Sat.Aug 03, 2019 - Fri.Aug 09, 2019

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.

board 158

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

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

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!

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.

More Trending

Why Educating Startup Employees About Equity Is As Important As Giving It

Hyde Park Angels

This is the final article in a three-part series on the benefits of giving all startup employees equity. See the first piece here and the second one here. A year after I moved to Chicago, I attended a women’s networking event, where an employee of a recently-acquired startup entered the room.

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.

Growing your Startup? Find the Right Startup Financing for Your Capital Needs

Entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented circumstances right now. The capital choices you make will have a lasting impact on the trajectory of your company. Knowing the right questions to ask and how to compare your options is vital to making the best decisions. Download the Startup Finance Playbook to learn more.

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. .

International Coworking Day


Today is the day to celebrate the fact that we are all part of something far greater than ourselves. Locally and globally, we are a community of forward thinkers, innovators and game changers paving the way for the future of work. This is big-time stuff, if you really think about it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Debt Financing Fuels Your Growth - on Your Terms. Zero Dilution.

The landscape of startup financing is changing. Learn why SaaS founders are turning to debt capital options like revenue-based financing.

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.”.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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


São Paulo / Jerusalem – August 7, 2019 – OurCrowd, a global venture investing platform and Israel’s most active venture investor, has announced its first major event in a key region, OurCrowd Sync: Sao Paulo 2019, an invite-only gathering bringing top speakers, cutting-edge content, and high-impact networking to the LATAM region. Read more here.

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.

media 130

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.