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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of October 18, 2020

  • 10.23.2020

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

How Startups Can Build Resilience into their Business Models
Operating in a global pandemic has forced all business, large and small, to reconsider whether they are resilient enough to survive. Losing foot traffic hurt many brick-and-mortar locations, while underdeveloped online collaboration tools left many companies flat-footed when they had to send their employees to work from home. This article discusses three pillars to incorporate into your resiliency plan from the start, so the next time something unprecedented happens, you’re ready.

New data shows the number of women-led VC funds is exploding
In the last five years, the number of women-led funds has nearly quadrupled. Faced with an industry where women are notoriously underrepresented, women have broken from the traditional path of joining an established firm and decided the better fit is to start their own. This Fast Company article discusses the factors that have led to this trend, and where it might go from here.

Q&A: A Look Inside The Black Venture Institute
Women aren’t the only underrepresented group in venture capital. The Black Venture Institute, recently announced by BLCK VC, Operator Collective, Salesforce Ventures and Berkeley Haas School of Business, is trying to increase the number of Black check-writers by five times in three years. This article includes a question and answer session with Jackson Cummings and Brian Hollins, discussing the goals of the program and how they plan to achieve them. 

8 TED Talks to help build the ideal team at your startup
Building the best team for your startup isn’t just about finding the most qualified candidates. There are many factors that can help a team gel–or not. This article compiles a number of Ted Talks from various founders about lessons they’ve learned in team building, ranging from letting go of micromanagement tendencies to radical transparency to how to best nurture your internal rebels.

The most popular tweets by venture capitalists in Q3 2020
For something a little different, how up to date are you on your Twitter browsing? This article compiles the top 10 tweets by venture capitalists in the third quarter, based on relevance, engagement and leading discussions on new trends. 

Links compiled by Meghan Muncey.