Sat.Jun 22, 2019 - Fri.Jun 28, 2019

What the Data Says about Getting into An Accelerator


Last week, GAN released its annual data report and, while the full report is only available to accelerators in the GAN Community that provided us with their program data, you can see the year’s top highlights in an infographic here.

When Money is Not Enough: Angel Roles & Human Capital

The Seraf Compass

? When entrepreneurs seek out angel investors, the majority are looking for financial capital. Very few entrepreneurs understand the importance of finding smart investors who will invest both Financial and Human Capital. Read on for a look at what roles angel investors can perform for a startup company

What Makes a Successful and Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem?

Forward Cities

Reflections on measurement and definitions for evaluation – Part 1. By Stacey Williams, PhD, MPH. Director of Evaluation, Forward Cities. Inclusive Innovation. Innovation is a hallmark of a vibrant society and is often most visible in the form of entrepreneurship.

David & Brad reflect on the first six episodes of the Give First podcast


How has the Give First podcast been going? David and Brad reflect on their initial forays into podcast hosting, and come to the conclusion that, while they’re still learning, their guests are amazing. .

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.

Faculty Spotlight: Nordica MacCarty from Oregon State University

Venture Well

Nordica MacCarty from Oregon State University is helping students invent sustainable household energy systems for developing communities. . The post Faculty Spotlight: Nordica MacCarty from Oregon State University appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty entrepreneurship education teaching resources

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Best Countries in Asia-Pacific for Startups

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Have you ever wondered where you’d have the best chance at start-up success in the APAC region?

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Leading Student Entrepreneurial Teams Begin LaunchPad Lift Program


Recent research confirms that successful startup founders need a combination of passion and vision (soft skills) and experience (hard skills). But how do enthusiastic and driven—but young—entrepreneurs quickly gain the critical knowledge and benefits that come with experience?

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Inclusive Capacity-Building in Action

Forward Cities

By Gabriel Muñoz , Forward Cities Local Director – Kansas City, MO. Forward Cities is a national capacity-building and learning network working within and between cities and micropolitans to create more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem development. This is the mission of Forward Cities.

Should You Fear Outsourcing Your Software Development?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

But only if you are not clear on how to make the correct partner selection. Written by Mike Scott, co-founder and CEO of NONA , a software development studio based in South Africa.

In the News: What’s hot in healthtech


Big news this past week as Zebra Medical Vision received FDA clearance for its AI-powered intracranial hemorrhage detection product, its second FDA approval in a month!

Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture at Your Organization


At Techstars, we talk a lot about “cultural transformation” and how we can support large corporations’ core objective to become more innovative and agile. As corporations strive to innovate in order to survive, creating an entrepreneurial culture has become a critical advantage.



If you read our monthly newsletter, you have likely seen the “favorites” section at the bottom where we share the websites and products we have been loving for that month.

How to Design Community Solutions with Help from the Actual Community

Forward Cities

By LC Johnson, Forward Cities Local Director – Columbus, OH. Human centered design. The first time I came across this phrase, it was in a professional development workshop that I initially signed up for because a cute guy from another department was teaching it.

[Innoviz in Fast Company] Most Innovative Companies: Innoviz


Innoviz was featured in Fast Company’s most innovative companies of 2019 in the Middle East section. Read more here. The post [Innoviz in Fast Company] Most Innovative Companies: Innoviz appeared first on OurCrowd. News Center innoviz mobility portfolio news

Techstars Alumni Can Apply to the $5 Million 43North Startup Competition for Free


The startup ecosystem in Buffalo, NY is on the rise. Today, Buffalo has more startups than ever, as well as a growing community of enthusiastic startup employees, customers, suppliers, mentors, and storytellers, all supporting this groundswell of entrepreneurial activity—more than Buffalo has seen in generations. VCs are noticing, too, and showing their approval with increasing investments. .

AI and Health Care

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

David Kelnar sent me this deck that he did on the state of AI. It is very good. This slide got my attention: It is interesting, and not totally surprising, that the sector that AI-focused entrepreneurs are targeting more than any other is health and wellbeing.

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June Favorites


If you read our monthly newsletter, you have likely seen the “favorites” section at the bottom where we share the websites and products we have been loving for that month.

Now Is the Time for Racial Equity in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Forward Cities

By Kaliah Ligon, Forward Cities Local Director – Indianapolis, IN. Last week’s Forward Cities conference in Pittsburgh highlighted the need for equity and inclusion in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Announcing Startup School 2019

Y Combinator

Today, we’re opening up registration for Startup School 2019, our free online course for founders looking to get help turning an idea into a startup. The 10 week course will begin July 22, 2019 and is free for everyone to participate. You can register at Startup School. We will again be offering equity-free grants to the most promising companies that join and complete the course. We will be increasing the grant size this year to $15,000.

Graduation Season

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

If you are feeling a little low on energy and want a pick me up, go to a high school graduation. You could simply crash any graduation, you don’t need to know anyone graduating. They are such feel good events. I went to the AFSE graduation yesterday.

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[Surgical Theater in Yahoo Finance] Surgical Theater Received Approval to Market the Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform (SNAP) and SuRgical Planner (SRP) Systems from the Israeli Ministry of Health


“The approval of SRP and SNAP in Israel and the appointment of Eli Moshe as GM, come at a very pivotal time for Surgical Theater,” said Moty Avisar, CEO and Co-Founder of Surgical Theater.

“Eso suena bastante bien”: Sesgos personales y las noticias

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

¿Qué es un sesgo? Según el Diccionario Cambridge, un sesgo es una opinión personal no objetiva que influye en la capacidad de formar juicio. A menudo, los sesgos se consideran negativos, pero todos los tenemos y afectan el modo en que vemos el mundo todos los días.

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Female Founders Office Hours and Happy Hour – July 26

Y Combinator

We’re hosting group office hours and a happy hour for female founders on Friday, July 26 at the YC office in Mountain View, California. If you’re in the early stages of building a company we’d love to meet you — anyone from idea stage through Series A is welcome to join. From 2pm-5pm, we’ll host 45-minute office hours where you’ll be sorted into groups based on the topic you’re most interested in discussing.

Understanding Gender Bias In Venture Funding

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

USV portfolio company goTenna ‘s founder and CEO Daniela Perdomo and USV analyst Dani Grant did some number crunching on VC funding and published the info last week. After 4 rounds of VC, I ran my own data analysis to see if my experience is unique. Women founders in female-focused sectors raise equitable VC, but women in non-female sectors raise 54% less than their fair share. In deep-tech, women raise up to 75% less! link]. Daniela Perdomo (@danielaperdomo) June 18, 2019.

[Lemonade in Entrepreneur] Lemonade Reinvents Renters and Homeowners Insurance With On-Demand Service, Social Responsibility


Give yourself some much-needed peace of mind in the case of the unexpected with Lemonade: this innovative certified insurance carrier that totally reverses the traditional insurance model, paying out claims nearly instantly and treating your premium as if it’s still your money.

Why Your Family Needs to Develop Core Values

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The benefit of core values goes far beyond the workplace, explains Marc Gutman. Marc is an EO Colorado member, the founder of WILDSTORY , and father to Ruby, Charlie and Nathan. Many of us have core values at our organizations.

Ecosystems are Relationships; Our Work Must Center Around People

Forward Cities

Guest Blog Post by Forward Cities Local Director – Pittsburgh, Wasiullah Mohamed. From left to right: Forward Cities CEO – Christopher Gergen, Mayor of Pittsburgh – Bill Peduto, Forward Cities Local Director – Pittsburgh Wasiullah Mohamed.

Advice on Organizing and Running Growth Teams from Dan Hockenmaier and Gustaf Alströmer

Y Combinator

Dan Hockenmaier is the founder of the growth strategy firm Basis One. Prior to Basis One he was the Director of Growth Marketing at Thumbtack. You can learn more at Gustaf Alströmer is a Partner at YC. Prior to YC he was the Product Lead for Growth at Airbnb. You can find Dan on Twitter @danhockenmaier and Gustaf is @gustaf. Topics. 00:20 – Dan’s most unpopular advice. 1:15 – What growth strategies do people jump on too soon?

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[Bizzabo in Yahoo Finance] Bizzabo Launches New Innovative Podcast Series “IN-PERSON”


Bizzabo, the world’s leading end-to-end Event Success Platform, today announced the launch of its podcast Series, IN-PERSON, which shares stories behind the world’s biggest professional events and the leaders who make them happen. Read more here.

Continued investment needed for economic growth

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. In today’s world, a state’s economic growth demands investment in innovation and high-tech industries — especially for a natural resource-rich state like ours that must leverage our existing resource base to diversify our economy for the future. It’s a straightforward proposition.

Pixel Slate RIP

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I got a Pixel Slate last December and wrote several blog posts about it at the time. I use it when I travel and just spent two and a half weeks with it as my only computing device other than my phone. It is fantastic on an airplane as it is equally great for watching video and doing work (on or offline). At the tail end of that two and a half week stretch I read that Google has decided to stop making Pixel Slates.

‘That Sounds About Right’: Personal Biases and the News

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

What is a bias? The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “an unfair personal opinion that influences your judgement.” Biases are often cast in a negative light, but everyone has them, and they affect the way we see the world every day.

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[Beyond Meat in Fast Company] Most Innovative Companies: Beyond Meat


Beyond Meat was featured in Fast Company’s most innovative companies of 2019 in the food section. Read more here. The post [Beyond Meat in Fast Company] Most Innovative Companies: Beyond Meat appeared first on OurCrowd. News Center Agriculture beyond meat portfolio news

100k+ ACV SaaS Companies: Do Their Metrics Differ from Other SaaS Companies?

Tomasz Tunguz

When we published the results of the freemium survey earlier this year , we noticed respondents targeting the enterprise observed higher net dollar retention and lower churn than those startups targeting other segments.

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Audio Of The Week: Libra On The Unconfirmed Podcast

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I posted earlier this week on Libra and USV’s involvement in this project. Laura Shin had Dante Disparde of the Libra Association on her Unconfirmed Podcast yesterday. This is a good and relatively quick way to get up to speed on Libra and how it has been structured


Do you take those loyal, key customers for granted?


We know that an executive’s job is not easy. Nor is there much time in a typical day for outreach of any kind.