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How to Craft an Exceptional Update About Your Startup


Each week, I receive dozens of updates from startups—everything from founders I’ve just chatted with briefly, to founders I’ve mentored, to companies that have asked GAN Ventures for funding.

pop-up classes: a simple, effective approach to supporting young innovators

Venture Well

We’ve compiled some of the key elements to think about as you create your pop-up classes, and outlined a variety of options to keep in mind. The post pop-up classes: a simple, effective approach to supporting young innovators appeared first on VentureWell.

How to Generate Signals that Matter to Early Stage Investors


Photo by Chinh Le Duc on Unsplash. Build a strong team with direct and relevant reputation. To be clear, names alone don’t matter as much as the relevance of the team members to the challenge facing your business. Example: Selling SAAS to enterprise?

Can You Afford a Marketing Team?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Jackie Carrillo, a content coordinator and contributor who writes on technology, marketing, business management and education. . For high-achieving startup founders and entrepreneurs, marketing might feel like a no-brainer to tackle on your own.

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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.

Next Media Accelerator on How Hamburg Helps Startups Gain Momentum


Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city with 1.8 million people and a metro region of about three million. The city is, of course, known for its seaport, the third-largest in Europe. It’s also among the top three locations for the aviation industry in the world. Hamburg prides itself as “The Gate to the World” and is home to all branches of the economy, ranging from aviation to maritime and logistics, as well as the creative and media industry.

Why Positive Cashflow Matters

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Venture backed companies have a strange relationship to positive cashflow. Because they have financial backers who can and do finance losses, they tend to operate in the red for a long time. In the early days it makes sense to burn cash. If you do not have revenues, you can’t generate cash. And if you can’t grow your revenues without investing out ahead of income, then you also need to be able to operate in the red.

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10 Books on Persuasion and Negotiation

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Closing sales and winning deals are like oxygen for your business. Mastering these tasks requires a firm understanding of negotiation and persuasion. From EO Melbourne , we share 10 books to help you improve your ability to close—in both your business and personal life.

Applying to YC Early Decision – Rent the Backyard (YC S19)

Y Combinator

We began offering the option to apply to Y Combinator Early Decision last September. If you’re a student, applying Early Decision to YC allows you to apply one batch ahead of the current one. For example, you can apply to YC in September, get your acceptance in October, and start the program in June after you graduate. We tried it as an experiment and it worked so well that we’re offering it permanently now, for both Winter and Summer batches.

United Nations Development Program and 500 Startups Join Forces to Bridge the World of Impact Financing and Tech Startups


Startup founders often have ambitions not just to make money, but to change the world. So, how do we help these founders accomplish these goals? Enter ImpactAIM Indonesia, a program forged from a partnership between 500 Startups and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Fractionalizing Home Equity

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

USV recently invested in a company called Patch Homes and they are announcing that financing today along with some other important information on their business. You can read about the financing here and USV’s investment blog post here (we do one of these for every new investment).

Heidi Roizen on meaningful work & relationships


“The true path to happiness is to have meaningful work and meaningful relationships,” Heidi Rozen says. She brings these two elements together as a VC working with entrepreneurs who are changing the world for the better. Her humane take on being a “mentor capitalist” is deeply Give First. .

The Pegasus Startup: Flying Over VCs on the Wings of Profits

Jason Calacanis

The unicorn movement in Silicon Valley has been a great run, with startups plowing mountains of willing capital into audacious products that are changing the world. Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): [link] ]. Airbnb, Uber and Slack have revolutionized travel, transportation and work forever.

i2E Inc. leads $850,000 investment in Oklahoma-based Kirrhos Pharmaceuticals

Innovation 2 Enterprise

September 12, 2019. Contact: Sarah Seagraves, Senior VP for Marketing. 405) 813-2403. Oklahoma-based Kirrhos Pharmaceuticals is developing a novel, first-in-class treatment. for a severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease known as NASH. OKLAHOMA CITY — i2E, Inc., recently led an $850,000 seed investment in Oklahoma. City-based Kirrhos Pharmaceuticals, which is developing a therapeutic for NASH, a life-.

Funding Friday: Make Pizza On Your Camping Trip

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of the things I like about Kickstarter is seeing repeat creators coming back with new innovations. I backed a project like that this morning. I also love pizza and making it in wood fired pizza ovens. So this project checks a few boxes for me. crowdfunding

How Profitable Are Coworking Spaces in 2019?


90% of coworking spaces generate a profit if they meet at least four conditions: they have more than 200 members, are older than one year, are profit-oriented and do not subsidize their operation through other businesses. The first condition is the only one that actually requires any special effort.

Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems

Forward Cities

Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems was jointly developed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Forward Cities with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT.

The Siren Song of ROI Based Sales

Tomasz Tunguz

Selling based on ROI (return-on-investment) sounds great. A salesperson lays out an iron-clad case for how the customer will make 5x or 6x or 10x their initial investment in a piece of software in three years or less. The champion will use ROI math to assuage upper management and procurement’s concerns. Or so the thinking goes. If we reflect on the most successful software companies, the very largest, very few sell based on ROI.

[OurCrowd in Crowdfund Insider] OurCrowd Partners with Finistere, Tnuva & Tempo to Launch Fresh Start Foodtech Incubator


OurCrowd, Israel’s most active venture investor and leading global crowdfunding platform, has partnered with Finistere, Tnuva and Tempo to launch a NIS 1 billion (~ USD $ 283 million) Foodtech incubator in Israel. Fresh Start” was officially launched at an event this week.

Linear Health Sciences founder ‘living his dream’

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. During one of the earliest conversations I had with Dr. Ryan Dennis, CEO of Linear Health Sciences, he told me that he was living his dream. I wanted to know more about that. Is it the dream of a curious young boy who grew up in a small Oklahoma town with just 18 other students in his class — a boy who knew when he was in the seventh grade that he wanted to be a doctor?

Edition #8: Jamie Miller


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.

Honoring a family coffee trade with new innovations

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

“You start every day with coffee, and you end every day with coffee.” From age 7, David Dávila, learned how to brew his own coffee before he went to school. Coffee before and after school was the norm in his household.

[C2A Security in Automotive Industry Trend] C2A Security Collaborates with NXP to Improve Compressive Automotive Security Solution


C2A Security, key player in automotive cybersecurity, detailed an automotive security solution on September 12, to develop a partnership with NXP, using NXP semiconductors to secure controller area network (CAN) transceivers. Read more here.

Foreshadowing Facetime

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The Gotham Gal and I went to the Brooklyn Museum today to see the Pierre Cardin retrospective. Near the end of the exhibit was a small clip from a Jetsons episode where Jane is shopping for dresses in a boutique.


BTS: Pack with us London Edition


After looking at our analytics across the board- it’s clear that you guys are as nosy as we are. Our behind the scenes (BTS) and “personal” content is high on the most viewed list- so why not give the people what they want?

YC W20 Interviews in India

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce that we are holding interviews for the Winter 2020 batch in Bangalore for founders based in India. Interviews will take place from November 10 to 12 and are like regular YC interviews in every way. The application is the same, as well as what we look for in the application and the criteria for acceptance. The only difference: you can stay closer to home. If accepted, you will join the YC Winter 2020 batch immediately.

In the News: Who are Israel’s frontrunners for a major exit or IPO, according to Globes?


Very excited to open this week with two OurCrowd portfolio companies being headlined as the next big thing: “Despite the slower progress towards self-driving cars, Hailo and Cortica (Cartica) are Israel’s frontrunners for a major exit or IPO, or to become unicorns.”

Bring Back The SE

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Today Apple is going to announce three new iPhones. One of them should be a small form factor like the old SE. Apple discontinued the iPhone SE at the tail end of 2018 and has stated that the next iOS update will not run on the old SE hardware. I have a number of friends and family members who have the old SE, love the small form factor, and do not want a larger phone in their pockets, purses, and hands.

Innovation Grant won by Western Massachusetts Training Consortium

Unrestricted Revenue

The best teachers never stop learning, they always seek how to teach better and reach more students. Western Massachusetts Training Consortium is a learning organization, committed to creating conditions in which people with lived experience pursue their dreams and strengthen our communities through full participation. Kelly and I are delighted to announce that they’ve won a grant to be one of the nonprofits participating in our Fall Innovation Accelerator Cohort.

Climate Crisis: Extinction Rebellion


I recently recorded a podcast about the climate crisis where I made the point that we should not think about innovation versus activism, we need both.

[OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved in The Economist] An entrepreneurial ethos – Israel’s culture of ambition is driving outsized innovation in Tel Aviv


In their first years of existence, successful startups follow a well-trodden path, burning through cash reserves to develop a product and capture market-share, before rocketing up to and beyond the point of breaking even.

Mindful Eating In Your Everyday Life

Entrepreneurs' Organization

By Stacy Goldberg, MPH, RN, BSN. Stacy is the CEO and founder of Savorfull , which helps companies, organizations and consumers discover and purchase healthy “free-from” snacks. She is also a member of EO Detroit.

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Audio Of The Week: What Can We Learn From The History Of The Internet For The Future Of Crypto?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

In this podcast, a16z general partner Katie Haun interviews a16z co-founder Marc Andreessen. It’s a great conversation. crypto

Join me at Alpha Innovation Required conference, Sep. 18-19, NYC

David Teten - VC

I hope you will join me next Wednesday & Thursday in midtown NYC, September 18-19, at the “ Alpha Innovation Required ” summit. Attendance is complimentary and exclusively for senior capital markets professionals exclusively focused on emerging trends and technology companies impacting the asset management industry. Speakers so far include: Wendy Harrington , Nuveen – Head of Nuveen Labs?.

[OurCrowd in Yahoo Finance] OurCrowd Global Investor Summit: Israel’s Largest Tech Investment Event Returns February 13, 2020 in Jerusalem


OurCrowd, the global venture investing platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, has announced that it will host its sixth annual OurCrowd Global Investor Summit on February 13, 2020, in Jerusalem, Israel.

YC W20 Interviews in Western Europe

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce that we are holding interviews for the Winter 2020 batch in Paris for founders based in Western Europe. Interviews will take place from November 5 to 7 and are like regular YC interviews in every way. The application is the same, as well as what we look for in the application and the criteria for acceptance. The only difference: you can stay closer to home. If accepted, you will join the YC Winter 2020 batch immediately.

September 11th

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

We were having breakfast in lower Manhattan that morning before a board meeting. It was the CEO, another board member and me. We were sitting outside in a sidewalk cafe in lower Soho and the plane flew right over us, at a height that was clearly not normal, and banked and slammed right into the first tower. The CEO knew right away it was a terrorist act and we quickly settled up and headed over to the company’s offices.

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