5 Things VC Associates Wish Founders Knew Before Their Call

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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.

Announcing the Founder Support Fund


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. . 94% of founders have experienced severe anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges. “No Now, let’s support the people behind those businesses— founders.


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Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever


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

UK report spotlights the huge investment gap facing diverse founders


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 Moments that Define Investor and Founder Relationships

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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.

Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator


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. While accelerators tend to do a great job of asking founders questions that help to ensure startups are the right fit for their programs, I don’t think that founders always do the same. Building a community of other founders they can work alongside, who really get what it’s like.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities


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

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


“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.

Why We Invest in Authentic Founders


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.

Faulty Logic in the Venture Capital and Female Founder Discussion

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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. billion went to women-led ventures.". We really don''t know, because we''re missing some critical information: HOW MANY WOMEN ARE SEEKING VENTURE CAPITAL? I AM NOT ARGUING THAT WOMEN AREN''T SEEKING VENTURE CAPITAL. Venture Capital & Technology

Investors are missing out on Black founders


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.

From food delivery to housing: Former Favor founders raise millions for Sunroom Rentals


Ben Doherty and Zachary Maurais, former founders of the delivery app Favor, launched Sunroom in May 2018 with the mission of “boosting the profitability” of mid-size property managers and apartment owners by giving them a way to outsource their leasing operations.

4 essential truths about venture investing


Alex Iskold is a co-founder and managing partner at 2048 Ventures , an early-stage lead investor in technology and data companies. Venture outcomes are driven by a power law. There is nothing mysterious about the power law dynamic in venture. Alex Iskold. Contributor.

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

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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%.

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

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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 For founders who aren’t as lucky, she still believes support is everywhere.

4-year founder vesting is dead


We recently invested in a team of co-founders who had voluntarily made their own vesting longer than four years. Their answer: “These days, with companies taking seven to 10 years to reach exit, it would make sense for founders to be on a similar schedule.” Jake Jolis.

Underrepresented Founders and The Discouraging Pass

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If you’re a white professional in venture, you might feel uncomfortable tweeting or blogging about race. Besides, if you’re not comfortable with making mistakes and learning from them—what are you even doing in venture? 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.

Accenture Ventures Leader Says Time Is Now for Black Entrepreneurs

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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.

Lessons from a Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio

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Brooklyn Bridge Ventures , the pre-seed and seed stage VC fund I run in NYC, has invested in 64 companies in the last six and a half years. Twenty-five of them have at least one female co-founder. Fifteen had co-founders over 40. Five have LGBTQ+ founders. Three teams have African-American founders. The diversity is the direct result of our mission—to build the most accessible venture capital fund in NY.

4 strategies for deep tech founders who are fundraising


Fundraising is challenging, especially for deep tech founders who need to get investors excited about a complex technology, a complex sales cycle and a complex risk profile. As a former investor and current angel investor, I have met thousands of founders, many in the deep tech space.

Venture Deals Spring 2020 Course – Now Open for Registration!


Raising capital can be one of the most difficult parts of the founder journey. Techstars cofounder Brad Feld and Techstars mentor Jason Mendelson—partners at the Foundry Group, and authors of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist —are excited to open enrollment for their Venture Deals, Spring 2020 online course. About Techstars Resources venture deals

5 More Things VCs Wish Startup Founders Knew

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co-founder). This shows that you’re comfortable at “trial closing” and the type of founder who actively looks for the “obstacles to sale.” It set you miles apart from other founders and quickly demonstrate your sales skills.

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


The Dallas-area founder was inspired to tackle the student loan debt crisis after talking with his daughter about the prospect of eventually paying down her own loan debt. The platform is firmly an early-stage venture at the moment, but Curry has big ambitions he’s building toward.

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


Before joining CIC, he led venture investments and acquisitions for Cisco Systems in London and San Jose. Accordingly, the challenges they face along the way are different — commercialization tends to be more complex and founders are often required to approach it differently.

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


Experts from leading companies, venture capital firms and startups join us every week to discuss how to innovate during this time of uncertainty. The post Look Outside of Silicon Valley to See How Founders Can Be Successful Post-Covid-19 appeared first on 500 Startups. Founders International Covid-19 entrepreneurs global ecosystems innovation500 Startups kicked off a new series called Innovation Coffee Breaks.

How VCs and founders see 2021 differently


tapped the equity crowdfunding market, a noodle or two on the a16z media game, Talkspace’s SPAC, VC and founder predictions for 2021, and where’s the right place to found a company. s co-founder and CEO Ben Goldhaber about his company’s performance to date.

How COVID-19 and the resulting recession are impacting female founders


Last week The Exchange dug into recent data concerning the amount of venture capital raised by female founders. In Q3 2020, PitchBook data reported that US-based female founders raised $434 million across 136 rounds.

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

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Squire Co-Founder and CEO Songe LaRon: Powering Barbershops of the Future

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Though they didn’t have a tech or startup background, LaRon and his co-founder, Dave Salvant, did have the keen ability to recognize an underserved market. “I Part of becoming a founder is accepting that chaos is a given. Founder Stories Feature

As venture capital rebounds, what’s going on with venture debt?


The American venture capital world has staged an impressive comeback from the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those tailwinds helped the venture capital world get back into its own game in a big way, leading to Q3 being an outsized quarter for domestic venture capital activity.

Boston startups expand region’s venture capital footprint


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.

From Our Founder: Creating Opportunity During Times of Crisis


Consumer behavior and buying patterns like these have changed radically since the onset of the crisis, creating opportunity for new business ventures. The post From Our Founder: Creating Opportunity During Times of Crisis appeared first on StartupNation.

Space manufacturing startup Varda, incubated at Founders Fund, emerges with $9 million in funding


From a young age, Will Bruey, the co-founder and chief executive of Varda Space Industries , was fascinated with space and running his own business. Like other Founders Fund companies, Palantir and Anduril, Varda takes its name from the novels of J.R.R.

Extra Crunch roundup: Edtech VC survey, 5 founder mistakes, fintech liquidity, more


Edtech needs to reach beyond underfunded public school systems to become more sustainable, which is why more investors and founders are focusing on lifelong learning. Here’s who she spoke to: Deborah Quazzo , managing partner, GSV Ventures.

Why some VCs prefer to work with first-time founders


Repeat founders who have a proven track record, good references, and in the best cases, an exit to point to will have an easy time making inroads with venture capitalists. Udemy and altMBA co-founders return to edtech with a new, stealthy business.

Pandemic’s impact disproportionately reduced VC funding for female founders


The last few quarters did not play out as as expected for venture capitalists or entrepreneurs; instead of a pandemic-fueled recession that cauterized the flow of private investment into startups, the economic shifts brought on by COVID-19 have given many companies a tailwind.

Female Founders: What the numbers mean and what they don't

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Brooklyn Bridge Ventures came in first, with a whopping 61%. Lerer Ventures was second, with just under 20%. The funny thing about stats is that you can basically come up with a stat to justify any argument or position--and the whole female founders in tech conversation has a ton of numbers that people put out there as various types of proof and justification, or blame. Take the most widely used number--that way fewer women are getting venture funding than guys.