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Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

Co Starters

A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community. By Enoch Elwell. Entrepreneurial culture is changing. There’s something exciting afoot if you look through the negative national narrative on the decline of small cities and towns across the United States.

If Your Customers Can Be Everywhere, Why Can’t Your Talent?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Vikram Ahuja. Ahuja is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder at X10 and founder of Byond Travel. He is also a member of EO Bangalore. At the 2019 Web Summit , Ahuja joined a delegation of 16 EO members from 11 countries to lead workshops and speed mentoring sessions.

4 Steps to Hire Candidates that Fit Your Core Values: An Interview With Alison Kopf & Brett Brohl


January through March is the busiest time of year for hiring so we want to help ensure that you have access to as many high-quality candidates as possible.

innovating for low-resource settings: learnings from the d-tree international experience

Venture Well

Creating a business model that allows you to transition to scale is particularly difficult in a low-resource environment. Here's how D-Tree succeeded. The post innovating for low-resource settings: learnings from the d-tree international experience appeared first on VentureWell.

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.

Counteracting corruption: 3 questions of self-reflection for leaders

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Elise Kemp. Corruption is a concept that may be familiar to many, especially in Latin America. There are often campaigns for anti-corruption reforms in government, businesses publicly fighting against corrupt competitors, and protests blocking roads to advocate for anti-corruption.

Video Of The Week: Duolingo On SNL

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Duolingo was the subject of a funny skit on SNL a few weeks ago. hacking education

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An update on YC China

Y Combinator

In the summer of 2018, Qi Lu joined Y Combinator to help create YC China, a localized version of our U.S. program. As we worked to establish YC China, we had a change in leadership. With this, our strategy changed back to our tried and true approach of supporting local and international startups from our headquarters in Silicon Valley. As a result, we decided that now is not the right time to run a new, country-specific version of Y Combinator.

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5 Questions with Todd Deacon


Meet Todd : Todd Deacon is the Managing Director of the Techstars SportsTech Melbourne Accelerator. Todd has a passion for the business of sport and in particular SportsTech, startups and venture capital.

The Education Transformation

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Back in March 2009, USV hosted an event called Hacking Education. It was the beginning of our effort to invest in the transformation of the education sector. A few weeks ago, USV held its annual meeting, roughly 15 years after we closed our first fund. And our partner Rebecca gave a presentation on our eduction portfolio, which is now one of the strongest parts of our entire portfolio. As Rebecca was developing her presentation, I wrote an email to her that said: when did we do Hacking Education?

Marketing for CREtech Startups: What Works (And What Doesn't)

Dream It

In this #DreamitLive, Urbantech Managing Director Andrew Ackerman speaks with CREtech CEO Michael Beckerman about the latest trends in innovation in the commercial real estate industry.

World Incubation Summit 2019: Top Tweets, Inside Stories, and Superstar Speakers

UBI Global

Welcome back after an amazing, action-packed World Incubation Summit 2019! This article is a recap of the WIS19 events that includes the top Tweets, inside stories, and descriptions of the superstar speakers that joined us during the summit.

reducing the spread of tuberculosis: q&a with bonolo mathekga of e-team, drizzle

Venture Well

Bonolo Mathekga of drizzle developed a device that can be used in low-resourced regions to diagnose tuberculosis in individuals. The post reducing the spread of tuberculosis: q&a with bonolo mathekga of e-team, drizzle appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators Global Health healthcare technology

Preventative Medicine

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

When I was a young associate in a VC firm in my mid 20s, one of the partners told me I should get an annual physical every year and if I did it in the fall, I should get a flu shot while I was having my physical. I have done that every year since and this afternoon I will spend an hour with my doctor getting poked and prodded and a needle in my upper arm with whatever mixture of flu vaccine they are giving out this year.

Hiring Pain Points Small Businesses Encounter and How to Resolve Them

Smart Hustle Magazine

Picture this: your business is expanding and it’s time to hire your first round of employees. Congrats, that’s quite a milestone! All you need to do now is . fill out the right business forms, . draft role descriptions, . create a job application, . find great candidates, .

In the News: What is Startup Nation’s next act?


What is the real goal for our management and company?


Often, we joke together as managers of companies or of people that our goal is “world domination” or “to crush the competition.” But no matter how stated, the primary goal of an enterprise is to make money. The three measures of progress. How do you measure progress toward such an undefined goal?

Vikrum Nijjar: Engineer #1 at Firebase and Founder of Gold Fig Labs (YC S19)

Y Combinator

Vikrum Nijjar joined as the first engineer at Firebase, and did whatever it took to help the company succeed: scaling out infrastructure, shipping mobile SDKs, hosting 1-1 office hours with developers and even standing in as SRE for 24×7 hour shifts… for over a year.

More Than Words: The Art of Balancing Mission and Margin in Social Enterprise

Smart Hustle Magazine

“Why books, Jodi?” . Why not books, Ramon?”. There is money to be made in books! Jodi Rosenbaum, Founder and Executive Director of More Than Words , says they are selling them to the tune of $3.7 million a year.

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[Honeybook in WebWire]HoneyBook’s Second Annual ‘20 On The Rise’ Honors 120 Freelance Solopreneurs Making Waves in 2019


HoneyBook, the leading business and financial management platform for creative solopreneurs and freelancers, is announcing its second annual 20 On The Rise, a celebration of 120 independent business owners making waves in their creative industry. Read more here.

Falling in love with eye research

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. When Younghwa “Henry” Shin, Ph.D., a co-founder and CEO of Excitant Therapeutics entered graduate school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), his interest was neuroscience. Then, during a year of rotation structured to give students a taste of different projects and specialties, he was assigned to Dr. Jian-Xing (Jay) Ma’s lab in physiology that was doing eye research. Life takes you to interesting places,” Dr. Shin told me. “I

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

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

DUBOIS, PA – In the past eight years more than 200 teams have graduated from Ben Franklin’s Tech Celerato r Startup Boot Camps. These teams turned their ideas, many of which were based on Penn State technology, into successful tech startups.

Taylor Harrington Takes Us on Seth Godin’s Social Media Journey

Smart Hustle Magazine

Seth Godin has one of the biggest email newsletters in the world. However, Seth Godin doesn’t have much of a social media presence.

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[Taranis in Agrow] Taranis/Stratus Imaging agree deal in Australia


Israeli precision agriculture company Taranis has agreed a collaboration deal with Australian imaging company Stratus Imaging to bring specialised imagery services to farmers in Australia and strengthen its foothold in the region. Read more here.

Protected: Solution Stories: The Bold Experiment of the Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator

Forward Cities

Password Protected. To view this protected post, enter the password below: Password: Submit. The post Protected: Solution Stories: The Bold Experiment of the Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator appeared first on Forward Cities. Uncategorized Cities Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Entrepreneurship Forward Cities Inclusive

What Live Streaming Means for Small Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by content marketing strategist Berta Melder. Video marketing has become one of the most popular tools that help businesses raise brand awareness and engage with their target audience.

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Excellent Customer Service With A Small Team (Or No Team At All!) Is Within Reach

Smart Hustle Magazine

There’s no denying that excellent customer service can be the key to customer retention. Across the globe, 96% of consumers say customer service is an important factor in their choice of brand loyalty. However, so many companies are doing it wrong.

[Celeno in Wi-Fi NOW] Who won the Wi-Fi NOW Awards 2019?


Celeno has created a Wi-Fi Doppler imaging technology that could spark a new ecosystem of sophisticated service for the home and enterprise. It’s a remarkable achievement and Celeno is the very worthy winner of our prestigious Wi-Fi NOW Innovation Award 2019. Read more here.

Protected: Building Change: The Bold Experiment of the Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator

Forward Cities

Password Protected. To view this protected post, enter the password below: Password: Submit. The post Protected: Building Change: The Bold Experiment of the Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator appeared first on Forward Cities. Uncategorized Cities Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Entrepreneurship Forward Cities Inclusive

The NYC Helium Network

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

On Tuesday night, our portfolio company Helium launched the Helium Network in NYC. As many of you know, Helium is a peer to peer low bandwidth wireless network that anyone can run a hotspot for. I wrote about our hotspot in our apartment in NYC a few months ago.

Why Fundraising Is Different In Silicon Valley

Y Combinator

Y Combinator CEO and Partner Michael Seibel on why fundraising in Silicon Valley is different. Topics. 00:00 – Why Fundraising Is Different In Silicon Valley. 00:25 – Overcorrecting based on investor feedback outside Silicon Valley. 00:35 – Investors are not spread evenly around the world. 00:50 – Why Silicon Valley investors are different. 1:50 – Investors in Silicon Valley are less likely to dismiss ideas out of hand.

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[Portfolio companies in Entrepreneur India] The Start-up Nation’s Hottest New Sectors for India: Ad and Media-tech


The closely related sector of media-tech is again a strong area of innovation in Israel. The strength of Israeli founders in AI and machine learning (often stemming from a military background) are at the core of many innovative solutions in this sector. Read more here.

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How to choose an investment banker…or replicate one

David Teten - VC

Should you hire an investment banker? And if so, who? The good news: even if you are a small company and can’t afford a banker, you can synthetically and cheaply replicate a banker. That’s part of the value proposition of an institutional VC; I have been the (unpaid) investment banker for many of my portfolio companies. .

Contrarrestar la corrupción: Tres preguntas sobre la autorreflexión para líderes

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Por Elise Kemp. La corrupción es un concepto que puede ser familiar para muchos, en particular en América Latina.

Airpods vs Airpods Pro

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Although I am an avid Android fan/user, I am equally fond of Apple’s Airpods. I have used the original and V2 Airpods with great success over the last few years and can’t imagine using anything else to pair with my phone for audio. I purchased the AirPod Pro a few weeks ago and have been using them exclusively and I am not quite sure if I want to stay with them or go back to the V2 Airpods. I have never liked headphones with silicone tips.


Talent Attraction Incentives: The Debate Heats Up

EntreWorks Consulting

In today’s tight labor markets, communities around the US are starved for talent. Some places are so starved that they’ve created incentive programs to attract talented workers. Some years ago, several places in Kansas opted for free land as a potential talent magnet. Today’s incentives tend to be cash-based, either as direct payments or some form of alternative support such as student loan forgiveness in certain high-demand fields.

Size Matters…How Big is Your Market?

The Seraf Compass

So if we can all agree that the team is the critical factor in company success, what else do we need to look at? We believe that market opportunity and product have a similar weighting in our company evaluation scale.