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.

Announcing the Corporate Partner Network

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Giving entrepreneurs the power to create and grow their business doesn’t stop with accelerators. Corporations around the world are uniquely positioned to support growing companies by providing resources, tools, connections and services that help startups run well.

Recently the White House made several announcements alongside the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) that were focused on supporting inclusive entrepreneurship & innovation in America. Included in those announcements was news of GAN’s launch of the Partner Network.

Six Awesome Accelerators

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

Why this startup chose a smaller town over the Valley

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SendGrid is a success story for many reasons. One of the biggest ingredients to their longevity and good fortune is location. The founders lived in California but chose a GAN accelerator, Techstars, in Colorado. After they graduated from their program they didn’t move to the valley, they stayed put in Colorado where their network was quickly growing. Even though it was a smaller market, the benefits of proximity to their investors, mentors, peers was undeniable and the cost of living, amount of talent, quality of life all urged them to stay. Their choice of location was probably one of the best decisions they made and set them on the course to being a growing and sustainable company. We asked Brandon West of SendGrid a few questions around the company’s history and what it has meant for them to have headquarters in Colorado.