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Mobilizing $$ from Wealthy Families in Peru (& L. America). And Why Family $ is Not Angel $—Day #3 in Lima, Peru

Entrepreneurs’ most frequent complaint is how challenging it is to raise money, especially risk capital: founders in developing countries have even more difficulty since the amounts of venture money for investment in most emerging countries is less vs. the USA. Yet with the millions invested in food & beverage, fast moving consumer goods, retailing, wholesaling, […]

Financing the Venture Capital Ecosystem—Day #1 in Lima, Peru

Entrepreneurs and investors speak about the need and urgency to increase investment and Scale Up start-up communities in their countries.  Yet when it’s time to invest capital, the culture of risk impedes the flow of money from the wallets of local investors into the pockets of entrepreneurs. What are the fears which domestic capital has […]

Scaling Start-up Communities: Catalyzing the Korean Venture Capital Ecosystem

The Park Geun-hye government is embarking on an national agenda to not only integrate Korea’s economy more deeply in the global innovation ecosystem, but to be one of its leaders too—to increase the prosperity and well-being of not only Korean citizens, but residents of the world.  Park challenged global leaders to use creativity, technology and […]

Scaling Up Start-up Communities: Engage Risk as Your Friend, not a Foe—to Impact Investor DNA—& Raise $ for Your Venture

The most frequent complaint I hear from entrepreneurs in the emerging markets is the lack of risk capital in their country; investors willing to finance start-ups and early stage companies.  Many founders travel to America seeking money and connections in the US venture ecosystem.  While a few are able to raise cash, most don’t—and return […]

Keeping Entrepreneurship Alive

New Series, beginning soon, ‘Keeping Entrepreneurship Alive.’ The idea for this series came from a post to Brad Field’s blog Startup Revolution»Communities by Namek Zu’bi from Jordan, titled ‘Young Startup Communities:  Beware of the Excitment Bubble.’

Part V: Scaling Up Investment—Finance the Startup of Start-up Communities

In Part V, subjects discussed: 1.)   For Entrepreneurs—What are You Selling to Investors? 2.)   For Investors—Let’s Be Realistic 3.)   For Governments/Development Finance Institutions—Atypical Leadership Needed 4.)   Concluding Remarks 5.)   My Next Blog Series—Mobilize Local Capital to Finance Your Dreams 6.)   About Me 7.)   Links: Evolution of Runet (Russia Internet) & the Russia Tech Scene Last […]

Part IV: The Quest for Growth—the Startup of Start-up Communities

(Nastas note to readers:  From 6-22 August I was in Silicon Valley, mentoring 80 entrepreneurs from 36 countries on selecting, developing and shaping their business models to investors’ behavior to risk as I discuss in this blog series.  I was one of approximately 15-16 team project advisors selected from around the world to serve in […]

Part III: The Power of Clones to Startup—Start-up Communities

Subjects in this post include: 1.)   Drive Growth and Innovation in the Supply Chain 2.)   Sidestep the Obstacles that Impede Scaling Up—Investor Attitudes to Risk & Failure 3.)   Controversy of Clonentrepreneurship: Cloning the Idea or Hatching a Start-Up? 4.)   The Spread of Clonentrepreneurship Last time in Part II, Cultures of Risk—Financing the Startup of Start-up […]

Part II: The Cultures of Risk—Financing the Startup of Start-up Communities

Subjects in this post: 1.)   The Cultural Divide:  What Investors ‘Buy’ 2.)   What Investors Fear 3.)   The Culture of Venture Capital:  Friend or Foe? Last time in Part I, I discussed: 1.)   First, Three Definitions 2.)   The Russia Tech Scene 3.)   Growth in Russia 4.)   What Changed for Growth to Emerge 5.)   The Spark that […]

INTRODUCTION: THE STARTUP OF START-UP COMMUNITIES; THE POWER OF CLONES IN RUSSIA—& BEYOND

What are the elements of a start-up community?  What can you do to startup a start-up community in your city, or help it do more—faster? Venture investor Brad Feld (Foundry Group, Boulder, Colorado, co-founder of Tech Stars, blogger Feld Thoughts) writes about these subjects in his other blog StartUp Communities with his new book titled […]