Sat.Jan 25, 2020 - Fri.Jan 31, 2020

How Employers Can Support Workplace Mental Health

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Bethany Seton. Our mental health clearly affects all aspects of our daily life—including the way we do business and conduct ourselves in the workplace.

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Convertible Notes: Good or Evil?

The Seraf Compass

One of the most controversial topics in the startup community relates to the issue of investing through convertible notes vs. investing through preferred stock. Much has been written about this topic for the past decade, and the debate continues to rage in the blogosphere even today.

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Has VC Become So Big It Must Be Disrupted?

Tomasz Tunguz

Nathan Heller published an article called Is Venture Capital Worth the Risk? in the New Yorker. It’s a well-researched critique of the venture industry. The key question he poses is: has the industry become so large that it needs to be disrupted? It’s a thought provoking question and a good opportunity to ask for feedback on how we can imrove. If you have ideas for how to improve venture capital for founders, please tweet me or send me an email with the link above.

Nate Schmidt Joins Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator as Managing Director


In 2010 my brother Mike and I took our e-gift card startup, Instagift , through Techstars Seattle. The experience changed my life. We were guided by incredible mentors, worked in an amazing space, and ultimately raised money for the first time in our entrepreneurial careers.

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.

Five Reasons Why We Need a More Progressive Economy for Growth

This is going to be BIG.

Every election cycle, you hear the same thing—Republicans are good for the economy and electing a liberal will tank it. This is especially the case this time around as we’re in the middle of the longest running expansion this country has ever seen—and no one wants the other shoe to drop. There’s a lot of fear that making the wrong choice will mess things up.

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A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I just posted about USV’s investment in Justworks on the USV blog. I have known Isaac Oates for over a decade and he’s a terrific entrepreneur and has built a great company which offers a fantastic HR solution to small and mid sized companies. If you don’t love the payroll and benefits solution your company uses, go here and find out how Justworks can change that for you and your employees.

Announcing the 2020 Class of the BSH Future Home Accelerator, powered by Techstars


Today I’m thrilled to announce the ten companies joining the BSH Future Home Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

how technology transfer offices can close the gender engagement gap

Venture Well

As more technology transfer offices work to close the gender engagement gap, we outline some best practices to help administrators enhance their efforts. The post how technology transfer offices can close the gender engagement gap appeared first on VentureWell.

Delivering healthy and beautiful smiles throughout Haiti

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Ana Gonzalez. Through the Saint Apollonia Mobile Dental Clinic , 2018 YLAI Fellow Valesca Saint Cyr is able to deliver quality and affordable dental care to underserved communities in Haiti. The clinic travels to different areas for two or three days at a time and treats over 100 people each day.

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.

GAN Leaders Share Their 2020 Productivity Hacks


Every year, I like to ask the leaders of our GAN Accelerators to share their favorite productivity hacks–the tools and practices they use to increase their efficiency, be productive, and keep going–with one another. This year, I also extended the question to our GAN Team. And the answers are far too good to keep to myself. I loved what came my way, and want to share them with all of you. Some of them are tools we use on the GAN Team; others are new to me, but ones I look forward to trying out.

In the News: What’s next after Israel’s biggest diplomatic event in its history?


Israel hosted its biggest diplomatic event in its history last week: delegations from 49 countries, including 41 heads of state, gathered in Jerusalem for The Fifth World Holocaust Forum.

reducing grid reliance: q&a with Doris Marie Candelaria from e-team, INSU Health Design

Venture Well

Doris Marie Candelaria of E-Team, INSU Health Design, has learned to be open to feedback and understand different perspectives on the team's innovation. The post reducing grid reliance: q&a with Doris Marie Candelaria from e-team, INSU Health Design appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators healthcare technology

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ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Chef Esra England

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 something that’s happening in Kansas City right now that you are excited about? .

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?

Cloud Prem Architecture - The New Way of Serving the Enterprise with a Hub and Spoke Data Model

Tomasz Tunguz

When we announced our investment in and partnership with Mattermost about a year ago , I wrote about a new architecture for SaaS. I’m starting to see that archiecture more and more, but with a twist. The idea behind the new architecture is split a SaaS app into code and the data. The SaaS company writes, updates, and maintains the code. And the customer manages the data. Typically, the data resides in the customer’s cloud account.

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[BOL Pharma in Israel21c] Israel opens one-of-a-kind medical cannabis tech incubator


CanNegev will be operated for the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), an agency of the Economy and Industry Ministry, by a consortium made up of global investment platform OurCrowd; Perrigo, the world’s largest non-prescription drug company; and Israeli medical cannabis company BOL Pharma, an OurCrowd portfolio company. Read more here. The post [BOL Pharma in Israel21c] Israel opens one-of-a-kind medical cannabis tech incubator appeared first on OurCrowd. News Center bol pharma Healthcare portfolio news

Nick Dancer’s Advice to Biz Owners: “Just Show Up”

Smart Hustle Magazine

Nicholas Dancer is the owner and operator of Dancer Concrete Design and he chats with Ramon Ray about concrete, entrepreneurship, leadership, and his new book, Day In, Day Out: The Secret Power in Showing Up and Doing the Work. The Beginning of a Business.

You Can’t Fire Your Investor

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I saw this tweet coming out of the Upfront Summit yesterday (where I will be today): Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital: we can look at every company we’ve ever funded, and learned that the time from first email/contact to term sheet has shrunk from 90 days in 2004 to just 9 today.

2020 Top Coworking Industry Events


São Paulo, Bali, Seattle, Erfurt or Vienna. those are the locations of the next large coworking gatherings. Mark the dates in your calendar

[OurCrowd in Business Wire] Nobel Laureate Leads MedTech Startups Addressing China’s Deadly Virus at OurCrowd Global Investor Summit


OurCrowd, the global crowdfunding venture investing platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, will feature Dr. Ferid Murad, 1998 Nobel prize winner in medicine, among the experts at the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit on Feb.

Translation or Localization: Best Practices for Growing Globally

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Ofer Tirosh, founder and CEO of Tomedes , As entrepreneurs, we tend to be focused on our products, services and regional growth. We don’t often pay enough attention to the business potential of secondary, foreign markets.

Let’s Go See the Northern Lights… Together


My father is sick. Very sick. He has two progressive, fatal lung diseases and he can no longer do the things he used to. Watching him become very ill has taught me a lot of hard lessons, and also some smart lessons that are forcing me to change my life. The first is that my health is a priority. I finally got real about working out a minimum of twice a week. It has changed my body and made me strong. The second change is around my travel priorities.

Investments of time and money are critical for startups’ success

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Mentoring is one of the most valuable venture services i2E provides to Oklahoma’s innovators and entrepreneurs. Our mentoring covers a wide range of topics and situations based on the leadership team’s experience, the stage of the startup, and the market the company is working to serve. We are focused when we mentor. We talk about the what, why, and how of execution—especially the why.

[Hailo in FierceElectronics] How AI chips will explode 3x by 2025 with startups like Hailo, Syntiant and Groq


Hailo-8 was also selected as a CES 2020 Innovations Awards Honoree in the Embedded Technologies product category, and Hailo engineers presented at CES earlier in January. CES was fantastic and a great opportunity,” Danon said, noting that Hailo was exposed to a crowd at CES estimated at 170,000.

How to Avoid Losing When Your Enterprise Grows

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky. One of the biggest dangers for entrepreneurs comes when their enterprise grows from being a small shop of 10 people to a midsized company of 100 or more.

Market Research for Startups: 3 Steps to Success


Guest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by SEMrush. All views and opinions represented in this post are the views and opinions of SEMrush and do not represent those of 500 Startups or any of its staff or affiliates.

Site Reliability Issues

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Since launching AVC 3.0 on January 9th, we have had some site reliability issues. The most common issue is a “too many redirects” error that has been reported by many people and is intermittent and not easily reproducible. That said, a number of you have been able to create.HAR files and send them to me. Thank you for doing that. Siteground and Cloudflare are now debugging this issue and we hope to have it resolved soon.

[NanoLock in No Camels] US-Israel Foundation to Invest $8M in 9 new Join Initiatives


Israel’s Nanolock Security and Micron Technology in Boise, ID will together develop a cybersecurity solution to prevent and monitor persistent attacks on connected media devices. Read more here.

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YC Fireside and Office Hours at Harvard – Feb 11

Y Combinator

Join us for a fireside chat with YC partner Aaron Harris, hosted by Harvard WiCS. Aaron graduated from Harvard in 2006 and has been a partner at YC since 2013. He’ll share what he’s learned from working with over 1,000 startups, and he’ll talk about what you should work on while you’re in school if you’re interested in starting a company. Food and drink will be served. YC Fireside hosted by Harvard WiCS. Time : 6pm. Location : Fong Auditorium in Boylston Hall.