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6 Lessons From an Entrepreneur’s Journey

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Marcus Lethlean is the owner of Mediport , GoodBarTrade , 4Degrees Celcius, A2b Solutions and OneSevenOne. And with several businesses under his belt, you might think he’d mastered the entrepreneurial journey. Not so!

No Community, No Co-working


Why your co-working space’s success depends on the special bonds between its members. Original article by Saidat Giwa-Osagie posted on Co-working is here to stay.

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Customers Crave Connection: How to Make Your Business More Personal

Smart Hustle Magazine

In the effort to make businesses more efficient and accessible, many lose the personal touch and human element that customers crave. But having an online presence does not mean you have to lose touch with your customers. .

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What To Work On

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My partner Brad likes to ask about the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing. His observation, which I totally agree with, is that many people and companies do things right but don’t do the right thing. Taking the observation one step further, I have seen that doing the right thing the wrong way can actually result in something important and successful whereas doing the wrong thing the right way rarely does. So that begs the question “what should I work on?”

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.

Salon Owner Chelle Neff Talks Scaling, Sustainability and Success

Entrepreneurs' Organization

At the start of 2020, Chelle Neff is wrapping up a decade of considerable success, growth and innovation. In addition to developing Urban Betty , a successful salon with two locations, Neff also created an app for stylists , produced a book about homes in Austin, Texas, and even reached the Inc.

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A Weeklong Series: 10 Tech Trends from the Decade That Was … and What Will Be


A Weeklong Series: 10 Tech Trends from the Decade That Was … and What Will Be As we kick off 2020?—?both both a new year, and a new decade?—?it it makes sense to take a step back, reflect on what’s happened, and identify some of the trends worth keeping an eye on.

Funding Friday: Make 100

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Kickstarter kicks off the new year with a campaign called Make 100. The idea is to stimulate a lot of smaller projects where the creator makes 100 of something. It’s a hodgepodge of creativity in the best sense of the word. Here are the current crop of Make 100 projects live on Kickstarter. I just went and backed a bunch of them. It’s so much fun. My favorite is this project where the creator, JJ Chuan, is going to make 100 city maps out of old cassette tapes. I just love that.

Living Life in the Background: Meet the Woman Behind the Iron Cowboy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Sunny Lawrence is the wife of James “The Iron Cowboy” Lawrence. A Guinness World Record holder, James is well known for completing 50 Ironman races in 50 consecutive days, through all 50 US States. He has shared his story in several Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) speaking events.

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UBI Global Announces New CEO Fredrik Grufvisare

UBI Global

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – UBI Global, an intelligence company and community founded in 2013 and located in Stockholm, Sweden, announced today that Fredrik Grufvisare has been appointed to the role of CEO.

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.

Top Early Stage Investing Articles of 2019

The Seraf Compass

We have an annual tradition of bringing you the best early stage investing articles of the year, handpicked by our Co-Founders Hambleton Lord and Christopher Mirabile. Here are a few of our favorite, most interesting and informative pieces we read in 2019, in no particular order.

Kicking off 2020 with big wins, including new tender to operate medical cannabis incubator


We ended off 2019 with exciting news for OurCrowd and the Israeli ecosystem. Israeli tech raised over $350M in December , and raised a record $8.19B in 2019, easily surpassing the $6.4B raised in 2018, which was itself a record.

Techstars Partners with Pivotal Ventures to Bring New Thinking and Innovative Ideas to Care for the Aging Population


BOULDER, Colo. January 6, 2020 – Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of the Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator.

The Health of the US Venture Market in 2020

Tomasz Tunguz

We are 12 years into the longest bull market in US history and this bullishness has powered the venture market. Investors deployed $117 billion in 2019 up from $106 billion in 2018. This market has grown 20% over the last five years. It's been go, go, go for nearly a decade.

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?

Tulsa’s Virtuoso Software highlights cycle of innovation

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. From cars to refrigerators to doorbells, the machines we use every day are getting smarter every year. McKinsey reports that the Internet of Things (IoT)— the network of interconnected devices that collect and exchange data—is one of the three most impactful technological advancements we will see before 2030.

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[ADvantage in SportTechie] NBA All-Star Michael Redd Signs With the ADvantage Sports Tech Fund


Former NBA All-Star Michael Redd has joined the ADvantage Sports Tech Fund as a venture partner. The fund is backed by Israeli crowdfunding platform OurCrowd and leAD Sports, a German accelerator founded by the grandsons of Adidas founder Adi Dassler. Read more here.

5 Fast Ways To Know You’re Underpriced & How To Fix It


I see this far too often: earnest company joins me on an introductory call seeking advice on how to grow revenue and profit quickly. I ask them how they arrived at their current price for their product/service. Some fuzzy answer emerges. This gives me the opportunity to share my favorite “growth hack”—increase prices. As long as the company is open-minded enough to fully hear me out and willing to develop a game plan with me, prices can be increased shortly with no downside risk.

Calling All Billionaires: Fund Fusion Now


For any billionaire out there: fund nuclear fusion now! Consider this: the people who fund successful nuclear fusion are guaranteed a spot in the history books. And that spot will be immediately followed by spots for anybody else who spent serious money ($100 million+) and did not succeed. Because clean electricity is absolutely crucial to fighting the climate crisis. Is this realistic? Can we achieve nuclear fusion in our lifetimes?


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

You don’t need to be a famous inventor or scientist like Ben Franklin in order to be eligible to enter our $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest. But, the innovators who win our contests tend to have one thing in common; they see things differently. Ben Franklin Technology Partners, in partnership with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, is looking for the region’s tech-entrepreneurs, innovators, and small manufacturers who are developing new products, processes, or software applications.

[C2A Security in PR Newswire] C2A Security Enables Cyber-secured Next Generation Vehicles With Overarching Solution for Ethernet Networks


C2A Security, a global leader in automotive cybersecurity, announced today its new comprehensive automotive-grade Ethernet firewall solution. This innovative solution includes the industry’s first, overarching structured process for the configuration and generation of automotive IDPS.

How to Cope With Founder Depression

Y Combinator

YC Partner Aaron Harris on how to cope with founder depression. Topics. [00:00] 00:00] – Starting a company is hard. [00:32] 00:32] – All founders go through rough times. [01:05] 01:05] – Don’t bottle things up. [01:47] 01:47] – Seek professional help. [02:35] 02:35] – Be there for fellow founders. Advice Video Feature

Local Food Systems and Kitchen Incubators

EntreWorks Consulting

Local food systems development has been a hot topic in community development circles for some time now. These efforts typically use agriculture and food development as tools to advance community economic development and to improve community health outcomes. They may include programs that develop farmer’s markets, provide local food at area schools and hospitals, or create local capacities for value-added agriculture.

It’s 2020—Bring on the Problems


Closing out last year (and the last decade), a lot of us probably spent at least some time planning out what we want 2020 to look like. Whether that meant building a full-blown plan or just jotting down some high-level thoughts about the next quarter, you probably have at least some vision for what the year will entail. And, given it’s the first full week back to work after the holidays, there’s an excitement to it. The year seems new, and it feels like we can do almost anything.

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[ADvantage in CrowdFund Insider] OurCrowd Backed ADvantage Sports Tech Fund Enlists Michael Redd, Former NBA Star and Olympic Gold Medalist


The ADvantage Sports Tech Fund is a global sports tech fund backed by leAD Sports and OurCrowd. The fund invests in early stage tech firms aimed at shaping the future of sports. Read more here.

Turning It Off Vs Dialing It Down

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Today is one of those days when everyone gets back to work after a time off. This holiday break was a particularly long one given that Christmas and New Years came in the middle of the week. So many of us are getting back to work after a particularly long break. I am a huge believer in down time. I think everyone needs a break to step away from work and rest a bit. I also believe that time away from work clears the head and reveals things that are not always clear in the thick of things.


instilling grit in tomorrow’s inventor-entrepreneurs: q&a with Soyoung Kang from University of Washington

Venture Well

Soyoung Kang from the University of Washington encourages her students to experience failure in order to gain perseverance and grit. The post instilling grit in tomorrow’s inventor-entrepreneurs: q&a with Soyoung Kang from University of Washington appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty teaching resources

7 Ways To Live A More Sustainable Life

Impact Hub

The earth is heating up, and fast! Sadly the natural resources available to us are struggling to keep up with how much humans are using and producing. What we can do is make daily choices that lead to a more sustainable lifestyle.

[ADvantage in The Jerusalem Post] Former NBA all-star Michael Redd joins Israeli-backed sports tech fund


Redd, who is well-known for winning gold in the 2008 Olympics and for his stellar tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks, will serve as a venture partner with the ADvantage Sports Tech Fund, a global sports tech fund backed in part by Israeli investment firm OurCrowd. Read more here.

AVC 3.0

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Welcome to the new AVC. This is the third “iteration” of this blog. The first iteration (AVC 1.0) was the Typepad era during which I redesigned AVC a number of times using Typepad’s tools. That lasted from September 2003 to February 2014. About six years ago, we moved AVC to WordPress and did a significant redesign (AVC 2.0) and very little has changed since then. AVC 2.0 had a nice long run and served its purpose very well. .