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

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.

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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.

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?

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Startup School for Future Founders

Y Combinator

We launched Startup School as an online program in 2017 to support founders actively working on building their companies. On November 9th, we’re also opening Startup School to potential founders who are interested in starting a company in the future. Startup School YC News Feature

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

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.

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 Startups Plan to Reopen

Revolution

That’s why we decided to expand the conversations we were having internally and share them with our broader community through a virtual series on the challenges startups are facing as they look to reopen offices and retail locations. business startup technology entrepreneurship

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 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. With this new perspective, here are some of the misconceptions we overcame regarding startup funding: 1- Joining an accelerator will get you funded Accelerators like to brag about the success rate of their portfolio companies using a measure of 'funded companies' after the program. I've been an alum of Dreamit twice.

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!

Top Detroit Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2021

StartupNation

It’s a myth that only the top startups and the best startup jobs are in Silicon Valley or New York City. As a Midwest company built for Midwest startups, we know that’s just not true. Check out the top Detroit startups and tech companies to watch in 2021.

Dreamit Startups on the Front Lines of COVID-19

Dream It

Learn more about Dreamit Healthtech , a growth-focused program for digital health and medtech startups with revenue, pilots, or early product-market fit. More than 15 Dreamit Healthtech portfolio companies have products that are helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Book Review: Creating Startup Junkies

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Now there is a new book to add to the ecosystem building library — Creating Startup Junkies: Building Sustainable Venture Ecosystems in Unexpected Places by Jeff Amerine and Jeff Standridge. There is no special training required to be a Startup Junkie.

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.

This startup summer could be blistering

TechCrunch

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. The startup world could be in for a busy summer. That is good news for startups. For the startups doing well, there’s ample cash on offer.

5 More Things VCs Wish Startup Founders Knew

Dream It

We did a previous dose on 5 things investors wish startups knew. Managing Partner, Steve Barsh , sat down to give us 5 MORE things investors wish startups knew. Keep reading for some more of the most common mistakes startups make when pitching and for Steve’s tips on how to fix them.

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.

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. .

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.

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.

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.

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.

Startup Reads: 11 Books Every Early-Stage Entrepreneur Should Read

TechStars

I haven’t always been a big reader, but I’ve got more into it over the past few years of working with startups. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses , by Eric Ries. Know what the biggest startup killer is?

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.

The Startup of the Future Contains Only One Person (You)

Entrepreneur's Handbook

You don’t need to be a startup founder anymore. business startup life-lessons self-improvement entrepreneurshipContinue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».