A Resource Guide For Founders and Investors During This Uncertain Time

Hello friends,

The startup community continues to be incredibly collaborative and cooperative during this challenging time of COVID-19. So much fantastic content is being shared across various networks and mediums, that we’ve chosen to consolidate the most helpful and relevant information for founders and investors to discover in a single location.

We’ll continue to update this page twice weekly with new content; click here to receive an automatic update each time we publish, or email [email protected] We truly hope you’ll find this a valuable resource and continue to check back regularly.

Below you’ll find articles, podcasts, and tweetstorms on a variety of topics, all tied to helping you manage your business and mental health, while growing and even thriving, during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you come across new unique content you feel is relevant to help founders and investors, please submit it here!

Last but not least, if you are feeling isolated and simply want to have a virtual coffee, feel free to reach out to Jeremy, Denisha, Micah, or Lauren -- we are always here to support you.

Stay safe, stay healthy.

- Grasshopper Bank

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Table of Contents (click to“jump-to”the section)

  1. New Content (added 9/22)
  2. State of the Market
  3. Promoting Inclusion
  4. Raising Capital for Startups
  5. Raising Capital for Investors
  6. CARES Act & SBA Loans
  7. Alternative Funding Sources
  8. Strategic Advice
  9. Law Firm Perspectives
  10. Managing Remote Teams
  11. Working Remotely & Remote Tech Tools
  12. Parenting While WFH
  13. Mental Health & Wellness
  14. Remote Event Planning
  15. General Advice

1. New Content (added 9/22)

The insider Guide to Avoiding a Co-founder Breakup (Courtney Rubin) - 10/16/19

Choosing a co-founder is one of the most important business decisions that you'll make. There are lots of options and there are advantages and pitfalls to consider for each. Read this primer for a better understanding of what you may be getting into.

Steve Jobs's Definition of "Smart" Will Reprogram Your Idea of Intelligence (Alan Trapulionis) 9/7/20

This article asserts that there are plenty of intelligent people out there whom we may not consider "successful". Insight from Steve Jobs about experiences versus intellect may help explain why that is. Read on to challenge your thinking and get inspired!

To Be a Better Ally, Stop People-Pleasing (Ashley Abramson) - 9/8/20

People pleasing, keeping the peace, not rocking the boat- whatever you call it, we've all experienced it at some point. In this article, Abramson makes the case for overcoming this protective instinct and developing a willingness to be uncomfortable in order to become a better ally for equality.

Black Women Are Calling Out Employers, But There's Still Work To Be Done (Kit Stone) - 7/8/20

There's a new age of reckoning that's driving accountability across all industries. Black women are speaking out about their experiences, CEOs are resigning and companies are issuing statements. But it's not enough - not even close. Author Kit Stone lays out clear steps for how companies can start to "put action behind {their} rewritten company mission statement".

Managing with Empathy in the Age of Remote Work(Cogito)

This event, sponsored by Cogito, will provide a discussion forum for attendees to talk about how to "motivate, coach, engage and drive performance, with empathy, in today's evolving work environment". Join the virtual meeting on September 22nd at 12PM EST. Register today!

What Women Give Up to Be a 'Culture Fit' at Work (Alicia Menendez) 8/31/20

What does it look like to be a leader? A commanding presence, taking up space, a slow and powerful speaking voice all come to mind. Yet, our idea of what leadership looks like is based on male leadership and fitting into this box can be exhausting for women. Menendez makes the case for why we need to expand our idea of what leadership looks like.

5 Signs You Should Pivot Or Change Your Startup Idea (Abdo Riani) - 8/27/20

Many of the world's most well known companies began as something else. As an entrepreneur, it's just as important to be able to validate your ideas as it is to know when you should pivot. Riani shares five signs that indicate you may need to make a change.

4 Communication Moves That Ease Anxiety in Times of Crisis (Cindy Constable)- 9/11/20

We all know that effective communication is crucial for leading your business, but we should also consider how that communication should change in times of crisis. Constable shares four simple tips, such as choosing your words carefully, that can go a long way in being an effective communicator in uncertain times.

7 Strategies Every Entrepreneur Should Employ To Optimize Their Mental Health (Megan Bruneau) - 4/7/18

Resiliency is often touted as a key factor in an entrepreneur's success. Those starting new businesses face unique challenges and health therapist Megan Bruneau has some advice for how they can stay mentally strong while facing them.

Use This Startup's Playbook for Running Impactful Virtual Offsites (First Round) - 9/10/20

Sitka CEO Kelsey Mellard shares her experience of pivoting to a successful virtual offsite. She partnered with Mike Wang, who has experience building successful hybrid-model education platforms and together they hosted a stellar virtual offsite event. To learn how they structured the event, set intentions, and kept it feeling more like fun and less like work, read this!

Why Now Is a Good Time to Start a Company - State of Entrepreneurship Survey (Index Ventures) - 9/4/20

Online services have been at the forefront of our lives every day since March of this year and many entrepreneurs feel there is no better pressure test for their ideas. Stuck inside and with lots of digital problems to solve, many founders are emerging, making big impressions on the innovation industry and its potential to thrive.

Why established venture firms should court emerging managers (Noramay Cadena) - 9/8/20

Sure, managers coming from an established firm are a sage bet, but Cadena makes the case for why emerging managers should not be counted out. Those who built out their own firms can make excellent spin-in candidates for many reasons, including their ability to hustle, the personal brand they've built, and the different type of leaders that micro VCs can attract.

2. State of the Market

Why Now Is a Good Time to Start a Company - State of Entrepreneurship Survey (Index Ventures) - 9/4/20

Online services have been at the forefront of our lives every day since March of this year and many entrepreneurs feel there is no better pressure test for their ideas. Stuck inside and with lots of digital problems to solve, many founders are emerging, making big impressions on the innovation industry and its potential to thrive.

CMO Spend Survey: CMOs at Odds With C-Suite Colleagues Over COVID-19 Recovery (Kelly Blum, Gartner) - 7/9/20

Many CMOs have reported cuts to their marketing budgets as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet 73% of CMOs expect the negative effects of the pandemic to be short-lived. The rest of the C-suite does not seem to be aligned with this outlook, according to data from a new poll by Gartner.

11 Top VCs Discuss the Future of New York Startups (Anthony Ha) - 6/23

Don't count NYC out just yet. Anthony Ha interviews eleven founders, managing partners and VPs to get their perspective on what the future of startups looks like in New York. While it may seem natural that startups would be leaving after NYC was the epicenter of COVID-19, these respondents feel differently and cite data to back up their claims.

The State of Startups (Patrick Riley) - 5/27/20

Riley assesses how startups are faring this season based on his conversations with the larger Global Accelerator Network (GAN) organization. He finds that many founders are conserving the cash they have, that it’s crucial to consider how COVID affects your customers, and that you should find ways to mitigate stress, among other pieces of advice.

Are Financing and M&As Slowing Down During the Pandemic? (David Cohen, Techstars)- 4/25/20

Want real-time insight into how financing, mergers and acquisitions are being affected by the global pandemic? Techstars shares data from across it's portfolio of more than 2,200 accelerator companies.

All the Things COVID-19 Will Change Forever, According to 30 Top Experts (Mark Sullivan, Fast Company) - 4/20/20

How will this virus change how we live, work and think moving forward? Leaders from across the startup ecosystem weigh in on everything from transportation to investing.

New Website Encourages Residents to Help Small Businesses (Bree Driscoll, Spectrum News New York 1)- 4/15/20

New website "Help Main Street" aggregates small businesses in one place in an effort to make it easier to buy gift cards and help these businesses stay afloat. 100% of proceeds go to local businesses.

Colorado #COVID-19 Startup Network (CO Talent Network)

If you're looking to hire or be hired in the Colorado tech and startup community, look no further. Click here for a list of resources, job boards, and more.

Fintech's Future - VC Report Sees Mixed Fortunes in the Post-Covid Marketplace (Trevor Clawson, Forbes) - 4/16/20

A new report published by Amsterdam-based fintech investor Finch Capital predicts that the current pandemic and subsequent move to digital will have varied effects across the ecosystem, but all are expected to be recovering into Q4.

Sensing and Shaping the Post-COVID Era (Boston Consulting Group) - 4/3/20

COVID-19 and the containment policies aimed at controlling it have changed how we work and what we consume. This article looks at shifts in behavior and how companies prepare for a post-crisis world.

A Deep Dive Into Remote Work for Our Future of Work (Jun Wu) - 3/9/20

A major key to successful remote work is empowerment. Find out how both technology and thoughtfully planned workflows can help us get there.

Is this the black swan moment to solve big problems (The Kauffman Fellows Journal) - 3/19/20

Young companies are job creation powerhouses. In fact, many of the top companies of today were forged during an economic slump. Read this for tips on how to foster an entrepreneurial climate during these tough times.

This Founder Built Startups in 2008, 2016 and 2018. Here’s What He’s Learned About Resiliency (First Round) - 3/17/20 The issues driving today’s market downturn are unique, but founders have seen troubled economic times before. Entrepreneur Bob Moore discusses what he learned from starting companies during tough times and how to weather the storm.

Regulation Crowdfunding vs. Public Markets (Woodie Niess, Crowdfund Capital Advisors) - 3/20/20

In the first few weeks of the corona virus pandemic, crowdfunding held its ground, as opposed to public markets, and was up year-over-year.

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3. Promoting Inclusion

To Be a Better Ally, Stop People-Pleasing (Ashley Abramson) - 9/8/20

People pleasing, keeping the peace, not rocking the boat- whatever you call it, we've all experienced it at some point. In this article, Abramson makes the case for overcoming this protective instinct and developing a willingness to be uncomfortable in order to become a better ally for equality.

Black Women Are Calling Out Employers, But There's Still Work To Be Done (Kit Stone) - 7/8/20

There's a new age of reckoning that's driving accountability across all industries. Black women are speaking out about their experiences, CEOs are resigning and companies are issuing statements. But it's not enough - not even close. Author Kit Stone lays out clear steps for how companies can start to "put action behind {their} rewritten company mission statement".

What Women Give Up to Be a 'Culture Fit' at Work (Alicia Menendez) 8/31/20

What does it look like to be a leader? A commanding presence, taking up space, a slow and powerful speaking voice all come to mind. Yet, our idea of what leadership looks like is based on male leadership and fitting into this box can be exhausting for women. Menendez makes the case for why we need to expand our idea of what leadership looks like.

14 Black and Latinx Emerging Fund Managers To Know (& Fund) (Cheryl Campos) - 8/4/20

The entire capital stack in the startup ecosystem is severely lacking in diversity, negatively impacting our community as a whole. This article shines a spotlight on fourteen emerging fund managers who are Black or Latinx. Let it inspire you to aim high, stay the course, and to get funding yourself, or give it to the underrepresented founders who need and deserve it!

Meet 25 Amazing Women of Color For Your Board (The Boardlist) - 8/3/20

The majority of board seats are filled through networks, which can result in a homogeneous panel of people advising your company. In an effort to improve the opportunities for women of color, The Boardlist wants you to meet twenty-five women of color who are well-qualified to join your board right now!

The Manager's Guide to Inclusive Leadership - Small Habits That Make a Big Impact (First Round) - 6/18/20

Leadership trainer and facilitator Vanessa Tanicien and her colleagues at LifeLabs Learning join First Round to discuss what leaders can do today to combat bias and racism in their workplaces. While systemic change still needs to happen, leaders have an opportunity to embrace inclusion right now. Read this article to learn how.

Thoughts on Sourcing Black Companies and Entrerpeneuers (Brad Feld, FeldThoughts) - 7/20/2020

Feld shares insights from a Black founder about programs aimed to promote diversity. Drawing easy to understand parallels about how we measure success, this article makes the reader question some of the common 'milestones' that decisions around hiring and funding are often based on.

A VC's Guide to Investing in Black Founders (James Norman, Harvard Business Review) - 6/19/20

If you're a VC actively looking to invest in Black founders, there are some key challenges you should be aware of, Norman shares. There are also a plethora of reasons why you should invest the time and energy to overcome these challenges and get into business with Black entrepreneurs. Read all about it here.

Cultural Humility Is the Key to True Allyship (Lincoln Hill) - 7/22/20

More people are heeding the call to be an ally in the fight against racism than ever before. But, are we doing it right? Hill discusses the rush allies are in to educate themselves and explores the differences between 'cultural competency' and 'cultural humility'.

3 Things Managers Can Do to Confront Microaggressions Head On (Sarah Soule, Pamela Levine & Lori Mackenzie at Stanford Business) - 7/6/20

Studies have shown that microaggressions occur across all industries and target all sorts of minority groups. The increased attention to this is forcing managers to reflect on how they can handle it. Spoiler alert: the answer is not to just pass the buck to HR. This article offers three straightforward tips for managers who want to do their part to curb this kind of behavior.

Frameworks for Using Diversity to Win (Iman Abuzeid, MD, NFX)- 7/8/20

The tech community is known for making data-driven decisions and incorporating diversity should be no exception, argues Abuzeid. McKinsey studies show that diverse teams lead to higher revenue and increased profitability. So how do you hire and retain a diverse team? For starters, read this article for and apply the 4-part framework.

On how investors can create a more diverse and equitable future: a conversation with Jarrid Tingle, co-founder of Harlem Capital (Jess Li) - 7/7/20

Tingle and his diversity-focused venture capital fund, Harlem Capital, are on a mission to invest in 1K diverse founders over the next twenty years. In this article, he discusses supporting diverse founders and how investors can help create change through their portfolio companies.

Building Better Boards with Black Women and Women of Color (Valor VC) - 6/19

If you're ready to expand the diversity of your board but don't know where to start, this article is for you. Valor cites performance premiums of 15-35% with inclusive boards and offers several tips on how to source board-ready women of color.

It's Time for Action: Introducing Diversity Spotlight (Jager McConnell, Crunchbase) - 6/23 Jager McConnell, CEO of Crunchbase, announces the publication's plan to help raise the visibility of Black founders and VCs by offering diversity data on Crunchbase. Learn about the goals, inspiration, data sources and more in this article.

Board Diversity (Fred Wilson, USV) - 6/25

Wilson acknowledges the industry-wide lack of diversity in the tech/startup sector at the board level, fed by lack of funding for diverse founders, as well as lack of diversity across Venture Capital firms. He goes on to outline some of the ways he and his team at USV plan to advocate to change this.

Reflections on Being a Female Founder (Tracy Young)- 6/22

Tracy Young shares a raw, vulnerable account of her experience being a female founder. Throughout fundraising rounds and mergers, as well as miscarrages and births, she came to realize that gender does play a role in your identity as a founder and that's not something to resist. In fact, she learned to embrace it.

Here's How the Coronavirus Crisis Has Affected Female Founders (Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune) - 6/24

Are female-led startups better positioned to make it through the virus induced economic downturn? Several studies suggest that this just might be the case!

How Female Founders are Navigating Through COVID (Female Founders Fund) - 6/24

The global crisis has had serious impacts on startups, both positive and negative. The Female Founders Fund takes a closer look at women-led startups across various stages and industries. They reflect on the trends seen and the road ahead.

Resources to Find, Support and Invest in Black Founders (Cleo Capital) - 6/24

Cleo Capital notes that the Black Lives Matter protests have sent a long overdue wake up call across the U.S. These events have also offered a massive opportunity to allies who are looking for ways to support Black founders and entrepreneurs and Cleo Capital has compiled a list of resources to help.

Combating Racism and Cultivating Belonging in the Workplace (Hone) - 7/9 webinar

Hone, a company dedicated to reimagining learning and development at work, hosts a live panel discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion. Register to join the webinar on July 9th at 1PM PT/ 4PM ET.

Diversifying Dealflow: The Secret to Outperforming Returns (Marianne Österlund) - 6/10/20

Österlund foresees more companies being founded by women and POC and she feels strongly that diversity improves performance in all aspects. Read this article to dig into why she believes this and what the research says about how diversity affects performance.

If You're Not Investing in Diverse Founders, You're a Bad Investor (BLCK VC) - 6/9/20

BLCK VC recently hosted the online event, We Won't Wait. The event brought venture firms together to discuss how they can collectively combat institutional racism, promote racial equity, and offer more transparency about their teams and their portfolios. Discuss, donate, diversify. Read about it and watch the recording here.

Black Investors Call on VCs to Fix Hiring and Funding (Ariel Pardes, Wired) - 6/9/20

Silicon Valley has long had a reputation for being white and male. In fact, only 0.2% of founders in the ecosystem are reported as being black females. While many promises have been made over the years to address this disparity, Pardes points out that sustained attention to these issues, as well as publicly available data, will be crucial to ensuring the promises become more than just “diversity theater”.

How to be an Ally in a Diverse Community (Miriam Rivera, Ulu Ventures) - 6/8/20

Miriam Rivera addresses specific ways in which we can be allies to one another, from leaders focusing on team building, teams taking the time to slow down to process historical situations, and every level of an organization learning to ‘hold space’ for the experience of others. Understanding, communication and perseverance, coupled with these tactical suggestions from Rivera, will go a long way.

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4. Raising Capital for Startups

Seed Bootcamp: Preparing for Seed (AllRaise)

This virtual program runs from October to November, featuring coaching and advice from female founders and funders on how to raise a Seed round in the current environment. Applications for the program are due September 9th and the program starts October 6th.

Apply now! Friends & Family Newsletter #6 (Denisha Kuhlor) - 8/18/20

Check out the latest installment of this weekly newsletter that amplifies pitch competitions, accelerators with funding, and grant opportunities. The Pepper Startup Grant for Black Women, Pitch for a Purpose competition, and Women Startup Challenge COVID-19 Grant are just a few of the opportunities whose deadlines are approaching!

Filling Your Investor Funnel With Visible Connect (High Alpha)- 8/18/21

If you feel like you don't have time to fundraise, read this article! High Alpha offers clear advice about how to build and manage your fundraising funnel. They make the case that having a process in place can go a long way for busy founders trying to raise.

How to Close a Pre-seed Round in a Virtual World (January Ventures)- 8/12/20

Perhaps you don't yet have a product or revenue or maybe you're deterred by the market volatility right now, but you can still close pre-seed funding! What does it take to do so? Sarah Kunst of Cleo Capital and Maria Salamanca of Unshackled Ventures weigh in.

Once Upon A Term Sheet: 5 Fairytale VC Tactics As Taught By Toddlers (Deena Shakir) - 8/9/20

Author Deena Shakir can relate to the now common experience of working from home with young children during COVID. She's even found herself inspired by fairy tales, which have offered a new lens through which to look at VC firms. What lessons can we take from Goldilocks, Elsa and Aladdin? Read on to find out.

Accelerators are moving online. That could be good news for inclusive entrepreneur support (Allie Burns & Emily Edwards, Village Capital) - 7/21/20

Online accelerators have become the new normal by necessity due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but there may be a silver lining! Burns and Edward of Village Capital explore the positive side of what online or hybrid accelerator programs can offer and share a bit about Village Capital's plan for their future programs.

What I Look for in Founders and Startups as an Angel Investor (Paul Zhao, AWS) - 7/6/20

A persistent question on the minds of entrepreneurs everywhere is "What are investors looking for?". In this article, Paul Zhao, a serial founder, product owner at AWS, and angel investor, offers insight into what he looks for when investing in B2B startups - including things beyond the standard checklist.

How to Get Funding For Your Startup That's Not Venture Capital (Gefen Skolnick and Miki Reynolds) -7/8/20

Venture capital funding is hard to come by as an underrepresented founder. Plus, VC isn't right for everyone. Thankfully, there are lots of alternatives out there. Authors Skolnick and Reynolds have compiled a helpful guide, including links to plenty of available funding. Check it out!

Friends and Family #3 (Denisha Kuhlor) - 7/2

This weekly newsletter authored by Grasshopper's own Denisha Kuhlor of the Early Stage Tech team, amplifies pitch competitions, accelerators, and grant opportunities for founders everywhere. Check out this week's roundup of opportunities, including who's eligible, how much funding is up for grabs, and links to apply.

The Bull Case for Cold-calling VCs (Liron Azrielant) - 6/18

While an introduction is always preferred, Azrielant makes a strong case for why you shouldn't totally give up on cold-calling VCs. Read this article for tips on how to get in touch effectively.

Friends and Family Newsletter #2 (Denisha Kuhlor) - 6/25

This weekly newsletter authored by Grasshopper's own Denisha Kuhlor of the Early Stage Tech team, amplifies pitch competitions, accelerators, and grant opportunities for founders everywhere. Check out this week's roundup of opportunities, including who's eligible, how much funding is up for grabs, and links to apply.

Can I fundraise in COVID times? - the “New” Fundraising Matrix (Peter Specht)- 5/18/20

Whether or not to raise is one of the most commonly asked questions these days. Specht has put together his own matrix to answer this question based on metrics and opportunities pre-COVID versus post-COVID. Even if you find yourself on the bottom corner of the matrix, he still offers ways you may be able to improve your chances.

Understanding VC Cycles for Post-Pandemic Success (Paul Flanagan, Nasuni) - 5/25/20

Flanagan holds many titles - CEO, President, Managing Director and former VC investor - plus, he’s been through two prior recessions. In this article, he breaks down the four stages of how VCs are likely to respond to the changes in the market. Understanding this, he argues, will help entrepreneurs identify and act on new opportunities.

Applying to angel groups, raising money as a female founder and ways to improve your chances of getting your application reviewed by an angel group (Wendy Ryan, Golden Seeds) - 6/9/20

This episode of Fundraising Radio features Wendy Ryan, Managing Director at Golden Seeds. Ryan explains how Golden Seeds works, what they invest in and how founders can improve their chances of being funded by an angel group. Plus, she shares her top free resources for entrepreneurs.

Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19 (Tony Wang, 500 Startups)- 6/9/20

A VC firm’s candid take on how they've adapted aspects of their business and what their focus is moving forward. Wang shares the firm’s framework for evaluating the virus’ impact on different sectors and shares how these changes may affect the next generation of founders.

Navigating A Pre-Seed Through Difficult Terrain (All Raise) - 5/19/20

Two early-stage consumer investors from Jane VC and Unshackled Ventures share their perspectives on how to keep building as a pre-seed startup when consumer behavior is being rattled during this pandemic.

Startup founders to VCs: Level Up! (Fred Destin)- 5/14/20

When Fred Destin asked "If you could make the 'venture capital product' a better experience for founders- what would you change?", he received quite a variety of responses. Twitter users asked for more transparency in how they're evaluated. Others didn't like having to pitch so many times. One even took a shot at VC offices which he feels are "Bond villain like"

Corona Memos (Kevin Gao, Kinetic Energy Ventures) - 5/1/20

Wondering how the leaders in our ecosystem are communicating about COVID-19? Here is your opportunity to take a look. Kevin Gao has compiled memos from across the ecosystem, including those from Venture/Growth investors, hedge fund managers and corporate executives for all to read.

The Challenges for Female Founders During COVID-19 (500 Startups)

Venture Capital Firm, 500 Startups, surveyed 199 female founders to understand their unique experiences during COVID-19. You can download the full survey results here to understand the challenges they're facing and what they need most from their communities right now.

Should You Fundraise Right Now? 2 Consumer VCs Break It Down (All Raise)- 5/4/20

Consumer lives are being upended right now. Venture Capitalists Eliane Zelby, Ilana Stern, and Sarah Tavel had a candid conversation about what this means for investing in the space. VCs are open for business, but you need to be armed with patience, creativity and most importantly, data.

Advice for Emerging Managers in the Times of COVID-19 (Mar Hershenson, Pear VC)- 5/4/20

What's life like these days for emerging managers that are raising their first or second institutional fund? This article offers insights and advice from a survey of 59 institutional LPs.

"Open for Business" Investor Lists (Ewa A. Treitz, Amazon Web Services)- 4/29/20

Early stage entrepreneurs are busy seeking fundraising advice these days. Many have chosen to postpone until 2021, but for those forging ahead, Treitz shares some specific details you should pay attention to when approaching VCs.

Building Trust with Investors Admidst COVID-19 (Patrick Riley, GAN) - 4/8/20

Raising money is hard right now, as the data from CB Insights shows. However, you can (and should) have a strategy for how you approach investors today. Read on for tips on how to structure these conversations.

Dear VCs: COVID-19 isn’t an excuse to backslide on gender equality (Pam Kostka, All Raise) - 4/27/20

In the last two years of record setting venture capital deployment, only 11.8% went to female-founded companies. If this represents boom-time gender equality, what will happen during a recession?

Venture Capital Due Diligence: The Market Test (Austin, GoingVC) - 11/7/19

Part of GoingVC's Research Series, this article is a reminder to us all that VCs still look at market fit when determining whether to invest. Dig into how it's evaluated and what your company can do to pass the test.

Looking Ahead: When Open For Business Means To Us (Andy Kangpan)- 4/11/20

Kangpan posits that life will be different when we go back to business. He says we should anticipate how more remote work will affect our bottom lines, we should expect a shift in the cycles we know today such as sales cycle and travel patterns, and we shouldn't assume that things to go back to the same 'normal' that we knew.

Fundraising and Termsheet 101 with Golden Gate Ventures and Cooley LLP (Michael H.Lints, Golden Gate Ventures) - 4/3/20

Golden Gate Ventures hosted their second fundraising workshop online on March 27th, joined by top lawyers from Cooley LLP. Click here to watch a full recording of the workshop, or browse the key pointers such as tips to prepare, sell, execute and close

Fast Money / Slow Money in VC during a financial crisis (Arjun Sethi, and the Tribe Capital Team) - 4/1/20

In-depth analysis of how funds have operated in downturns and advice on how founders should be thinking about finding good vs bad money.

A Quick Guide to Startup Fundraising in a Pandemic World (Semil Shah, Haystack) - 3/8/20

What if you can’t get face to face with your early stage investors? Is your company antifragile and potentially at a slight advantage now? Things will change, just try to anticipate and adjust accordingly.

Coronavirus: The Black Swan Of 2020 (Sequoia Capital) - 3/5/20

Re-evaluate all of your assumptions. In downturns, revenue and cash levels always fall faster than expenses. Those most adaptable to change will survive.

Funding In the Time of Coronavirus (Mark Suster, Upfront Ventures) - 3/5/20

“If it’s not a ‘black swan’ event, the worst case scenario is you were overly conservative”

How to Virtually Pitch a VC (Tweetstorm by Maren Bannon, Jane Venture Capital) - 3/12/20

10 quick steps to help ensure your virtual pitches are as good as your in-person ones. Practice now, because this could become the new norm!

Series A Guide (Y Combinator)

Do you need to raise a Series A, and are you ready? How to prepare, what materials to produce, the structure and process involved, and how to close the deal. A comprehensive guide from YC’s Series A team.

Gloom Over a New Recession Shifts The VC Narrative for 2020 (Priyamvada Mathur, Pitchbook)- 3/5/20

“The good news is that global VC investors are sitting on nearly 189 billion of dry powder as of the end of June 2019 … investors are unlikely to significantly reduce capital deployment.”

Complete Guide to Raising Capital in Emerging Cities (Alex Iskold)

It’s unlikely you’ll get around a face-to-face meeting with an investor at some point before they commit - here’s some advice on how to get started with outreach and video chats, aimed at startups in emerging cities without direct access to NYC and SF investors.

When The Music Stops: SAFEs & Convertible Notes Give VCs Massive Price Protection (Forbes) - 3/17/20

In the wake of the COVID-19 induced economic downturn in March 2020, consider how an extended bear market impacts the conversion prices of SAFEs and Convertible Notes. Will this result in founders choosing priced rounds over notes in the future?

Running Your Business and Raising in Tough Circumstances (Jenny Fielding and Eamonn Carey) - 3/17/20

VIDEO: Fireside chat with Techstars Managing Directors - learn from their experience, Jenny and Eamonn share advice on fundraising and running your business through difficult and uncertain times.

Investment Decisions in a Pandemic World (Semil Shah, Haystack) - 3/21/20

Outlines the effect that the pandemic will have on investment decisions, including how partners will adjust to working from home; an increased focus on portfolio triage; new dynamics to partner and pitch meetings; the impact to valuations, especially at the seed; increased complexities around LP capital; and new unknowns as news potentially worsens.

Don’t Delay Your Fundraising Announcement (Danny Crichton, TechCrunch )

The announcement signals to your investors, employees, and customers that you’re open for business, secure financially, and ready to continue to grow (or at least survive), despite the events of the past few weeks.

List of Investors That Are Active (Laurent Grill, Luma Launch)

The lead investor at Luma Launch has shared open Google Forms for both companies seeking funding, and investors actively deploying capital during this time. Here you can see the resulting list of active investors; if you fit the mold for either form, please fill it out and share them with your network.

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5. Raising Capital for Investors

Your Legal Checklist For Angel Investing (Mallun Yen, Operator Collective)- 8/10/20

Angel investing can be a powerful tool for social change. Yen sits down with Einat Meisel, a partner at Silicon Valley law firm Fenwick & West, to discuss the legalities you should keep in mind as you consider angel investing.

The Rise of the Solo Capitalists (Nikhil Basu Trivedi) - 7/7/20

The fundraising ecosystem has a new, emerging member of this club - the 'solo capitalist' who operates individually to fund the companies they're interested in. These solo capitalists are starting to take market share from traditional VCs. Trivedi muses about why we're seeing this trend and what the future holds.

VC in the Time of Corona (Yuval Ariav) - 3/29/20

Of the 22 VCs surveyed, 86% are actively looking at deals, but it’s not business as usual. The respondents acknowledged there are likely to be fewer deals, slower processes, and lower valuations. All agreed that VC appetite will return but timing estimates vary.

The Hard Questions Venture Capital GPs Need to Be Prepared For (Jaclyn Hester, Foundry Group via Kauffman Fellows) - 3/6/20

Preparing for the hard questions LPs will ask can help your story and your people shine. Here’s how.

LP Perspective On Current Environment for Those Raising New Funds (Podcast with Beezer Clarkson, Sapphire Ventures, and Semil Shah, Haystack) - 3/11/20

Semil Shah and Beezer Clark talk about the LP perspective on the current business environment for GPs raising new funds and more!

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6. CARES Act & SBA Loans

Thoughts for VC Backed Companies Considering SBA/PPP Loans (Brad Feld) - 4/8/20

Brad Feld encourages anyone considering applying for a SBA/PPP loan to ask "Was this relief package created for my company"? With so much ambiguity as far as who should apply and legal considerations if you apply wrongly, this seems like a worthwhile question to pose. Read on for more from Feld's perspective.

Guide to Government Funding related to COVID-19 (Heather Hartnett, Human Ventures)

Use this guide to stay up to date on how to apply for funding, and updates on regulations

Your Complete Guide to Emergency Funding: Everything Female Founders Need to Know (The Helm)

The Helm, a lifestyle brand “committed to elevating and investing in female entrepreneurs”, shares a state-by-state roundup of government-backed and corporate resources.

Startups and SBA Loans (Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures)

Congress recently passed the CARES Act, offering financial relief provisions to people and businesses in the U.S. Just make sure you understand what is being offered and if it’s right for your business before jumping in.

Considering SBA Disaster Loans for your small business or startup? (Eric Engelmann) - 3/22/20

There are advantages and disadvantages to SBA Disaster Loans. What it really comes down to is careful consideration to determine if an SBA Disaster Loan is your best option. Here are some things to consider.

Disaster Assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA.gov)

COVID19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (SBA.gov)

Financial Resources For Freelancers (Oona Rokyta, Lance)

A helpful explanation of the Federal aid benefits available to all self-employed, independent contractors, and gig workers.

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7. Alternative Funding Sources

Grant Opportunities

Crowdfunding

  • Republic - popular crowdfunding platform with investors like Chamillionaire
  • WeFunder - allows the everyday individual to invest in startups they love
  • SeedInvest - investing in highly vetted startups
  • Fundable - helping companies get crowdfunded, part of startups.com platform

The Creator Fund (from ConvertKit) - a safety net for creators in the COVID-19 time of need, apply for $500 in financial assistance from a $50,000 fund (and growing)

Your Complete Guide to Emergency Funding: Everything Female Founders Need to Know (The Helm)

The Helm, a lifestyle brand “committed to elevating and investing in female entrepreneurs”, shares a state-by-state roundup of government-backed and corporate resources.

How Women-Owned Businesses Can Get Help (Rachel Sanborn Lawrence, Ellevest) - 4/25/20

Women-owned businesses are some of the hardest hit by this pandemic. There are economic and networking options to help keep you afloat- some you may know, and some you likely haven't heard of!

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8. Strategic Advice

The insider Guide to Avoiding a Co-founder Breakup (Courtney Rubin) - 10/16/19

Choosing a co-founder is one of the most important business decisions that you'll make. There are lots of options and there are advantages and pitfalls to consider for each. Read this primer for a better understanding of what you may be getting into.

5 Signs You Should Pivot Or Change Your Startup Idea (Abdo Riani) - 8/27/20

Many of the world's most well known companies began as something else. As an entrepreneur, it's just as important to be able to validate your ideas as it is to know when you should pivot. Riani shares five signs that indicate you may need to make a change.

Companies Don't Need to Lay People Off to Survive (Kaushik Viswanath) - 4/9/20

This article explores how Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, devised a business model that helped him avoid laying people off during a financial crisis. He says, "Letting go of people should never be a leader's first choice or an easy choice to make". Read this to discover how he made it work.

Uncover Market Opportunities With This Roadmapping Strategy (Rahul Varshneya) - 2/8/19

As founder forge ahead amidst a global crisis, let's take a step back and recall some roadmapping basics Varshneya shares "...five steps to cash in on existing market opportunities and ensure your startup's success".

3 Ways to Prepare for a Future You Can't Predict (Annie Duke) - 6/3

"There is no such thing as 'not deciding'," according to Annie Duke who had been advising businesses on their projected revenue prior to COVID, and has since seen clients frozen with indecision. Things are uncertain right now, yes. However, you can still apply three simple principles to help you make decisions during uncertain times.

Branding During Times of Crisis {A 3 Part Series} (Kristine Liu)

This three-part series features recommendations of how marketers can fortify their brands, as well as keep them relevant and engaging. Each article features a deep dive on how to get back to basics, stay close to your audience, and build brand loyalty, respectively. Click here for Part 2 and Part 3.

What Enterprise VCs Are Telling Their Portfolio Right Now (All Raise) - 5/6/20

All Raise sits down with successful early-stage enterprise investors, Lan Xuezhao and Jodi Sherman Jahic for an enlightening conversation on reading between the lines when it comes to investors today, spotting trends in the market driven by the virus, and how to perform your own 'stress-test' on your business.

Challenge Series: Building Sales and Pipeline in a Downturn (Operator Collective) - 5/26/20

Operator Collective hosts respected executives Erica Schultz of Confluent and Roli Saxena of Brex to discuss how they're building sales pipeline during a downturn. Join the discussion on May 26th, 2020 at 9AM PST or register to receive a recording of the session via email.

Early User Growth (Unknown Author)

Want to know how billion and million dollar companies like Microsoft, Github and Whatsapp got their first users? This list features a short summary of how nearly brands overcame their first hurdle to becoming household names.

How to Run Your Startup in a Recession (Rahul Vohra, Superhuman)- 4/28/20

Rahul Vohra, Founder and CEO of Superhuman, examines two schools of thought about what startups should be doing during this pandemic. Should startups do what they need to in order to be profitable, or do what they need to in order to reach their amount of runway goal? Think it through and use the tools provided in this article to do your own assessment.

Analyzing and Managing Churn During Economic Downturns (Shasta Ventures)- 4/28/20

Shasta Ventures shares insights from three experienced investors and founders who met virtually to discuss how to retain customers in today's world. If managing, predicting, and minimizing churn are on your mind right now, this video and recap will be of particular interest to you!

The Burn Multiple (David Sacks, Craft Ventures) - 4/23/20

Every founder is thinking about cost efficiency right now, but when it comes to fundraising in a tough economic encironment, Sacks suggests we look through the lens of a "Burn Multiple". Just how efficient is your growth? This article may provide a fresh perspective.

Back To Work Toolkit (Madrona Venture Group & the greater Seattle venture community)

This site is the repository of documents that fit the practical needs of many company leaders – from HR to CEO to Facilities – to build a, "Safe Work Plan for Back to Work."

A Startup CFO Shares the Cash Flow Advice Founders Need to Hear Now (All Raise) - 4/20/20

CFO tips to measure your current financial position, extend your runway to 18-24 months, and manage your cash position.

How are you taking advantage of the lockdown? (Yannick Oswald, Mangrove Capital)- 4/23/20

Small tech startups to major metropolitan cities are taking advantage of this unique opportunity, and you can too. Start by accelerating growth, strengthening customer relationships, and setting the foundation for future growth.

Sales and Marketing Strategy in the Time of COVID-19 (Caryn Marooney, Coatue) - 4/15/20

If you're not sure how to sell or market to your customer base right now, you're in good company. Marooney has been brainstorming with founders about this predicament and has ideas to share about what should stop doing, start doing, and what you should double down on.

Cowboy VC's Aileen Lee: Your Coronavirus Scenario Planning Should Be More Conservative (Jordan Crook, TechCrunch) - 4/22/2020

Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures suggests that startups begin expecting to be impacted by this virus for longer than initially thought. Check out insights from her virtual Q&A in this article. NOTE: To read the whole article you will need a subscription.

How SaaS Startups Should Manage Cash Through Economic Uncertainty (Ed Byrne)- 4/13/20

Scaleworks CEO Ed Byrne says common sense may be our best friend in managing our finances during this crisis. How adopting the mantra "cash is king" may help you stay afloat in tough times.

The CFO in Crisis Mode: Modern Times Call for New Tools (Seema Amble and Angela Strange) - 4/15/20

The role of CFOs is more crucial than ever to make strategic decisions around headcount, cash flow, resource allocation, sales, and more. This offers a big opportunity for fintechs who can find ways to offload tedious work for CFOs and free up their time for strategy.

Enterprise Business Models and Distribution In A Pandemic World (Semil Shah) - 4/1/20

Haystack's Semil Shah taps his network of friends, colleagues, and mentors, sharing a summary of insights from seasoned professionals that we can all learn from.

The Founder's Field Guide for Navigating This Crisis — Advice from Recession-Era Leaders, Investors and CEOs Currently at the Helm (First Round)

Curated guide on topics such as: Making Sense of Macro Conditions and Market Signals, The Nuts & Bolts of Scenario Planning, Broader Thoughts on Extending Your Runway, How to Reduce Burn, How to Bring in More Capital & more.

The Sales Playbook for your first GTM Hire ft. the first sales strategies from Typeform and Notion (Brianne Kimmel, Work Life VC) - 2/24/20

David Apple, Head of Customer Success & Sales at Notion, shares his playbook as the first sales hire. Hosted by Brianne Kimmel, Apple discusses defining scope for your sales hire, building a scalable GTM engine, tactics to make GTM programs effective, and a founder's evolving role as the team scales.

Read the Room (Rand Fishkin, SparkToro) - 4/1/20

The Covid crisis demands that we rapidly expand our empathy, that we feel what our customers and their sources of influence and we respond accordingly. Read about how to adjust your marketing strategy to remain relevant.

Planning and Managing Layoffs (David Ulevitch, Andreessen Horowitz) - 3/31/20

Laying off employees is awful. How you execute it - legally, culturally, and ethically - really matters both to those who are leaving, and the team who continue to move forward, as neither party will forget how people were treated.

Marketing During A Pandemic (Charlie O'Donnell, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures)

There's a right and a wrong way to not look tone-deaf when marketing your business right now, just make sure that everything you do starts with the genuine interest and needs of your customers.

Which Way Now? (Howard Marks, Oaktree Capital)

Bull & bear predictions with regard to the financial and economic impact of the Corona pandemic and some advice on how to handle your business finances in the interim.

The VC & Founder Sentiment Survey (James Currier, NFX) - 4/3/20

Incredibly detailed results of a sentiment survey meant to help navigate the challenges of an economic downturn. Surveys conducted every 5-8 weeks to see how sentiment changes over time.

A Top VC Firm Urged Founders to Immediately Cut Spending. Here are 4 Easy Ways to Do That (Sara Mauskopf, Winnie) - 3/10/20

Cut costs without cutting into your productivity or revenue.

Founders - now that you see the Black Swan, do this next (Saujin Yi, Flex Team) - 3/12/20

A practical guide to auditing your costs and making your company more nimble and ready for the future.

How to steer a startup through a major downturn (Mark Selcow, Costanoa Ventures) - 3/22/20

Leading a company through a significant financial crisis for the 4th time, Mark shares 10 ways to make quick decisions and protect your business.

Enterprise Startups: How to Weather the Storm (Jonathan Lehr, Work Bench) - 3/12/20

Drawing parallels and tactical tips - A Morgan Stanley employee’s experience during the ‘08 financial crisis and its relevance to today’s corona virus epidemic.

Even in the Age of COVID-19, You Need to Stay Focused on the Customer (TechCrunch) - 3/19/20

In such an unusual time, it’s easy to feel like all the rules have changed, but a customer-centric approach - thinking about what they need - is more important than ever. Want proof? Read on for inspiration from successful, customer-first companies.

28 Moves to Survive (& Thrive) in a Downturn (Pete Flint, NfX)

From Managing Losses to Gaining Ground and Managing Psychology, Pete Flint, MD at seed-stage venture firm NfX, shares his first hand founder experiences navigating Trulia through crisis.

OKR’s in a Time of Crisis (Koan)

It’s OK to adjust your OKR’s mid-stream! This quick guide should help you prioritize your process.

AMA: Covid-19 - Actionable advice from experienced CEOs during a downturn or crisis (Techstars)- 3/18/20

Techstars + Foundry Group present an AMA with actionable advice from experienced CEOs regarding what to do during a downturn or crisis as it relates to COVID-19.” This one hour video includes David Cohen, co-founder of Techstars, Brad Feld of Foundry Group & co-founder of Techstars, Scott Dorsey of High Alpha, a venture studio & fund, and more.

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9. Law Firm Perspectives

Tech Companies Get Creative with Pandemic and Protest-related Perks for Employees (Taylor Soper) - 6/12/20

Tech companies are well-known for their in-office perks and with most companies now working remote, some have found creative ways to extend those perks to their employees' home offices. Read on to see what some Seattle-area companies are doing to ensure their remote teams are happy and healthy.

Legal Business Resource Center (Smith Anderson Law Firm)

Legal information surrounding COVID-19 from Business and Litigation law firm, Smith Anderson.

Legal, regulatory and commercial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic (Cooley)

Thorough guide covering contracts and commercial litigation, debt finance, employment, insurance, investment funds, product liability and supply chain management and more.

SUBCHAPTER V: A Powerful Tool for Early-Stage, Venture Capital Backed Companies in a Crisis (Andrew Ritter, Wiggin and Dana LLP) - 3/24/20

A look into “Subchapter V of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code and its ability to preserve the interests of common and preferred stockholders in a distressed company”

Expect the Unexpected: Commercial Agreements (Dror Futter, Rimon Law)- 3/4/20

Quick tips on risk mitigation in commercial contracts during uncertain times - what contracts should you review, and what risks are most concerning

Guidance For Startups/VCs From VCs Around The Globe During COVID-19 (Ed Zimmerman, Lowenstein Sandler Venture Crush) - 3/23/20

Deals are still happening, contrary to ‘08, the dot-com, and ‘97 crises - have a look at what experienced VC’s who have worked through these past events have to say about deploying capital in the current situation.

Corona virus Resource Center (DLA Piper)

Resource guide covering areas such as corporate governance, disclosure and risk management; Finance, restructuring and transactions; insurance, real estate and commercial contracts and many more.

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10. Managing Remote Teams

Managing with Empathy in the Age of Remote Work (Cogito)

This event, sponsored by Cogito, will provide a discussion forum for attendees to talk about how to "motivate, coach, engage and drive performance, with empathy, in today's evolving work environment". Join the virtual meeting on September 22nd at 12PM EST. Register today!

4 Communication Moves That Ease Anxiety in Times of Crisis (Cindy Constable)- 9/11/20

We all know that effective communication is crucial for leading your business, but we should also consider how that communication should change in times of crisis. Constable shares four simple tips, such as choosing your words carefully, that can go a long way in being an effective communicator in uncertain times.

The Five Meetings Every CEO Should Lead (Dave Bailey)- 11/18/2019

These days, communication is more important than ever. As a leader, Bailey tells us there are five meetings that you can run to help facilitate good communication with your team. Read this article, then take a look at your own bi-weekly agenda to see how your meeting schedule stacks up.

5 Ways Founders Can Support Their Employees Right Now (Michelle McHargue, Costanoa Ventures) - 4/22/20

Leading with empathy and by example is at the heart of this article. It offers several actionable ways that those in a position of power can help their employees while we're all coping with the current conditions.

How to Manage Remote Direct Reports (HBR) - February 2015

Set expectations and routines, nurture familiarity and enable impromptu interactions to help bring remote workers together as a team. Case study examples inside.

What I Learned Building and Leading a Team Remotely for 5 Years (Jacqueline Hawk) - 3/12/20

Be direct, supportive, and understand that everyone experiences change differently. Tips for both remote employees and leaders of remote teams.

5 Ways Recruiting Teams Are Adjusting to Corona virus (Mike Joyner) - 3/12/20

A resource guide from 30 talent leaders, on adaptations in recruiting and onboarding during this challenging time

Google Research Reveals 7 Secrets of Successful Remote Teams (Gustavo Razzetti)

Google’s Innovation Lab’s spent two years studying 5,000 remote employees to uncover what makes remote teams successful.

A Guide to Managing Remote Teams, For Managers (links directly to e-book download by Claire Lew)

How best to communicate, collaborate, build social connections, onboard, train, and more, when you’re managing a remote workforce. If you’re a direct report, jump to the section on “managing up” for help on working well with your boss from afar.

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11. Working Remotely & Remote Tech Tools

#WorkFromAnywhere Podcast: A New Series from Greymatter (Greylock Partners) - 7/7/20

"Box CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie sat down with Greylock General Partner Sarah Guo on Greymatter to discuss his company’s journey during the past decade leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic, how it has changed their product roadmap, and where he believes the opportunities for innovation still lie."

The Remote Work Guide (Pluralsight) - 3/13/20

A guide full of resources for WFH, including: tips on how to be an effective remote worker, tools you can use to collaborate and get work done, ways to stay sharp while you're at home + two free courses from Pluralsight library to better prepare for the reality of remote work, and learn how to lead remote teams effectively.

The Largest List of Companies Working Remotely in 2020 (The Pangian)

Whether you're looking to hire or be hired, remote work of all kinds can be found on this exhaustive list of companies - including their size, location & descriptions.

Special Discounts on SaaS Tools (Personas)

An aggregation of tools and online services offering specials to help startups and employees affected by COVID-19.

The Essential Work From Home Field Guide (Maren Kate, Inde.co)

For both employees & managers; tips and tricks from industry leaders who’ve been WFH since before it was cool, or mandatory.

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success (LinkedIn) This LinkedIn produced learning path offers 16 different short form videos created to help you and your teams learn how to effectively work remotely, adjust to changes in your working environment, and explore the tools you need to stay connected.

Suggestions For Creating Guard Rails When Working From Home (Crowdsourced tips from Jeremy Shure’s Twitter Question) - 3/12/20

In an “always-on” age, we can always use tips to help us disconnect, especially now. Check out this Twitter thread for some great suggestions you may want to adopt!

Remote Team Tooling Guide (Elaine Zelby)

AirTable with ~50 tools for tackling various aspects of remote/distributed work

100+ free products and services from startups in response to Covid-19 (Eze Vidra) - 3/18/20

More free tools and services from companies all around the world.

Slack on Slack: Adapting the Way We Work When Offices Need to Close (Slack) - 3/4/20

How Slack uses Slack - tips from the insiders. Plus, bonus links within, to Slack resource guides and webinars.

What It Takes to Run a Great Virtual Meeting (Bob Frisch and Cary Greene) - 3/5/20

Incorporate tips like including using video, assigning a facilitator and more to your meeting best practices for virtual meetings that are not good, but great.

8 Tips for Better Video Conference Calls (Jason Cohen) - 3/11/20

Be aware of your surroundings, manage your bandwidth and more useful tips for hosting or attending frictionless conference calls.

Zoom Meetings - A Guide For Leaders (links directly to PDF by Janine Davis, Evolution VC)

Best practice guide for creating more connective, productive and energizing meetings.

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12. Parenting While WFH

How 'the Motherhood Penalty' Plays Out for Startup Founders (Roxanne Petraeus) - 7/30/20

Author Roxanne Petraeus shares her personal experiences around starting a family while founding a company. She reflects on how a pregnancy announcement plays out differently for women versus men, the factors she considers when deciding whether or not to tell an investor, and muses about when we'll see meaningful, significant change in the support systems we make available for entrepreneurial moms.

How to Help Children Cope With the Pandemic (The Yoga Phamily) - 5/16/20

While adults struggle to adjust to multiple roles during this global health crisis, kids lives are being upended too. This article features tips to identify when kids are stressed, how to talk to them, and strategies to support them.

Code At Home (Reshma Saujani)

Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them. Activities will be released weekly and each will feature a pioneering woman in tech.

A Guide for Childcare During Corona virus (Winnie) - 3/24/20

A guide to setting up backup care when daycare or preschool closes.

Parenting During a Pandemic (Yoga Phamily) - 4/9/20

Playing multiple roles of parent plus and employee is challenging, but creating a routine is key. We've compiled some resources to help.

Split-shifting and other hacks for working from home while parenting (Chicago Tribune)- 3/20/20

Advice from a working couple with three kids under the age of four. How to foster communication, collaboration and culture to accommodate our new remote working reality.

11 Tips for Work From Home Moms (The Balanced Life) - September 2014

Some valuable tips from a work from home mom include routines for both parent & baby, how to use your time effectively, and rituals to help keep you on track.

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13. Mental Health & Wellness

7 Strategies Every Entrepreneur Should Employ To Optimize Their Mental Health (Megan Bruneau) - 4/7/18

Resiliency is often touted as a key factor in an entrepreneur's success. Those starting new businesses face unique challenges and health therapist Megan Bruneau has some advice for how they can stay mentally strong while facing them.

9 trailblazing women discuss the most stressful situation they've ever faced - and how they got through it (Dreamers & Doers on Business Insider) - 7/3/20

We all face moments of hardship and stress,and female leaders may face more than most. We learn a lot about ourselves in these situations and we can learn from the experiences of others as well. Read on for nine inspiring stories of triumph in the face of some pretty stressful situations.

This Is Your Brain on Remote Work (Hannah Clark Steiman) - 5/20

As we collectively navigate the biggest remote-work experience ever, we're learning a lot about how remote work impacts the brain. Steiman discusses five ways the brain is impacted and offers insights about the control we have over these changes.

Hit the Emotional Gym - The Founder's Framework for Emotional Fitness (Emily Anhalt & Alexa Meyer, First Round Capital)

Dr. Emily Anhalt, Psy.D and founder, tells us why entrepreneurs should maintain their emotional fitness much the same way they maintain physical fitness at the gym. Emotional fitness, she says, often includes seven core traits. Read this article to find out more about how you can cultivate or foster these seven traits and improve your own emotional fitness

B-Well Together: Health and Wellbeing (Salesforce) - ongoing

Salesforce is hosting live sessions each day "focused on aligning the mind and body with leading well-being experts". Check out the schedule and tune in.

Techstars Entrepreneurship & Mental Health Series (Techstars)

Since 2006, Techstars has helped hundreds of startups succeed, both as businesses and as people. This 4-part documentary series focuses on the most common mental health issues facing entrepreneurs, told through the stories of some remarkable people — and the mental health professionals who work with people in need.

10 Secrets People in Recovery from Addiction Know that Could Help Us All Survive this Global Pandemic (Rams in Recovery)- 4/28/20

People in recovery know a lot about how to make it through tough times. Acknowledging your state of mind, accepting what you can or can't control, taking it one day at a time, and finding ways to be of service to other are just some of the helpful tidbits of wisdom shared in this article. These lessons can be applied at any time, but are especially poignant now.

How to Leave Work at Work (John Rampton) - 5/6/20

When being told to "set boundaries" isn't cutting it, what are some actionable steps we can all take to better define our work and personal time? As an entrepreneur himself, Rampton's practical tips are particularly welcome today, when we may not be able to physically step away work.

My Resiliency Toolkit, 2.0 (Edith Cooper, Medley)- 5/5/20

Edith Cooper's "Resiliency Toolkit" has grown since the rise of COVID-19. She shares her new additions and encourages us all to consider what we can, or may already be doing, to foster our own strength during these tough times.

The Psychology of Founders Who Win in Downturns (James Currier, NFX) - 4/8/20

According to Currier, "The CEO's psychology is the greatest point of leverage in a company's success or failure". He shares 8 proven ways that CEOs have shifted their mindsets to adjust and succeed in troubled times.

New Research on Stress of Quarantine and 5 Ways to Feel Better (Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D., Psychology Today) - March 31, 2020

Patterns uncovered from studies of past virus-induced quarantines reveal some negative effects and what causes them. This article takes a look at the various factors affecting how we cope and offers a solution for each.

Embracing The Unknown: Mental Health for Entrepreneurs in Uncertain Times (AMA with Jerry Colonna) - 4/17/20

Recorded video AMA with David Brown, Co-Founder & CEO of Techstars, hosting an AMA with Jerry Colonna of Reboot.io where they discuss founder mental health and facing uncertainty while building a business.

California Peer-Run "Warm Line" (Mental Health Association of San Francisco)

The peer-run "warm line" is a non-emergency resource for anyone in California seeking emotional support. Available via phone or web chat.

On Coronavirus Lockdown? Look for Meaning, Not Happiness (Emily Esfahani Smith) - 4/7/20

"Tragic optimism" is a term coined by psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl. This article explores how we can learn to acknowledge despair yet find positive meaning in it as we face this health crisis.

Stop Trying to Be Productive (Taylor Lorenz, NY Times) - 4/1/20

The internet wants you to believe you aren't doing enough with all that “extra time” you have now. But staying inside and attending to basic needs is plenty.

How to Become Fearless (Adrian Drew, Mind Cafe) - 3/22/20

Making sense of fear, challenging the irrational ones, and shifting our focus from that which we cannot control to things we surely can, is the key to living and thriving in the face of anxiety.

If I’m a CEO and Have An Anxiety Attack, What Should I Do? (Brad Feld, Foundry Group) - March 2015

How to handle moments of crisis, from seeking help to board disclosure - timely advice from 5 years before COVID-19.

What Can Happen to Your Mental Health When You Work From Home (And How to Address It) (Erica Hayes, Ginger) - 3/12/20

Working from home can challenge not only productivity, but also mental health. Tips like getting dressed in the morning, setting spatial boundaries and more can help to keep your mind healthy.

Care for Your Corona Virus Anxiety (Shine Text)

If all the corona virus talk is making you anxious, check out these resources to help stay calm in the midst of uncertainty.

Disappearing Into the Fire (Jerry Colonna, Reboot) - July 2014

Poetic advice from leading coach on separating challenges from fears, and having the mindfulness to endure both.

A Brain Hack to Break the Corona virus Anxiety Cycle (Jud Brewer, NY Times) - 3/13/20 continuously updated

Leverage certainty to calm an anxious mind. When your brain knows there are two potential outcomes to a given scenario, it will instinctively choose the more rewarding option, leaving you less worried.

Covid-19 Podcasts About Crises and Mental Health (Brad Feld) - 3/20/20

Series of podcasts to help entrepreneurs, leaders, and employees at startups to help think through how to respond in a crisis, featuring Brad Feld, David Cohen, is with Scott Dorsey, Paul Berberian, Berne Strom, Greg Keller and more!

I Spent a Year in Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share (NYT Opinion) - 3/21/20

If you think being stuck at home is challenging, imagine spending a year on the International Space Station. Retired NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly shares valuable advice on how to cope while self-isolating.

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Finding a Coach (Steve Schlafman)- 3/20/20

Coaches can help motivate entrepreneurs, focus their thoughts, and empower a leader to thrive - especially true during challenging times. If you’re looking for the right fit, check out Steve’s guide to help you navigate the opaque world of coaching.

What Should We Do - At Home (What Should We Do) - 3/18/20

Fun ways to experience everything New York City has to offer, without ever leaving your couch.

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14) Remote Event Planning

Use This Startup's Playbook for Running Impactful Virtual Offsites (First Round) - 9/10/20

Sitka CEO Kelsey Mellard shares her experience of pivoting to a successful virtual offsite. She partnered with Mike Wang, who has experience building successful hybrid-model education platforms and together they hosted a stellar virtual offsite event. To learn how they structured the event, set intentions, and kept it feeling more like fun and less like work, read this!

How to Cultivate Community During Uncertain Times (Bo Ren) - 4/15/20

Bo Ren of Samsung NEXT shares key learnings gleaned from a panel of industry leaders during the webinar "How to Cultivate Community During Uncertain Times" hosted on April 8th.

Virtual Events Guide for Startups (Pedro Muller, Zendesk) - 4/8/20

As we rethink how we work and connect,virtual events have become crucial. This how-to guide covers how to build your upcoming virtual event, from planning to execution.

Don’t Just Throw Together a Webinar - The Virtual Events Crash Course That You Need (David Spinks, First Round)

A playbook for throwing a thoughtful and well structured virtual event rooted in the community.

Planning and Response: Company policies and communications (Coinbase) - 3/3/20

Some very useful templates you should consider borrowing to communicate with your employees about the corona virus - ongoing updates, working from home tips, FAQs, etc.

Virtual Conferences: How to Engage People Remotely (Russ Norton) - 3/13/20

Maintain the feeling, energy, and exclusivity of a live event, work hard(er) to capture audience attention during, package and repurpose content for other audiences, and many more tips for the new norm in events and conferences.

Open-sourcing the playbook that took our 150-person overnight retreat "virtual" (On Deck) - 3/19/20

How a company who relies on intimate, offline experiences to build their community managed to shift their overnight retreat to a virtual format - including how they approached it, content examples, tactical tips, and what they’re doing to keep the momentum!

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15) General Advice

Steve Jobs's Definition of "Smart" Will Reprogram Your Idea of Intelligence (Alan Trapulionis) 9/7/20

This article asserts that there are plenty of intelligent people out there whom we may not consider "successful". Insight from Steve Jobs about experiences versus intellect may help explain why that is. Read on to challenge your thinking and get inspired!

Why established venture firms should court emerging managers (Noramay Cadena) - 9/8/20

Sure, managers coming from an established firm are a sage bet, but Cadena makes the case for why emerging managers should not be counted out. Those who built out their own firms can make excellent spin-in candidates for many reasons, including their ability to hustle, the personal brand they've built, and the different type of leaders that micro VCs can attract.

Announcing the YC Startup Library (Catheryn Li & Kat Mañalac, Y Combinator)- 8/6/20

Y Combinator has just announced a new, centralized library of the knowledge and advice they've aggregated working with 2,000+ companies over the last fifteen years. This central location will be a wealth of resources for founders, funders and beyond. Check it out.

High Output Founders' Library (Steve Schlafman & Rishi Tripathy)

Steve and Rishi assembled a collection of the best resources from around the web to help founders on their entrepreneurial journey. The High Output Founders' Library is a portal to the tactical and practical advice, lessons, templates, and resources founders need to bring their visions to life and evolve into an extraordinary leader.

This 6-Word Phrase Will Make Your Feedback Instantly More Effective (Inc. Magazine) - 12/20/19

We'd all like to think we are effective at giving feedback. Yet, studies show that often we over-inflate our skills in this area. It really comes down to the other person's understanding of the feedback you're trying to give. This article offers a way to bridge the gap using just one, simple phrase.

10 Communication Patterns Used by Great Leaders (Dave Bailey, Medium) - 10/15/19

We all know great communication when we see it, but do we know the techniques behind what makes communication great? Bailey has been studying effective leadership for the past decade and offers some insight into the patterns he sees that shape effective communication.

Seven Questions with Pam Kostka (Sequoia Capital) - 7/22/20

Pam Kostka, CEO of All Raise, a nonprofit accelerating female founders, answers seven questions for Sequoia Capital. She suggests tips to get funding, shares anecdotes from her childhood, and recommends a book that every founder should read.

8 Ways Small Business Can Emerge From This Crisis Transformed (Jill Griffin) - 7/8/20

In this interview, Teri Fisher, CEO and Managing Partner of Insight Strategies, Inc., lays out an eight-point transformation plan to help small businesses make it through the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Leading Virtually (Fred Wilson, USV) - 6/15

Leading a company is difficult during this global pandemic. Wilson shares what's been working for him and notes that the best things leaders can do for their teams is encourage a sense of belonging. This article offers several ideas about how to do that.

Best Books and Resources for Venture Capitalists (Nnamdi Okike) - 6/22

In a "learn by doing" profession that's historically hard to get into, how can you learn about being a VC if you can't work for one? Okike tries to offer some insight into how the industry works with this list of books, videos and podcasts.

CEOs Must Assume a New Role: Therapist in Chief (Larry Kanter) - 6/10/20

Many are feeling anxious and uncertain as we navigate these tumultuous times. In this article, a variety of CEOs, founders, and venture capitalists all weigh in on how recent world events have affected the mental health and stress levels of their teams, what they’ve done to help, and what they do to maintain their own mental health.

3 Ways to Maximize Your Team's Productivity (Andrew Thomas, Skybell Video Doorbell) - 5/15/20

There's lots of advice out there about maximizing productivity. Thomas boils it down to three tips - find the right tools, review existing processes, and meet emotional needs. Read this article for more about how to apply these practices.

How Women Leaders Are Rising To The Unique Challenges They're Facing From The Pandemic (Kathy Caprino) - 5/18/20

As part of the ongoing series "Women, Leadership and Vision", this week Kathy Caprino sits down with Carolyn Childers, CEO of Chief, to discuss the unique challenges women leaders are facing, as well as the opportunities it presents.

The rise of the human-centric CEO (Romeen Sheth & Steve Schlafman) - 5/5/20

Romeen & Steve explain why we need to move on from the peacetime CEO/wartime CEO concept coined by Ben Horowitz and empower the rise of the human-centric CEO - leaders who show up with thoughtfulness, empathy and compassion especially in the face of adversity.

Great Female Founders Act Decisively During Crises (Lindy Gullett, PhD, Wurklyf) - 4/21/20

Stereotypes about female leadership are consistently proven wrong, and this pandemic is just one more example. Author Lindsey Gullett interviews female founders from a variety of industries to hear how they're stepping up to the plate right now when their teams need leadership most.

The Importance of A Buyer's Perspective for Startups (Jim Wilson Q&A with Declan Morris, Costanoa Ventures) - 4/1/20

Tech vendors that stand out in this climate are ones that recognize IT leaders' priorities have shifted. Best advice is to be patient, make recommendations reflective of the new landscape, be flexible on partnership terms, and be ready to move quickly.

Advice to Founders/Startups During These Times (Bijan Sabet, Spark Capital) - 3/31/20

General advice from the Spark family to startup founders for their leadership, hard work, and commitment.

COVID Resource Guide from Techstars (Techstars)

Tons of great AMA content with Techstars managing directors and special guests from the startup & venture ecosystem. Plus, an ongoing list of upcoming events for founders.

How to Survive The Corona virus and Keep Your Startup Alive (Preston Byrne, Coindesk) - 3/11/20

Looking for no-nonsense, straight talk about keeping your startup afloat amid today’s global COVID-19 pandemic? Read this.

COVID-19 Company Playbook (Malinda Coler, Ask Almanac)

Comprehensive checklist for execs on how to effectively communicate company decisions related to COVID-19 to your staff, get people set up for remote work, protect anyone still in the office from health risks, adjusting travel policies, and more.

The Virus Survival Strategy for Your Startup (Steve Blank) - 3/17/20

Steve Blank shares the four crucial questions your startup should be asking, discusses how to approach these questions and talks about why they matter. He says “...remember no winter lasts forever, and in this moment, smart founders and VCs will be planting the seeds for the next generation of startups”. Read on to find out more.

Funded, Fearless Females: Surviving and Thriving During a Downturn (Anna Barber, Jenny Fielding, Joanne Wilson) - 3/20/20

Listen to the 3 experienced operators-turned-investors answer questions about how to survive and thrive through the current social distancing and possible economic downturn.

It is time to be the optimist (Richard Sussman) - 3/17/20

Why and how to stay optimistic during this time of crisis, and specific advice for startups and investors

Lessons learned from running a startup through 2008 (Avichal Garg, Electric Capital) - 3/12/20

From how long this might last to contract negotiation, a few tips from someone who’s weathered the storm before.

COVID-19 Crisis, Business Advice and First Principles (Albert Wenger, Union Square Ventures) - 3/20/20

Analyze the impact of COVID-19 on your business from a “first principles” approach, allowing you to evaluate risk even before you have data.

What To Do When You Lose Your Job (Homebrew)

In the event your company has to make the incredibly difficult decision to lay off staff due to current events, here are some time tested first steps you can take to ease the burden and set you up for a successful job search.

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