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Startups and VCs can’t build solutions to our national crises with the same old approach

As protests over the murder of George Floyd erupted in Minneapolis — and then spread at lightning speed to cities and towns across America — downloads of the Citizen app exploded to over 150,000 per day. Founded in New York City in 2016, Citizen provides advanced filtering of police scanners…

E-commerce founder Nicole Gibbons on micro-aggressions, tokenism, and leading her company through this complicated moment

Nicole Gibbons knew she was in rare company when her direct-to-consumer paint startup Clare raised $2 million from the likes of First Round Capital in 2017. Black female entrepreneurs receive less than 1% of VC funding raised by startups.

In an industry that champions quick pivots and failing fast, Gibbons…

Every stage of funding for a startup requires a different set of metrics and milestones

EEvery year I teach classrooms full of students about business. These students end up leaving my classes understanding the basics of how to search for product/market fit — and thinking their next goal is to “get funded.”

That’s a mistake many new founders make because there are only two reasons…

It’s common practice for investors to background-check founders. Why isn’t the reverse as popular?

OOne of the interesting things about getting into venture via your own fund versus coming up through a larger firm is that when “this is always the way it’s been done” comes up as a rationale, you get to shrug and say, “Well, not anymore.”

For example, the practice of…

A tribute by a friend of the recently deceased founder and CEO of Samasource

Editor’s note: Leila Janah, a social entrepreneur and the founder of Samasource, LXMI, and Samaschool, died on January 24, 2020. She was 37 years old. In this post, her friend Silvia Console Battilana remembers Janah’s vision and drive to improve the lives of people around the world by giving work.

Startups are already hard work; being openly transgender raises the stakes even higher

By Sarah Katari

JJumping into a brand-new startup can be a game-changing moment for any entrepreneur. Every stake across the board is raised: founders have to consider their financial well-being, work-life balance, and a real potential for mental health struggles.

Add being openly transgender into the mix, and the stakes…

Best Business Blogs

There isn’t a lot of advice out there about how to be a startup investor, so here is some

Best Business Blogs is a Marker column that scours the web for the most interesting posts on business, entrepreneurship, and product development. This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.

There is a lot of advice about how to be a good startup founder. …


The tension between CEOs and their boards is real, but it doesn’t have to be fatal

The phone rang at the appointed hour. My client, a software company CEO, was calling for his regular session. I picked up the phone:


“Why the hell does my board act like that?”

“Good morning, James,” I answered, and we both laughed.

We talked through the upcoming financing. Some…


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