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.

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. Startups who are fundraising fall into one of three categories—. As you can see, most startups (85%) aren’t raising right now. The post The State of Startups appeared first on GAN.

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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.

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!

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?

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. The post Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it appeared first on 500 Startups. Announcements Founders Venture Capital Investing 500 startups accelerator 500 startups demo dayNo one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist.

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. The post Inside Batch 25 at 500 Startups appeared first on 500 Startups. Guest Post: Rishika Jhamb is the Marketing Lead at Alluva.

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. The one (maybe two) number rule. Most people can’t hold multiple numbers in their head. You can put as many numbers on a slide as you like, but people won’t process them.

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).

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 SeriesIn this post we’ll go over intermediate-level (201) techniques. Front load credibility. Investors are cynical. They have to be because about half of all angel/VC investments lose every penny invested. Any claim you make is therefore treated with suspicion.

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.

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 SeriesAs a mentor once told me… It doesn’t matter if you have the best opportunity in the world, if you can’t communicate it you’re dead. This is obvious.

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.”

Building Your Early Startup Core Team

Dream It

In the early stages of startup growth, it is critical to have a balanced and strong core team of founders. It’s near impossible to split yourself in three - that’s why investors are generally skeptical of solo founder startups. Startup Insights

A Practical Guide to Diversity for Startups and Entrepreneurs

StartupNation

With so many startup success stories and technological advancements these days, anything is possible. However, as an increasing body of research demonstrates, there is another often forgotten factor that drives startup success: diversity and inclusion.

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.

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.

How startups should budget in uncertain times 

TechCrunch

I was the archetypal startup CEO: I paused my degree at Stanford to start a company, and after it failed I found myself needing to preserve cash to make student loan payments. Many startups find themselves in a similar position these days: ramen or sushi? Isaac Roth. Contributor.

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.

Startup founders set up hacker homes to recreate Silicon Valley synergy

TechCrunch

Residents include former startup fellowship participants from On Deck , product managers and solo entrepreneurs. Similar to Sway House [a residence for TikTok personalities], we will be making fun and dramatic dope bro content, centered around launching startups.

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. In just 54 hours, participants will experience the highs, lows, fun and pressure that make up life at a startup. . Diversity Startup Week diversity and inclusion Startup Weekend

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. . In COVID-19 times, we’re seeing story after story of startups doing exactly this: finding problems, creating solutions, and deploying those solutions in an efficient and effective way. See what other Nex Cubed startups are doing here. . A Blue Startups Accelerator Company .

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.

Announcing the YC Startup Library

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce the launch of the YC Startup Library, found at ycombinator.com/library. The new library is the perfect complement to Startup School , our free online program and global community for founders.

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.

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.

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. Reading through the lines, I can tell that Andrew is thinking about and working on perseverance—something that all of us can use a bit more of in the hard world of startups. The post How to Craft an Exceptional Update About Your Startup appeared first on GAN.

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. For startups, the challenges are simple: Stay alive, Introduce and validate their product idea, and. I will go out on a limb and say to my corporate friends that the onus falls a little more on you than the startup.

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.

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? What role does startup culture play in a country that measures success via Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product? . Techstars Startup Weekend Bhutan (Women). This is the remarkable story of a country building a startup culture from the ground up.

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. The program’s name reflects its focus on five pillars for startup success: Customer, Achievement, Recognition, Education and Social.

Juniper Networks acquires Boston-area AI SD-WAN startup 128 Technology for $450M

TechCrunch

Today Juniper Networks announced it was acquiring smart wide area networking startup 128 Technology for $450 million. In addition to the $450 million, Juniper has asked 128 Technology to issue retention stock bonuses to encourage the startup’s employees to stay on during the transition to the new owners. Artificial Intelligence Enterprise Exit Fundings & Exits M&A Startups 128 technology Boston startups Juniper Networks Mergers and Acquisitions networking

5 Things Startups Need to Know About Cybersecurity

StartupNation

The following are five things that all startup entrepreneurs should know about cybersecurity: Cybersecurity matters for all businesses. However, startup companies are especially vulnerable to malicious attacks in their first year and a half of operation.

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.

This is the Secret to Building a Successful Startup Team

StartupNation

How do you build your best startup team? Venture capitalists say it all the time: the human factor is the key to startup success. Take our quiz and share with your teammates in order to build a stronger and more successful startup.

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.

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. Hong Kong, where startups will find strong public institutions and good access to financing, came in tied for #2 on our list. Summary of Top Countries for Startups in Asia-Pacific.