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The Founder Institute: Helping Founders to Build Great Companies. Startup Curaçao. 27 options to find revenues for your new idea | Arne Van Balen. CREATORS FOR GOOD. Here’s the roadmap you need to create for your startup — and why it’s important. Here’s the roadmap you need to create for your startup — and why it’s important Yesterday I talked about the importance of setting goals in relation to my angel investing. Today I want to talk about the importance of a roadmap for your startup. Now, I’m not talking about a product roadmap, I’m talking about a startup roadmap that details all aspects of the business. Goals are big, audacious, and when done right, singular. By comparison, a roadmap is how you plan on reaching that goal, including the milestones along the way. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): ] For my big, audacious goal was “to build the world’s greatest news product.”

In order to do that I had a number of steps on the roadmap, including: In this document I’ve replaced my specific strategies with TK (“to come,” for those of you not in editorial circles). My roadmap includes some goals around usage, but also product features (6), design (4) and business (7). How do you plan things out? Holvi – European current account for businesses. OI Engine | Unleash the creativity of your organisation. We've learned a thing or two about how to engage your community. Here are our beliefs: Start with a Pilot We have learnt that every client community is different. OI Engine’s modular nature enables us to adapt it to your specific requirements. To set the Pilot challenge up for success we train you in community management and effective challenge framing – we therefore insist that you have at least one full time manager dedicated to the platform to set the challenge up for future success.

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Largest pitch for social startups and entrepreneurs in Germany. Are you a Socialpreneur? Apply for the pitch A charity dollar has only one life; a Social Business dollar can be invested over and over again. - Muhammad Yunus Do what you love, but be sure it’s profitable. If you do work you love, but it doesn’t generate income, your business will fail. [...]Don’t settle for anything less than passion and profit. - Steve Pavlina Your Way to Vallendar... Download and fill out theApplication Template Apply with theOnline Form Wait for a confirmationand an invitation What to expect.

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In this way ideas can be refined by the collective expertise within the community and the most promising suggestions can be brought to the attention of relevant decision makers. Idea Street encourages employees of all grades, roles and locations across an organisation to take part in what becomes essentially a decentralised innovation process. Staff are free to submit ideas on anything that may improve their day to day working lives, how their organization operates or serves its customers, stakeholders or suppliers. Product Hunt. 300+ Awesome Free Internet Resources You Should Know. Ali Mese is a freelancer, wanderer, and contributor to few startup projects. Say hi on Facebook or Twitter. This post originally appeared on his Medium blog.

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Bank Betterment & Bank Breakers: A Fintech story of Boats, Icebergs & Orville. When I joined SVB UK from J.P. Morgan back in 2012, there hadn't been a new UK Bank in years. Small Banks weren't calling themselves ‘Challengers’ (they were just small) and even ‘Fintech’ was so embryonic that today’s “Disruptive Fintech companies” just called themselves FX Brokers. Oh I jest (well, sort of). Looking at 2015, we now have 6 new ‘Challenger Banks’ launching in the UK and Fintech is enjoying such a period of explosive growth that even Traditional UK Banks are taking notice. There’s lots of talk about Fintech being an enormous sector (it is) that’s hugely complex (it is) but when people describe Fintech as “hugely disruptive to Banking as a whole” it’s so often not the full story.

So rather than get into a detailed commentary around specific Fintech verticals, I wanted to share two layman friendly Fintech categories: Bank Betterment and Bank Breakers. Bank Betterment is the Fintech that partially or fully requires banks to enable their improvement of traditional products. Impact Investing. One of the most provocative investment themes to emerge from the financial crisis is “Impact Investing.” But what is “Impact Investing”? At the most strategic level, impact investing is based on the idea that philanthropy and government intervention alone cannot solve the primary challenges that the globe faces. Specifically, an Impact Investment seeks financial return as well as measurable environmental, social or governance value (ESG). As the developing world consumes more energy, from where will it come?

As populations continue to rise, how will we feed ourselves? If the world has passed peak oil, how will we continue to operate in a globally-interconnected economy? With water becoming an increasingly important and scarce resource, how will we address shortages? There are two broad groups of impact investors: “Financial First” investors who commit capital with a minimum expected financial return, and “Impact First” investors who commit capital with a minimum expected ESG return.

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Minds were blown. Partners Bryce, Tim, and Mark say is not not looking for successful, scalable, blow-out-the-windows companies. Big rounds of funding make for great headlines and driving clicks. In response to questions from “founders [who] are just interested in raising a small amount of money with the intent to raise more from traditional VCs as quickly as possible,” Bryce clarified: I told Bryce “something different” sounded pretty good to me. I sent a list. [NOTE: Generalizations are just that. TransferWise gets naked in NYC! » Today, in NYC, 200 naked TransferWise protestors gathered on Wall St to show the old world of finance they have #Nothing2Hide. Prepare to laugh: Protein shakes aren't as harmless as you might think. Take a look at these men.

The Fun Theory. How to Leave a Mark - The big debate during the 20th century was about the relationship between the market and the state. Both those institutions are now tarnished. The market is prone to devastating crashes and seems to be producing widening inequality. Government is gridlocked, sclerotic or captured by special interests. Government is an ever more rigid and ineffective tool to address market failures. So over the past generation many of the most talented people on earth have tried to transform capitalism itself, to use the market to solve social problems. Hippie companies like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream led the first wave in this sector, but now you’ve got a burgeoning array of social-capitalist tools to address problems — ranging from B Corporations like Warby Parker (which gives free glasses to the poor) to social impact bonds.

Impact investing is probably the most promising of these tools. When impact funds came on the scene, seven or so years ago, there was the usual overhyping. Social Impact Investment Firms of Interest. FreshBooks – Online Invoicing, Accounting & Billing Software. Millennium Challenge Corporation | Reducing Poverty Through Growth. Home. Indie Food. Tasty Gifts. Why 1978 Was The Least Worst Year for America’s Most Worst Problem — Matter. The Official Definitions of Seed, Series A, and Series B Rounds.

The Official Definitions of Seed, Series A, and Series B Rounds As many of you know, I’ve been elected to my third consecutive term as the Chairman of Startups & the Interwebs. In this official capacity it is my responsibility to give an official definition of confusing or debated terms. Clearly the most confusing topic of the past year is, “What’s a Seed round vs. an A round?” Today I will give you a clear definition of these rounds of financing defined by the function of that money. [Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): ] 2014 definition — Pre-funding: You build a prototype of your product.— Seed Round: The funding necessary to launch your product.— A Round: The funding necessary to get product traction.— B Round: The funding necessary to scale your product.

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Youth have the potential to build a better future for Africa and solve the staggering rates of unemployment across the continent. By creating new solutions, young people can equip themselves with the right 21st century tools and skills that will lead to more meaningful, stable, and long-term careers. Through these solutions, African youth can be the leaders and changemakers that are powering a future that meets the demands of a rapidly evolving workplace. Let’s transform the environments where young people work and cultivate opportunities. Let’s change the way people look at employment in Africa. Big picture solutions could include (but are certainly not limited to): Eligibility Prizes.

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Not many donors expect to benefit from rates of return of six percent to over twenty percent on their philanthropic investments, but that’s now where we are in the nonprofit world, with many people, including national legislators, unable to distinguish the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Maybe Delaney’s vision of profit-making philanthropy explains some of the challenges nonprofits and foundations have in making their case for congressional action on tax incentives for charitable giving. LAUNCH | collective genius for a better world. Partnership For Freedom | FinTech Mix Mingle Network - Los Angeles FinTech (Los Angeles, CA) Competitions. Nonprofit giving, Effective nonprofits, Donate to charity, Causes, Trusted place for giving | Bright Funds. Support the nonprofits and fund the charitable causes you are passionate about. Donate, share, and be proud of your impact. Elaine helped support dairy farming education for the Maasai through the Poverty Fund.

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