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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. .

We Really Need Large Corporates—With the Right Motives


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.

Coworking Megatrend Predictions for 2020


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.

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?

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.

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


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

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.

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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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Teaching Green: Integrating Sustainability Principles into I&E Curriculum

Venture Well

Jeremy Faludi's Tools for Design and Sustainability includes a guide to teaching green principles in innovation and entrepreneurship courses. The post Teaching Green: Integrating Sustainability Principles into I&E Curriculum appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators Faculty sustainable design teaching resources


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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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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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

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

Edition #18: Shazia Mustafa


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.

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


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.

A Well-Organized Event Promotes Networking

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Carol Galle, EO Detroit member. As a certified meeting professional (CMP) and the CEO of Special D Events , a national business event management agency, Galle knows what it takes to design a meeting or event for proper networking. Are you frustrated with the results of your networking?

Live Episode: Josh Hix on the introverted CEO


Plated Co-founder Josh Hix shares his startup wisdom with student entrepreneurs in the first live episode of Give First. Listen for insights about how this self-described introvert learned to become an inspiring leader. Plus: when not to take a big valuation. .

Investing in New Tech Hubs

EntreWorks Consulting

Today, I attended a Capitol Hill briefing on a new Brookings/ITIF report on The Case for Growth Centers: How to Spread Tech Innovation across America. The report and its recommendations build on the uncomfortable fact that America’s innovation and technology economy is highly concentrated, with most activity centered in a few states and metro areas. In fact, only five metro areas account for 90% of America’s innovation sector growth since 2005.

[OurCrowd in Fox Business] Warren’s plan to reverse mega-mergers can’t be good for economy: Stifel CEO


Stifel Financial Corp.

Funding Friday: Current Events Crossword Puzzles

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I backed this project for the Gotham Gal because she is a crossword fiend


Laks Srini on Making Homeownership in Reach with ZeroDown

Y Combinator

Laks Srini is the cofounder and CTO of ZeroDown. Before that he was the cofounder and CTO of Zenefits. You can find him on Twitter at @laks_srini. Topics. 00:10 – What is ZeroDown? 1:30 – How did they test the idea? 3:30 – What did they learn from companies that failed in the space? 7:40 – Breaking down the product. 11:05 – ZeroDown’s customers. 13:15 – Expanding to other markets. 15:30 – What if a downturn happens?

Let’s talk about your banking relationship


The warning is real. You’ve heard the old one – that a banker always seems willing to offer a loan when you don’t need it. For small businesses, there is such truth in that statement that you can trust the story to be based as fact from experience. Exceptions and good reasons to work on them.

Electricity and the Climate Crisis


In order to understand solutions to the climate crisis , including the potential role of nuclear energy , it is essential to understand our current and future demand and supply of electricity.

The Filecoin Testnet Is Live

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Protocol Labs is the creator of the IPFS protocol and the Filecoin protocol. The idea behind both of these open source projects is to decentralize the storage of information on the web. The Filecoin project is very ambitious. The idea is to create a decentralized storage network by allowing anyone to mine Filecoin by hosting files on the Filecoin network. Yesterday the Filecoin project announced that the Filecoin Testnet is live.

[CropX in PR Newswire] CropX Teams With FarmAgro to Offer Latin American Farmers Accurate Predictive Power Based on Soil Analytics


CropX, a leading agricultural analytics company, and FarmAgro, a leader in the commercialization of agroforestry equipment in Costa Rica, today announced their partnership. Read more here.


Hiring Your First Assistant

Smart Hustle Magazine

Let me let you in on a little secret—you don’t have to do it all. Business owners are often burdened with the (unrealistic) expectation of accomplishing everything. Your job is to run the business.



A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of the things I am most focused on with the new, which is coming soon, is a better search experience. I have been impressed by how much we were able to improve the search on the new and the way we did that was by using a site search service called Algolia. So I am going to use Algolia here at AVC as well. Algolia allows me to customize the search results to improve them. That means I can work on improving the search results here at AVC over time.


Getting Tech Into The Boroughs

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A number of elected officials tweeted “I told you so” when the news came out at the end of last week that Amazon had taken space in Hudson Yards and will move 1500 jobs there soon.

[Zoomcar in Times of India] Zoomcar Guarantees vehicle For All Bookings or Refund


In an attempt provide seamless customer experience, Zoomcar will now gaurantee a vehicle for all bookings or the company will provide a full refund of the booking amount, with an additional cashback worth up to Rs 10,000 in the form of credits, self-drive share mobility platform said.


[Honeybook in Forbes] De-Gigging The Gender Pay Gap


In a recent analysis, Honeybook – which serves as a business and financial management platform for solopreneurs and freelancers – analyzed more than 350,000 invoices from freelancers, and surveyed 1800 freelancers. Read more here.