Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

500

500 actively invested in founders who were diverse or were building for diverse customers; we shunned manels by making sure to feature female speakers at our events, so that it wasn’t predominantly men doing the talking.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

GAN

You face a lot of challenges—anything from your commute time, to finding great talent, to landing big investments, to connecting with your target customers (fashion and beauty companies come to mind, for instance). Staying in business in a small city or an emerging market can be truly difficult, so what if you invest in a company that doesn’t make it? When a company raises another round of financing, it comes at a higher valuation than when we invested in it.

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5 Things VC Associates Wish Founders Knew Before Their Call

Dream It

In this Dreamit Dose, associates Alana Hill and I, Elliot Levy , offer five things we wish founders knew after screening over 1,000 startups in the last year. Alana suggests that before speaking to an associate, you gain a basic understanding of the fund’s focus and stages they invest in.

Why We Invest in Authentic Founders

GAN

When GAN Ventures considers whether to invest in a startup, we look for four primary things: Authentic founders: Founders that know their own strengths and weaknesses and aren’t afraid to ask for help. Passionate founders: Founders that joyfully know more about their market than most people would think is normal to know about anything. Authentic founders communicate what’s going on with themselves.

Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19

500

Supply chains have been disrupted, businesses have had to close or operate at limited capacity for months, and even founders have had to expand their fundraising timeframes as we saw in our 2020 Female Founders Data Report.

Founders Share Stories and Encouragement on Mental Wellness

GAN

Over the past few months, the GAN Community came together to support startup founders who have been deeply impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Startup life is hard enough; now, the pandemic has left many founders in an impossible position. An investment in healthy living!

Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator

GAN

Doing so means getting a lot of things right, and one of the most critical is that founders receive the correct support while they’re in-program. Building a community of other founders they can work alongside, who really get what it’s like.

UK report spotlights the huge investment gap facing diverse founders

TechCrunch

VC has been invested over the past decade according to race, gender and educational background makes for grim reading — with all-ethnic teams and female entrepreneurs receiving just a fraction of available funding versus all-white teams and male founders.

Governments should invest in their diaspora founders

TechCrunch

David Teten is founder of Versatile VC and writes periodically at teten.com and @dteten. 6 career options for ex-founders seeking their next adventure. We propose that governments should systematically support funding for their diaspora founders, not just founders locally.

Google’s Africa Investment Fund makes first investment in Uganda’s SafeBoda

TechCrunch

Internet giant Google announced today that it has made the first investment from its Africa Investment Fund in Ugandan super app SafeBoda. Google also recently launched Black Founders Fund, a non-dilutive $3 million fund allocated to 50 startups yearly. .

How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19

500

On our end, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day to ensure the safety and protection of our team and founders. Using YouTube Live and recorded presentations, as well as an investor-founder Slack channel, we found success in this new format.

11 angel investing lessons

Venture Hacks

Spearhead asked me to write a post on angel investing when they first launched. 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. Investing takes years to learn, but improves for a lifetime. Invest only in technology. Incentives make for bad investing advice. If you can’t decide on an investment, the answer is no.

The Globalization Of Venture Capital Investing

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

When I look at all of the opportunities we are currently considering plus all of the investments we have made this year to date, what stands out most to me is the location of the founders and teams. And very little of it is in western Europe where most of our non-US investing has been for the last decade. The emergence of raising money and supporting investments on Zoom has made it possible to have a much broader reach than was possible a few years ago.

13 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Best Business Advice

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Ai-Ling Wong—founder at The Decorateur. Alex Louey—founder and managing director at Appscore . Andrea Grisdale—founder and CEO at IC Bellagio. David Fastuca—founder at Ambisie and founder at Locomote. Demi Markogiannaki—founder at WeTeachMe.

Serial fintech founder raises $20M for Ant Money to make micro-investing even more accessible

TechCrunch

Serial fintech entrepreneur Walter Cruttenden founded Acorns with his son, Jeff, in 2012 with the goal of helping low- and middle-income households invest and save responsibly. The pair wanted to simplify investing for the millions that have trouble getting started or continuing to invest.

Introducing Trust, and the Importance of Product-Founder Fit

Both Sides of the Table

founders, marketers, investors?—?and Why Did I Invest in Trust? There are plenty of talented, smart founders out there but you’d be surprised how many don’t have that “unfair advantage” when it comes to their product and audience. Founders, marketers and growth leaders?—?join

Female founders are making a buzzing, venture-backed comeback

TechCrunch

The coronavirus pandemic disproportionately reduced venture capital funding for female founders last year, despite a greater boom in fundraising thanks to megafunds and the advent of Zoom investing. Rising investment in female-founded startups.

The Common Denominator Among Our 25 Startup Investments

GAN

This past week, I took a look at the 25 investments that GAN Ventures has made so far. But, there’s one thing that really stood out when I looked back over our list of investments to date and it’s the fourth trait we look for when considering companies—. Their founder, Will, is a third-generation “thread master.” Because I believe that passion translates into a lot of good benefits for all of us, including the founder.

Black Ops Ventures launches to invest in Black founders

TechCrunch

While the venture capital boom of the last few years has helped a great number of founders, the capital is not landing equally. Black founders are raising more capital than ever, but still just a fraction of a fraction of what others have managed in recent years.

Why Governments Should Invest in Their Diaspora Founders

David Teten VC

Our proposal: governments systematically support funding for their diaspora founders, not just the local founders. Founders who want to build companies and need funding. VC firms looking for fundable founders. have created or supported funds to invest in local VC managers.

How To Raise Venture Capital Fast?—?Tips From An Investment Banker (Turned Startup Founder)

Entrepreneur's Handbook

venture-capital startup how-to entrepreneurship foundersCalibrate’s Isabelle Kenyon raised $27 million via virtual meetings Here are her tips and tricks for rapid long-distance fundraising. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

6 career options for ex-founders seeking their next adventure

TechCrunch

David Teten is founder of Versatile VC and writes periodically at teten.com and @dteten. Hey, founders between gigs: What now? If you want outside capital, VCs will chase after you to invest. Unfortunately, most founders are not in that position: nine out of 10 startups fail.

Jakarta-based investment app Pluang raises $55M led by Accel

TechCrunch

Jakarta-based investment app Pluang announced that it has raised $55 million led by Accel. Investments can start as low as IDR 10,000 (or less than $1 USD) in gold, indexes, mutual funds and crypto assets.

Investments That Don’t Work

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I woke up to a dream this morning where I was playing a game that was very similar to Turntable.fm , a failed effort to create a social music experience that had a moment back in 2011 and that I had invested in via USV. I met the founders and was happy for them. Investments that don’t work haunt me. And investments that don’t work are often failures of execution. If you are heavily invested in something that doesn’t work, it hurts.

A Founder's Guide to Notes & SAFEs: Caps, Discounts & More

Dream It

Both notes and SAFEs are fairly easy instruments to put together, they both (kind of) defer the valuation discussion, and investors can lock in an investment more easily at an earlier stage and price. We hear founders say “I did a SAFE and inventors get a 20% discount and a $7m cap”.

The Difference Between Rich Founders and Poor Founders, From an ex-VC

Entrepreneur's Handbook

It’s not about being rich, it’s about repeatedly building value What some people think will happen when you become a founder | source I love the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Let’s tastefully call this phenomenon: Rich Founder, Poor Founder. Most founders end up owning 5%-20%.

A Female Founder’s Open Letter to Investors

Entrepreneur's Handbook

business investing founders startup-life investorsBy chasing tech unicorns, you’re missing out on other invaluable gems Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

Global Founders Capital leads $9.3M investment into Awning, a real estate brokerage for individual investors

TechCrunch

Awning is a startup that aims to make the process less intimidating through a platform designed to allow individuals to invest in single-family rental homes not just in the cities or states in which they live but in other markets remotely as well.

Founders Factory Africa partners with Small Foundation to invest in 18 agritech startups

TechCrunch

Johannesburg-based investment company Founders Factory Africa (FFA) today announced a partnership with Small Foundation that will see it select 18 agritech startups for an acceleration and incubation program. Founders Factory Africa and Netcare to fund 35 health-tech startups.

Underrepresented Founders and The Discouraging Pass

This is going to be BIG.

While I got some very kind words on my recent writings , I heard from some founders that didn't feel like they got treated fairly—specifically around feeling patronized or dismissed—and that I wasn't showing enough action to improve on that. It’s easy in my position to forget how much courage it takes to pitch something for any founder—but especially founders for whom stepping out and taking this kind of risk feels like it comes with a bigger downside.

Startup Investment 101: Investment Rounds Explained

Onevest

By Michael Whitehouse Investment rounds are an essential part of the startup investment journey. You will encounter them progressively as you negotiate a deal either with a startup founder, or as an investor looking to attract further capital to an existing organization. The terminology used to describe these investment rounds can seem daunting, but it needn't be. Seed Investment This is the first type of investment round on offer through a startup.

Seraf Founders Receive National Award for Changing the Landscape of Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

In recognition of their incredible contribution to angel investing, Seraf Founders Ham Lord and Christopher Mirabile were awarded the 2021 Hans Severiens award by the Angel Capital Association, the largest professional angel investor development organization in the world

Why Founders Have No Clue How They Raised (Or Failed To)

This is going to be BIG.

For years, he went on to advise other founders about how to generate VC interest, which really could have amounted to, “Be a warm body with a pulse in a sector that firm got shut out of a deal in.” Founders get “happy ears”. Sometimes it all seems like magic.

Betting Beyond the Bowl: Investing in Sweetgreen Was Always About More Than Salad

Revolution

When Revolution Growth first invested in Sweetgreen in 2013, the whisperings of food and wellness were present but sparse, and the bulk of lunchtime options focused more on convenience than ingredients. In 2013, Sweetgreen had 22 locations in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Boston, and New York?—?the

What next for founders seeking their next adventure: Launch, Get a Job, Invest, Consult?

David Teten VC

Hey, founders between gigs: What now? If you want outside capital, VCs will chase after you to invest. . Unfortunately, most founders are not in that position: 9 out of 10 startups fail. Angel Investing, Venture Capital, and Mentoring. See Angel Investing 101.

Free Money for Student Tech Founders

David Teten VC

We have collected a wide range of freebies, contests, accelerators, online communities, and VCs designed for student tech founders. The Kauffman Foundation found 47% of US tech founders held degrees in STEM while 34% held degrees in business, finance, and accounting.

Punching Above Your Weight as a Founder: Why I invested in Bizly

This is going to be BIG.

I'm a founder. Sure, I'm an investor, too, but I started Brooklyn Bridge Ventures , the firm I invest out of. That means that in addition to thinking about what kinds of investments I'm going to make, I need to think about where I'm going to work, payroll, business cards, all that stuff. That meant over-investing in technology to improve convenience and connect their members.