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Building a Great Startup Board

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When entrepreneurs gather to swap war stories, whether they’re meeting in person or virtually, one of the biggest categories of horrific tales are bad board stories. Every entrepreneur I know has them; I’ll even share a few of my own in this essay. But far too often, the conventional wisdom imparted to entrepreneurs is to treat board meetings as a necessary evil, part of the price you pay for raising money. True, many boards are dysfunctional, but when you build a great startup board, it will be a powerful tool that can help the CEO make the company successful. This essay, which is based on Part 1 of a two-part episode of the Greymatter Podcast, will cover the fundamentals of building great startup boards. You can listen to the podcast here, or search for Greymatter Podcast in your podcatcher.

YC Startup Library

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Over the past 15 years, YC has created many videos, podcasts and essays as resources for startup founders.

How to raise a smart Series A

Articlemedium.com
Here’s what to expect in this Alpaca Unpacked playbook: what you need before raising a Series A, how to time it, organizing a strategy, creating your pitch deck, and tapping the right investors. This guide will not go into the closing of a Series A and the best practices on getting everyone aligned around the table (stay tuned for a future playbook on this).

Bill Gurley on ‘Free’

Articleabovethecrowd.com
“The key question for anyone in business is, ‘Can someone do what you do for free?’ If the answer is ‘yes’ you have a problem.

Positioning Your Startup is Vital — Here’s How to Nail It

Articlefirstround.com
At its core, positioning is a statement. It’s a sentence or two that clearly defines the problem you're setting out to solve and why your solution is compelling. Your positioning statement should remain internal, but it’s critical to everything that follows: Aligning teams, hiring the right people, developing the best product, communicating the value of your work — the list goes on. It all starts with positioning.

30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs from 2020

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Here on the Review, we have an annual tradition that we look forward to each January. We press pause, pour ourselves a big cup of coffee, and pore over each article we published the previous year, with an eye for the very best pieces of advice that we’re still thinking about, one year on. Since the Review’s genesis in 2013, we’ve interviewed hundreds of folks who are among the very best at what they do — and 2020 was no exception. We cherish the opportunity to carefully parse through the advice of the experts that were featured on the Review’s digital pages — from repeat successful founders, to events gurus, to top psychologists.

Small PDF

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Because no investor is trying to download a 56MB pitch deck.

Three Types Of Startup Advisors You Might Not Have Thought About (But Which Will Help You Win)

Articlehunterwalk.medium.com
Advisors can be so much more than social proof & tactical advice

Startup Community Way Book Club

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28 days of micro lessons to develop collaborative teams and establish your leadership skills through a sustainable community from investor, entrepreneur, and author Brad Feld and analyst, entrepreneur, and author Ian Hathaway.

Operator-Investor Nano Funds are The Future (and Present)

Articlehardfork.substack.com
Founders want to take money from smart experienced founders. They want people who have gone through the journey of founding a successful company themselves. Someone who can empathise with their experience in a way a professional investor just cannot.

Apply to Global Accelerators and Contests

Articlewww.f6s.com
Search a list of global accelerator programs, contests, and apply to each available program.

Netflix Culture Memo

Articlejobs.netflix.com
Entertainment, like friendship, is a fundamental human need; it changes how we feel and gives us common ground. We want to entertain the world. If we succeed, there is more laughter, more empathy, and more joy. To get there, we have an amazing and unusual employee culture. This document is about that culture.

How to Make Your Startup’s First Hires

Articleblog.midweststartups.com
You know you need help. You know you’re overwhelmed. You’ve finally got the funding or the customers and can afford to hire! Now what?

Community Playbook for Founders

Articlecommunityplaybook.flybridge.com
Strategies and stories for founders building community-driven companies.

Manager OKRs, Maker OKRs: How Early Stage Startups Should Think About Goal-Setting

Articlehunterwalk.medium.com
You’re Not Yet Google, So Don’t Blindly Mimic Their Processes

Find Deals and Discounts to Grow Your Startup

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Get Free Deals that help you grow your startup- $1 Billion in Free Benefits already delivered

COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance

Articledced.pa.gov
The COVID-19 public health crisis has impacted every Pennsylvanian in every community. The recently enacted state budget includes $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). Within this allocation, the Department of Community and Economic Development has been allocated $225 million for COVID-19 relief to small businesses through a distribution to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. This is not a first-come, first-served program. In order to get funds to businesses in need as quickly as possible, the second application window will be the final opportunity to apply for the program.

RustBuilt Investor Matching Tool

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Free tool for founders and funders to from across the region.

The Unusual Signs of a Billion Dollar Company

Podcastnfx.simplecast.com
Can your company be a Billion-dollar business? When we look inside the early days of companies like Stripe, Airbnb, Coinbase, Instacart & Square, what are the patterns that may shed light on how great Founders beat incredible odds?

Don't Edit Your Imagination

Articlemedium.com
As children, we have vivid imaginations. We stay up late waiting for Santa Claus, dream of becoming President, and have ideas that defy physics. Then something happens. As we grow older, we start editing our imagination.

Pgh Startup Community Newsletter

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Weekly email newsletter that includes the regional news roundup, upcoming events for founders and teams, and dozens of job opportunities at local startups.

How to set up a KPI Dashboard for your Pre-seed and Seed Stage Startup

Articlewww.startuphacks.vc
Metrics or KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) are essential for driving and understanding growth of an early-stage startup. What isn't measured can't be improved, and startups that aren't growing are not likely to survive.

Foundational Financial Models

Articleforesight.is
Over 35,000 people from 116 countries have used these financial templates for a wide variety of businesses. Find the model that’s best for you.

CivicScience Insights Newsletter

www2.civicscience.com
National stats and consumer insights from CivicScience's CEO. Always a fun read.

How to create an equity education program

Articlecarta.com
Providing equity education is a simple way to improve retention and create a more inclusive workplace. Building an equity curriculum forces you to review your company’s employment equity program and eliminate unfair practices. And when employees feel informed and empowered, they may be more inclined to exercise their stock, take a personal interest in the company’s success, and stick around to reap the benefits of their equity.

How to Start a Company on an H1B Visa: Top Tips for Immigrant Startup Founders

Articlemedium.com
The biggest takeaway was that your immigration status should not preclude you from starting your company. Generalized advice is often misleading, so we encourage you to work with partners (attorneys, investors) who have expertise in immigration for founders and follow the path that works best for your specific situation.

Regional Overview of Pgh Tech Economy

Articletwitter.com
Pittsburgh’s top-tier talent, affordability, quality of life, accessibility, and key industry clusters make it a valuable fit in the growth playbook of expanding companies. Pittsburgh’s history of innovation plus it’s world-class Universities have given it’s robotics, AI and software firms a leg up.

ProductHunt

www.producthunt.com
A curation of the best new products, every day. Discover the latest mobile apps, websites, and technology products that everyone's talking about.

Cocoapreneur Directory

cocoapreneur.com
The mission of Cocoapreneur is to foster an environment of economic prosperity in order to ensure more sustainable neighborhoods for the historically African American communities and neighborhoods around Pittsburgh, PA. Through support to businesses via advertising, marketing and consulting, Cocoapreneur aims to normalize the idea of entrepreneurship. We want to make becoming a business owner a more feasible and attainable goal for African Americans in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Then & Now: No Nonsense Due Diligence

Articlemedium.com
Recap A few years ago we wrote about due diligence (DD) in the spirit of better communication to entrepreneurs who pitch us at M25, LPs that invest in us, and co-investors who trust us when joining a round alongside us. Though our goal remains the same, our process has evolved from our learnings. Let’s play “two truths and a lie” to recap some takeaways from our last post. Due diligence should be relative to the size, scale and history of the company. We have to meet founders in person before investing — no exceptions. Our diligence is generally completed in a month or much less. If you guessed truth, lie, truth — you’d be right! We made several investments without meeting founders in-person before COVID, and the majority of our changes have come in the form of our diligence’s sophistication, not its speed or amount.

The Steel City Startup Guide

Articlebarryrabkin.medium.com
Our beloved city of Pittsburgh’s startup community is filled with so many incredible companies, opportunities, and people that it can sometimes feel overwhelming to explore. So I made the Pittsburgh Startup Guide that I wished I had when I was starting. I hope this helps you find what you are looking for in our thriving community. If this guide is useful to you, please share it with others who you think it could help. If you have feedback or suggestions to improve this resource, please reach out. Wishing you every success, Barry Rabkin | Director of Marketing Near Earth Autonomy (We’re Hiring!)

Sandhill - New Venture Insights

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Follow the latest investment theses & analyses from top VCs and analysts Over 300 VCs and industry analysts actively write about opportunities in the startup world. We round-up and highlight their content.

Hacker News

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A social news and message board focusing on entrepreneurship run Y Combinator.

Hubsport for Startups

Discountwww.hubspot.com
Startups using the HubSpot Growth Platform acquire and retain more customers with HubSpot’s software, educational resources, and robust integrations. All at startup-friendly pricing up to 90% off.

Series A Diligence Checklist

Articlewww.ycombinator.com
When we launched our Series A program a few months ago, we decided that what we learn along the way shouldn’t just be kept inside of YC. We're going to publish tools and learnings from the program that should help every company create better outcomes. This is the first tool. It’s simple, but effective.

VC Rank - Generate a list of the most relevant VC firms for your startup

Articlevc-rank.com
VC Rank is a tool for founders to generate a customized list of VCs that are the best fit for their stage and sector. New Stack's Nate Pierotti developed the idea for VC Rank after listening to the pain points of early-stage entrepreneurs. The front-end tool leverages a back-end database, more exhaustive than any in the industry that took 3 years to assemble.

30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs

Articlefirstround.com
We may not know what 2021 has in store, but as we reflect on the year that’s passed and what’s still to come, our sincere hope is that you continue to find a dose of inspiration, an actionable new tactic to try, or a compelling story to sink into whenever you turn your attention to the Review. We know the time you spend diving into an article or popping in your headphones is more precious than ever, and we continue to be sincerely grateful to all of you for spending it with us. Here are the 30 best pieces of advice from our articles last year — take them with you as we look towards brighter days to come.

Model Legal Documents

Articlenvca.org
NVCA offers these Model Legal Documents as a free resource to the community.

Virtual Mojito - 150+ virtual tools, events, and trends

Articlevirtualmojito.com
We show you the best tools for virtual events, communities, remote works, social meetups, and online classrooms.

8 Myths of Pre-Seed Venture Investing

Articlewww.startuphacks.vc
Pre-seed investing presents a unique set of challenges as compared to later stage (series A+) venture investing: the signals, the data, and the strategy could not be more different. Like every industry, venture capital has tried and true advice that is often passed around between fund managers. But, like in every other industry, the advice needs to be contextualized.

Investor Pitch Training

Articlewww.basetemplates.com
Nail your next investor pitch! Just answer the questions for yourself!

Essential Startup Advice During a Pandemic

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YC President Geoff Ralston speaks with Alex Wilhelm, Senior Editor at TechCrunch, about essential startup advice during a pandemic. The fireside chat took place at Web Summit 2020: https://websummit.com/.

The Distinction of a Startup CEO

Articleseobrien.medium.com
Chief Executive Officer. The responsibilities of a CEO are set by the organization’s board of directors because technically, a CEO is the Chief Executive among many, referring to the fact that companies are largely run by the CxOs of their respective business (CMO, CTO, CIO, etc.). Managing a leadership team and meeting the expectations of stakeholders and shareholders (represented in that Board), means that a CEO is, in most respects, something distinctly applicable to that Company, and established and operating Corporate entity.

Ascender Pittsburgh

www.ascenderpgh.org
Ascender is a vibrant hub with educational programs for entrepreneurs, mentorship, expert coaching, incubation and a collaborative coworking space that helps drive innovation and growth.