Sat.Sep 28, 2019 - Fri.Oct 04, 2019

How Do Great Managers Create a Culture of Feeback?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The leadership experts at Franklin Covey have released the essential guide to transforming into the great manager your team deserves.

The Question is… What is the Question?

UBI Global

What methods do corporations use to seek startup partners? Technology has leveled the playing field of business. Today’s startups are just as likely to come up with the next innovation that consumers “must-have” as a corporate innovation team.

Are your projections really realizable?


Here’s one for the ages. How many times have you projected income and profits only to fall short, and make excuses to those depending upon you to perform? We know the answer of course. Lots of people do or will depend upon your leadership in driving growth, stability, and profitability.

Techstars and HBCUvc Launch 10-City Startup Weekend Tour to Promote Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital



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.

Our Helium Hotspot

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Back in June I wrote about a company we recently invested in called Helium. Helium is creating a decentralized low power and low bandwidth wireless network for the exploding number of smart devices out in the world.

500 Around the World: Takeaways from the Sberbank-500 Accelerator


If 500 has learned one thing from investing in over 75 countries, it’s the importance of placing bets in all the right founders and helping build ecosystems for them to thrive in. 500 is a firm believer of the idea that talent can be found everywhere, but you have to understand where that talent is and what unique challenges they are going to face in their region. One of these often-overlooked regions is Russia, which despite challenges, has a booming tech and startup ecosystem.

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SeedFuel–Rowad, Flat6Labs, and Nest on the Bahrain Startup Community


If you’ve ever wondered what an island like Bahrain has to offer to entrepreneurs and startups, we’re happy to fill you in and let you know how the ecosystem here has developed with the support of key stakeholders. Background on Bahrain.

Audio Of The Week: Nick Grossman on Venture Unplugged

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My partner Nick did this podcast recently. In it he talks about how we think about and make investments at USV, our thesis on crypto, and a number of our crypto investments. If you want to bypass all of the intros and sponsor messages, fast forward to 3mins. blockchain crypto VC & Technology

Why Latinx In Tech Startup Weekends? To Develop the Next Gen of Latinx Entrepreneurs


As a Latina entrepreneur, I know the transparent walls that we face every day for being different. I know what it is like to be seen as an outsider and someone who doesn’t belong in a tech conference.

Are CSR and Sustainability the New Magnets for Top Talent?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Annie Button. . Attracting and retaining the right talent is a fundamental building block for business success. But recruiting staff and keeping them is getting harder.

Y Combinator Top Companies – 2019

Y Combinator

We’re excited to share the list of 2019 Top Y Combinator Companies. We also included top exits. We put this list together to help potential employees, partners, and late stage investors get to know a wider set of YC companies. If you’re looking for a job at one of our top companies, you can hit the Apply button to be taken to their careers page. The companies in this list are sorted by valuation. Why do we use valuation?

That’s Not Fair

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I saw some news this morning and immediately thought “that is not fair.” ” And then I reminded myself that life is not fair. Of course we all wish that life would be fair. It should be fair. But it just isn’t and if you go through life wanting it to be fair, you are just setting yourself up for a lot of disappointment. All of that said, I have found life to be more fair over the long run. Things tend to even out over longer time frames.

Inside 500: How Their Accelerator Helped Me Grow My Accounting-as-a-Service Company and Raise $2 Million


Felix Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Back Office, a human-assisted AI platform and bookkeeping service for companies and consultants. In an interview with Nathan Beckord on Foundersuite’s “How I Raised It” podcast he shared how 500 Startups was instrumental in the early growth of BackOffice. Below is an excerpt of his interview. I believe founders have superpowers.

Should You Build your Company in a Country Like Lima?


Last week, we were in Lima for our second stop of the Momentum Tour ( video here! ) We met with government officials—the people who oversee the support that startups receive directly from the country—investors investing in the country’s best seed-stage founders, and corporates doing business with the country’s newest startups. Everywhere we went, I asked this one question. Did they feel like Lima was a great place to grow a startup?

Accelerators And Seed Deal Flow


Those of us in the early-stage tech ecosystem by now well know that saying “there are a LOT of seed and new startups” is a gross understatement. It feels like a tsunami of deal flow , and for me, I’ve outlined how I pay attention to inbound flow in terms of what gets priority. And one of the sources of that flow are the new accelerators (I’m lumping incubators, accelerators, etc.

Reckoning Reflections

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The post I wrote yesterday generated a lot of discussion. I followed it on Twitter and engaged with much of it there. One of the best things about writing is all of the feedback you get. It helps to sharpen your arguments and also makes you rethink them too. Here are some of the takeaways: Some readers interpreted the post as arguing for only investing in high gross margin businesses. I don’t believe that is the right takeaway.

10 Steps to Recovering from a Cyber Incident

Smart Hustle Magazine

They say prevention is better than cure. And it’s true. But no matter how careful a small business is, it will never be able to completely avoid risks. This is especially true when it comes to keeping data safe.

The Early Discipline of Remote Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

In a recent interview, Sid Sijbrandij, the founder of Gitlab observed something about remote teams that I think is absolutely true. I’ve seen it in many of the remote/distributed companies we work with. He said: Remote forces you to do the things you should be doing any way earlier and better. As company scale, they need to develop infrastructure to successfully manage and coordinate large numbers of people.

The house is on fire: the multi-faceted problem of climate change

Impact Hub

An area the size of Belgium is burning in the Arctic. Not a day goes by without the news reminding us that we’re facing an environmental emergency in the form of climate change.

GCUC UK Recap!


The past week has been a whirlwind to say the least. Austin to London and back again in only 7 days. We had such a blast at the second ever GCUC UK and couldn’t be happier with the turn out.

Not Attending Smart Hustle 2019 Conf

Smart Hustle Magazine

The post Not Attending Smart Hustle 2019 Conf appeared first on with Ramon Ray - freelance, small business, entrepreneur education

[OurCrowd in NoCamels] OurCrowd Launches Sao Paulo Office To Tap Into ‘Key Region For Innovation’


OurCrowd, Israel’s leading global investment platform and most active venture investor, announced the launch of its 13th office worldwide in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week to tap into the “next key region for innovation.”. Read more here.

Finalists in $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest Announced!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

DUBOIS, PA – D ozens of people located in North Central Pennsylvania recently applied to Ben Franklin’s $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest. This week our team had the difficult job of identifying just a few finalists from all the great applications received from emerging tech startups and small manufacturers.

The Great Public Market Reckoning

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Dan Primack wrote in his friday newsletter : Public market investors have become less willing to leave their comfort zones, and it’s manifesting most obviously in the IPO market. Novel disruption has fallen out of favor, with many preferring more time-tested models like enterprise SaaS and biotech. Peloton yesterday raised over $1.1 billion in its IPO, pricing at the top of its $26-$29 range, but its shares then got crushed (although still valued well above the last private mark).

Good Credit is Good For Business: Nav is Making it Even Easier to Build Business Credit

Smart Hustle Magazine

Unless you are running a business that specializes in providing financial services, dealing with your own business finances probably isn’t your favorite thing in the world to do. One of the first financial barriers business owners face is securing capital.

[Taranis in Israel21C] What’s fueling the foreign appetite for Israeli food-tech?


Among the Israeli ag-tech companies Finistere has invested in are Taranis and CropX. They are digitizing the farm environment and helping farmers make better use of resources such as water and fertilizer.”. Read more here.

Are You Falling for the Myth of “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, disaster avoidance expert, speaker and author. . You probably heard the advice for entrepreneurs that “failing to plan is planning to fail.” That phrase is a misleading myth at best and actively dangerous at worst.

Engineer #2 at ClearBrain (YC W18): Cynthia Rogers

Y Combinator

Cynthia Rogers, a CS graduate from WPI near Boston, made her move to San Francisco with no job lined up, a decision tree of startup failure outcomes and well wishes from her old team at DraftKings. She landed at ClearBrain (YC W18) as the second eng hire, and found exactly what she wanted: a great mentor/manager, a strong technical team, and challenging work to keep her learning (but not overwhelmed).

OKC’s Progentec Diagnostics aims to ‘radically improve’ care of lupus patients

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Lupus is chronic autoimmune condition with devastating effects. The disease is difficult to diagnose. Its course is unpredictable. There is no cure and few FDA-approved medications. Patients who have lupus live with its impact for the rest of their lives. At times, the disease flares up and gets worse; in remission, symptoms get better or temporarily disappear. Periods of intense lupus symptoms, known as disease flares or flare-ups, can seem to appear at random.

[CropX in Israel21c] What’s fueling the foreign appetite for Israeli food-tech?


Among the Israeli ag-tech companies Finistere has invested in are Taranis and CropX. They are digitizing the farm environment and helping farmers make better use of resources such as water and fertilizer.”. Read more on Israel21c here.

Smart Home Data Aggregator?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The devices in our homes are getting smart. That is awesome. We can manage our energy consumption and much more with a lot more precision and intelligence now. But I find myself logging into one app to get data on my thermostats, another to get data on my security system, another to get data on my solar panels, and another to get data on my electric vehicles. And then there is all of the billing data from the various utilities and other providers we have.

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Too Much Inequality


In Aristotle’s theory of the mean, every virtue lies between two vices on either extreme. For example, courage lies between cowardice (a lack of courage) and rashness (an excess of courage). The general idea that there are failure modes in either direction is a useful one to consider, including when discussing inequality. This was brought to mind when I saw Josh Wolfe’s tweet , making fun of Bernie Sanders for being an 0.1%-er er on Twitter with over 9 million followers.

25 Frogs: How to Avoid the Key Sins of Angel Investors

The Seraf Compass

The greatest investors tend to end up in the best deals over time. Why this happens is no mystery: other investors want them in their deals because of the value they add to companies and CEOs, and the really smart entrepreneurs seek them out because they understand the value of great investors.

[OurCrowd in Times of Israel] Fruit fly fillet? Startups strut their alternative proteins at food tech fair


The new incubator is “going to put over a hundred million dollars to work developing solutions all through the food and beverage supply chain,” said Jon Medved, CEO of OurCrowd, in a text message. Read more here. The post [OurCrowd in Times of Israel] Fruit fly fillet?

Funding Friday: Thirdwing

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

We went to the theater last night. I think there is nothing like live performances. But theater is expensive and requires work to plan an evening in advance. So many of us just end up staying at home and streaming something on our TVs. Thirdwing is the merger of the two and I backed it this morning and am sharing it with all of you. art crowdfunding


Startup School Week 5 Recap – Kirsty Nathoo and Kevin Hale

Y Combinator

We’ve cut down the fifth week of lectures to be even shorter and combined them into one podcast. First a lecture from Kirsty Nathoo. Kirsty is a partner and CFO of YC. Her lecture focuses on the most common mistakes startups make with their finances and how they can avoid making them. Then a lecture from Kevin Hale. Kevin is also a partner at YC and he’ll talk about the importance of building a successful working relationship with your cofounders and processes you can use to do so. Topics.