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By Marc Cho, Jackie Carmel, Brynn Chavez

May is mental health awareness month.

In a cinematic retelling of the panicked early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, future audiences may gawk at a world of overnight travel bans, a run on toilet paper, and an NBA Finals played in front of cardboard cutouts of fans. Less foreign to young cinemagoers might be the sight of our protagonist, moving the entirety of his or her professional and personal life to a video conferencing program: a board meeting, a first date, an appointment with their therapist.

A May 2021 McKinsey survey suggests that our newly-adopted digital behaviors, in particular the…


A cohort of the top founders in Endeavor’s portfolio

Endeavor is thrilled to announce the 2021 class of Outliers, a year-long experience that brings together a cohort of the top founders in Endeavor’s portfolio for curated opportunities to connect with each other and top mentors in the network. The Outliers experience combines intimate peer groups and leadership coaching with tailored strategy sessions led by the best company builders from Endeavor’s network, all designed to help founders scale their company, grow as a leader and multiply their impact.

Endeavor Outliers are Endeavor Entrepreneurs that are leading the fastest growing scale-up companies; or those that have meaningfully exited their companies and…


By Kirk Benson, Endeavor Chief of Staff

Lessons from Selection is an essay series in which we explore some of the most poignant advice our founders receive during Endeavor’s International Selection Panels.

Depth Not Breadth: Why Focus Is Important.

OG Endeavor mentor and Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Bill Sahlman, likes to say that the world has unlimited problems, and luckily for us, entrepreneurs view those problems as opportunities. What can often happen to ambitious, well-meaning founders, however, is that they can’t choose just one opportunity, and pursue too many revenue streams at once. …


By Kirk Benson, Endeavor Chief of Staff

Lessons from Selection is an essay series in which we explore some of the most poignant advice our founders receive during Endeavor’s International Selection Panels.

Providing opportunities for entrepreneurs to make peer-to-peer connections is a key part of Endeavor’s model. Photo by Kieran Kesner.

There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. It has nothing to do with barriers to entry, access to capital, or even access to high speed internet, but of course all of those things are important. Now is the time, because there have never been more networks that seek to support entrepreneurs on their journey. Accelerators and incubators abound: There were over 7,000 incubators in 2019, and the number keeps growing. Most…


An interview with Aldi Haryopratomo by Jackie Carmel, Managing Director, Endeavor Catalyst

With recent investments from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft making headlines, Indonesia’s tech scene has exploded onto the world stage in 2020. Meanwhile, the country’s digital economy is taking off with 40 million new internet users last year alone, leading many — including us — to predict that international attraction to Southeast Asia’s largest economy is only just getting started.

Whether or not the rumors of an $18B Gojek and Tokopedia merger become reality, we believe 2021 is the year that more US investors “discover” what is happening in Southeast Asia’s digital economy — and particularly in Indonesia. Following in the…


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By Jackie Carmel and Sophie Kronk

They say if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. While this maxim generally holds true, it has proven inaccurate in the context of education for workforce readiness and development. If we were to rewrite this ancient proverb for the modern-day, it would go something like this: Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. …


By Jackie Carmel, Managing Director, Endeavor Catalyst

Tomatoes growing in AppHarvest’s Morehead, Ky., tech-powered greenhouse facility. | Photo credit: AppHarvest

The United States is one of the world’s leaders in fresh tomato production. In 2015, the U.S. produced 2.7 billion pounds of fresh tomatoes, mostly in Florida and California, which only satisfied around 40% of the (growing!) domestic demand.

The United States is also one of the world’s leaders in venture capital investing. Of the $100+ billion deployed into venture capital in the United States last year, nearly 60% was deployed in California alone, with Massachusetts and New York following (not too closely) behind. These three states account for ~75% of all venture capital investment in the United States, but…


Rural communities face unprecedented challenges and are in need of new solutions to strengthen their economies.

A new report by Endeavor Insight with support from Google for Startups draws lessons from successful rural founders to better understand their pathways to scale.

Entrepreneurship is a key pillar of rural economic development as it offers a more reliable and robust alternative to traditional strategies.

As rural leaders look to address the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, traditional economic development strategies such as incentives to attract businesses may not be sufficient. Few policymakers may realize that efforts to recruit businesses to rural areas often come at a high cost and fail to produce the desired results. Workforce development or innovation initiatives are unlikely to make significant improvements to local productivity on their own in the short term.

Locally…


By Allen Taylor, Jackie Carmel, and Anisha Mudaliar

2021 is off to the races, and while the macro-economic backdrop continues to be challenging for many, there has never been a better time to back great entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to create the jobs of the future. As our friends at Lux Capital put it recently: “The directional arrow of technology progress continues to point to the world getting better — in spite of our human chaos.”

At Endeavor Catalyst, we invest in the visionary entrepreneurs supported by Endeavor in more than 35+ emerging and underserved markets around the globe. This gives us a unique vantage point on…


How the “Decoupling” of Capital and Geography Will Lead to More Unicorns — in More Places — in 2021

By Allen Taylor, Managing Director, Endeavor Catalyst

In the 16th and early 17th centuries, cartographers would often include elaborate drawings of sea monsters and other mythical creatures in their maps to denote unknown or unexplored territories. The implication of this common practice was to signal both that “they had no idea what was really out there, and yes, it might be kind of dangerous.”

Remarkably, up until very recently, this sentiment of 17th century map-makers could also be accurately applied to most 21st century venture capitalists (“VCs”). Sitting comfortably in Silicon Valley, New York or London, many of the world’s…

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