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.

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.

Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator

GAN

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. Building a community of other founders they can work alongside, who really get what it’s like.

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.

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 ».

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

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. 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

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.

R/GA Ventures announces its new Coalition Venture Studio to support Black founders

TechCrunch

Design and marketing consultancy R/GA is expanding its Venture Studios program with the launch of a new Coalition Venture Studio focused specifically on supporting Black-led and Black-owned startups. ” Black Tech Nation Ventures is a new fund for Black entrepreneurs.

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.

Venture Deals Spring 2020 Course – Now Open for Registration!

TechStars

Raising capital can be one of the most difficult parts of the founder journey. Venture Deals is a seven-week, team-oriented, “learn-by-doing” online course, hosted by NovoEdu, that includes educational videos from Brad and Jason, virtual team projects, worksheets, and case studies.

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.

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. .

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.

5 More Things VCs Wish Startup Founders Knew

Dream It

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.

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

500

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.

How To Raise Venture Capital (When You Have Zero Connections)

Entrepreneur's Handbook

entrepreneurship venture-capital angel-investors startup foundersBradley Davis shares tips on fundraising for startups, including cold outreach tricks & advice on building a network from scratch. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

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.

How Much Money Should You Raise From Venture Investors?

Dream It

So the question remains: what is the appropriate amount of funding founders should request? This framework helps founders position their fundraising targets and avoid red flags with investors. Founders commonly frame their ask as an extension of runway (e.g. $1M

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

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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

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

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.

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.

How May Ph.D. Startup Founders Build for the Long term?

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Gil Dibner, the general partner at Angular Ventures noticed : “… we live in an era where there are tremendous short-term benefits to successful pseudo entrepreneurship. founders could build startups for the long term, based on these trends. founders?—?challenges founders.

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

Nigerian fintech Okra raises $3.5M backed by Accenture Ventures and Susa Ventures

TechCrunch

based Susa Ventures led this latest tranche of investment. Other investors include TLcom Capital (the sole investor from its $1 million pre-seed round in 2020), newly joined Accenture Ventures and some angel investors.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. Jason answers critical questions for founders, including: How can your company ensure survival? Your primary job as a founder is to save the business.

Our Customer Experience Promise to Founders

Founders Coop

As operators, we were lucky to raise from some pretty amazing VC role models, people like Brad Feld at Foundry Group, Ethan Kurzweil at Bessemer Venture Partners, and Karan Mehandru at Trinity Ventures. Success in venture investing is random and unpredictable.

expanding equity in STEM innovation: showcasing female founders of color

Venture Well

Studies show that diversity is key to sparking innovation and developing holistic solutions in early-stage ventures, The post expanding equity in STEM innovation: showcasing female founders of color appeared first on VentureWell.

Dreamit Ventures Announces Spring 2020 Cohort, Kicks Off Its First Fully Virtual Program

Dream It

The venture fund launched a completely virtual program with a focus on helping 13 Urbantech, Healthtech, and Securetech startups with business development, customer growth, and capital raising in a time of economic uncertainty.

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Most VCs did well academically and had enough career success that a venture firm was willing to give them an investment role or they were able to raise their own fund. We then help surround founders with other talent who want to join important causes but don’t have the startup idea themselves. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. In the end I know the only true differentiator in venture capital is the company you keep.

Sorbet raises $6M seed led by Viola Ventures to tackle the thorny financials of paid time off

TechCrunch

Israeli startup, Sorbet — which is tackling what companies do with the financial risks as employees accrue paid time off (PTO) — has raised $6 million in a seed funding round led by Viola Ventures, with participation by Global Founders Capital and Meron Capital. A U.S./Israeli