Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19


The post Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19 appeared first on 500 Startups. There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has affected nearly every industry globally. 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. As a VC firm, we’ve had to adapt many aspects of our business as well.

Bottom-up SaaS: A framework for mapping pricing to customer value


In this piece, we will take a closer look at this trend — and specifically how it has fundamentally altered pricing — and at a framework for mapping pricing to customer value. The MAP customer value framework. Caryn Marooney. Contributor. Share on Twitter.


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Grouparoo snares $3M seed to build open source customer data integration framework


Today, Grouparoo , a new startup from three industry vets is the next company up with an open source framework designed to make it easier for developers to access and make use of customer data.

Numbers Protocol’s blockchain camera Capture App safeguards the integrity of photos


The open-source Starling Framework for Data Integrity was launched to protect the veracity of online content using blockchain technology, creating “birth certificates” for photos and videos and tracking any changes made to them.

Buyer’s Checklist: How to Evaluate a B2B Contact Data Provider

Many organizations fail to properly evaluate vendors during the selection process. Download ZoomInfo’s data-driven eBook for guidance on effectively assessing the vendor marketplace. After reading, you’ll gain insight into the following components:

SEC Framework Amended to Promote Capital Formation and Expand Opportunities

Angel Capital Association

By: Pat Gouhin, Chief Executive Officer The Angel Capital Association’s continued advocacy toward harmonizing and simplifying the existing framework to improve capital raising pathways and expand investment opportunities has yielded successful results for U.S. The amendments will address gaps and intricacies in the framework that hinder capital access for issuers and entrepreneurs, and access to investment opportunities for investors.

How to Choose a Prioritization Framework

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Or combine many frameworks into one meta-framework Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». product-roadmap product-development startup product-management prioritization

A Framework for Maximizing Startup Marketing Effectiveness

Tomasz Tunguz

At a board meeting last week, one of the VPs of Marketing I’m lucky to work with presented a brilliantly simple way of explaining the evolution of a startup’s marketing tactics. I’ve drawn a diagram of the idea above, which borrows heavily from McKinsey’s 3 horizons. Startups have many different marketing options at their disposal: SEO/SEM, print, radio, TV, mail, affiliate, content marketing…The list goes on and on.

A six-step framework to make strategic decisions

Tomasz Tunguz

This framework has helped me many times simplify strategic questions and shift from questioning to analysis to action. By using an analysis framework like the one above, you can bring clarity and a common language with your board for evaluating and making the right strategic choices Any number of challenges can arise during a startup’s initial years. Some of these changes could be major and may require rethinking strategy. Competitors enter your target market.

The Best Goal Setting Frameworks

Tomasz Tunguz

But, there are other frameworks for setting goals. I had wanted to find some consistent framework for setting goals. Of late, I’ve been having lots of conversations with founders about setting goals. It’s a really important topic for many founders, because it’s the way that management teams align incentives and focus an organization on a few important areas.

Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business


The post Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business appeared first on The Gust Blog. We’ve just released our free Co-founder Equity Split tool. It’ll give you a fair and objective recommendation about how to divide your startup’s ownership, so you and your co-founders will have a sensible, real starting point for this notoriously hard, crucially important conversation.

[Virgin Hyperloop One in Post Gazette] U.S. Department of Transportation releases framework for hyperloop development


Department of Transportation releases framework for hyperloop development appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

3 key ingredients for successful remote work

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Richard Walton and Heléne Smuts say yes—provided you have the right framework in place. In order for any company to transition to being remote, a robust framework must be established for everyone to follow. Essentially, this framework ensures that people have what they need to deliver.

A Framework to Maximize Your Startup's Hiring Success

Tomasz Tunguz

After a startup attains product market fit and begins to exceed the first breaking point of the startup management structure around 10 employees, it’s time to codify the company’s values. The values of the company are the most concrete way for a business to determine whether candidates might make good employees. At two separate SaaS Office Hours recently, we heard similar stories from Maia at Greenhouse and Pete at Optimizely.

CO.STARTERS Launches New Initiative Focused on Small Business Recovery


A five-step Road to Recovery framework to help entrepreneurs adapt now and for the future. To this end, CO.STARTERS has launched the Road to Recovery framework 1 to help entrepreneurs and communities navigate the unforeseeable future. This Road to Recovery framework is how we believe we can best serve businesses of all stages in the moment that we are in. CO.STARTERS has always been about helping entrepreneurs get unstuck.

The Three Frameworks You Need to Create Powerful Presentations and Tell Compelling Stories

Tomasz Tunguz

In Resonate, Nancy explains the three different key components of memorable, effective pitches: the journey the speaker would like the audience to traverse, the framework for creating a good story, and the mechanism to bring the two together. Last, Duarte combines synthesizes the output of these two frameworks into a spark line, like the one above for the iPhone announcement by Steve Jobs. I remember many the great TED talks I’ve watched.

Dave Balter’s framework for being a great leader

Fred Destin

Dave learned a framework called OGSM (Objectives / Goals / Strategies / Measures) after his company Bzzagent was acquired by market research firm dunnhumby. The OGSM framework can be use to manage change at each of these levels. Simple framework : the top 5 list. P&G picked it up as the cornerstone of how they cascade their strategic framework top down. I found the OGSM framework useful because it is simple and actionable.


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Coinbase released an open source framework for crypto asssets to make it easier to list them on crypto exchanges. An open source middleware framework like Rosetta should make it much easier for exchanges to list new assets and allow them to support new assets more quickly. It is called Rosetta. Coinbase is encouraging blockchain projects to integrate Rosetta so that they can more easily list new assets on the Coinbase Exchange.

The 4 States of an Engineering Team

Tomasz Tunguz

The 4 states of an engineering team is a mental model that resonated with me, and I think it provides a framework for leadership teams and boards to understand the state of a developer team. The mental models and frameworks are broadly applicable and useful

The four tenets of conscious capitalism

Entrepreneurs' Organization

To this end, the conscious capitalism movement provides a framework that includes four interconnected disciplines. Contributed to EO by Kent Gregoire.

The Key to Finding Solutions is Making Mistakes


Taking the established methods and frameworks in our signature Core program in one hand and virtual-learning technology in the other, we reframed the conversation around business adaptation with our Road to Recovery initiative and Rebuild program. .

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem


The Community Roles in Ecosystem Building framework intentionally uses language designed to help shift our thinking from institutions to individuals. Let us know how we can continue to improve the framework to help more sustainable, scalable, transformative ecosystem building work happen in our communities regionally, nationally, and locally… for better people, better communities, and a better world. By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary.

5 Questions with Ian Hathaway, co-author of The Startup Community Way

Ian Hathaway

It’s a collection of frameworks, principles, and action points that guide and inform practitioners and observers about the key characteristics, behavioral patterns, and basic function of startup communities and entrepreneurial ecosystems. What is “The Startup Community Way”?

Event Driven Growth

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Each situation is different but a framework I like is to take your pre-event baseline, your event driven peak, and assume you will give up half of the delta when things return to normal and that will be your new baseline. I realize that most businesses are suffering greatly in this pandemic. Many have been shut completely. But there are some that are experiencing the opposite situation. They have a growth spurt as a result of this moment.

ESHIP Year Three: From Inspiration to Action


Developed from our learnings across hundreds of communities, the Community Roles framework is intended to help leaders identify skill sets in themselves and others that are key to ecosystem building. The first ever CO.STARTERS pop-up book—a long-time idea of our Creative team—also made its debut at our Science Fair booth, bringing together our models and frameworks for ecosystem building in the form of a touchable, tangible story.

We Created a Program to Help Businesses Rebuild. Here’s What We’ve Learned So Far.


This comes as little surprise to us, as the Rebuild program model is based on the proven tools, processes, and frameworks we teach in our CO.STARTERS Core curriculum.

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth


While these frameworks are incredibly helpful, a very important set of factors are being overlooked—context, trajectory, and timing. A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community. By Enoch Elwell. Entrepreneurial culture is changing. There’s something exciting afoot if you look through the negative national narrative on the decline of small cities and towns across the United States.

Growing a Living Community


CO.STARTERS credits this success to the growing community of passionate and highly engaged individual entrepreneurial leaders and ”ecosystem builders” across the network who are actively implementing the frameworks and tools in their local context and sharing their learnings to continually make the resources more effective. CO.STARTERS Summit Highlights Deepened Support for Entrepreneurial Leaders. Grassroots entrepreneurial leaders from across the U.S.

Give Big, Shop Small with 12 Days of Starters


Download the free framework we use to help people turn ideas into action. Each year during the holiday season we look forward to putting our money where our mission is: helping communities thrive through entrepreneurship. The CO.STARTERS Holiday Gift Guide was created to celebrate the growing community of starters we are proud to support, and to help anyone shop local anywhere and leverage their holiday spending to support entrepreneurs and the communities that support them. .

What To Work On

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

But I can give you a framework because choosing what to invest in is a lot like choosing what to work on. But the framework is similar. My partner Brad likes to ask about the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing. His observation, which I totally agree with, is that many people and companies do things right but don’t do the right thing.

Unsung Heroes of Ecosystem Building: Meet the Voices Championing “Universal Support”


Written by Anika Horn and Jeff Bennett, the series introduces each of the seven ESHIP Goals (a collaborative framework) through the perspectives of Champions who are spearheading initiatives within each goal.

Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

Both Sides of the Table

Draw from Frameworks. The most helpful type of advice in my mind are frameworks for how to solve a problem. On market segmentation I often recite my “ Elephants, Deer & Rabbits ” framework. On teams I have a framework for tech teams “ CTO vs. VP Eng ” or on sales I have “ Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars ” 5. Each is a framework for thinking about a problem.

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A Scorecard: Should a decision be fast, or slow?

A Smart Bear

Rather, this is a framework for thinking through what needs to be done. We all know that startups should make decisions quickly. Fast decisions leads to rapid action, which accelerates the loop of production and feedback, which is how you outpace and out-learn a competitor, even one that already has a lead. But some decisions should not be made in haste, like a key executive hire , or how to price , or whether to raise money, or whether to invest millions of dollars in a new product line.

Why You Haven't Sold Your Product to a CISO

Dream It

For example, Mitre Att&ck framework for classifying threats and alerts (If it’s a SaaS offering) SOC2 certification There are many other certifications such as Common Criteria that provide assurance your product meets minimum requirements.

Building Your Early Startup Core Team

Dream It

We brought on Caya (CEO of Slidebean ) to provide a smart framework on how to find the right cofounders that can hit this mark. In the early stages of startup growth, it is critical to have a balanced and strong core team of founders. Here’s why those two words matter.

Startup Funding Explained: How to Raise a Bridge Round

Dream It

When you’re raising a bridge round and pitching investors, their first reaction may be that you’re in trouble. To overcome this, you’ll need to properly address your reason for raising bridge funding.

The business model of the future

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Read on to learn why Joachimsthaler believes this framework encourages innovation more than any other business model. Erich Joachimsthaler , founder and CEO of VIVALDI envisions a new business model—one that creates shared value for all.