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Can We Stop Saying “Work Hard, Play Hard”?


When Reilly—my partner at GAN Ventures—and I are in the final stages of talks with a company we might invest in, we always ask a question to every CEO… How would you describe your company culture to someone who was thinking about joining your team? Somewhere around three-quarters of the time, their response is something to the effect of, “We have a ‘work hard, play hard’ culture.”

7 points to help startups write a winning grant application

Venture Well

If you’re planning to apply for a grant, there are several ways to ensure that your grant application stands out from the competition—and receives funding. The post 7 points to help startups write a winning grant application appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators E-Team

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Experts Share Ways to Recession-Proof Your Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Bill Lyons, CEO and president of Griffin Funding. Along with the excitement that comes with a new decade, 2020 brings a lot of speculation on the economy, including a focus on what we call recession proofing.

Stack Today, Stack Tomorrow

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Stack Overflow (which I like to call Stack) is an Internet Treasure. My friend Mark Pincus introduced me to the concept of an Internet Treasure many years ago and I am a fan of the notion. In my view, an Internet Treasure is a service on the Internet that is wide open, gets better when more people use it, and solves a need that many/all of us have. Wikipedia is an Internet Treasure. Quizlet is an Internet Treasure. Reddit is an Internet Treasure.

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.

Y Combinator Is Hiring a Data Scientist

Y Combinator

YC has one of the most robust data sets on startups in the world, and the admissions team is excited to hire our first data scientist to dig into it. This is a great role for someone who’s inherently curious about our data. You should be experienced enough to know best practices but still excited to get your hands dirty.

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B2B Game Changers: How to Discover a Distinct Advantage and Become a Market Leader

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Tim Hamilton, an EO member in Austin, is founder and CEO of Praxent , a custom software and web app development firm that has been named for three consecutive years to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the US, most recently as #2,118 on the 2019 list.

The Management Rights Letter

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A friend asked me over the weekend “why do VCs ask for a management rights letter when they make an investment?” ” A management rights letter is a short agreement between a company and an investor to allow them certain “management rights.” ” These are typically the ability to attend board meetings, the ability to have access to financial reports on a regular basis, and the ability to advise and consult with the management of the company.

Does your company culture encourage employee curiosity?


It’s more common than you think. Some of the world’s best companies to work for are those that encourage employees to spend time following their own paths of curiosity toward development of new products or services.

Governor’s 2020-21 Budget Proposes $5 Million Increase for Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

HARRISBURG, Pa. 24, 2020) — Gov.

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 Value of Letting Go to Gain Perspective

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Adrienne Palmer, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in Dallas, Texas, embodies the qualities that make EO entrepreneurs truly special.

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In the News: Israel’s exit value grew 800% in the last decade


OurCrowd’s portfolio is heating up: Alpha Tau launches their first US cancer trial; AgTech company CropX acquires the startup CropMetrics (cloud and sensor-based tech that provides irrigation timing recommendations to farmers); and g reat news for Zebra Medical Vision: Ohad Arazi joins as CEO, Amnon Shashua joins as a new investor – congrats to our brilliant chairman Eyal Gura and team. Trusona raises $20 million to bring passwordless authentication to more businesses – OurCrowd was happy to participate in the round. Watch my interview from the SALT Abu Dhabi conference, where I was the first Israeli VC to speak publicly in the Gulf. . Startup Nation and beyond. Talking about growth, would you believe that Israel’s exit value grew 800% in the last decade? Exits inked throughout the 2010-2019 decade amount to $111 billion. Some 138 deals totaling $21.7 billion were inked in 2019 alone. Startup nation: Israeli high-tech sector notes record 2019, outstanding decade. Taking out life insurance, typically, is not the sort of purchasing decision that people make with any level of enthusiasm. Can Yulife breathe new life into life insurance ? Read it in CTech: Migrant Workers Are a Growth Engine for Developing Countries, Says Rewire CEO. Top tech news this week . FinTech… Top 10 FinTech unicorns , featuring Lemonade. Mobility… Phantom Of The Operator: Self-Driving Tech’s Slowing Timetable Creates Opening For This Monitoring And Guidance Startup , featuring Phantom Auto. Incubators… World’s first government supported medical cannabis incubator in Israel , featuring CanNegev. Foodtech… Beyond Meat eyes 2020 Chinese mainland expansion: company head. News from the industry . Stay informed : Come to OurCrowd University at the 2020 Global Investor Summit and learn all about term sheets, investment timing, valuations and the hidden economics behind venture deals. . Apply Now. Post-CES, Avi Reichental makes A CASE For The Future of Mobility – featuring Nexa3D and Intuition Robotics in Forbes. Events & more. “Away from the well-trodden conference halls of Barcelona, London, San Francisco and Las Vegas, we now have an opportunity to focus on a different zone where a new breed of software and technology services companies are increasingly coming to the fore.” Great coverage in ComputerWeekly of the upcoming OurCrowd Global Investor Summit…looking forward to seeing you there! What to expect from OurCrowd Summit Israel 2020. Participate in a unique learning opportunity which will take place during the week of the 2020 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit. The NYU Institute for Impact and Intrapreneurship, in partnership with OurCrowd, will be hosting two sessions of an executive Masterclass: Next Steps in Corporate Innovation , focusing on key concepts in innovation, impact and intrapreneurship in Israel’s vibrant startup ecosystem. View the agenda and apply here. See which OurCrowd events are taking place near you on our Events Calendar. Looking to connect. We currently have 500+ open positions at our global portfolio companies. Here are a few of the most exciting: Senior Product Manager for BioCatch (Israel). Associate General Counsel for Lemonade (USA). Social Media and Content Specialist for (USA). Search and filter through OurTalent to find your next challenge. The post In the News: Israel’s exit value grew 800% in the last decade appeared first on OurCrowd. Newsletter OurCrowd Israel Weekly #ourcrowdsummit alpha tau CropX rewire SALT conference Sight Diagnostics sports tech startup nation startups trusona vc venture capital yulife

OKC named a ‘Millennial Boomtown’

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Millennials (those born between about 1982 and 1996) have overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest generation in the U.S. labor force—that’s one-in-three of workers or people looking for work. With limitations on immigration and Baby Boomers retiring at an accelerating pace, businesses large and small are increasingly dependent on the Millennial segment of the population to fill the jobs and do the work.

Trust is at the Core of Software Marketing

Tomasz Tunguz

Today, the world's most valuable brand is Apple. Forbes estimates Apple's brand is worth $205B. Why is Apple's brand worth so much? It's the trust the brand inspires in consumers. Apple customers know Apple the company. They understand the product philososphy, the history, the quality of typical Apple products, and the reputation for quality. A strong brand is the lagging indicator of having built trust. We won't buy from people or companies we don't trust. The same is true in software.

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?

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Edgar Galicia

Forward Cities

This interview is part of the “Ecosystem Builders” series. More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here. Edgar is one of the founding members of our ESHIP Communities Council in Kansas City.

[Zoomcar in The Economic Times] Zoomcar raises $30M funding led by Sony’s venture arm


Zoomcar will deploy the capital in growing its service beyond the 45 cities it already has a presence in, while also investing in technology, data science and innovations around the Internet of Things. Read more here.

Impact Hub San Francisco Closure

Impact Hub

Impact Hub San Francisco has been a driving force in growing both the Impact Hub Network and social innovation movement in North America and beyond. However, after over 10 years of operations we are sad to share Impact Hub San Francisco has had to close.

i2E Management Co., Inc. leads $1.25 million investment in Tulsa-based MS Pen Technologies, Inc.

Innovation 2 Enterprise

January 23, 2020. Contact: Sarah Seagraves, Senior VP for Marketing. 405) 813-2403. Genio Technologies, Inc. has acquired exclusive rights to the MasSpec Pen System, a revolutionary technology from the University of Texas at Austin that is proven to accurately identify the difference between cancerous and normal tissue during surgery. OKLAHOMA CITY — i2E Management Co., recently led a $1.25 million seed-round investment in Tulsa based MS Pen Technologies, Inc.,

DARPA and our Future Innovation Policies

EntreWorks Consulting

If you’re a follower of US science and technology policy, you likely have heard and read a lot about the DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the Pentagon’s independent research arm. DARPA gets this attention for a reason. It has an impressive track record: it “invented the internet” or at least pioneered its early development and rollout. And, it’s also backed major breakthroughs in major fields like semiconductors, autonomous vehicles, and satellites.

[OurCrowd in Forbes] An Incubator For Cannabis Startups That – Get This – Is Government Sponsored Is Setting Up Shop in Israel’s Negev Desert


Says Kfir Kachlon, who is with the investment platform OurCrowd and is the tech lead for the project: “Cannabis for you [in the U.S.] sounds controversial, but in Israel we have been researching cannabis for decades, and no one is afraid of cannabis in the government.”. Read more here.

David Cohen & Brad Feld on what they’ve learned from 20 episodes of the Give First podcast


David Cohen and Brad Feld muse on the terrific guests they’ve talked to so far and tease some new guests, announcements, and books coming soon.


Peak Decade

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I read this post on Bloomberg about a theme this week at Davos (never been) about the 2020s being a “Peak Decade”: Peak Globalization (tighter borders in the coming years) Peak Capitalism (the emergence of “stakeholder capitalism”) Peak Inequality (the rich getting poorer, relatively) Peak Youth (an aging world population) Peak Climate Change (I sure hope so) Peak Oil (I sure hope so) Peak Cars (I sure hope so) Peak Central Banks (go crypto!!!). Even if some (most?)

Can You Help Me With This? Advising On Pitch Decks

The Seraf Compass

Can you help me make it better?” You have to admit that is a fair question from an entrepreneur who’s deck you’ve just criticized. So it’s not a bad idea to have an answer ready.

[OurCrowd in Business Wire] OurCrowd Global Investor Summit Previews Israel’s Next Potential Tech Exits


OurCrowd, the global crowdfunding venture investing platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, will offer investors a sneak peek at the promising future stars of Israeli and Global tech at the sixth annual OurCrowd Global Investor Summit on February 13, 2020, in Jerusalem, Israel.

What is a Best in Class Payback Period for a Software Company in 2020?

Tomasz Tunguz

Payback period is one of the best composite diagnostic metrics of product market fit. I've written before about the benefits of short payback periods. In short, startups with shorter payback periods require less capital and also grow more quickly. In 2020, what is an excellent payback period[1]?

Funding Friday: Haeckel

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

What a wonderful project. I backed it today. USV TEAM POSTS: Bethany Crystal — Jan 22, 2020 How to Interview an Executive Coach (or a Doula) Albert Wenger — Jan 20, 2020 More on Facial Recognition Regulation Nick Grossman — Jan 17, 2020 Digital Bearer Assets Dani Grant — Jan 16, 2020 Wren. crowdfunding


5 Things I'm Doing For My Business in 2020

Smart Hustle Magazine

It's a new decade and people are filled with resolutions and BIG plans. And I am no exception.

[BlueNalu in Vegconomist] Clean Seafood Brand BlueNalu Announces Strategic Partnership with Nutreco


BlueNalu, the innovative biotech company specializing in laboratory-grown seafood from fish cells, has announced a strategic partnership with Nutreco, a global leader in animal nutrition and aquafeed. Read more here.

More on Facial Recognition Regulation


I have written previously about the need to regulate the use of facial recognition technology. The calls for regulation have become stronger in the wake of Kashmir Hill ’s New York Times article about Clearview AI. It is extremely important to get this right. Here are a few more thoughts based on the article to add to my prior post. First, it should be clear by now that it has become almost trivial to build a system like this.