Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19

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The post Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19 appeared first on 500 Startups. All Venture Capital Investing covid19 Investing investing strategy seed investing venture capital investingThere’s no doubt that COVID-19 has affected nearly every industry globally.

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.

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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. 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.

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.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.

To succeed as an entrepreneur, make these 8 investments

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Invest in Yourself. We all invest our time and money in people and things. The best investment for entrepreneurs is always going to be in themselves. This could mean your health, education, well-being or relationships—anything that can fine-tune and improve your life will bring the highest return on investment because the cost is often very small. Invest in yourself in both small and big ways. Invest in Your Business. Invest in Tax Strategy.

Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

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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. Announcements Diversity Founders Venture Capital Investing covid19 diversity female founders Inclusion

The Social Subsidy of Angel Investing

Alex Danco

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. Startups that are positioned for venture scale: We focus on venture-scale opportunities that have a logical path to a 10x, and a plausible path to a 100x, return on our investment. The post Why We Invest in Authentic Founders appeared first on GAN.

Startup Investment 101: Investment Rounds Explained

Onevest

By Michael Whitehouse Investment rounds are an essential part of the startup investment journey. The terminology used to describe these investment rounds can seem daunting, but it needn't be. A big part of this is understanding the various rounds of investment out there so that they may be negotiated with ease and confidence. Seed Investment This is the first type of investment round on offer through a startup. Startup Investing

Why B2B Contact and Account Data Management Is Critical to Your ROI

64% of successful data-driven marketers say improving data quality is the most challenging obstacle to achieving success. Given data’s direct impact on marketing campaigns, reporting, and sales follow up, maintaining an accurate and consistent database is a top priority for B2B organizations. This latest eBook aims to help marketing leaders understand the impact of data management on their company’s ROI.

My 1985 Nike Air Jordan Investment

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This page shows the highlights of this sale, including a video, a link to the investment deck, and a link to the offering circular. Earlier this week I purchased 1% of a collection of five 1985 Nike Air Jordan sneakers using our portfolio company Otis’ mobile app. I paid $330 for ten shares (out of a total of 1000 shares) implying a value of $33,000 for the five pairs, or roughly $6600 each.

Seed Investments in Insurrection

This is going to be BIG.

Well, it’s kind of hard to make money if the long term consequences of your investments threaten the free and open democracy that underpins our society. You know the one, where our income from investments gets taxed at a lower rate than the rate on income an elementary school teacher makes.

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

i2E Investment History

Innovation 2 Enterprise

i2E has been a primary source of concept, seed stage, start-up and early growth investment capital for Oklahoma’s emerging small businesses for two decades. Ou r rigorous investment process has a reputation for producing companies that are well positioned for success in the marketplace.

Forrester Research Report: How Sales and Marketing Intelligence Drive Improved Business Outcomes

In 2019, DiscoverOrg commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate sales and marketing intelligence practices in the B2B space. The primary takeaway? Forrester found only 1.2% of companies achieved a score indicating maturity in data management practices. However, organizations are fighting back - and winning.

Seraf Toolbox: Impact Investing Due Diligence Checklist

The Seraf Compass

These best practices apply equally to both traditional early stage investing and impact-oriented investment opportunities. However, impact investing brings additional considerations to the diligence process. .

Genflow nabs $11M investment from BGF

TechCrunch

Genflow , a London an0d LA-based brand building agency that offers an e-commerce and mobile tech platform to let influencers start companies, has raised $11 million in funding. Leading the round is U.K. investor BGF.

Timing Is Everything: Angel Investing Success

The Seraf Compass

Indonesian investment platform Ajaib gets $25 million Series A led by Horizons Venture and Alpha JWC

TechCrunch

Ajaib Group , an online investment platform that says it now runs the fifth-largest stock brokerage in Indonesia by number of trades, announced it has raised a $25 million Series A led by Horizons Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by Li Ka-Shing, and Alpha JWC.

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. And I invested. I invested in businesses that I believed had a huge opportunity that could grow to be worth $100M or more. I have invested in many founders who have had children while building their companies, and guess what? I believed that I would make a solid return on every single woman I invested in. Many of the companies I have invested in have done it.

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—. I’m saying this because I want you to know who most often gets investment from us—founders who are truly passionate about what they do.

US seed-stage investing flourished during pandemic

TechCrunch

TechCrunch explored what happened in seed investing to uncover what was missed amidst the storm and fury of late-stage startup activity. As the United States entered its first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns, there were wide expectations in startup land that a reckoning had arrived.

Revenue-based financing: The next step for private equity and early-stage investment

TechCrunch

Thomas Rush is founder of Bootstrapp and Head of Investment Platform at ConsenSys Mesh. Revenue-based investing ( RBI), also known as revenue-based financing, or revenue-share investing, 1 is a natural next step for the private equity and early-stage venture investment industry.

All Investing Has Impact

This is going to be BIG.

I've always had a problem with the term "impact investing". It's as if the investments that you made that aren't part of an impact investing strategy hang from the ceiling Mission Impossible style in a temperature controlled environment making no discernable impact on stakeholder's lives. Yet, no one is rushing to classify an urban delivery company as an "impact investment", even though they probably should.

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?

RVI’s New Model 1 year in: 3x the members, 2x the investments, more diversification

Paul G. Silva

Invested in nearly twice as many companies in 2020 than in any prior year in our 18 year history. If you aren’t familiar with the River Valley Investors (RVI), we connect angels to strong startups who have already secured an angel group or venture fund to lead the round, share their due diligence, and help guide the company post-investment. One year ago the angel group I have the honor to lead pivoted to a substantially different model. Like all pivots, it wasn’t easy.

How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19

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The challenge remains, however, of navigating the current investment climate, and we want to help our founders as much as possible in this unknown landscape. The post How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19 appeared first on 500 Startups. All Announcements Founders Tips and Trends Venture Capital InvestingWith the rise in regulations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we’ve entered unprecedented times on a global scale.

How VCs invested in Asia and Europe in 2020

TechCrunch

Wrapping our look at how the venture capital asset class invested in 2020, today we’re taking a peek at Europe’s impressive year, and Asia’s slightly less invigorating set of results. (We’re Record dollar amounts were being invested, but across falling deal volume.

How growth investing grew so big so quickly

TechCrunch

Derek Zanutto is a general partner at CapitalG , Alphabet’s independent growth fund, where he invests in data, security and SaaS-based enterprise software. Despite our valuation concerns, we ended up making the investment. Derek Zanutto. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

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. Aaron Jacobson, NEA Which trends are you most excited about in construction robotics from an investing perspective? Investments in this theme include Roadbotics and Hades.

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 know that sounds trite but it’s the best way I can describe my early-stage investments. If I don’t do both then it’s highly unlikely I will invest. I know now that investments will consume many hours including late nights / early mornings and weekends. Often as I describe to people privately why I invested the first reaction is not to immediately get it.

Salesforce leads $15M investment in Asian HR tech platform Darwinbox

TechCrunch

This is one of Salesforce Ventures’ rare investments in Asia. Peddi said the startup has always looked up to Salesforce for inspiration, and investment from the enterprise giant is “nothing sort of a child receiving validation from their father,” he said.

An Investment Fund for NYC Foodies

This is going to be BIG.

I don't remember whether it was over a meal at Good Fork , Rucola , Martha , or maybe over an Ample Hills ice cream cone, but I've definitely said the words "Wouldn't it be cool if you could setup a way to invest in the growth of the food and beverage scene in Brooklyn--like, the whole thing. Circles are separately managed private funds that invest in companies on the CircleUp platform. They are intended to provide investors an alternative to direct investments in companies.

Early Stage Investment Syndication: Key Issues

The Seraf Compass

A very common practice in the investment world is syndication. Syndication allows multiple investors -- whether they be individuals, angel groups, VC funds, etc. -- to join together and provide the funding resources needed by one company. Syndication has been a common practice amongst VC firms for decades

AllRight, an English language learning app for children, raises $5M from Genesis Investments

TechCrunch

It’s now raised a $5 million Series A round led by Genesis Investments, with participation from TMT Investments, TerraVC and existing investors Flashpoint and Misha Lyalin. Apps Education Europe Recent Funding Startups AllRight Genesis Investments

Jason Calacanis Answers the Top 5 Questions He Gets about Angel Investing

Dream It

In this guest Dreamit Dose, Jason Calacanis (@jason), a technology entrepreneur, angel investor, and the host of the popular podcasts This Week in Startups and Angel, answers the top 5 questions he gets about angel investing. Jason says, “Investing is about the long game.”