December, 2019

What is a Starter?

Co Starters

Why talking about “starters” more than “startups” can change the way you view entrepreneurship. By Enoch Elwell. Words are powerful, and they shape our perception of reality. But how much can the perception of one word impact the activities associated with it?

Advice from an entrepreneurship expert, with Professor Michael Goldberg

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

The YLAI Network hosted Michael Goldberg , a professor of entrepreneurship and an expert in international business development, for a Facebook chat in November for Global Entrepreneurship Week. Michael answered questions from network members requesting advice for their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Supporting Entrepreneurs Wherever They Are, Including Prison

TechStars

Defy Colorado is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with criminal histories — who they call Entrepreneurs in Training — create legal business ventures outside of prison.

Will WeWork finally put our image of a "backable" founder to rest?

This is going to be BIG.

There’s one thing that no one can ever take away from Adam Neumann—he was world class at fundraising. His ability to tell a story and gain investor confidence was unmatched relative to the underlying progress of the company. He exuded confidence told people he was going to change the world.

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.

Grinding

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It is tempting to search for the one magic move that will make everything better. A new VP of Sales. A new database layer in your tech stack. A new brand for your company. Moving everything to the cloud. More capital in the business. But it is rarely one thing that a business needs to succeed. It is often a little bit of everything. Back in the early days of Twitter, we could not keep the website and API up.

Why Entrepreneurs Must Harness the Power of Sleep

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Giles Watkins, coach, mentor and author of Positive Sleep: A Holistic Approach To Resolve Sleep Issues and Transform Your Life. .

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Simple ways to fight corruption

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Every year, more than $3 trillion is paid in bribes or is stolen by corrupt officials. If that doesn’t affect you, it may affect someone you know. What is corruption? Corruption is the abuse of office for personal gain, and it takes many forms.

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A Look Ahead to Techstars Startup Weekend in 2020: More Connected than Ever Before

TechStars

As we get ready to ring in 2020, we’re thrilled to announce some exciting new additions to our Techstars Startup Weekend programs. In 2020, we’re focussing on creating truly connected, vertical-focused initiatives. (A

Why You Don't Get Real Feedback from VCs--and a Solution

This is going to be BIG.

If there’s any one thing I’ve focused on in my VC career, it’s trying to give real, actionable feedback to founders. I’ve made a bet that if a founder pitches me, whether or not I fund them, if I make the process worthwhile by telling them exactly why I couldn’t get there, they’re likely to recommend that other founders do the same.

CS Education Week

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This week is CS Education Week. There are CS Education week events all around the world, mostly in schools where students will do an hour of coding. In NYC, where I do most of my CS Education work, there are CS Education week events in many/most of the public school buildings this week.

The Secret to Feeling Confident

Entrepreneurs' Organization

By Miranda Naiman , accidental entrepreneur, motivational speaker, member of the EO Tanzania chapter and founder of Empower , a Tanzanian human capital consultancy firm. Being successful in life requires confidence. Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes confidence.

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A GAN Startup Holiday Gift Buying Guide

GAN

Over the next few weeks, you’ll be trying to hunt down the perfect gift for everyone you adore. 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? Plus, don’t you want to buy something unique? I thought so.

Conscious fashion promotes traditional Panamanian artisans

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Elise Kemp. Growing up, Nayleen Quintero was surrounded and nurtured by Panamanian folklore. Nayleen, a 2017 YLAI fellow, is from a small rural village in the province of Los Santos, Panama.

Announcing Startup School Winter 2020

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce the next iteration of Startup School. The 8-week course will launch on January 20, 2020, and you can sign up to participate here ! We were floored by the quality (and quantity) of founders who participated in Startup School 2019. Our deepest thanks go to the founders who worked with us to make the program great.

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. Back then, very few venture capital firms in the valley were focused on much outside of our collection of cities within the San Francisco Bay area. ”If If you look at our early team, our DNA has always been very global with experience growing up abroad or working internationally.

Butter

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I once asked a famous celebrity chef how he made his pasta taste so good. He answered “Butter. Lots of it.” ” When we land in Paris, jet lagged and cranky, we head right to our favorite street cafe and order strong coffee, baguettes and butter. And our systems are restored. Butter is one of my life’s treasures. I love it. Butter is also something we look for in the products and services we invest in at USV.

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The Curse That Causes Promotions to Fail

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, disaster avoidance expert , speaker and author. . It’s tragically common for people in organizations to be promoted up the hierarchy to their “level of incompetence,” a concept in management known as the Peter Principle.

We Really Need Large Corporates—With the Right Motives

GAN

If you read my blog regularly, you know I’m a really big believer in revenue as one of the most important metrics for startups. And, that partnering with corporates is one of the best ways for startups to generate revenue. Corporates, of course, are companies considered to be part of the “Fortune 500” or those on the S&P 2000 and they share a few things in common. First, they have capital.

Impact Investing Conferences: 2020 Preview, Plus Full 2019 Review

The Seraf Compass

Impact investing is still a nascent, rapidly evolving field—which means professionals have to work extra hard to stay on top of best practices, news, and trends. One of the best ways to do this is to attend an industry conference.

Matt Cutts on the US Digital Service and Working at Google for 17 Years

Y Combinator

Matt Cutts is the Administrator of the US Digital Service and previously he was the head of the webspam team at Google. You can find him on Twitter at @mattcutts. Topics. 00:00 – Intro. 00:18 – Working at Google in 2000. 2:30 – Did Google’s success feel certain? 3:35 – Building self-service ads. 7:05 – The evil unicorn problem. 8:05 – Lawsuits around search. 10:30 – Content moderation and spam.

How High Rents Hinder Startup Activity

Revolution

Three Tools to Help Solve the Crisis of Workforce Housing The scientist Richard Hamming liked to ask friends and colleagues what they believed was the most interesting question in their field, and why they weren’t working on it. It’s a great question worth considering.

Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Crunchbase has a story up today explaining that Series A and Series B rounds make up between 25% and 35% of all $100mm+ “supergiant” rounds every year. That’s interesting but what would be more interesting is to compare the cohort of companies raising Series A and Series B supergiant rounds to the rest of the companies in a given year that raised Series A and Series B rounds. What would interest me are success rates between the two cohorts.

A Simple Conversation Can Improve Employee Performance

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Connecting and helping others is a critical step in growing as leaders, entrepreneurs and people. Investing in your employees also happens to be a great way to invest in your business.

integrating the customer discovery process into prototyping: q&a with Jin Montclare from New York University

Venture Well

This month’s faculty spotlight is Jin Montclare, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Tardon School of Engineering at NYU. The post integrating the customer discovery process into prototyping: q&a with Jin Montclare from New York University appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty inclusive entrepreneurship teaching resources

RaySecur Closes $3M Seed Funding Round

Dream It

RaySecur ( Dreamit Securetech Spring 2019) closed a $3M seed funding round. The startup’s mission is to be the first line of defense to safely detect suspicious powders and liquids, as well as conventional mail threats.

Work with us: Looking for great people to join YC’s software & community teams

Y Combinator

Y Combinator has a lot planned for 2020, including reaching more people with our worldwide events, going bigger with Startup School and serving our ever-growing communities of founders and developers. To make that all possible, we’re growing our YC team. Here’s a quick rundown of the roles we have open: Product Engineer, Startup School (San Francisco, CA). Community Manager, Startup School (San Francisco, CA). Content Manager (San Francisco or Mountain View, CA).

Coworking Megatrend Predictions for 2020

GCUC

by Liz Elam, founder of GCUC, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference. As founder of GCUC, the world’s largest coworking conference series, I travel the world learning about coworking.

Nia Richards

Forward Cities

Q: What is your deeper “why” behind your commitment and work to support inclusive entrepreneurship in Kansas City? A: There are two glaring facts that were reported this year that only validated my “why” and made it deeper.

Free money for your impact tech startup

David Teten - VC

Congratulations! You’ve decided to launch a technology-enabled startup with a positive social impact! Nearly every major Silicon Valley venture-capital firm has now invested in a B Corp ; maybe you will be one of them! Now the bad news: some venture capitallists have a bias against startups with an explicit positive social impact, on the grounds that they have a smaller addressable market, and that the founders are not sufficiently focused on creating shareholder wealth.

[Edgybees in PR Newswire] Edgybees Wins Multiple AFWERX Contracts to Enhance US Air Force Situational Awareness

OurCrowd

Oklahoma startup Cage aims to change creative collaboration

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. It is exciting when Oklahoma startups set out to change industries. That’s the story of Cage, an Oklahoma City company with customers from around the world. Cage provides a web-based tool that helps creative professionals—from freelancers to branding agencies to in-house creative departments—collaborate on projects and share ideas in one place in real time, no matter who is working on what. “We

Six More Tech-Startups Will Get “Their Start” With Ben Franklin Technology Partners!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA provides investment capital and business support services to tech-startups and small manufacturers located in our 32-county footprint.

Edition #17: John Williams

GCUC

Here at GCUC we are immensely fortunate to cross paths and work with so many amazing people. Through our work, we’ve cultivated a global community of people we think you should know about. Community of Cultivators is a blog series we created to introduce you to coworking game changers and connectors.

Forward Cities Works Toward a More Inclusive Pittsburgh

Forward Cities

On a Tuesday afternoon at Everyday Cafe on North Homewood Avenue in Pittsburgh, two women meet for lunch and bring a puzzle to piece together while they catch up. Two tables over, a young man with headphones works quietly on his laptop. Nearby, two young professionals meet for a chat. “I

I Don't Like How I Look. How Can I Use Video in my Business?

Smart Hustle Magazine

A question I'm often asked is, "how can I use video in my business if I don't like how I look". At today's Small Business Administration (SBA) New York City Social Media Workshop, which Ramon Ray keynoted, he was asked this question by an attendee.

In the News: FDA clearance, Fox News, and the UN Assembly votes with Israel on AgTech

OurCrowd

We are incredibly proud of Sight Diagnostics for receiving FDA clearance for its OLO blood analyzer ; OLO leverages AI with a revolutionary method to “digitize” blood , allowing patients to receive blood test results within minutes at the point-of-care, and with just a finger-prick.