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navigating the rules and risks of startup crowdfunding

Venture Well

We highlight what crowdfunding is and what startups need to know before jumping into high-stakes opportunities, which can spell trouble down the line. The post navigating the rules and risks of startup crowdfunding appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators crowdfunding E-Team

7 Reasons You Don’t Want to Start a Business With Friends

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Frank Hamilton. Starting a business is an exciting adventure. It’s understandable why some people choose to do it with friends. After all, who could be a better partner than your best friend?

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Being In The Flow

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have been investing in developer tools since the earliest days of my VC career. The first investment I led in the late 80s was a financing that provided the funds to acquire a programming editor called Brief. It was a text-based editor for PCs. That investment worked out but we didn’t make a lot of money on it. Brief was eclipsed by other better editors. But that did not cool my interest in developer tools.

Could You Step Away From Running Your Company? Here’s How I Did.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Raj Thakkar, founder and CEO, Charter School Business Management Inc. Could you step away from your company unexpectedly for months on end—and know everything would run smoothly?

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

5 Rules of Thumb to Shorten Your Sales Cycle

Revolution

Besides businesses that operate with negative working capital like cable TV?—?where where you pay before receiving the service?—?I I don’t know any company that thinks their sales cycle is too short.

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My 1985 Nike Air Jordan Investment

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Earlier this week I purchased 1% of a collection of five 1985 Nike Air Jordan sneakers using our portfolio company Otis’ mobile app. I paid $330 for ten shares (out of a total of 1000 shares) implying a value of $33,000 for the five pairs, or roughly $6600 each.

Mindful Leadership for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Rob Dubé, CEO at imageOne. Rob is a member of EO in Detroit, speaker, author and an avid proponent of mindful leadership. . If you’re like most business leaders and entrepreneurs, you know what it’s like to be stressed.

Why Meg Whitman is Betting on Quibi as“The Da Vinci Code of Content”

Both Sides of the Table

Every year, a personal Upfront Summit highlight is getting to sit down with experts in a field I care about.

Venture Deals Spring 2020 Course – Now Open for Registration!

TechStars

Raising capital can be one of the most difficult parts of the founder journey. The more you know about cap tables and term sheets, negotiating tactics and letters of intent, the better positioned you’ll be for investor meetings.

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.

An Introduction to Happiness

GAN

For the next five weeks, I’m going to be digging into the idea of being happy at work. This week, I’m going to share why we’re talking about this in the first place. I’m sharing some high-level statistics here, but click on the links to the articles and studies to dig in more.

Entertainment vs Utility

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The news this week that HQ Trivia has finally called it quits reminded me of this post I wrote back in 2012 about the difference in sustainability (and thus value) between entertainment and utility apps. What is interesting to me is if you could use a social app or an entertainment app to get to another place (distribution, platform, blockchain, financial services, etc, etc). That feels like a much more sustainable place to be. But very few social apps and games have been able to do that.

This CEO's Leadership Worth $250 Million. Simplus CMO Shares Why.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ryan Westwood is a man on a mission to spread leadership principles to his team, his one page business plan is one of the keys to his success. Simplus founded by Ryan, is a successful Salesforce technology partner which was just sold to Indian mega company InfoSys for $250 million.

LaunchPad Success Story: Joshua Pierce, The Diversity Org Founder Gives First

TechStars

Joshua Pierce knows the impact one opportunity or one mentor can have on a young person’s trajectory. As a Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars alum, he is living the “give first” mantra by building a nonprofit organization to educate underserved students about how to acquire economic success.

The Startup Funding Gap

This resource discusses the gap between early funding from friends/family and the more substantial rounds from angel groups and VCs. Why does this gap exist and what can be done about it?

A Thank You to Techstars

GAN

Today, we want to say “thank you” to Techstars. Techstars has been an integral part of the GAN origin story and will always be a part of our history.

Funding Friday: The 7th RiffTrax Live Campaign

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

These guys have been using Kickstarter, and a bunch of other online platforms, to support their live shows riffing on “campy B-movies.” ” I love the underground, indie creative community and these guys are a great example of that. I backed this project this morning. USV TEAM POSTS: Nick Grossman — Feb 17, 2020 Cryptographic Identity Albert Wenger — Feb 11, 2020 Birthday Wish: Contributions to Climate Crisis Collective. crowdfunding

Keeping Cybersecure During Tax Time. 7 Things to Know.

Smart Hustle Magazine

As small businesses work to get their taxes in order before April 15, they should also make sure their online financial information is secure from cyberattacks – after all, tax time is one of cybercriminals’ favorite times of the year.

How about personal guarantees for company debt?

Berkonomics

Is the guarantee still required today? More than ever, the banks and lenders today require personal guarantees from entrepreneurs, and even from CEO’s of angel or some VC funded businesses.

[OurCrowd in The MediaLine] Israel’s Drive toward Smart Roads

OurCrowd

Yakir Machluf is director of business development and the mobility lead for OurCrowd, a $1.4 billion investment firm working with startups to help bring their innovative solutions to market. Read More here.

Apply Early for YC S20

Y Combinator

The deadline to apply for YC Summer 2020 is Monday, March 16 at 8pm. We created a deadline because deadlines are good motivational mechanisms for finishing tasks. Unsurprisingly, about eighty percent of all YC applications are submitted the week before the deadline.

Living In A World Possibility. Benjamin Zander Shares Why You Should.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Alex Judd, host of EntreLeadership podcast, interviewed Benjamin Zander, founder and conductor of the renowned Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to impacting world leaders and innovators, Zander has also released the musical potential of the best musicians in the world.

Effective tax policies can boost state investment

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. It’s a good thing when state leaders recognize the strategic importance of innovation in job and wealth creation. It’s also a good thing when a state considers legislation to help address capital gaps. Oklahoma’s Technology Business Finance Program (TBFP) Seed Fund is a nationally recognized best practices example of legislated early stage capital that has stood a 20-plus year test of time.

[OurCrowd in Cleveland Jewish News] Former NBA player Michael Redd hopes to net results with Israeli tech investment

OurCrowd

The retired athlete has teamed up with ADvantage SportsTech Fund, an organization that focuses on sports tech startups.

Backing Fatma Collins and Julie Rogers at Ten Little--the 8th Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Company Founded by Moms

This is going to be BIG.

As a founder, your most valuable asset is your time—and there is probably no group of founders who are more efficient about getting the most out of their time than moms. Moms also have a unique and personal insight into what’s important to other moms when they buy things for their kids. They’re looking for products that save time, provide good value, are good for their kids and have values they believe in.

Going Back In Time To Understand The Present

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Recount Media is doing some of the finest reporting on the presidential race right now.

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Stillwater’s HostBridge Technology bridges gap between legacy mainframes, emerging mobile technologies

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Jim Stafford. STILLWATER – Don’t look for a sign in downtown Stillwater advertising the presence of HostBridge Technology, which has maintained its headquarters just off Main Street for two decades. There isn’t one. Founded by Russell Teubner in 2000, HostBridge Technology occupies a historic building along E. 7th Street, just off Main Street. The company employs about a dozen people in Stillwater, along with contract workers worldwide.

[OurCrowd in the Government Press Office Facebook] OurCrowd

OurCrowd

The OurCrowd Global Investor Summit brings the best of Israeli innovation under one roof. It showcases the incredible breakthroughs being made in Israel’s tech sector and how they hold the key to solving some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Tell Them To Go It Alone: Tag-Team Pitches are Terrible

The Seraf Compass

As a mentor and startup advisor, one of the most common fund-raising questions founders ask you is: can my co-founder and I pitch the company together? I suggest you tell them to strongly resist the temptation. It is a very bad idea. Tell them that some roads are better walked alone

How To Scale Your Business If It's One Person. 15 Tips.

Smart Hustle Magazine

For the last few months I've been focused on scale and growth. How to scale your business is something that many people want to do but are not sure how to do it. Sure I've started a few companies and sold two, but I find that from time to time I get "lazy" and need to push myself.