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“Angels,” Angels, and VCs

Y Combinator

I’ve recently noticed an uptick in the number of “angels” that aren’t actually angels. These investors are institutional funds (read, LP dollars), the details of which aren’t generally disclosed until the founder sees a strange entity name on the signature lines in the docs. This is different than investing through a trust or fund that represents an investor for legal reasons.

Seismic Forces Driving The Growth of Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

It feels like there is more written about angel investing lately than ever before. This form of early-stage investing seems to be having its 15 minutes of fame. Is it a passing fad? I don’t think so.

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As You Fundraise or Interview, Remember: Lines Not Dots


I had lunch the other day with an investor. Not to talk about investment for GAN, but to just share what we’re up to, where GAN Ventures is headed, and to build a friendship with someone who shares a ton of mutual friends and personal values and just generally does similar work in the world. In other words, I mostly wanted to get to know him personally, as someone I already value and respect. We had a great lunch. But it’s what he did after our time together that really struck me.

Boost Your Corporate Innovation: Activate Business Intelligence

UBI Global

Understanding the Innovation Landscape Innovation is a key focus for businesses looking to stay competitive. Many corporations hunt for new ways to gain an edge and have noticed that there are lots of exciting actors in their local (and even wider) innovation ecosystem.

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.

Let your board help with “what” and “why” – but rarely “how.”


I am sure you can argue with this one. Sometimes a board member is valuable in teaching the “how” to get things done inside the company.

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Active Learning Classroom Activities for Student Innovators

Venture Well

We’ve asked some of our faculty grantees to share their active learning exercises that you can use to help refine your own coursework for maximum impact. The post Active Learning Classroom Activities for Student Innovators appeared first on VentureWell.

Open Finance First, Open Data Second

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My partner Nick put together a deck outlining USV’s approach to crypto investing earlier this year and we have been using it with founders and investors since then. One slide I particularly like from that deck is this one which describes how we think the crypto market will develop over time.

Sell More Faster: The Recipe for Startup Sales Success


Sell More Faster is the book that every early-stage startup needs to help it find product-market fit. Every startup, at any stage, needs to get—and keep—more customers. Read it once, then keep coming back as your startup grows: it will be your guide over months and years of building your company. .

On the Rise on the Fort Worth Food Scene

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In a July 2019 episode of the Food Network’s show “ Chopped ,” EO Fort Worth member Juan Rodriguez competed against other chefs in hopes of landing the top stop. Spoiler alert.). Juan Rodriguez was chopped.

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.

Including the 50+: Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 1

Co Starters

By Rich Bailey. This article is the first in a three-part series covering sometimes overlooked aspects of inclusion in entrepreneurial ecosystem building.


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The news hit yesterday that WordPress has purchased Tumblr from Verizon (which owns it by virtue of its acquisition of Yahoo! and AOL). USV seeded Tumblr along with our friends at Spark in the summer of 2007 and were actively involved in the development of the company until its sale to Yahoo! in 2013. I maintained an active Tumblog from before we invested in 2007 until October 2016, when I stopped posting there. There was no moment when I decided to stop posting there. I just did.

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Latest AI Applications from 500’s Batch 25


AI is one of those buzzwords that feels like it has endless applications. That’s why it is hugely important for us to understand where the needs are now, and how AI can solve the problems better than any other technology. Batch 25 came to 500 with an incredible number of AI-based startups. Here are just some of the many industries our latest San Francisco batch is hoping to innovate through AI. E-Commerce Curie Retail has gotten more complex over the years.

People Ops Question: How do we define our company culture?


By Sabrina Kelly, Techstars Vice President of Talent. At Techstars, we define our mission in People Ops as the following : “ We are strategic partners in building Techstars business by maximizing the value of our most important asset—our people.

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?

Humans of Impact Hub: Rune Gaasø from Clean Shores Bergen

Impact Hub

Members of Impact Hub Bergen hit the shores of Bergen to counter pollution and to educate themselves and others about the environmental crisis. . Our vision is that one day, we can walk down to the sea and find clean beaches.

Risk Tolerance

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Startup companies go through a number of phases as they mature from an idea, to a small team, to a growing team, to a small company, to a big company. And along this journey, the leadership team you need changes.

Catching a Second Wind


Every year, more brick-and-mortar stores close their doors for the final time. Malls and department stores, once a mainstay of American suburbia, are struggling in the age of online shopping.

Harry Stebbings on committing to building a network & giving first


Harry Stebbings, founder of the Twenty Minute VC podcast and Stride.VC, spends time every day connecting with each of his new followers on social media. He ends every email with “How can I help you?”

Female Entrepreneurs: Can You Manage It All & Still Find Happiness?

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray got a chance to speak with Cheryl Liew-Chng for a few minutes at the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network in Singapore. Cheryl is the author of The 24-Hour Woman: How high achieving, stressed women manage it all and STILL find happiness.


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

ERIE, PA – Have you heard of Efficient Nomads, Hippoh, Fish Gods, Scouted.GG, Blue Serenity, or HPG Industries? If not, you soon will!

Edition #4: Jeff Joerling


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.

[DarioHealth in PR Newswire] DarioHealth® Clinical Study Data Shows the Dario Membership Program Assists Diabetes Patients in Achieving Pre-Diabetic Blood-Glucose Levels and Consistent In-Range Measurements


DarioHealth Corp.

The Ultimate Small Biz Tip: Delegate!

Smart Hustle Magazine

Having a local business usually means you need foot traffic, ie, people walking into your business and being able to find you. Local businesses , or brick and mortar businesses, are unique in how they get and retain business.

The Biggest Mistakes First-Time Founders Make

Y Combinator

Y Combinator CEO and Partner Michael Seibel on the biggest mistakes first-time founders make. Topics. 00:10 – Solving a problem you don’t care about. 1:00 – Helping users you don’t care about. 1:40 – Choosing cofounders you don’t know well. 2:20 – Not having transparent conversations with your cofounder. 3:20 – Not launching. 4:45 – Not using analytics. 5:02 – Not knowing where your first users will come from.

More deal flow needed from state’s universities

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. When I served as state treasurer, I learned first-hand that the more individuals and institutions feel ownership in growing Oklahoma’s economy, the better our state’s economic results will be. Now that I’ve been working in the innovation economy for several years, I’ve relearned that same lesson. For a state like Oklahoma to diversify to an innovation economy, everyone has to buy in and do their part. And there is a part for almost everyone.

[OurCrowd in CTech] A Push for Innovation Is Turning Israel From the Startup Nation into the FoodTech Nation


In May, Finistere Ventures, along with Tnuva, Tempo, and Jerusalem-based equity crowdfunding company OurCrowd Ltd., announced they would make an investment commitment of up to $100 million in Israeli foodtech and agtech companies, as part of a newly established consortium. Read more here.

7 Traits of a Great Leader - Insights from AT&T's Head of Small Business

Smart Hustle Magazine

Having the chance to sit down and chat with Ann Chow, President of National Business at AT&T , was nothing short of inspiring. Ann and Ramon spoke at length about what it means to be a great leader, the importance of diversity, and how small businesses need to utilize the technology available to maintain the right security for their users. Below we summarize Ann and Ramon’s conversation, in case you missed the podcast.

Venture Deals: The Free Class You Can’t Afford To Skip


What exactly is a term sheet? Cap table? Convertible debt? Letter of intent? If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to raise capital and grow your business, these are basic vocab you need to know for working with VCs.

Awesome Features That I Did Not Know About: Version Management In Google Sheets

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of the joys of using technology for me is discovering awesome features that I did not know about. This happens to me every so often and always brings a smile to my face. So I thought I’d blog about this when it happens to me. This recently happened with version management in Google Sheets.