Diving into First Round Capital’s 2015 State of Startups Report

December 5, 2015
by Admin

By: Erin
This week, Visage and First Round Capital partnered to survey more than 500 startup founders, asking them about their specific challenges, as well as the trends they see within the startup ecosystem. The full report details how entrepreneurs navigate diversity in the workplace, secure funding, manage an initial public offering (IPO) and approach many other day-to-day aspects of startup life. Below is a recap of this week’s trending conversations and news from Boston’s startup ecosystem.
BostInno: 5 Travel Tech Startups to Watch
Boston is the home to several leading travel companies, including TripAdvisor and Kayak. It’s no surprise that a number of travel startups are planting their roots in the city, including Lola, Hopper, Freebird, Fuzzy Compass and Wanderu.
MIT News: Immersion in the Boston-area entrepreneurial ecosystem
The Building Global Innovators (BGI) program, a global accelerator targeting entrepreneurs and startups, is hosting its fifth annual startup event in Cambridge this week. For 10 days, 11 global startups working in industries such as medical devices and health information technology, smart cities, enterprise information technology and smart data will pitch their companies to leading startup advisors, network, receive mentoring advice and participate in entrepreneurial workshops. BGI aims to create successful and valuable startups around the world.
BostInno: Here's What Uber's CEO Told MIT Students About Entrepreneurship
Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick spoke with MIT students this week and delivered an informal presentation about eight key qualities of entrepreneurship. He concluded the conversation with a simple, but valuable statement: “If you keep getting back up, it’s impossible to fail.”
Boston Business Journal: Harvard-born greeting card startup to appear on ABC's 'Shark Tank'
LovePop Cards, a Harvard-born 3-D greeting card startup, will appear on Shark Tank on Dec. 11. Since January 2015, the company has had about 40,000 customers and it will complete roughly $1 million in sales this year. LovePop recently announced a partnership with Cambridge-based The Possible Project, a nonprofit entrepreneurship center dedicated to teaching high school students about entrepreneurship and leadership skills.
What were your favorite Boston-based stories from the week? Tell us what we missed.

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