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.

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.

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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 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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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 ».

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.

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.

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%.

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.

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.

The iconic VC-Backed founders are all White & Asian men. So why invest in diversity?

David Teten - VC

What can we learn from the best 40 venture capital investments of all time? Well, we learn to invest exclusively in men, preferably white or Asian. . All of the 40 companies’ 92 founders were male. Of the 19 Western Europe/Israel-based founders, all were white.

5 More Things VCs Wish Startup Founders Knew

Dream It

co-founder). If they hesitate, respond with, “Okay, can you tell me the 2 or 3 things you would need to see in order to invest?” This shows that you’re comfortable at “trial closing” and the type of founder who actively looks for the “obstacles to sale.”

Look Outside of Silicon Valley to See How Founders Can Be Successful Post-Covid-19

500

We caught up with Alex Lazarow, the investment director of Cathay Innovation, a global fund affiliated with Cathay Capital. The post Look Outside of Silicon Valley to See How Founders Can Be Successful Post-Covid-19 appeared first on 500 Startups.

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

Both Sides of the Table

This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. I had been thinking a lot about this recently because I’m often asked the question of “what I look for in an entrepreneur when I want to invest?” In the comments section a clever question popped up about whether I would have invested in myself before I became an investor. I had invested in myself for years.

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.

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.

Declan Kelly Joins Techstars Investment Team

TechStars

With 11 Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs in Europe and the Middle East, Techstars has a portfolio of close to 350 companies and invests in nearly 110 startups in EMEA annually. Kelly will play an instrumental role in working with Techstars’ portfolio companies, Techstars managing directors and the investment community to foster connectivity across the region. About Techstars Announcements Declan Kelly EMEA investment team investments investors

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.

Social Media and Thought Leadership for Founders

This is going to be BIG.

Just the immediate priorities seem to take up more than one person’s potential working hours—so it’s no surprise that when it comes to something like social media, many founders have trouble making it a priority. The consequences of failing to position a founder’s profile aren’t always obvious—and it’s usually all about missed opportunities. Some founders get more press, get speaking opportunities or have an easier time fundraising thanks to leads that started with social media.

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.

Twelve Years of Investing in Women

TechStars

I began investing in women over a decade ago. It was a major part of my investing thesis. Through my blog, Gotham Gal , I started to talk to founders—often women—who were having a hard time raising capital, or even getting anyone on the other side of the table to understand the opportunity in their business or, more to the point, connect with them. And I invested. I invested in businesses that I believed had a huge opportunity that could grow to be worth $100M or more.

How fintech and serial founders drove African pre-seed investing to new heights in 2020

TechCrunch

At the time, seven-figure seed investments in African startups were a rarity. These investments are usually made by third-party investors (friends and family), and range between $25,000-$150,000. Her firm, TLcom, led the $1 million pre-seed investment in Okra.

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.

The iconic VC-Backed founders are all White & Asian men. So why invest in diversity?

David Teten - VC

What can we learn from the best 40 venture capital investments of all time? Well, we learn to invest exclusively in men, preferably white or Asian. . All of the 40 companies’ 92 founders were male. Of the 19 Western Europe/Israel-based founders, all were white.

How much can you pay yourself as a founder?

This is going to be BIG.

Investors are going to want their investment dollars to be going towards growth than going directly into your pocket—but what does that mean for how much you can actually pay yourself. If founder salaries are supposed to be no more than some set number, how does that work if a founder is a single mom with three kids and a mortgage. There’s some other deal they could invest in that has a much better chance of hitting its goals. Does that mean you can’t be a founder?

How Valence Aims to Provide Better Access and Funding for Black Founders & Executives

Both Sides of the Table

Venture firms wanted to meet talented Black founders but didn’t know where to start to find them. “I gotta say it was a good day.” I’m so fricking pumped today. Really, truly. Yeah, Valence announced > $5 million in funding led by GGV and Upfront. That IS a big deal, but I’ll get to that.

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?

Should Founders Still Raise in an Economic Downturn?

Dream It

Jason sat down with Steve Barsh , Managing Partner of Dreamit, to give founders relevant downturn strategies. In fact, Jason started investing during the financial crisis. Jason answers critical questions for founders, including: How can your company ensure survival?

New Jersey announces $10M seed fund aimed at Black and Latinx founders

TechCrunch

It’s a known fact that the number of venture dollars flowing to Black and Latinx founders is dismally low. 31, Black and Latinx founders had raised $2.3 billion in funding that had gone to all founders up until that point in 2020. .