5 Things VC Associates Wish Founders Knew Before Their Call

Dream It

The venture capital screening call is an important step to get right in due diligence. 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. Startup Insights Fundraising

Announcing the Founder Support Fund

GAN

I’m excited to announce the Founder Support Fund. It’s an evergreen microgrant-making fund dedicated to supporting founders’ mental and emotional health and well-being. And many startup founders have been particularly affected by the stress and unknowns of this time. .

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Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

500

Long before diversity and inclusion became buzzwords, we decided to make venture capital inclusive from day one at 500 Startups. The post Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever appeared first on 500 Startups.

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 ».

Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator

GAN

Every year, some 30,000+ startups vie for just 1,300 spots at GAN Accelerators. Success rates for startups after they graduate from a GAN Accelerator are pretty impressive, too—more than 80% continue to be in business today. So What Should Startups Ask Before Joining a Program?

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%.

Venture-Backed Studio is Offering $300K + Equity + Salary to “Wannabe” Startup Founders

Entrepreneur's Handbook

investing entrepreneurship startup economy businessBut the selection process is tough Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

GAN

Here’s the thing, though: We know that an uneven amount of dollars go to founders in major tech hubs—the Londons and San Franciscos of the world. And, three years into running our fund at GAN Ventures, with over 25 investments (almost exclusively in founders operating in cities like the ones I just mentioned), we’ve seen investment markups on a full third of our portfolio. Most founders in smaller cities are already leaders in their communities. (It’s

Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it

500

No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. It’s what led me to San Francisco, and, ultimately, what drew me to 500 Startups. When I moved to San Francisco in 2012, I was working on my fourth startup and looking to join an accelerator.

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

TechCrunch

Today, in a twist, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced a proposal for a $10 million allocation in the state budget to create a seed fund for Black and Latinx startups, TechCrunch has learned exclusively. 31, Black and Latinx founders had raised $2.3

5 More Things VCs Wish Startup Founders Knew

Dream It

We did a previous dose on 5 things investors wish startups knew. Managing Partner, Steve Barsh , sat down to give us 5 MORE things investors wish startups knew. Keep reading for some more of the most common mistakes startups make when pitching and for Steve’s tips on how to fix them.

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.

How to Raise Capital for a Startup (or Venture Fund) That’s Ahead of its Time

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Precursor Ventures’ Charles Hudson shares his top tips for raising capital for an unconventional, out-there idea. founders startup venture-capital entrepreneurship vc

The Future of Startup Ecosystems Across the Globe

500

The idea of being a founder has never been so popular around the world, so how is that going to change industries and entire regions? In 2018, we saw this trend reach new heights with more corporate venture capital (CVC) funds than ever.

From Our Founder: New Legislation Makes Equity Crowdfunding the Go-To Source for Startup Funding

StartupNation

Venture capital funding, while essential to the startup growth ecosystem, is a funding source that makes its way into only a small percentage of companies seeking critical startup and growth funding. Related: From Our Founder: Creating Opportunity During Times of Crisis.

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.

What I wish I’d known about venture capital when I was a founder

TechCrunch

Andy Areitio is a partner at the early-stage fund TheVentureCity , a new venture and acceleration model that helps diverse founders achieve global impact. Fundraising is distracting for founders and can even hurt their company in the early days. Andy Areitio. Contributor.

Techstars and HBCUvc Launch 10-City Startup Weekend Tour to Promote Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

TechStars

October 2, 2019 – Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and HBCUvc , a nonprofit fellowship program providing Black and Latinx students with training and mentorship in venture capital, today announced the launch of a joint 10-city Startup Weekend tour across the country. In just 54 hours, participants will experience the highs, lows, fun and pressure that make up life at a startup. . Diversity Startup Week diversity and inclusion Startup Weeken

Founders don’t need to be full-time to start raising venture capital

TechCrunch

“More than 50% of our founders still are in their current jobs,” said John Vrionis, co-founder of seed-stage fund Unusual Ventures. To gain a competitive advantage, Unusual is investing small checks into founders before they’re full-time.

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

500

500 Startups kicked off a new series called Innovation Coffee Breaks. Experts from leading companies, venture capital firms and startups join us every week to discuss how to innovate during this time of uncertainty.

Why Startups Fail: A Harvard Business School Professor’s Letter to a First-Time Founder

StartupNation

The following is excerpted from the book “Why Startups Fail” by Tom Eisenmann. Dear Founder: Congratulations for taking the plunge—for committing to work full-time on that startup concept you’ve been pursuing. I asked them: Do you regret founding your startup?

Cloud kitchen startup JustKitchen to go public on the TSX Venture Exchange

TechCrunch

JustKitchen , a cloud kitchen startup, will start trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) Venture Exchange on Thursday morning. Fundings & Exits Startups TC Asia Canada cloud kitchens food ghost kitchens JustKitchen on-demand taiwan TSX Venture Exchange

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Faulty Logic in the Venture Capital and Female Founder Discussion

This is going to be BIG.

We all have our inherent biases and what I am not arguing here is that the venture capital world is a fair playing field for anyone. I repeat: I AM NOT ARGUING THAT VENTURE CAPITAL IS FAIR TO ANYONE. That means that out of nearly $51 billion in funding that startups received over those two years, a comparatively teeny $1.5 billion went to women-led ventures.". I AM NOT ARGUING THAT WOMEN AREN''T SEEKING VENTURE CAPITAL. Venture Capital & Technology

Introducing Revolution Ventures 3

Revolution

Today, we’re announcing the launch of Revolution Ventures III (RV3)?—?an an over-subscribed $215 million fund to invest in transformative early stage companies with the same team and differentiated approach as the successful Revolution Ventures II (RV2). At Revolution Ventures, we match this unique deal flow to the specific skills of our team and our hands-on and distinct approach to investing. venture-capital startup investing

500’s Past & Present: Betting on International Startups

500

In 2010, 500 Startups started as a new kind of venture capital firm in Silicon Valley with a contrarian belief that talent can come from anywhere in the world. Back then, very few venture capital firms in the valley were focused on much outside of our collection of cities within the San Francisco Bay area. ”If The post 500’s Past & Present: Betting on International Startups appeared first on 500 Startups.

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.

Accenture Ventures Leader Says Time Is Now for Black Entrepreneurs

Smart Hustle Magazine

Accenture Ventures leader Kathryn Ross has advice for black founders that could be initially deemed counter-intuitive. Kathryn is well-placed to shares insights about black founders and how they are faring in the world of venture capital and entrepreneurship.

Boston startups expand region’s venture capital footprint

TechCrunch

This year has shaken up venture capital, turning a hot early start to 2020 into a glacial period permeated with fear during the early days of COVID-19. Boston could start 2021 as the number-two place to raise venture capital in the country. billion in venture capital.

Edlyft Co-Founder and CEO Erika Hairston: How Community Can Elevate Tech

Y Combinator

Edlyft co-founder and CEO Erika Hairston never imagined herself as a “techie,” but was drawn to computer science while at Yale University—not that it was a cinch for her. “I Through Hairston and Ansong’s first startup experience, Edlyft was born. Female Founders Founder Stories Featur

How Venture Funding For Early-Stage Startups Will Change During the COVID-19 Crisis

Dream It

During our recent Dreamit Kickoff week, Bullpen Capital Founder and General Partner Paul Martino ( @ahpah ) spoke with our Spring 2020 cohort about the state of the VC ecosystem in the current economic crisis. Will a financial crisis affect how venture funds deploy capital?

A Dallas-based founder looks to tackle the student loan crisis with his startup, College Cash

TechCrunch

His startup, College Cash , allows brands to petition users to create photo and video marketing content highlighting their product or service, with the wrinkle being that content creators are paid by the brands in the form of credits that go directly toward paying down their student loan debt.

Investors are missing out on Black founders

TechCrunch

Lewis is the founder and CEO of Gig Wage , a simplified fintech payroll platform built for contract workers. Black founders, and uniquely Black founders in tech, are facing insurmountable odds. Black founders: Forget what you think works in fundraising. Craig J. Lewis.

Commercializing deep tech startups: A practical guide for founders and investors

TechCrunch

Before joining CIC, he led venture investments and acquisitions for Cisco Systems in London and San Jose. As a deep tech investor, I have often noticed that deep tech startups go through a different evolution cycle than a typical B2B or B2C company. Vin Lingathoti. Contributor.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? I know how to structure around that to protect the founders from getting screwed on a multiple liquidation preference. But most VCs don’t bother so many convertible note founders get screwed and never know it until they sell their companies. But founders these days seem strangely unfocused on finance and on terms that could hurt them even though we fought to the death about these same terms 10 years ago.

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

Both Sides of the Table

If you want to follow two great Black executives who work at the intersection of technology and venture capital make sure to click on those links and follow them on Twitter. Venture firms wanted to meet talented Black founders but didn’t know where to start to find them.

Kara Nortman Was Just Promoted to Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. Here’s What it All Means

Both Sides of the Table

Today we’re announcing that my partner Kara Nortman is becoming Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to welcome her to her new role. and of course a relentless pursuit of helping founders succeed.

Listen Up! Why Revolution Ventures is Investing in Indianapolis-based Casted

Revolution

By Revolution Ventures Managing Partner David Golden and VP Alex Shtarkman As voracious consumers of podcasting content, we could not be more excited to announce our investment in Indianapolis-based Casted , a company reinventing the traditional digital content marketing playbook.