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Doing well by doing good: Impact investing & the OurCrowd Impact Fund


The heart of social entrepreneurship is developing ideas that can solve problems and turn a profit. The global impact ecosystem is starting to take shape. Investments can be powerful. When successful, they can benefit both investors and the invested.

The Strategic Question at Seed Today

Tomasz Tunguz

I’ve written before about the Jacob’s Ladder of Fundraising. The Jacob’s Ladder is a children’s toy that flips over, and it’s a great metaphor for the seed market. Seed rounds are rapidly approaching and now often equal to the sizes of Series As just five years ago.

Make All the Asks

This is going to be BIG.

“I didn’t want to bother you.” “I I didn’t want to impose.” “I I didn’t want to show up with my hand out.” “I I feel like if you were interested, you would have said something already.” “I I wasn’t sure if it was ok to ask.” “I I haven’t spoken to that person in a while—it might be too random now.” Do any of these lines sound familiar? Too often, I meet founders that need something, and feel awkward about asking for it for a variety of reasons.

4 Strategies to Integrate Ethics into Entrepreneurship Education

Venture Well

We interviewed three leaders in entrepreneurship education about several ways to teach tomorrow's entrepreneurs about ethics. The post 4 Strategies to Integrate Ethics into Entrepreneurship Education 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.

Whales Not Unicorns

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have been vocal here that I do not like the term Unicorn to describe highly valued venture-backed startups. Unicorns are mythical creatures that don’t really exist and highly valued venture-backed startups do exist. They might be rare, but they are not fictional.

Blockchain: Renewing Trust in Charities


By Matej Michalko, Founder and CEO of DECENT. We at DECENT are investing in educating communities about the different ways that blockchain can be leveraged to make the world a better place. For example, in 2018, we worked with Techstars to bring a Techstars Startup Weekend Decentralize to Boulder.

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3 Ways to Apply an Agile Mindset

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Sarah Fruy, director of online marketing at Pantheon Platform. I admit it. I was a traditionalist. For a long time, I followed a one-step-at-a-time approach to project management.

How to Manage a Board

Y Combinator

With special contributions from Nic Dardenne. One of the most common questions we hear from founders is “How do I manage my board?” It’s something that provokes anxiety, because this is the first time the founder/CEO is subject to external supervision, and the board has powers that include the firing of the CEO and the senior management. It is natural to feel this way.

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Rebecca Lovell on career ‘nudges,’ karaoke, & how to be an ally


Do you know how to be a great ally in the workplace? Why all startup founders should do karaoke? What the secret sauce of the Seattle startup ecosystem is? Create 33 Director Rebecca Lovell knows the answers to all these—and more. .


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

We seed funded a company late last year called Abridge and the company went public yesterday with their iOS and Android apps. Naomi wrote about the investment on the USV blog.

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Smart Way to Source Innovation: Activate Product Development

UBI Global

Sourcing Innovation for Product Development Innovation is a key focus for businesses looking to stay competitive. Because a company and its legions of executives, managers, and even researchers sometimes run out of ideas. Fresh perspective is needed.

Key Risks of Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

? Early stage investing is an inherently risky way to invest. The list of high level risks is long and includes financing risk, technical risk, and market risk. As angel investors, you need to be aware of the key risks you are taking with your investment

Build Highly Successful Teams With Techstars Talent


Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of Techstars Talent : a new offering that will enable startup founders to build highly successful teams and gain a competitive advantage when it comes to Talent. .

Climate Adaptation?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

While society debates how to deal with climate change, there are some scientists who are now saying that that time has passed and we now need to start planning society’s adaptation to the climate tragedy we have created on planet earth. This scientific paper from roughly one year ago is super depressing. I am linking to it because I read it this week and it certainly made me consider how our way of life may change dramatically in my lifetime.

Women Face More Challenges When it Comes to Venture Capital Funding

Smart Hustle Magazine

There are more than 11.6 million businesses in the United States that are women-owned. Out of businesses that generate $1 million or more, 1 in 5 is owned by women. Being a female entrepreneur is looking better each and every day.

GCUC’s Amazon Prime 2019 Top Picks


Lets talk prime day, shall we? This is one of our favorite days of the year for 2 reasons. We love to shop and amazon is a site we frequent (sorry wallet). This year we have our own GCUC Amazon store. What does that even mean?”. We have created a one stop shop for you to find all of the little (and big) things that you would want and need in your space! This was such a fun thing for us to create.

[HIL in Mirage News] How Israel Innovation Authority and CERN are infusing Israeli innovation ecosystem with


The Knowledge Transfer group at CERN has initiated a pilot programme in collaboration with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA). Read more here. The post [HIL in Mirage News] How Israel Innovation Authority and CERN are infusing Israeli innovation ecosystem with appeared first on OurCrowd.

My Journey as EO Global Chair

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We recently spoke with Rosemarie “Bubu” Andres about her term as the FY2018/2019 EO Global Chair. Bubu is a proud EO Philippines member and co-founder of Candy Corner , the number one source of quality candies and chocolates in the Philippines. What inspired you to seek the position of Global Chair?

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Techstars and Hyundai Card launch Network Engagement Partnership to support Korean Startups


Techstars is excited to announce a Network Engagement Partnership with Hyundai Card, Korea’s leading credit card service provider.

Camille Fournier on Managing Technical Teams

Y Combinator

Camille Fournier is a Managing Director at Two Sigma and the former CTO of Rent The Runway. She’s also the author of The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change. You can find her on Twitter @skamille. Topics. 00:00 – Intro. 00:35 – Why do many individual contributors (ICs) never experience a good manager? 3:15 – How did the ideology of management being bad become pervasive in startups?

In the News: Who’s hungry for FoodTech? We are


The food industry is GIANT – $12 trillion and growing. The transformation of the food industry is active around us, from tech companies developing foodtech solutions related to composition, like Beyond Meat, as well as supply chain and analytics.

From Rookie to Rainmaker and Over the Rainbow

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Lesley Waterkeyn together with her sister Sandy van Dijk published an easy-to-follow reference guide for all those “what-ifs” experienced along the entrepreneurial gauntlet—from startup phase and on.

Taller con Miguel Solórzano: Calidad y proceso de manufactura de alimentos

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Este taller discutirá las buenas prácticas de manufactura de alimentos para emprendedores; las técnicas de medición de la calidad de un producto; la relación entre calidad, precio y producto; y cómo manejar y sacar provecho de los desperdicios.

Immigration Makes Us Stronger

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It is ironic and upsetting that a nation built on immigration is increasingly unwelcoming to immigrants and that the words ” go back” are becoming a political rallying cry. I am for immigration full stop. I think opening our arms and borders to people who want to come here, work, build their lives and businesses and futures makes our country stronger. It always has. Nothing that is great about the United States was accomplished without immigrants.

[TechSee in Yahoo Finance] Vodafone PT-TechSee Partnership Brings Innovation to the Customer Care Center


Y Combinator in Buenos Aires – Sept 17-18

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce that Y Combinator will be visiting Buenos Aires on September 17-18, 2019. In the last few years we’ve funded several strong Argentinian startups. There is clearly a lot of talent in the country and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and we’re hoping to see even more startups emerge. YC’s president Geoff Ralston, YC partner Eric Migicovsky and Director of Admissions Stephanie Simon will host a workshop, moderated by YC alum Tomi Pierucci.

Well-timed pivots can make a project successful

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. I set a goal for this summer’s series of columns to reflect on and write about my lessons-learned during my past six years of immersion in entrepreneurship. Our focus at i2E is on high-growth technology or life sciences businesses, but startups of every stripe are vital to Oklahoma’s future. In many regards, what is true for high-growth entrepreneurship is true for Main Street.

Video Of The Week: Fireside Chat With Brian Armstrong

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Back in May, during Blockchain Week in NYC, I had the pleasure of interviewing the CEO of our portfolio company Coinbase , Brian Armstrong. We started off talking about their rapidly growing institutional business, but quickly got to talking about everything Coinbase.


[OurCrowd in Crowdfund Insider] OurCrowd Provides Perspective on Portfolio Performance: 35 Exits Since 2013


The digitization of early-stage investing has provided a new channel for smaller investors to gain access to this asset class. OurCrowd is one of the largest and, perhaps, most successful in this sector. Read more here.

10x Engineers


A recent series of tweets about identifying 10x software engineers set off a lot of making fun of the author for perpetuating a myth. Given the wording of the tweets too they made a particularly easy target (I can’t actually find them right now or I would link to them). All that poking fun though obscures some interesting questions about individual and team productivity in software engineering. Before getting to software though I want to point to a related interesting phenomenon.

Why None of Your Company Goals Come to Fruition


In the early 2000s, I worked for a company that—like many others do all the time—made a big goal that we planned to hit. It was awesome and important and we were going to achieve it by 2010. It wasn’t an aspirational goal, either; it was an essential milestone for the company and we were all marching toward it. Yet, as we barreled closer and closer to 2010, it became evident that we weren’t actually going to hit the goal. Not even close. Not by a long shot. Flash Forward.

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Dronebase Insights

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I was sitting in my backyard this weekend looking up at the roof on my house, which I can’t see because of a parapet, and wondering how all of the solar panels we put up there a few years ago are doing. I was also wondering how the roof itself is doing. Then it hit me that USV has a portfolio company that can help. I went to my Dronebase account and ordered a drone mission that will do an aerial inspection of my roof and also a thermal inspection of our solar panels.


[DouxMatok in Confectionery News] DouxMatok accelerates its sugar reduction solution in foods, raising $22m in B Round funding


Company says it is possible to reduce more than 40% of the sugar content in a wide range of food products while retaining the same taste profile with its solution. Read more here.

Kids Change Everything, Can You Be a Mother and an Entrepreneur?

Smart Hustle Magazine

Women are still faced with difficult decisions when it comes to having a family and a career. Mothers are twice as likely to quit their job or reduce their hours to care for a child than fathers. .

Observations from the Enterprise Tech 30 List

Tomasz Tunguz

published the Enterprise Tech 30 last week. It’s a coaches poll of the top enterprise startups broken into early, mid and growth stage.

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Funding Friday: Medicine Of Time Travel

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a reader. She asked if he could subscribe to this blog without the funding friday posts. He thought they were “spammy.” ” I replied to him “think about them as the ads” and politely told him that wasn’t possible. I love funding things. And I love sharing the things I fund with all of you. I saw this project this morning and backed it instantly. A musical art project. Awesome