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 […]

Do You Realize What You Just Did?

Every week I meet with Anna on my team to talk about the blog for the week. This past week we were laughing that the first blog I wrote in 2020 (and this is dead serious) was called It’s 2020— Bring on the Problems. It was a blog all about how I planned to handle […]

The Science of Gratitude

I’m Told To Be Thankful We’ve all heard that gratitude is the answer to many problems. That being full of gratitude will help you be more resilient and happy, a better boss and partner, and a better human. But I’ve been skeptical when I’ve heard these comments before. So, I want to spend today’s blog […]

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 […]

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 […]