Obama's Legacy for Startups

“[I]t has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things—some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor—who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.”_ – President Obama, Inaugural Address, January 21, 2009

As the 44th President of the United States bid farewell to the nation in his final public address this week, we couldn’t help but get a little nostalgic as we recalled everything this administration has done over the past 8 years to prioritize entrepreneurship and support startups in this country, and around the globe.

Thinking about applying to an accelerator?

This post originally appeared on VentureBurn

If you were starting a business 20 years ago, you’d typically spend most of your time running around town searching for customers, investors, and mentors. In a single day, you might only have time for one meeting with a customer and another with an investor. If you were lucky, you could squeeze in a meeting with a mentor. Carving out time to work on your actual product generally meant sacrificing sleep.

It Really Is All About The Founder

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It’s All About World Domination

It’s pretty easy for a startup’s goal in life to be “world domination”. You hear it in pitches all the time.

How many founders do you know who have said: “Once we get all of the customers in this segment, we’ll be a billion-dollar company.”

It’s a trap that many startups fall into. They believe that if they get every customer they will be okay. They will survive. They will get an exit. They will have reached the pinnacle of their existence.

Six Awesome Accelerators & A Startup

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It takes a village to start a company and GAN accelerators do a great job surrounding entrepreneurs with a supportive network, which is why we wanted to highlight six awesome things GAN members are doing for the startup industry this past month!

Invest in Your Company Culture – Before It’s Too Late

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We all know that the process of getting a company off the ground tends to be an all-consuming endeavor. Long hours, little sleep, lots of caffeine – sometimes all you can hope for is to keep the venture going for another day. But lost in the shuffle, all too often, are big picture considerations, including the importance of establishing a strong company culture. Though it’s easy to overlook, your culture is one factor that will make or break your company over the long term.