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Majority Black-Led MaC Venture Capital Raises Inaugural $110 Million Fund To Invest In Emerging Tech DisruptorsMajority Black-Led MaC Venture Capital Raises Inaugural $110 Million Fund To Invest In Emerging Tech Disruptors
MaC Venture Capital, a newly merged, majority Black-led investment firm that on Thursday raised an inaugural $110 million to double down on supporting overlooked tech startups on the brink of disruption, with participation from companies including Foot Locker, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Howard University.
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Tulsa May Just Be the Next Big Startup CityTulsa May Just Be the Next Big Startup City
Forget Austin and Miami - Tulsa is poised to emerge as an underdog for one of the U.S’s next big startup cities. In a state historically known for its deep roots in the oil, gas, and farming sectors, part of Tulsa Remote’s goal is to bring the city and its economy out of the last century and into the future.
theorg.comView Podcast Details
Launchpad for a Career PivotLaunchpad for a Career Pivot
Open since January 2020, Holberton School Tulsa is a two-year software engineering program based at 15 N. Cheyenne Ave.
tulsapeople.comView Podcast Details
4 City People Who Moved to Tulsa for $10,000 Have No Regrets4 City People Who Moved to Tulsa for $10,000 Have No Regrets
Tulsa is paying people $10,000 to live there. 4 professionals who recently made the move from big cities like NY and Chicago say it's the best decision they ever made.
businessinsider.comView Podcast Details
Season 2, Episode 4: Cioré Taylor, Economic Development, and Self-AdvocacySeason 2, Episode 4: Cioré Taylor, Economic Development, and Self-Advocacy
In this episode, we talk with Cioré Taylor, the director of entrepreneurial development and education at TEDC Creative Capital.
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Gathering Place named best city park in the country in USA Today pollGathering Place named best city park in the country in USA Today poll
Gathering Place has been voted this year’s Best City Park in the country in a readers’ choice competition sponsored by the national media company USA Today.
tulsaworld.comView Podcast Details
Black And Female Founders Land 30% Of The Largest US Early Stage Rounds In 2021Black And Female Founders Land 30% Of The Largest US Early Stage Rounds In 2021
A Crunchbase survey of rounds of $100 million or more to U.S. companies at Series A and B stage between January and mid-February found that 30 percent of these investments went to teams with female or Black founders.
crunchbase.comView Podcast Details
Home Movers Alert: These 3 US Cities Will Pay You to Move ThereHome Movers Alert: These 3 US Cities Will Pay You to Move There
If you want to live in a vibrant, large city without the price tag of places like New York of Frisco, you will be pleasantly surprised by Tulsa.
realhomes.comView Podcast Details
Coming to a Student’s iPad Near You: Boddle Launches in Apple App Store as Edtech Startup Celebrates Third BirthdayComing to a Student’s iPad Near You: Boddle Launches in Apple App Store as Edtech Startup Celebrates Third Birthday
A Kansas City-generated gamified math education platform is expanding its user base this weekend as Boddle Learning debuts the high-profile startup’s long-awaited iOS app version.
startlandnews.comView Podcast Details
Israel's Industry 4.0 Finds a Home in the MidwestIsrael's Industry 4.0 Finds a Home in the Midwest
As NYC and San Francisco continue to bleed business, the Sooner state emerges as a prime landing spot for one of the Israeli tech ecosystem's most accelerated sectors.
geektime.comView Podcast Details
Forbes' Next 1000: Edna MartinsonForbes' Next 1000: Edna Martinson
Ugandan-born Martinson co-founded Boddle Learning, a game-based learning platform, in 2018 to combat educational gaps and help improve student outcomes in elementary schools.
forbes.comView Podcast Details
Season 2, Episode 3: Cecilia Wessinger and Building a Real EcosystemSeason 2, Episode 3: Cecilia Wessinger and Building a Real Ecosystem
In this episode, we talk with Cecilia Wessinger, an ecosystem builder, community catalyst and collaborator.
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Atento and Life in Tulsa in 2020Atento and Life in Tulsa in 2020
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a challenging year. The ways we live, travel, and do business have been totally transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, as I reflect on the year, my biggest takeaway is one of gratitude.
Mike Basch on medium.comView Podcast Details
Season 2, Episode 2: Michael Basch on Year 1 of Atento CapitalSeason 2, Episode 2: Michael Basch on Year 1 of Atento Capital
In Episode 2 of Season 2 of the podcast Be Atento, hosts Sean and Aaron are joined by Michael Basch, Managing Partner and Founder of Atento Capital.
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Season 2, Episode 1: Chandler Malone: Ideate ProjectSeason 2, Episode 1: Chandler Malone: Ideate Project
In the Season 2 premiere, our new hosts Aaron and Sean talk to Chandler Malone, former host of this podcast and founder of the Ideate Project.
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Episode 13: Year in ReviewEpisode 13: Year in Review
The Be Atento Podcast shares some of the highlights of the amazing interviews we have done so far.
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Episode 12: Dylan Gambardella and NextGen HQEpisode 12: Dylan Gambardella and NextGen HQ
In this episode we talk with Dylan Gambardella, Co-founder of Next Gen HQ.
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Episode 11: Ryan Lupberger, Co-Founder and CEO of CleancultEpisode 11: Ryan Lupberger, Co-Founder and CEO of Cleancult
In this episode we talk with Ryan Lupberger, Co-Founder and CEO of Atento Capital portfolio company, Cleancult.
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Episode 10: Edna Martinson and Clarence Tan, Co-Founders of Boddle LearningEpisode 10: Edna Martinson and Clarence Tan, Co-Founders of Boddle Learning
In this episode we talk with Atento’s most recent investment, Edna Martinson and Clarence Tan, the co-founders of Boddle Learning.
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Lightship Capital Launches Fund for Underrepresented Founders in the MidwestLightship 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.comView Podcast Details
Program offers free tuition to Tulsa residentsProgram 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.comView Podcast Details
It’s About Damn Time: Interview with Arlan Hamilton of Backstage CapitalIt’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.comView Podcast Details
WE’RE TIREDWE’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.orgView Podcast Details
Edtech Incubators Are Fading. Here’s What Will Replace Them.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.comView Podcast Details
Tech Workers Consider Escaping Silicon Valley’s Sky-High RentsTech 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.comView Podcast Details
Why are 4 US states building bridges to Israeli tech?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.orgView Podcast Details
Tulsa Responds Task Force to help local small business ownersTulsa 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.comView Podcast Details
a16z Podcast: The Environment, Capitalism, Technologya16z 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.comView Podcast Details
Crunchbase & Dundee Venture Capital's Mighty Middle ReportCrunchbase & 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.comView Podcast Details
Startup Trends During Covid 19Startup 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.comView Podcast Details
The Future is Happening Now: Accelerating into a New World of Edtech: Part IThe 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.comView Podcast Details
Beyond the VC Funding GapBeyond 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.comView Podcast Details
Diverse Startups Raise More Cash, Return More to InvestorsDiverse 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.comView Podcast Details
First Round Capital 10 Year ReportFirst 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.comView Podcast Details
Sourcing Opportunity Amidst Uncertainty with Michael Basch, Managing Director at AtentoSourcing 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.orgView Podcast Details
Why TulsaWhy Tulsa
Or as it’s known in certain circles, “The Paris of the Heartland.”
Mike Basch on medium.comView Podcast Details
Episode 3: Understanding How to Evaluate Early Stage Investments with Michael Cardamone of AccelepriseEpisode 3: Understanding How to Evaluate Early Stage Investments with Michael Cardamone of Acceleprise
In this episode we talk with Michael Cardamone, CEO and Managing Partner of Acceleprise about how he evaluates early stage deals and what he looks for in founding teams.
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Episode 1: Rise of the Rest with Anna Mason, Partner at Revolution CapitalEpisode 1: Rise of the Rest with Anna Mason, Partner at Revolution Capital
In our inaugural episode we talk with Anna Mason, Partner at Revolution Capital and the Rise of the Rest seed fund.
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Meet The Team (Teaser Episode)Meet The Team (Teaser Episode)
Meet the team at Atento Capital and hear about the incredible guests and fascinating topics that will be addressed in future episodes.
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Israel's Industry 4.0 Finds a Home in the Midwest
As NYC and San Francisco continue to bleed business, the Sooner state emerges as a prime landing spot for one of the Israeli tech ecosystem's most accelerated sectors.
geektime.com
Atento and Life in Tulsa in 2020
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a challenging year. The ways we live, travel, and do business have been totally transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, as I reflect on the year, my biggest takeaway is one of gratitude.
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
Majority Black-Led MaC Venture Capital Raises Inaugural $110 Million Fund To Invest In Emerging Tech Disruptors
MaC Venture Capital, a newly merged, majority Black-led investment firm that on Thursday raised an inaugural $110 million to double down on supporting overlooked tech startups on the brink of disruption, with participation from companies including Foot Locker, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Howard University.
forbes.com
Tulsa May Just Be the Next Big Startup City
Forget Austin and Miami - Tulsa is poised to emerge as an underdog for one of the U.S’s next big startup cities. In a state historically known for its deep roots in the oil, gas, and farming sectors, part of Tulsa Remote’s goal is to bring the city and its economy out of the last century and into the future.
theorg.com
Launchpad for a Career Pivot
Open since January 2020, Holberton School Tulsa is a two-year software engineering program based at 15 N. Cheyenne Ave.
tulsapeople.com
4 City People Who Moved to Tulsa for $10,000 Have No Regrets
Tulsa is paying people $10,000 to live there. 4 professionals who recently made the move from big cities like NY and Chicago say it's the best decision they ever made.
businessinsider.com
Gathering Place named best city park in the country in USA Today poll
Gathering Place has been voted this year’s Best City Park in the country in a readers’ choice competition sponsored by the national media company USA Today.
tulsaworld.com
Coming to a Student’s iPad Near You: Boddle Launches in Apple App Store as Edtech Startup Celebrates Third Birthday
A Kansas City-generated gamified math education platform is expanding its user base this weekend as Boddle Learning debuts the high-profile startup’s long-awaited iOS app version.
startlandnews.com
Forbes' Next 1000: Edna Martinson
Ugandan-born Martinson co-founded Boddle Learning, a game-based learning platform, in 2018 to combat educational gaps and help improve student outcomes in elementary schools.
forbes.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
HBCUvc’s 31 Under 31: The Future of Venture Capital
The leaders changing the culture of innovation in 2020.
blog.hbcu.vc
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
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Black And Female Founders Land 30% Of The Largest US Early Stage Rounds In 2021
A Crunchbase survey of rounds of $100 million or more to U.S. companies at Series A and B stage between January and mid-February found that 30 percent of these investments went to teams with female or Black founders.
crunchbase.com
Home Movers Alert: These 3 US Cities Will Pay You to Move There
If you want to live in a vibrant, large city without the price tag of places like New York of Frisco, you will be pleasantly surprised by Tulsa.
realhomes.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
Can Your Start-up ‘Return The Fund?’
At Harlem Capital, one of our slogans is “Data Drives Decisions.”
medium.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Season 2, Episode 4: Cioré Taylor, Economic Development, and Self-Advocacy
In this episode, we talk with Cioré Taylor, the director of entrepreneurial development and education at TEDC Creative Capital.
View Podcast Details
Season 2, Episode 3: Cecilia Wessinger and Building a Real Ecosystem
In this episode, we talk with Cecilia Wessinger, an ecosystem builder, community catalyst and collaborator.
View Podcast Details
Season 2, Episode 2: Michael Basch on Year 1 of Atento Capital
In Episode 2 of Season 2 of the podcast Be Atento, hosts Sean and Aaron are joined by Michael Basch, Managing Partner and Founder of Atento Capital.
View Podcast Details
Season 2, Episode 1: Chandler Malone: Ideate Project
In the Season 2 premiere, our new hosts Aaron and Sean talk to Chandler Malone, former host of this podcast and founder of the Ideate Project.
View Podcast Details
Episode 13: Year in Review
The Be Atento Podcast shares some of the highlights of the amazing interviews we have done so far.
View Podcast Details
Episode 12: Dylan Gambardella and NextGen HQ
In this episode we talk with Dylan Gambardella, Co-founder of Next Gen HQ.
View Podcast Details
Episode 11: Ryan Lupberger, Co-Founder and CEO of Cleancult
In this episode we talk with Ryan Lupberger, Co-Founder and CEO of Atento Capital portfolio company, Cleancult.
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Episode 10: Edna Martinson and Clarence Tan, Co-Founders of Boddle Learning
In this episode we talk with Atento’s most recent investment, Edna Martinson and Clarence Tan, the co-founders of Boddle Learning.
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Episode 9: Martin Lien and Respond Flow
In this episode we talk with Martin Lien, CEO of Respond Flow.
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Episode 8: Mercedes Bent of Lightspeed Venture Partners on the Future of EdTech
In this episode we talk with Mercedes Bent, a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners.
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Episode 6: Dor Abuhasira, founder and CEO of Percepto
In this episode we talk with Dor Abuhasira, CEO and co-founder of Percepto.
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Episode 5: Investing in Cultural Trends with Marlon Nichols of MaC Venture Capital
In this episode we talk with Marlon Nichols, founder and Managing Partner of MaC Venture Capital.
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Episode 4: Inclusive Ecosystem Building with Rodney Sampson
In this episode we talk with Rodney Sampson, Founder and CEO of Opportunity Hub.
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Episode 3: Understanding How to Evaluate Early Stage Investments with Michael Cardamone of Acceleprise
In this episode we talk with Michael Cardamone, CEO and Managing Partner of Acceleprise about how he evaluates early stage deals and what he looks for in founding teams.
View Podcast Details
Episode 2: How Conscious Culture Impacts Your Bottom Line with Adrianne Court of Alkami
In this episode we talk with Adrianne Court, Chief HR Officer at Alkami.
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Episode 1: Rise of the Rest with Anna Mason, Partner at Revolution Capital
In our inaugural episode we talk with Anna Mason, Partner at Revolution Capital and the Rise of the Rest seed fund.
View Podcast Details
Meet The Team (Teaser Episode)
Meet the team at Atento Capital and hear about the incredible guests and fascinating topics that will be addressed in future episodes.
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