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 5/21)
  2. State of the Market
  3. Raising Capital for Startups
  4. Raising Capital for Investors
  5. CARES Act & SBA Loans
  6. Alternative Funding Sources
  7. Strategic Advice
  8. Law Firm Perspectives
  9. Managing Remote Teams
  10. Working Remotely & Remote Tech Tools
  11. Parenting While WFH
  12. Mental Health & Wellness
  13. Remote Event Planning
  14. General Advice

1. New Content (added 5/21)

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"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2. State of the Market

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. Raising Capital for Startups

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.

SheWorx Virtual Roundtable (SheWorx & Nihal Mehta) - 5/20 12PM EST

Join this virtual event where SheWorx will host Nihal Mehta of Eniac Ventures to discuss how to reassess your business model to execute a pivot, communicate with investors, and develop entrepreneurial resilience. This live roundtable begins on May 20th at 12PM EST.

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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4. Raising Capital for Investors

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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5. 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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6. 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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7. Strategic Advice

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.

Emergency Response Survey Templates (CultureAmp)

Collecting information from your team can help inform next steps you can take as an organization during COVID-19 pandemic. This guide explains what to consider when collecting feedback, which questions to use and what to do with the results.

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.

April 14th Webinar Registration: How to Survive and Thrive in a Downturn, with Pete Flint (All Raise)

Pete Flint, Managing Partner of NFX and founder & former CEO of Trulia, joins All Raise moderator Pam Kostka for a fireside chat. Tune in to hear Flint's insights from his experience steering Trulia through the 2008 crisis.

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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8. Law Firm Perspectives

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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9. Managing Remote Teams

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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10. Working Remotely & Remote Tech Tools

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.

Gojek’s Internal Work From Home Tips Document (Gojek)

Incredibly thorough guide to working from home for those who are not accustomed to doing so. From simple tips to in-depth tutorials on popular remote work tools, even a WFH pro is bound to learn something from this public Google Doc.

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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11. Parenting While WFH

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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12. Mental Health & Wellness

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.

Quarantainment List (Salesforce)

Salesforce curated a list of things to to during Quarantine, including activities, books to read, podcasts to listen to, fitness etc.

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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13) Remote Event Planning

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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14) General Advice

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.

Webinar: Build a Moat with Ecosystems & Marketplaces by Adobe Sr PM (Corey Hobbs, Adobe & Product School) - 5/5/20 3:30 - 4PM PST

Join this online event hosted by Adobe Product School's Corey Hobbs on May 7th from 3:30-4PM PST.During it, you'll learn how to understand if your product can become a platform, how to grow your ecosystem, and why your enterprise customers will always want a marketplace.

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.

Ask Me Anything: How to Have Difficult Conversations in Uncertain Times (CultureAmp & Techstars)

Meaningful conversations are more important than ever and ensuring these are happening throughout your organization is imperative. Culture Amp's Dr. Kenneth Matos and Techstar's Sabrina Kelly will host a webinar April 23rd at 9:30AM PST to provide some answers.

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.

Advice for Startups in an Economic Crisis: Covid-19 (David Cohen, Techstars) - 3/23/20

A 10 step checklist of what to do first in times of crisis. (Spoiler alert - step one: breathe!)

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