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Are your chairman and CEO the same person?


Here’s one that targets most any company that has taken investments at any stage, as well as more mature companies. Why would you split the positions?

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The Secret to Successful Mentorship

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Kristen Harris is the co-founder and COO of Portfolio Creative , a workforce innovation firm based in Columbus, Ohio, USA. As a member of the EO Columbus chapter, Kristen is an active participant in the EO Mentorship program. I’ve been matched with seven amazing local mentors so far!

Thoughts on WeWork

This is going to be BIG.

I got asked by a reporter yesterday what I thought about WeWork’s IPO situation and I’ll summarize what I said here: First off, let’s pull back for a moment and acknowledge that WeWork has built a huge company that generates a ton of value for its members. Real estate was previously a huge headache for small businesses before WeWork made co-working mainstream. I don’t know where its valuation will wind up, but I believe that there is a going concern there that is worth billions of dollars.

Some Thoughts On Crypto

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The crypto sector is in an interesting phase right now. The market has rallied from its lows this past winter and is up a lot in 2019: But Bitcoin now makes up almost 70% of that aggregate market cap. In some ways, Bitcoin is the one protocol that has found lasting product-market fit.

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.

Marc Nager & Dave Mayer on building rural startup communities


You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to start a successful company. Marc Nager, Co-founder of Startup Weekend, and Dave Mayer, Founder of Aspen Entrepreneurs, are pros at building ‘non-urban’ startup communities.

Seven Ways Your Employees Could Unintentionally Compromise Your Business’s Cyber Security

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Annie Button. Humans are often cited by businesses as a weak link in the cybersecurity chain. And while some people tend to focus on the threat posed by malicious hackers or bitter insiders, it is actually unintentional mistakes and compromises that are a much bigger issue.

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Scaling In Lower Cost Locations

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This is a topic I’ve written about a bunch over the years. I feel like it is becoming more urgent every day. Last week I heard some shocking numbers about salary levels for certain kinds of engineers in the bay area. I checked them out with a few of our bay area portfolio companies and they were more or less corroborated.

LaunchPad Lift Elevates Top Student Entrepreneurs


Forming mentor relationships, fundraising, growing sales, and adding talent are just some of the accomplishments the student teams in this summer’s cohort achieved. Seven student-led startups participated in the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Lift program.

How to Have Difficult Conversations

Co Starters

Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 2. This article is the second in a three-part series covering sometimes overlooked aspects of inclusion in entrepreneurial ecosystem building.

Top Listed and Number One

UBI Global

Recognizing the Top Business Incubators and Accelerators from the World Benchmark Study 2019-2020 In 2012, a Swedish student wondered, “What are the traits of the most successful top-performing university incubators worldwide?”

Labor Shortages

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I read last week that there are a growing number of regions around the country where there are labor shortages. Businesses literally cannot find the workers they need to operate their businesses. Today is Labor Day, a day to celebrate the workers who built America and the labor movement that rose up to protect workers from abusive labor practices. And so it is worth noting that we don’t have enough labor in our country right now.

Read This First - An Entrepreneur’s Library

The Seraf Compass

Investing in early-stage companies is investing in entrepreneurs. Understanding how they measure up is partly a function of understanding how they think, or should think. Entrepreneurship has come a long way toward being a better-understood and accessible way of life.

Talking About Diversity and Inclusion

Co Starters

Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 2. By Rich Bailey. This article is the second in a three-part series covering sometimes overlooked aspects of inclusion in entrepreneurial ecosystem building.

Here We Come, World


I can’t remember the last time I was this excited. In just four days, GAN hits the road on our 2019 GAN Momentum Tour, a five-stop global tour focused on helping startups get and sustain momentum wherever they call home. But even if you can’t personally join us on any of the five stops, I still think we all have huge reasons to be excited about what lies behind this tour—. There Are Startups — Everywhere.

Audio Of The Week: Sarah Beatty and Montgomery Builds

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The Gotham Gal loves this conversation with Sarah Beatty about her Montgomery Builds project and suggested that I give it a listen. So I am doing the same with all of you. entrepreneurship

Accessing Innovation: Corporate Executives In Unfamiliar Territory

Dream It

Originally Published on Hive. This is the second post in this series by Andrew Ackerman. View Part 1 of the series here.

How to Have Difficult Conversations: Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 2

Co Starters

By Rich Bailey. This article is the second in a three-part series covering sometimes overlooked aspects of inclusion in entrepreneurial ecosystem building. Conversations about inclusion in ecosystem building can be difficult because they bring up issues that may become contentious and polarizing.

A Mental Model for Prioritizing Your Startup's Energies

Tomasz Tunguz

I’ve playing with a new mental model for early-stage startups: a pendulum. This pendulum oscillates between the limiting factors of the business at different stages. There only two limiting factors in this mental model: product and go to market. At the moment a startup is founded, the business is product limited. You can’t do much without a product. After the company establishes product market fit, the pendulum swings to go-to-market.

Secrets from The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit-Singapore

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray recently attended the 10th annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit in Singapore. The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) connects female entrepreneurs across the globe with networks, sources of capital, knowledge, and technology, giving them the power to do more.

Living Local wins grant to innovate how we connect to one another

Unrestricted Revenue

Two awards in one week, wahoo! Kelly and I are thrilled to announce Living Local won a grant to be one of the nonprofits participating in our Fall Innovation Accelerator Cohort.

7 Tips for Incorporating New Business Development into Your Busy Schedule

Entrepreneurs' Organization

By Caryn Kopp, an EO New Jersey member and Chief Door Opener of Kopp Consulting. A version of this article originally appeared on the website of Kopp Consulting. . Finding time for new business development can be difficult for many entrepreneurs.

Announcing GCUC Gives


We are super excited to let you in on a special little something that we have been working on for a while now. While we preach (and practice) shopping small, supporting local and helping uplift your community, we also feel strongly about contributing to large causes that support the greater good.

A Hospitality Entrepreneur Changing How Travelers See the World

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray spoke to many women during his time at the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network in Singapore. Many have created businesses that are changing industries and even the world. Aditi Balbir and her business, V Resorts , are no different. .

Office Hours for Startups Tackling Climate Issues

Y Combinator

We’re delighted to announce that YC is hosting online office hours for founders of startups and nonprofits that are solving climate issues on Tuesday, September 24. If you’re in the early stages of building a company we’d love to meet you — anyone from idea stage through Series A and any sized nonprofit is welcome to join. From 10am to noon, we’ll host 15-minute office hours where you’ll get to chat online with YC partner Gustaf Alströmer and Director of Admissions Stephanie Simon.

[PRESS RELEASE] Sao Paulo 2019 – Israel’s Leading VC Announces Agenda for First Major LATAM Event


São Paulo / Jerusalem – September 3, 2019 – São Paulo / Jerusalem – September 3, 2019 – OurCrowd, a leading global investment platform and Israel’s most active venture investor, has announced the agenda for its first major event in the LATAM region – OurCrowd Sync: Sao Paulo 2019. Read more here.

Edition #7: Martin Senn


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.

When medical research turns personal

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. Of the more than 120 types of brain and central nervous system tumors, Glioblastoma (also called GBM) is the most aggressive — a deadly brain cancer with no cure. Glioblastomas often appear with no warning or prior symptoms. These Type IV tumors tend to produce their own blood vessels and are highly malignant. The cells spread fast and send tentacles to other parts of the brain, which makes complete surgical removal virtually impossible.

Startup School Week 1 Recap: Kevin Hale and Eric Migicovsky

Y Combinator

We’ve cut down the first week of Startup School lectures to be even shorter and combined them into one podcast. First, a lecture from Kevin Hale. Kevin is a YC partner and a cofounder of Wufoo. His lecture is about How to Evaluate Startup Ideas. Then, a lecture from Eric Migicovsky. Eric is a YC partner and the founder of Pebble. His lecture is about How to Talk to Users. Topics. 00:00 – Intro. 00:43 – Kevin Hale on How to Evaluate Startup Ideas.

[PRESS RELEASE] Cartica AI Secures its Series B Investment Round Led by Global Automotive Giants to Power the Next Generation of AI Mobility Solutions


TEL AVIV, Israel – September 3, 2019 – Cartica AI, a leading Israeli autonomous AI mobility startup today announced the completion of its Series B investment round, which includes participation from Continental, Toyota AI Ventures, BMW i Ventures, and OurCrowd for an undisclosed sum.

Wahoo! ServiceNet wins grant to develop new, unrestricted revenue stream

Unrestricted Revenue

ServiceNet is one of our region’s largest and longest-lived nonprofits. Are they resting on their laurels? Heck no! They’ve developed an innovative idea for how to leverage their deep expertise to create an online platform providing mental health service opportunities for people around the country. If successful it could help millions of people and generate substantial unrestricted (aka no-strings-attached) revenue to fuel their core mission.

Learning The Hard Way

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I got schooled on Crypto Twitter yesterday. It turns out I was wrong about most everything in my post yesterday and they let me have it. Crypto Twitter is a really special place. One of the comments was that I learned the hard way that crypto networks are not companies: We all learn the hard way. What matters is to learn. — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) September 4, 2019. Pretty much everything I have learned in the venture capital and tech business I have learned the hard way.

New USV Website


Today we have launched a new website for USV. It is the second complete overhaul of the site since USV launched with a blog in 2004 (modulo some smaller experiments with tagging in between). The new site is up to modern standards in terms of speed and rendering on mobile. More importantly though it does a better job laying out the evolution of the USV investment thesis over time.

[OurCrowd in The Times of Israel] How Israeli businesses are announcing themselves on the world stage


Founder and CEO of OurCrowd – an equity crowdfunding platform – Jon Medved said of the developments: “2018 broke all records of capital raising by Israeli tech startups with most of the capital invested going to growth-stage companies.

LaunchPad Lift Spotlight: Aviate Audio


Highlights of student-led ventures participating in LaunchPad Lift, part of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship program. It was late one night in the winter of 2017.

Back At It

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The summer is over and the fall season is upon us. I love the fall in NYC. It hums with energy, the air cools a bit, and everyone is out and about. It is also a good time to get things done. Everyone is back at work and focused. That includes me. life lessons

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Labor Day: UBI versus Job Guarantee


The majority of the 2020 presidential candidates on the Democratic side support a Federal Job Guarantee with Andrew Yang being the lone voice in favor of a Universal Basic Income. Both of these policies are aiming to address the changes taking place in the labor market as our automation capabilities improve. In my book World After Capital and here on Continuations I have been a vocal supporter of a Universal Basic Income. But what about a Job Guarantee?