Monday, September 20, 2021
“Chalk Talk” which covers the basic nuts and bolts of capitalization and fundraising from a legal perspective. We cover the instruments and structures used, with a heavy emphasis on demystifying the jargon.
We reviewed 4,400 early-stage companies to see how CX tactics/strategies at high-growth companies were different from slower growth startups. The data shows that while there is no one-size-fits-all approach, startup success stories have one thing in common: the ability to provide more holistic support to customers from the beginning. Founders and CX leaders will walk away with tactical steps to implement into their CX immediately.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes a $10 billion reauthorization of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), a Treasury-administered federally funded economic development program intended to increase state capacity to support small business “access to capital” programs. “SSBCI 2.0” will provide the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development with at least $82 million of federal funds. Join Cromwell-Schmisseur, a consulting firm that served as technical advisors to the U.S. Treasury for programs funded by SSBCI 1.0, to understand the potential for Kentucky entrepreneurship through SSBCI 2.0.
What happens behind closed doors after you present to a venture capital firm? Join us to hear Rob May, a General Partner at PJC, talk about the hidden dynamics of venture. Rob will explain partner politics, how deals get done or denied, and why VCs are reluctant to tell you the truth.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Join us as we sit down with investors to learn how they operate, process investment decisions, and manage their portfolio. They’ll take us through their communication and referral preferences, what gets their attention, what they look for in an opportunity beyond thesis and criteria match, the intricacies of their evaluation process that aren’t obvious, and share insights on what they see for the future of getting funded.
Globalization of innovation, importance of impact, being a "camel", and ecosystem building are a few topics to be discussed in this fireside chat with impact investor and author of the book "Out Innovate", Alex Lazarow, about "How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley"
The fireside chat will be directed by Bryce Butler, Founder and Managing Director of Access Ventures
"Alex Lazarow has provided us with an up-to-date map of the fast-moving world of innovation: how it works now and where it is headed. Out-Innovate is a must-read for all current and prospective entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and every business leader with a plan to grow."--Bill Draper, cochair and co-founder, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
"Alex Lazarow's incisive and much-needed book tells a story that has long been ignored: Innovation is thriving globally, from Bangalore to Beijing, yet often looks different than in Silicon Valley. The global lessons in Out-Innovate are paramount for entrepreneurs everywhere."--Nandan Nilekani, Nonexecutive Chairman and co-founder, Infosys
"With vivid storytelling, Lazarow describes and defines how innovation occurs on the 'frontier'--nascent urban and rural startup communities in developed countries as well as in emerging markets. A must-read for entrepreneurs and startup-community developers all over the world."--Brad Feld, Partner, Foundry Group; co-founder, Techstars; and author, Startup Communities
"In Out-Innovate, Alex Lazarow provides an outstanding perspective on how startups and entrepreneurs can succeed no matter where they originate--in a mega city like Chicago or a more rural environment like Cedar Rapids."--Penny Pritzker, former United States Secretary of Commerce
"Some of the most exciting venture-investment possibilities over the next decades are sure to come from emerging economies. In Out-Innovate, Alex Lazarow illustrates this immense opportunity in great detail and explains the critical strategies necessary to capture it."--David Vélez, founder and CEO, Nubank
"Out-Innovate proves that frontier entrepreneurs face entirely different challenges than their Silicon Valley peers and that the canon of the Valley should no longer be taken as gospel. This book is a must-read for any entrepreneur building a business and any VC who doesn't want to be left behind."--Linda Rottenberg, co-founder and CEO, Endeavor
"Startups are one of the most important forces for change. But far too many regions have fixated on the Silicon Valley model as the only way to build a startup ecosystem. Out-Innovate takes you on a tour of innovative entrepreneurs and companies around the globe, to provide a guidebook on how to successfully start and scale world-changing businesses wherever you might be."--Chris Yeh, coauthor, Blitzscaling and The Alliance
"Out-Innovate is replete with inspiring and instructive stories of innovation from around the world. Whether in middle America or middle Africa, it's a go-to book for anyone with an idea for starting and scaling a business."--Diana Farrell, president and CEO, JPMorgan Chase Institute"Silicon Valley is a source of inspiration for many tech entrepreneurs around the world, but innovation coming from emerging countries, Africa, and other locales beyond the Valley is now raising the game. In his captivating book, Alex Lazarow vividly describes this changing context and the strategies required to succeed within it."--Sacha Poignonnec, co-founder and co-CEO, Jumia
"This important book articulates rich new models for local and global entrepreneurs looking to engage on those markets' terms. This book could not be more timely."--Christopher Schroeder, author, Startup Rising
"We need to move beyond the Silicon Valley 'playbook' for startup innovation. In this trenchant work, Alex Lazarow shows that there are new principles and practices that apply in quickly changing conditions of scarcity and adversity. In other words, wherever you are."--Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and CEO, Paytm"Lazarow's book will not only inspire you with its global stories of innovation, it will give you real models to follow. Wherever you are, if you have an entrepreneurial idea, you need to read Out-Innovate."--Mudassir Sheikha, co-founder and CEO, Careem
Alex Lazarow has worked at the intersection of investing, innovation, and economic development across the public, private, and social sectors for more than a decade. He is a venture capitalist with Cathay Innovation and was previously with Omidyar Network. He is a Kauffman Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations term member, and an adjunct professor specializing in social-impact investment and entrepreneurship at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the University of Manitoba.
You can find Alexandre Lazarow at twitter.com/alex_lazarow or at alexlazarow.com.