Times of Entrepreneurship Stories


Vermont Farmer Creates A New Drink Category With Roots In The Past

Shrubbly founder Matt Sayre created the first sparkling shrub drink, ready to drink out of the can, no mixing necessary. It’s delicious, and it has another selling point. The key ingredient in Shrubbly are aronia berries, which might be the next pomegranate or acai berry.

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A Venture Capitalist Asks: Do Venture Capitalists Add Value?

CEOs sometimes say, “no.” Venture capitalist Seth Levine looks at the communication gap between CEOs and investors.

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What You May Have Missed


A New $500K Accelerator For Black Founders Opens In Brooklyn

BK-XL will select 12 startups founded by BIPOC leaders to receive as much as $500k in investment. The accelerator is part of a philanthropic commitment by Clara Wu Tsai, whose husband, Joseph Tsai, co-founded Alibaba.

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The Passion of Christian Hip-Hop Entrepreneur James Rousseau

James Rosseau was one of the first evangelists of Christian hip hop. After 13 years of growing his Holy Culture Radio (HCR) entertainment channel, it now streams out of Wilmington, Delaware, showcasing the unique sounds of Christian hip hop artists like Lecrae, KB, Trip Lee, and A.I. the Anomaly.

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Venture Spotlight: $3.2B Advantage Capital Looks To Invest Even Deeper In Overlooked Communities

“After the civil unrest – my partners were very quiet,” said chief impact officer Sandra Moore, the only black woman partner at Advantage Capital. “I didn’t realize they were waiting for me, the only woman and person of color, to weigh in,” she said.

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News With A Future Spin

Why Is Booz Allen Renting Us Back Our Own National Parks? Perhaps a counterpoint to Kremer’s ideas, above. Here’s what can happen when governments, under the guise of creating convenience or innovation, invest in programs that don’t really make sense. Read Matt Stoller’s piece here.

Private Little Hell. This story in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Emma Pettit about gay purges in Florida 60 years ago is a reminder of how witch hunts happen, and the devastation they cause. Read the story here.

A Washington Post story that followed the Times of Entrepreneurship’s reporting on agriculture businesses in Vermont. Coincidence? We don’t think so. Read more here.

Living the dream

Buzzworthy:

The new job hunting strategy, according to LinkedIn, is applying for jobs you have no intention of taking to leverage your current boss into giving you a raise. If you’re a boss or a business owner, this is a word to the wise: What happens over time is that your longest-term employees, who are often the most valuable, end up underpaid because they haven’t been out in the market. Employees using this aggressive technique are acting rationally to get to a fair payment. The CEO of a Midwestern coffee chain talked to Times of E founder Elizabeth MacBride about this phenomenon last spring, and how to prevent it. Read more here.

Bonus Buzzworthy:

A group of former Peacecorps volunteers is raising money for an electric generator for the town in Ukraine where they worked. “Hello, we are a group of returned Peace Corps volunteers who served in Ukraine. In March of 2022, the village where we completed our training, Kyinka, was heavily bombed by Russian forces. With winter approaching and Ukraine’s energy infrastructure crippled by the war, Kyinka desperately needs secure electricity and heat.” Here’s the link to the GoFundMe campaign.

Best Practices: How To Pronounce Qatar

How To Pronounce Qatar: TLDR for Americans from The New York Times: Qatar, kind of like rhyming with guitar, but farther back in your throat. You could do worse.

A Time-Saving iPhone Hack
Your probably use the volume-power buttons together to take a screen shot on your phone. To save a full page in Safari, open the web link, take a screenshot, and at the top of the screen you will see an option to save the screen or the full fage. Select full page, then done, and then save the PDF to files.

Open files to read it later.

Rathskellar

A Time-Saving Hack
One Place To Go: Reynir Indahl, the CEO of widely respected Summa Equity – a Nordic private equity firm that focuses on, among other things, resource efficient – recommended a sustainable safari company called Usangu Expedition Camp in Tanzania. Safaris that aren’t exploitative are rare, but Indahl’s recommendation is worthwhile.
Holiday Gifts: They’re not made in America, but shop for holiday gifts at UNHCR, the United Nations’ refugee agency. It’s a hard winter for people all over the world this year.

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1. Fast Company World-Changing Ideas
Fast Company is looking forward to recognizing products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet. But you have to pony up $345 to apply.
Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9.
Link is here.

2. A Course To Reach the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
In this free course developed by entrepreneurship professor John Lynn, professors and other entrepreneurship educators get a curriculum and supporting materials based on the influential book, The New Builders.
Date: N/A
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Link: https://bit.ly/3dE6rZh

3. Nestle Youth Accelerator
Nestle launched its platform for youth entrepreneurs, including an R&D accelerator. An open challenge for food and beverage startups is currently accepting applicants and will be for the news four months or so. The platform is here. Info about the acclerator at the link below.
Deadline to apply: December
4. BK-XL
A new accelerator launched by Clara Wu Tsai invests as much as $500,000 in founders of color. Entrepreneurs from around the world are eligible and asked to move to Brooklyn for mentoring.
Sign up for the email list for applications: https://bk-xl.com/

 

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