Sat.Jul 06, 2019 - Fri.Jul 12, 2019

How VCs Can and Should Invest in Later Rounds

David Teten - VC

You have to know when to hold them and know when to fold them. So when a company in which I’m an investor is raising a later round, should we (the VC investor) keep our pro rata or get diluted? . My view is that one should always make this decision on an individual company basis. Almost all VC investments include pro rata rights. These give the right to invest more money in a company sufficient to keep the same percentage ownership, for so long as we have both the cash and the appetite.

4 Ways Partnerships Can Scale and Increase Profits For Your Business

Smart Hustle Magazine

When I launched one of my companies, the Small Business Summit, I started it with a partner. She was an older white lady, who had an MBA and was great with numbers. I was a young black guy, who loved marketing (hated numbers) and event production. We were a great fit. This was one of my first successful partnerships. It worked so well, we eventually sold the business. You can't grow your business alone. You need a team. A partner can be a great part of that team.

What Happened When I Hit a Wall and the Important Question I’m Using to Move Past It


Last week, I wrote about how essential it is to ask yourself one important question before going through an accelerator program: What do you want your (work) life to be like? Meaning, unless you define what you want your time in-program (or when starting really anything) to look like, the world around you will surely help do it for you. I keep coming back to this question since writing it last week, though. Because I think there’s actually a deeper question behind this question.

7 Class Exercises to Amplify Innovative Thinking

Venture Well

We curated a fresh new list of cutting-edge class exercises to incorporate into innovation and entrepreneurship curriculum. The post 7 Class Exercises to Amplify Innovative Thinking appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty entrepreneurship education teaching resources

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.

“Delivering Meaningful Opportunities to do Good Stuff Together:” Community Leader Spotlight with Pascale Hyboud-Peron


Pascale Hyboud-Peron, Co-founder and Director of Venture Centre , has an awesome Twitter bio: “Creating connections and exploring intersections between people and ideas by delivering meaningful opportunities to do good stuff together #entrepreneurship.”.

Video Of The Week: Angela Duckworth – Grit

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A few years ago, we invited Angela Duckworth to speak to our portfolio company CEOs at our annual get together. It was a terrific talk that absolutely impacted the way these CEOs thought about hiring and managing their teams.

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Social Media and Thought Leadership for Founders

This is going to be BIG.

Running a startup consumes a ton of time. Just the immediate priorities seem to take up more than one person’s potential working hours—so it’s no surprise that when it comes to something like social media, many founders have trouble making it a priority. The consequences of failing to position a founder’s profile aren’t always obvious—and it’s usually all about missed opportunities.

7 Things you can do to help with revenue in the Summer Months


We’ve been in your shoes, when summer rolls around 1 of 2 things happens… actually strike that, both of these things are likely to happen over the course of the season but one is more concerning than the other….

Business Model Innovation

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I’ve shared my views on this before here at AVC. I believe business model innovation is more disruptive than technical innovation. A good example of this was moving from web apps to mobile apps, which was largely a technical innovation. While the move to mobile certainly created some new companies, it largely strengthened the market position of the big Internet companies because there was little to no business model innovation. Compare that to the move from desktop computing to the web.

Family Tragedy Drives an Accounting Empire

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray was joined by Rachel Michaelov , founder of Empire Tax Professionals to talk scaling, growth, and marketing. Rachel is an IRS-licensed enrolled agent who helps business owners making more than $10,000 with things such as monthly bookkeeping, payroll, sales tax, and corporate returns.

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Plastic: Solutions in a Complex Industry

Impact Hub

WWF and Impact Hub join forces for the oceans. This blog post is part of a wider campaign aiming to share knowledge about environmental challenges within our communities.

Why Churn Rates Can Spike When Your SaaS Startup Experiences Hypergrowth

Tomasz Tunguz

In Rethinking Customer Churn Rate & LTV/CAC , Thibaud Clement illuminates a counter-intuitive concept about churn. The faster you increase your growth rate (acceleration rate), the higher the churn rate. Consider the same startup under two scenarios: one in which the acceleration rate is 50% and one in which the acceleration rate is 0%. In the 50% scenario, churn will be 67% higher. A surprising result. Why does this happen?

The Heretic

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I am reading a friend’s book which is still in proofs and so I’m not going to talk about it yet. But there is one part of the book that really rang true for me and that is when he talks about certain kinds of problematic employees, particularly one he calls The Heretic. This kind of employee, and we have all seen this up close, is negative about the Company and disses the management, coworkers, the board, the strategy, the workplace, and everything else under the sun.

Are you a remote manager? A good one?


Are you a virtual manager? Can you be effective if you are a “virtual” manager, commuting from home or a home office and being with your employees only part time? Measuring your performance.

Announcing the 2019 Techstars Foundation Grant Recipients


Techstars is committed to being an action-driven leader in creating an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. One important way we do this is through the Techstars Foundation. .

In the News: NSLComm launches its first satellite ??, @doctor.mike, & more


Congrats! Israeli nano-satellite startup & OurCrowd portfolio company NSLComm successfully launched its NSLSat-1 satellite (via the Soyuz rocket) into space this past Friday. TechCrunch ). Speaking of revolutionary tech, what will our world look like a decade from now?

Price Stability

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of the use cases that has eluded cryptocurrencies to date is “means of exchange” (something you would spend).


Press Release: Impact Hub Joins Pact for Impact Summit 2019

Impact Hub

Pact for Impact Conference 2019 marks the beginning of the Global Alliance for a social and inclusive economy. This event aims to build a coalition of States, institutions, actors and networks, for the development of SSE, inclusive economy and social innovation. Impact Hub Executive Director, Gabriela Gandel will be featured as a panelist to share Impact Hub’s commitment to social and economic growth.

Neal Sales-Griffin Joins Techstars as Managing Director of Techstars Chicago


Today, I couldn’t be more excited to announce that I’m officially joining Techstars as the Managing Director for Techstars Chicago. The Chicago accelerator program has played a part in my life dating back to my undergraduate days at Northwestern University.

5 Critical Steps to Solving Your Business Problems for Good

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Todd Smart, an experienced entrepreneur, the co-founder at Traction ® Tools and an EO member since 1992. . Are you a small business entrepreneur whose leadership team lacks cohesion or focus? Or maybe you’re running a start-up that can’t reach your next revenue goal?

Support for entrepreneurs is a moon shot effort

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. This month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It was President John F. Kennedy’s idea. In 1961, the president challenged NASA and the nation to land an astronaut on the moon before the decade was over. Russia had taken the lead in the race for space with the Sputnik launch in 1957. NASA was only 3 years old. The United States was in catch-up mode. The Cold War was chilling the world.


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of USV’s newest portfolio companies, Otis , had a coming out party yesterday.

Techstars Is Making an Impact: Meet the 2019 Techstars Impact Class


We are excited to announce the ten companies joining the Techstars Impact 2019 class! We kick off today in Austin, TX with teams joining us from around the world with operations spanning the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Community Spotlight: Wheeling Heritage // Wheeling, Virginia

Co Starters

Half a century ago, Wheeling, West Virginia was a hub of entrepreneurship, innovation and manufacturing. As time passed, however, the city became a labor town, a workforce supplier for many industries that continued to build the city.

Conectar la comunidad con el ciudadano: Cómo los medios de noticias locales pueden desarrollar la comunidad y salvar a los medios nacionales

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Por Meg Jones. Con tantas fuentes de noticias y voces que hablan una sobre la otra, es difícil aquietar la mente el tiempo suficiente para evaluar la calidad de una noticia en los medios.

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[INSIGHTEC in Yahoo Finance] INSIGHTEC Receives FDA Approval and CE Mark for Exablate Neuro With GE SIGNA Premier MR System


GE Healthcare, a leader in medical technology and diagnostic and therapeutic imaging, and INSIGHTEC®, a global medical technology innovator of incisionless surgery, today announced FDA approval and CE mark for Exablate Neuro compatible with the SIGNA Premier MRI system from GE Healthcare.

A Doctor For Sensitive Issues

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Nurx started out offering birth control prescriptions on a mobile phone delivered to you in the mail. This has been a game changer for many women who live far from a doctor or a pharmacy or live in places where it is not easy to get a birth control prescription. But they have not stopped there. They added HIV Prep for people who are at risk for HIV and want to protect themselves. And then they added emergency contraception (the morning after pill).

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Ben Franklin Technology Partners

DUBOIS, PA – There’s up to $50,000 on the line! You don’t need to be an inventor, scientist, or historic statesmen like Ben Franklin in order to win this year’s BIG IDEA contest.

Startup Hiring Advice from Lever CEO Sarah Nahm with Holly Liu

Y Combinator

Sarah Nahm is the CEO and cofounder of Lever. Lever builds modern recruiting software for teams to source, interview, and hire top talent. They were in the Summer 2012 batch of YC. You can try Lever out at Holly Liu is a Visiting Partner at YC. Before that she cofounded the gaming company Kabam. You can find Sarah on Twitter @srhnhm and Holly is @hollyhliu. Topics. 00:05 – Did Sarah grow up thinking she’d be a founder?

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[Juganu in Globes] LED lighting connectivity co Juganu raises $23m


Israeli smart city LED lighting communications infrastructure company Juganu has announced the completion of a $23 million financing round led by Viola Growth and with the participation of OurCrowd and a Mexican investment fund. Read more here.

Techstars Includes Diverse LEADers: Carrie Shuler, Creator, Communicator, Fighter, Founder


Techstars Includes Diverse LEADers is our series highlighting diverse members of the Techstars Network.



I was catching up on MG’s newsletter/blog and came across this opening line , which got me thinking about a concept in investing, specifically in deal sourcing: To me, all information is about triangulation. Any single source, no matter how close to the situation?—?and and often times because they’re too close to the situation?—?lacks lacks full clarity. Triangulation is one way to describe this. Another term to describe this is stolen from nature: echolocation.

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Startup School 2019 Meetups

Y Combinator

This year, more Startup School founders can get the opportunity to attend meetups and live tapings of the lectures. They’ll also be able to interact with YC partners, alumni and, more importantly, meet other founders in the Startup School community. These events will only be available to registered and active participants in Startup School. Attending these Startup School events is completely optional and not a requirement to complete the course.

 GrowOK workshop comes to Durant & McAlester on July 18-19

Innovation 2 Enterprise

July 10, 2019. i2E, Inc. and the Choctaw Nation provide intensive, one-day business assessment class to help small businesses validate concepts, expand market, capture new revenues. Contact: Darcy Wilborn, (405) 813-2424. GrowOK, a free one-day venture assessment workshop designed to help rural and tribal entrepreneurs understand the markets they serve, is coming to Durant and McAlester on July 18-19. Presented by i2E, Inc.,

Funding Friday: Bowling The American Dream

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

“Like many suburban kids growing up in the 70s, I was no stranger to the local bowling alley.” ” So starts the video below for this Kickstarter project to make a photo book about the classic American bowling alley. That line got me as I grew up a suburban kid in the 70s and spent many an afternoon and evening at the local bowling alley. I backed this project and maybe you will too. It has three days to go and only needs $1200 to get across the finish line. crowdfunding


[PlaySight in Digital Journal] LakePoint Sports Introduces a Game Changer With PlaySight Technology Partnership


BioCatch, the global leader in behavioural biometrics, was selected by both jury and public vote for the honour of “Best Innovation in Securing Transactions” at the European Payments Summit’s Florin Awards ceremony. Read more here. The post [PlaySight in Digital Journal] LakePoint Sports Introduces a Game Changer With PlaySight Technology Partnership appeared first on OurCrowd. News Center enterprise sw playsight portfolio news