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Angel Fundamentals: Understanding Equity Deal Terms - Economics

The Seraf Compass

Previously we observed that the concepts covered in a typical term sheet can be grouped into four main categories of investor concerns: Deal Economics; Investor Rights/Protection; Governance, Management & Control; and Exits/Liquidity. In each of the next four installments, we are going to dig deeper into the concepts and nuances involved in the provisions belonging to each category. First up are the provisions relating to Deal Economics


Startup HR: What’s important?

Y Combinator

In the early stages of working on a startup, there is little time to spend on areas other than product development and talking to users. However, as you start to hire people and build a team, there are HR fundamentals worth investing in. Having basic HR practices in place can help your startup scale quickly and may eliminate unforeseen and often costly problems down the road. The People Person. Many founders ask me “when is the right time to hire a HR person?”.


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The Fundraising Market Has Changed, But Not in the Way I Thought

Tomasz Tunguz

In March, I published analysis of the fundraising market in 2008. It showed that the later rounds, the series B and series C were the most impacted. The early data from March 2020 shows a different pattern. Seed and Series A rounds are first to bear the compression in the market. Later rounds are unblemished. Round volumes in seed have been declining since summer 2018. The same is true for Series A and Series B. Meanwhile, Series Cs are flat to up.

Learn To Code If You’ve Lost Your Job

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Learning to code was the thing that unlocked it all for me. I learned to hack in Basic during high school. I parlayed that into a programming job in college, which led to my first job out of college, which then led to a job that helped me pay for graduate school, which led to a job in venture capital. That is why I have made getting computer science broadly deployed in the K-12 system in NYC and around the US the philanthropic effort that I put most of my charitable time into.

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!

Announcing the Founder Support Fund


I’m excited to announce the Founder Support Fund. It’s an evergreen microgrant-making fund dedicated to supporting founders’ mental and emotional health and well-being. As we enter the first full week of Mental Health Awareness Month, the GAN team, like many others, has been thinking about the additional stress many people are facing in the midst of this global pandemic.

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Straight Talk about SBA Loans


And how to manage your cash flow right now as a small business. Although some businesses have seen the relief offered by the CARES Act—particularly the Paycheck Protection Program SBA loans—many small businesses have been left wondering if their application is even being considered. . This financial limbo is a really tough place to be, because managing cash flow is a “right now” problem. Federal loans are showing themselves to be solutions of the distant future. . So what exactly is going on?


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of the great joys of the work I do is I get to watch the leaders of our portfolio companies grow over time. I’ve had a number of moments over the last few months where I got off a call or a meeting and thought to myself “wow, she’s a new person.” ” Growing as a leader takes time, mistakes, failure, feedback, and a lot of work. You don’t magically show up as the CEO and you are good to go. It’s not like that at all.

Look Outside of Silicon Valley to See How Founders Can Be Successful Post-Covid-19


500 Startups kicked off a new series called Innovation Coffee Breaks. Experts from leading companies, venture capital firms and startups join us every week to discuss how to innovate during this time of uncertainty. We caught up with Alex Lazarow, the investment director of Cathay Innovation, a global fund affiliated with Cathay Capital.

Honored! Sigma Nu Tau

Paul G. Silva

The entrepreneurship faculty of Western New England University kindly inducted me as an honorary member of Sigma Nu Tau , the only academic honor society dedicated to entrepreneurship. My sincere thanks to WNE, and especially Mary Schoonmaker. Innovation Accelerator

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.

The Good News You Need Today

Entrepreneurs' Organization

With the majority of today’s headlines being negative, we are proud to showcase the very best of innovation and charity from the global community of entrepreneurs. Check out our last “good news” article to see even more ways that our amazing members are making an #EOImpact. . Andrea Herrera is the founder and president of Amazing Edibles Catering and an EO Chicago member.

Funding Friday: The Arbus Box

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This pandemic has challenged us all in many ways. But it has also provided time for many of us to tackle things we’ve long wanted to do. Today, I would like to blog about an example of that. Kirk Love is well known to many AVC readers. He is also the designer of this blog. And he is a good friend. Kirk is also very fond of Kickstarter. He has backed over 300 projects on Kickstarter over the years and he has tipped me off to so many great ones that I have gone on to back.

Catch Me Inside with Evie Kanhai-Gurchuran: Keeping up with COVID-19

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Local entrepreneur and YLAI alumni, Evie Kanhai-Gurchuran, shares valuable tips and best practices needed to navigate your businesses through COVID-19. Feel free to add to the discussion or leave questions in the comments below. CatchMeInside. How to navigate your business through COVID-19. Posted by Youth Ambassadors Guyana 2015 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. This session of #CatchMeInside is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Guyana. It is not business as usual under COVID-19.

Pinduoduo and The Rise of Social E-Commerce

Y Combinator

Across the globe, as the novel coronavirus moves us from communal spaces into the confinement of our homes, our social experiences are forced to adapt. Beyond the social networks we already know and use, we are finding new ways to integrate social into our online lives. At Y Combinator, we are considering what this might mean for the future of e-commerce. For several years, we have had our eye on Pinduoduo as an interesting case study.

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.

Impact Hub Joins Alliance to Help Social Entrepreneurs Overcome Impacts of COVID-19

Impact Hub

Impact Hub is one of 40 leading organizations to form ‘COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs’. Alliance has already made USD$75 million available to mitigate impacts of pandemic. Alliance will launch a dashboard with a searchable database of available emergency relief funds. . Members committed to boosting the debate for a more equitable, sustainable future. More information about the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs here. .

MaxQ swiftly responds to Coronavirus crisis with a pivot

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Great ideas and great companies don’t go away during times of crisis. Many just require a little more nurturing. Other businesses recognize that with quick action and a bit of a pivot, they can not only survive a crisis, but that they can actually improve the situation. MaxQ, a Stillwater company that creates sophisticated packaging systems for blood and other biologics, is one of our portfolio companies.

The Fundraising Market Has Changed, But Not in the Way I Thought

Tomasz Tunguz

In March, I published analysis of the fundraising market in 2008. It showed that the later rounds, the series B and series C were the most impacted. The early data from March 2020 shows a different pattern. Seed and Series A rounds are first to bear the compression in the market. Later rounds are unblemished. Round volumes in seed have been declining since summer 2018. The same is true for Series A and Series B. Meanwhile, Series Cs are flat to up.



Let’s Talk Re-entry Into Your Physical Space It may be overwhelming to think about all the things you need to consider as you move. The post Re-Entry appeared first on GCUC Community. Coworking Sustainability Community COVID-19

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.

Confronting the Uncertainty: Leading with Your Head and Heart

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Larry Prince, CEO of PrinceLeadership TM. A version of this article originally appeared in New Jersey Business magazine. . The COVID-19 crisis is testing our leadership mettle in ways we have never experienced. We’re pressed to confront harsh business realities—how to keep the doors open, how to pay the bills, how to address staffing issues. But most importantly, how to make tough business decisions tempered with compassion for our people.

Oklahoma Investors Lead $5 Million in Funding for Tulsa Battery Material Developer and Manufacturer, Ten-Nine Technologies:

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Ten-Nine Technologies to onboard engineering and management talent, develop prototypes, and build production facilities to supply a leading battery manufacturer – major funding provided by i2E Management Company, Inc., investing for growth in Oklahoma, as well as Oklahoma and Kansas angel investors. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. May 7, 2020, 09:00 US Central Time. Contact: Sarah Seagraves. Senior VP for Marketing. 405) 813-2403. TULSA – i2E Management Company, Inc.

Quantitative Tightening

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I saw this tweet a few days ago and thought “that’s clever”: Is $BTC a hedge against economic uncertainty? Our report "Bitcoin’s Quantitative Tightening vs. Central Banks' Quantitative Easing" sets out to answer just that. Download it here: [link] — Grayscale (@GrayscaleInvest) April 30, 2020. On or about May 12th, Bitcoin will go through its third “halvening” in which the rewards for mining bitocin will be cut in half.


In the News: News from startups hard at work fighting COVID-19


We’re optimistic that the coronavirus vaccine being developed by MigVax can bring very, very good news to the world, as I told CBN. The company believes it can build off of the coronavirus vaccine they previously developed for poultry and adapt it for the human coronavirus. Hear more from me on the topic, on Israel’s Channel 13. Professor Ferid Murad of Stanford University won the 1998 Nobel Prize for discovering the role of nitric oxide in the cardiovascular system.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

Moving Forward: Lessons Learned from Entrepreneurial Support Programs During the Crisis

Carol Lauffer

Let’s all stop for a moment and think about what we have learned, so far, as managers of incubators, accelerators and other programs that support entrepreneurs. Over the past week, I’ve been speaking with managers of entrepreneurial support programs (ESPs) across the U.S. about their approaches to meeting the challenges presented by COVID-19 and adapting to serve their members.

instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in Native American communities: q&a with Wendy Westbroek of Salish Kootenai College

Venture Well

Learn how VentureWell faculty grantee, Wendy Westbroek, is driven to increase STEM engagement and success in Native American communities. The post instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in Native American communities: q&a with Wendy Westbroek of Salish Kootenai College appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty teaching resources

AVC Comments Migration Complete

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Back when we launched the new AVC (AVC 3.0) and moved away from the Disqus comment system, I heard loudly and clearly that the folks who have left comments here at AVC, via Disqus, from 2007 to early 2020, would like to have their comments displayed at the bottom of all of those old blog posts.

Keynote Spotlight: Vision Critical: Breaking News With the SEC

Angel Capital Association

By: Emily Angold, ACA Marketing Manager We can’t wait to welcome Martha Miller, Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, to ACA 2020 – The Summit of Angel Investing ! Martha will join ACA for an exclusive fireside chat to discuss updates, trends, and perspectives about how COVID-19 is impacting raising capital, crowdfunding, and strategies to bridge networks. Get to Know Martha: Martha Legg Mille r was named the U.S.

Reader Survey 2021 Startup Catalyst Brief

2020 was a challenging year for startup professionals. Here at Startup Catalyst Brief, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our readers. Startup Catalyst Brief's many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our site we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how our site has affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes. To view the survey, click the “View Now” button.