The Hard Work of Love

There’s this electronic sign that belongs to the church on 18th and Colorado here in Denver. I look at it every day because I drive right by it to get into my neighborhood. While some churches are known for the cheesy puns on their signs, this one features some pretty incredible sayings. There’s one in […]

I Feel More Human

I love Trader Joe’s. It’s a grocery store here in the States that’s known for its Hawaiian shirt-wearing employees, for having only one of everything (there is only one type of syrup, one type of “cheerio” cereal, and one type of vanilla ice cream), and for its overall fun atmosphere.  You also may notice that […]

Airplane Time

Airplane time is wonderful. For my airplane time, I usually fly Southwest Airlines. Since I have status with them, I am usually one of the first to board. So typically, I get a great seat on the plane with a ton of legroom. I settle in, put on my headphones, and pull out a book. […]

You’re Not a Genius

A few weeks ago, I was on a Zoom call with a founder. She had just won a global pitch competition with an incredible idea and pitch. We’d been connected through a good friend, and I jumped on the call with no agenda other than to see how I could help her. We dove into […]

Preparing for the Great Reset

March 13th, 2020, was the day many of us in the States went into COVID lockdown. For many of us, it was a complete reset with respect to how we do business and live our lives. Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control announced last month that vaccinated people in the States could, for the most […]

How to Find Investors

Many of the 16,000 startup founders across the GAN and GSSN community are wondering how to best raise capital in today’s environment. From our data on where startups are raising money in the current startup landscape, most are raising funding from venture capitalists (VCs) and angel investors.   We shared in a recent blog post that […]

What Accelerators Look Like in 2021

Each year, GAN asks the accelerators in our community hundreds of questions about their programs with one goal in mind—to gather concrete insights on the current state of the accelerator industry. Responses from our annual survey culminate in a giant data report that we make available to any accelerator within the community that provided us […]

What the Research Tells Us About Creating Inclusive Markets

Earlier this month, we wrote about the Intentionally Inclusive Market  — a market in which we get to know the full range of our customer segment from day one, and then intentionally build products that include all kinds of people who will benefit from your product. It starts with getting to know all of your […]

The Intentionally Inclusive Market

Every business has a customer segment. This is the group of people you’re selling to who share a similar set of needs, characteristics, habits, and desires as one another.  Yet, most of us misunderstand the full scope of our customer segments, for two reasons.  First, we may build for a particular demographic group (such as […]