In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December 2021

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

Do you think like a venture capitalist? 
Are you thinking like a venture capitalist? The venture capitalist mindset, itself, is to foster a forward-thinking investment culture, rather than just foster the culture of innovation. This involves thinking big, taking risks and taking a broader, more objective view of opportunities based on insights from data. Check out this article which highlights the benefits of thinking like a VC. 
 
The secret sauce for building winning teams in startups 
Whether it’s as a founder or an employee, we all know that the success of a business comes down to the people behind it. This is especially true of startups looking to scale. This article explains how startups can time their hiring right, properly build out their board, retain culture and when to know things have gone wrong. 

Was 2021 a tipping point for startups’ board diversity? 
The startup ecosystems remains inequitable for women people of color—but could 2021 have provided glimmers of hope? At least three female founders became on-paper billionaires by selling or taking public their companies this year while at the same time, boards of startups with an eye on joining the public markets are facing new mandates to diversify. This article dives into how the startup world is changing for the better. 

Venture capital isn’t working for the 99%
Ten years ago this month, the Occupy Wall Street movement came to an end—or did it? Although the movement’s physical presence no longer remains, many Americans are still saying that they’re displeased with a system that continues to enrich the 99%. This article explains the four ways a $500 billion industry can serve a bigger portion of the population—and make money, too. 

Lessons From a Founder
One of the most exciting moments in an entrepreneur’s journey toward building a successful business is when, out of nowhere, they have “an idea.” This article provides an in-depth look at what it’s like to be a founder and what the challenges are really like. 

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