We are delighted to present you Blockchain from the Bloc(k), the first podcast about Balkan's blockchain scene by Netokracija and æternity Ventures, asset management company investing in Blockchain startups.
The fifth iteration of How To Web, Romania's top startup and entrepreneurship conference is yet again taking place in Bucharest from November the 20th through 21st. Over 70 speakers coming from four different continents will come together to talk about the Internet of Things and the evolution of hardware startups, the revolution of electronic payments brought about by crypto-currencies, the opportunities and challenges of startup financing, including crowdfunding, or how and why it is the perfect moment to start building video games.
In my last post on importance of employee equity, I set myself up for an ambitious task: to explain how employee equity works and how to set up a stock options plan in Europe. This topic is so complex and robust that it is almost impossible to pack all the relevant content into a single blog post. Therefore, I have decided to use a different approach: this post will summarize the basic concepts of employee equity using already existing content available on the internet and provide some commentary and context for European startups.
Although college is a place where you discover and learn new things, important entrepreneurial hands-on experience is often left out and it doesn't always represent a part of the curriculum. Thousands of students are therefore getting their BA and MA without the proper insight into their career choice. One particular program - Startup Link, is trying to correct just that by connecting US students with European startups and startups all over the world.
The phenomenon of startups, rising and spreading worldwide, hasn’t bypassed Africa either. Sub-Saharan African startups now have their equity and debt-based crowdfunding platform Push and Start, which will help them penetrate and disrupt the market as well as bring some positive economic changes. Choosing entrepreneurs, startup hubs and incubators, Push and Start developed a different and new approach with adjusted, original concept. They developed an interesting avenue of interaction between startup founders, investors, professional service providers and mentors, and they also adopted a very simple agreement model for allocating equity.
Seedcamp has been known for its continued investments in the CEE startups and has decided to focus its efforts on making these investments simpler for themselves and other potential investors in the region. The investor group Websummit just issued the first localized Termsheet for the CEE region, as Seedcamp tells us exclusively, translated in Croatian and adapted to Croatian legislation, to make the investment process easier and more transparent.
Fundraising isn’t easy, even if done well, its fraught with all sorts of ambiguity and frustrations. To that very point, I recently wrote a blog post about the fundraising mindset in order to help you set a tone on approaching the process.
That said, there are things you can do to make it go better than others and things you can do to make it go worse… and in the spirit of the ‘Tonight Show’s’ top ten list, below are my top ten things that will likely cause a fundraising fail situation.