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Lightship Capital Launches Fund for Underrepresented Founders in the Midwest
Cincinnati-based Lightship Capital, a rare venture-capital firm managed by black partners, is raising a $50 million fund to invest in underrepresented founders in the Midwest.
wsj.com
Program offers free tuition to Tulsa residents
Foundry College Tulsa is offering free tuition for Tulsans experiencing unemployment, underemployment or looking to advance their career opportunities.
ktul.com
It’s About Damn Time: Interview with Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital
I had the pleasure to meet Arlan and hear from her on topics ranging from founder self-care to allyship in VC to the decentralization of Silicon Valley.
Dana Iverson on medium.com
WE’RE TIRED
Many of my Non-Black friends and colleagues have asked how I am doing, what I make of the recent events and what they can do to support as allies. Below is my candid and transparent attempt at answering those questions.
kauffmanfellows.org
Tech Workers Consider Escaping Silicon Valley’s Sky-High Rents
After major companies announce their employees won’t need to come in, many are recalculating the cost of living near the office.
bloomberg.com
Edtech Incubators Are Fading. Here’s What Will Replace Them.
Edtech startup incubators? That’s so 2010. That’s the conclusion reached by Barbara (“Bobbi”) Kurshan, a long-time veteran of the education technology world.
edsurge.com
Can Your Start-up ‘Return The Fund?’
At Harlem Capital, one of our slogans is “Data Drives Decisions.”
medium.com
Why are 4 US states building bridges to Israeli tech?
As part of their post-Covid economic strategy, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona are stepping up cooperation with Israeli companies.
israel21c.org
Sourcing Opportunity Amidst Uncertainty with Michael Basch, Managing Director at Atento
In the second episode of our Investor Series, Michael Basch, the Managing Director of Atento Capital, helps us unpack considerations Heartland entrepreneurs should take into account as they face the aftermath of COVID-19.
endeavornwa.org
First Round Capital 10 Year Report
Venture capitalists are constantly telling the entrepreneurs they invest in to make data-driven decisions. But as an industry, we haven’t been very good at doing it ourselves. Now that we have the analytics and numbers to take a closer look at ourselves and our business, we decided to give it a try.
10years.firstround.com
Diverse Startups Raise More Cash, Return More to Investors
Startups with ethnically diverse founders are eventually able to raise more operating cash and return more capital to investors than those formed by all-white executives, even as they were less likely to win funding in the first place, a study shows.
bloomberg.com
Beyond the VC Funding Gap
Why venture capitalists are missing out on the opportunity to invest in diverse entrepreneurs, how it’s hurting their returns, and what to do about it.
morganstanley.com
The Future is Happening Now: Accelerating into a New World of Edtech: Part I
Early Childhood Education and K12 This is the first of two posts on the future of education after the onset of Covid-19 by Mercedes Bent, Partner at LightSpeed Ventures
medium.com
Startup Trends During Covid 19
Reviewing Techstars applications from around the world is an amazing way to surface micro trends while also seeing the macro picture. And since my applications were open January-April, it’s been fascinating to see how founders responded and pivoted in the current environment.
medium.com
Crunchbase & Dundee Venture Capital's Mighty Middle Report
As we kick off a new decade, Crunchbase and Dundee Venture Capital are launching the first America’s Mighty Middle Report to look at startup activity in locations between the U.S. coasts over the past 10 years.
crunchbase.com
a16z Podcast: The Environment, Capitalism, Technology
It used to be that the only way for humanity to grow — and progress — was through destroying the environment. Sure, the Industrial Revolution brought about the growth of our economies, our population, our prosperity; but it also led to our extracting more resources from the planet, more pollution, and some nightmarish human conditions as well. But is this interplay between the two — of human growth vs. environment, of protection vs. destruction — really a zero-sum game?
a16z.com
Tulsa Responds Task Force to help local small business owners
It's called the Tulsa Responds Task Force. It's a partnership with the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation, the City of Tulsa, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa Community Foundation and Atento Capitol. The goal is to get Tulsa small businesses and nonprofits back on their feet by helping them apply for the loan programs available in response to COVID-19.
journalrecord.com
HBCUvc’s 31 Under 31: The Future of Venture Capital
The leaders changing the culture of innovation in 2020.
blog.hbcu.vc
Why Tulsa
Or as it’s known in certain circles, “The Paris of the Heartland.”
Mike Basch on medium.com
It’s About Damn Time: Interview with Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital
I had the pleasure to meet Arlan and hear from her on topics ranging from founder self-care to allyship in VC to the decentralization of Silicon Valley.
Dana Iverson on medium.com
Why Tulsa
Or as it’s known in certain circles, “The Paris of the Heartland.”
Mike Basch on medium.com
Lightship Capital Launches Fund for Underrepresented Founders in the Midwest
Cincinnati-based Lightship Capital, a rare venture-capital firm managed by black partners, is raising a $50 million fund to invest in underrepresented founders in the Midwest.
wsj.com
Program offers free tuition to Tulsa residents
Foundry College Tulsa is offering free tuition for Tulsans experiencing unemployment, underemployment or looking to advance their career opportunities.
ktul.com
Sourcing Opportunity Amidst Uncertainty with Michael Basch, Managing Director at Atento
In the second episode of our Investor Series, Michael Basch, the Managing Director of Atento Capital, helps us unpack considerations Heartland entrepreneurs should take into account as they face the aftermath of COVID-19.
endeavornwa.org
HBCUvc’s 31 Under 31: The Future of Venture Capital
The leaders changing the culture of innovation in 2020.
blog.hbcu.vc
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WE’RE TIRED
Many of my Non-Black friends and colleagues have asked how I am doing, what I make of the recent events and what they can do to support as allies. Below is my candid and transparent attempt at answering those questions.
kauffmanfellows.org
Tech Workers Consider Escaping Silicon Valley’s Sky-High Rents
After major companies announce their employees won’t need to come in, many are recalculating the cost of living near the office.
bloomberg.com
Edtech Incubators Are Fading. Here’s What Will Replace Them.
Edtech startup incubators? That’s so 2010. That’s the conclusion reached by Barbara (“Bobbi”) Kurshan, a long-time veteran of the education technology world.
edsurge.com
Can Your Start-up ‘Return The Fund?’
At Harlem Capital, one of our slogans is “Data Drives Decisions.”
medium.com
Why are 4 US states building bridges to Israeli tech?
As part of their post-Covid economic strategy, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona are stepping up cooperation with Israeli companies.
israel21c.org
First Round Capital 10 Year Report
Venture capitalists are constantly telling the entrepreneurs they invest in to make data-driven decisions. But as an industry, we haven’t been very good at doing it ourselves. Now that we have the analytics and numbers to take a closer look at ourselves and our business, we decided to give it a try.
10years.firstround.com
Diverse Startups Raise More Cash, Return More to Investors
Startups with ethnically diverse founders are eventually able to raise more operating cash and return more capital to investors than those formed by all-white executives, even as they were less likely to win funding in the first place, a study shows.
bloomberg.com
Beyond the VC Funding Gap
Why venture capitalists are missing out on the opportunity to invest in diverse entrepreneurs, how it’s hurting their returns, and what to do about it.
morganstanley.com
The Future is Happening Now: Accelerating into a New World of Edtech: Part I
Early Childhood Education and K12 This is the first of two posts on the future of education after the onset of Covid-19 by Mercedes Bent, Partner at LightSpeed Ventures
medium.com
Startup Trends During Covid 19
Reviewing Techstars applications from around the world is an amazing way to surface micro trends while also seeing the macro picture. And since my applications were open January-April, it’s been fascinating to see how founders responded and pivoted in the current environment.
medium.com
Crunchbase & Dundee Venture Capital's Mighty Middle Report
As we kick off a new decade, Crunchbase and Dundee Venture Capital are launching the first America’s Mighty Middle Report to look at startup activity in locations between the U.S. coasts over the past 10 years.
crunchbase.com
a16z Podcast: The Environment, Capitalism, Technology
It used to be that the only way for humanity to grow — and progress — was through destroying the environment. Sure, the Industrial Revolution brought about the growth of our economies, our population, our prosperity; but it also led to our extracting more resources from the planet, more pollution, and some nightmarish human conditions as well. But is this interplay between the two — of human growth vs. environment, of protection vs. destruction — really a zero-sum game?
a16z.com
Tulsa Responds Task Force to help local small business owners
It's called the Tulsa Responds Task Force. It's a partnership with the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation, the City of Tulsa, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa Community Foundation and Atento Capitol. The goal is to get Tulsa small businesses and nonprofits back on their feet by helping them apply for the loan programs available in response to COVID-19.
journalrecord.com

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