Sat.Feb 22, 2020 - Fri.Feb 28, 2020

Not All SEO Problems Are Easy to Solve

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Jackie Carrillo, a content coordinator and contributor who writes on technology, marketing, business management and education. . SEO is often touted as one of those essential business practices that are simple enough to do yourself.

An Introduction to Happiness: Rest

GAN

Last week, I shared this idea of being happy at work. Because when you ask the members of Generation Z (the next generation coming into the workforce) what they value most in life, most have a simple answer: Happiness.

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A race against time for building a company

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. It is hard to start a business — very, very hard. This is true on Main Street, for information technology businesses and in biotech. For all entrepreneurs, building a company is a race against time, a race in which every milestone of success increases the pressure on the business plan. The biggest challenge is capital—where to get it and how to stretch it until the enterprise is cashflow positive.

Expanding My Investment Thesis to Run the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars

TechStars

Today, I start my next adventure in startup investing – I’m the new Managing Director of the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars. The program will run this summer on MetLife’s Global Technology Campus outside of Raleigh-Durham, NC.

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.

How much can you pay yourself as a founder?

This is going to be BIG.

The answer is easier than you thought: Anything you want. No, seriously—that’s the perk of running your own business. You select your salary. Now, if you want to have investors and potentially maximize growth for the company, that’s a different story. Investors are going to want their investment dollars to be going towards growth than going directly into your pocket—but what does that mean for how much you can actually pay yourself.

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From Start-up To Stand-out: What Distinguishes High Growth Potential

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My partner Rebecca brought an appreciation for and an understanding of marketing to USV and it has made us better investors and it has helped us assist our portfolio companies with their marketing efforts. Rebecca is going on Simulmedia Live tomorrow at 2pm ET to talk about startups, marketing, growth strategies, and how she thinks about all of these issues in identifying attractive investments and helping our portfolio companies with their growth strategies.

LaunchPad Lift Spotlight: FenuHealth

TechStars

Highlights of student-led ventures participating in LaunchPad Lift, a program of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship network. How many 13 and 14 year olds found companies? Not many.

Hospitality Tech as a Service

500

As sector agnostic investors, we get a first-hand look at tech-enabled startups across a number of different verticals. One which you may not have heard much about is HTaaS — or Hospitality Tech as a Service.

Building a Front Door for Entrepreneurs through a Wayfinding Program

Co Starters

CASE STUDY. The Company Lab. Chattanooga, Tennessee. By launching a Wayfinding program for early-stage entrepreneurs, The Company Lab (CO.LAB) positioned themselves as the front door for entrepreneurs in their community and created a pipeline into their additional programs, including CO.STARTERS.

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.

The Venture Capital Math Problem Revisited (aka How Could You Be So Wrong?)

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Back in 2009, I wrote a post called The Venture Capital Math Problem. I was reminded of it yesterday when I saw this tweet: 1/ It is so damn hard to predict the future. This 2009 piece from @fredwilson (literally the best in the biz) predicted significant venture industry contraction when in fact the last 10yrs have seen massive expansion. link] — Ben Siscovick (@bsiscovick) February 26, 2020.

LaunchPad Lift Spotlight: Hatch Credit

TechStars

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

How To End Your Pitch with Your Vision

Dream It

Getting investors excited about your product is a critical part of raising capital. But founders are often so consumed with talking metrics, milestones achieved, or the capital they need that they sometimes forget to talk about their overarching vision for their startups.

Not My Cup of Tea - Some Business Types Are A Better Fit for Angels

The Seraf Compass

Why do web and software businesses seem to get investment traction while real, down-to-earth business and manufacturing-intensive companies flounder to raise capital? It has to do with the type of investor model involved. The investor model has to match the type of company

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?

The Strategic Importance of Competition

Tomasz Tunguz

When I started in venture capital, one of the questions I learned to ask very early on was competition. Founders would often reply that competition validates the opportunity. At the time, I thought it was a canned response, a clever parry, to avoid answering the question directly.

LaunchPad Lift Spotlight: ElecTrip

TechStars

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

innovating the public transportation experience: q&a with Wyatt Dike from E-Team, VertX Advertising

Venture Well

Wyatt Dike of E-Team, VertX Advertising, is developing antimicrobial coatings for use in public transportation that double as advertising space. The post innovating the public transportation experience: q&a with Wyatt Dike from E-Team, VertX Advertising appeared first on VentureWell.

In the News: Watch full-length content or join our highlights webinar | 2020 OurCrowd Summit

OurCrowd

“A great event. Very well organized. For venture capitalists like myself, this event is even better than CES.” ” – Dong-Su Kim, CEO, LG Technology Ventures. The 2020 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit was another record-breaking gathering; 23,000 registered from 186 countries.

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Eze Redwood

Forward Cities

This interview is part of the “Ecosystem Builders” series. More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here. Q:What is your deeper “why” behind your commitment and work to support inclusive entrepreneurship in Kansas City? .

Sales Follow Up. How Small Medical Spas Are Thriving.

Smart Hustle Magazine

You've got the hot lead, or several of them. They're really interested in your service. 2 weeks later, you look at your desk and realize their business card is still on your desk and you've not connected with them. Sales follow up is essential to driving more profit and revenue in your company.

preventing the spread of germs in public transportation: q&a with Wyatt Dike from E-Team, VertX Advertising

Venture Well

Wyatt Dike of E-Team, VertX Advertising, is developing antimicrobial coatings for use in public transportation that double as advertising space. The post preventing the spread of germs in public transportation: q&a with Wyatt Dike from E-Team, VertX Advertising appeared first on VentureWell.

Does your company have a “dirty cap table?”

Berkonomics

How it happens. When you seek professional investors, whether organized angels or venture capitalists, one of the early questions you are asked is “How have you financed the business so far?” Investors love to see entrepreneurs who have used their own money to ignite their businesses.

Just Roots wins grant to innovate how we increase access to healthy, local food

Unrestricted Revenue

We are thrilled to announce Just Roots won a grant to be one of the nonprofits participating in our Sprig Innovation Accelerator Cohort. Members of the cohort will work together to turn their ideas into actionable plans for pilot programs and develop relationships with potential funders.

Intention

GCUC

We are crafting GCUC events very intentionally this year. You will notice starting with Seattle each of our events will include 5 things. A wellness component – a nature walk, yoga, a meditation or a stretch- for your physical and mental health.

[OurCrowd in CBN] Jason Greenblatt Officially Joins OurCrowd to Spread Israeli Tech Innovation in Middle East

OurCrowd

“I am delighted to join OurCrowd and help bring its mission of democratizing venture investing to the broader Middle East, helping startups to solve urgent problems in medical, sustainable and cyber technology and linking them to the investors they need to bring their innovative ideas to reality,” Greenblatt said. Read more here. The post [OurCrowd in CBN] Jason Greenblatt Officially Joins OurCrowd to Spread Israeli Tech Innovation in Middle East appeared first on OurCrowd. Top headlines ourcrowd ourcrowd all OurCrowd News

Videoconferencing’s Moment

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I am going to spend much of today in my Zoom roo m participating in several meetings around the country and around the world.

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YC’s Series A Guide

Y Combinator

We started YC’s Series A Program two years ago to fix a problem faced by every startup raising an A: VCs understand how Series A’s work and founders do not. This asymmetry of information puts founders at a significant disadvantage.

6 Ways Your Office Can Cut Its Emissions

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Annie Button, a content specialist in business growth and development. . Many people want faster action from their government on climate change , some are taking steps to do what they can to reduce their carbon emissions at home.

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[PRESS RELEASE] OurCrowd Showcases Israeli Tech at 2020 AIPAC Policy Conference

OurCrowd

Washington, D.C. – 27, 2020 – OurCrowd, the global crowdfunding venture investing platform and Israel’s most active venture investor, will showcase select hightech companies from its portfolio of over 200 startups from Israel and around the globe at this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference.