Fintech insurance startup Lemonade just filed for an IPO

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With a $2.1 billion estimated valuation, fintech insurer Lemonade may be the next unicorn as it files its IPO. Lemonade, a startup that sells insurance to renters and homeowners (not to be confused with the Beyonce album and film), filed for an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange today, estimating it will raise about $100 million. VCs estimated its current valuation at $2.1 billion , making it another potential unicorn. Read Full Story

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Data show how some startup founders are still raising capital during the COVID-19 crisis

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The cofounder of startup incubator and investor DataTribe believes that founders who can answer “yes” to all four of these essential questions are likely to successfully raise capital. In spite of all the doom and gloom in the media, founders continue to raise money and convince VCs to write checks. It’s happening every day, but success requires new strategies and company milestones. Recent customer traction, relevant market focus, and fiscally responsible internal operations areas are three key themes that founders must address when they look for investments now. Read Full Story

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I run an accelerator. Here are 4 things startups can learn from rejection

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Understanding why a venture capitalist rejects your startup can help founders build better businesses. When I pitched my first startup to angel investors and VCs, I was often told they were concerned that I didn’t have a cofounder. This feedback drove me nuts, because it wasn’t for my lack of trying. I didn’t know many people who had the startup bug back then, and certainly fewer who could afford to work without pay. So I decided to forge ahead alone. Read Full Story

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Dear VCs: COVID-19 isn’t an excuse to backslide on gender equality

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The CEO of All Raise says venture investors mustn’t fall back on old habits that historically have excluded women and people of color. As CEO of All Raise, a two-year-old nonprofit formed to accelerate the success of female founders and funders, I have spent a lot of time over the last few days speaking with female founders in the network. My advice to them has been blunt: If you can, pause your fundraising efforts unless you are getting a fair deal. You have one shot of getting on the right footing with an investor. This is sound advice, but it still pains me to give it. Because I know the odds are already stacked against female founders when it comes to fundraising. Read Full Story

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