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

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Limit Their Creative Potential

Marty Zwilling

Every entrepreneur believes in their heart that their startup is more innovative and creative than their competitors. Yet none knows exactly


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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.

Wrap-up of the Startup Community Leaders Mission USA 2018

Startup Catalyst

The second Startup Community Leaders Mission to the USA took place from 11-18 March 2018, with 20 participants taking part, including 14 from 11 different regional towns in Queensland, 3 from Brisbane, one from Sydney, one from Adelaide, and one from New York (assisting the Beach City film crew). Regional hubs often lack deep local startup expertise. Startup programs are often duplicated across regions unnecessarily. Doing startups, Angel and VC investing is mainstream.

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?

Is Corporate Venture Capital Right for Your Startup?

Startup Blogpost

How do you determine if corporate venture capital is right for your startup? To help you determine if corporate venture capital is right for your startup, we asked startup founders, investors, and business leaders this question for their best pieces of advice.

5 common mistakes by first-time startup founders and how to avoid them


Startups are hard. If you’re a startup founder you already know these statistics and yet you are irrationally proceeding forward. This may seem like a gross generalization, especially since you probably just quit a job to launch your startup based on an idea you think is very good.

Zombie startups


Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. In the rest of this newsletter, we’re going to talk about the do-it-all startups and Sarah Guo’s new VC fund. Funding in Indian startups shrinks by more than half .

Tech Startups Are Changing Education For The Better

Startup Grind

This is all due to the innovative educational tech startups that have realized the need to fix the problems with the traditional education systems and transform the way we learn and teach. Startups that Are Changing the Game As you can imagine, the most influential tech startups in education are those creating some sort of apps for fun and interactive learning. Then, there are the startups that wanted to enhance the learning process through better file organization.

The State of Startups


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.

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.

Behind the scenes: The challenges of building an EdTech startup

Startup Grind

Challenges facing EdTech founders: Small Network: A small number of hugely successful EdTech startups (compared to other markets like FinTech, AdTech, etc) so a very small network to learn from and everyone is still exploring and finding his own way. Education startups need science and research based evidence on their approach to learning and education. The reason behind that is that usually it takes years for an EdTech startup to start making decent revenues, let alone profits.

Engaging with the startup community: in conversation with Reece Walker and William McCullough

Startup Catalyst

We talked about how startups have changed over the last few years, what support has meant to them, Startup Catalyst missions and their impact, as well as ways to get involved in the startup community. Reece Walker is a partner at McCullough Robertson and a director of Startup Catalyst. He has been a supporter of the startup community since before the word startup was in general conversation. The 2017 Startup Catalyst Europe Mission cohort?—?Will

Building Startup Sales Teams: Tips For Founders


All the points below have been pulled from startup sales teams that I think work pretty well (including the team at CRM software company, HubSpot). Building Startup Sales Teams. First off, just to be clear, I’ve never been a sales person. I’ve never even played a sales person on TV.

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.

How to Hire the Right Marketing Team for Your Startup

Startup Grind

One of the biggest challenges that the startup founders face during the initial stage is the lack of a well-proficient, professional marketing team. A well-rounded marketing team can make or break a startup and that’s why it is essential to hire the very best. Choose the first 10 employees very carefully, as they determine the next 100.” - Yevgeniy Brikman, Gruntwork Hiring the right team for any startup is an art. The same rule applies to hire the startup marketing team.

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.

A university’s role in an emerging startup community and other conversations

Startup Catalyst

Why QUT and Startup Catalyst have stayed friends. QUT has been a supporter of Startup Catalyst for four years. It was just quite extraordinary to give students the opportunity to go to Silicon Valley, see what’s happening in firms, and to do a startup weekend in the middle. We can send students on study tours and international mobility and things like that but [Startup Catalyst] had a whole different intent. It’s not all startups!

Do You Need a Crowdfunding Campaign for Your Startup?

Startup Grind

Is your startup dying? Raising funds for startups is becoming more and more challenging. If you’re passionate enough about your startup, then you’ll have the courage to go through hardships and overcome all the challenges. The amount and the quality of investment can change the future of your startup, so you need to think twice before seeking traditional seed capital, applying for bank loans, or starting crowdfunding campaigns.

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.

Gust Educational Resources for Founders and Startups


Throughout the years of developing Gust.com and Gust Launch, we recognized a common pain point in the startup journey. Founders, the passionate entrepreneurs pouring all of their efforts into building their ventures, had questions about how to properly set up their startups.

The Social Subsidy of Angel Investing

Alex Danco

A Startup Support Guide for My Mom


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.

10 Tips for Automating Employee Performance Management

Startup Blogpost

Startup Insights Human Resources TechFrom using templates for KPIs and performance reviews to using Zoho People, here are the 10 answers to the question, “How are you effectively automating employee performance management?”

Show Me the Money: How to Ace Your VC Meeting

Mike Teng

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

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

The Face Of Angel Investing Is Changing. Here’s What You Need To Know

Jia Wertz

Upheaval can also create opportunities, as changing markets and obstacles create new challenges to solve and ways for startups to scale

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in HVAC Software for Your Business

Common Reasons Why Startups Fail

Startup TipsSimultaneously managing two HVAC equipment can be challenging, but with help from the right software, you can manage your business better and more efficiently than… The post 5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in HVAC Software for Your Business appeared first on.

15 Ways to Keep Your Team Motivated When the Company Is Struggling

Startup Blogpost

Startup leaders, what is one way you keep your team motivated when the company is struggling? To help you find the best ways to keep your team motivated when your startup is struggling, we asked startup founders and business owners this question for their best insights.

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


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.

Seed, Sow, Water, Grow: 4 Expert Tips to Secure Angel Investment for Your New Business Venture

Bryan Janeczko

Inside Batch 25 at 500 Startups


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.

14 Best Small Business Automation Tools To Save Time

Startup Blogpost

Startup Insights TechFrom ActiveCampaign to Notion to Python, here are the 14 answers to the question, “What is your favorite small business automation tool that helps save time and increase profits?”

5 Tips For Choosing The Best Domain Name For Your Startup


Finding a domain name for a startup is tricky. Finding a Great Startup Domain Name. By doing so, a startup establishes a solid brand clients will remember. As a startup, you often can't compete, nor are you likely to have the resources to do so.

Cities are Like Startups


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.