Sat.Aug 17, 2019 - Fri.Aug 23, 2019

Apples, Oranges and Rotten Tomatoes: Owning A Diverse Portfolio

The Seraf Compass

I believe building a diverse portfolio is critical to success as an angel investor. But when I first sat down to write an article on diversification of angel investments, I knew right away I was facing a serious challenge. Numerous articles have been written on aspects of this topic

The Summer Solstice And Seed Stage Squeeze

Haystack

If you’ve been following my tweets lately, you’ve read some of my quick musings on the state of the seed market this summer. In short, in my 6.5 years of investing in the seed stage, I have never seen activity levels like I’m seeing today. Granted, 6.5 years is not a long arc – I have not experienced a prolonged down market as a private investor.

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Improving cluster performance through entrepreneurial support programs

Carol Lauffer

Supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and company formation is critical for improving cluster performance. Establishing entrepreneurial support programs (ESPs) with a specific cluster focus can consistently help to encourage entrepreneurship, launch new businesses and move innovations to market in the targeted cluster. Let’s explore how cluster-focused ESPs work and the steps necessary to create one. The U.S.

Should you raise traditional VC or Revenue-Based Investing VC?

David Teten - VC

Most founders who are raising capital look first to traditional equity VCs. But should they? Or should they look to one of the new wave of Revenue-Based Investors? Revenue-Based Investing (“RBI”) is a new form of VC financing, distinct from the preferred equity structure most VCs use. RBI normally requires founders to pay back their investors with a fixed percentage of revenue until they have finished providing the investor with a fixed return on capital, which they agree upon in advance.

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.

Should Entpreneurs Trust Their Gut?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, disaster avoidance expert, speaker and author. . Decision-making research shows that many entrepreneurs don’t know when to rely on their gut instincts and when to follow reason.

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Video Of The Week: A Reminder

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As the US government thinks about regulating big tech and constraining crypto-currencies, I think a reminder about the value of open markets and freedom to innovate is important. policy

Challenging Underestimation Through Teenpreneurship Y.E.S. // Dade City, Florida

Co Starters

It all started with a kumquat festival. Sammy Ortiz, who had lived in Wesley Chapel, Florida for 11 years, was en route to the community bonanza with his family when he missed a turn due to traffic. Lost in an area of town he’d never been to, he gaped at what befell his eyes. “It

Entrepreneurship Activities on Campus: Helping Students Leverage the Power of an Ecosystem

Venture Well

Faculty play a key role in helping students identify campus entrepreneurship activities that most align with their personal and professional interests. The post Entrepreneurship Activities on Campus: Helping Students Leverage the Power of an Ecosystem appeared first on VentureWell.

 Child Care & Coworking part 3

GCUC

Just a little recap…. In every facebook group, forum, contact form and unconference- Coworking and childcare comes up. While most of us agree that it is needed and the next step in the “co” nich movement- there is a real lack of information around it.

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.

Crypto IRA

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have an old IRA that I don’t pay much attention to. I thought about cashing it out but the tax load to do that was too much for me to stomach. So then I thought about investing it in crypto. But that turns out to be pretty hard. I think there is an opportunity out there for a crypto brokerage to offer IRAs or an IRA custodian to offer crypto, or both. Given the tendency for many investors to buy and hold crypto, it would lend itself to a long term investment product like an IRA.

Challenging Underestimation Through Teenpreneurship Y.E.S. // Dade City, Florida

Co Starters

It all started with a kumquat festival. Sammy Ortiz, who had lived in Wesley Chapel, Florida for 11 years, was en route to the community bonanza with his family when he missed a turn due to traffic. Lost in an area of town he’d never been to, he gaped at what befell his eyes. “It

It’s Very Rarely About You

GAN

Sitting in the Denver airport earlier this summer, I heard our gate attendant get on the loudspeaker to announce that we had to switch gates. As I started to pack my things to make the move, I noticed that the guy next to me was absolutely irate. He couldn’t believe we had to switch gates and he made it known to everyone within earshot. Out loud, he kept ranting about how annoying the airline was, how they always do things like this to him (to him!),

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Quantum Leap

OurCrowd

Blockchain, 3D printing, big data, internet of things, artificial intelligence. A decade ago these were nascent technologies known only to hardcore geeks. Fast forward 10 years and they affect the everyday lives of billions. The question now is, what’s next?

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?

Strategies for Scaling Your Business Without Sacrificing Your Life

Smart Hustle Magazine

Michele Ruiz is a communication specialist, a bilingual entrepreneur, a bestselling author, and keynote speaker. Michele is also the President & CEO of Ruiz Strategies.

Why are Revenue-Based VCs investing in so many women & underrepresented founders?

David Teten - VC

A new wave of Revenue-Based Investors are emerging who are using creative investing structures with some of the upside of traditional VC, but some of the downside protection of debt. Many are reporting that they’re seeing a more diverse pool of applicants than traditional equity VCs… even though virtually none have a particular focus on women or underrepresented founders. In addition, their portfolios look far more diverse than VC industry norms.

Techstars and Future Females join forces to drive gender parity in global tech entrepreneurship

TechStars

Techstars, and Future Females are piloting an initiative to move the needle on the participation and success of women in tech entrepreneurship around the globe. On September 18, 2019, the Future Females Business School opens the doors to its next group of women entrepreneurs.

In the News: Israel keeps on innovating ??

OurCrowd

Israel received a visit from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg this week, where she launched Facebook’s “Playground” , a “new hub for startups and entrepreneurs in Israel to build connections, develop skills, and foster innovation.”

So, your board is dysfunctional. What to do?

Berkonomics

It happens. Boards are elected by the shareholders, sometimes with preferred shareholders holding seats by right of their investment. In that instance, often the investor selects the board member and the CEO goes along with the choice, mostly out of having no alternative at the time.

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Revenue-Based Investing: A New Option for Founders who Care About Control

David Teten - VC

Does the traditional VC financing model make sense for all companies? Absolutely not. VC Josh Kopelman makes the analogy of jet fuel vs. motorcycle fuel. VCs sell jet fuel which works well for jets; motorcycles are more common but need a different type of fuel. . A new wave of Revenue-Based Investors are emerging who are using creative investing structures with some of the upside of traditional VC, but some of the downside protection of debt.

Making Steps Toward Better Mental Health in Your Workplace

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Angela White, an ed-tech consultant and contributor. . Despite options like remote work and virtual offices, adults will spend at least one-third of their lives working.

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BEN FRANKLIN’S TECHCELERATOR@ERIE ANNOUNCES PITCH CONTEST WINNERS!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

ERIE, PA – At a standing room only event on August 21, 2019 in Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie, five entrepreneurs, who had been participating in an intensive, ten-week startup program, made pitches to a panel of local judges in hopes of taking home a cash prize of $10,000.

Announcing Barry Givens as Managing Director for the Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars

TechStars

I’m excited to announce that I’m officially joining the global Techstars Network as Managing Director of the Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars here in Atlanta, Georgia. .

Who are the Major Revenue-Based Investing VCs?

David Teten - VC

So you’re interested in raising capital from a Revenue-Based Investor VC. Which VCs are comfortable using this approach? A new wave of Revenue-Based Investors (“RBI”) are emerging. This structure offers some of the benefits of traditional equity VC, without some of the negatives of equity VC. I’ve been a traditional equity VC for 8 years, and I’m now researching new business models in venture capital.

Aaron Harris on Fundraising and Meeting with Investors

Y Combinator

Aaron Harris is a Partner at YC and before that he cofounded Tutorspree. He’s on Twitter @harris. Topics. 00:00 – Intro. 00:25 – Seed fundraising process. 3:15 – Emailing investors. 9:15 – Parallelized fundraising process. 12:00 – Meeting with investors. 14:00 – Overcapitalization. 16:50 – Communicating your plan to investors. 18:45 – Evaluating investors. 22:40 – Fundraising process for a Series A company.

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Edition #5: Carl Sullivan

GCUC

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. Its that time again- another edition of Community of Cultivators. Check out our past posts.

EO GSEA Finalist Talks Takeaways

Entrepreneurs' Organization

EO is committed to supporting the next wave of entrepreneurs. One way do that is through the EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) , EO’s premier competition for university students who own and operate a business.

Should your new VC fund use Revenue-Based Investing?

David Teten - VC

You’re working on launching a new VC fund; congratulations! I’ve been a traditional equity VC for 8 years, and I’m now researching Revenue-Based Investing and other new approaches to VC. The question I’m asking myself: should a new VC fund use Revenue-Based Investing, traditional equity VC, or possibly both (likely from two separate pools of capital)? Revenue-Based Investing (“RBI”) is a new form of VC financing, distinct from the preferred equity structure most VCs use.

Meet YC in São Paulo – Sept 14

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce that YC will be visiting São Paulo on September 14. YC’s president Geoff Ralston, YC partner Kevin Hale and Director of Admissions Stephanie Simon will host a workshop and Startup School Meetup on September 14. At the workshop, you’ll hear what happens at Y Combinator, what we’ve learned from funding over 2,000 companies, and we’ll be joined by YC alumni who will talk about what it was like going from Brazil to YC. Sign up here.