Entrepreneurship is in a new moment, with a new set of circumstances and pressures, and a new collective cadre of players. Success in venture capital going forward will become less about chasing momentum and more about embracing collaboration. This is no small mindset shift. It’s an evolutionary imperative. advertisement advertisement The successful founders of tomorrow simply won’t look like the ones who came before them, and they certainly won’t look like today’s venture capitalists. Surviving in the new venture landscape requires us to finally step away from the dated pattern-matching model and do something truly disruptive: Invest in the rising competition. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s what this moment requires. As we set resolutions, intentions, and objectives in the first quarter of 2022, our central theme has to be adaptability. The center did not hold We emerged from 2021 with a fundamentally different venture landscape at the … [Read more...] about Here’s how venture capital needs to evolve in 2022 and beyond
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When film director Gina Prince-Bythewood gave the audience at the 2022 American Black Film Festival in Miami, Florida, a sneak peek from her upcoming film " The Woman King, " the auditorium erupted in deafening applause. The shouts of jubilation and adulation—caused the People's Choice and NAACP Image Award winner Prince-Bythewood to hang her head, overwhelmed with the crowd's praise. Sony Pictures billed the action drama as a story based on actual events about the Agojie , an aggressive African all-female military regiment who defended the Dahomey Kingdom against European colonization in the 1800s. Oscar®-winner Viola Davis stars as General Nanisca, who King Ghezp, played by John Boyega , is considering appointing as the new woman king to counsel him on the governance of Dahomey's dominion. The film required all the female actors to commit to the authenticity of being warriors, and they needed to do their … [Read more...] about Gabriela Mclain, Fitness Instructor Of ‘The Woman King’ Relentlessly Trained The Cast To Become Warriors
Thailand’s reputation as a great hideout for foreign criminals was highlighted last month with the killing of an Indian gangster on Phuket island. Criminals are still using Thailand as a hideout despite the pandemic that has increased scrutiny of Thailand travel restrictions. On February 4th, Indian gangster Jimi Sandhu, 32, was gunned down by two Canadian gunmen [who entered with Thailand pass] outside his rented villa in Phuket. Singhu was widely believed to have ties to the criminal underworld. In the days following the killing, Interpol in Thailand issued a “red notice” for two Canadians suspected of killing Sandu in cold blood. According to the Royal Thai Police, the two suspects were among many foreign criminals stationed in Thailand who take advantage of the country’s excellent transport connections to avoid arrest warrants issued in their own countries. Above all, those who set up criminal enterprises from Phuket to Pattaya and Bangkok to Chiang Mai. … [Read more...] about Thailand’s Reputation as a Gangsters Paradise
No matter your nationality, gender or income , you likely find it difficult to talk about money. It's considered one of the most uncomfortable and invasive topics to discuss—even more than death. Money is personal, but losing money is very personal. How we earn and spend our money is wrapped up in pride, ego, and often shame. Perhaps because of this, some turn to hiding their transactions from partners and spouses, a practice known as financial infidelity (FI). Key Takeaways America's rising debt levels, coupled with the fear and shame of exposure on the part of an overextended partner, may lead to financial infidelity (FI). Financial infidelity often consists of small transgressions—saving money to be spent on a guilty pleasure, for example—but the majority who have experienced it say it can harm a marriage and even lead to its demise. Honesty about money can help prevent FI if a couple has open and frequent communication—especially if only one partner has control … [Read more...] about What Caused America’s Wave of Financial Infidelity?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin I’m often asked what traits I look for in founders. As I recently told GGV’s NextGen Fellows , one of the key things I look for is the ability to be an incredibly fast learner. It’s really hard to build a startup into a successful company, and the phases change so rapidly that nobody is born with or has all the requisite skills and experiences to achieve at every phase of growth. For a founder to be successful as a leader of a fast-growth company, she or he needs to recognize that their job will keep changing—at every phase, the job and what’s required changes. No one knows everything they need to know on Day One. And so you've got to be a really good learner. That said, I also like to remind founders to consider these eight questions before they sign a term sheet. It takes time to find the right VC partner In general, founders shouldn’t settle for the first VC partner who offers a term sheet. Instead, … [Read more...] about 8 Questions to Ask as a Founder Before Signing a Term Sheet
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin In 1998, Carlos Queiroz wrote a detailed study of American soccer to serve as a blueprint for the future, Project 2010 , the Q-Report. As with most masterplans, it came with great promises and grandiose language: “Throughout history, Americans have many times demonstrated a remarkable ability to accomplish extraordinary goals”. By 2010, the US would be in a position to win the World Cup, a mission Queiroz and his co-author Dan Gaspar compared to “the equivalent of another Apollo XI lunar landing.” Queiroz got that right; in 2010, the USA scrapped through the group stage in the most dramatic of fashion before getting knocked out by Ghana. “Progress in football is all over the place,” said Queiroz at a press briefing on the eve of the friendly international Iran - Uruguay. “That is modern football. With video technology, you can feel and touch the progress of humans very easily because it is clear. In the game, the majority … [Read more...] about Iran’s World Cup Preparation: A Political Ball Game
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Spencer O’Leary is the Chief Executive Officer of ActiveOps North America. Looking at today’s labor market challenges, it’s hard to envision a more complicated time to be a manager. Particularly in industries such as banking, healthcare, and insurance, which require complicated case management, traditional challenges associated with optimizing work and time are even more complex than they used to be. Fundamentally, all of these challenges arise from new variables being introduced into already intricate operations. Changes in work environments represent one major variable: Managers now must consider who is working remotely, who is in a hybrid situation and how this will impact everyone’s ability to interface with any parties or technical systems to complete tasks and deliver to customers. Automation (AI, machine learning, robots) also adds a layer of complexity: Most industries’ transactions have become … [Read more...] about Driving With Eyes On The Road: The Importance Of Foresight With Top Talent And Complex Work