2019

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.

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

Both Sides of the Table

Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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The Achilles Heel of Startup Ecosystems

This is going to be BIG.

Across the world, various economic development organizations, government agencies, and non-profits are putting in admirable and well-intentioned efforts to develop startup ecosystems. They’re building campuses, districts, buildings, spaces, as well as running new educational efforts and contests—basically anything they can think of to foster the growth of new and innovative companies. One thing they’re spending very little time on could wind up being the reason why all of these efforts dry up.

How to Build Authentic Customer Relationships That Spark Innovation

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Jason McCann , a lifelong entrepreneur and experienced founder. You wouldn’t be surprised if I said that customer feedback is essential for a startup. And nobody doubts the connection between long-term customer relationships and success.

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.

How to Craft an Exceptional Update About Your Startup

GAN

Each week, I receive dozens of updates from startups—everything from founders I’ve just chatted with briefly, to founders I’ve mentored, to companies that have asked GAN Ventures for funding.

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Entrepreneurs' Organization

By Miranda Naiman, accidental entrepreneur, motivational speaker, member of the EO Tanzania chapter and founder of Empower Limited , a Tanzanian human capital consultancy firm.

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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.

How to Say “No”: Five Templates to Turn Down Opportunities Gracefully

Jason Calacanis

Kevin Rose and Tim Ferris did an episode of The Random Show [ [link] ] where Tim Ferris confessed that he had cancelled his next book and refunded the advance. The book he said “no” to was about “how to say no,” which is ironic and something that any super router like Tim or Kevin has to deal with at an acute level. Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): [link] ].

Bringing It All Back Together

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Early-stage companies are exercises in experimentation, iteration, and figuring things out. You try one thing, it sort of works, but you see a tangential opportunity and go after that. Sometimes that leads to a full-on pivot, other times it leads to an evolution of the opportunity. This process can create multiple products, services, projects, and it can look messy. I love it when founders bring it all back together into one cohesive package.

pop-up classes: a simple, effective approach to supporting young innovators

Venture Well

We’ve compiled some of the key elements to think about as you create your pop-up classes, and outlined a variety of options to keep in mind. The post pop-up classes: a simple, effective approach to supporting young innovators appeared first on VentureWell.

The Startup Funding Gap

This resource discusses the gap between early funding from friends/family and the more substantial rounds from angel groups and VCs. Why does this gap exist and what can be done about it?

Next Level Entrepreneurship: Investing in a New Generation of Startups

Entrepreneurs' Organization

For many established entrepreneurs, establishing a purpose and passion beyond business is a fulfilling way to truly make a mark. Ravi Machani , an EO member in Bangalore, India, is one entrepreneur who has done so admirably.

How to Be a Good Board Member

Both Sides of the Table

I have been writing a series on how startup boards get selected, who sits on them and what to avoid. I will also delve into how to prepare for them, how to make the meeting effective and how to best follow up to make sure people take action.

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The Truth About Investor Updates

Haystack

The topic of “investor updates” has been debated frequently. Most folks who are not close to early-stage startups and new company formation would be surprised to discover that a high number of companies, after receiving funding from individuals or institutions, do not send updates to their investors. Contrast that with a fund manager, who is often required to issue quarterly capital account statements usually paired with a cover note and updates on specific companies.

Easy Way to Gain New Audiences: Activate Customer Reach

UBI Global

Discovering an Untapped Market Reach would-be customers. Gain their loyalty. Achieve growth. Sounds simple. In reality, many companies get stuck on the first step. They deploy many tactics to reach potential customers, many of them digital.

How to Generate Signals that Matter to Early Stage Investors

TechStars

Photo by Chinh Le Duc on Unsplash. Build a strong team with direct and relevant reputation. To be clear, names alone don’t matter as much as the relevance of the team members to the challenge facing your business. Example: Selling SAAS to enterprise?

Should You Build your Company in a Country Like Lima?

GAN

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?

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!

What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

Both Sides of the Table

When you set up a board it is often initially a combination of the founders and the early investors. It can start 2–1 founders to investors and then sometimes moves to 3–2 but sometime around the A, B or C round the idea of “independent” directors comes up.

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4 Strategies to Integrate Ethics into Entrepreneurship Education

Venture Well

We interviewed three leaders in entrepreneurship education about several ways to teach tomorrow's entrepreneurs about ethics. The post 4 Strategies to Integrate Ethics into Entrepreneurship Education appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty entrepreneurship education teaching resources

Why USV is Joining the Libra Association

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A new blockchain & cryptocurrency project, Libra , was announced today. Libra has been incubated by Facebook. USV will be one of the founding members of the governing body, the Libra Association.

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.

Misk 500 MENA Accelerator Celebrates First Demo Day

500

Its been one week since the Misk 500 Batch 1 Demo Day and we’re still smiling. The energy in the room in Riyadh, on May 13th, was palpable. The 19 companies were on FIRE and rose to the occasion to give the best versions of their pitches.

What is a Starter?

Co Starters

Why talking about “starters” more than “startups” can change the way you view entrepreneurship. By Enoch Elwell. Words are powerful, and they shape our perception of reality. But how much can the perception of one word impact the activities associated with it?

The Potential for Fraud Caused by the Unnecessary Mystery of the Family Office World

This is going to be BIG.

About a year ago, I received a LinkedIn connection from Richard Briggs—a Brooklyn Law Grad who spend 25 successful years at Lehman and was operating his own family office. He knew a bunch of other VCs in NYC and seemed like a great potential Limited Partner connection. There was only one problem.

6 Innovation Secrets We Learned in London

UBI Global

How Innovation Will Survive and Thrive Last week’s GCV Symposium was a fantastic event that brought the venture capital ecosystem together. Founder and CEO James Mawson and his team created an exciting event full of impactful collaborations, new technology, and insights on uncovering startups.

What To Expect From Your Corporate Accelerator

TechStars

Partnering with startups is a great way to accelerate the entire corporate innovation journey. In fact, Techstars and Innovation Leader recently partnered to r eveal best practices for leveraging startups to drive corporate innovation.

Next Media Accelerator on How Hamburg Helps Startups Gain Momentum

GAN

Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city with 1.8 million people and a metro region of about three million. The city is, of course, known for its seaport, the third-largest in Europe. It’s also among the top three locations for the aviation industry in the world. Hamburg prides itself as “The Gate to the World” and is home to all branches of the economy, ranging from aviation to maritime and logistics, as well as the creative and media industry.

How Entrepreneurs Can Invest in Their Families

Entrepreneurs' Organization

When we asked EO members to share how being a parent and an entrepreneur overlap for them, we heard from Joel Patterson, a member of EO Dallas and founder of The Vested Group. Joel shared his secret for work-life balance.

My Commencement Speech?—?Life at Your Crossroads

Both Sides of the Table

My Commencement Speech?—?Life Life at Your Crossroads Photo by Justin Luebke on Unsplash Crossroads Cal Poly Pomona! What’s up!?! I’m so grateful to be up here addressing you today. Today you’re either here to graduate or support somebody graduating.

Mission 2025: Planning the Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education

Venture Well

What are the topics and challenges in I&E education that should be addressed between now and 2025? The post Mission 2025: Planning the Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education appeared first on VentureWell.

No Shenanigans

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I was talking to a friend today about company values and how important they are but also how lame so many of them are. I told him that some of my favorite company values come from our former portfolio company Twilio (which in the spirit of full disclosure I am still a large shareholder of).

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Strengthening financial education in Argentina with honesty and integrity

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

“It is important to try to understand your customers and their needs and supply what they need with honesty,” says Gastón Fontaine.

Announcing Batch 1 of the Misk 500 MENA Accelerator Program

500

Six weeks ago, we launched the inaugural batch of the Misk 500 MENA Accelerator Program, bringing the best of our flagship Seed Accelerator program to the MENA region in partnership with Misk Innovation.

ESHIP Year Three: From Inspiration to Action

Co Starters

More than half of our CO.STARTERS national team (8 out of 15!) just returned from the third annual ESHIP Summit in Kansas City a few weeks ago.

11 angel investing lessons

Venture Hacks

Spearhead asked me to write a post on angel investing when they first launched. Here’s a slightly updated version—most of the wisdom is from Naval. Charlie Munger says investing requires a latticework of mental models. Here are 11 lessons for your angel investing lattice: If you can’t decide, the answer is no. Proprietary dealfow means ‘they want you’. Investing takes years to learn, but improves for a lifetime. Valuation matters: you will have to pass on future greats. Back $0B companies.