2018

The Moments that Define Investor and Founder Relationships

This is going to be BIG.

In almost every single investment I’ve ever made, I can think of a singular moment in my relationship with a founder that, no matter what came before or what might come after, defined our relationship. Often times, it came in a very vulnerable and down moment for the founder—perhaps they just lost out on a big opportunity, had someone from the team leave, or they’re running low on capital before sales have come around.

Remind Me Why I Love You? (Why “In Person” is Everything)

Both Sides of the Table

You had an amazing meeting with an investor. Your product demo crushed. The dialog was great. They told you how much they loved your space. The meeting was only supposed to last 45 minutes but you ran 90. The assistant tried to end the meeting twice but was shoooshed away.

Selling your business? Find the emotional buyer

Berkonomics

This is one of my favorite insights, since I lived this one in a positive exit from my computer business. Types of business buyers expanded. Most people will tell you that there are two kinds of eventual buyers for your business: financial and strategic.

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A Scorecard: Should a decision be fast, or slow?

A Smart Bear

We all know that startups should make decisions quickly. Fast decisions leads to rapid action, which accelerates the loop of production and feedback, which is how you outpace and out-learn a competitor, even one that already has a lead.

Wrap-up of the Startup Community Leaders Mission USA 2018

Startup Catalyst

The second Startup Community Leaders Mission to the USA took place from 11-18 March 2018, with 20 participants taking part, including 14 from 11 different regional towns in Queensland, 3 from Brisbane, one from Sydney, one from Adelaide, and one from New York (assisting the Beach City film crew).

12 Days of Starters: Give the Gift of Small

Co Starters

Celebrate 12 Days of Starters, Nov. 24 through Dec. CO.STARTERS celebrates starters this holiday season by urging everyone to shop small!

Tech Startups Are Changing Education For The Better

Startup Grind

In the last decade, we have been able to see an immense growth of technology involvement in education. We're not only talking about using computers in the classroom anymore. Technology, big data and the Internet have started revolutionizing every aspect of education in the recent years.

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Launch413 Begins Phase 2, Investing in More Companies!

Paul G. Silva

Launch413 is itself a startup, and like all startups has lots of hypothesis to test. I’m proud to share that we just completed Phase 1 and validated all of our core hypothesis: With our help startups accomplish in months what would have taken them years to do on their own.

How to Replicate Amazon’s Success in Rising Cities

Revolution

Since the rumor mill started regarding the final Amazon HQ2 selections, I have been fielding questions about the validity of the Rise of the Rest thesis. Do Amazon’s selections mean that Rise of the Rest cities will never access the tech economy in a meaningful way?

Should You Try For a Spot in a Business Incubator? The Pros and Cons

Turnkey

Business incubators can be very enticing for new entrepreneurs. They promise things like an instant mentorship network, camaraderie with other startup owners, shared resources like office space, and even the potential for funding. However, before you dive into the application process for any business incubator, there are several things to consider. First of all, although … Continue reading Should You Try For a Spot in a Business Incubator? The Pros and Cons → BUSINESS

25 education trends for 2018

This is going to be BIG.

Year after year, educators and those invested in education love to speculate about what will take off in the near future. And as far as riveting news goes, nothing quite peaks the interest like new trends that have the potential to fundamentally change learning.

How to Out Amazon, Amazon

Both Sides of the Table

There has always been tension between CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies and the retailers who sell their products to consumers.

Take advantage of the good times to build stakeholder loyalty.

Berkonomics

Loyalty is a hard-earned commodity. There are several times when stakeholder loyalty is tested to the limit. For employees, a late or missed payroll is the ultimate test of corporate loyalty, divorced even from an employee’s ability to make do without a paycheck.

WP Engine passes $100M in revenue and secures $250M investment from Silver Lake

A Smart Bear

People said there’s no money in hosting. WordPress is just a toy. After the success of Smart Bear, I should be setting my sights on something big, not this. I’m sure people said similar things to Heather when she joined as our CEO.

Engaging with the startup community: in conversation with Reece Walker and William McCullough

Startup Catalyst

We got in touch with Reece Walker and William McCullough, two lawyers from McCullough Robertson, to chat about their journeys.

CO.STARTERS Sparks Connection Across New Zealand

Co Starters

By David Kraus. It all started in October, 2013 when Chorus , a New Zealand telecommunications company, launched a competition.

Behind the scenes: The challenges of building an EdTech startup

Startup Grind

Are you thinking about building the next big thing in EdTech? Well, I have to say that the journey is really amusing but extremely challenging at the same time! Many have tried to revolutionize education and failed.

The Breakout Tech Company Of 2018

Haystack

It’s that time of year, where I — as a committee of one judge, me — select one startup in the tech ecosystem that “broke out” and has the makings of an even larger outcome should things continue to go right. As a little tradition on this blog, I’ve singled out companies starting in 2013 with Stripe ; there was Snap back in 2014; Slack in 2015; took a break in 2016, as I wasn’t inspired to select one then; and last year, 2017, was Coinbase.

Congrats to a Former Student Making The World A Better Place

Paul G. Silva

So much food goes to waste in our country every year. So many people are hungry. It is literally cheaper to throw food away than to give it away… until now. A few years ago I had the honor of mentoring Maria Rose Belding when she and her partners at Means Database were in the Valley Venture Mentors startup Accelerator. Her social venture is organized and dreams like a high tech silicon valley startup – but all of that energy is directed to doing good, at scale.

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Entrepreneurship Education as Exciting as Video Games???

EntreEd

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Childcare in a Coworking Space? Here’s How Some Companies are Making it Work

Turnkey

Flexible and remote jobs have broad appeal in today’s economy, but they’re especially enticing to parents. This demographic values the ability to make their own schedules so they can accommodate their children’s naptimes, doctor’s appointments, and school pickups. However, working from home can be isolating, and these parents usually still need regular child care to … Continue reading Childcare in a Coworking Space? Here’s How Some Companies are Making it Work → OFFICE SPACE

No Excuses not to Travel: Noken is the First Digital Native Tour Operator and Here's Why I Backed It

This is going to be BIG.

A few weeks ago, I booked a customized tour of Iceland with Noken , and I did it in about five minutes. All I had to do was to tell Noken how long I planned to go, what level of hotel and car I wanted, and then I had the option to add on a few extras, and within minutes my entire trip was booked.

What Can You Learn From Ring’s Astounding Success?

Both Sides of the Table

Many people will write the history on why Ring became an enormously successful company and why it became a real-world unicorn in a world when many startups are anointed that merely on paper.

How do you pay an early stage board?

Berkonomics

Give one percent equity to each outside board member vesting over four years of service. Many early stage CEOs and board members have asked for some guidance regarding pay and time commitments for board members. Here is my best advice, based upon many boards and many years.

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When “fits and starts” is the most efficient path

A Smart Bear

You roll down the windows and wear a helmet when you take your car to the track. This does not make me less terrified of a fiery death. The American Autocross champion was sitting in my passenger seat screaming at me to not let my foot off the pedal until I bounced off the RPM limiter.

Mission wrap: London 2018

Startup Catalyst

In June we conducted our third annual mission to London for London Tech Week.

The Making of a Marketplace

Co Starters

By David Kraus.

Simone Musgrave - Grit, Sales, and using Femininity in business.

Startup Grind

Aneme Dlamini of Startup Grind chats to Simone Musgrave of Musgrave Gin about perseverance, building an actual business, and bringing your femininity as a force to be reckoned with in the business world. Aneme = A, Simone = S A : Welcome! S : Thanks.

The VC Twilight Zone

Haystack

Talk to any Bay Area VC in the last 24 hours, and the talk of the town among investors is universal : “ What do you think of the SV Angel news? ” Depending on your point of view, it is the perfect trigger for a conversation about the state of the Bay Area’s investment market.

Entrepreneurs give me hope when I need it most

Paul G. Silva

When I talk about politics I am filled with sadness and a sense of near powerlessness to make the world a better place. But when I talk to entrepreneurs, I am filled with hope. Where most of us see problems, they imagine solutions… and solutions that scale. Here are just some of the companies blowing me away, all local/ VVM companies making the world a better place! Immigration.

Hi! I’m Aviel, Founders’ Co-op’s new General Partner.

Founders Coop

I’m thrilled to publicly announce the really poorly kept secret , that after almost 4 years of working alongside Chris DeVore and the rest of the Founders’ Co-op team, I’ve stepped into the partnership with both feet as a General Partner. Going forward the investment team will be myself and Chris, with Rudy Gadre and Andy Sack remaining involved as Venture Partners.

Coworking for Introverts & Extroverts

Deskmag

Are coworking spaces actually only suited to extroverts who enjoy meeting new people? Do introverts avoid socializing in coworking spaces? In a nutshell: the answer to these questions is a clear no.

A Story About Fear, Shame, Expectations and Money: My Investment in The Financial Gym

This is going to be BIG.

Today, I can finally announce Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' investment in The Financial Gym 's $1.8mm seed round, which I led, alongside Alpine Meridian, Secocha Ventures and several high ranking execs from the finance world. What's the Financial Gym?

How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

Both Sides of the Table

If you’ve read any of my ongoing series on fund raising from venture capitalist (episode 1?— ?controlling controlling your psychology ) you no doubt have heard me say that raising capital is a sales & marketing process.

Any advice can be worthless, or worse.

Berkonomics

Close. Ever get bad advice? We all have in our past. Ever take that advice without question because the person giving it was an investor, a superior in rank, the chairperson of your board? I’ll bet you have at least one story of bad advice taken and being bitten as a result.

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Five Business-Building Insights from the Rise of the Rest Fund’s CEO Summit

Revolution

As venture investors, we are trained to be hyper-aware of the high velocity environment in which we live. All around us, technology is speeding up. Industry landscapes are shifting in real-time.

A university’s role in an emerging startup community and other conversations

Startup Catalyst

I’m Rosie Odsey and I interviewed Rowena Barrett from QUT in late August 2018. A quick note: My words are in italics. Rowena’s are in regular font. Headings, hyperlinks, and images have been added for effect but the words are ours. Meet Professor Rowena Barrett.