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Bridging the Rural Opportunity Gap

Co Starters

Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 3. This article is the third in a three-part series covering sometimes overlooked aspects of inclusion in entrepreneurial ecosystem building. Part one considers age inclusion.

Advancing your business with the help of an accelerator

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

When emerging entrepreneur David Davila started to develop his idea of a family business selling coffee, one of his friends recognized that he had a great idea and encouraged him to apply to Union Kitchen, a startup accelerator in the United States.

4 Leadership Secrets I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Manager

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Violet Lim, an EO Singapore member and the co-founder of Lunch Actually , Singapore’s first and largest lunch dating agency. A version of this article originally appeared on LinkedIn. . I first became a manager at 24, the year that we started the business.

industry and university collaboration: how partnership drives innovation

Venture Well

Industry and university collaboration produces groundbreaking research and innovation that solves complex problems, drives economic growth, and creates a more skilled workforce. The post industry and university collaboration: how partnership drives innovation appeared first on VentureWell.

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.

Pittsburgh: A City Fueled By a Culture of Innovation and Community


We just finished the first leg of the GAN Momentum Tour in Pittsburgh. It was the first of five trips we’re making around the world where accelerators, corporate partners, and startups come together around one purpose: Helping startups who are operating in unique places around the world (“everywhere else” places—the cities that might not be considered major tech hubs) gain more momentum, wherever they call home. You can see a 90-second video of all that happened here.

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan


How does a country go from lifting a national ban on television in 1999 to nurturing tech startups in 2019? What does a startup ecosystem look like in a United Nations’ classified Least Developed Country?

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YC and Ginkgo Bioworks announce new partnership for synthetic biology startups

Y Combinator

Ginkgo Bioworks was the first bio company YC funded, back in summer 2014, which makes us especially delighted to announce a new partnership between YC and Ginkgo. Ginkgo Bioworks programs cells. They program them to produce flavors, fragrances, cannabinoids, food proteins, and more. To do that, they have built the world’s most advanced compiler and debugger of genetic code for the rapid engineering of new organisms.

Revolutionizing responsible tourism in Nicaragua

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

“Every action we take, big or small, can make a difference in our society,” says Damaris Guardado, co-founder of Purpose Driven Tours Nicaragua. “I I cannot change the world, but I can contribute to make it a better place to live.”.

Declan Kelly Joins Techstars Investment Team


Kelly will help Techstars increase connectivity between startups and the global venture community to fuel innovation and growth. BOULDER, Colo. – September 17, 2019 – Techstars is excited to announce the addition of Declan Kelly to the Techstars team as Head of Investor Platforms, EMEA.

The Role of Middle Management in Your Company

Entrepreneurs' Organization

From EO Melbourne , we share the skills of a great middle manager. “Middle management” is the level in a corporate structure that bridges the senior executives and the junior ranks.

The Cost of Preemptive Deals

Y Combinator

Recently, while discussing a preemptive funding offer with a company, we noticed that the offer was more dilutive than expected. Wondering if this was an outlier, we looked at 120 US Series A rounds from our portfolio over the past 18 months to see whether or not preemptive offers were generally more or less dilutive than process driven rounds. We were somewhat surprised to discover that, on average, founders taking preemptive offers are taking ~1.4% more dilution for less money.

Hair On A Deal

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

In a perfect world, everything about a potential investment will be confidence inducing. The team will be great and reference well. The market will be huge. The technology will be well developed. The price and terms will be attractive. But the world is not perfect. There will always be things about a potential investment that create heartburn.

Accessibility as an Advantage in Venture Capital: Why Creating Value for Everyone in the Community Wins

This is going to be BIG.

I believe that the next generation of top companies are far more likely to be founded by people not on VC radars today.

EO Japan Launches Exchange Program for Children

Entrepreneurs' Organization

With the world’s attention turning to Japan for the Rugby World Cup 2019 and for the 2020 Olympics, members of EO Japan realized an opportunity to cultivate an international mindset in their families. What better time to connect with other countries?

Can Magic Help You Grow Your Business? Maybe, But Differentiation Definitely Can

Smart Hustle Magazine

Mark Levy is the founder of Levy Innovation LLC , a positioning and branding firm that helps thought leaders grow their personal brand and business. Mark says he typically works with 2 types of clients. .

Self Confidence

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A friend of mine told me a story this morning about a time that he said he had the money when he did not and then he went out and found it. It reminds me of Mark McCormack’s What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School where he tells story after story of signing big deals that he had no ability to pay for and then going out and funding them. Mark and my friend both knew they could get the money even though they did not actually have it.

YC Summer 2019 Batch Stats

Y Combinator

At our 29th Demo Day, 175 companies presented over two days. You can read more about the companies on TechCrunch ( day one and day two coverage of S19 Demo Day), Forbes , and Crunchbase. Below are stats about the S19 batch. As a reminder, the application deadline for YC W20 is coming up next week on September 25. Apply here. Total companies that presented at YC S19 Demo Day : 175. YC S19 CATEGORIES: Aerospace – 1%. Agriculture – 1%. B2B Software and Services – 36%.

Introducing Revolution Ventures 3


Today, we’re announcing the launch of Revolution Ventures III (RV3)?—?an an over-subscribed $215 million fund to invest in transformative early stage companies with the same team and differentiated approach as the successful Revolution Ventures II (RV2).


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

STATE COLLEGE, PA – At the September 2019 Board of Director’s meeting the largest early-stage investor in the region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners added five additional startups to its portfolio of funded clients. Below are brief descriptions of the innovations developed by the companies.

8 Steps to Building a Plan for Your First Customer Event

Smart Hustle Magazine

If you are working on your first event for your customers, you need a plan. That’s true for any kind of event, from a festival to a fundraiser to a funhouse. Writing an event plan might sound like a major project, and it kind of is.

Edition #9: Laurent Dhollande


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.

An RV Trip Across America


30 days. 7,667 miles. 26 states. This summer, Jean Case and I took an RV on a trip across America. It had always been a bucket list item for us and it ended up being a fun, interesting, and inspiring journey. We visited a lot of places. Met a lot of people. Learned a lot.

Little Known Facts about the VC Industry

Tomasz Tunguz

I’ve been searching for a great history of the venture capital industry since before I joined Redpoint. There are a handful of books that are pretty good. Done Deals. eBoys. Creative Capital. But there’s a great one called VC by Tom Nicholas. Nicholas traces the history of the venture capital industry back to whaling. They were called venture capitalists back then, but they serve the same role. Men would broker relationships between wealthy individuals and adventuresome captains.

So You Want to Implement an Identity Solution: Here’s How to Begin & What to Consider

Smart Hustle Magazine

IT and security professionals have more responsibilities than ever, particularly at SMBs. Competing priorities from the helpdesk to network maintenance to managing user access and securing employee identities are made all the more complicated by the variety of apps and devices in use across a company. Getting visibility into who is accessing what, when, and where – and then controlling it – can sometimes seem like a Herculean task.

Entrepreneurial Networks are Driving Global Change, According to Impact Hub Network’s 2019 Global Impact Report

Impact Hub

Ahead of this year’s Global Climate Strike (20-27 September) and the Global Goals Week (21-30 September), the Impact Hub network is launching its 2019 Global Impact Report. The report features details of how communities of entrepreneurs globally are creating significant change in combating the world’s most challenging problems and are contributing significantly to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

[OurCrowd in NoCamels] Israeli-Led International Consortium Launches $238M Food Tech Incubator In North


Israeli crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, global agrifood investment firm Finistere Ventures, Israel’s largest food manufacturer Tnuva, and Israeli beverage company Tempo Beverages launched the “Fresh Start” FoodTech Incubator in northern Israel last week, the companies announced in a joint statement.

The Story Behind Our Investment In Humble Dot


About a year ago, a friend told us about this new work app they were using. Didn’t think much about it. Then, the same thing happened a few days later. It’s just the Bay Area echo chamber at work. And then finally, a few weeks later, their usage started to spike, and a real investment round came together, and we scrambled, triangulated, and spent a bunch of time with Will and Macgill, the original creators of Humble Dot. And, we became small investors in the company.

Most of your big problems start as small problems.


Let’s talk about surprises. And whether to warn your superiors or your boards about these unraveling events early. You have a dashboard or KPI’s, don’t you?

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Applications now open for the YC Summer 2020 Internship Program

Y Combinator

The Y Combinator Summer Internship Program is for undergraduate & graduate students in software engineering & data science who want to intern at a YC-backed startup. At a YC startup, you’ll jump into fast-paced, mission critical projects from day one, work directly with founders and early engineers, and build real-world software development skills. At the end of the summer, you’ll look back and see features you built running in production.

[Honeybook in Forbes] Martha Bitar’s Flodesk Is Making Email Marketing Easier For Creatives


As Director of Business Development at HoneyBook, Bitar belongs to a team that helps freelancers thrive by creating tools and resources that make their lives easier and more manageable. Read more here.

GCUC Sweden


The news is out! We are headed to Sweden to chase the Northern Lights. We heard your requests when we hosted our retreat in Banff and we aim to please.

Taller con Óscar Tadeo: Textiles y moda artesanal

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Fecha: Sábado 21 de septiembre de 2019. Hora: 10:00 a.m. hora de El Salvador. Tema: Taller de textiles y moda artesanal. Regístrate con anticipación.

Applying to YC Early Decision – Wren (YC S19)

Y Combinator

Last week, we interviewed Rent the Backyard about their Early Decision experience. This week, we talked to Wren. For those of you who don’t know, if you’re a student, applying Early Decision to YC allows you to apply now for the summer batch. Wren makes it simple to offset your personal — or your company’s — carbon emissions. Landon, Ben and Mimi were starting their senior year at USC when they applied and were accepted to YC, Early Decision: How did you find out about Early Decision?

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In the News: Watch – how Israeli tech stays on top despite politics


Turn up your volume – this week we are sharing videos exploring different themes in Startup Nation success. First, in the Economist , I join other major Israeli players to examine the Israeli ‘entrepreneurial ethos’ and reasons for Israel’s startup drive and scale.

The Self Driving Bus

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

If you are in or around the Brooklyn Navy Yard and want to get to the East River Ferry, you can have a self driving car take you there. I did that yesterday: It’s sort of like a van.

Dreamit Announces the Fall 2019 Cohort

Dream It

The Dreamit Fall 2019 cohort at Kickoff Week in Philadelphia. Photo credit: Bob Stasio, Dreamit (@BobStasio). Our team at Dreamit is thrilled to announce the new cohort of startups for our Fall 2019 Securetech , Healthtech , and Urbantech programs.