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Investors Invest in the Top 1%. These 10 Steps Could Help You Make The Cut
In last week's blog, we talked about the odds of being selected for investment by an early stage accelerator or VC. This week, we wanted to share some thoughts with founders - about how you can take steps to beat those odds and join the top 1% of investments selected by accelerators and VCs.

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Every Venture Deal is a 1 in 10,000 Bet
Institutional Investor came out with an article last week that I've been emailed several dozen times now - because it validates the strategy we've been working on at Hatcher+ for the past three years. If you've not yet read it, the conclusion of the article is, if your venture portfolio consists of less than 500 companies, you're using luck, rather than math, as the basis for portfolio construction. However, there's one thing the article didn't mention - and that is, when you include an unblinking analysis of the early-stage selection process, venture capital isn't a 1 in 500 game, it's a 1 in 10,000 game.

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Science Says: Milestones Are Bad For Founders (And VCs)
Numerous studies have shown that when you attach a financial incentive and a time limit to a task involving creative thinking, you will get a negative result, versus the same task undertaken by a non-financially-incentivised person.

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The Gender Gap Could Soon Be History. Thank Biology.
Less than 20% of software engineers (and computer science graduates) are women. But women in the United States earn 25.6% more degrees than men (*1,098,173 for women compared to 816,912 for men) - so if women are not studying computer science, what are they studying? And what are the implications for would-be female founders and the next wave of VC investments?

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Y Combinator is Pulling Back. They Should be Ramping Up.
A few days ago, Y Combinator announced they are reducing per-company funding and activity because, as a spokesperson said to TechCrunch, "The future of the economy is unpredictable, and we feel it is prudent during these times to switch to a leaner model". Based on the data we have from the last crisis, we think this is the wrong move.

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Can a Robot Write a Business Plan?
Today, I've chosen to explore a question that we get asked relatively often: what would happen if someone used AI to write a business plan, and then input that plan into the Hatcher+ deep learning-based evaluation process?

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What's Your TQ?
IQ and EQ. I know at a high level it probably sounds like that's all that's needed - an ability to understand the problem set (EQ), and use one's collective knowledge and wisdom (IQ) - and... bingo! Except that if you think that, you'll be missing one very important additional metric that is going to be critical to your success: TQ.

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My Five Years in Space
I'm loving the resurgence of interest that Elon Musk is bringing about in space right now. Two decades or so ago, I got to live out a childhood dream and work in the space industry. As in satellites, ground control systems, and very large rockets powered by highly explosive materials.

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Triple Your Bottom Line
We've all heard of the "bottom line" - a figure of speech mainly associated with a firm's profitability. We think it's time that firms, including startups, expanded that one dimensional approach into something more relevant, where all key stakeholders are addressed: The Triple Bottom Line.

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An Activist Signals MPT is Coming to VC
Paul Singer, the billionaire activist investor, recently announced that his Elliot Management has taken a 20% stake in Masayoshi Son’s Softbank Ventures. What should we make of Singer’s initiative?

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The Hatcher+ H2i Impact Initiative
Impact investing has been picking up steam lately. With the Covid-19 situation now transforming our view of the world, and its interconnectedness, we're predicting that impact investing will become an increasingly visible, important, and well-funded area of investment.

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VC Impact Investing: A Primer
'Impact investing' has been a buzz word for quite a while now and has multiple definitions and schools of thought. Call it ESG investing (based on the Environmental, Social & Governance principles), SDG investing (based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals) or simply, ethical investing, it aims to solve problems and positively impact the society in one or more ways

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Looking for the Inflection Point – Tracking COVID-19
At Hatcher+, we are laser-focused on early-stage venture capital and using data to improve likely returns for investors. However, this weekend, I took a break from our regular focus to look at the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus spreading throughout the world.

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Keep Calm and Carry On Investing
Around the beginning of the last global crisis, the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008, it was widely predicted that entrepreneurs would stop founding unicorns and venture capitalists would cease investing. The prophets could not have been more wrong.

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Using AI to Match Investors and Entrepreneurs
Twelve months ago, Dan and I decided to turn our attention to a problem that almost all entrepreneurs face - how to identify the best investors for a startup, based on the company's location, stage, sector, and other characteristics.

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50 Surprising Facts We Learned From Our First 100 Investments
Venture capital is, at its core, about finding and solving problems at scale. The best business plans are those that can describe the size and scale of the problem and the proposed solution, and the value that will result from building it. And the best of the best are those that grab your attention using a single, surprising data point that demonstrates the scale of the opportunity.

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The First 100 Are Funded!
Three years ago, upon finishing our first fund, we embarked on a journey to create a new kind of venture fund, based on our research into 20 years of venture investing, technologies that we could use to modernize the investment process, and structures that might enable a new, more democratized approach to sourcing investment.

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The Power of Venture
Venture returns are often characterized as having a ‘power curve’ distribution. We have also noted this in our assessment of venture returns. We get a fair number of questions in this area, so we thought a brief article could help show what this means and its implications.

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US Immigrants Are Vital To VC Returns
The scale of the returns enjoyed by US tech investors from companies started by US immigrant entrepreneurs versus the scale of returns generated by non-immigrant entrepreneurs is rarely discussed. We just ran the numbers.

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Hatcher+ v2.0 Release
What do you get when you combine four million dollars, one of the world's top data scientists, a bevy of application and infrastructure designers, 26 of the world's best APIs, 36,000 profiles, 9,000 deals, over 200 partners, and thousands of users? You end up with a pretty darn useful investment management platform - with some pretty useful features.

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