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Meeting with Entrepreneurs: How the Best Ones Communicate their Vision

The Seraf Compass

When meeting with angel investors, entrepreneurs often struggle with the best way to deliver the large scope of their vision while demonstrating that they are tightly focused on a realistic, near term, go-to-market strategy

Build a Better Tribe, Build a Better World

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In August 2019, Kimberly Hickok Smith spoke at the MyEO Women of EO Summit in Bogota, Colombia.

Creating a community and brand beyond the product

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

UC Students Gain New Resources, Opportunities Through Expanded Entrepreneurship Program


Reposted from the University of California Press Room. The University of California and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation announced today (Sept.

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.

closing the gender gap in STEM entrepreneurship

Venture Well

Tara Loomis spoke with Isabelle Monlouis about ways the broader innovation and entrepreneurship community can help close the gender gap. The post closing the gender gap in STEM entrepreneurship appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty inclusive entrepreneurship STEM

A Look Back at 2017 GSEA With the First Runner Up

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Sadira Yeong Min Yi was a student at the University of Malaya when she competed in the 2017 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). After earning a spot as a finalist, she traveled to Germany to take part in the Global Finals—where she won first runner up! .

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Janet Bannister on human-centered investing


Canadian VC Janet Bannister, a partner at Real Ventures, loves investing in “conscious founders” who are trying to make the world a better place. Her style of “human-centered investing” prioritizes people and relationships, and investing in smart, self-aware, teachable entrepreneurs. .

Welcome Tony Wang as 500’s New Managing Partner


500 centers itself around supporting bold, innovative founders around the world. As venture dollars increasingly shift towards being deployed outside of the U.S., firms need to be thinking about their strategy to manage the trend towards globalization.

innovator spotlight: clay andrews of HALE

Venture Well

Clay Andrews, co-founder of E-Team, HALE, has learned that over-thinking can prevent a good idea from ever getting out of the lab and into the market. The post innovator spotlight: clay andrews of HALE appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators healthcare technology startup

Hard Decisions

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Every startup journey involves making some really hard decisions. Yesterday our portfolio company Kik announced they are shutting down the Kik messenger and parting ways with all but nineteen of their team. The Kik team has spent almost a decade working on the Kik messenger. Although Kik’s popularity has waned in the face of iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc, etc, it still has 10mm monthly users and almost 5mm daily users.

The Common Denominator Among Our 25 Startup Investments


This past week, I took a look at the 25 investments that GAN Ventures has made so far. Mostly, I was just checking to see who I’ve followed up with lately and who else I should reach out to so that I could say hello and see how things were going. But while looking over the list, I started to wonder if there might be any common denominators across the group.

New Study by MPOWER Financing Shows the Value of Investing in Immigrants

Dream It

Edition #10: Cat Johnson


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.

Breaking Up Big Tech

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

With the news that two-thirds of Americans favor breaking up big tech combined with the news that Liz Warren (the biggest advocate of idea) has broken out of the pack in Iowa , I thought I would return to this topic. I wrote about this back when Liz first put the idea forward. I am in favor of reigning in the monopoly/duopoly/oligopoly power of the large American tech companies. I am also in favor of reigning in the power of large tech companies that are not resident in the US.

Climate Crisis And Our Commitment To Do More

Impact Hub

The world is demanding climate action and so are we. Sustainability and impact are interwoven into the Impact Hub network’s DNA. From the designs of our workspaces to our communities’ recycling habits, we’ve taken measures to ensure sustainability is ingrained in our network from day one.

Bootstrapping from $0 to Exit

Dream It

Steve Barsh speaks with Anthony Bucci about bootstrapping RevZilla from $0 to 250+ people and a successful exit. They talk about Bucci’s ups and downs, leadership ideas, growth, surprises along the way, and key learnings.

[DailyPay in Inc.] McDonald’s Has Started Offering an Innovative New Employee Perk. It’s Either Genius or a Total Disaster


“DailyPay, the leading accelerated pay provider, boasts the lowest transaction fees in the industry at $2.99 per wage pull, and says its service helps to reduce turnover, aid in recruitment, and promote financial wellness for employees,” explains The Hustle. Read more here.

You Can’t Please Everyone

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I get a lot of feedback on this blog. I appreciate all of it. Even the harsh stuff (you are an idiot, etc). One of the things I have learned from writing here is that the same words will generate very different reactions from people. Last week I wrote about the value of bluffing. It triggered a ton of inbound email. I received two emails within seconds of each other.

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Accelerate2030 brings innovative solutions to scale

Impact Hub

[GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 17 September 2019]. Together, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Impact Hub are pleased to announce the international finalists for the Accelerate2030 programme.

3 Ways Female Leaders Can Successfully Manage Multigenerational Teams

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Lu Zhang, the founder and managing partner of Fusion Fund and a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Upper management has a gender problem. According to 2018 data from Pew Research Center, only 4.8

[OurCrowd in Crowdfund Insider] OurCrowd Boosts Presence with New Office in São Paulo, Holds Major Event in Brazil


Leading online investment platform OurCrowd has announced that it will open its 13th global office in São Paulo, Brazil. OurCrowd sees the region as a key location for innovation. OurCrowd announced the news during OurCrowd Sync: São Paulo 2019, the company’s first major event in Latin America.

Climate Crisis: Activism Versus Innovation?


If you have been following my posts on the climate crisis , you know that I have been supporting various forms of activism. I was pleased to see the massive turnout at the climate strike all around the globe and especially here in New York, where Greta Thunberg will be addressing the UN today.

How To Cold Email Investors – Michael Seibel

Y Combinator

Y Combinator CEO and Partner Michael Seibel on how to cold email investors. Topics. 00:00 – Intro. 00:17 – Make it short, i.e. 60 seconds or less to read. 00:58 – Interested in: the problem you’re trying to solve, what your solution is, have you launched, do you have growth, how big you think the market could be, do you have cofounders, are you technical, and do you know something about the problem that you think is controversial.

New Podcast Episode On The Twenty Minute VC


The third interview I’ve done on Harry Stebbings ‘ “ Twenty Minute VC ” was just released. You can listen to it here. Frankly, I am surprised by the response to it. This particular podcast covered quite an arcane topic — how to learn how to manage investment funds.

[OurCrowd in Business Wire] OurCrowd Announces Sao Paulo Office at Its First Major Event in Latam: OurCrowd Sync: Sao Paulo 2019


OurCrowd, a leading global investment platform and Israel’s most active venture investor, has announced that it will open its 13th global office in São Paulo, Brazil, a key region for innovation. The news was revealed at OurCrowd Sync: Sao Paulo 2019, OurCrowd’s first major event in Latin America.

Climate Crisis: Greta Thunberg


On Monday I wrote a post about the relationship between activism and innovation. Later that day Greta Thunberg addressed the UN. If you have not seen it, it is worth watching in its entirety: Instead of providing my thoughts on it now, I would love to hear reactions from Continuations readers.

Applying to YC Early Decision – GreenTiger (YC S19)

Y Combinator

Last week, we interviewed Wren about their Early Decision experience. This week, we talked to GreenTiger. For those of you who don’t know, if you’re a student, applying Early Decision to YC allows you to apply now for the summer batch. GreenTiger is an app that allows users to trade US stocks from India, commission-free. Tyler Burnam was starting his senior year at Dartmouth and Prateek Swain was starting his senior year at Princeton when they applied to YC. Both majored in Computer Science.

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Staying Focused

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

With all the crazy stuff going on all around us all day long it can be tough to stay focused. But I would argue that is exactly why we must stay focused. Some people do this by getting off social media apps like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Some people do this by using features like Screen Time to manage phone addiction. Some people do this by adding meditation and other mindfulness practices to their daily routines. All of these are good things and helpful.

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[OurCrowd in Época Negócios] Em Shenzhen, a inteligência artificial está em toda parte


Quando falamos em inteligência artificial, a maioria das pessoas pensa em celulares, mas a verdade é que ela está por toda parte”, afirma David Li, diretor do Open Innovation Lab de Shenzhen. Read more here.

Nebraska Thriving: Market Intelligence for the Rest of Us

EntreWorks Consulting

Over the years, I’ve worked in many communities that don’t really have a good understanding of how their local economies work. They operate with limited and/or outdated information on who’s hiring, who’s growing, and who’s doing innovative things in business and elsewhere. Many places need better market intelligence capabilities, but some community leaders are reluctant to spend money and time on gathering and sharing data. That’s work for academics, not for economic developers!

Scaling B2B Sales from Seed to Exit

Dream It

Dreamit’s Steve Barsh speaks with AJ Bruno about scaling B2B sales from seed to exit. AJ co-founded TrendKite, where he was responsible for all growth operations ($0-$25 million) and which was acquired for $225m by Cision (NYSE: Cision).

Funding Friday: Deep Green

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This project is art meets climate activism. I backed it this morning and now am sharing it with you. art climate change crowdfunding


[OurCrowd in CTech] In Israel, Foodtech Investment Nearly Tripled Over Five Years


In May, San Diego-based agtech fund Finistere Ventures, Jerusalem-based equity crowdfunding company OurCrowd Ltd., Israeli food processing company Tnuva Food Industries Ltd., and Israeli beverage company Tempo Beverages Ltd.,

Startup School Week 4 Recap – Kat Mañalac and Gustaf Alströmer

Y Combinator

We’ve cut down the fourth week of lectures to be even shorter and combined them into one podcast. First a lecture from Kat Mañalac. Kat is a partner at YC. Her lecture focuses on how startups should think about launching and why you should do it repeatedly. Then a lecture from Gustaf Alströmer. Gustaf is also a partner at YC and in his lecture he covers how to measure product market fit and growth channels. Topics. 00:00 – Intro.

From Stethoscopes to Pitch Decks

Dream It

One of the big discussions in the healthcare community is whether healthtech platforms are enabling clinicians to be more efficient or if current systems are too out of touch with end-user, causing discontent among clinicians.

Data collection is about to get much more dangerous


On January First, 2020, California will enact the toughest data protection laws ever, far outpacing Europe’s General Data Protection Act (GDPR.) Called the California Consumer Privacy Ace (CCPA), few of us are even aware of this and need to know.