Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

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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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Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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. .

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.

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.

The Importance of Due Diligence when Investing in Startups

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It is important to consider doing something similar if you are thinking about investing in a startup. Before committing to an investment, it is important to understand what you are buying and what you are getting into. However, you can still lose the entire amount invested.

Stock Dilution in Startup Investing?—?Good or Bad?

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Stock Dilution in Startup Investing?—?Good So, you have taken the plunge and invested in a startup and received your stock. Let us say you invest in the seed round of a startup that has issued 10m shares at a valuation of $0.10 This figure is decided upon by the company 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.

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.

Columbus-based Tribevest bags $3M for its collaborative investing platform

TechCrunch

Tribevest founder Travis Smith went on a fishing trip with his brothers in 2008 that he says they couldn’t afford. The brothers had dreams of finding their own financial freedom through investing in real estate, but didn’t have enough individual capital to go into business alone. “On

How I Invest

Both Sides of the Table

During the Q&A I was asked about how I make investment decisions in early-stage businesses. I was asked again in an LP meeting later in the week and then again at a founder breakfast gathering we hosted yesterday. I know that sounds trite but it’s the best way I can describe my early-stage investments. I fall in love with both the founders and the concept. If I don’t do both then it’s highly unlikely I will invest.

Cap Table (Capitalization table) and what they mean when investing in startups

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When angel investing in startups, it is important to know who the owners in the company are and what they own. When a company is formed, the number of Authorized Shares can be just about anything (within reason) and is decided upon by the company founders.

What is pro rata and why does it matter when investing in startups?

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What are pro rata investment rights? Pro rata investment rights give an investor the right (but not the obligation) to invest in future funding rounds, so they can maintain their percentage ownership of the company. was originally published in Investing in Deep Technology?—?Dissected

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

Founders Fund backs Vest, a startup out to give Latin Americans a bridge to investing in the US stock market

TechCrunch

Latin Americans seeking the ability to invest in companies trading on the Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange now have a new option in Vest, a startup that has launched a mobile-first brokerage app with zero-commission trading in the Americas.

Revolution Growth Invests in Team Liquid Parent Company, aXiomatic

Revolution

industry titans who collectively wanted to invest in the future of shared digital experiences. The esports and gaming startup partners with industry leaders to create best-in-class shared digital experiences for fans and players alike. Meet aXiomatic ?—?the

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.

What's Your Core Investing Philosophy?

The Seraf Compass

Seraf Co-Founder Christopher Mirabile interviews several experienced angel investors from around the country to ask: What's Your Core Investing Philosophy? Learn what these influential angels have to say about why they invest in early stage companies, how they determine which sectors to invest in, and how they ultimately find great companies. . . Mirabile: What's your core investing philosophy?

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.

Newsletter: Top Investment Opportunities

OurCrowd

Join OurCrowd as we invest in Sfara , a US-based company that leads this market, replacing specialized in-vehicle hardware previously required, with software-only technology based on smartphones. The post Newsletter: Top Investment Opportunities appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

Ben Franklin Technology PArtners Invests in Altered State Distillery

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Erie, Pennsylvania, March 31, 2022 – Altered State Distillery, a medal-winning distiller of spirits based in Erie, PA, has been awarded an investment by the Ben Franklin Technology PArtners / Central & Northern PA.

Zoom launches $100M Zoom Apps investment fund

TechCrunch

Today the company announced a $100 million investment fund to encourage the most promising startups using the Zoom toolset to launch a business by giving them funding, while using that as a springboard to encourage other developers to take advantage of the tooling on the platform.

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.

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.

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!

TechCrunch: Where top VCs are investing in construction robotics

Dream It

Matt Murphy and Grace Ge, Menlo Ventures Which trends are you most excited about in construction robotics from an investing perspective? We are active in construction with investments such as HOVER and Fieldwire and believe the entire sector is right for a digital and automation overhaul.

Will Investing Move Online as WFH takes over?

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And, conversely, investing. So will there be no investments made in that time? Investing for example, where we have unique perspective. We have met perhaps two or three of our approximately twenty portfolio company founders in person.

Our Customer Experience Promise to Founders

Founders Coop

Our first reaction to reading Fred’s post was that, by relying on our own experiences and learning over our 10-plus years and 200-plus early-stage investments, we’ve developed a strong shared view of what our customer experience should feel like. Where founders go deep, investors go wide.