Times of Entrepreneurship Stories of the WeekNuclear Energy Redux? Environmental groups are beginning to object to carbon capture, a host of new solutions to take carbon from the air and store it. Their opposition may hurt, because government funding is likely needed to spur more innovation in such technology. Read the Story » Indie Bookstores Poised to Bounce Back after the Pandemic “There’s only so much Netflix you can binge,” says one entrepreneur who jumped on the trends. Read the Story » Non-Competes Disproportionately Keep Women From Starting Businesses, says New Report Cornell professor finds businesses with the highest growth potential are blocked. Read the Story » VC Spotlight: Two Women Launched a $10M Fund For Sustainable Apparel. They’ve Signed on Eileen Fisher. Alante Capital invests across verticals including deep tech and enterprise software. Read the Story » Startup Spotlight: Vienna-based Spinout Vitreal Lab Brings Laser Light To Display Technology Physics giant Hermann Hauser backed the firm, which is raising more to develop energy-saving, higher-resolution screens. Read the Story » You may have missed: Canvas CEO Steps Down after $50M Round Incites Racial Controversy about Who Gets Funded The company’s two founders are White men in an industry where women and people of color have struggled to find financing. Read it here. You may have missed: Changemakers: Two OKC Men Launched A Sales Community for Veterans Their surprising idea earned a trip to see Donald Trump. Read it here. You may have missed: VC Spotlight: A Top Angel Investor Turns to Venture, with a Lens Focused on Women Entrepreneurs Mindshift Capital aims to raise $10 million. With a global scope, it’s betting on finding enough stellar opportunities. Read it here.
Living the DreamBest Practices: When fashion designer and art icon Rebecca Moses saw her projects grind to a halt during the COVID-19 lockdown, she used her Instagram account to bring women around the world together. She offered to paint a portrait of any woman who shared the story of her life during the lockdown and shared her artwork on her Instagram account, creating a network for 360 girls and women in 21 countries she calls “The Stay Home Sisters” and the basis for a new exhibit called Bubblegum, Lipstick and Hope that will open in New York on Dec. Buzzworthy: Now that Machiavelli for Women is out, it’s hard to imagine why no one thought of writing it before. We’re guessing a lot of women frustrated by the world of work (and their allies) will be picking up this guide to getting ahead by Stacey Vanek Smith, co-host of The Indicator for Planet Money on NPR.
RathskellerThe 4.5 hour workweek: A productivity hack If long hours at your desk are making you less efficient, perhaps it’s time to book a massage. Or pre-order the Monkee Mount hands-free massage gun holder. It’s currently being Kickstarted in a campaign that ends on Nov. 24. Wanderlust : a restaurant or activity from our Top Ecosystems list Looking for an alternative to room service while you’re staying in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area? Eatzi’s Market & Bakery, with six locations in the area, is known for cult favorites like its Homestyle Meatloaf, made of ground sirloin, beef and pork, and Fried Catfish with Hush Puppies—and it delivers. Made in the USA Frayed Needle, based in Nashville, Tn., upcycles classic jeans brands like Levi’s, Wrangler and Calvin Klein and turns them into hand-stitched one-of-a-kind pieces. Founder Brian Antonevich, a professional engineer, started the business on the side as a passion project during COVID-19 but with the brand catching on, took it full time. These jeans are a splurge: Prices start at $425 a pair.
Opportunities⭐To list an opportunity in our newsletter, check out our rates here. We cover the emerging economy of diverse founders: Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Uvv7XaslKpLmuabdAV3Bt1SP9NWdizOfMK19lLbk-Ik/edit?ts=6166f2a9 1. Authors and Innovators Thursday and Friday at noon, tune in to hear a live conversation about the most innovative ideas in business at this event, curated by Gennari Aronson LLC and hosted by Babson College. Tomorrow’s speakers are Vanessa Bohns, author of You Have More Influence Than You Think, Stacey Vanek Smith, author of Machiavelli for Women, and innovator Stacey Borden, of New Beginnings Re-entry Services. Friday, tune in to hear Times of E founder Elizabeth MacBride and venture capitalist Seth Levine talk about their acclaimed book, The New Builders. They’ll be joined by innovator Isaac Collins. Date: October 25-29th Location: Virtual Link: https://www.authorsinnovators.org/ 2. The Next Challenge Is Awarding $100K to Media Startups The Next Challenge for Media & Journalism is a national startup competition seeking groundbreaking for-profit and nonprofit startups that will reinvent media in the coming decade. Early Stage Media Startups and Student-Led Ventures are invited to apply. The Next Challenge will create innumerable opportunities for media startups and student-led ventures to hone their pitches, strengthen their business plans, and connect with industry mentors and strategic partners. The competition is committed to promoting racial and gender equity in media, embracing the demographic shift occurring in our communities and supporting startups with diverse teams. Date: December 2021 to February 2022 Registration Deadline: November 7th Link: www.thenextchallenge.com 3. CORI’s Pitch Event: Small Towns, Big Ideas The Center on Rural Innovation is hosting a virtual pitch event to help shift the narrative about where scalable tech startups can launch and be successful. This event features startup founders from across the country who are living and working in rural America. They will be competing for a $10,000 prize that will be awarded during the event on Nov. 10, 2021. Attendees will get a chance to be exposed to the wide array of innovators across rural America. Startups are a key source of job creation, and the ones that scale can transform a community and create regenerative wealth. The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) is a national nonprofit working to advance economic opportunities across rural America. CORI partners with rural community leaders and advocates who are committed to building prosperous digital economies that support scalable entrepreneurship and tech job creation. Date and Time: November 10th, 5:30 to 8.00 p.m. Eastern Time Link: https://bit.ly/30OG78h 4. Village Global: Analyst/Investment Operations and Chief of Staff/Partner Operations San Francisco-based Village Global is searching for people to fill two roles at the venture capital firm, one in analyst/investment operations and the other a chief of staff/partner operations position. The listing on Medium describes the jobs in detail: the first position is for people early in their careers; the second is for someone who’d like to work as the right hand of general partner Erik Torenberg. The ideal candidate, according to the firm, is a high-level project manager with a bias toward execution and action. Village Global’s backers included Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Abby Johnson, Magic Johnson and Anne Wojcicki, as well as Bob Iger. Link: https://medium.com/village-global/village-global-is-hiring-join-the-team-7248fc2147f7
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