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. Startup databases include Crunchbase, AngelList, Pitchbook, and more. Startup Insights Fundraising

Startups Galore

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

” And yet the thing that makes me think this could be the new normal and not the late stages of a bubble is the dramatic increase in the number of people who are choosing to work in or form new startups.

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The State of Startups

GAN

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.

Startup CXO

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

On Monday, a copy of Startup CXO , my friend Matt Blumberg’s new book, arrived at the USV office. ” That’s when I realized that Startup CXO is not really a book. I picked it up to take a quick look and thought “this a heavy book!” ” So I texted Matt, congratulated him on getting the book out, and then asked why it was so heavy. He replied “because it is 640 pages, there is a section on every C-level function in that book.”

100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.

Startup Pitching 301

Paul G. Silva

This is the 3rd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. A startup is a bundle of risks. View all posts in the “Startup Pitching” series. Innovation Accelerator Startup Pitching SeriesIn this post we’ll go over advanced-level (301) techniques.

Startup Pitching 201

Paul G. Silva

This is the 2nd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. But a startup has almost no data. View all posts in the “Startup Pitching” series. Innovation Accelerator Startup Pitching Series

A Startup Support Guide for My Mom

GAN

While I’ve been in the startup world for over a decade now, I know my mom (and many of my friends) have no idea about all of the startup jargon we throw around, especially when it comes to the type of support startups can receive. So, I thought it might be helpful—for my mom and yours—if I put together a “startup support terminology guide.” That said, I work in the startup world. How Those Startups Get Support Along the Way.

Startup Pitching 101

Paul G. Silva

This post cover the Beginner (101) level best practices for crafting strong startup presentations. View all posts in the “Startup Pitching” series. Innovation Accelerator Startup Pitching Series

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

500

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.

The Startup Funding Gap

This resource discusses the gap between early funding from friends/family and the more substantial rounds from angel groups and VCs. Why does this gap exist and what can be done about it?

Cities are Like Startups

Revolution

Part I) Cities are Like Startups Cities are like startups. For example, there is much talk about the “great acceleration” of trends like e-commerce and telehealth, which are driving tremendous momentum and success for well-positioned startups in industries like retail and healthcare.

Inside Batch 25 at 500 Startups

500

Under no circumstances should any of the below content be construed as legal, tax or investment advice from 500 Startups or any of its affiliates. Alluva at 500 Startups: What it was really like being a part of Batch 25 In March of 2019, Alluva was accepted into Batch 25 of 500 Startups.

On 2021 startup valuations

Jason Calacanis

The market is scorching hot, with startups across all growth stages getting funded faster and at higher valuations. . ” Of course, it does matter since most companies go to zero, and you can invest in three startups at a $10m valuation for the same price you would pay for one at $30m.

How to Create a Healthy Local Startup and Tech Community

This is going to be BIG.

That prediction obviously turned out pretty wrong, but it did drum up a whole lot of chatter about the right ingredients for building a startup community—about New York vs Boston on the East Coast and whether cities like Austin and Seattle would ever break through.

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.

Three reasons startups fuel any innovation ecosystem

UBI Global

Startups are often referred to as the lifeblood of an economy, being representative of the kind of bold thinking, innovation, and rapid deployment that are so important in a world […].

The Startup Community Way

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend Brad Feld has updated his excellent book on startup ecosystems called Startup Communities. The updated and expanded book is called The Startup Community Way and it is available for pre-order on Amazon. This suggests to me that we will see tech entrepreneurship and innovation move even more broadly around the US and around the world this decade and The Startup Community Way can be a playbook for how to make that happen.

Startups Who are Rising to the Occasion

GAN

The inherent role of a startup is to find a problem, create a solution, and do it in a way that is efficient, cost-effective, and impactful. . See what other Nex Cubed startups are doing here. . A Blue Startups Accelerator Company .

How to Manage a Startup Through Troubling Times

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Like the downturns in 2008 and 2001, this has been a very trying time for entrepreneurs running startups. While some level of stress is inevitable if you are running a startup, times like this can ramp up the stress factor considerably. A startup is not a lone adventure.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

The Best Mindset for Your Next Corporate-Startup Engagement

GAN

As two examples of this, startups embrace risk while seeking revenue. Startups have to ensure they’re not burning too much cash. Why Corporates Work With Startups . Corporates typically engage with startups to get: . Before you engage another startup, try this.

STARTUPS RECEIVE INVESTMENT FROM BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

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

Startup Pitching Checklist

Paul G. Silva

This is the checklist / boil down of the techniques listed in the pior 3 posts in the “Startup Pitching” series. View all posts in the “Startup Pitching” series. Innovation Accelerator Startup Pitching SeriesAfter you complete a draft of your pitch, go over this list to make sure you’ve applied as many of the techniques as possible. Beginner (101).

Top Detroit Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2022

StartupNation

Now many Detroit startups are on the fast track to growth. Whether it’s new funding, expansions or IPOs, it’s been an eventful year in Detroit startups. Here are the top Detroit startups and tech companies to watch in 2022. Small Detroit startups to watch in 2022.

Cash Management In Startups

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Cash is everything in a startup. And startups fail largely because they run out of cash. But cash is more important than your mother in a startup, so managing it is never a waste of time. When I was in my mid-20s and had just gotten a job in venture capital, I read a piece on Alan Shugart , the larger than life founder of Seagate, one of the most successful disk drive companies. Alan was quoted as saying that “cash is more important than your mother.”

Top Grand Rapids Startups to Watch in 2022

StartupNation

West Michigan is smack dab between Ann Arbor/Detroit’s tech and startup hub emergence and Chicago’s new habit of minting unicorns about once a month. We’ll show you what we’re looking forward to hearing more about in 2022 with our top Grand Rapids startups to watch.

Corporation Meets Startup!

UBI Global

UBI Global Matches Corporations to Programs in our Global Community and their Startups! From boosting brand awareness to creating new innovation ecosystems, corporations seek innovative startup partnerships for many reasons. The post Corporation Meets Startup!

Growing a Startup Ecosystem in Louisville, KY

TechStars

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP) together announce the launch of the Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development program in Louisville, Kentucky. Using the Techstars’ startup ecosystem development model—with a focus on the interactions between attitudes, actors, and activities—the findings of the assessment include analysis of Louisville’s culture, capital, talent, institutions and density.

How To Make Your Startup Bankable

StartupNation

Smart planning can go a long way in making your startup bankable. Why not give your startup a fighting chance by putting a solid plan in place? 7 t ips to create a bankable startup. Budgetin g is an essential planning step for your startup. Your startup is counting on you!

The Disposable Startup?

Continuations

Now more recently I have heard a lot of investors bring up the sunk cost fallacy when it comes to backing startups. Startups should not be treated as disposable. Treating startups as disposable though callous at best and despicable at worst. Startups are not disposable. . startups investing responsibilityMany years ago I was debating whether or not to finish my PhD dissertation. One of the people I talked to about this decision was Prof.

The Seven Flavors of Capital (for Startups)

Paul G. Silva

Startups need capital to launch and grow. What many entrepreneurs don’t know is that startup capital comes in many different flavors. Each flavor has its own pros and cons and is appropriate for different situations.

The Achilles Heel of Startup Ecosystems

This is going to be BIG.

Across the world, various economic development organizations, government agencies, and non-profits are putting in admirable and well-intentioned efforts to develop startup ecosystems. Take the example of goTenna , a thriving communications hardware startup located in Downtown Brooklyn that employees almost 50 people. but the connections are not being made to support the funds that are supposed to be funding all these local startups.

Becoming the Partner of Choice for Startups

TechStars

For the past year, we’ve been promoting—both internally and externally—the concept of QBE becoming the “partner of choice” for startups. The need to collaborate with startups—and the benefits of collaborating—are unquestionable; however, too often we’ve seen partnerships fail and result in disillusionment on both sides. Here are a few of our key learnings for successful collaborations between corporations and startups.

4 Ways to Promote Team Collaboration and Inspire Innovation Within Your Startup

StartupNation

What do all startups that drive growth by embracing strategic thinking, inspiring creativity and supporting talent have in common? Here are six ways to establish the foundation for collaboration and innovation within your startup: Establish a company mission.

5 Mistakes Derailing Startup Founders

StartupNation

Your startup idea is your golden child – and it should be. The top 5 mistakes founders make right before burning their startup to the ground: Waiting too long to launch. There’s a really good chance your startup doesn’t yet need a dedicated branding agency.

Top Ann Arbor Tech Companies and Startups to Watch in 2022

StartupNation

Ann Arbor continues to be one of the top growing tech ecosystems around the country with some of the best startups to watch. This was a year like no other for Ann Arbor startups, so we’ve spent lots of time keeping up with all the news from Ann Arbor tech companies.

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