Here’s How Investors Can Help Put the ‘United’ Back Into ‘United States’

Originally published on Entrepreneur on November 18, 2016.

Rarely have we been so divided as a country. This election was a referendum on that divide: rich vs. poor, urban vs. rural, us vs. other. A large segment of the country feels disconnected from the 21st century economy. In today’s digital age, manufacturing jobs have largely left the US, and emerging technologies like driverless vehicles threaten many of the remaining options for blue-collar employment.

In the days and weeks to come scholars and pundits will offer numerous reasons why this happened and how our political prognostication systems so badly missed the mark. As entrepreneurs and members of the global startup community, we need to look ourselves in the mirror and recognize the role we have to play. (more…)

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Angels vs VCs: How They Think, Part 2

For those looking to finance their startup, raising money is one of the most daunting tasks they’ll ever face as entrepreneurs. While many understand that angel investors and venture capitalists (VCs) exist, few understand their similarities and differences in order to pitch them effectively. Building upon Part 1 of this series, the following are some key characteristics you should know about these investor types. (more…)

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Angels vs VCs: A Primer on How They Think, Part 1

Understanding investor motivations and mindsets.

Angel money or venture capital? A frequent question many entrepreneurs face when navigating the financing needs of their startup company. The reality is these two investor types think quite differently. Understanding their motivations is imperative if you are to make it through the fundraising minefield and bridge the fiscal valley of death.

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10x10KCuba: Call to Innovation for Cuban Entrepreneurs

Hello from AngelSummit Americas! Today we have an exciting announcement — the biggest call to innovation to hit Cuba’s tech sector: 10x10KCuba.

10x10KCuba is the first-ever international startup competition to empower Cuba’s emerging tech entrepreneurs. Leaders at the forefront of Cuba’s growth and development in the entrepreneurial space, such as Cuba Emprende Foundation, CIC Miami, Mano Americas and #CubaNow, have teamed up with well-known names in tech including 500 Startups, Techstars, and Stanford’s School of Engineering to develop this unprecedented initiative.

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Brazil: A Playground for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Super Gringoes

According to mainstream fear media, Brazil is a hotbed of viruses:

Waterbourne viruses in Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, where Olympic athletes are expected to compete this summer;

Zika viruses in mosquitoes stinging expectant mothers and causing birth defects in their babies;

A social media viral campaign infecting 3.2 million citizens who flooded the streets of São Paulo in mid-March, demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff because of her involvement in the “car wash scandal“… (more…)

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For the Entrepreneur: Finding and Approaching Angels

At Startup Angels, while most of our focus is directed towards angels and startup investors themselves, we often are contacted by entrepreneurs asking us for advice on how to find and approach angel investors. We wanted to pool some of our thoughts on best practices and share them with you. We hope these will help both the entrepreneurs better work with angels, and the angels have stronger experiences with entrepreneurs. (more…)

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