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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Operationalize Your Startup

Paul G. Silva

Startups don’t die from laziness. About The Workshop. They die from working really hard… on the wrong things. You’ve launched your venture… now what? The financial lives of your team depends on you. When do you raise money? From who? On what terms? Is it time to hire or keep your burn low?

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.

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?

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 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.

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

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.

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.”

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 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.

Should You Join a Startup Accelerator?

Entrepreneur's Handbook

founders startup entrepreneurship accelerator venture-capitalThere are hundreds of accelerators, but do they actually help? Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

The Social Subsidy of Angel Investing

Alex Danco

Show Me the Money: How to Ace Your VC Meeting

Mike Teng

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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

Bryan Janeczko

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.

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

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.

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.

How One K-12 Startup Is Harnessing the Podcasting Wave

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The post How One K-12 Startup Is Harnessing the Podcasting Wave appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Podcasting Professional DevelopmentThe founder of Listenwise realized her pubic radio experience gave her unique experience to offer educators and students a new service.

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.

4 Principles of Early-Stage Ed-Tech Startup Hiring

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The co-founder of Swing Education says startups should prioritize shared values and look for confident decision makers when recruiting new employees. The post 4 Principles of Early-Stage Ed-Tech Startup Hiring appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Business Strategy Hiring Startup

When Is The Right Time For A Startup To Move Into A Physical Space

Startup Grind

Whether it’s an idea cooked up in a dorm room or a crowdfunding campaign conducted from the living room, many startups get their real beginning outside of an official office space. Companies relocate their entire production processes from state to state to take advantage of cost differentials , but when is the right time for a startup to move into a physical space? These days, most businesses do not start in offices.

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.

The “Garage Startup” Is Officially Dead

Entrepreneur's Handbook

work startup founders business entrepreneurshipAre you ready for what’s coming next? Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

Everything Startups Need to Know About the SAFE Agreement

Entrepreneur's Handbook

ycombinator venture-capital startup investment entrepreneurshipSAFE is simple but there are critical details to understand to avoid mistakes with investors Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

Startups Who are Rising to the Occasion


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 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. A startup is not a lone adventure.

3 Strategies for Ed. Companies to Reach Teachers Through Social Media

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The Startup Blog Business Strategy Opinion Sales / MarketingCognitive ToyBox conducted an experiment to find out which forms of advertising via social media are most effective in reaching educators. The post 3 Strategies for Ed.