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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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 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).

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 .

Techstars and HBCUvc Launch 10-City Startup Weekend Tour to Promote Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

TechStars

October 2, 2019 – Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and HBCUvc , a nonprofit fellowship program providing Black and Latinx students with training and mentorship in venture capital, today announced the launch of a joint 10-city Startup Weekend tour across the country.

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?

Startup HR: What’s important?

Y Combinator

In the early stages of working on a startup, there is little time to spend on areas other than product development and talking to users. Having basic HR practices in place can help your startup scale quickly and may eliminate unforeseen and often costly problems down the road.

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. Photo courtesy of University of Louisville.

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.”

Announcing Startup School Winter 2020

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce the next iteration of Startup School. We were floored by the quality (and quantity) of founders who participated in Startup School 2019. Because of Startup School’s (SUS) growing popularity and our firm belief that the program increases a founder’s chance of success, we are accelerating our schedule and not waiting a full year for the next iteration. Startup School 2019 stats: 41,777 founders participated. Startup School YC News Feature

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.

How to Craft an Exceptional Update About Your Startup

GAN

Each week, I receive dozens of updates from startups—everything from founders I’ve just chatted with briefly, to founders I’ve mentored, to companies that have asked GAN Ventures for funding. The post How to Craft an Exceptional Update About Your Startup appeared first on GAN.

A GAN Startup Holiday Gift Buying Guide

GAN

And, while you could easily just shop online at the biggest company on the planet, wouldn’t it be even better if all of your purchases came from companies you could name—companies that will use the revenue they make from your purchase to buy from other startups or to funnel back into their local communities? That’s why I’ve gathered a list of GAN Startups with great gifts—for you or your loved ones. Blue Startups.

Next Level Entrepreneurship: Investing in a New Generation of Startups

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Ravi also devotes time to Bangalore’s early-stage entrepreneurs through EO CARES , a program designed to catalyze the local startup ecosystem by identifying high potential startups and providing them mentoring, valuable industry connects, rapid revenue opportunities and investments.

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan

TechStars

How does a country go from lifting a national ban on television in 1999 to nurturing tech startups in 2019? What does a startup ecosystem look like in a United Nations’ classified Least Developed Country? Techstars Startup Weekend Bhutan (Women). Progress For a Startup Nation.

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.

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).

Best Countries in Asia-Pacific for Startups

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The top countries for startups in Asia-Pacific have strong economies, low costs of doing business, healthy business environments and well-educated people. Note: A lower number indicates a higher ranking—or a better location for startups.

United Nations Development Program and 500 Startups Join Forces to Bridge the World of Impact Financing and Tech Startups

500

Startup founders often have ambitions not just to make money, but to change the world. Enter ImpactAIM Indonesia, a program forged from a partnership between 500 Startups and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Startup Community to Local Corporations—Hey, I’m Over Here!

TechStars

Great startup communities have meaningful connections from every actor in the ecosystem. The problem with the corporation–startup community connection, or lack thereof, is that the value for each actor is many times not obvious. By Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars.

Growing as a Couple and a Startup

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The post Growing as a Couple and a Startup appeared first on Octane Blog – The official blog of the Entrepreneurs' Organization. Contributed by Lionel Felix, founder of Felix Media Solutions and a member of EO Austin. .

Startup Business Funding: 5 Business-Breaking Misconceptions

Dream It

Being self-sustainable has given us a new perspective on startup funding, especially compared to what I experienced on my first accelerator run. Here are some truths about what accelerators can be for startups: A small filter. I've been an alum of Dreamit twice.

500’s Past & Present: Betting on International Startups

500

In 2010, 500 Startups started as a new kind of venture capital firm in Silicon Valley with a contrarian belief that talent can come from anywhere in the world. So it really comes down to the thing that we always say which is that we always believed from day one that there are brilliant startups all over the world, but opportunity isn’t universal.” – Tim Chae, Managing Partner at 500 As a.

For 2020: Consider the Collective Power of 13,000 Startups

GAN

To the 13,000 startups in the GAN Community, thank you. Running a startup is so hard. To close out 2019, I wrote about startup mission statements and how they’re so often focused on just making more money. But GAN Startups—the more than 13,000 companies that have gone through a GAN Accelerator—are different. When I talk to GAN Startup founders, I’m so impressed. As we go into 2020, though, I have a big push for all 13,000 GAN Startups.

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.

Nine Takeaways for Startups After Our Global Tour

GAN

The entire purpose of this tour from the very beginning was to help startups operating in places like these—smaller markets that aren’t considered the world’s major tech hubs—to have additional connections, tools, and resources to build and grow their companies, wherever they are. To that end, over the course of each stop, more than a dozen startups shared their experiences of what it’s like to start and run a company in a smaller city.

40+ YC startups are now hiring for interns in the YC Summer Internship Program

Y Combinator

We’ve nearly doubled the number of YC startups looking for interns this summer, and the companies & roles are posted on Work at a Startup ! Work at a Startup Feature

Announcing the Startup School 2019 Grant Recipients

Y Combinator

As part of our efforts to further support founders in Startup School , we awarded $15,000 in equity-free grants to the most promising companies to go through the course. of founders who participated in Startup School this past year made the grant selection process a tough one. Congratulations to the following startups* for their impressive progress over the 10-weeks of Startup School! Startup School Feature

The Future of Startup Ecosystems Across the Globe

500

This year we dove headfirst into the rise of corporate venture capital, the changing nature of venture capital education, and the important task of startup ecosystem building. The post The Future of Startup Ecosystems Across the Globe appeared first on 500 Startups.

An Emergency Response Startup Story

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend Matt Blumberg, who ran USV’s former portfolio company Return Path for twenty years before selling it last spring, got a call from Colorado’s Governor Polis two and half weeks ago asking him to fly out and be the founding leader of an innovation startup to help Colorado’s Covid 19 response.

The Most Successful Startup Teams are Curious

GAN

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a conversation about startup newsletters with some of GAN’s corporate partners during our yearly Partner Summit. The post The Most Successful Startup Teams are Curious appeared first on GAN. The Industry curiosity gan partners leadership partner summit startup cultureWe’d been chatting about newsletters we loved when I went a bit negative and opened up about a newsletter I had a lot of judgments around.

Techstars Startup Weekend Goes Small Town: The Small Town Tech Advantage

TechStars

To do so, we are working with community leaders from across the States to support the first ever Techstars Startup Weekend Small Town Advantage Initiative, and we are super excited about it. Accelerators small town advantage Startup Weekend