Bridging the Rural Opportunity Gap

Co Starters

We launched Center on Rural Innovation to address what has become the largest rural opportunity gap in our nation’s history. Embrace Unexpected Opportunities . The post Bridging the Rural Opportunity Gap appeared first on CO.STARTERS®.

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

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“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.”.

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?

State of MENA Startups 2019, Report

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

[OurCrowd in Business Wire] OurCrowd Joins Millennium Alternative Investment Network® to Increase Access to Venture Capital Opportunities in United States


OurCrowd, the global venture investing platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, will join the Millennium Alternative Investment Network® (MAIN®), which provides advisors and individual investors with a streamlined way to discover, research and invest in alternative investment opportunities.

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.

Market Opportunity From Customer Hostility, Exhibit 802.11: Airline WiFi


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.

[OurCrowd in Calcalist] Strategies, Opportunities, and Challenges the Israeli Tech Industry Faces


The post [OurCrowd in Calcalist] Strategies, Opportunities, and Challenges the Israeli Tech Industry Faces appeared first on OurCrowd.

[PRESS RELEASE] OurCrowd Joins Millennium Alternative Investment Network® to Increase Access to Venture Capital Opportunities in United States


The post [PRESS RELEASE] OurCrowd Joins Millennium Alternative Investment Network® to Increase Access to Venture Capital Opportunities in United States appeared first on OurCrowd. Jerusalem / Oct.

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.

[OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved in Business Wire] I agree OurCrowd Joins Millennium Alternative Investment Network® to Increase Access to Venture Capital Opportunities in United States


Most important among these are hard-to-access venture capital opportunities, which until now were just aspirational for most individual investors.

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


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.

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.

2019 LaunchPad Propel Pitch Competition Winners Help Build Student Credit Scores, Connect Young Creative Talent to Opportunities, and Provide Healthy Snacks


Out of nearly 100 student entrepreneurial teams from schools across the U.S. and Ireland, Credit Starter , Cllctve , and Eat Makhana rose above the rest and won in the 2019 Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Propel pitch competition.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 – 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.

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 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.

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.

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


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.

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


The post [CrediFi in Yahoo Finance] CrediFi Launches CRE Strategy Dashboards for Risk, Competition and Opportunities appeared first on OurCrowd.

[Tala in Forbes] The $100 Trillion Opportunity: The Race To Provide Banking To The World’s Poor


The post [Tala in Forbes] The $100 Trillion Opportunity: The Race To Provide Banking To The World’s Poor appeared first on OurCrowd.

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.

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.

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.

What is a Starter?

Co Starters

Harvard Business School professor Howard Stevenson defines entrepreneurship very broadly as “the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.” Who sees opportunity and pursues it. Who sees opportunity and pursues it.

B2B Game Changers: How to Discover a Distinct Advantage and Become a Market Leader

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Opportunities to Innovate: Addressing Challenging B2B Customer Experiences through Digital Products. While demographics, personas and psychographics may provide helpful information about customer preference, those things alone won’t point to the best opportunities for innovation.