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Accelerators as an API - Accelerator Rally - July 2013

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Slides for my keynote at FounderFuel's Accelerator Rally in Montreal.

Slides for my keynote at FounderFuel's Accelerator Rally in Montreal.


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  • 1. @paulsingh #FFrally ACCELERATORS AS AN API TO VENTURE CAPITAL AND FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE PAUL SINGH @paulsingh・paul@dashboard.io・ dashboard.io
  • 2. @paulsingh #FFrally VENTURE CAPITAL IS OPEN TO ATTACK BY DISRUPTIVE NEW BUSINESS MODELS AND TECHNOLOGY. “ -- NAVAL RAVIKANT (@naval)
  • 3. @paulsingh #FFrally 500 STARTUPS
  • 4. @paulsingh #FFrally (R)EVOLUTION IN THINKING
  • 5. @paulsingh #FFrally EARLY STAGE STARTUPS HAVE CHANGED
  • 6. @paulsingh #FFrally STARTUP COSTS LOWER THAN EVERBUT SCALING STILL COSTS MONEY CLOUD, OPEN SOURCE AND ONLINE DISTRIBUTION DRIVING
  • 7. @paulsingh #FFrally WEB GETS BIGGER. WORLD GETS SMALLER.
  • 8. @paulsingh #FFrally TRACTION IS THE NEW INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYPLATFORMS (SEARCH, SOCIAL & MOBILE) PRIMARILY DRIVING THE CHANGE. NO LONGER “GOOD ENOUGH” TO DEPEND ON TECH DIFFERENTIATION.
  • 9. @paulsingh #FFrally CAPITAL INCREASINGLY COMMODITIZEDRISE OF THE ANGELS, YO!
  • 10. @paulsingh #FFrally NEW REALITY: MONEY FOLLOWS FOUNDERS
  • 11. @paulsingh #FFrally EARLY STAGE VC IS CHANGING HAS CHANGED
  • 12. @paulsingh #FFrally STATE OF THE ART IN EARLY STAGE INVESTING IS NOT VERY SOPHISTICATED
  • 13. @paulsingh #FFrally UNBUNDLING OF ADVICE, CONTROL AND MONEY
  • 14. @paulsingh #FFrally USED TO BE ABOUT CAPITAL, DEALFLOW AND JUDGEMENTTODAY, IT’S ABOUT ACCESS.
  • 15. @paulsingh #FFrally A FEW IDEAS...
  • 16. @paulsingh #FFrally THE MANAGEMENT TEAM ISN’T THE DECISION MAKING TEAM. IT’S A SUPPORT FUNCTION. “ -- JOEL SPOLSKY (@spolsky)
  • 17. @paulsingh #FFrally DIFFERENTIATE VIA ACCESS TO FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISEFOCUS ON DESIGN, DATA, DISTRIBUTION. INVEST IN DEVELOPMENT OF TOOLS TO CONNECT FOUNDERS AND MENTORS.
  • 18. @paulsingh #FFrally GO BIG OR GO HOME GO LOCAL. GO GLOBAL. FOCUS ON SPECIFIC VERTICALS, REGIONS OR STRENGTHS. GOAL SHOULD BE TO SUPPORT GROWTH OF LOCAL HIGH GROWTH COMPANIES AND GLOBAL HIGH GROWTH COMPANIES.
  • 19. @paulsingh #FFrally MINDSET ACCELERATOR AS A FUND KEY IDEAS: CURATION AND URGENCY
  • 20. @paulsingh #FFrally THERE ARE TOO MANY STARTUPS AND NOT ENOUGH BUSINESSES.
  • 21. @paulsingh #FFrally API TO VENTURE CAPITAL & FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE THE BIG OPPORTUNITY IN EARLY STAGE TECH INVESTING: (FOR FOUNDERS. FOR INVESTORS. FOR GOVERNMENT.)
  • 22. @paulsingh #FFrally ACCELERATORS AS AN API PAUL SINGH @paulsingh・paul@dashboard.io・ dashboard.io LEARN MORE: events.dashboard.io/accelerator-rally