Bridging the Rural Opportunity Gap


We launched Center on Rural Innovation to address what has become the largest rural opportunity gap in our nation’s history. Embrace Unexpected Opportunities . No one would have put ‘land a cartooning school’ in the strategic plan, but the opportunity came up, and we were able to convince them this was the right place,” says Dunne. The post Bridging the Rural Opportunity Gap appeared first on CO.STARTERS®. Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 3.

VC meets the land of opportunity


When we think about the opportunity beyond Silicon Valley, we are really speaking of America. In reality, there will be some lag time before the checks being written by these same VCs are consistent with both the outward hype and existing market opportunity. Monique Villa. Contributor.


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From Our Founder: Creating Opportunity During Times of Crisis


With all of this turmoil, it’s also important to understand that it’s times like these—times of crisis—in which some of the greatest business opportunities are presented. For those of us who recognize the opportunity in front of us and actively seize it, the benefits will be enormous.

Seize Holiday Sales 2020 Opportunities Using These Insights from Visa

Smart Hustle Magazine

Visa finds that 68% of them consider the winter holiday season as a major sales opportunity for their business. What’s more, Visa finds that 60% of owners of small and medium business owners are preparing for holiday sales 2020 opportunities. Seizing Holiday Sales 2020 Opportunities.

The Impact of Direct Dials on Sales Productivity

Leveraging the latest industry research, this eBook highlights the impact of direct dial phone numbers on sales productivity with the goal of empowering reps to have more conversations with prospects, and consequently, schedule more meetings, increase opportunities, and close more business - fast.

A generational opportunity for entrepreneurs

Innovation 2 Enterprise

The coronavirus pandemic has given whole segments of the economy the opportunity, and yes, even the permission, to do things differently. It is a generational opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to solve big problems for important industries. By Scott Meacham.

UC Students Gain New Resources, Opportunities Through Expanded Entrepreneurship Program


The $5 million expansion of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars program will give more UC campuses critical access to resources, opportunities and mentorships for students and recent graduates across disciplines and experience levels. “As We take great pride, especially, in our efforts to break down barriers and increase opportunities for women and minority entrepreneurs. Reposted from the University of California Press Room.

Opportunity Amid Volatility


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.

Edtech valuations aren’t skyrocketing, but investors see more exit opportunities


As investors told us last week , the biggest consumer opportunity in 2021 and beyond is lifelong learning (and portfolio companies have the profits to prove it). Where edtech lacks in impressive valuations, investors see it gaining in exit opportunities.

5 top investors in Dutch startups discuss trends, hopes and 2020 opportunities


What are some overlooked opportunities right now? More overlooked founders than opportunities. How should investors in other cities think about the overall investment climate and opportunities in your city? I think the opportunity is more that they now will.

Best Practices for Accelerating the Sales Process

This eBook takes a look at three headache-free strategies you can employ today to accelerate selling the right way. Read on to learn how to adopt specific workflows and approaches that append your existing processes to deliver value to your prospects and internal counterparts.

Investing In Distressed Communities. Opportunity Zones

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray got a chance to talk with Scott Turner, the Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, which is quite a mouthful, so you can refer to it as WHORC. Opportunity Zones and What They Are. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law in 2017 by POTUS and out of that law came the Opportunity Zones legislation and initiative. So what I say to entrepreneurs is.this is a great opportunity for you.

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


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.”. Meaningful Opportunities to do Good Stuff Together.

7 investors discuss augmented reality and VR startup opportunities in 2020


“We believe VR is still the largest long-term opportunity of the two. There have been a few spectacular flare-outs when it comes to AR/VR hardware investments, is there still a startup opportunity in AR/VR hardware? That’s where founders might find some opportunity.

Happily CEO: Pandemic brings opportunities for tech startups

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Information technology plays a super-sized role In Oklahoma’s innovation economy.

State of MENA Startups 2019, Report

MAGNiTT and 500 Startups jointly launch first 'State of MENA Startups 2019" report. Survey findings reveal insights on trends in fundraising exercise, exit opportunities, hiring, and growth optimization.

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


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. And she has a formula for how to do it. It’s a formula that other entrepreneurs can use to tackle other large, seemingly intractable social problems.

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? On Saturday morning, I stepped onto continental Europe for the first time in just over 20 years. I hadn't been here since I was 12, when I did a week long exchange program in Italy.

Come hear about the opportunities in space observation at TC Sessions: Space


We’ll discuss the opportunities that investors see in backing companies looking down at Earth and what’s ahead for the industry.

4 Reasons to Be Optimistic Today

Entrepreneurs' Organization

And that’s been an opportunity to cut out after-school activities and drop the commutes. 4 Opportunities for Growth During a Pandemic. To make bold choices despite the business-related challenges you face, I recommend considering these hopeful (yet pragmatic) opportunities. An opportunity to lead with compassion and set an example. An opportunity to trim fat from your budget. An opportunity to update your safety standards.

Expanding Opportunity In Franklin County, Ohio

Forward Cities

For many cities, a history of red-lining , unequal development, and decisions to build highways through thriving minority communities contributed in significant ways to disparities in wealth and access to opportunities in our neighborhoods. The journey over the last months has illuminated more learning, growth, and community engagement opportunities than we could have ever hoped for. by LC Johnson | Dec 30, 2019 | Insight, Solution Series.

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.

Nerdy, a tutoring marketplace startup, is going public via SPAC


Nerdy will merge with TPG Pace Tech Opportunities (NYSE: PACE), a publicly traded SPAC since 2015. Nerdy is among consumer edtech businesses that saw rapid growth and opportunity due to the demands of remote learning brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Accredited Investor Definition Expanded to Increase Access to Investment Opportunities

Angel Capital Association

By: Pat Gouhin, Chief Executive Officer After ACA’s multi-pronged, multi-year advocacy for amendment to the “accredited investor” definition, we are pleased to report we’ve met with success. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced yesterday that the definition of an “accredited investor” has preserved the existing income thresholds and has been expanded to provide more access to private equity by allowing investors to qualify based upon new criteria.

Solution Stories: Expanding Opportunity in Franklin County, Ohio

Forward Cities

For many cities, a history of red-lining , unequal development, and decisions to build highways through thriving minority communities contributed in significant ways to disparities in wealth and access to opportunities in our neighborhoods. The journey over the last months has illuminated more learning, growth, and community engagement opportunities than we could have ever hoped for. Editor's Note.

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.

How to Say “No”: Five Templates to Turn Down Opportunities Gracefully

Jason Calacanis

I’m on deadline for my next book until April 15th 2020, and I won’t have time to meet or review this opportunity. The post How to Say “No”: Five Templates to Turn Down Opportunities Gracefully appeared first on Jason Calacanis Kevin Rose and Tim Ferris did an episode of The Random Show [ [link] ] where Tim Ferris confessed that he had cancelled his next book and refunded the advance.

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.

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


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.

Understanding Omni-Channel Opportunities with Square at Founders Day


The post Understanding Omni-Channel Opportunities with Square at Founders Day appeared first on 500 Startups. Guest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by Square, Inc. All views and opinions represented in this post are the views and opinions of Square, Inc. and do not represent those of 500 Startups or any of its staff or affiliates. For many startups in the 500 portfolio, understanding how they can make the easiest, most seamless transactions possible is a top priority.

Climate Crisis: Humanity’s Biggest Opportunity


But the climate crisis is also humanity’s biggest opportunity. It is our opportunity to leave the Industrial Age behind and enter the Knowledge Age (that’s the term I use in my book World After Capital ). climate crisis opportunitySo far I have been writing about the climate crisis primarily as a threat, an extinction level threat for the human species.

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.

Hugh opportunities do NOT command amazing pre-money valuations.


Dave’s note: Popular Bill Payne returns this week with a thoughtful take on valuations. By Bill Payne. One entrepreneur has a company which appears to be scalable to a $30 million exit value in five to eight years, and a second entrepreneur’s venture seems to be scalable to $200 million in exit value in the same time frame. Yet, at the pre-revenue stage of development, angel investors price both companies at a pre-money valuation of $1.5 million. It doesn’t seem right, huh?

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. As the amount of private capital increases, share repurchases in startups are popping up. Typically, they are a very inefficient use of capital.

Wolf Administration Announces New Opportunities for Tech Entrepreneurs to Develop Innovative Government Solutions

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration announced today that Pennsylvania is offering opportunities to tech entrepreneurs and startup companies to grow their business by connecting with government clients and developing solutions to make governmental processes more efficient. We hope to create similar opportunities for Pennsylvania businesses to expand and attract new customers.”. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. November 2, 2018.

[OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved in Crowdfund Insider] OurCrowd Sees Investment Opportunity in New UAE – Israel Diplomatic Normalization


OurCrowd, long an advocate of Israel’s innovation nation status as well as a proponent of the benefits of regional entrepreneurship, quickly embraced the announcement seeing new opportunities and possible collaborations between the two sides.