The Continued Importance of Accelerators

Accelerators have been around for almost fifteen years now. Throughout that time, they’ve supported and funded thousands of startups, many of which have turned into powerful companies and positively impacted communities large and small. The reason for that success is, in many ways, due to what accelerators offer every startup that works with them: A […]

Founders Share Stories and Encouragement on Mental Wellness

It’s time for some inspiring stories! Over the past few months, the GAN Community came together to support startup founders who have been deeply impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. GAN launched The Founder Support Fund in early May with commitments from GAN Partners UPS, Mailchimp, and Chargebee, members of the GAN Advisory Board, and individual supporters, […]

7 Components of a Powerful Pitch

By: Tricia Reinken, Partner Marketing, HubSpot for Startups (a GAN Corporate Partner) A powerful pitch deck is critical for any startup, regardless of your goal. Whether you are raising a round of funding, acquiring your first customers, or hiring a skilled team, these seven components will help you build a captivating yet concise pitch deck.  […]

The Importance of Reframing

First, a Personal Story A few weeks ago, my family and I went up to the mountains and invited another family to join us for a hike. We were excited to see our friends for the first time in a while, and yet, at the last minute, they invited some other friends along who we […]

We Built a More Inclusive Accelerator—Here’s What We Learned

Guest Blog by Lunar Startups Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ founders have always had to do more with less. It comes as no surprise that founders with these identities face unfair and significant obstacles when going to market, scaling, and competing in the marketplace. Yet, consumers with purchasing power are getting younger and […]

The Right Kind of Time Off

Time Off and Our Mental Health As I talk with people about the last few weeks, I don’t hear many stories of people taking time off work. And, this isn’t just true in COVID-19 times. In 2018, a record of 768 million vacation days went unused by employees. That is 768 million days that could have been taken to […]

How One Company Was Poised to Grow 1,000% During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a historic global economic decline. However, there are a handful of industries that were poised for such a time as this. E-commerce, virtual meeting software, edtech, and telehealth have taken off. And companies who have remained flexible and curious have taken the rapid change brought by the pandemic in […]

Thriving Companies Listen and Adapt

A point made by my coach, Brian Howard, has stuck with me throughout the COVID-19 season. At the beginning of the pandemic, Brain said, “The world has changed. That means our clients‘ jobs have changed, which means our jobs have changed.” Now, more than ever, each of us needs to take a realistic look at […]

Learning to Listen

My Mother-in-Law’s Story My wife was talking to her mom last week, who mentioned that she had just finished talking to a colleague. My mother-in-law, a white woman, shared that she had reached out to her colleague because she was hearing countless CEOs and companies say that they’re going to be “listening” a lot more […]

Building Good Soil

A note of context: The blog that follows was originally written as an email to my colleagues on the GAN team. It was my response in a conversation we have been having regarding recent events and DE&I in our company, our community, and our work with startups around the world. The team asked if I […]