“Delivering Meaningful Opportunities to do Good Stuff Together:” Community Leader Spotlight with Pascale Hyboud-Peron

TechStars

Pascale Hyboud-Peron, Co-founder and Director of Venture Centre , has an awesome Twitter bio: “Creating connections and exploring intersections between people and ideas by delivering meaningful opportunities to do good stuff together #entrepreneurship.”.

Want to Solve a Social Problem? Turn It Into an Economic Opportunity

TechStars

The key is to turn a social problem into an economic opportunity. “If Katica began with a hypothesis: from the macroeconomic perspective, gender equity is an economic opportunity. Katica Roy is on a mission to close the gender equity gap—in her lifetime.

Opportunity Amid Volatility

Haystack

Maybe the region will be caught in this perpetual cycle of intense local inflation and an abundance of resources, and the ones who will thrive in such waters are those who, amid all these never-seen-before changes, seize the opportunity that volatility provides. It’s an unusual time in the markets.

Time for the Opportunity Fund?

EntreWorks Consulting

Third Way has recently released a plan to create a new $60 billion Opportunity Fund to encourage venture capital (VC) investments in locations outside of America’s VC hotspots. At $60 billion, the Opportunity Fund is a big idea, but not necessarily a new one. This deep knowledge base yields several important lessons for the Opportunity Fund. I don’t know if the Fund has a chance of being enacted, but I’m happy to see the Opportunity Fund concept out in the policy debate.

Thinking About Berlin: Unleashing a Creative Opportunity

This is going to be BIG.

That's what will attract the best entrepreneurs here--an opportunity to push limits and explore the future of innovation. How much longer will the opportunity to clone startups for other cultures and countries last when we become more and more connected everyday?

Cybersecurity firm benefits from Oklahoma opportunities

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. As I talk daily with Oklahoma’s entrepreneurs, elected officials and investors, I have yet to find one single person who does not agree that economic diversification is critical to our state’s future. However, as easy as it may be to gain agreement that economic diversification is a goal, it is quite a different matter to achieve it as a priority.

Market Opportunity From Customer Hostility, Exhibit 802.11: Airline WiFi

Gust

One class of clear business opportunity, which wouldn’t exist in an ideal world, is created by the service that seemingly makes it as difficult as possible for potential paying customers to make it take their money.

Why are the majority of angel investors focused on opportunities with large TAM?

Gust

Because of the economic realities of angel investing, not greed. The hard and unforgiving facts are that the majority of all angel-backed ventures fail completely, losing all the money of all the investors.

Different Ways To Invest In Startups: The Opportunity… And The Catch

Haystack

The Opportunity: This is where truly 1,000x outcomes happen. The Opportunity: Instead of pooling risk in a fund, an investor can raise money from others for a specific deal. The Opportunity: VC funds have gotten huge and most have formalized “scout programs” made famous by Sequoia. – The Opportunity: This is the dream! The Opportunity: The infrastructure is set. The Opportunity: Can feel more appealing to newer generations.

Why Share Repurchases Create Large Opportunity Costs for Early Stage Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

But when evaluating them, consider the significant opportunity cost of investing those dollars into the business, especially in the early stages of a company. In the public stock market, share repurchases/buybacks have reached more than $1 trillion in 2018 , a historic high.

The Leadership Opportunity in the NYC Innovation Community: Quantitatively Proven

This is going to be BIG.

So that means that more than half the list is new in any given year--a huge opportunity to rise up. When I was in high school, I got pretty intimidated right off the bat. I went to a scholarship school and I felt like I was the last guy they let in. As early as freshman year, everyone seemed to know what they were good at and had already found lots of interests. The best and brightest rose to the top quickly and I didn't believe I would ever break into that crowd.

The Opportunity Bank

EntreWorks Consulting

That’s why I’m pleased to see that Third Way , a newish DC-based think tank, is pitching a big idea that they are calling the Opportunity Bank. The Opportunity Bank is a proposed trillion dollar funding pool (over ten years) that would update and supercharge the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7a loan program, which currently serves as one of the largest sources of debt capital for small business. The Opportunity Bank.

Hugh opportunities do NOT command amazing pre-money valuations.

Berkonomics

Dave’s note: Popular Bill Payne returns this week with a thoughtful take on valuations. By Bill Payne.

The Future of Publishing and an Opportunity to Work with CNN/Money

This is going to be BIG.

Don't know if you noticed, but LinkedIn has an editor now. Just think about that for a second. A professional social networking site has hired a content focused executive away from a traditional media company's digital arm. Isn't LinkedIn doing terrifically well with it's recruiting focused business? Isn't ad-supported content a tough place to be? Why would LinkedIn hire away Dan Roth from Fortune a few months ago.

One of the Greatest Opportunities to Learn

Tomasz Tunguz

Consequently, listening is one of the greatest opportunities to learn. Listening is hard, as my friend once said, because you run the risk of having to change the way you see the world. That line stopped me cold when I was reading In the Light of What We Know because it’s so true. To set aside the way we’ve thought about an idea in the past and consider it as if it were a totally new concept is what a Buddhist might call Beginner’s Mind.

Ethics in Machine Learning - An Opportunity for Startups to Lead

Tomasz Tunguz

Consequently, here’s an opportunity for startups to lead, not just technologically, but more broadly. Given all the data, all the computational power, all the human capital the business had amassed, there were many different opportunities to generate revenue in unsavory ways. Defining corporate ethics around these novel technologies is an important part of establishing a startup’s role in the ecosystem and presents an opportunity for thought leadership in the space

Startups often lead to acquisitions — and new opportunity for entrepreneurs

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Building a startup and then having it acquired by a larger corporation gives an entrepreneur a great (but limited) opportunity to learn more about business operations—but it isn’t dancing lessons for life. By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. For high-growth startups and their early stage investors, there are two primary paths to longevity and returns—an initial public offering (IPO) or a merger/acquisition by another (typically larger) company.

Customer Conversation Channels Are Expanding. Are You Keeping Up? Salesforce Essentials Expands Opportunities.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Salesforce Essentials Expands Opportunities. Customer communication channels are growing and you can't control that conversation. You can't control where it happens or how it happens if you want to give your customers the best experience.

The Next Big Opportunity in Mobile Advertising

Tomasz Tunguz

Startups will of course forge innovative paths to market and unlock new opportunities. The typical mobile phone’s home screen is occupied by more than 30 applications. A digital tragedy of the commons, each additional mobile application a user downloads decreases the odds of an average application re-engaging a user. After all, the time spent on mobile isn’t increasing fast enough to cover the marginal application.

Not Sharing the Opportunity to Learn is a Cardinal Sin

Tomasz Tunguz

O’Neill said later, “…no one else had the opportunity to learn [from the accident]. Not sharing an opportunity to learn is a cardinal sin.” I have never worked for a company that was dogmatic about project postmortems but I have always wished I had.

One of the Best Business Opportunities in the Next Decade

Tomasz Tunguz

Of course, startups pursuing opportunities in the Industrial Internet will accelerate this pace of change. IoT is a fundamental reinvention of the way the largest industries do business which makes it one of the best business opportunities of the next decade The real promise of the Internet of Things isn’t simply linking millions of devices together, just like the real innovation of the web wasn’t networking a bunch of computers.

Stories of Opportunity from the First Round Capital Key Hire Wire – COO, VP of Business Development, Online Marketing Director

This is going to be BIG.

If you know of senior level business and technical professionals looking for exciting startup opportunities, they can sign up here: [link]. Correction: Last week's CTO position at Modcloth is actually a San Francisco opportunity, not Pittsburgh.

Stories of Opportunity from the First Round Capital Key Hire Wire – VP of Sales, CTO, VP of Engineering

This is going to be BIG.

If you know of senior level business and technical professionals looking for exciting startup opportunities, they can sign up here. A week or so ago, we launched the Key Hire Wire at First Round. We realized that there were certain open positions in our portfolio we wanted to call extra attention to. Over 1,000 senior professionals have since signed up for the mailer, which goes out on Fridays. I tried to make it a little more entertaining than your average job RSS feed.

[CrediFi in Yahoo Finance] CrediFi Launches CRE Strategy Dashboards for Risk, Competition and Opportunities

OurCrowd

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The best VC networking opportunity ever

This is going to be BIG.

So, one would assume, then, if someone had the opportunity to a) put me in a position where I'd really owe them a favor. big time b) be able to pitch me or talk out what they're up to, next steps, opportunities, etc w/o it even necessarily counting as a pitch b/c it's so informal and c) do something fun and outdoorsy, they'd take it, right? Each day, hundreds of people stuff themselves into my inbox--pitches, career advice pleas, introduction requests.

Wasted time is money lost. (And another story of lost opportunity.)

Berkonomics

It did not take long for the partner to become impatient with the relatively small size of the opportunity. There is a relationship between time and money that is more complex than most managers think. Fixed overhead for salaries, rent, equipment leases and more make up the majority of the “burn rate” (monthly expenses) for most companies.

Modesty, First Principles and Opportunities for Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

Opportunities to disrupt appear when a fundamental assumption about the world changes. That’s Looker’s opportunity. And they seized the opportunity. I met a physicist this week who told me all the Nobel laureates he had met in his studies have been the most modest of physicists. “They realize how small they are in the world, after discovering something incredibly special and new.” ” Separately, I referenced an executive this week.

Do You Lose Sales Opportunities Because of Sales Execution or Product Insufficiency?

Tomasz Tunguz

You need to answer an important question: are you losing these opportunities because of sales execution or product insufficiency? In each of these cases, you should measure the reason the opportunity became “closed/lost.” You have a good pipeline of prospective customers. You pitch them but things aren’t working out. You can see it in your low close rates. They are below 15-20% conversion from sales accepted lead to closed customer.

How the Changes in UX Assumptions Create Opportunities for Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

When the underlying assumptions underpinning product design no longer holds, new opportunities are created. These UX and technology dislocations create a broad new set of opportunity for startups, especially bottoms up SaaS startups whose user acquisition strategy usually relies on word of mouth growth. We all build products based on assumptions - assumptions about our users, who they are, how they think, what they expect.

Next Level Entrepreneurship: Investing in a New Generation of Startups

Entrepreneurs' Organization

With its innovative model for empowering rural women and youth, IndiVillage introduces balance to India’s ecosystem—where cities tend to grow exponentially while rural villages have few economic opportunities. “We

ESHIP Year Three: From Inspiration to Action

Co Starters

The ESHIP Summit began in 2017 with a year of discovery, where we collectively became more aware of each other, the common opportunities and problems we faced, and the wealth of experience and emerging resources reflected across this budding network.

Crypto IRA

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I think there is an opportunity out there for a crypto brokerage to offer IRAs or an IRA custodian to offer crypto, or both. Seems like an opportunity to me. I have an old IRA that I don’t pay much attention to. I thought about cashing it out but the tax load to do that was too much for me to stomach. So then I thought about investing it in crypto. But that turns out to be pretty hard.

Turning A Loss Into A Win

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

But inside of each of those losing moments is the opportunity to turn it into a win. You lose out on a hotly contested sales opportunity and you do a post mortem with the customer and learn that you have a huge hole in your product and you fill it and start wining business. My point is that losses are opportunities to win. One of the traits of successful founders is their ability to turn a loss into a win. You take a lot of losses as a founder, particularly in the early days.

What Accelerators Look Like in 2019

GAN

Investors that want to understand how accelerators support startups all over the world, primarily to know whether accelerated startups make for some of the best investment opportunities and specifics on where they might find those opportunities. Each year, GAN asks the accelerators in our community hundreds of questions on their programs with one goal in mind—to gather concrete insights into the state of the accelerator industry as it stands in any particular year.

Including the 50+: Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 1

Co Starters

As a result, opportunities are not evenly distributed. People want opportunities to leverage the expertise they have developed throughout their careers and put it into working for themselves.” By Rich Bailey.

How to Build Authentic Customer Relationships That Spark Innovation

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Along with establishing formal ways to capture customer feedback through surveys and data analysis, look for opportunities to engage in conversations. Take every opportunity, formal and informal, to solicit feedback and listen carefully to what you hear.

The Future of Professional Development

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Digital natives entering today’s workforce expect companies to provide them opportunities for professional development and learning. If a business fails to provide them with adequate learning opportunities, they are more likely to leave.

New Resources from National Partners

Co Starters

Economies grow best when everyone has an opportunity to be productive and create wealth—this can only be done if everyone is involved from the start.”. CO.STARTERS is thrilled to be partnering with McClure to help rural communities, which have unique challenges and opportunities.”.

Techstars Foundation Accepting 2019 Grant Applications

TechStars

Techstars is always working to be a leader in inclusive entrepreneurship by improving opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities throughout our global ecosystem.

Lesa Mitchell joins The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars to help startups disrupt legacy enterprises

TechStars

In addition, THG’s venture arm, Heritage Ventures, is one of the largest investment vehicles in the Midwest focused on early and growth-stage opportunities, with flexibility to invest at any stage across the venture capital spectrum.

The American Dream

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Which leads me to the American Dream, the notion that there is economic opportunity for all, regardless of who you are and where you come from. But again, there are gaps in this record of opportunity. It is not as easy for a young black woman growing up in Brownsville to find economic opportunity as it is a young white man growing up in Palo Alto. I am hopeful that we will see a meaningful dent in many of these opportunity gaps in my lifetime.

How to Use a Ghostwriter to Build Your Authority and Generate Sales

Entrepreneurs' Organization

For example, your goals while working with a ghostwriter may include: Generate speaking opportunities at relevant conferences. You can also leverage these writing opportunities to develop your relationship with a lead.

What To Expect From Your Corporate Accelerator

TechStars

Strong mentorship, providing founders and executives with the opportunity to learn from each other and build strong networks; Commitment, and the understanding that your accelerator will grow in value and returns over time, through a stronger investment strategy and internal corporate capability.