Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19

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Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

500

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.

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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.

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.

Investing In Learning

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

USV has invested in the education sector for a bit more than ten years. We have focused on “direct to learner” businesses and have mostly avoided investing in companies that sell to the established education system. We hope to find more businesses like this to invest in as we think we are just at the beginning of rethinking how we want to learn and educate. We kicked things off with an event we called Hacking Education back in March 2009.

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. About Techstars Announcements Declan Kelly EMEA investment team investments investors

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. Seed Investment This is the first type of investment round on offer through a startup.

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.

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. Many of the companies I have invested in have done it.

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.

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

500

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.

Timing Is Everything: Angel Investing Success

The Seraf Compass

Ask a great investor what factors are most critical in his/her success in selecting investments and you will probably hear some variation on the following list: Great Team, Great Idea, Huge Market Opportunity, and Innovative Business Model.

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.

Janet Bannister on human-centered investing

TechStars

Canadian VC Janet Bannister, a partner at Real Ventures, loves investing in “conscious founders” who are trying to make the world a better place. Her style of “human-centered investing” prioritizes people and relationships, and investing in smart, self-aware, teachable entrepreneurs. .

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.

Angel Investing in Challenging Times

The Seraf Compass

It’s amazing how the world economic situation changed seemingly overnight with Covid-19. One moment we were enjoying a healthy economy with a robust outlook on the future. Suddenly, a pandemic crisis sweeps over the globe creating uncertainty in all aspects of our lives.

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? Mirabile: What's your core investing philosophy?

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.

How Entrepreneurs Can Invest in Their Families

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We doubled down on accountability earlier this year and invested in a family retreat with Bradley and Jamie. The post How Entrepreneurs Can Invest in Their Families appeared first on Octane Blog – The official blog of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.

Key Risks of Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

? Early stage investing is an inherently risky way to invest. As angel investors, you need to be aware of the key risks you are taking with your investment The list of high level risks is long and includes financing risk, technical risk, and market risk.

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.

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.

Is Startup Investing Right For You?

Onevest

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? Invest in Startups. Startup Investing

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.

Want to Build Employee Engagement? Invest in Your People Holistically.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Glazer has established himself as a leader who invests in his team and in the culture of his organization. . For a deeper dive into how to invest in your team, check out EO 24/7. . Invest in Your People Holistically.

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.

Expanding My Investment Thesis to Run the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars

TechStars

Today, I start my next adventure in startup investing – I’m the new Managing Director of the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars. My objective is to give the startups I invest in tremendous support in acquiring customers and fundraising from investors.

Investing In Distressed Communities. Opportunity Zones

Smart Hustle Magazine

If you want to be a business owner, what assets does your community have that can attract investment? The council has a department dedicated to investors that create Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOF), which have the flexibility to invest in equipment, buildings, property, and businesses.

Top Start-Up Investments That Are More Than Worth It

Startup Grind

Tight money and the lure of investing in unnecessary “money-holes” sometimes take over many out there. For many start-up owners, it may feel like every small investment, every new system, software product, or basically, any other type of investment, is a burden.

Impact Investing: Best Reads and Podcasts

The Seraf Compass

Based on conversations with leading impact investors, we compiled a list of books and podcasts that will further inform and keep you up to date on the impact investing world

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.

Fund Investing Versus Fund Management

Haystack

When I started out investing (via a fund — not my money), I was just investing based on a simple schedule: About once a month, invest $25K into one company I liked. The trick with these experiments and lessons is that in investing, you don’t get the feedback right away — it can take a few years at seed to understand the impact of those decisions. Fund investing is easy — fund management is not.

Will Investing Move Online as WFH takes over?

propel(x)

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.

Kesha Cash on impact investing—and how mentorship got her there

TechStars

Kesha Cash founded Impact America Fund in 2013 with a goal of investing in software and tech enabled companies that have a positive benefit on underserved communities in America. More specifically we were looking for entrepreneurs of color, and we made a number of investments together.

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

Both Sides of the Table

Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. thus the rise of “pre seed” investing). It’s very noticeable in terms of funds raised, dollars invested and deals completed.

Invest in Lines, not Dots

Both Sides of the Table

In normal times investors will look for “traction&# before investing. I spoke about this more in depth in these two posts: 4 things I look for in an investment & how to manage VC relationships. I didn’t invest in Orgoo but by the time he launched Ad.ly