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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

3 tips to create your company’s foreign and domestic investment strategies

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The world is a big place, and companies wishing to invest have many domestic and foreign options. based companies invested in Germany in some way in 2021, almost matching the pre-pandemic total. Excluding sources of investments may alter the way a startup builds and shapes its culture.

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.

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. .

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.

The Founder Resolve

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Investing in founder-led businesses is comforting to me. Coinbase has reacted by making huge new bets on Coinbase Wallet and Coinbase NFT and is committed to winning in those markets like it did in the investment era of web3.

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?

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.

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

This new app is helping Gen Z invest in cars, food, video games and other ‘themes’

TechCrunch

is a former college basketball player who was pre-med until he discovered investing once finishing undergrad. After being exposed to it, Haddix says he got “really excited” about investing and went on to get an M.B.A. Apps Fintech Startups TC investing scoutMichael Haddix Jr.

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

Why coming out as a gay entrepreneur is a privilege and an investment

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Mike Stephenson, an EO Vancouver member who is co-founder and CEO of addy , which uses the principles of crowdfunding to make real estate investing accessible to everyone, including Black, indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ2S+ and other underrepresented groups.

Indian fintech CRED to invest in lending partner LiquiLoans

TechCrunch

CRED plans to invest about $10 million in its lending partner LiquiLoans as the Indian fintech startup broadens its ownership in financial services, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed. LiquiLoans will be the latest in a series of investments that CRED has made in the past year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vietnam-based Anfin makes stock investing accessible

TechCrunch

million pre-Series A led by angel investor Clement Benoit, the founder of Stuart and Not So Dark, and Y Combinator. The funding will be used on Anfin’s product development, especially its social investment features, including one that lets users host and join live audio rooms.

Looking for an investment from a CVC? Take these 3 tips to the negotiation table

TechCrunch

As venture capital flows continue to fluctuate, founders have to double down on the terms they agree on. While it can be tempting to overlook certain terms for the sake of closing a deal, founders should remember that nearly everything in a deal is negotiable. Luisa Rubio Arribas.

The Importance of Due Diligence when Investing in Startups

propel(x)

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.

Google’s third bet from its Africa Investment Fund is in logistics company Lori Systems

TechCrunch

This undisclosed investment is Google’s third from the $50 million Africa Investment Fund targeted at the continent’s early- and growth-stage startups, which the company CEO Sundar Pichai announced last October.

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.

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.

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

propel(x)

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.

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.