March, 2020

Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it

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No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. I was raised in rural Wyoming, far from the high stakes and deep pockets of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. But from a young age, going against the grain was in my DNA.

Things Will Be Different

This is going to be BIG.

I remember looking at other people on the street the day after 9/11. Everyone was just so sad. It was a shared moment in time where nothing needed to be said, and all we could muster was a slight nod to acknowledge that what you were feeling, everyone else was feeling, too. It felt like things would never be the same. Yet, it wasn’t very long after before I was on a plane. Sure, I was a bit apprehensive, but slowly it faded away.

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Correlation and Market Meltdowns

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

On the first episode of Howard’s new podcast , his guest said, “in panics, all assets are correlated.” ” I suspect that is true to some extent.

Stepping Up in Crisis: EO Members Respond to COVID-19

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In times of crisis, entrepreneurs step up to take the lead on creating groundbreaking pathways toward renewal. We asked three EO members what strategies they are implementing at work and in their personal lives as COVID-19 continues to spread.

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.

40+ YC startups are now hiring for interns in the YC Summer Internship Program

Y Combinator

We’ve nearly doubled the number of YC startups looking for interns this summer, and the companies & roles are posted on Work at a Startup ! As a reminder, the YC internship program gives current undergrad and grad students the opportunity to find a great YC-backed and vetted startup.

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Advice from a Scientific Entrepreneur to Her 25-Year-Old Self

TechStars

Contributed by Ginger Rothrock, Senior Director at HG Venture s, The Heritage Group. On my drive to work today I was listening to my favorite podcast, 20minVC.

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Startup Pitching 301

Paul G. Silva

This is the 3rd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. In 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.

Welcoming New Partner and Global Digital Transformation Expert Flavio Dias as We Step Up Our Presence in Brazil

500

I first met Flavio in 2013, when he co-invested alongside 500 Startups in Olist, one of Brazil’s largest online marketplaces–which recently raised a Series C round.

Innovation Stacks and Crazy Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Submited by James McKelvey. McKelvey is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist and artist. He is also the cofounder of Square, a merchant services aggregator and mobile payment company based in San Francisco, California.

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.

YC W20 Online Demo Day Now on March 16

Y Combinator

Over the last few days, a large number of investors have accelerated their outreach to our current batch of founders. They are moving quickly to make investment decisions, and we’re going to match their pace and accelerate our schedule by one week. YC W20 online Demo Day will now be on March 16.

Ample Hills Bankruptcy and Recovery: What Happened and What's Next for a Beloved Brand

This is going to be BIG.

As a seed stage investor, I know the math. Half the companies I invest in won’t provide a financial return. Another forty percent or so will go sideways a bit, and the last ten percent will drive most of the gains for my investors. Leveraging up a company with venture dollars in an attempt to grow to a national or world class brand can be a risky proposition.

Addressing the Gaps: Auckland University of Technology // Auckland, New Zealand

Co Starters

“There is a gap in Auckland that we are trying to fill.” . Sabrina Nagel is the CO.STARTERS Program Director (or “Dot Connector,” as she is reverently called by her colleagues) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

RVI, Launch413, Innovation Accelerator – Growing and Thriving

Paul G. Silva

For all my friends who kindly track the progress of my ventures, I have a short update :). Launch413 (the post-accelerator) – We’ve invested in 13 companies in just under 3 years, expanded our team of kick-ass Venture Advisors, and are starting to see some real results from our top companies. It is still early days, but the model seems to be scaling and our ability to deliver impact is growing.

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?

Ones to Watch in Esports

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Esports continues to be a leader in advancing media technology, yet the gaming community continues to struggle in creating a singular hub for viewers to check out all their favorite games and for there to be a singular hub for gaming education.

Mental Health Should Be Your Top Priority Right Now. Here’s Why

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As COVID-19 devastates nations and businesses, there’s a potential casualty you may not have fullly realized: your mental health. Uncertainty around the health of your family, company and employees can be overwhelming.

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Responding to COVID-19

Y Combinator

In order to confront the COVID-19 crisis, we need to immediately mobilize global scientific and technical talent. We have refreshed our Request for Startups , which are concepts we believe are important in the coming decades, to reflect this newest addition: Responding to COVID-19. We want to invest in startups working on: Tests / diagnostics. Treatments and vaccines. Equipment for hospitals. Monitoring and data infrastructure. Please apply to our next batch at ycombinator.com/apply/.

Data-Driven Hope

GAN

Staying Mentally and Emotionally Healthy in the Midst of COVID-19. This is an interesting time. You’re getting no shortage of emails coming to your inbox about how this is “unprecedented” and “difficult.”

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Serving the Underserved: The Commons on Champa // Denver, Colorado

Co Starters

“If you’re starting up, start here.” . This is The Commons on Champa’s invitation to underserved leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in the Denver area.

Startup Pitching 201

Paul G. Silva

This is the 2nd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. In 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.

Funding Friday: The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation Relief Fund

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that when this is all over, I can’t wait to go to my favorite restaurants and enjoy their hospitality and food. If they are able to re-open. While many industries are facing difficult times in this crisis, the restaurant and hospitality industry is particularly hard hit. So for today’s funding friday, I am encouraging everyone to do what I did this morning – make a donation to the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation Relief Fund.

We’re Entering the Stay-Home Economy. Here are 10 Industries That Will Be Winners

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The below article is part of Robert Glazer’s LinkedIn Newsletter series and originally appeared on Glazer’s LinkedIn page. He is the founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners , an affiliation marketing company.

YC S20 Interviews in Brazil

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting interviews in Brazil for startups based in South America for the first time this spring. They will be held in São Paulo from May 16-18 and are like regular YC interviews in every way.

5 Questions with Jasmine Crowe

TechStars

Jasmine Crowe is an HBCU alumna who is working to make the world a better place one cause at a time. Jasmine’s goal is to foster change and create awareness about the leading socioeconomic issues and challenges of today, like poverty, education, and hunger.

Tax Filing is Approaching, Here’s How Your Business Can Save

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Guest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by Scott McCutcheon of incentAdvise. All views and opinions represented in this post are the views and opinions of incentAdvise and do not represent those of 500 Startups or any of its staff or affiliates.

Startup Pitching 101

Paul G. Silva

As 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. Yet… I’ve seen thousands of presentations and the vast majority of them were confusing as heck.

Teaching Online

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have been teaching in one form or another since college. I helped pay for graduate school by teaching other grad students. For most of my life, teaching has meant standing up in front of a group of people and explaining things to them in a large group setting. But, like many things, that is quickly changing right now. I mentioned that we have a new group of analysts at USV.

How Gender Equality Improves Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is proud to support International Women’s Day (IWD), which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political contributions of women.

A Coronavirus Job Description

GAN

Now, more than ever, each of us needs to take a realistic look at what we need to do to remain relevant for our team members and customers. Not only will this help us keep our jobs, but it’s also the most helpful thing we can do to support others in this unusual time. And, this is especially important for startups in light of likely decreased funding from investments. .