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Funding

Tokyo

What You Need To Know About Softbank’s $100 Billion Vision Fund

By | May 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Earlier this week, the funding world changed forever as the world’s largest private equity fund, SoftBank’s Vision Fund, announced it has raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics. The fund is backed by SoftBank and Saudi…

Interviews

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…

Interviews

Columbus

J.D. Vance on Hillbilly Complexities and Startup Cities

By | May 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm

In his book, Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance gives the world insight to his upbringing in Middletown, Ohio where people faced extensive socioeconomic barriers in a poverty-stricken town. From his mother’s multiple marriages and growing opioid addiction and absent father to finding sanctuary with his…

Diversity

In Startups and Business, Women Receive Less Money [Infographic]

By | May 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Leading up to the last U.S. election cycle, a great deal of focus was placed on wage inequality and disparities in venture capital raised by women. It is now well established that not only do women typically make less money. However, add in any…

Funding

Austin

Austin’s Opcity Raises $27MM to Match Home Buyers and Sellers With Realtors

By | May 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Cofounder of Yodle, Ben Rubenstein, who sold the company to Web.com in 2016 for $342MM, is at it again. He’s scaling his next venture with Opcity, the real estate technology company improving residential real estate’s consumer experience by matching top agents with qualified home…

Accelerator

Boston

Why Boston Is a Great City for Startups

By | May 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Upon visiting the city of Boston, you’ll be treated to a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, art museums, public gardens and maybe get to see a baseball game at Fenway Park. And if you want to grab some insight into the vibrant entrepreneurial…

Inspiration

San Francisco

How Life as An Immigrant Helped Me Launch a Startup

By | May 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Being an entrepreneur is scary, exciting, and gratifying. Entrepreneurship elicits so many emotions mixed into one. The same is true about being an immigrant. Momchil Kyurkchiev, originally from Bulgaria, is the CEO and cofounder of Leanplum, a marketing cloud built for the mobile era, with…

Business

Portland, Maine

Maine Startups Logged Zero VC Deals in Q1

By | Apr 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm

While investors poured $13.9 billion into venture-backed startups during the first quarter of 2017, none of those dollars found their way to Maine companies, according to the MoneyTree Report, a quarterly tally of VC deals from PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights. It’s the first quarter in more…

Education

Phoenix

Arizona State and Draper University Team Up For Entrepreneur Dream Course

By | Apr 21, 2017 at 11:20 am

For college students, going to class and reading about building a business is one thing, but having the opportunity to actually build one of their own is quite another. Sure there are plenty of business courses that students can take to up their game,…

Business

Portland, Maine

3 Signs That Vets First Choice Is Preparing for an IPO

By | Apr 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Going public is a big deal for any company. It requires months of preparation, years of hard work, and decades of innovative thinking. And if you’re pay attention, it can be easy to spot these companies before they make the move. And while I…

Funding

The 5 Things to Know About Raising Seed Funding

By | Apr 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

So you have an idea and now you need some financial support to get the ball rolling. At this point, seed capital can be helpful. Although the seed round is usually smaller and can come from many funding options (friends, family, incubators, angels, VCs),…

Funding

8 Phases of VC Investment: What to Expect When You Raise Capital

By | Apr 11, 2017 at 11:20 am

Raising money is a critical turning point for the majority of entrepreneurs. And, with any entrepreneurial endeavor, preparation is key, which is why knowing the roadmap before you get there can help you make some decisions before you end up on the doorstep of…

Interviews

Chicago

John Roa of Roa Ventures on What Chicago Tech Is Missing

By | Apr 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm

John Roa is a serial tech entrepreneur and long time Chicagoan. He got his entrepreneurial start by creating a computer repair business at 14 and hasn’t stopped since. Last year, he sold ÄKTA, his tech-consulting and design firm, to Salesforce.  Now John is planning to invest…

Funding

Dallas

How Underserved Startups Gain Access to Flexible Capital

By | Apr 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm

How are your local organizations helping provide capital to entrepreneurs and small business owners in underserved markets? What challenges do startups face when seeking loans? How can the hidden barriers be overcome? At Dallas Startup Week powered by Chase for Business, one panel addressed these issues head-on,…

Data

How Astronomer Is Helping to Bridge the Big Data Gap

By | Apr 5, 2017 at 9:15 am

No one is questioning the fact that data science is here in a big way, and it’s growing fast. Today, data science ninjas are perhaps the most sought after talent on the market. For those who aren’t clear on what exactly a data scientist does, data…

Tips & How To’s

Dallas

How to Successfully Exit Your Startup, Tips from Dallas Entrepreneurs

By | Apr 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Success doesn’t happen overnight in the business world. Every day, founders hit the grindstone and stay lean to build businesses that someone else wants to buy. At Dallas Startup Week powered by Chase for Business, five entrepreneurs shared their stories about exiting their companies as a…

Interviews

Chicago

Ezra Galston: From Poker Player To Chicago’s Fastest Rising VC

By | Apr 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Ezra Galston is a VC at Chicago Ventures. At CV, Ezra focuses on consumer facing investment and is actively involved with BloomNation, Kapow Events, Luxury Garage Sale, Shiftgig, SpotHero, Zipments, and Havenly. He writes one of my favorite VC blogs at BreakingVC.com and his…