Sat.Dec 28, 2019 - Fri.Jan 03, 2020

Staging Capital: Angel Follow-on Theory

The Seraf Compass

Most startup companies have a continuous need for funds to help grow the business. You will hear the term “Follow-on” as a frequent catchphrase for this type of investing. For example, it’s common to hear one investor say to another, are you planning on “following-on” in this round?

Finance Basics for Small Business Owners

Smart Hustle Magazine

There are some things you should know how to do as a business owner and leader. One of the most important--understanding your business’s finances. Some business owners feel that finances are not their strength so they shy away from that aspect of their business.

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Why Your Meetings Are Frustrating and What to Do About It

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Most professionals dread meetings not only because they typically last too long, but also because they feel pointless and tend to hijack other priorities.

What Will Happen In The 2020s

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It’s 2020. Time to look forward to the decade that is upon us. One of my favorite quotes, attributed to Bill Gates, is that people overestimate what will happen in a year and underestimate what will happen in a decade. This is an important decade for mankind. It is a decade in which we will need to find answers to questions that hang over us like last night’s celebrations.

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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.

For 2020: Consider the Collective Power of 13,000 Startups

GAN

To the 13,000 startups in the GAN Community, thank you. Running a startup is so hard. At every point along the way, it feels like you could go out of business. It seems like there are potential competitors emerging every second. It’s hard to hire and build cultures that last. And it’s hard to continue to build things that the world needs. Still, even for all of the difficulties you encounter every day, you wouldn’t choose to do anything else, would you?

[OurCrowd in The Times of Israel] Italy to launch accelerator program for Italian startups in Israel

OurCrowd

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What Happened In The 2010s

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend Steve Kane suggested I take a longer view in my pair of year end posts this year: What, no decade end/decade ahead posts? — Steven Kane (@stevenkane) December 26, 2019. And so I will. Here are the big things that happened in tech, startups, business, and more in the decade that is ending today, in no particular order of importance. 1/ The emergence of the big four web/mobile monopolies; Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook.

Looking Back On Tech, Startups, And VC In 2019

Haystack

It’s that time of year, time to look back and reflect on the most significant storylines in the tech, startup, and VC world. A comprehensive post on this topic could be 5,000+ words, but we do not do such things here. We kept detailed notes month by month and today, I tried to organize them by key sections, what you’ll see below. There’s a good chance I’ve missed something — if you feel that way, by all means, please share your point of view on Twitter (or email) and link to the post.

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[Zebra in Health Data Management] Vendors to collaborate to bring AI to orthopedic planning

OurCrowd

The agreement between Zebra Medical Vision and DePuy Synthes aims to facilitate surgeries by giving doctors digital pre-operative surgical planning tools that are easily accessible and more affordable. Read more on Health Data Management here.

Los cuatro principales beneficios al unirse a la Red YLAI

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

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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?

An Agenda for the 2020s: Inventing the Knowledge Age

Continuations

In yesterday’s post I summarized the 2010s as fighting past battles that keep us stuck in the industrial age. The agenda for the 2020s should be about inventing the knowledge age instead. The suggestions here draw heavily on my book World After Capital. So without further ado, here are six key areas to work on in the 2020s. FIGHT THE CLIMATE CRISIS If we don’t get on top of the climate crisis , nothing else will matter, so I am putting this one first.

Time Diversity In VC Portfolios

Haystack

A topic that’s been on my mind a lot in 2019 is “time diversity” in venture capital funds.

[data.world in Forbes] Year In Review: Top Podcasts For 2019

OurCrowd

Data.world CEO Brett Hurt talks with Leighanne Levensaler, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of corporate strategy at Workday, about how the smart use of data changes a company’s culture, and how his company has created the world’s largest collaborative data community.

Video Of The Week: The Game Changers

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our daughter suggested that The Gotham Gal and I watch this documentary on Netflix. We did that this week. My New Year’s Resolution this time last year was to reduce the number of meals where I ate meat to less than half.

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Oklahoma’s Verinovum standardizes data from medical records

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Remember when doctors charted patient visits with handwritten notes that were filed in color-coded hanging folders that filled up miles of metal cabinets in doctors’ offices, hospital basements, and beyond? With the mandated healthcare industry transition from paper to digital record-keeping several years ago, all that changed.

Looking Ahead, Predictions For 2020

Haystack

With a bit of reluctance, I share this forthcoming “ Predictions For 2020 ” post with you. Initially, I wasn’t going to write one because I figured it is hard to know what will happen even with lots of thought applied, and that it may not be valuable to you as a reader — despite the fact my Predictions for 2019 post was pretty spot-on ( but 2018 was not !).

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How to Launch a Podcast: Advice for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In the second article in our series about podcasts , we talk more with two EO members who launched online audio shows in 2019. In part one, we covered three questions to answer before you launch. .

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Funding Friday: Monster Preschool

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I love the cross cultural/language/regional aspect of the Internet. We can find, experience, and support things all across the globe. Ultimately, it should bring us closer to each other. This project, a children’s book about sharing , is exactly that and I backed it with a thousand yen just now. crowdfunding

Become a Celebrity CEO: Build Your Community and a Strong Personal Brand

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray shows you how you to gain recognition in your industry by building a fan base and a strong personal brand. If you’re looking for some inspiration and sound advice from a serial entrepreneur and influencer, you came to the right place.

Do you empower others?

Berkonomics

So, we’ve previously discussed why it is important for you to build consensus in an organization in most every major decision.

[Beyond Meat in PR Newswire] Pollo Tropical Launches New Vegan Menu Items Featuring Beyond Meat

OurCrowd

Pollo Tropical partnered with Beyond Meat to develop these plant-based options that are as unique and flavorful as the menu items that guests have enjoyed at the brand for over 30 years. Read more here.

Managing Multiple Twitter Handles

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Like Mitt Romney and Kevin Durant, I manage multiple Twitter handles. Although neither is a secret handle. I use @fredwilson for my personal tweets and I use @avc for this blog. I have done that since I joined Twitter in the spring of 2007. The idea is to keep AVC blog discussions on @avc and leave @fredwilson for other things.

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Meaningful Communities: The Common Thread of Small Businesses That Thrive

Smart Hustle Magazine

Pick up any book for entrepreneurs and you’re bound to find a chapter on networking. It’s no secret networking is a vital force for small businesses, and it’s often handled with more gusto in the early years of business development.

The 2010s: Stuck in the Past

Continuations

On this last day of the 2010s here is a recap with a single theme: we are fighting the battles of the past instead of inventing the future. We are doing that at a time when humanity is facing an extinction level threat in the climate crisis that also represents our single biggest opportunity for transformation. The ongoing debate about capitalism versus socialism is fundamentally caught up in the industrial age.

[Tala in CNBC] Start-up Uses Mobile Data as a Credit Score for the Global Unbanked

OurCrowd

Tala has raised nearly $220 million from private investors to offer loans of up to $500 to people without credit histories or bank accounts. Its app uses a scoring model based on 250 data points, from cellphone bill payments to online behaviors. Read more here.

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Adversarial Interoperability

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As I’m gearing up for two big posts tomorrow and wednesday, I will simply give you a link ( courtesy of Nick ) to read. Cory Doctorow’s EFF post on Adversarial Interoperability explains the move we need to make to fix what’s wrong with big tech, monopolies, duopolies, etc, etc. Basically everything that is wrong with the Internet, mobile, and web.

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What’s Going On With AVC?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As Jason Wright said in the comments to yesterday’s post: This blog is rendering like it’s 1998 in Safari and Chrome at the moment. The theme that renders AVC in WordPress got messed up somehow and we are having a hard time getting it back to normal. I am planning on relaunching AVC with a entirely new theme and design in the New Year and so I’m not particularly motivated to address this issue right now.

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[Alpha Tau in TheHealthMania] The Ultimate Relief for Cancer Patients is Just Around the Corner

OurCrowd

The firm Alpha Tau Medical from Israel has recently worked on developing a new treatment for cancer that invades tumours only. It is to be noted that treatments for cancer including radiation therapy involved the killing of healthy cells of the body as well.

[DouxMatok in Food Navigator] ‘A similar liking score with half the sugar’: SureChoc formulation finds favour in sensory tests

OurCrowd

Scientists have developed a new milk chocolate formulation that contains almost half the sugar of a standard milk chocolate recipe while also delivering a ‘similar consumer liking score’ in sensory testing. Read more here.

[Arbe Robotics in i24] Israeli startups raised a record $8.19 billion in 2019

OurCrowd

Lastly, the 4D imaging radar developer Arbe Robotics raised $32 million, HR startup Gloat raised $25 million, and fat disorders drug developer Raziel Therapeutics raised $22 million. Read more here. The post [Arbe Robotics in i24] Israeli startups raised a record $8.19

[OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved in NoCamels] Startup Visionaries, VCs, Political Leaders, and Cultural Icons: The 17 Influential Israelis that Shaped the Decade

OurCrowd

Jon Medved, a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and angel investor, is the CEO and founder of OurCrowd, Israel’s leading equity crowdfunding platform set up in 2013. OurCrowd announced in March 2019 that it had raised a total of $1 billion for 170 companies and 18 funds in just six years.

[Sight Diagnostics in NoCamels] Year in Review: 11 Israeli Companies That Made A Mark in 2019

OurCrowd

Israeli tech firm Sight Diagnostics created buzzworthy news these past few years with ongoing updates about its lab-grade blood testing system that can conduct a full blood analysis with just a few drops of blood, instead of vials obtained intravenously. Read more here.

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[Beyond Meat in TechCrunch] What’s Beyond Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods in the Future of Food

OurCrowd

Beyond Meat is a $5 billion public company selling burgers in Canadian McDonald’s and American Carl’s Jr., breakfast sausages in Dunkin, and even chicken in a limited trial at KFC. Read more here.

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[Tyto Care in HealthcareITNews] Bradford partners with TytoCare to provide virtual consultations for children with acute health conditions

OurCrowd

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be the first provider in the UK to partner with TytoCare, an all-in-one modular device and telehealth platform for remote medical examinations. Read more here.

[Zebra in VentureBeat] 10 technology trends that will impact our lives in 2020

OurCrowd

The evolution of AI will improve the quality of treatment. In 2020, many medical images taken using MRI, CT scans, and X-rays will be diagnosed using AI. Startups Enlitic and Zebra Medical Vision stand out as leaders. Read more here.