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A Startup Support Guide for My Mom

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In just a few weeks, I’m going to see my mom for the holidays. While I’ve been in the startup world for over a decade now, I know my mom (and many of my friends) have no idea about all of the startup jargon we throw around, especially when it comes to the type of support startups can receive. Words like accelerator, incubator , venture studio, and others are terms that sound the same or are very confusing. And my mom and friends aren’t the only ones who are confused.

Cash Management In Startups

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

When I was in my mid-20s and had just gotten a job in venture capital, I read a piece on Alan Shugart , the larger than life founder of Seagate, one of the most successful disk drive companies. Alan was quoted as saying that “cash is more important than your mother.” ” That got my attention because mothers are really important. Over the years, I have learned what Alan meant. Cash is everything in a startup. It is the fuel that keeps the car running.

Startup Reads: 11 Books Every Early-Stage Entrepreneur Should Read

TechStars

I haven’t always been a big reader, but I’ve got more into it over the past few years of working with startups. In a past article, Five Pillars of Success: Curated Content for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs , I mentioned that last year I read 12 books.

The Secret to a Successful Customer Experience: Empathy

Smart Hustle Magazine

Have you ever had an over-the-phone customer experience that just wowed you?

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.

Lighting the torch of change: Youth volunteering in Haiti

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Elise Kemp. As a part of the YLAI Network’s mission, community involvement in fostering development is critical. Hearing about the impact that our networkmembers are making in their own communities is a real privilege and helps us see how impactful it can be to volunteer locally.

Give Big, Shop Small with 12 Days of Starters

Co Starters

Each year during the holiday season we look forward to putting our money where our mission is: helping communities thrive through entrepreneurship.

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Mike Faith Invites You To Dine in Great Company, For a Great Cause

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Meet EO Nashville member Mike Faith. In 1990, he sold everything he had and left England for America. With just one suitcase, he arrived in pursuit of work, better weather and wealth. In 1997, Faith founded Headsets.com , an online retailer of cordless and office headsets.

Three choices to make this International Anti-Corruption Day

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Kaelyn Vitale . According to Transparency International’s 2019 Latin America Barometer , 77% of survey respondents in Latin America and the Caribbean are ready and willing to tackle corruption.

Oxygen, Aspirin or Jewelry: Which Makes a Better Investment?

The Seraf Compass

Entrepreneurs fall in love with their products. It’s no surprise… their product is their idea and as they nurture it, it becomes like a child to them, and who doesn’t love their child!?

Ready to scale in Southeast Asia? Start in Singapore.

500

While people may think of Singapore as a top startup city, what they may not realize is that this city-state potentially has quite a bit more to offer as a local hub when looking to scale throughout the region. This fall, we kicked off Global Launch, a program aimed at building bridges between Singapore and the Silicon Valley.

Are you Ready 2 Pitch? (R2P)

Impact Hub

Are you Ready 2 Pitch? R2P): Where Start-Ups meet investors, business partners, and customers. Written by Impact Hub San Salvador | As part of their #ImpactonTour Social Media Takeover.

Supporting and empowering children with autism in Nicaragua

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Ana Gonzalez. In 1992, the United Nations proclaimed December 3 to be the International Day of Disabled Persons to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities and to raise awareness of the situations they face in political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of life.

Why recurring revenues increase your company’s value

Berkonomics

The massive shift in revenue models in recent years. Have you noticed how many web apps and content have turned into subscription services during the last several years? Call it the Netflix effect.

In the News: The time that a startup made us cry

OurCrowd

Occasionally one of your companies does something that makes you proud – this time it made me cry. Please watch this beautiful video from the Today Show about how Surgical Theater assisted in removing a brain tumor from 2-year-old Ari Ellman – saving his life.

Build thriving online communities with this new resource

Impact Hub

Climate change, social injustice, access to education: now more than ever, the complex challenges and pressing issues our societies are facing globally can only be tackled through unprecedented cooperation.

November 2019 Hackathon Recap

Y Combinator

Last weekend we hosted a hackathon for 225 people who made over 60 projects. We were joined by judges Trevor Blackwell , Jared Friedman , Gustaf Alströmer , Kat Manalac , Michael Seibel , Akshar Bonu, Gaurav Pathak, and Raghav Poddar.

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History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

So goes the famous Mark Twain quote. I thought of this in reading a few blockchain sector reports this morning. David Kelnar ‘s “ blockchain primer ” is a very good summary of what is promising about the crypto sector and what is challenging.

[BriefCam in Jerusalem Post] Tokyo-based fund aims to bring Hebrew University technologies to Japan

OurCrowd

Based on technology developed at the university’s School of Computer Science and Engineering, BriefCam rapidly turns large quantities of video surveillance into actionable intelligence and can accelerate investigations. Read more here.

Top 10 Tips for Business Instagram Accounts

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Instagram has become a staple in the marketing toolkit for businesses. To make the most of your Instagram presence, we’re sharing tips from The Bradford Group , EO member Jeff Bradford’s marketing agency. Set SMART goals. Instagram goals are a crucial component of success.

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Cory Doctorow and Joe Betts-Lacroix on Adversarial Interoperability

Y Combinator

Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist, and science fiction author. He’s also the co-editor of Boing Boing. Joe Betts-Lacroix is the CTO of VIUM and an Expert at YC. Topics. 00:07 – Adversarial interoperability. 7:30 – So what should founders do? 13:30 – Copyright. 19:30 – Remixing. 26:35 – AT&T. 29:25 – Firms and state-like duties. 31:00 – Medium-term suggestions for founders. 39:00 – Conspiracy theories.

Author-entrepreneur says i2E offers ‘founder-friendly’ financing through state-funded program

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Recently, when Elliott Adams, author of The Startup Mixtape: The Guide to Building and Launching a High-Growth Technology Startup signed up for i2E’s Venture Assessment Program (VAP), it was a great opportunity for us to gain perspective from an industry pro. Elliott’s book is based on his broad experience in entrepreneurship.

Thankfully, ….

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

there is this thing called the Internet which allows anyone like me to connect a server to it and host content like this blog post. Thankfully there is open source software like WordPress that allows me to do all of this without using a proprietary service. Thankfully there is a range of operating systems (some open source) that we can choose from and a range of browsers (many open source) that we can choose from to access this content.

New WhatsApp Features Connects Biz Owners with Customers

Smart Hustle Magazine

WhatsApp has just rolled out a new feature that will help small businesses better connect with their customers on the app. Brands will now be able to utilize product catalogs in their WhatsApp Business listings.

Cory Doctorow and Joe Betts-Lacroix on Adversarial Interoperability

Y Combinator

Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist, and science fiction author. He’s also the co-editor of Boing Boing. Joe Betts-Lacroix is the CTO of VIUM and an Expert at YC. Topics. 00:07 – Adversarial interoperability. 7:30 – So what should founders do? 13:30 – Copyright. 19:30 – Remixing. 26:35 – AT&T. 29:25 – Firms and state-like duties. 31:00 – Medium-term suggestions for founders. 39:00 – Conspiracy theories.

[Zoomcar in Financial Express] 5 apps that are hot with millenials

OurCrowd

Zoomcar holds the distinction of being India’s first self-drive mobility platform, with the introduction of car sharing services in 2013. It has over 14,000 cars in its fleet and operates in nearly 42 cities across India. Read more here.

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The AVC Helium Hotspot Discount Code

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Thursday I wrote about the Helium launch in NYC and suggested that readers might want to purchase a Helium hotspot. Well, I have good news. AVC readers can buy a Helium hotspot with a discount. Here is how you do it. 1/ Go to the Helium Store and hit the Order Now button. 2/ Put AVC100 into the field called “Referral or Promo Code” 3/ Complete your order. I enjoy earning Helium tokens every day with my hotspot. I hope they will turn into something someday. crypto

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Thanksgiving: Family

Continuations

I have written Thanksgiving posts in past years thanking entrepreneurs , teachers and my parents. Today I want to thank my immediate family: Susan , Michael , Katie and Peter. You are each amazing in your own way and bring so much joy to my life. Thanks for putting up with my overcommitment to work and various other projects. Thanks for letting me drag you onto steeper than you would like ski slopes and into windier than you prefer sailing days. Thanks for calling me out when I am wrong.

Prescott: A homegrown biotech success story

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Stephen Prescott, M.D. When Novartis announced earlier this month that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved the company’s new drug to treat sickle cell anemia, the press release didn’t mention Oklahoma. But it should have. That drug, known as Adakveo, is as Oklahoman as redbuds and scissor-tailed flycatchers. Indeed, but for work done in our state over several decades, it wouldn’t exist. The story begins with Dr. Rodger McEver.

[Alpha Tau in Israel21c] Encouraging results for new squamous cell cancer treatment

OurCrowd

Results from the first clinical trial of Alpha Tau Medical’s revolutionary alpha radiation technology are in – and the news is encouraging for patients with aggressive, recurrent cancers. Read more here.

Funding Friday: ENEMY Magazine

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A regular reader sent me this project last week and I backed it today and am sharing it with all of you. crowdfunding

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Living in a Horror Movie?

Continuations

These days I often feel as if I am living in a horror movie of the twilight zone variety. People appear to be under some kind of mind control, that seems to be emanating from the handheld devices they all carry with them. Here is how this manifests itself: I tell someone about how severe and imminent the climate crisis really is, usually using the Alien Invasion Analogy. There is a brief moment in which they appear genuinely disturbed.

Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Holiday Gift Guide

TechStars

Unique Gifts from Across the LaunchPad Network. Looking for a truly special gift this holiday season? We’ve got it. Want to support LaunchPad student entrepreneurs with your holiday spending? You can do that here, too. Antithesis Foods (Cornell University).

[Alpha Tau in PR Newswire] Alpha Tau Announces the Publication of Exceptional Clinical Data from Alpha DaRT, its Novel Alpha Radiotherapy for Solid Tumors

OurCrowd

Alpha Tau Medical is pleased to announce the publication of the results of its first clinical trial of Alpha DaRT , a novel alpha radiation cancer treatment, in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

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USV Two Year Analyst Program

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

At USV, we have had a two-year analyst program since the very early days. The alumni of our analyst program are an impressive group of people. Some have their own venture capital firms, some are founders of companies that are doing great, some are working in large companies. We are starting the process of hiring a new group of analysts and, as always, we kicked off the process with a blog post on USV.com. If you are interested or know someone who might be, check out this post.

[Surgical Theater in Scope – Stanford Medicine’s Blog] Two-year-old becomes youngest patient to have giant brain tumor removed through nasal cavity

OurCrowd

Preparations for Ari began long before the surgery.

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OurCrowd

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