideation (the process of coming up with ideas), you fall into one of two camps: Those who struggle to come up with any ideas. Those who come up with plenty of ideas but struggle to identify which ones are worth pursuing.

We Talked to 150 Entrepreneurs

Co Starters

Here’s What We’re Learning about How to Survive. by David Kraus. Last week, Jose Alfaro led the CO.STARTERS team in hosting a series of virtual roundtables for entrepreneurs who feel stuck due to the COVID-19 crisis.

10 Post-Coronavirus Trends for Life After Quarantine

This is going to be BIG.

Obviously, the fight against Coronavirus has not stopped, but it’s hard not to look ahead to what’s next. How will having the world on lockdown affect our society in the long run? Here are a few trends I think we’ll see going forward: 1) Work from home is here to stay—at least partially.

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Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

500

Long before diversity and inclusion became buzzwords, we decided to make venture capital inclusive from day one at 500 Startups. They became our guiding principles, because we know that great talent exists in all forms, no matter your gender, race, nationality, age, or background.

Dreamit Ventures Announces Spring 2020 Cohort, Kicks Off Its First Fully Virtual Program

Dream It

The venture fund launched a completely virtual program with a focus on helping 13 Urbantech, Healthtech, and Securetech startups with business development, customer growth, and capital raising in a time of economic uncertainty.

Startups Who are Rising to the Occasion

GAN

The inherent role of a startup is to find a problem, create a solution, and do it in a way that is efficient, cost-effective, and impactful. .

CO.STARTERS Launches New Initiative Focused on Small Business Recovery

Co Starters

A five-step Road to Recovery framework to help entrepreneurs adapt now and for the future. CO.STARTERS has always been about helping entrepreneurs get unstuck. In fact, since 2008 we’ve guided more than 12,000 aspiring business owners through the process of launching or growing their ventures.

Marketing During a Pandemic

This is going to be BIG.

Let’s establish two things right off the bat: One, the Coronavirus Pandemic is a global tragedy that has already cost us far too many lives and create economic devastation. Two, if you are lucky, you are still being paid to do a job—a job that, for founders, marketers and sales teams, means connecting with customers during a terrible health crisis and a recession. What’s a company to do with their marketing?

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Handfuls Helping Millions During COVID-19

Entrepreneurs' Organization

EO members are helping to drive the MillionLives.org project, which aims to deliver Personal Protective Equipment to front-line health workers. Written for EO by Molly Nur. Our body’s natural response to danger is always the same: fight, flight or freeze.

How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19

500

With the rise in regulations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we’ve entered unprecedented times on a global scale. On our end, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day to ensure the safety and protection of our team and founders.

Important Updates for Startups on the PPP and the CARES Act

Dream It

Friday, April 3 was supposed to be the orderly launch of the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) providing $349B of urgently needed funding to struggling startups and small businesses. Last Friday was anything but orderly.

Masks4All

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this tweet by my partner Albert: Must read thread on #Masks4All #covid19 [link] — Albert Wenger ????? albertwenger) March 28, 2020.

Building Trust With Investors Amidst COVID-19

GAN

Raising money just got a lot harder. According to CB Insight’s latest analysis , startup financing is about to take a giant hit. As you can see below, CB Insights forecasted that Q1’20 funding would ultimately be $67B (down from a projected $77B), mainly due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

My Thoughts on the Current Market: on 20-Minute VC

Both Sides of the Table

Several years ago I made an appearance in a burgeoning new podcast called “20 Minute VC,” which by now needs no introduction. Harry was gracious enough to invite me back so this past week we recorded an episode discussing the current market environment.

How Business Can Revitalize a Community After Crisis

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Michael Neidert. Ryota Saito is an entrepreneur and member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization in Japan. He shared his experiences persisting despite disaster in a recent EO webinar about rebuilding through business. .

Three Strategies to Survive COVID-19 for Small Businesses in the Food Industry

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Verónica Vásquez Cuerno | U.S. Embassy to El Salvador. Celina Portillo, CEO of Auténtico Bistro & Café, conducted a virtual roundtable with members of the YLAI Network in El Salvador.

How Venture Funding For Early-Stage Startups Will Change During the COVID-19 Crisis

Dream It

Paul Martino, General Partner at Bullpen Capital. During our recent Dreamit Kickoff week, Bullpen Capital Founder and General Partner Paul Martino ( @ahpah ) spoke with our Spring 2020 cohort about the state of the VC ecosystem in the current economic crisis.

Not All Gross Margin Is The Same

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote a blog post in September of last year arguing that gross margins and operating margins really matter when valuing companies.

COVID-19 Funding Relief and Financial Tools for Small Businesses

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit small Main Street businesses especially hard. Mindful that small businesses are the backbone of the U.S.

How to Make Sense of the PPP Loan Program for VC-Backed Startups

Both Sides of the Table

There is so much confusion and misinformation out there about the government sponsored “payroll protection plan” loans to companies that the heads of every small business CEO in the country must be spinning.

A Survival Kit for Entrepreneurs, From the Consumer-Facing Sector

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Abdul Wahab Al-Halabi, partner, Decker & Halabi , and member, Entrepreneurs’ Organization UAE. A version of the following article originally appeared on Entrepreneur Middle East.

Your top 4 money management questions, answered by our experts

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. The YLAI Network hosted three experts on financial planning for a Facebook chat in March 2020 for Global Money Week for network members. Our experts, ThrivingDollars ‘ Kenishia S.

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The 3 Steps of Provocation-Based Selling

Dream It

Geoffrey Moore , acclaimed author of “Crossing the Chasm,” and most recently “Zone to Win” joined us to chat with Steve Barsh on how to provoke customers to increase sales in a downturn.

The Internet

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I linked to a post by Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince the other day. In it , he wrote: The super heroes of this crisis are clearly the medical professionals at the front lines saving people’s lives and the scientists searching for a cure. But the faithful sidekick that’s helping us get through this crisis — still connected to our friends, loved ones, and, for those of us fortunate enough to be able to continue work from home, our jobs — is the Internet. The data is kind of incredible.

Three Questions to Ask Investors During COVID-19

GAN

In early 2019, I wrote one of my most-read blog posts , Two Simple Questions To Ask Every Potential Investor. Those questions were: “What do you specifically look for when you’re investing in companies?”. And a followup question, “Now that I’ve heard everything you’re looking for, I think we’re a fit for your fund. But in your opinion, is that really the case?”. Now that we’re in COVID-19 times, those questions remain as relevant as ever. Here’s why.

Selecting the Top Angel Deals in the Northeast… on Google Sheets

Paul G. Silva

I am told that the angel groups of the Northeast have one of the best systems for syndicating deals in the country. There are many parts to making that happen. I have the privilege of running the nomination, application, and selection processes.

Entrepreneurs Around the World Make the No Layoff Pledge

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As the US stretches to nearly a full month of a pandemic-related economic shutdown, the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits has reached more than 26 million. Lines at food banks recall images captured during the Great Depression.

How to approach money management during uncertain times, according to our experts

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. Following our Global Money Week Facebook chat on money management, budgeting, and financial planning in March 2020, we noticed an influx of questions about how to best manage your money and project growth during uncertain times.