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In Venture Capital, Should You Be a Momentum or a Value Investor?

David Teten - VC

As a venture capitalist, should you be a Momentum or a Value investor? To simplify, there are two classic approaches to public markets investing. The first is Momentum Investing , “a strategy to capitalize on the continuance of an existing market trend”, which usually meaning that the price has been rising in the recent past. In VC, this means you source companies by talking with other VCs and tracking the investment patterns and new Linkedin connections of other VCs.

Striking The Right Balance

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I was talking recently to a friend who advises a lot of boards. I asked him his view on boards overall. He said that he saw two styles, both of which he found problematic. The first style is the “rubber stamp board” that does whatever the CEO asks of them. The second style is the “meddling board” that acts like it is running the business. He told me he sees very few boards that manage to strike the right balance.

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Which Categories of Seed Startups are Thriving? Which Aren't?

Tomasz Tunguz

Which sectors see more startup company formation than others? The answer has changed quite a bit over the last 8 years. Some sectors have hit their apogee and are declining. Others have grown by more than 3x. Yet others are growing geometrically. Let’s take a look. Hot Spaces.

Preparing for the Inevitable: Angel Investors, Death & Taxes

The Seraf Compass

Things don’t always go exactly as planned in life or in angel investing. And just as in life, with angel investing, it pays to be prepared. So here are some thoughts on planning for the inevitable, and how to prevent catastrophes by fitting your angel investments into your estate plan from the beginning

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.

How to Build Authentic Customer Relationships That Spark Innovation

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Jason McCann , a lifelong entrepreneur and experienced founder. You wouldn’t be surprised if I said that customer feedback is essential for a startup. And nobody doubts the connection between long-term customer relationships and success.


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of the unique things about early stage investing is the ability (and in my view, the need) to continue to invest in the companies for multiple rounds of investment. Late stage, public market, private equity, real estate, and most other popular forms of investing typically involve a single or a time limited series of investments. But at USV, we typically will make four to six investments in a “name” over five to seven years.

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The Up and Coming Startups Aiming to Disrupt Healthcare


Healthcare has a notorious reputation for being intimidating. From complex insurance policies and payments to the intense legal regulations on its processes, many innovators stray away from trying to tackle the industry. But at 500, we believe in being bold.

The Secret to Succeeding at Work and Family

Entrepreneurs' Organization

When we asked EO members what they’ve learned from being a parent and an entrepreneur, we heard from J essica Honegger of EO Dallas , the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection. She revealed how she strives for success in both work and home life.

Funding Friday: Break Kickstarter

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Last month our portfolio company Kickstarter invited project creators to “ break conventions, but not our rules ” and create campaigns that were different from the traditional Kickstarter campaign. There are 99 “break Kickstarter” campaigns live on the platform now and I featured one of them last week. But there are many more super interesting and creative campaigns. I backed a bunch of them this week and thought I’d showcase them to all of you today.

Founding a Startup is Not for Everyone

Smart Hustle Magazine

Kate Bradley Chernis is the founder of Lately , an AI-powered social media marketing company. She wasn’t always a marketing guru, in fact she started out as an XM Radio DJ. But she wasn’t feeling fulfilled in the radio industry.

Edition #3: Angel Kwiatkowski


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.

The Future of Professional Development

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Kamy Anderson, an ed-tech enthusiast who writes on emerging technologies in the areas of corporate training and education. . Digital natives entering today’s workforce expect companies to provide them opportunities for professional development and learning.

Innovation as Equity: Innovate Springfield // Springfield, Illinois

Co Starters

With a population of over 115,000, Springfield, Illinois is a city in transition—transition from an often overlooked state capital to a buzzing center of innovation. .

Give First Wherever You Go: One Founder’s Journey from Mexico to Detroit


René Pons, co-founder of PPAP Manager, has founded a company in Mexico, run Techstars Startup Weekends across Central America, and gotten into Techstars Detroit. Everywhere he goes, René Gives First and strengthens the startup ecosystem. . The Techstars Detroit 2019 class.

How Biotech Startup Funding Will Change in the Next 10 Years

Y Combinator

Back when YC was getting started about 10 years ago, Paul Graham wrote some essays that predicted the way startup fundraising would change in the next decade – accurately, it turns out. In short, Paul Graham predicted that there would be way more startups, that they’d be cheaper to start, that new kinds of investors would fund them, that founders would be more technical, and that founders would keep control of their companies. All of those seem to have come true.

[PRESS RELEASE] OurCrowd Sync: Sao Paulo 2019 – Israel’s Leading VC Announces First Major LATAM Event


Video Of The Week: What Coinbase Is Up To And Why

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Brian Armstrong , CEO of our portfolio company Coinbase , gave this talk to the Company at a recent all-hands. In it, he describes the founding story for Coinbase, and then goes on to describe the Company’s Mission, Vision, and Strategy. blockchain crypto

QBE & Nimbla: A Success Story Of Corporate-Startup Innovation


By Ted Stuckey, Managing Director of QBE Ventures. My goal is to make QBE a partner of choice for startups.

EconTalk Host Russ Roberts on Key Economic Concepts for Founders

Y Combinator

Russ Roberts is the host of the podcast EconTalk ( iTunes , RSS , and YouTube ), a research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution , and the author of several books, including How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life. You can find Russ on Twitter @econtalker. Topics. 00:00 – Intro. 00:15 – What are his thoughts on “meaning, spirituality, or sense of belonging” in regards to creating your own company? 3:20 – Capitalism bearing the burden of human nature.

[OurCrowd in The Australian] Israeli fund taps super to invest for impact


OurCrowd, the $1.5 billion Israeli crowd-funding venture capital firm backed by rich-lister RAdek Sali, is in active discussions with local superannuation funds about backing its new technology focused international impact investment fund. Read more here.

Faculty Spotlight: Marc Facciotti from the University of California-Davis

Venture Well

Marc Facciotti from the University of California-Davis a strong advocate for creative work that is initiated by students or that is student-directed. The post Faculty Spotlight: Marc Facciotti from the University of California-Davis appeared first on VentureWell.

Never Stop Learning: New Updates to the Techstars Code of Conduct


The Techstars 2019 staff photo. At the bottom of the Techstars Code of Conduct , right above the—as of today—1802 signatures to it, there’s a line: “The Techstars Code of Conduct is a living document managed by our community.”.


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Seth Godin says it so well in this blog post celebrating his 11th anniversary of writing every day on his personal blog. Streaks are their own reward. Streaks create internal pressure that keeps streaks going. Streaks require commitment at first, but then the commitment turns into a practice, and the practice into a habit. Habits are much easier to maintain than commitments. We see this in several of our portfolio companies.


Innovative businesses that support local communities

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

YLAI Network members Juliana Nieva de Castillo from Tucumán, Argentina and Julio César Bueno Cruz from Cali, Colombia illustrate two forms of social innovation and community support through unique business concepts. Recycling and Design.

How Do You Convince Someone to Join Your Startup?

Y Combinator

Dalton Caldwell , Y Combinator partner and founder of imeem and Mixed Media Labs, on how to convince someone to join your startup. Advice Video Feature

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LaunchPad Lift Spotlight: Antithesis Foods


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

Ignoring vs Not Replying

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I had an exchange recently that has stuck with me and so I thought I would write a bit about this topic. When someone tweets at me, emails me, texts me, tags me, etc, and I don’t reply, they assume I either did not see it or am ignoring it. That might be true but generally, it is not the case. What is more likely is that I saw it, I got the message, I understand it, and I may even be acting on it. But for any number of good reasons, I have chosen not to reply to it.

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Surround Yourself With People Who Want You to Succeed

Entrepreneur - Entrepreneurs Category

Great words of advice from a serial entrepreneur who loves to build things. Real Entrepreneurs

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Say Something Different


A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I posted an open position on a local college website, looking for a nanny. The post was this: Denver couple looking for a nanny for our two- and five-year-old girls. You’d be working most Tuesdays and Thursdays during the day and on Wednesday nights with the option for additional hours throughout the week. The pay is $18/hour. If you’re interested, please contact us. Now, on first glance, the post is fine.

People Ops Question: How do we make sure we’re not breaking a bunch of laws?


By Sabrina Kelly, Techstars Vice President of Talent. At Techstars, we define our mission in People Ops as the following : “ We are strategic partners in building Techstars business by maximizing the value of our most important asset—our people.

The Kik Answer

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have mentioned the legal case between USV portfolio company Kik and the SEC several times here on AVC, most recently here. Last night Kik filed a 130 page Answer to the SEC and made this press release. The story was picked up by Coindesk and other news outlets. I am not going to get into the details of this matter here on AVC, but this is not an open and shut case by any means. blockchain crypto


Driven to Succeed: How an Entrepreneur's Love of Cars Led to a Lifetime of Success

Entrepreneur - Entrepreneurs Category

Discover how Todd Johnson developed his multiple revenue streams. and how he helps others do the same. Entrepreneurs

Child Care & Coworking Part 1


In every facebook group, forum, contact form and unconference- Coworking and childcare comes up. While most of us agree that it is needed and the next step in the “co” niche movement- there is a real lack of information around it.

Modern Plagues: Let our people live – with these startup technologies


Cancer, diabetes, and drug abuse are among what come to mind when thinking of modern plagues on our society. These plagues are daunting and seemingly unsolvable. The modern minds behind startup technology are actually aiming to solve these issues. Overcoming opioid addiction.

Win Up To $10,000 Exploring Your Tech-Business Idea!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

STATE COLLEGE, PA – In the past seven years more than 100 teams have graduated from Ben Franklin’s Tech Celerato r@State College. These teams turned their ideas, many of which were based on Penn State technology, into 114 tech startups.

New Infographic: WBS1920 First Look

UBI Global

The data experts at UBI Global are deep into the analysis of all the data from the World Benchmark Study 2019 -2020 surveys, and are already excited to share a WBS1920 First Look with you. Who will be among the top programs in the world?