Being a young startup founder was isolating—here’s how I coped

One thing I never expected when I founded a startup on my own shortly after college graduation was the level of isolation I felt at times. Almost five years later, it’s safe to say that workplace isolation is no longer a concern—my company, Parcel, was acquired by Walmart in the fall of 2017. Still, the techniques I learned for coping with those lonelier early days remain fundamental to my working style. Read more>>

Why I chose customer-funded growth over taking VC money

It’s the first page in a familiar story. A college kid comes up with a clever idea and starts building it in his spare hours. He goes all-in to focus on building the product and works 80-hour weeks, keeping his eyes firmly on the prize. Soon, he’s creating pitch decks and dazzling VCs. The valuations soar. He’s a media darling. That’s how you accomplish big things, right? Read more>>

There are very real differences in how women and men (and VCs) view entrepreneurship, underscores a new survey

Feminism concept. Gender Pay Gap for Work of Equal ValueIn the increasingly crowded world of venture capital, many more firms are producing research as a way to differentiate themselves from the pack. Now Illuminate Ventures, a nine-year-old, woman-led, early-stage venture firm, has produced some thought-provoking research of its own around how women and male founders view entrepreneurship, from why they do it to how much support they receive from family members. Read more>>

Early-stage VC funding remains elusive in most U.S. cities

With Silicon Valley getting more expensive by the day, there’s plenty of talk of businesses forgoing the area for other U.S. cities, a phenomenon often called “Rise of the Rest.” But is startup activity in markets typically underserved by venture capital actually rising?The nonprofit Center for American Entrepreneurship published a report today that aims to measure this by looking at the number of startups in a variety of U.S. metros. Read more>>