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San Francisco

OpenInvest Asks Investors to Put Their Money Where Their Values Are

By | May 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Investing platform OpenInvest has just raised $3.25 million in a seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Termed a “social impact investing platform,” the company is one of the first VC-backed Public Benefit Corporations and operates by allowing its users to select issues they care…

Funding

DC

Edtech Company EVERFI Raised $190 Million Led by Bono’s The Rise Fund and TPG Growth

By | Apr 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Edtech company EVERFI, the leading provider of subscription-based digital learning to K-12 schools, universities, corporations, sports leagues, and non-profits, announced they have raised $190 million to advance their vision for education innovation. The Rise Fund and TPG Growth invested $150 million, with Main Street Advisors and…

SXSW

Austin

SXSW Startup Night Winners: WiseBanyan, SPLT, & Eddy by FLUX

By | Mar 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm

If you walked down the infamous 6th Street in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2017, you’d see plenty of bars and barbecue opportunities as well as your fair share of interesting people. Among the excitement of the festival, 24 startups competed at the Tech.Co Startup…

SXSW

Austin

10 Startups Launching New Products at SXSW Release It [Poll]

By | Mar 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm

If you’ve ever been to SXSW, you already know that its a hotbed for burgeoning startups with new and innovative ideas. Whether it’s Foursquare making its debut in 2009 or Twitter using the conference’s popularity to make itself known in the social media landscape, SXSW…

Funding

30 Questions Investors Ask During Fundraising

By | Feb 28, 2017 at 9:15 am

Fundraising is a complicated, and at times, confusing process. To fundraise effectively, you need to have a strategy, understand different types of investors, know how much to raise, and create an investor pipeline. And while all of this is integral to an effective funding round, asking the right questions…

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Entrepreneur

3 Founders Explain How Mentorship Helped Their Business

By | Feb 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Mentors, organizations, and personal relationships are key components to any founder’s support system while building a business. And leaning on their inner circle for guidance, advice, and emotional relief can help create a path for success for many years to come. The Consumer Technology…

Funding

What to Do When Seed Investors Ask to See More Traction

By | Feb 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

“I love what you’re building and I want to invest, BUT I just need to see some more meaningful traction.” -Every VC Ever Every entrepreneur has heard this unfortunate phrase at one point or another. I heard it all the time as a former founder myself, and…

Venture Capital

Jay-Z Plans to Launch a New VC Fund

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 11:20 am

Between the ample capital and the obvious good luck, it’s no wonder celebrities investors are such a common occurrence. While being a famous musician, superstar actor, or prolific athlete in no way prepares you for the entrepreneurial world, having more money than you know…

SXSW

Austin

Tech.Co’s Startup Night at SXSW 2017 Is Where You’ll Get Discovered

By | Jan 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm

If you haven’t heard, SXSW is one of the hottest events of the year for entertainment fans, technology enthusiasts, and startups of all shapes and sizes. Whether it be the endless networking opportunities, the electric atmosphere of Austin, or the mountains of free food…

Funding

9 Tips for Entrepreneurs Preparing to Raise Their First Series A

By | Dec 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm

After you’ve raised a friends and family round, the funding game can be pretty intimidating. The seed round will help you better understand the process, but taking on a Series A is the true sign of a budding startup. And it’s not easy. We asked…

Entrepreneur

Michael Phelps Is Testing The Water of Tech Entrepreneurship

By | Dec 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Look out Elon Musk. The most decorated Olympic athlete of the history of the world has his eye on the tech startup world. In an interview with CNBC “Closing Bell” following the Rio 2016 Olympics, Michael Phelps expressed his interest in transitioning from human…

Startup

5 Ways to Run an Effective Investor Board Meeting

By | Nov 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Your startup has grown and you need the capital to grow with it. You’ve raised a seed round and now have a formal board of investors and mentors to answer to each quarter. And while a boarding meeting can be a scary place, making sure its…

Entrepreneur

5 Essential Traits That Investors Look For in Startup Founders

By | Oct 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm

It’s pitch time. You’re preparing to go in front of some very important investors to get some much-needed funding for your startup. You know you have a great product, but the truth is that so do a lot of other people. Because of this,…

Funding

NYC

GIF Site Giphy Announces $72 Million in New Funding

By | Oct 31, 2016 at 12:50 pm

If you’ve used any form of social media in the last few years, you have likely come across of GIF or two. These short, looping video files have become the primary means of communication for posters, tweeters, and instagrammers on every single platform on…

Funding

The Top 30 Celebrity Investors in Tech

By | Oct 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm

The tech world is filled with unique personalities, budding innovators, and a great deal of money. That’s why the tech world is the perfect place for celebrities to get their feet wet when it comes to investment opportunities. Whether it’s popular musicians, award winning…

Ecosystems

Connecticut

A Comprehensive Guide to the Connecticut Startup Ecosystem

By | Oct 24, 2016 at 12:45 pm

When you grow up near a big city, most people just assume that you call that big city home. They think your identity is wrapped up in the grand metropolitan area that’s more than an hour and a half drive away. In Connecticut, that…

Startup

8 Ways to Make Your Elevator Pitch More Memorable

By | Oct 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC members generate billions of dollars in revenue and have created tens of thousands of jobs. An elevator pitch can take your startup to all new heights. Once…