October, 2019

Techstars and HBCUvc Launch 10-City Startup Weekend Tour to Promote Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital



how collaboration can improve entrepreneurship education

Venture Well

Tom Katona had been thinking quite a bit about a simple question. An assistant professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, The post how collaboration can improve entrepreneurship education appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty I&E Ecosystems entrepreneurial mindse

500 Around the World: Takeaways from the Sberbank-500 Accelerator


If 500 has learned one thing from investing in over 75 countries, it’s the importance of placing bets in all the right founders and helping build ecosystems for them to thrive in. 500 is a firm believer of the idea that talent can be found everywhere, but you have to understand where that talent is and what unique challenges they are going to face in their region. One of these often-overlooked regions is Russia, which despite challenges, has a booming tech and startup ecosystem.

Can a Week in the Desert Make You a Better Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Every year, a group of EO members convenes in northwest Nevada, USA, at dEOxidized, one of the hundreds of theme camps at Burning Man.

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.

Our Helium Hotspot

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Back in June I wrote about a company we recently invested in called Helium. Helium is creating a decentralized low power and low bandwidth wireless network for the exploding number of smart devices out in the world.

SeedFuel–Rowad, Flat6Labs, and Nest on the Bahrain Startup Community


If you’ve ever wondered what an island like Bahrain has to offer to entrepreneurs and startups, we’re happy to fill you in and let you know how the ecosystem here has developed with the support of key stakeholders. Background on Bahrain.

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Faculty Spotlight: Richard Niesenbaum from Muhlenberg College

Venture Well

We continue our series highlighting educators within the VentureWell network who are doing good work—faculty members who are catalyzing change in higher education and inspiring. The post Faculty Spotlight: Richard Niesenbaum from Muhlenberg College appeared first on VentureWell.

Inside 500: How Their Accelerator Helped Me Grow My Accounting-as-a-Service Company and Raise $2 Million


Felix Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Back Office, a human-assisted AI platform and bookkeeping service for companies and consultants. In an interview with Nathan Beckord on Foundersuite’s “How I Raised It” podcast he shared how 500 Startups was instrumental in the early growth of BackOffice. Below is an excerpt of his interview. I believe founders have superpowers.

Are CSR and Sustainability the New Magnets for Top Talent?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Annie Button. . Attracting and retaining the right talent is a fundamental building block for business success. But recruiting staff and keeping them is getting harder.

That’s Not Fair

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I saw some news this morning and immediately thought “that is not fair.” ” And then I reminded myself that life is not fair. Of course we all wish that life would be fair. It should be fair. But it just isn’t and if you go through life wanting it to be fair, you are just setting yourself up for a lot of disappointment. All of that said, I have found life to be more fair over the long run. Things tend to even out over longer time frames.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities


No matter where you run a company, you’re probably making trade-offs. There are pros and cons to operating anywhere, for sure. But, I know that operating your company in a smaller city can feel really, really hard. You face a lot of challenges—anything from your commute time, to finding great talent, to landing big investments, to connecting with your target customers (fashion and beauty companies come to mind, for instance).

Y Combinator Top Companies – 2019

Y Combinator

We’re excited to share the list of 2019 Top Y Combinator Companies. We also included top exits. We put this list together to help potential employees, partners, and late stage investors get to know a wider set of YC companies. If you’re looking for a job at one of our top companies, you can hit the Apply button to be taken to their careers page. The companies in this list are sorted by valuation. Why do we use valuation?

5 Disruptive Cybersecurity Startups That Are Changing the Industry

Dream It

Accelerated digital innovation has catapulted the world into unprecedented growth. But this age of disruption has also created numerous opportunities for hackers and cybercriminals.

Accelerators And Seed Deal Flow


Those of us in the early-stage tech ecosystem by now well know that saying “there are a LOT of seed and new startups” is a gross understatement. It feels like a tsunami of deal flow , and for me, I’ve outlined how I pay attention to inbound flow in terms of what gets priority. And one of the sources of that flow are the new accelerators (I’m lumping incubators, accelerators, etc.

Assess Your Team to Effectively Implement Change

Entrepreneurs' Organization

By Kevin Bonfield, founder and managing partner at Concentre and a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization in Dallas, Texas. Your leadership team is truly the driving force of any change you want to bring to your organization.

10 Steps to Recovering from a Cyber Incident

Smart Hustle Magazine

They say prevention is better than cure. And it’s true. But no matter how careful a small business is, it will never be able to completely avoid risks. This is especially true when it comes to keeping data safe.

Should You Build your Company in a Country Like Lima?


Last week, we were in Lima for our second stop of the Momentum Tour ( video here! ) We met with government officials—the people who oversee the support that startups receive directly from the country—investors investing in the country’s best seed-stage founders, and corporates doing business with the country’s newest startups. Everywhere we went, I asked this one question. Did they feel like Lima was a great place to grow a startup?

The Question is… What is the Question?

UBI Global

What methods do corporations use to seek startup partners? Technology has leveled the playing field of business. Today’s startups are just as likely to come up with the next innovation that consumers “must-have” as a corporate innovation team.

The Path to Commercialization for a Healthtech Startup

Dream It

In this #DreamitLive, Healthtech Managing Director Adam Dakin speaks with Graftworx founder and CEO David Kuraguntla about his startup’s path to commercialization. Graftworx is a healthtech startup innovating the way remote patient monitoring is done, particularly for those with chronic conditions.

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Do people follow when you (think you) lead?


Let’s get personal. Do you think you’re much better than a marginal leader? Well, here are a few tests for you to help come to an answer. And a few tips for you if you fall a bit short. Why do people follow their leader? Dictators are not great leaders in the long run.

The Early Discipline of Remote Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

In a recent interview, Sid Sijbrandij, the founder of Gitlab observed something about remote teams that I think is absolutely true. I’ve seen it in many of the remote/distributed companies we work with. He said: Remote forces you to do the things you should be doing any way earlier and better. As company scale, they need to develop infrastructure to successfully manage and coordinate large numbers of people.

Julian Love on Reports and Making an Impact in Your Business and Your Community

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray caught up with Julian Love, the Chief Business Officer for St. HOPE at NetSuite’s SuiteConnect. HOPE is an organization, a family of nonprofits that focus on revitalizing Oak Park, Sacramento through public education and economic development.


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

STATE COLLEGE, PA – At last week’s Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference , more than a dozen clients in the Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ portfolio had the opportunity to showcase their company’s growth and market potential to a distinguished list of potential investors.

In the News: The sector that nearly tripled investments over 5 years ??


Parabéns! We reached a new milestone in São Paulo, Brazil, this month at our first ever OurCrowd Sync Conference, our biggest event outside of the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit.

The house is on fire: the multi-faceted problem of climate change

Impact Hub

An area the size of Belgium is burning in the Arctic. Not a day goes by without the news reminding us that we’re facing an environmental emergency in the form of climate change.

Consume Information That Encourages You To Do More

Y Combinator

YC Partner and Head of Admissions Dalton Caldwell on consuming tech media and being careful to choose things that encourage you to do more. Topics. 00:00 – Consume information that encourages you to do more. 1:25 – You don’t need permission from investors to start a company. 2:30 – Is thought leadership important? 4:05 – Your thought process is influenced by the information you consume. Advice Video Feature

Unclogging Manhattan

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A big thing happened this past week in my part of lower Manhattan where I live and work. Fourteenth Street was closed to cars between 6am and 10pm except for “local traffic.” ” Basically if you are in a car during those hours, you can go for up to a block, but no more than that.


7 Things You Need for a Successful E-Commerce Business (And How Fiverr Can Deliver)

Smart Hustle Magazine

E-commerce is booming. You can even do your grocery shopping online. If there was ever a time to jump on the e-commerce bandwagon , it’s now and doing so just got even easier. A successful e-commerce business can take many forms. Businesses are selling their products on platforms like Amazon, Etsy, Shopify , and more with resounding success. The benefits of selling products online speaks for itself and include: . reducing costs. overcoming geographic limitations. streamlining operations.

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Finalists in $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest Announced!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

DUBOIS, PA – D ozens of people located in North Central Pennsylvania recently applied to Ben Franklin’s $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest. This week our team had the difficult job of identifying just a few finalists from all the great applications received from emerging tech startups and small manufacturers.

[OurCrowd in NoCamels] OurCrowd Launches Sao Paulo Office To Tap Into ‘Key Region For Innovation’


OurCrowd, Israel’s leading global investment platform and most active venture investor, announced the launch of its 13th office worldwide in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week to tap into the “next key region for innovation.”. Read more here.

Capturing Luck with “or” instead of “and”

A Smart Bear

I won a fake stock market competition in elementary school. I put all my money in a few penny stocks — where prices are less than a dollar, and because of their small denomination, their value (as a percentage) fluctuates wildly. Some days I had the worst portfolio, other days I had the best.

Entrepreneurs relocate to Oklahoma to tackle diabetes as i2E clients

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Diabetes is at an all-time high. An estimated 30 million people in the U.S. about one in ten) are living with this chronic, incurable disease. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is most common. More than 20 million people have this condition which can contribute to heart attack and stroke, vison loss and blindness, amputation, kidney failure, and even death. The rate of type 2 diabetes is accelerating at 5.5 percent per year.

Cross Laminated Timber

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Cross Laminated Timber (or CLT for short) is a structural building material that can replace concrete and steel in new building construction. I wrote about CLT back in April and mentioned that the Gotham Gal and I are in the process of making two CLT buildings right now. The paper version of the New York Times has an excellent op-ed today that explains why making buildings out of wood is much better for our climate than making them out of concrete and steel.

Good Credit is Good For Business: Nav is Making it Even Easier to Build Business Credit

Smart Hustle Magazine

Unless you are running a business that specializes in providing financial services, dealing with your own business finances probably isn’t your favorite thing in the world to do. One of the first financial barriers business owners face is securing capital.



BOULDER, Colo. October 7, 2020 – Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of Techstars Tel Aviv, an Israel-based accelerator program.

[Taranis in Israel21C] What’s fueling the foreign appetite for Israeli food-tech?


Among the Israeli ag-tech companies Finistere has invested in are Taranis and CropX. They are digitizing the farm environment and helping farmers make better use of resources such as water and fertilizer.”. Read more here.