Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19


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5 Things VC Associates Wish Founders Knew Before Their Call

Dream It

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. Alana suggests that before speaking to an associate, you gain a basic understanding of the fund’s focus and stages they invest in.


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Startup Investment 101: Investment Rounds Explained


By Michael Whitehouse Investment rounds are an essential part of the startup investment journey. Something that we state to our members at 1000 Angels , the private investor network that connects startups with investors, is that If you are a new investor in the startup marketplace, then you will need to quickly familiarize yourself with each round. The terminology used to describe these investment rounds can seem daunting, but it needn't be.

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


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.

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.

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. The post Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever appeared first on 500 Startups.

The Common Denominator Among Our 25 Startup Investments


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.

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. It happens regularly in the startup world. If you are heavily invested in something that doesn’t work, it hurts.

Next Level Entrepreneurship: Investing in a New Generation of Startups

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We brought together the best of all worlds: Conscious customers invested in uplifting the underprivileged, a low-cost and motivated rural workforce, and passionate leaders in urban communities who nurture and grow global opportunities,” Ravi explained in a 2018 interview published on Inc. The program’s name reflects its focus on five pillars for startup success: Customer, Achievement, Recognition, Education and Social.

The State of Startups


Lately, I’ve been often asked how startups are handling COVID-19. Based on my conversations with GAN Accelerators, GAN Corporate Partners, GSSN Studios, and the startups GAN Ventures has invested in, here is how startups seem to be faring in this season.

Is Startup Investing Right For You?


By Tim Houghten Startup investing may be right for the many individuals in the U.S., Why invest in startups offline or online via platforms like 1000 Angels ? What role should startup investing play in your financial plan? What’s the smartest way to embrace this type of investment? A quick review of the 2015 Forbes list of the richest billionaires shows that virtually all members are invested in businesses in some aspect. Invest in Startups.

Why @UpfrontVC invested in Disruptive Rental Car Startup @Skurt

Both Sides of the Table

Surely the startup can do better. But it wasn’t until I met the team from Skurt that I felt compelled to invest. They found a model to transform the entire experience and deliver a mobile-first product that is as good as using Hotel Tonight or Hipmunk (in fact, the founder & CEO of Hipmunk liked the product so much he invested!). Startup LessonsRental cars.

Zoom launches $100M Zoom Apps investment fund


Today the company announced a $100 million investment fund to encourage the most promising startups using the Zoom toolset to launch a business by giving them funding, while using that as a springboard to encourage other developers to take advantage of the tooling on the platform.

How I Invest

Both Sides of the Table

I was speaking recently to the team at NuOrder , an LA-based company we’re an investor in about “realism in startups” — an impromptu talk I have given to any of our portfolio companies who ask. 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.

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. 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.

The New Startup Geography: VCs used to view the heartland as an investment desert.


The New Startup Geography: VCs used to view the heartland as an investment desert. about Revolution’s Rise of the Rest and our efforts to get more capital flowing to startups outside the coastal tech hubs here.

Declan Kelly Joins Techstars Investment Team


Kelly will help Techstars increase connectivity between startups and the global venture community to fuel innovation and growth. In his new role, Kelly will expand Techstars’ global investor ecosystem, with a focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), connecting more investors with some of the most exciting and disruptive startups around the world. . About Techstars Announcements Declan Kelly EMEA investment team investments investors

How African startups raised investments in 2020


To understand how much growth has occurred, African startups raised a meagre $400 million in 2015 compared to the $2 billion that came into the continent in 2019, according to Africa-focused fund Partech Africa. Did African startups raise $496M, $1B or $2B in 2019?

TechCrunch: Where top VCs are investing in construction robotics

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One of the most common areas of attention respondents highlighted were startups focused on construction and manufacturing. Matt Murphy and Grace Ge, Menlo Ventures Which trends are you most excited about in construction robotics from an investing perspective?

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


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. No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist.

Women entrepreneurs find success despite lack of access to investment capital

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Despite an overall decline in entrepreneurship in the United States, women are still responsible for the launch of a large portion of business startups in recent years. Women-owned businesses receive, on average, almost $5,000 less than men in startup loans , according to Fundera.

A Weird and Wacky Approach To Angel Investing


An Odd Start To My Angel Investing. I did not plan to do another startup. I had done it for 10+ years and lived the notorious startup life. My conviction to not do startups lasted only a few.weeks. During classes (which I loved), I missed the startup life.

Tips for Investing in Startups if You're a Celebrity

This is going to be BIG.

Investing in startups is hard and it's going to be hard for you, too. The trusted celeb manager who doesn't know anything about startups, never made an angel investment before, and thinks they're big s**t because some celeb picked them out of a hat to look at deals for them. Celebs are better off investing in a few funds and working with the VCs in those funds that they've built a trusted relationship with to vet deals for them.

Startups, Supreme, and soft-circling your way to an investment


“Who do I think is going to be an investment with such velocity that getting in early is going to be more than worth it as they grow.”. I think this is the best framing I’ve seen about how to drum up excitement for a startup as a founder.

Why Revolution Growth is Investing in Orchard


Today we are thrilled to announce our investment in Orchard , a company dramatically simplifying the process of buying and selling a home with a modern, digital experience from search to close. real-estate startup venture-capital

Our Investment in Good Buy Gear


The startup has already joined forces with several prominent retailers to help them find sustainable solutions to returned baby merchandise. billion was invested across 347 deals in the state?—?and venture-capital marketplaces startup

500’s Past & Present: Betting on International Startups


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. So it really comes down to the thing that we always say which is that we always believed from day one that there are brilliant startups all over the world, but opportunity isn’t universal.” – Tim Chae, Managing Partner at 500 As a.

‘Pure’ nutritional supplements startup Feel closes $6.2M investment, led by Fuel Ventures


Earlier this year we covered the launch of Heights , a new supplements startup in an increasingly hot category. startup with another twist on this world: pure nutritional supplements. Feel founder Boris Hodakel says he spun up his startup after looking at the U.K.’s

8 Ways to Identify the Perfect Startup Investment


By Michael Whitehouse If you are considering investing in a startup company offline or online with platforms like 1000 Angels , a private investor network that connects startups with investors, the sheer number of what’s available can be both daunting and comforting. On one hand there are so many startup founders out there that it is very difficult to identify which ones have the best chance of success and producing a profit for investors. Invest in startups.

Qualcomm Ventures invests in four 5G startups


Qualcomm Ventures , Qualcomm’s investment arm, today announced four new strategic investments in 5G-related startups. ” So far, Qualcomm Ventures has invested over $170 million in the 5G ecosystem, including this new batch.

Google invests in Indian startups Glance and DailyHunt


Google said on Tuesday it is investing in two Indian startups, Glance and DailyHunt, as the Android-maker makes a further push into the world’s second-largest internet market. Google is also investing in Roposo. Investment in DailyHunt.

Seed Investments in Insurrection

This is going to be BIG.

Similarly, I just got a pitch for a startup providing telehealth access that specialized in allergies—which I was pretty excited about until they told me that pharmaceutical companies were fronting the cost of their marketing.

Will Investing Move Online as WFH takes over?


And, conversely, investing. So will there be no investments made in that time? Investing for example, where we have unique perspective. And, of course, the classic example is investments made by angel investors online on the Propel(x) platform.

Ben Franklin Invests in Tech Startups Adversely Affected by COVID-19.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Nine tech-companies in central and northern PA, that were adversely affected by COVID-19, received an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP that will allow them to stabilize their operations and further develop and commercialize new products, processes, or software applications.

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

Both Sides of the Table

This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. I had been thinking a lot about this recently because I’m often asked the question of “what I look for in an entrepreneur when I want to invest?” In the comments section a clever question popped up about whether I would have invested in myself before I became an investor. I had invested in myself for years. Startup Lessons


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Every year, dozens of PA startups get their start with Ben Franklin Technology Partners. WE INVEST IN INNOVATION. The post SIX PA STARTUPS RECEIVED AN INVESTMENT FROM BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS appeared first on BFTP/CNP.

Indonesian investment platform FUNDtastic lands $7.7 million Series A


Despite the market impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, retail investing is increasing in Indonesia , especially among people aged 18 to 30. Today, investment platform FUNDtastic announced it has raised a $7.7