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The Fundamentals of Talking "Exit Strategy" with Investors

Dream It

At the seed stage, talking about exit strategy always seems a bit premature, even presumptuous. But this topic is always in the back of mind for VCs and other investors, so it’s important to formulate a plan around the topic, even if those exit strategies might change as you grow your startup.

Spade Work: How Early Stage Board Directors Add Value

The Seraf Compass

Over the past few years, there has been much talk about the importance of investing both financial and human capital into the rapidly expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem. From our perspective, human capital is as important as financial capital in driving the long term success of startup companies.

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The Most Successful Startup Teams are Curious


A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a conversation about startup newsletters with some of GAN’s corporate partners during our yearly Partner Summit. We’d been chatting about newsletters we loved when I went a bit negative and opened up about a newsletter I had a lot of judgments around.

Building an Entrepreneurial Culture


By Carley Jacobson, Techstars Innovation Coach. I recently participated in a webcast hosted by SHRM on “Three Strategies for Building an Entrepreneurial Culture: Learn how to attract, manage, and build entrepreneurial talent.” You can watch a recording of the webcast here. .

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

For Greater Retention, Offer a Stake in the Company

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Jeff Thompson , managing partner at Windermere Group One (WGO). What do 9-to-5 office workers and rock stars have in common? Maybe not much on the surface, but their incentives should be similar.

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Hypothetical Value To Real Value

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I remember when my son came home one day in high school and told me he wanted to “day trade” along with some friends who were doing it. We opened a TD Ameritrade account and staked him with a small amount of money, enough to trade but not enough that if he lost it all it would be an issue. And off he went. A few weeks later he asked me “Dad, what is a PE ratio?”

Practical Ways to Integrate Principles of Environmental Responsibility into STEM Courses

Venture Well

Many faculty struggle to incorporate environmental responsibility into existing STEM courses. Jeremy Faludi explains how he did it—and how you can, too. The post Practical Ways to Integrate Principles of Environmental Responsibility into STEM Courses appeared first on VentureWell.

Edition #6: Jessica Knapp


Here at GCUC we are immensely fortunate to cross paths and work with so many amazing people. Through our work, we’ve cultivated a global community of people we think you should know about. Community of Cultivators is a new blog series to introduce you to coworking game changers and connectors.

CRM: Your Small Biz Can’t Live Without It

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray caught up with Melissa Shepard, Chief Architect, President and CEO at Lizzard Tech Consulting , a Salesforce silver consulting partner based in the USA at the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network in Singapore.

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.

Returning The Fund

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have always felt that every investment in a venture fund should be able to return the fund. That doesn’t mean that they all will. In fact, for many funds I have worked on, only one or two investments work out well enough that each of them can return the fund. So if you have a $100mm fund, you need to look at each and every investment and ask yourself if the company delivers on everything they are seeking to do will that return $100mm to your fund.

Benchmarking DataDog's S-1: How 7 Key Metrics Stack up

Tomasz Tunguz

Recently, we’ve seen a series of product-driven companies building huge customer bases with tremendous account expansion and terrific sales efficiency. DataDog is no exception. DataDog provides a very popular IT monitoring solution that has grown from its founding in 2010 to a huge business.

6 Easy, inexpensive surprise and delight ideas your coworking members


Everyone likes a surprise. Actually strike that, not everyone likes a surprises but almost everyone likes free fun gifts or experiences. As a coworking space owner who is in charge of lots of humans, these “surprise and delight” moments can add up and be costly.

How to Pull Yourself Out of a Mental Low Point

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Because being an entrepreneur is hard. And low points are inevitable. Written by Mike Scott, co-founder and CEO of NONA , a software development studio based in South Africa. I started my first business when I was 16, and as I write this I am 36.

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The Startup Funding Gap

This resource discusses the gap between early funding from friends/family and the more substantial rounds from angel groups and VCs. Why does this gap exist and what can be done about it?

DWEN: How Is Small Business Working for Women?

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray got a chance to catch up with Erik Day, who heads up Dell’s Small Business Network. Erik had been at the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network in Singapore summit as well and noted the amazing relationships and networking he’s seen over the course of his time there. .

In the News: See the list of Tel Aviv’s hottest startups, life-saving tech, & more


Did you know? “Tel Aviv is the city with the highest number of startups per capita in the world, according to the 2018 Global Startup Ecosystem report — more than 6,000, of which 18 are unicorns.”

Why you need to pay attention to your restrooms


It’s time that you stop neglecting your restrooms and bring the spirit of hospitality to every corner of your space, including the loo. Think about it, all your guests, staff and your members likely use it and is frequently one of the most forgotten spaces.

Video Of The Week: Sofar Sounds

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Sofar Sounds facilitates intimate live music experiences all over the world. This video gives you a glimpse of what a Sofar is like: You can go to a Sofar in your community, or you can go to one when you are traveling in a foreign country. Both are great experiences.

Taller con Wilson Saavedra: Innovación en la industria alimenticia

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Fecha: Sábado 31 de agosto de 2019. Hora: 10:00 a.m. hora de El Salvador. Tema: La internacionalización de empresas en la industria alimenticia. Regístrate con anticpación. Recursos de la presentación: Presentación [ PPT ] [ PDF ].

Meet Big Giver and EO Member Max Kerr

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In August 2019, EO Austin member Dr. Max Kerr was the recipient of the Patsy Woods Martin BIG Giver Award in Austin, Texas. He was nominated for his considerable commitment to giving back to the community through dentistry as well as his generous support for the Capital Area Dental Foundation.

[Hailo in EE Times] Details of Hailo AI Edge Accelerator Emerge


Secretive Israeli AI accelerator startup Hailo has revealed some key details of its novel compute architecture, following the launch of its first chip, the Hailo-8, in May. Read more here. The post [Hailo in EE Times] Details of Hailo AI Edge Accelerator Emerge appeared first on OurCrowd.

The Erasure Protocol

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Some crypto projects are developed from scratch. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and our portfolio company Algorand are examples of this. The developers have a vision and they go out and build it. Other crypto projects evolve from something else. Kin and Props , both created by USV portfolio companies, are examples of that. A particularly interesting example of the latter model is Numerai>Numeraire>Erasure.

LaunchPad Lift Spotlight: Ridesurf


Highlights of student-led ventures participating in LaunchPad Lift, part of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship program.

Entrepreneurship fuels the state’s economy

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. This summer, I’ve been writing about lessons learned since coming to i2E nearly six years ago — specifically lessons about technology entrepreneurship in our state. It seems fitting as we head toward Labor Day, that I wind up this summer series with a recap of my heartfelt admiration for the individuals and teams in Oklahoma who choose entrepreneurship as a career. I have held different jobs over my own career. I am an attorney.

[Kenna Security in Yahoo Finance] Kenna Security Collaborates with VMware to Bridge Security and IT with Risk-Based Vulnerability Prioritization


Today at VMworld 2019 US, Kenna Security, a leader in predictive cyber risk, announced a collaboration to integrate Kenna Security’s vulnerability risk intelligence with VMware AppDefense (part of the VMware vSphere Platinum offering). Read more here. The post [Kenna Security in Yahoo Finance] Kenna Security Collaborates with VMware to Bridge Security and IT with Risk-Based Vulnerability Prioritization appeared first on OurCrowd. News Center cyber security cybersecurity kenna portfolio news

AVC Stats

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As I’ve been working on a new design and approach to this blog/newsletter , I have been diving into the analytics to understand what all of you are doing with it.




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GrowOK workshop for new and growth-oriented ventures returns to Durant, McAlester on September 25-26

Innovation 2 Enterprise

August 28, 2019. i2E, Inc. and the Choctaw Nation provide intensive, one-day business assessment class to help small businesses validate concepts, expand market, capture new revenues. Contact: Darcy Wilborn, (405) 813-2424. GrowOK, a free one-day venture assessment workshop designed to help rural and tribal entrepreneurs understand the markets they serve is returning to Durant and McAlester on September 25-26. Presented by i2E, Inc.,

Is Ethereum the AOL of Crypto?


Of course Ethereum is not a walled garden the way AOL was. Anyone can write and deploy a smart contract, whereas adding functionality to AOL required a contract and a custom implementation. What I means instead is that much of AOL’s growth in both revenues and functionality was financed by AOL itself. AOL made a lot of investments in startups which then purchased advertising on AOL, at least in the early days of this, extended AOLs functionality.