Sat.Jul 20, 2019 - Fri.Jul 26, 2019

What Accelerators Look Like in 2019


Each year, GAN asks the accelerators in our community hundreds of questions on their programs with one goal in mind—to gather concrete insights into the state of the accelerator industry as it stands in any particular year. Responses from our yearly survey culminate in a giant data report available to any accelerator from the community that provided us with their data.

Angel Investing War Stories: Roller Coaster Rides and Lessons Learned

The Seraf Compass

One of the best parts about angel investing is all the great stories you gather over the years.

Marketing Your Portfolio Companies to Other Investors

David Teten - VC

One of my most important responsibilities as a VC is recruiting appropriate co-investors and follow-on investors. See How VCs structure a syndicate and recruit coinvestors for more on this. I’ve provided here a template for sharing profiles of your companies with other VCs. At every VC where I’ve worked, I’ve created a set of short company descriptions in the format below.

No Limits: Looking Back with GSEA Finalist Carlos Rivas

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Carlos Rivas was a student in El Salvador when he competed in the 2012 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). After earning a spot as a finalist, he traveled to New York City to take part in the Global Finals.

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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.

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

Co Starters

By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary. As the ecosystem building approach to economic and community development gains interest and credibility, the title of “ecosystem builder” has emerged to represent a specific type of community leader.

Sherri Hammons on staying humble and staying strong


As a successful woman CTO, Sherri Hammons is well known for being both humble and strong. Her Oklahoma childhood taught her the importance of always giving (and how to get back on the bucking bronco).

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Practical Ways that Canadian Startups Can Go Global (Without Leaving Home)

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Manny Padda an entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist who won the 2016 Canadian Angel of the Year Award. As an EO Vancouver member, he was the 2017 Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Citizen of the Year Award. .

Meet the Startups of Batch 25


At 500, it’s our mission to back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, whether they’re on the other side of the globe or in our own backyard. The latest San Francisco accelerator batch was no exception. Over the past three months, companies from 12 countries participated in our flagship program, building their companies and preparing for Demo Day on August 22nd. Competition was fierce, and these companies represent the top 2% of applicants for our accelerator.

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LaunchPad Lift Student Business Spotlight: Visos


Highlights of student-led ventures participating in LaunchPad Lift, part of the Blackstone LaunchPad® powered by Techstars® entrepreneurship program.

NewsGuard: Fighting misinformation with Nutrition Labels for news

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

NewsGuard helps its users distinguish between reliable news websites and those from bad actors trying to fool readers. By Macaela Bennett and Sarah Brandt. When you see a headline in a social media post or search result, do you know who’s behind the article or whether they have an agenda?

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How to Accept Challenges and Thrive Alongside Business Risk

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by David Disiere. Fear of failure can have significant sway over entrepreneurs wanting to launch their own startups. But imagine what would be possible if failure were completely and utterly avoidable. Further, imagine what would be possible if failure did not hold anyone back.

Snacking on Growth in Miami


Breaking Down the Business of Startup Growth: Did you know that each day we provide a snack to founders? The Snack daily newsletter provides tips for startup growth-hacking that are fun and easy to digest. Founders sign up to learn some cool new things, help their startups grow, and to have a quick laugh. Here are a couple of examples: The Snack // July 4, 2019 Don’t send email from a no-reply send address…!

Techstars Brings Smart Mobility-Focused Accelerator to Turin, Italy


Techstars and Compagnia Di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and the Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center announce Techstars Smart Mobility Accelerator, first Techstars accelerator in Italy. BOULDER, Colo.

Smart Women, Smart Hustle - New Events, Community and Content

Smart Hustle Magazine

Women-owned and women-led businesses are on the rise. Female founders are not a “niche” category but a powerful community of leaders and executives who are increasingly starting companies, seeking funding, living their dreams, providing for their families, employing others and thriving.

Proptech, AI and the Future of the Workspace Sector: a Q&A with Antony Slumbers


by Cat Johnson. Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part interview series with proptech expert Antony Slumbers, originally posted on

Knight Riders


Ten years ago, cars with built-in Bluetooth, GPS, and parking sensors were the domain of luxury vehicles. Now, even the most affordable economy level car has these features. The next 10 years in auto-tech promise to make the last few decades look like a warm-up. Going Autonomous.

Techstars Announces Accelerator in Abu Dhabi, Second Accelerator in UAE


Techstars partners with Hub71 to launch Techstars Hub71 Accelerator. BOULDER, Colo. July 23, 2019 – Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of the Techstars Hub71 Accelerator.

7 Resources to Help You Find a Mentor Today

Smart Hustle Magazine

If you’re trying to find your way in the world as an entrepreneur , or simply in your career, you should know that you don’t have to go at it alone. There is a long line of women who have walked this road before you.

Edition #1: Tony Bacigalupo


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.

Your body, disrupted


In April, scientists at Tel Aviv University “printed” the world’s first 3D vascularized heart using a patient’s own cells and biological material. This is just the tip of the medical iceberg.

What makes a successful and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem? (Part 2)

Forward Cities

Reflections on measurement and definitions for evaluation – Part 2. By Stacey Williams , PhD, MPH – Director of Evaluation, Forward Cities. The essence of an entrepreneurial ecosystem is its people and the culture of trust and collaboration that allows them to interact successfully.

Techstars Partners with LaunchVic, Tennis Australia and Victoria University to bring SportsTech Accelerator to Melbourne


Techstars launches second accelerator focused on SportsTech, in Australia. BOULDER, Colo. July 22, 2019 – Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of the Techstars SportsTech Melbourne Accelerator.

Can your team overcome messy problems?


Some problems seem impossible to surmount. Leaders and teams can be overwhelmed. We’ve all probably experienced this. Several big problems hit us at once. Or the system goes down, stranding everyone. Or worse yet, “We’ve been hacked.” Add the twist of ransomware? The inevitability of a big problem.

Notes from Office Hours with Guillaume Cabane

Tomasz Tunguz

A little while ago, we were lucky to host Guillaume Cabane at Office Hours in a new format: 30 minute 1-on-1s with a few companies. It was a huge success and a format that we will continue because of all the learning. Guillaume was kind to share some takeaways from the event below. If you’re in B2B SaaS, you most likely have a finite TAM. For the love of ARR, please get the exact list of all accounts in your TAM (at least US). Do some simple math to output a predicted value per account.

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Meet the sports startup funded by Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic


Breaking all previous records, Israeli companies raised $3.9B in a brilliant first half of 2019 – let the good times roll!

Doing More Together: Techstars Foundation and Western Union Foundation join forces to support underrepresented entrepreneurs


When Techstars launched an accelerator with Western Union to drive innovation for the next generation of financial services solutions and payment technology, we already knew that Techstars and Western Union had a lot in common. We both love innovation and finding new solutions.

YC Interviews in Israel

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be holding interviews for the Winter 2020 batch in Tel Aviv for founders based in Israel. These interviews will take place on September 10 and 11. We’ve been funding Israeli startups for a long time, and this time we thought it would be easier if we went right to the source. These interviews will be just like regular YC interviews. There is no difference in the application or in our criteria for acceptance. If accepted, you’ll join the YC Winter 2020 batch.

Funding Friday: “Arduino Meets Crypto”

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This Kickstarter project is for a circuit board that makes it easy for developers to create IOT devices that work on Blockchains. It currently supports Ethereum, Whisper, and IPFS. I backed it this morning and am sharing it with all of you in case you want to as well. blockchain crowdfunding crypto

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[OurCrowd in The Jewish Chronicle] Israel hungry for advances in food technology development


Jon Medved, chief executive of the crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, which is also part of Sparks, said innovation in food and agriculture technology was at an all-time high. Read more here.

Techstars partners with Create Labs to bring inclusive product design to Techstars accelerator programs


Techstars and Create Labs have partnered to introduce Techstars Includes – Product Design.

Speed is critical for many successful entrepreneurs

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. I have learned over the past six years that the single most important advice I can give an entrepreneur is this: Never underestimate the importance of going fast. Once you stick your head up, the world is going to respond. Some people will buy into your idea. Others will be quick to tell you why it cannot work.


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Parenting is the hardest and greatest job that I have had. It presents the thorniest problems and generates the greatest rewards. We had the pleasure of spending most of yesterday with our three kids and their significant others. The occasion was our oldest daughter’s masters thesis presentation at her MFA program. She is an artist who works with computer generated imagery and animation.


[Celeno in Yahoo Finance] Orange Labs to Research AI Innovation Over Celeno Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging Platform to Enable New Smart Home Applications


Celeno, a leading provider of smart, innovative Wi-Fi solutions, announced today that Orange Labs will engage in researching AI classifiers for human postures, behaviors and events to increase contextual interpretation of situations in the home. Read more here. The post [Celeno in Yahoo Finance] Orange Labs to Research AI Innovation Over Celeno Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging Platform to Enable New Smart Home Applications appeared first on OurCrowd.

Techstars Accelerators Open Applications for 2020 Q1 Programs


Applications are now open for Q1 2020 Techstars mentorship-driven accelerators. These program spanning North America, Europe, and the Middle East are looking for the best entrepreneurs to join their 2020 programs.

Anu Hariharan on Managing a Board

Y Combinator

Anu Hariharan is a partner at YC. Today’s episode is about her recent post, How To Manage a Board. You can find her on Twitter @anuhariharan. Topics. 00:15 – Why Anu wrote How to Manage a Board. 1:45 – Board composition. 3:45 – Adding independent board members. 5:45 – The responsibilities of a board member. 8:30 – Productive board meetings. 12:10 – Sharing materials before the meeting. 13:00 – Bringing executives into the meeting.

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Smart Thermostats

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My colleague Dani sent me this chart last week: I believe this is more or less a proxy for smart wifi-enabled thermostats in the US. Those would be Nest, Honeywell Lyric, Hive thermostats and a lot of others too. Those are pretty big jumps from 6.5% to 8.9% to 11.4%

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