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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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.

Reader Survey 2021 Startup Catalyst Brief

2020 was a challenging year for startup professionals. Here at Startup Catalyst Brief, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our readers. Startup Catalyst Brief's many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our site we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how our site has affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes. To view the survey, click the “View Now” button.

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

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. Here is advice I collected for dealing with the stress of running a startup: 1. Brad Feld, a partner at Foundry Group and investor in many successful startups, gave me this piece of advice. A startup is not a lone adventure.

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

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.

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.”

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. 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.

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 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).

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.

Webinar Survey 2021 Startup Catalyst Brief

2020 was a challenging year for startup professionals. Here at Startup Catalyst Brief, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our readers. Startup Catalyst Brief's many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our webinars, we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how our webinars have affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes. To view the survey, click the “View Now” button.

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.

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.

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 big question on every startup’s mind for 2021

TechCrunch

My big question for 2021, and the one that is on every startup’s mind, is how will a cataclysmic event such as a global pandemic show up in post-pandemic innovation? TechCrunch wants to meet your startup. Startups TC Startups Weekly

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.

Remembering the startups we lost in 2020

TechCrunch

Even in a non-hell year, running a successful startup is a tremendous lift. It’s not a fun task, but it seems worthwhile to commemorate the startups that have closed up shop over the past 12 months. The startup even returned some of its $75.5

Drone-focused construction startup TraceAir raises $3.5M

TechCrunch

Bay Area-based construction startup TraceAir today announced a $3.5 Construction startup Scaled Robotics raises a €2M seed round. million Series A. Led by London-based XTX Ventures, this round brings the company’s total funding up to $7 million.

After a record year for Israeli startups, 16 investors tell us what’s next

TechCrunch

Israel’s startup ecosystem raised record amounts of funding and produced 19 IPOs in 2020, despite the pandemic. Subscribe to access all of our investor surveys, company profiles and other inside tech coverage for startups everywhere.

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Cannabis marketing startup Fyllo acquires DataOwl

TechCrunch

Advertising Tech Fundings & Exits Startups CannaRegs CRM DataOwl digital advertising FylloFyllo has acquired DataOwl , a company offering marketing and loyalty tools for cannabis retailers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Weber acquires smart cooking startup June

TechCrunch

Outdoor cooking industry leader and famed kettle-grill-maker Weber has acquired June, the smart cooking startup founded in 2013 by Matt Van Horn and Nikhil Bhogal. We’ve obviously kind of brought that to a microscale with our small 60-person startup.

Israel’s startup ecosystem powers ahead, amid a year of change

TechCrunch

It had produced, and was poised to produce, an enormous number of technology startups, given its relatively small size. The moniker became so ubiquitous, both at home and abroad, that “Israel Startup Nation” is now the name of the country’s professional cycling team. After a record year for Israeli startups, 16 investors tell us what’s next. Israel’s startups industry began emerging in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

5 questions about 2021’s startup market

TechCrunch

Welcome to 2021, a year that could extend 2020’s startup market disruptions and excesses — or change patterns that previously performed well for early-stage tech companies and their investors. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money.

African edtech startup uLesson lands a $7.5 million Series A

TechCrunch

ULesson , an edtech startup based in Nigeria that sells digital curriculum to students through SD cards, has raised $7.5 The startup, which uses SD cards as a low-bandwidth way to deliver content, saw a wave of smart devices enter homes across Africa as students adapted to remote education.

Startup valuations have recovered from summer lows

TechCrunch

As 2020 comes to a close, some parts of the startup world are completing a loop, ending the year where they began. Startup valuations, for example, as seen in the Silicon Valley area are effectively back to where they were at the start of the year.

E-commerce optimization startup Tradeswell raises $15.5M

TechCrunch

The startup has now raised a total of $18.8 Millennial Media’s Paul Palmieri launches Tradeswell, a startup promising to fix e-commerce margins. Why e-commerce startups aren’t raising more funding during this historic boom.

Text marketing startup Voxie raises $6.7M

TechCrunch

Like many startups, Atlanta-based Voxie was created to solve a problem that founder and CEO Bogdan Constantin faced himself. Recent Funding Startups TC digital marketing Noro-Moseley Partners Voxie